On another trip to Fairway Market, after I entered the highway, the app's voice prompt said to turn left in half a mile, which is actually impossible. It took the app a while to realize I had missed my turn, then it sent me to a turnaround ramp that's marked "Do not enter; authorized vehicles only." (To be fair, Map Quest did the same).A minute or so later, it told me, correctly, to stay on the highway to the 125th St. After I skipped that, it sent me to an appropriate exit where I could turn around.That said, many of the other businesses I searched for were in the database, include Fairway Market Harlem (which was labeled Fairway Wholesale Market) and the St.George Theatre in Staten Island, neither of which are in database.It was like having a navigator in your passenger seat who can't read and doesn't accurately observe their surroundings.In addition, the app kept recalculating the route even though I wasn't missing any real turns.
For example, the app told me a few times to turn where no turn existed, such as a random left turn that would have sent me over the highway median.Eventually I realized that your search term first shows matching categories, then subcategories, and then business names at the bottom.It would be convenient if you could search all the POI listings at once, especially since a nearby Italian restaurant was in Yelp, but not in Magellan's listings.It also didn't know that the George Washington Bridge is pedestrian-friendly when I navigated to a park in Fort Lee, like Apple Maps.Magellan Is Lost Despite being named after a famous explorer, Magellan's Road Mate app has some major navigation issues, including out-of-nowhere voice prompts, phantom turns, and constant recalculations. You're better off saving your money and using our Editors' Choice GPS app, Google Maps.