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Magellan RoadMate 1200


The Magellan RoadMate 1200 was announced earlier this morning, and we have one in our hands ready to be put through a few hundreds miles of testing. While we are out driving around with the new RoadMate 1200, here is what you can expect to find.

Magellan Roadmate 1200This is a no frills GPS, and will be geared towards the first time GPS buyer who has needs for a simple navigation device that “just works”. The 3.5″ screen is very bright, is viewable from wide angles, and the text and maps are clear and sharp. What is also very noticeable about the RoadMate 1200 is the extremely slim profile and light weight. While not “iPhone” thin, I believe it is the thinnest GPS device I’ve held.

On the top is the power button and mount attachment point. On the left is a USB port. The right side has an SD card slot, and a reset switch. The speaker is located on the back and the bottom has no ports (yea!) but does include the other attachment point for the mount.

Inside you will find 1.3 million POIs, nearly double the amount found in other entry level Magellan devices… a welcome improvement.

The GPS is powered by a Centrality Atlas processor/chipset. We’ve used this chipset in the past on other GPS devices and have found that while it isn’t quite as fast to get a signal as some other chipsets, it has performed well. We haven’t had any driving time with the Roadmate 1200 yet, so we’ll let you know how it works out.

Maps from NAVTEQ come on a 1 GB SD card and cover the USA 48, plus Puerto Rico and Hawaii. An SD card with European mapping is said to become available.

Unlike some of the other Maestro models, the RoadMate 1200 doesn’t come with the AAA features such as the tourbook, roadside assistance screen, nor AAA member discount information.

More info soon!

175 Responses

  1. How do I update my Magellan 1200 with new streets and addresses that are not on it now. Like new subdivisions’ streets? Also, why can’t I add my 5 digit address? It seems to only use 3 digit addresses.

    Lauren - March 30th, 2009
    • I have owned this unit now for 2 years without too much of an issue. This month however the unit is refusing to take a charge in such a manner that suggests the unit is faulty. Also I live in a major metropolitan area and several major streets that have been around for years (50+) are listed as “unnamed” or don’t exist. The unit is in excellent condition and has been well maintained. I have put in a service ticket about this issue. They have not assigned me a service id yet, but when they do I will post it, so others may reference it.

      Tim - March 6th, 2011
      • NOW completly pissed off. Bought as “top of the line” it will not even find streets that have been here for over 100 years and refuses to upgrade, wish I would have went with a good garmin.

        earl - August 14th, 2011
  2. I bought this piece of garbage. The unit hung within three weeks and not even like a second or third usage. After I called and complained the company sent me packaging material to send to their repair facility which ended up wasting like two to three months. Shortly thereafter it did the same thing again. So i called up again and the jerk who is supposed to be a customer service expert goes through a bunch of baloney making me reset the switch and wasting about an hours time only to tell me later that there was no hope for the unit. He then ask me if i want to take advantage of the extended warranty for the price of 89 dollars. I said are you kidding me i paid like one hundred dollars for it. I then ask how long the extended warranty is for and he says one year. He then explains that i have to ship in the broken unit and i will be sent a REFURBISHED unit. I was so appalled. I dont even want to think of the poor sucker who is going to have to go through the same **** i went through after they fix it and sell it off again. It ********. The thing was not even used ten times. I advise anyone out there please do not patronize this company. They will shaft you any way possible. Unless you want something that doesn’t work dont buy.

    Tam - April 4th, 2009
    • just bought one and was told update for canada and us was no problem…i guess it is a problem so back to store it goes….i like the unit but no updates on a brand new unit…forget it….back it goes

      bruno - May 5th, 2010
    • Igot my unit as a gift 6 months ago, because I was always getting lost. The kids gave me this thing that came with a CD that did not work, so I stumbled through trying to use it. Then last week when I set it up for directions it powered down and said to load the map. The unit comes pre-loaded so what does this mean??? I took the card out of the system and put it back in. Still nothing. I have been trying to find out who or where to contact for help. I have no info on how to trouble shoot this problem, or can it be fixed or do I throw it out & get something better? HELP!

