Magellan RoadMate 1470 4.7-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator
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- Wide 4.7-inch color touchscreen and ultra-thin design for powerful navigation in a compact package
- Includes maps of United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico with 6 million points of interest
- Features multi-destination routing, highway lane assist, spoken street names, AAA TourBook, and Roadside Assistance menu
- Personalized search icons let you easily bookmark favorite destinations so you can find them anywhere you travel
- One-year limited warranty
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The Magellan RoadMate 1470 includes many premier features, starting with the exclusive Magellan OneTouch favorites menu, QuickSpell with SmartCity search and highway exit point of interest search, to name a few. Magellan's attention to detail delivers a superior user experience. You're ready to travel with preloaded maps and points of interest for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico that make the Magellan RoadMate 1470 ideal for both business trips and vacations.
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2 steps attach 1470 to windshield, 3 steps for 255W. Don't try hard to fight with your partner to turn the displayer angle to your direction, three tries will knock the 255W off the joint, Tried this in the room, left, right, left, gone!
1470 instant signal capture, from inside my home, 255W could be 30 seconds-1m; 1470 starts to shine when you turned it on, or when recalculate the route, 255W would pause a few or more seconds, 1470 will show your speed with mile plus ft, like 5.86, could because of the sensitive and quick receiver.
1470 offers more info of the road with POI and street names, and with 3 clicks will bring you to the POI you need, Garmin needs 5-7 steps. Pop up POI list available at Hw exit on 1470.
comfortable view from 1470, map color and highlight color more reasonable, green highlighted route on yellowish background, shows next turn mark (orange color) on the map; 255W background color is white, turn to purplish at daylight (screen burn?), with purple highlighted route, and white turn mark on white map, bad looking. 1470 is bigger, 4.7 V 4.3.
1470 also signals with bell sound when approaching 'turn' in addition to voice (sounds more real than garmin ), it has lane assistant, allow you to add traffic link if needed.
255W has 'speed limit'.
255W shines, you can do a lot things (add-ons) with computer connected,it shows number of the road when you click a point on the map, it has a log with your journey,...not 1470, it is even not compatible with Mac computer, sucks, I use Mac.
Big bad of 1470, its battery only lasts 30-40 minutes.
I want to keep both, but only use Garmin 255W for 'speed limit', and cover most part of the screen with a tape except the "speed limit",and mute it.
The most visible change is the actual size of the unit. The screen size has been increased, but the unit is thinner and lighter. Very sleek appearance, and the screen is a real joy -- sharp, clear graphics even in the sun, and bigger on-screen buttons for easy use. The mounting system has also been streamlined, and looks and works well. It mounts very easily on a NavMat holder (basically a bean-bag system that I got on Amazon. I'm a huge Navmat fan - makes it a snap to hide the GPS with narry a trace. Best accessory by far for any GPS).
The power connector was not well thought out, however. You have to connect it to the GPS unit AFTER you mount it in the holder. They should have moved the connector it a wee bit to the side to avoid that.
The only button is a slide-type power button on the top. Boot-up time is OK -- not speedy, but not a huge delay either. It does not have a "sleep" mode, so you have to do a cold boot every time. Not a problem in real world use - by the time you get situated in your car, the unit is ready to go.
Voice is clear and easy to understand. Not as natural sounding as a TomTom, but understandable.
Pretty much any recent GPS unit will get you where you want to go. I've found the routing on the Magellans to be very similar to Garmins - could be because they both use the same mapping set (Navteq). The Magellan shines, however, in features that I find helpful. The direction of the next turn is always visible regardless of how far away the next turn will be. Up until recently, Garmin did not offer this (they do now on some of their units). Sounds like a small issue, but I find it very helpful. The Magellan also allows you to very easily exclude a route (or portion). That's a fairly standard feature nowadays, but Magellan allows you to do it in a snap.
In terms of routing, Magellan offers four options (fastest, shortest, most use of freeways and least use). You can see all four options on the map (as a summary) at the same time so you can pick the best one for your needs. Perfect!!
Love the AAA Guidebook, which is a unique Magellan feature. Lets you get details about restaurants and other points of interest just like the paper version from AAA. I used it a lot in my 4040, especially when traveling out of town.
Other unique Magellan features I appreciate is the "ding dong" sound right before a turn (incredibly accurate!) and the fact that the software reminds you to "stay on the current road" when you encounter major exits. Some find that to be nagging, but it has saved me from inadvertently exiting on more than one occasion.
A new feature for Magellan is the lane guidance. Very nicely done. I've used this feature on Navigon units, and found it rather unhelpful. Magellan's implementation is far more useful, with better, clearer graphics. However, lane guidance is not available for every road.
The software is also nicely done - very logical to use. If you're a past Magellan user you can pick this up and use it in a second. If not, there's a short printed user's guide in the box (plus a CD-ROM with more in-depth info) that gets you up to speed quickly. The box also includes the mount, power connector for the car, and a USB cable. It does not include an AC adapter.
OK, now for the bad news. When it comes to customer service, Magellan has been horrid. We're talking so bad it's almost funny. I'm hoping this situation will change - the company was bought by Mitac late last year, and perhaps this will signal a change for the better in terms of customer support. Lord knows, they couldn't get any worse.
The leader, in my opinion, for customer support is Garmin. They are nice to deal with on the phone, answer emails promptly, and offer regular firmware updates. Whenever I buy a GPS as a gift I always buy Garmin since I don't want to saddle the recipient with the miserable service that Magellan offers. It's a shame, since Magellan offers some real benefits over Garmin, and more value for the money. Tom Tom is also decent when it comes to support, but they use TeleAtlas maps which are less complete than NavTeq (sp?).
Bottom line -- if you're looking for a straightforward GPS at a good price, this should be on your short list. It lacks features such as Bluetooth and an MP3 player, but for me, I want a GPS to offer guidance and not entertainment. This has a very robust feature set, great screen, and well-designed software. It also has traffic capabilities -- did not test that feature out, so I can't comment on it.
The "safe" bet continues to be Garmin. You'll pay a bit more, and get less features, but you can be assured of solid support. Whether Magellan's new owners will put them back on the right track (if you'll excuse the horrid, but unavoidable pun) in terms of customer service is not yet clear. I hope so -- they make a great product!
UPDATE: 5/21/09 There's a firmware update on the Magellan site. No new functionality (in terms of new features) but, according to the release notes it improves overall performance. Easy to install - just follow the included step-by-step instructions. It seems like it makes the unit a bit faster, but that could just be my imagination.
Cons: No Apple/Mac support, slow screen update as you drive, muffled words at times, no external antenna connection.
Overall: Very good for people that have open to the sky attachment locations (see below) and are no Mac users.
The descriptions and comments did not mention anything about my two biggest gripes. I own a Class C motorhome with a 5' overhang above my windshield. Getting any reception is very, very difficult and there is NO external antenna attachment point (as there was for my old Garmin unit). I cannot update the 1470 as I am a Mac guy and they do not support Mac's. Garmin does. I shoulda' bought a Garmin!
On top of that the screen updates are a bit behind the actual position on the ground, even at slow city driving speeds, which can lead to confusion, eg you get to the cross street before it shows on the screen when zoomed in. A second concern is the difficulty of hearing clear words from the speaker. It would be best to buy a unit that feeds the sound into the vehicle radio (FM) system. Better volume than the Garmin units I have had, but still muffled words at times. Great price but has issues. If they are not your issues this unit would be a 4 star I'd think.
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