Summary: Had to replace my old magellan after loaning it to someone. It was old and waaay out of date so I decided to buy a new one. The old one kinda-sorta-maybe worked, the touchscreen on it was iffy at best, maybe I should have heeded my warning. I was looking for awhile and I found this magellan roadmate 1412 on a black friday sale, $64 shipped. Great price and it had a big screen.
Summary: got this GPS Magellan RoadMate 1412 a couple of years ago since I am the worst at taking directions - it's OK and possibly a little better than nothing, but not something you can really depend on - it has a disconcerting habit of going silent just when the driver really needs some direction - I also just found out they want $80 to update THEIR database to reflect road changes, address changes etc.
Summary: First of all I'm extremely sorry that I was such a (cheapo) and bought a used GPS instead of a new one, just to save a few bucks . About 3 months after I got my used GPS, I had a "Total Battery Failure" it would not turn on even with the power adapter, so I purchased a new battery, just to find out it apparently was not the main problem, it seems the power button was deffective and it would not turn on. So word to the wise always buy new.
Summary: I really don't. I don't know what to make of this purchase. I really don't travel that often but I know it sucks being lost so I convinced myself that it was a good idea to purchase a GPS . This is my first so I have nothing to compare it to . It is easy to enter in addresses and easy to navigate through menu options. Decent visual display. My only real mechanical complaint is about the battery. I leave it plugged for 4 hours and unit goes dead within 20-30 min of usage.
Summary: I was really excited about getting this product, until I got it. Maybe I just haven't figuered it out yet, but the instructions are very vague. My daughter has a tom-tom that her daughter can use and she's only 10. When you enter your home location and then enter your destination then depart for your destination and this thing shows you are still in your driveway, something's not right.
Under-Powered Hardware, Bad Support Software, and a Stubborn Touchscreen
12 June 2009
Summary: Map scrolls choppy. You may not notice if this is your first GPS and you have nothing else to compare it to. Touchscreen isn't sensitive enough. If you have dry hands then you'll be tapping the same button 4 or 5 times to get the Magellan to realize you tapped the button. I actually have to lick my finger, wipe it off, and then use the touchscreen for it to work halfway decent. This isn't a problem on Garmin touchscreens.
I was being conservative but I've had enough of this junk!
Oriental Express, Amazon
5 March 2009
Summary: I've been using this GPS for 4 months now. I've tried Garmin and Tomtom. I switched from a Tomtom One to this Magellan because I wanted an affordable wide-screen. The screen is nice, bright, and big. But there're some problems that bother me.. 1. It has no QWERTY keyboard. 2. It froze twice the first week I got it, and every now and then. Reliability is questionable. 3.
Summary: This is my first gps. I tested many units in store before buying this one at best buy. It was a toss up between this and a similar garmin. This one seemed to have much better reception and faster address recognition. Right out of the box I was disappointed that it did not come with any other way of charging the unit besides the car adapter (not sure if the garmin did either).