      Lera - August 12th, 2010
      • I had the same issue. SD card was not recognized, unit tells you to insert SD card…
        Magellan says it’s because the SD card went BAD.
        Magellan says buy a new SD card for $89.
        You are unable to copy the current SD card contents to a new SD card, because the unit will not recognize the new SD card either.
        NOT a fan of Magellan’s.

        Nick Greenwood - September 15th, 2010
  3. Just bought one of these a couple of weeks ago – I got it at a good price, nothing else came remotely close at that price.

    My only complaint is that the map seems way out of date. I’ve checked Magellan’s site and they list the 1200 as “new product” with no updates yet. However, I know of several newer roads that are close to 2 years old now that ought to be on newer maps (they do show up on NAVTEQ’s map on their site). If Magellan makes updates available “once a year” as people claim, it seems to me that they’re about a year behind since this unit has been on the market since 2007.

    Someone mentioned buying a NAVTEQ SD Card from Radio Shack with an updated map. Just wondered if anyone had any luck with that route, since it seems so far that all I can do is wait on Magellan to do something. Other than that, I like the unit. I’ve already bought a second mount (aftermarket from Best Buy for about 20 bucks) so I can swap it back and forth between my car and truck.

    Matt K. - April 11th, 2009
  4. I just wanted to say that this little GPS which we’ve aptly named “Jelly” is an absolute LIFESAVER!!! My husband and I just went on a trip in southern Ontario and it performed perfectly! Actually the one we used was borrowed from a friend and when we got home, we promptly went out and got one. It changes the route to suit in the event you shoudl make a wrong turn, it speaks clearly and warns you with plenty of time before a turn and it has a different toned bell for right and left turns which can be heard above music and open highway noises. My mom also purchased one too and because she is 72, this little unit HAD to be dummy proof, she understands how to use it and is ready for her cross Ontario trip!! Thanks Magellan!!! We will NEVER own another kind!

    Kate - April 26th, 2009
  5. I reently found this device on a sales site that had multiple units. For the price and a 2 yr extension I bought it. I did not want to spend a lot of money on the unit as my cell phone offers naigational with trafic alert for a fee.
    The only neg thing I can say is they sold me a refurbished unit with the warenty for the same price as a new unit.
    I never had a freeze up, have not used points of interest. The function has been 100% right on. It is clear, I love the tone before turns that my Cell does not offer.
    I travel about 400-500 miles a week for my company and I have never been let down this month.
    I am assuming as purchasing this unit the older style had an issue with freeze ups and therefore why the refurbished units now. But it is simpleto use, and data has great response if I take a new route to detour for a shop on the way home.
    But, what is the SD card for, are they ways to up date streets or POI from the web site? Any toys to it?

    DiAnn - April 30th, 2009
  6. This product has let me down so many times. Every addresses enter is incorrect. I enter the address and it takes me ether one block up or one block down from distention. Don’t Buy this is CRAP.

    ruben - May 5th, 2009
    • I arrived the US on march 11 2009 & bought it on my landing in Miami.
      after a 4000 miles trip i fount the gps very accurate. friendly, and eassy operated.
      it made omly 2 slight mistakes(may be my fault) in 6 weeks trip.

      Hanoch - May 15th, 2009
    • I love it, love it!! I am sad because my husband dropped it and the screen cracked. This little device has made my driving experience just wonderful. I am needing to go and buy another one for replacement. Please don’t say so many bad things about it. It is simple and it does not make all kind of noises. I have trusted this device to get my younger daughter on many long trips, and it has not failed me yet. Great job Magellan!!!

      Beatriz - September 10th, 2010
  7. i have aquestion i just got this product on ebay, im new to this gps thing so bare with me πŸ™‚
    when i turn the device on it says that the card has been removed and system will restart, now will this be fixed if i just put a sd card in it or does it have to be a magellan sd card specific to this model? or should the device start with no problems without the card? any help or comments will be apreciated.

    Isa - May 16th, 2009
    • The GPS should start fine. Sounds like they didn’t include the needed card that has the application and maps. You should return it.

      Tim - May 18th, 2009
  8. This GPS was good while it lasted..which wasn’t much (8 months). I turns itself off after 30 seconds. Don’t buy this crap.

