Summary: In the future, I will stick to units with lifetime maps. I am not using my anymore as of a couple weeks ago. I am now instead using my NookColor as an even larger GPS, and I might just switch to an integrated unit in my car as I am shopping for a new one of those currently as well.
Pros: The 1470 picks up signal the fastest of any stand alone GPS I have worked with, has a large easy to read screen, and with the latest firmware updates (a few months ago now) it is very quick to browse through. The window hanger stuck ridiculously well in my Monte Carlo. The only movement it has ev...
Cons: It took Magellan far to long to finally get around to releasing a properly functioning firmware. The lack of speed limits is probably what has always bothered me more than anything. The touch screen in these is not terrible, but not great either. It feels pretty much like a resistive touch screen...
Summary: This unit is a solid GPS that works very well. There's been a lot of talk about the mounting and non-qwerty keyboard. However, update the firmware to the latest 2.22 and you get more user programmable buttons and the keyboard was switched to qwerty.
Pros: Large screen, sensitive touchscreen, lots of one-tough programmable buttons, nice mounting option. Picks up satellites really fast compared to other units I've owned. The updated firmware really adds and fixes a lot of things, making it a super-fine GPS.
Cons: Sometimes the back-button can get a bit sticky (have to press it a few times until it get's a clue, thus minus an egg), usual GPS common sense regarding routing applies. Not a lot of cases made for this size unit.
Summary: I'm not entirely sure what all the fussing about this model is all about. I guess isolated experiences are what drive some to write poor reviews. But here's my take on this unit after having it for a year... I bought this through Amazon in April of '09...
Summary: I have used TomTom One for several years, but I wanted a larger screen and spoken streets. I got a Magellin 1470. So, how do they compare one-on-one? ROUTING/MAP ACCURACY: a tie Both pick almost identical routes to that of Yahoo Maps.
Summary: I have owned a Magellan GPS for the last 20 years, either handheld or auto. For a basic unit w/o all the bells and whistles, which everyone wants these days, it is outstanding. The 3-D screen is great, trip planning a dream, accuracy cann't be beat.
Some what better, some what worse than Garmin 265WT...
Treat others w respect, Amazon
15 May 2009
Summary: After way too much research, I ended up buying Garmin 265WT for my wife and Magellan 1470 for me to use. After using them both for several months, I found wanting hybrid of Garmin and Magellan. The thoughs... Likes & Dislikes on Garmin compared to 1470: (1)Power cable routing is much better.
Summary: Ok, it's my turn now. It should be noted that both 1 star reviews are because of customer service issues and not the unit itself. I am comparing it to the Roadmate 760 and 860 units I have. I accept that the new units are not going to have the same features as the older units.