Summary: This is my first GPS, so I'm comparing the unit to my expectations. I like the large screen and it sucessfully navagated me from Washington DC to Atlantic City and back. It picked routes that I would not have choosen and, with one exception, I was satisfied with the routes it picked. This unit does get confused sometimes, saying you need to make a U-turn when you actually have reached you destination.
Summary: Let me preface this by saying, I have always been seriously directionally challenged. 'Lost' was my natural state of being...so when the first car GPS systems became available, I bought one right away. I am now on my third, a Garmin Nuvi 760. I was very eager to see this new Magellan 1470 and compare it to the Nuvi. My family laughs at me for calling my GPS 'My car lady' (my brother actually named *his * GPS 'Dorothy', and no I have no idea why.
Summary: I just received this and have traveled about 1000 miles with it on a road trip. Firstly, the actual maps and navigation prompts have been very good. I also have a Nuvi and although I like my Nuvi, this GPS model does have some advantages. The highway assists are excellent and the audible tone at turns are very good as well. The graphics are very easy on the eyes. The one touch feature is very cool!
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. Route timing is almost perfect in each case - when not driving in rush hour. What about rush hour? TomTom does not have traffic, and my 1470 does not either, but lifetime traffic for the 1470 is a $55 option (from Amazon).
Summary: THIS GPS RECEIVER HAS A VERY CLEAR VOICE THAT TELLS YOU WHICH LANE ON FREEWAY TO GET INTO AT 2 MILES AND AT .5 MILES FROM ROAD DIVISION OR TURN. IT ALSO IS VERY ACCURATE ON ROAD NAMES. I LIKE THE LARGE SCREEN MONITOR. I PURCHASED THIS ONE BECAUSE IT WAS NEW AND PAID ONLY 66% OF THE COST PRICE.
Summary: I really like the shortcut screen. This nav finds sat reception really quickly! I have AAA and it's AAA menu is very helpful to me. My favorite thing about this nav is the way you can put in all the places you need to go then tell it to make the most efficient route for you! The only complaint is the way the charger has to be plugged in after the unit's on the windshield mount when using the charger that comes with it.
Summary: I'm not entirely sure what all the fussing about this model is all about. I guess isolated experiences are what drive some to write poor reviews. But here's my take on this unit after having it for a year... I bought this through Amazon in April of '09... It came bundled with the FM Subscription-free traffic link (which is pretty much useless where I live, but free is free...
Summary: I like the size and weight of the unit, the overall ease of use, the clarity and size of screen, the automatic night adaptation feature, the audio which announces specific street names (instead of merely, "Turn Left") and the price. What I don't like is the unit shutting itself off after being in use for 20 minutes or so--whether I have entered a specific destination or am just using the map. Maybe my unit is defective, but it does seem a bit odd.
Summary: The Magellan RoadMate 1470 works well. Only one issue I have is in a number of instances I was in the intersections when it told me to "turn left or right here". It was late indicating the street. I used the Magellan 1470 on a trip to San Diego and it saved my %$& in San Diego even with the late turn direction a coulple of times. I have a Tom Tom and I like the size and features of the Magellan better. Over all good GPS.
Richard F. Eggleton "Stuck in Traffic in LA", Amazon
5 March 2010
Summary: I spent days and days researching GPS devices, going to stores, reading online reviews, visiting manufacturer's sites and talking to people who owned GPS devices. I even bought and returned two other units - A Magellan 1445T and a Navigon 7200. I thought my research would guide me to the best unit for me. Boy was I wrong and did I waste a lot of time. Ask yourself what is really important to you before you buy.