"I am satisfied"on by cortizny66
Pros easy to use
Cons no canada's maps
Summary How to get Canada's maps?
Maybe a memory card?
Pros Lots of info. easy to use, neat features
Cons RE-ROUTES RE-ROUTES RE-REOUTES!!! It takes forever to reroute, seriously! Not the smatest thinker either, it will get you there but its not always the best route.
Summary In short save your money and get a better unit, I brought my wife the Gamin 205, it reroutes in like 5 secs, compared to 20 to 30 secs, and dont be moving itll never catch up! One thing i like about the 1200, the voice sounds sexier!
Pros User interface and voice instructions were OK.
Cons Battery never held a charge. Failed completely even on charger after 6 months. No map upgrades available. I'm locked into 2007.
Summary Buy something else.
Pros -Easy to use
-Mount is highly adjustable
-Street view function
Cons - Everything that has to do with navigation! I am not kidding.
Summary I'll go over the reasons why this unit is useless. If you own one of these and like it, I would seriously question your judgement...
1. Route calculation is TERRIBLE. Your destination could be a straight shot down ONE road but this thing will start you off on the same road, route you through some neighborhood for two miles then put you back on the same road you started on to get to your destination instead of just telling you to go straight.
2. Route recalculation takes a minimum of 45 seconds (sometimes longer) even when you are only two minutes away from your destination. This makes the unit completely useless in a city where you can drive an additional half mile before the unit comes up with another route. Also while the unit is recalculating the map on the display freezes so you have no idea where you are or what is coming up. The voice also says nothing.
3. There has been more than one time where the spoken directions have instructed me to turn left but the screen has told me to turn right (which is correct). It contradicts itself!!!
4. Planning a route takes forever. You can enter a destination that is five minutes away and it takes 45 seconds to plan it. To compare, it would take my TomTom One literally 5 seconds or less to plan the same route
5. The UI looks rather amateur compared to competing units (TomTom, Garmin, Navigon, etc).
6. You cannot customize anything with this unit, no voices, no different colors for maps, nothing.
7. Brightness setting!!! It dims automatically when it gets dark which is great but the default setting for night is the brightest setting which will blind you. Every time it switches automatically you have to go into a sub-menu to turn the brightness down which is still far too bright. When it detects it is time to use the daylight setting, it defaults to the dimmest daylight setting which makes the screen too dim to see in sunlight, again making you go deep into a sub-menu to change the setting. No matter what you do, it defaults to a setting you don't WANT! USELESS!!!!
8. There are only 5 volume settings and the speaker has very poor sound quality. The speaker on the TomTom is very loud and very clear with enough bass to make it sound realistic. This sounds like a cheap tinny speaker.
9. No USB cable provided, you can only charge it with the provided car adapter.
This unit would be okay for someone who wants a very (emphasising VERY) basic, portable GPS system and who does not live in a city. I would not recommend the RoadMate 1200.
Your money is better spent with another manufacturer, or spend $20-$50 more and get something better.
Pros It is built to break.
Cons Avoid Magellan at all costs.
Summary This unit was supplied to me as a replacement for a more expensive, broken, and unsupported unit from Magellan.
Surprise! No one mentioned it was a refurb.
Surprise! It shipped with no maps--no card installed--and was non-functional.
This isn't the first trouble I've had with Magellan but it's by God the last.
Run from this company and their fraudulent bait-and-switch practices.
You will forever regret buying anything from Magellan. That is really, really true.