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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The RoadMate 1470 is as slim as they come and has a screen that's easy on my aging eyes and visible in almost all lighting situations. They have changed the mounting system so the power cord can be attached before putting it on the holder. The lady's voice is clear and does a good job in pronouncing most street names, but there isn't a choice of voices, nor can you choose a vehicle. You get an arrow.
Entering addressing is easy, even here in Utah with their unconventional numbering system. Normally you would enter the city, then the street, then the address. With this unit you have the option of entering the number first (such as 18N 2300E). This was almost impossible to do with the 310X. As you enter either letters or numbers, when the unit has enough information a selection will pop up, saving some typing.
There are quite a few POI's (6 million? And the AAA Tour Book info) which seem to be recently updated. I haven't had any problem with the maps, although the latest one is called Spring 2009. Magellan now has some software called Content Manager that syncs your PND with your computer that will alert you to any updates, although the maps are available on micro SD card only.
Since the 1470 runs on Windows CE, it's possible with some "modification" to run many other programs such as an MP3 or MP4 player, book reader, word processor, calculator, etc., although they can't be used at the same time as the map feature. Since the capability is there, I find it odd that there is no headphone jack, so if I want to listen to music, it's through the speaker only.
I also miss the "Fly Over" feature on my Mio, where you could travel your whole route at around 450MPH. The 1470 does have several choices of routes that you can view at the same time and pick the one you want. You can also see turn-by-turn written instructions and if there's a leg you want to bypass, you can eliminate it and the unit will quickly reroute.
All in all this unit has some fine features for the price point.
Well, the unit takes forever to start up. And even though the GPS indicator shows a strong signal, the unit is still "acquiring a signal." Go figure.
What I liked....
Love the screen. 4.7" does make it nice.
Great easy to see street names and the POI's are easy to spot. Especially the ones that are branded.
Lane Assist is great. I like it better than TomTom, Garmin or Navigon.
The windshield mount was easy to put on and stayed on after.
The AAA tour guide was absolutely the best.
Finding POIs was a snap. Easier than TomTom or Navigon. But about on par with Garmin
Things I didn't like....
The charging cable mounts right under the unit AFTER you mount it to the windshield mount. Very, very awkward and hit or miss.
When you search for POIs you don't get the address, just the name. You have to click on it to see the address. The Maestro 4350 shows the address which makes it a lot easier to identify.
Traffic was useless. I live in the greater Washington, DC area, and this morning all the radio stations were talking about all the tie-ups, etc. The traffic unit said all was well. NOT.
Start up and getting a signal is always a problem.
The unit has gone 'crazy' more than once. Clear sky, major road and it thought I was a mile away. Once it showed me 30 feet off road on the school field I was passing.
I did the firmware upgrade made available recently and didn't notice much change. The user interface and screen are the best I have seen. When the unit works, it does a good job. Most of the time, it's hit or miss. The graphics are great, the size is great, the routing so-so, the POIs great, the AAA Tour Book absolutely the best. I really wanted this to be the one. But sad to say, it doesn't seem to measure up to my needs.
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