Music and photos fill Magellan sat-nav sails

With TomTom roaring along in top gear with iPod docks, hands-free calling, widescreens and cool PC software for adding John Cleese’s voice to your dir

With TomTom roaring along in top gear with iPod docks, hands-free calling, widescreens and cool PC software for adding John Cleese’s voice to your directions, it’s no wonder the likes of Magellan are struggling to keep up.

Judging from Magellan’s latest offering, the 3000T, that ain’t going to change anytime soon. It’s certainly a shift in the right direction, adding in music and photo playback to the usual A-B directions and waypoint-plotting that we’ve come to expect from the company. But that’s about it.

Everything else is properly average, from a 3.5in touchscreen and the latest GPS chip to preloaded radar traps and speed cameras and a six hour battery. One redeeming feature is the 4GB hard disk, which should squeeze in a few MP3s, WMAs and JPEGs alongside the 27 European NAVTEQ maps.

Unlike new sat-navs from Evesham and E-TEN, there are no traffic updates either. Instead, you need to buy the TMC-powered TrafficKit system, out later this summer.

The final blow is the over-the-top £330 price tag. If you’re a die-hard Magellan fan, gorge yourself on more specs on its site here.