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This is a refurbished GPS. Refurbished generally means that the unit has been returned to the manufacturer, who brings the navigator back to like new conditions. Some GPS may contain cosmetic blemishes.
The Magellan RoadMate 1470 GPS device boasts a unique 4.7-inch color touchscreen and ultra-thin design, delivering powerful navigation in a compact package. This easy-to-use device gives you confidence while on the road with premium features, including AAA TourBook, highway lane assist, spoken street names, multi-destination routing, and pre-loaded maps of North America.
Powerful navigation in a compact package. Click to enlarge.
The exclusive Magellan OneTouch personalized search icons let you easily bookmark favorite destinations so you can find them anywhere you travel. Find your favorite café or restaurant in any city with a single touch. The RoadMate 1470 device delivers your favorites at your fingertips. Features include:
- Ability to personalize OneTouch search icons with your favorite places
- Announces street names and directions at each turn
- Ultra-wide 4.7-inch touchscreen display
- AAA TourBook and Roadside Assistance menu
- Permits multi-destination routing
- Maps of United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico
4.7-Inch Color Touchscreen
The large wide-format color touchscreen shows your position on the map, route, destination, ETA, surrounding Points of Interest (POI), signal strength, next maneuver, street names, and more--all at a glance.
6 million Points of Interest
Easily find what you need. Gas stations, restaurants, hotels, ATMs, and hundreds of other businesses and services are intuitively categorized and searchable from the built-in POI database. Most include the phone number.
Expanded NAVTEQ Maps
Travel the entire United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada with all the maps you need, pre-loaded on the device.
Brilliant 4.7-inch touchscreen. Click to enlarge.
Announces street names and directions at each turn. Click to enlarge.
Easily find what you need from the built-in POI database. Click to enlarge.
Add Traffic Link for live traffic info. Click to enlarge.
Hear street names with every voice direction and have a clear understanding of when to make the next turn while you keep your eyes on the road.
Intuitive User Interface
Bold, intuitive menu options make it easy to pick destinations and choose how you navigate, without even reading the instructions.
Uniquely stylish and compact, it's easy to transfer your Magellan GPS between vehicles, or toss it in a suitcase to take anywhere.
QuickSpell with MultiCity Search
Enter destinations with a few keystrokes. QuickSpell searches locations and checks spelling to provide you with a simple list of available destinations.
Color and contrast adjusts automatically for easy viewing at night.
Select several destinations and choose the order to plan a trip in advance and repeat the same trip again. Easily reorganize, add, or remove destinations.
Add Traffic Link for Live Traffic Info
Stop sitting in traffic waiting for traffic updates on your favorite radio station. Traffic Link will alert you on current traffic conditions for the area in which you are travelling. Simply plug in the Traffic Link device to your compatible Magellan GPS device, and you'll receive free information on the type of incident (e.g., accident or slow traffic), status of surrounding freeways/interstates, and approximate time until you come upon the issue. With the touch of a button, Traffic Link will provide you with an alternate route so that you can avoid delays, saving time and money.
With the Traffic Link service, you'll also receive special offers from premium vendors. Simply touch the information on the screen to obtain details on how to take advantage of the various deals being provided. Stop sitting in traffic. Get Traffic Link, turn it on, and go! Features include:
- Free automatic traffic updates for life!
- Intuitive user interface clearly displays traffic events
- Reroutes you around reported traffic jams
- Valuable promotional offers from premium vendors
What's in the Box
Magellan RoadMate 1470 GPS receiver; pre-loaded maps of United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico; windshield mount; adhesive disc for dash mounting; vehicle power adapter; USB cable; user handbook; user manual on CD-ROM
Dont update the maps
I originally ordered a Garmin and sent it back for the 1470 since the Garmin froze up on my Wife and it could not find a satellite when the unit rested on my lap while traveling down a main road in Pittsburgh.
Now, I wont bore you with my trip to Grandmaws house. The bottom line is the 1470 GPS worked well until I updated the maps. Two days after the 2.20 map update the unit froze and finally lockedup on the Magellan startup screen. There is no way to reset the unit and connecting it to a computer did not help as the computer wouldn't recognize the unit was connected. You would think Magellan would actually have a little reset hole on the unit. After reading about similar problems online I realized the unit cannot be fixed and must be returned.
