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Magellan RoadMate 1470

 Magellan RoadMate 1470The Magellan RoadMate 1470 offers many superior features including its exclusive OneTouch™ menu for access to the user’s favorites. QuickSpell® with a SmartCity search with a highway exit POI search and these are just a few of the premier features the RoadMate 1470 offers. Its attention to detail ensures the user a superior experience.

The price of the RoadMate 1470 ranges from $129.99 to $170.00 depending on the place of purchase.

The RoadMate 1470 does not diverge away from the form factor of the portable navigation device. It is 3.3” deep, 5.2” tall and 0.7” wide. Because the unit is so thin, it is more easily pocketed than other devices in its class.

The majority of the units that are in the same price range only offer a 4.3” screen. The 1470 offers an extremely large 4.7” screen. The added area is nice for viewing the turn-by-turn directions.

The screen offers a bright backlighting and a matte finish that diffuses glare, which assists in keeping the unit usable even in the direct sunlight.

The top edge of the unit houses the power switch. When it is powering off, there is a five-second countdown, which gives the user an option to shut down or cancel it immediately.

If the user does not choose an option, the shutdown finishes. A countdown that is similar to this occurs when the device gets disconnected from the charger; however, the length of time increases to 30 seconds.

A favorite restaurant or café can be located with just a single touch. This unit offers the ability to plan a trip with numerous stops in the sequence wanted or the user can optimize his trip with the more efficient route to save time as well as money.

If the user’s vehicle breaks down while traveling, the AAA assistance phone number and the current location will be displayed on the screen ensuring help will be able to find him quickly and easily.

The Magellan RoadMate 1470 has preloaded points of interest and maps for the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada making this unit ideal for vacations and business trips alike.


There are literally millions of POIs available in the GPS giving the ability to quickly and easily locate ATMs, gas stations and much more.

The Magellan RoadMate 1470 is also Traffic Link compatible. This gives the user the ability to receive live onscreen traffic reports; however, the accessory necessary to use Traffic Link has to be purchased separately.

The OneTouch menu allows the user to have access to his most commonly visited and favorite destinations and searches quickly and easily.

The sizeable 4.7-inch touchscreen gives the user more area for menus and maps.

The names are spoken so the user can keep his eyes on the road.

AAA TourBook® provides descriptions and ratings on AAA approved places to dine, stay, play and save.

It offers highway lane assists to direct the user to the correct exit.

The destination verification screen is smartly designed allowing the user a great deal of flexibility when it comes to the various routes available to the user to reach their destination.


The cradle interferes with the power cable during mounting.

The keyboard is unable to be changed from its pre-programmed layout to a layout that is more familiar to the user.

Final Analysis

The Magellan RoadMate 1470 does match the performance of the competition including ease of use; however, this unit provides a larger screen and is less expensive.