software prompt for firmware upgrade after 3 years then dead after it.
A Lin, Amazon
29 November 2012
Summary: This is 3 years after i bought this device. After i enter a new address, my roadmate 1440 showed "Your device needs to be restarted to increase performance." So after searching online, the solution suggested was to install Connection Manager and update firmware on my gps. After i updated firmware to the newest one, then my device pop up a message, "Upgrade has been done Please remove the SD card and Reboot the device". There is no SD card in my device that i bought.
Summary: This is a pretty good overall GPS unit. Spoken Street Names, Touch Screen works fine. Be aware that that after a while the unit may prompt to shut off before allowing to continue with a new route. You will need to download an update if this happens. The work around for this is to save the destination address in your saved lists and hit GO from there.
Summary: I've owned over 7 GPS devices (and played with many more). I purchased the both the Magellan 1440 and the Garmin nuvi just to compare them. The Magellan's best feature is the quick spell. This feature intelligently searches and checks spelling while entering addresses and POIs, making it easy to find what you're looking for twice as fast. This feature alone made it twice as fast to input all the addresses.
Summary: I bought this GPS unit in September 2010 for $120 at a big discount store. When I registered it online and checked for updates I found that they would sell me maps updated as of "Spring 2010" for $80! I'm not sure how old the maps it came with are but the expressway "dissappeared" while traveling through PA. I've always hated Class Action Lawsuits but selling someone a GPS unit with outdated maps and then asking so much to give it 6 month old maps is rediculous.
Summary: Pros: I love the lane-indication, especially on highways where certain lanes suddenly force you to turn, this unit makes sure you stay in the correct ones rather than just showing the single road you're on as one line. It even tries to mockup the green highway signs you'd see when showing the lane to be in.
Summary: works fine, did not provide very good instructions on how to install in my car, it seemed as if they assumed I was familiar with how and where it should go and that I would be familiar with the attachement hardware, I was not.
Summary: Easy to use, good battery life, spoken street names, solid construction. It is above average in all main areas of gps usage. Not just depending on reviews here on Amazon, I turned to Consumers Report and this unit (excluding ultra expensive ones) had above average rating on all major features of a gps unit. At the price it was a no brainer to get it. I'm not going to use it everyday. Just on special trips. Works great.