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Magellan RoadMate 1424-LM

Portable navigator with lifetime map updates

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by Dominic Devito
Magellan

Who needs a portable navigator?

Portable GPS puts you in touch with the world when you're on the road. Tap the restaurant icon, and it asks you what kind of food you're looking for. Type in "Mexican," and you're eating a burrito before you know it. A portable navigator not only gets you to your destination, it can also find museums, theaters, and other spots along the way. Many navigators receive traffic reports, so you can avoid jams. Other cool features range from hands-free calling to 3D graphics and lane guidance. Best of all, you can move a portable easily from car to car, a big plus for multi-car families.

If you're a frequent traveler, you know that roads can change for a number of reasons — construction, new housing, or state mandate. Magellan's RoadMate 1424-LM portable navigator features free lifetime map updates, so you can add current maps up to four times each year. It's easy and it doesn't cost you anything.

Take it on all your travels
You get preloaded maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, and you can check out the easy-to-follow directions on the RoadMate 1424-LM's 4.3" touchscreen display. Text-to-speech voice prompts say actual street names so you'll never worry that you're making a wrong turn. And it's no fun scrolling through multiple menu screens to find a destination — Magellan's OneTouch™ menu allows you to access all your favorite spots with just a single touch of the screen.

You can also search among 6 million points of interest to locate nearby gas, lodging, food, shopping, and other travel stops — Magellan makes it especially easy to find destinations nearest to highway exits, reducing your road time. Route optimization lets you find the most efficient route when running errands by sorting multiple stops on the same trip.

Travel tips and more
The included AAA TourBook® features give you instant access to service details and recommended destinations from the leading travel resource. If you're an AAA member, you can quickly access a phone listing for AAA Roadside Assistance™ in case of emergency — you'll also get your exact GPS location so help can find you quickly.

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Highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator
  • lifetime map updates (receive up to 4 map updates per year without additional fees)
  • suction-cup windshield mount and dashboard disk
  • car power adapter and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 3 hours of life
Navigation features:
  • 4.3" color (480 x 272 pixels) touchscreen control
  • internal flash memory preloaded with maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico
  • 6 million points of interest
  • text-to-speech voice prompts announce road names
  • multi-destination routing: route optimization (up to 20 destinations)
Other features and specs:

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Features and Specs
Features
Maps
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Built-in
Map Coverage
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USA (50), CA, PR
Points of Interest
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6,000,000
Multiple Destination Routing
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Yes
Screen Size
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4.3"
Widescreen
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Yes
Bluetooth Capable
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No
Photo Viewer
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No
Digital Audio Playback
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No
Text To Speech
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Yes
Voice Control
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No
Dynamic Content Services
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AAA TourBook
Removable Memory Type
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N/A
Battery Life
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2 Hours
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • Portable vehicle navigation unit
  • Cigarette lighter adapter with attached 52" straight cord
  • Adjustable suction-cup mount
  • Self-adhesive dash mount disc
  • Alcohol Prep Pad
  • User Handbook (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • AAA service brochure
  • Lifetime Map Updates offer card

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Overview: The Magellan RoadMate 1424-LM is a vehicle-navigation aid designed to assist you in arriving to your selected destinations. The Magellan RoadMate 1424-LM utilizes GPS signals from satellites to calculate your precise location and compute details about your travel destination. Once the RoadMate 1424-LM locates your position and movement, it can then overlay this information onto detailed integrated NAVTEQ maps to provide you with visual representation of your location and destination route. Because the RoadMate 1424-LM requires no installation, you can transfer the unit from one vehicle to another. The unit is made of high-impact plastic for added durability.

Navigation Features
Traffic Information (optional)
Mounting Options
Power Requirements
Computer Requirements

Navigation Features

GPS Receiver: The RoadMate 1424-LM is equipped with a WAAS/EGNOS-equipped GPS receiver. It receives tracking signals from numerous satellites, updating your position once per second. This receiver provides positioning accuracy down to 3 to 5 meters (10-16 feet).

Note: Please note that the Magellan RoadMate receiver is a receiver only and does not transmit GPS location signals. Neither the receiver nor the vehicle can be tracked using the Magellan RoadMate receiver.

GPS Antenna: The portable navigation unit features an integrated multidirectional GPS patch antenna adding to its sleek design.

Note: The first time you use the Magellan RoadMate it may take up to 4 minutes to compute your location under normal conditions. With adverse conditions (not having a clear view of the sky) the time to compute your location the first time can increase.

GPS Positioning: Setting a GPS position is useful if you are not getting satellite information quickly because the Magellan RoadMate 1424-LM has traveled over 500 miles while turned off. Setting the GPS position will allow the unit to compute which satellites are available and calculate the position quicker.

GPS Status Screen: The GPS Status screen uses green bars to indicate that the Magellan RoadMate 1424-LM is using certain GPS satellites to compute the position. Orange bars indicate that the Magellan RoadMate 1424-LM is trying to lock onto a satellite signal and no bar shown indicates a satellite that is not being tracked. The longer the bars, the better the signal.