    Camilo - June 27th, 2009
  9. Will Magellan EVER come out with map updates for the Roadmate 1200?

    Vicki - June 28th, 2009
  10. Can anyone tell me if a phone charger such as one for a Motorola, can charge the Magellan 1200? It says it is rated for 5 volts and I believe that the GPS is 5 volts as well.

    Jerry - June 28th, 2009
    • Keep in mind that many non OEM chargers will just put the GPS into usb mode.

      Tim - June 29th, 2009
      • Meaning what?

        Jerry - June 29th, 2009
        • Just read the link. πŸ™‚

          Tim - June 29th, 2009
  11. Thanks, Tim! I’ve tried that and this is what I get. πŸ™


    Vicki - June 28th, 2009
    • I can get to the page fine, Vicki. Looks like your ISP is having issues with their site.

      Tim - June 29th, 2009
  12. Jerry, a phone charger should work. I left the power cord for mine behind when I swapped my Roadmate to another vehicle – I found a phone charger that fit the port correctly and it worked fine (I don’t remember if it was a Motorola charger, but it may have been). I picked it up at a truck/travel plaza for about 12-13 bucks.

    Regarding chargers, on this unit – take care to make sure the cord is long enough. Mine stretched a little tight from the unit to the power point in my truck. Rather than the cord breaking, the jack on the GPS unit weakened over time and broke off the circuit board.

    I have not seen any updates on Magellan’s website for this particular model as of a month ago. It has been on the market well over two years. It is a nice unit but Magellan’s support for it has not been very impressive.

    Matt - June 28th, 2009
  13. 69.Everytime I plug my universal car charger into my 1200 to charge the battery it gives me a screen says β€œThe USB has been connected to the unit. Please follow instructions from PC application for updating maps or software.” I could not get out of this screen unless i unplug the unit and then the battery dies:( please help?

    Ralph J. Simon - August 8th, 2009
    • i have the exact problem, did you find a way to fix it?

      steve - May 28th, 2010
      • same problem. junk.

        John Ferrara - June 17th, 2010
    • can you please tell me if you were able to fix this problem? thank you

      chris - July 1st, 2010
    • The problem is this your car charger is running the wrong voltage to the unit (The same as usb) so the chipset recognizes it as such. you need to get a magellan charger to charge and use at the same time.

      anthony - November 14th, 2010
  14. I love my Roadmate 1200 I got it for a christmas gift two tears ago. The only problem is that the time is incorrect. How do I reset the time.
    Thank you

    Merle - August 9th, 2009
  15. My like my magellan roadmate 1200, except for my latest trip.

    Why does my roadmate keep stating that it is going to power down in x seconds or press no to suspend. I am using the OEM car charger, it is lighting up, and the unit powers up, but shortly after it want to suspend itself. If I ignore it or press yes that I want to continue on battery power it will go back to navigating, and then mayber 30 seconds later it will repeat the whole event. When I examine the options, I can see an icon indicating a fully charge battery, however I do not believe this. Is there something wrong with my roadmate or is there something wrong with my adapter.

    I am currently trying to charge it with a motorola ac/dc wall adapter. I get the “USB mode” message, I then shut off the unit with the power button, I am hoping that it will take a long charge and work better, but I have no idea if this will work.

    Can someone comment on my problem and using a non oem ac/dc wall adapter to attempt a long charge?


    Dan - September 18th, 2009

      RON - October 24th, 2011
    • I had a similar problem with the unit, mine was about 2 yrs old. Suspecting that the battery/charging circuit had gone bad I contacted Magellan to see what they would do about it. They never got back to me, never returned my calls, nothing. So I opened it up and found the battery had gone bad and would no longer take a charge. Basically the battery has lost most of it’s life and will only last for a few minutes before requiring a charge, then when you do charge it, it will only take a few minutes to recharge ‘fully’ (which is why it shows a full charge). You can replace the battery, by getting a new one and cracking open the unit and changing them out. However after the lack of customer service I received from Magellan, I recycled the battery and threw the unit in the target bin for the next time we go to the gun range. Bought a new unit with lifetime updates/traffic and a bigger screen. Brand starts with G, very happy.

