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Magellan RoadMate 1470

alaTest has collected and analyzed 819 reviews of Magellan RoadMate 1470. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviews about the size and screen are on the whole positive. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Magellan RoadMate 1470 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 773 user reviews of Magellan RoadMate 1470 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Reviewers really like the size and screen. The price and performance also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, performance, price, screen, size


73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Magellan RoadMate 1470 4.7-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS NavigatorMagellan RoadMate 1470 4.7-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS NavigatorMagellan Traffic Link for Subscription-Free Traffic for RoadMate 1210, 1220, 1340, 1424, 1440, 1470, 4700

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: (

Magellan RoadMate 1470


Along the unit's top edge is the power switch. This slider returns to a neutral position when actuated and powers the device on or off. When powering off, the user is presented with a 5-second countdown and the option to cancel or shut down...

The Magellan RoadMate's OneTouch menu puts the most commonly accessed destinations and searches at a user's fingertips at all times. The smartly designed destination confirmation screen gives users a good deal of flexibility as to how they get where...

Poorly designed cradle interferes with power cable when mounting. The onscreen keyboard cannot be changed from its alphabetical layout to a more familiar QWERTY layout.

The Magellan RoadMate matches the competition's performance and ease of use, while providing a larger screen at a lower price.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Craig Ellison (

Magellan RoadMate 1470


As GPS prices edge lower and lower, and manufacturers scramble to remain competitive, premium features are becoming more and more common on entry-level models. The latest example of this trend is Magellan's RoadMate 1470 ($299.99 list), which is loaded...

Larger-than-average 4.7-inch screen. Maps for U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Excellent interface and POI search capabilities. AAA TourBook guide. Text-to-speech conversion. Multisegment routing. Lane assist

No pedestrian mode or support for multiple vehicle profiles. Limited route avoidances. Limited language and voice support

With a revamped user interface and features borrowed from Magellan's high-end GPS devices, the RoadMate 1470 is both easy to use and an excellent value.

Apr, 2009

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Magellan RoadMate 1470


It's a slim, lightweight GPS that will serve all basic in car GPS navigation needs. For more advanced functions such as Bluetooth pairing, higher end models are available. It's in the right price range and Magellan have chosen to target this model...

Preloaded maps for US & Canada4.7inch Touch ScreenLane AssistEnhanced functions for AAA membersBasic GPS system

The Magellan RoadMate 1470 GPS navigator comes with a OneTouch favorites...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: Ricky (

Magellan RoadMate 1470 review – affordable PND with OneTouch access


Magellan – have you consider this name while buying a car GPS navigation device? No! Then we will recommend you to consider this company because it has launched one of the best portable navigation devices - Magellan RoadMate 1470. It costs $249.99 and...

Large 4.7 inches touch screen; OneTouch menu

No option to change onscreen keyboard to QWERTY keyboard; power cable interferes while mounting the device on cradle

If you need a budget friendly fast GPS navigation device with large screen and can manage the cradle mounting without any problem, then buy – Magellan RoadMate 1470.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: SHAUN CONLIN (

RoadMate 1470 GPS Navigation System


The Magellan Roadmate 1470 GPS system, one of the more intuitive digital navigators out there. Just don't yell at it, because it's not listening.

As GPS Systems go, most feature the same basic functions but stand apart based on things like ease-of-use, interface, etc. Magellan's Roadmate 1470 stands out with big fat buttons on its ample screen, among other things.

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Magellan RoadMate 1470 review


The Magellan RoadMate 1470 is one of several new models introduced by the company in the spring of 2009. This 4.7” touch-screen unit offers Magellan's new One Touch interface, AAA TourBook, Highway Lane Assist, exit POIs and multi-destination routing.

I am very impressed with the huge number of improvements in the RoadMate 1470 over previous Magellan models. Magellan fans should be very happy with this unit. I'm not quite ready to recommend it over Garmin and TomTom models, but clearly, Magellan has...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Fletch (

Magellan RoadMate 1470 Review


Magellan's RoadMate 1470 is the first product released since the company was acquired by Mitac earlier this year, and if the 1470 is any indication, this is going to be a very good union indeed.

The Best Magellan GPS Yet

Apr, 2009

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Magellan Roadmate 1470


Magellan RoadMate 1470 has some wonderful features to its credit as well as some noticeable misses. We like the lane assist, multiple destination planner and automatic re-route. The lack of automatic traffic updates, Bluetooth compatibility and voice...

Lane assist will come in handy on virtually any journey

Lack of free traffic updates will be a drawback for some users

Though it is lacking some minor things, this unit has a strong core feature set, including lane assist and automatic re-route, making it a good value overall.

Consumer review by: 5htej23 (

"Device is better than support"


Since Magellan seems to be the only company that has partnered with AAA to provide their Tour Book information (which can updated for free by AAA members) it gives them a definite advantage. However, even though most, if not all, or their current...

The device works fine, although it tells me I have arrived home when passing a neighbors house about four houses away. Fortunately I come home sober and don't go into the wrong driveway. ;-)

Magellan leaves older customers in the dust by no providing the same perks as they now do on almost all of their popular models: free map and traffic updates.

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: Slamjet (

Good, Solid Performer


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. As...

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

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

May, 2010

Product Specifications

The Magellan RoadMate 1470 device boasts the acclaimed OneTouch menu, a 4.7-inch color touch screen, and an ultra-thin design. Preloaded maps and points of interest for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico make the RoadMate 1470 ideal for both business trips and vacations. Easy-to-use, premium features give you confidence on the road and deliver a powerful navigation experience.


Run Time (Up To):3hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:4.7"
Diagonal Size (metric):11.9 cm

Dimensions & Weight


GPS Software

Maps Included:Canada / Puerto Rico / USA

GPS System

Recommended Use:Automotive
Type:GPS receiver


Manufacturer:Magellan Navigation
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Magellan RoadMate