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.
This 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!