      Tim - October 31st, 2011
  16. I noticed we can not look up POI along the route. A recent trip through NY to Niagara Falls I wanted to find a reast area before entering Rt 90 and had to cancel the route to find any spots.

    Local driving around town it shows eateries etc. Alerts with a utensil signal?????

    Diane - September 18th, 2009
  17. Our Magellan 1200 just died on us this weekend. It was fully charged and running and the screen just went blank. We checked all the connections, etc. but no luck. Is this unusual?

    Eileen - September 21st, 2009
    • I just bought one from a yard sale yesterday (2.00) with the same problem. I opened it up and found the solder joints to the power up button cracked, I re-soldered them and it works fine. have someone with some electrical skills open the case and check it out, it will be that or the battery has died.

      anthony - November 14th, 2010
  18. hello i have a Magellan 1200 and when i put it on charg it wont come on can you tell me what i can do

    rick - September 24th, 2009
  19. Hello,

    I bought my RM1200 for Christmas of 2007. And was just wondering…

    How do you change the time? Since I bought it, It has never displayed the correct time. Now it’s so far off, that it displays the “day” screen at night and the “night” screen during the day!

    When I look for a location using the Zip Code, it offers me a selection of several cities. WHY?? There is not one Zip Code that shares ANY portion of two cities simultaneously. This bothers me sometimes, because sometimes all I have is the Zip and Street address. Sometimes there are 5 cities to choose from. All are very close together, but it’s not cool when you’re in the wrong place and late going to the right place. Anyone know why it does this?

    Other than that, it’s been real cool. Only twice has it ever had a problem with shutting down for reasons other than a dead battery (dang! I forgot to plug it in!).

    Ed - October 22nd, 2009
    • Ed, GPS devices derive the current time (UTC time) from the GPS satellites. (That is in fact how it determines your position… by listening to very tiny differences in the time being broadcast from the satellites and figuring distance based on the speed of light.) But what you typically do need to adjust is your timezone. I don’t have one of those models anymore and I don’t remember where to program in the timezone offset.

      As to zip codes, there ARE cities (more likely towns) that “share” a zip code with other towns. I’ve lived in such an area. It is a rural area and so multiple towns share a post office and share a zip code. It can be confusing as technically there are two different “Main Street” roads in the same zip code which are not connected and not part of the same town. Rare… but it does happen.

      Tim - October 22nd, 2009
      • Thanks Tim,

        I do have it set to the correct time zone.

        And on the zip code thing:
        I didn’t know that some zips share cities. But is does not explain how for when you input a zip code, it also displays cities with different zip codes. I realize the choices are close by, but still, not the same zip code. Alas, I’ve lived with it for almost two years…

        Ed - October 27th, 2009
        • Ed, In looking for a way to contact Magellan to let them know that they are sending people onto a street that has been closed for over 5 years (still haven’t found a way, but that’s another story), I happened across your note about zip codes and multiple cities.
          44120 covers Shaker Heights & part of Cleveland. Shaker also has 44122, which covers part of Beachwood. Not small towns – populations well over 30,000, with Cleveland having around 1/2 million. I work in a large hospital which has a spiffy search – if the employee types in a Zip Code, it comes up with a drop down table of any cities serviced by that Zip Code…sometimes 4-6, depending on the area, but some not at all considered “rural”.
          Just thought you’d like to know.
          And, if you know how I can contact Magellan to let them know they are misdirecting patients onto a closed road, let me know!


          Gail - June 3rd, 2011
  20. remove rubber plugs from back, unscrew cover, remove battery and just use car charger for power. Or buy a replacement battery.

    ted - October 27th, 2009
  21. Steve,

    There’s a slight voltage change from the Magellan car charger to a USB port or a universal car charger(the latter two having the same voltage). The unit senses this and thinks it’s being connected to a computer. So it’s waiting for the \computer\ to download software. The battery will still recharge while in this state, but the unit will not work as it’s stuck waiting for the computer download. Once you disconnect, It will reboot and operate normally. Now, what I do sometimes is that if i’m going to be riding my motorcycle and I can’t plug in my carcharger, I’ll turn it off while I’m riding and just remember the next few turns. It’s not the same, but At least I don’t get lost. Good luck!

