Summary: I got the Magellan Roadmate 1412 from ebay and it has worked very well serving me well on numerous road trips. Only thing with the GOS is that it has an operating temperature concern - if you want to use it in Winter - wait for atleast 5 minutes for it to warm up before the directions start showing properly. Battery life is limited but then I would not generalize this because I bought a used one on ebay.
Summary: I'm sure it'll be a useful tool in unfamiliar areas, but initially I'm still figuring out he best way to use it on routes I'm already using. I got it because it comes with very favorable reviews from impartial consumer groups,...and it's ease of use. What is strange about it so far, is when you ask it to route the shortest distance, and you're on say an interstate. It seems to take you off an on an exit if it's shorter than staying on the main route..
"I'm getting one for my daughter to college this fall.."
19 February 2010
Pros: I've had this GPS for about a year- easy to use, volume adjusts (I have hearing loss), large screen,plenty of warning before a turn-off. It doesn't have some of the fancy extras, but is also much less expensive.
Cons: The plug in the side of the GPS is almost broken off No paper manual Sometimes, it gives me a route that is much longer. Before a long trip, I usually confirm the directions on mapquest, and then check my GPS for the same general directions.
Summary: Purchased for the same price as a map update for my garmin. I like the fact it names streets and gives ample notice of upcoming turns(usually 2 mi. in advance). Do not like battery life. Battery was fully charged when put away and 2 weeks later went to use and after a few min. got warning of low battery. Also, twice gave me wrong voice direction! Told me to either turn left or right when the arrow showed opposite direction.( Arrow direction was correct!
Summary: Very simple interface, easy to use, touch screen is 'ok' to respond a command. Very quick connection with the satellites, different than my last TomTom XL, wich would take forever from the time you turn it 'on' till it got reception... It does come with a good arm support, a little hard to maneuver, but it hasn't dropped off the windshield not even once so far, different than my last one...