Pros: Fairly easy to use...Gives more than adequate time for lane changes/exit ramps...Sound is decent, and screen is easy to see/read...Got it for $150 on the 2008 Black Friday weekend when it was normally $240.
Cons: May take a few minutes to give current location.Some touch screen issues.Old 2009 map (Jan 2009 or Dec 2009?) is all that's available for $80.Need a USB cable for the few updates/downloads via the Magellan web site that'll cost ya another $15.
"1st-time user comparing the 1412 & two Garmin 205's"
28 November 2008
Pros: Was able to correctly locate and guide me thru unfamiliar area that the Garmin 205 couldn't find or show. A friend loaned her 205 to me on a trip to Canada, Ky., and my inlaws have the same unit. Both 205's get/got 'lost', but not the 1412.
Cons: I haven't as yet, found any sort of 'security' in the 1412... which the 205's have. Think about it. If someone did rip-off your GPS... would you want them know where your home is, or that of your family/friends, etc.? I just bought it today, though.
Summary: I use this unit on the job where I have to go to multiple addresses, and need to find the most efficient route. This is why I chose this unit: it has a function (trip planner) that allows you to route multiple destinations in the most efficient way possible. This saves me so much time by preventing me from doubling back on myself, etc. You are also able to edit the saved route at any time. It also acquires satellites within seconds.
Summary: After extensive review of lower end gps units with text to speech capability, I purchased this unit. I returned the unit less than one week later after extensive testing in locations I knew well.
It has numerous good points, a few are clear and loud voice, good visibility screen, adjustable voice from main screen, good window mount, prompt return email from customer service, maps remarkably tracked what were basically gravel trails and logging roads near and just off of...