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Magellan RoadMate

alaTest has collected and analyzed 170 reviews of Magellan RoadMate. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers really like the screen and size. The price and performance are also appreciated, but there are some mixed comments 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 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 141 user reviews of Magellan RoadMate from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Reviewers are impressed by the price and screen. The size and performance also get good views. Many are negative about the reliability.

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62% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Magellan RoadMate 3055 4.7-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime TrafficMagellan RoadMate 3055 4.7-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Jamie Lendino (

Magellan RoadMate 9055


Not only does the Magellan RoadMate 9055 portable GPS device pack a huge 7-inch screen, it's a solid performer on the road, and it's exceptionally easy to use.

Extra-large, 7-inch LCD. Very fast UI and POI search. Unusually flexible mount works in a wide variety of vehicles. Free lifetime traffic with no ads. Useful AAA TourBook. A/V input.

Chosen routes aren't always the quickest. No speed limit signs. Map updates cost extra. Its sheer size could be an issue in smaller vehicles.

Navigation Performance, Other Features, and Conclusions Map graphics are the same as before; serviceable, but not exceptionally detailed. At least the roads themselves lack visible pixelation. Using the volume and zoom controls is easy thanks to their...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Jamie Lendino (

Magellan RoadMate 2035


The bargain-price Magellan RoadMate 2035 covers all of the basics, and even includes free lifetime traffic alerts, but comes with frequent, sometimes-annoying ads.

Accurate routing. Clear, robust voice prompts. Fast recalculations. Free lifetime traffic alerts.

Frequent, persistent ads. No 2D or 3D lane assistance. No speed limit signs.

Navigation, Voice Prompts, and Conclusions In a series of routing tests, the RoadMate 2035 performed well. Magellan's route choices continue to differ slightly from TomTom and Garmin units, though the 2035 never steered me wrong. Map graphics looked...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : Antuan Goodwin (

Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter review: Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter


The Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter is the flagship model of the manufacturer's 2010 line of GPS navigators. With its RDS traffic receiver and Bluetooth hands-free speakerphone, it's already one of the most fully featured units in Magellan's current...

The Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter features snappy performance with fast routing and rerouting. It gets free traffic updates with a Traffic Wakeup feature that boots the device before you leave for work or home. Magellan's One Touch shortcut menu puts...

If you don't like seeing ads, you won't like the 3065's interface, as they're all over it when it's using traffic data. The ridiculously stiff windshield mount is nearly impossible to remove with one hand.

The Magellan RoadMate 3065 is a solid-performing GPS navigator that takes a unique approach to streamlining your commute with its Traffic Wakeup feature.

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : Antuan Goodwin (

Magellan RoadMate 1470 review: Magellan RoadMate 1470


The screen features a matte finish that does a good job of diffusing glare which, along with the bright backlighting, keeps the unit usable when viewed in direct sunlight.

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


Besides packing a larger-than-average 4.7-inch screen, Magellan's RoadMate 1470 is easy to use and serves up six million POIs.

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.

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Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Craig Ellison (

Magellan RoadMate 1430


The widescreen RoadMate 1430 boasts many of the same high-end features of its premium Maestro siblings, without the premium price tag.

Multisegment routing. Live traffic information. Intuitive interface. Traffic receiver integrated into the case.

Some functions are sluggish. Occasional unexplained route recalculations.

Your calculated route is highlighted in bright green on the map screen. At the bottom of the display, one data field shows you the distance to your next turn. You can toggle between distance to your destination, estimated time of arrival, and remaining...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Craig Ellison (

Magellan RoadMate 2000


The RoadMate 2000 portable GPS system is a good choice for the value-conscious consumers.

Sensitive Receiver. QuickSpell facilitates data input. Multisegment routing.

Some functions, such as finding the nearest gas station or changing map views take too many taps of the screen.

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Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Craig Ellison (

Magellan RoadMate 860T


The Magellan RoadMate 860T improves on its predecessor, but it still doesn't compare with the best GPS devices out there.

Excellent POI categories. Live traffic data with automatic rerouting. QuickSpell facilitates data entry. Text-to-speech conversion announces street names. Supports multisegment trip routing.

Can't play music while navigating. Awkward software application required for transferring music and picture files. Traffic data lacks list view.

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Jun, 2006

Expert review by : John R. Delaney (

Magellan RoadMate 360 review: Magellan RoadMate 360


Intro The Magellan RoadMate 360 is the most affordable ($499.99) member of the company's RoadMate series of vehicle navigators, and like its more expensive siblings, it offers a powerful GPS receiver and accurate, turn-by-turn, voice-guided driving...