I liked the size of the screen, the maps and the lane assist feature, however the on/off switch is really cheesey. The switch has 3 positions on/off/reset and it is very easy to put the GPS in the reset position rather that off, in fact I dont know if using the off position actually turns the GPS off, it seems like mine usually ended up in the reset position, maybe that contributed to the malfunction. The other complaint users have it the 12v connection is on the bottom of the unit.
After I updated the maps I notice several roads completed for a couple years were not shown on their so called new map update. Why cant they sell these units with the latest maps, I suspect its some kind of scam to milk another $80 out of you.
The good: The Magellans can find a satellite while I'm in my house and they obtain the signal rather quickly.
I will order another 1470 and NOT update the maps if I can find one for $99.00 as I was happy until it quit working.
Now my opinion on GPS's:
Anyone paying much more than $100 for any GPS is crazy. I bought my Wife a refurbished Magellan last year for Christmas and it has worked great, I have used it daily since I am a Trucker.
I understand if you send the GPS in to be fixed they send you back a refurbished unit anyway, so how would you feel about that after spending about $300 on a new one.
I believe that these GPS mfgs add a couple of new chicken resturants to the POI's and that constitutes a map update, gimme $80 please.
good gps but do not update to 2.20
The refurbished 1470 gps receiver unit has a slide switch on top for power-off. There's no reset as described by another reviewer. Maybe this one has different hardware version (version 4 as listed in the "product configuration" menu.)
make sure you have your computer antivirus enabled before attaching the USB cable to the 1470. AVG antivirus detected and removed LCASS.EXE virus located in f:/recycle bin and "Worm/Slow" virus in f:/autorun.inf.
while the vehicle was moving some lags were observed between the vehicle actual position and what's showing on the map. And it appeared that the lags got worst when in zoom "out" mode, which displayed more streets. The position lag was about 2 seconds in zoom "in" mode. If you missed the exit, the reroute process occurred very fast.
when there's a divider in the middle of the road, the lane assist "feature" sometimes showed me two choices. One went to the wrong side of the road!!!
after the car powered on the unit acquired the satellites pretty quick, within 20 sec.
I was quite happy with the magellan 1470 until I updated the software from version 1.12 to version 2.20 downloaded from the web. The unit was hosed after the update. I sent the unit back for an exchange...So DO NOT UPDATE TO 2.20.
updates - 01/30/2010
I receive a "new" refurbished gps today...only three days after I sent the "hosed" unit back...I'm impressed!!! this one has the same hardware/software versions (hardware version 4 and software version 1.12) as the returned one. Since I'm happy with the way it is with version 1.12...I won't do the software update again.
if you run the 1470 on battery, the battery is only last for 1 hour. Not 3 hours as listed in the spec.
Pretty good gps product Magellan RoadMate 1470 4.7-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator (Factory Refurbished)
This is our family's first GPS and we are pleased with it overall. We have been using it for about one month now and feel good about this product. It took a bit of getting used to learn its features. We have one deaf driver in our family so we had researched quite a bit to be sure that the GPS we picked was high on visual directions. Another plus is that one can read the street signs on the GPS when in an unfamiliar neighborhood at night given that one cannot read the street signs in the dark!
Please keep in mind that we are very happy with this particular GPS as we list some of the weaknesses.
1) There is no indicator that the battery is being charged when charging it. An indicator would have been helpful in determining the amount of battery power left in the GPS.
2) There is no hard copy user's manual given. We obtained ours from on-line and it was not the best instruction manual I have seen. It stated mostly the obvious.
3) Switching from one window to another could be a bit improved; We still haven't figured out how to get to the desired window easily.
4) I would love a "walking" feature in addition to mapping by car.
5) Entering a destination could be improved. They ask first for the city name. When I think of an address, I think of it as I would write it on an envelope so it is confusing to me to first enter the city, then street name, then the house number. The order is awkward.