Magellan Roadmate 1200 Entry-Level Portable GPS Unit

Magellan is one of the largest portable GPS unit manufacturers in the World, and they have recently introduced their newest entry-level GPS device called the Roadmate 1200 . This device is one of the thinnest portable GPS devices on the market right now, and best of all, it's also one of the least expensive.
Magellan Roadmate 1200 Map ScreenMagellan Roadmate 1200 Map Screen
The Magellan Roadmate 1200 is a basic entry-level model, and therefore it won't give you a ton of features like text to speech (TTS), music or video playback, Bluetooth, or traffic warnings. What you will get is an easy to use GPS device that is not going empty out your wallet. If you were lucky enough to pick one of these up on Black Friday this year, you could have gotten one for about $125. You can still get one of these little gadgets for under $200, which is a great buy.

The Magellan Roadmate 1200 is made of a very durable black plastic material. The touch-screen LCD display is 3.5 inches, and it features 320 x 240 pixel resolution and 64,000 colors. The screen is very bright and colorful. Maps can be displayed in either 2D or 3D mode.
3.5 inch display is very bright3.5 inch display is very bright
The dimensions of the Roadmate 1200 are 3.3 x 3.63 x 0.69 inches, and it weighs in at just 4.94 ounces. This device is pocketable, and it's one of the thinnest portable GPS devices on the market right now.

Maps are provided by NAVTEQ, and they come preloaded on a SD card in the Roadmate 1200. The U.S. version contains maps of the continental United States, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii (sorry Alaska!). Also included is a database of 1.3 million points of interest (POI) which includes restaurants, hotels, gas stations, and others.

Navigation is very simple with the Magellan Roadmate 1200. You can choose a route based upon fastest, shortest, least/most use of the freeways, and avoid toll roads. You can also type in an address or choose an address that you've previously saved.
Magellan Roadmate 1200 Main MenuMagellan Roadmate 1200 Main Menu
Although this is a basic entry-level GPS device, it does have a few cool features. There is a cool 3D birds eye-view that you can view full-screen or split-screen with the regular 2D mode. Another nice feature is the Smart Detour feature which will automatically prompt you when freeway traffic has suddenly slowed down, and thus you can find an alternate route.

All-in-all, the Magellan Roadmate 1200 is an excellent entry-level GPS device that most first-timers will love. There have been a few reported "bugs" in the Roadmate 1200's interface, but future firmware updates will fix these minor gripes. These small issues are probably a result of Magellan trying to release the 1200 in time for the 2007 holiday season, and they may have rushed it a bit.

Sources: Magellan , GPS Review

Joe Eitel's Gadget Blog
Jan 6, 2008
by Thomas Richards (not verified)

Magellan Roadmate 1200

Just beginning to use this unit and like it so far. visuals are good and maps easy to follow. The features of adding addresses and trip planning is quick and easy espcially with quickspell. I like also the feature of the listing of the waypoints coordiants for the current locations. As a geocacher I wished it featured an option of entering in waypoints to guide to a location. It seems like an easy feature to have added. What do you think? TR