    Ed - May 28th, 2010
  22. Our Magellan 1200 lost connection to the satellite and will not reconnect.

    Kerri Smith - June 20th, 2010
  23. Ive had my RM1200 for a couple of years now. This unit locks on the satellites resonably fast. Routing has been very good, though like any gps, do a sanity check, for example I was routed to exit the freeway and reenter about 3 miles later, looking at a paper map, it logically routed me the shortest path-not the gps fault at all.
    So called universal power adapter doesnt seem to work. I would guess the original plug has a hardwire key on it to prevent using other adapter other than Magellans. This is because any USB only supplies 500ma(max), the unit while charging and powered on, probably uses more than that. So to keep a USB port from failing, they made it so that the unit will not charge when not seeing this key. A safety feature actually. It a basic GPS that works great for what it is a simple routing GPS.

    robf - August 26th, 2010
  24. How do you store a user POI on the SD?
    When I try to save a MyPoi, it says I need to select a MyOI file, it seem it is looking for a file. I guess I’d need to create a folder and or a file but what to name it and where in the SD would I need to store it?

    robf - August 26th, 2010
  25. Why shld we have to pay for an update. Heck we already paid for the device , that seems to be out of date when we bought it. This is not a customer friendly product

    Wanda - September 7th, 2010
  26. invest your $89.00 on a tom tom that’s what i did and even got a year warranty all for $92.00 including tax and you can update FREE on the internet everyday if you want. Good luck

    Lera Pauling - September 18th, 2010
  27. magellan roadmate 2036 which is 2 years newer is the worst gps in the world i would go with tom tom or garmin.

    feel - June 27th, 2011
  28. Is there a way to update maps without paying eighty dollars?

    Meagan - June 30th, 2011
    • No. It takes lots of money to drive around every road mapping them, collecting data, and distributing those maps so the costs need to be passed along somehow. With the low cost of many GPS devices and the speed which new features come out it is often more cost effective to purchase a new GPS and pass along the old one.

      Tim - July 7th, 2011
  29. My son was tired of me getting lost so bought me this RoadMate 1200 3 years ago…love it, don’t know how I have lived without it! I have experienced a few glitches some of you have mentioned but 99% I am good. Lots of construction going on in Calgary and I am sad that Magellan charges for map updates and $79 at that! A little steep if you ask me. [deleted, mod]

    Penny Coleman - August 22nd, 2011
  30. I have the (UK) Roadmate 1200, Ive had small issues that dont happen often but nothing that can’t be sorted within a few secs/mins, One classic is when I was right next to a mobi phone mast = white screen then hung! I reset it and surprisingly it didnt loose all my manual address inputs, If the 2007 map don’t show it then I use google maps on the mobi and look for the nearest “older” street to head too! Annoyingly can’t seem to find a map update can any other maps be used? Its quite accurate for house numbers too which I need in the dark for work! As for the voice, there is one phrase where she must of been getting peed off because it comes out quite abrupt AND has anyone in (UK) especially, noticed even with just the UK/Eire maps installed, after you input an address and hit the “map” function, you can zoom it right out and look at roads in other countries (WORLD WIDE!)

    Brian Turner - October 24th, 2011
  31. I have a Magellan gps roadmate 1200,and the car charger is not charging my gps anymore…
    I’ve not used it in about two years.
    and When I use a alternate charger,it charges,but won’t let me use it unless I unplug that charger.
    Is their a Fuse in this thing and if so,how do you open it up?…
    I got the end open where a small computer board is located!

    Kenneth Phillips - November 27th, 2011
  32. I got my Magellan Roadmate 1200 as a service gift a few years ago . Works as expected . Unfortunately, my screen cracked through no fault of mine . Are there any brands available that are resistant to screen cracks ?

    Dennis - December 18th, 2011
  33. i am unable to type in a 5 digit address ,what do i do

    Dan - December 18th, 2011

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