The Magellan RoadMate 360 is an affordable GPS device you can easily move from car to car. It offers voiced-guided driving directions, a large points-of-interest database, and a strong 14-channel receiver.

The Magellan RoadMate 360 lacks some of the extra features offered in similarly priced systems, such as traffic services and Bluetooth.

The Magellan RoadMate 360 is a good bet if you're looking for an accurate vehicle navigator for less than $500, but we wish it offered a few more features.

May, 2006

Expert review by : Oliver Kaven (

Magellan RoadMate 360


The Magellan RoadMate 360's preloaded maps and turn-by-turn guidance are great, but maneuvering the interface is more difficult than it should be.

Good screen. Complete set of U.S. maps built into the system.

No 3D view. Unintuitive Interface.

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Dec, 2005

Product Specifications


Built-in speaker(s):N / Y
Built-in speakers:No / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1


Built-in camera: No


Color of product:Black / Black, Silver
Form Factor:Fixed


Backlight display: Yes
Display:LCD / TFT
Display Diagonal:4.3 / 4.7 / 5 / 7
Display Resolution:480 x 272
Display size (HxV):480 x 272 / 8.5 x 11
Display size (HxV) (imperial):480 x 272 / 8.5 x 11
Placement supported:Horizontal / Horizontal/Vertical / Vertical
Touch screen: Yes
Widescreen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery life (max):0.5 / 2 / 3
Battery performance:720
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:AC / AC, Battery / Battery

GPS Performance

Antenna:Internal / Yes
GPS accuracy - position:196.9

GPS Type

Auto: Yes
Aviation: No
Camper/Caravan: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): No
Golf: No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking): No
Sport (fitness, running): No
Truck:No / Yes

GPS type



LED Indicators:Power fail / Yes


License term:Lifetime
License term in years:Lifetime
Lifetime map updates: Yes
Map coverage:Canada, USA / Puerto Rico, Canada, USA / USA
Map view options:2D / 2D, 3D
Maps included: Yes
Topographic map: No


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / SD
Internal storage capacity:2
Storage media type:Flash


3D landmarks: Yes
Address input:City / City, Street
Auto re-route: Yes
Automatic routing: Yes
Barometric altimeter: No
Electronic compass:No / Yes
FM traffic compatible: No
Lane guidance: Yes
Live service:No / Yes
Live Traffic Message Channel (TMC):Y
Points of interest:6000000
Speed limits: Yes
Traffic Message Channel (TMC):No / Yes
Trip computer: Yes
Voice commands:No / Yes


Bluetooth:No / Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):-10 - 70
Operating temperature range (T-T):-10 - 70

Other Features

Antenna Type:Multidirectional Patch
Wireless connection:N
Wireless connections: No

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC / AC, USB / USB
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Packaging Data

Package dimensions (WxDxH):14 x 6.42 x 6.61

Ports & interfaces

AV input: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Battery Capacity:720
Battery life (max):0.5 / 2 / 3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:AC / AC, Battery / Battery


Processor frequency:400 / 533


Supported bands:AM, FM / No
Supported radio bands:AM,FM / Not supported


Windows operating systems supported: Yes


Time/distance alert: Yes
Vibrating alert: No

System Requirements

Minimum processor:-10 - 70

Technical Details

Alarm clock: Yes
Announces street names: Yes
Area calculation: Yes
Built-in Microphone:No / Yes
Calculator:No / Yes
Calendar: No
CD player: No
Color of product:Black
DVD player: No
FM Transmitter: No
Form Factor:Fixed
Hunt/fish calendar: No
Image viewer: No
Interface Type:Touch Screen
Languages support:English
MP3-player: No
Night mode: Yes
Removable front panel: Yes
Speed controlled volume:No / Yes
Spoken street names:Y
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes
Water temperature sensor: No


TV tuner integrated: No
Video playback: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.63 / 0.748 / 3.19 / 3.27 / 3.39 / 3.5 / 4.17 / 4.57
Height:0.63 / 0.669 / 0.709 / 3.27 / 3.39 / 4.53
Weight:10.5 / 12 / 5.2 / 5.21 / 5.5 / 5.8 / 6 / 6.4 / 7.8
Width:33.3 / 4.84 / 5.04 / 5.35 / 5.63 / 6.46 / 7.48 / 7.6