Magellan RoadMate 1470 review – affordable PND with OneTouch accessCar Tech — on March 29, 2010 at 12:05 am | 1 Comment
Large 4.7 inches touch screen; OneTouch menu.
No option to change onscreen keyboard to QWERTY keyboard; power cable interferes while mounting the device on cradle.
The Whiz Kid Speaks:
Magellan RoadMate 1470 is an automatic GPS Portable Navigation Device (PND). Supported SBAS technologies are EGNOS and WAAS. It is 3-5m accurate for both EGNOS and WAAS.
The RoadMate 1470 features Automatic day/night mode, inbuilt antenna, and preinstalled POIs. It also has maps for USA, Puetro Rico, and Canada.
4.7 inches touch-screen LCD display features antiglare. Magellan RoadMate 1470 has USB for connectivity and micro-SD card slot for storage.
The battery life of Magellan RoadMate 1470 is 3 hours. Accessories supplied inside the box are user manual, mini-USB cable, adhesive disk for mounting, automotive windshield cradle, and power charger.
Magellan RoadMate 1470 is 5.2 inches tall, 7 inches wide, and 3.3 inches deep and weighs 10 ounces.
Magellan – have you consider this name while buying a car GPS navigation device? No! Then we will recommend you to consider this company because it has launched one of the best portable navigation devices – Magellan RoadMate 1470. It costs $249.99 and offers 4.3 inches touch screen which is better than that of a similarly priced TomTom device. While powering off, the display shows 5sec countdown with an option to cancel the shutdown instantly. You will also notice a 30 seconds countdown after disconnecting the charger. On the dark side, the windshield cradle is poorly designed due to which the power cable interferes while mounting the device.
4.3 inches touch-screen display of Magellan RoadMate 1470 has matte finish that features antiglare and bright backlighting for preserving the visibility even in direct sunlight. The power slider sits on the top edge. The RoadMate 1470 PND turns on instantly moving the slider and then it moves back to its neutral position.
Mini-USB port for PC connection/charging and micro-SD card slot are located on the bottom. You will find the connection for windshield cup mount and speakers on the back of Magellan RoadMate 1470 PND. Magellan supplies a windshield suction cup cradle and 12-volt mini-USB charger with the device. You can use the charger to power-on the 1470 inside the car.
We are disappointed that it is very difficult to connect the power cable with Magellan RoadMate 1470 when it is connected to mount cradle. So, we will advise you to mount the device first and then attach its power cable. In contrast, Garmin and TomTom devices provide better user experience while attaching the cradle and power cable.
The home screen of Magellan RoadMate 1470 is a reminiscent of interface at Garmin Nuvi line. There are three icons – Local Options, View Map, and GoTo as well as a bottom bar to display Settings menu. You will find Cancel Route option and other advanced tweaks in the Settings menu. GoTo will display the destination selection menu with choices of address book, POI (points-of-interest) search, and address entry.
Magellan RoadMate 1470 is responsive to enter any address or to search for any POI. We like the quick responsive touch-screen QuickSpell system that predicts input while typing. However, the alphabetical layout was slow to register our commands while testing.
The options available at GoTo destination screen are Least use of freeways, Mostly freeways, Shortest distance, and Fastest time. You can also select the estimated times for the routes and compare route options for same target. After selecting the destination, you will get a confirmation screen where you have to click on Go.
View Map button shows map screen with volume icon on right side and soft keys on bottom including travel direction, estimated time of arrival, time remaining, elevation, current tine, and current speed. You can tap anywhere on the map to switch into exploration mode of Magellan RoadMate 1470. This mode allows selecting 2D or 3D view, touch and slide for moving around the map, and zoom in and out.
Local options show current position as street address with nearest cross streets and also as GPS co-ordinates. Magellan RoadMate 1470 allows browsing database of gas stations, restaurants, attractions, events, and destinations near current location. You will also get contact information and descriptions for destinations, events, and attractions.
Due to turn-by-turn text-to-speech directions capability, the Magellan RoadMate 1470 reads street names as well as exits loudly. It supports English, French, and Spanish languages with one voice per language. The graphic lane guidance navigates through complex freeways and changes the display with representation of highway and intersection signs.
Magellan RoadMate 1470 has preloaded POIs and maps for all 50 United States with Mexico, Canada, and Puetro Rico. The device also has databases of AAA approved auto repair shops, AAA TourBook Destinations, AAA branch offices and POIs to avail discounts for AAA members. You will also get Roadside Assistance if you are a AAA member. We are disappointed that the 1470 does not have inbuilt Bluetooth hands-free calling feature.
There is also a customizable OneTouch menu that store up to six links to frequently accessed locations and searches. It also has permanent links to Emergency services, GPS status, Local Info, Previous Destinations, and Home. You will notice the OneTouch icon in the upper right corner on most of the menu and map screens. Again to disappoint – there is inbuilt traffic monitoring unit, but the Magellan compensates with providing add-on FM receiver.
Magellan RoadMate 1470 took 30 seconds to display home screen and additional 34 seconds to locate our position. We searched for a restaurant in 5 seconds. The four route options are display with their ETA in 5 seconds. However, View map button quickly showed the maps.
The overall performance of Magellan RoadMate 1470 is comparable with Garmin and TomTom units. The driving enthuasists will like the RoadMate due to granular controls on maps with large display.
If you need a budget friendly fast GPS navigation device with large screen and can manage the cradle mounting without any problem, then buy – Magellan RoadMate 1470.