Map Data: The RoadMate 1424-LM comes with detailed maps and destinations of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and Puerto Rico, preloaded onto the built-in flash memory.

Note: Map upgrades are available for purchase from the Magellan website (www.magellangps.com) using the Magellan Content Manager.

Free Lifetime Map Updates: The Magellan RoadMate 1424-LM includes free lifetime map updates. Lifetime Maps entitles you to receive up to four map updates per year, for the life of the GPS navigation unit or until Magellan no longer receives relevant map data (whichever is shorter). An Internet connection and Magellan's Content Manager software is required.

Note: The updates will be the same geographic map data originally included with your Magellan product. In some instances, the Magellan unit might not have sufficient memory remaining for you to load an update, in which case you will need to select reduced map data coverage. Lifetime Maps may not be transferred to another person or another Magellan product.

Touchscreen Display: The unit features an anti-glare, touchscreen 4.3" display with easy to use menus, maps and icons. The display's brightness can be adjusted for easy night and day time viewing.

Auto Night Map Display: In Auto Night Map Display mode the unit's map screen is displayed in vivid colors for daytime use and a dark-tint colors for nighttime use.

Map Screen: When a route has been calculated, it will be displayed on the Map screen in green with small arrows indicating the direction of travel. The top of the screen displays the name of the street that comes next in your Turn List together with its distance. If you are not in the city in which the next street is, the name of the city is displayed instead. As the route progresses, voice alerts will be used to prompt you of upcoming maneuvers.

  • Map View Options: The portable GPS unit allows you to the following map views.
    • 2D Map: Two dimensional view of map which displays the top of the screen in either the direction of your heading or direction pointing North.
    • 3D Map: Three dimensional view of map which displays the top of the screen in the direction of your heading.
  • Map Screen Modes: There are two unique modes that the Map Screen can be displayed in - Normal and Routing.
    • Normal: In Normal mode, your position is shown on the map along with the time and your speed. As you travel, your position will be updated, giving you a clear view of your position and surrounding streets.
    • Routing: In Routing mode, additional information is displayed, providing you with more detailed information about the route you have selected. In the routing screen, you can view the name of the current street, plus the street name for the next maneuver, POI icons, and distance to next maneuver. You can toggle between the distance remaining to reach your destination, approximate time remaining until the destination is reached, and the approximate time of day to arrive at your destination.

Multilanguage Turn-By-Turn Voice and Visual Guidance: The RoadMate 1424-LM offers Turn-by-Turn visual guidance through it's wide touchscreen display and voice guidance via its built-in speaker. You can select English, French, or Spanish.

Text-to-Speech: The RoadMate 1424-LM is equipped with Text-to-Speech. As you navigate to your destination, the RoadMate 1424-LM will announce the names of the street or exit ramps (or both if desired) that are involved in each maneuver.

Auto Zoom: The Magellan RoadMate's touchscreen will automatically zoom in during calculated turns so you can see your turn more clearly.

Turn Warning: The Magellan RoadMate will sound an audible beep, bell, or chime to notify you of an upcoming turn. You can also turn this warning tone off.

Highway Lane Assist: The RoadMate 1424-LM will display highway signs as you approach a highway interchange, giving you a visual indication of which lane you want to be in (contiguous 48 US coverage only).

Maneuver List Screen: Each line of the Maneuver List screen provides details about the maneuvers in the order that they are to be made, with the next maneuver at the top. The bottom bar of the Maneuver List screen indicates the distance and time to the next maneuver as well as the total distance computed for the route. The Maneuver List can be modified if you want to exclude one of the maneuvers to avoid traveling on one the streets listed.

OneTouch Favorites Menu: The RoadMate 1424-LM features Magellan's exclusive OneTouch favorites menu. The OneTouch menu provides easy access to those destinations and searches you use most. The OneTouch Favorites menus provides instant access to your personalized bookmarks of favorite places. You can bookmark your personal favorite destinations, and access them whenever you want from the OneTouch menu.

Keyboard Options: When entering your destination or other data, you can use the on-screen keyboard to spell out the name of the location. You can choose to use the standard QWERTY keyboard layout, or switch it to an ABCDEF keyboard layout.

QuickSpell w/ SmartCity Search: QuickSpell with SmartCity Search narrows your address and city searches, making destination entry easy. To help you make sure you enter in the correct destination, the RoadMate 1424-LM will automatically correct spelling errors and complete your destination address. QuickSpell with SmartCity search also uses information in the unit's database to limit the keys that need to be pressed, presenting only those which can access information in the database.

Current Location Screen: The Current Location screen displays approximate address information, the distance from the next and previous cross streets, as well as your latitude and longitude. To the right is a compass point in your direction of travel, calculated elevation and speed.

Address Selections: The Magellan RoadMate 1424-LM offers the following address selections.

  • Home Address: You can save your Home Address into the Magellan RoadMate's memory so you can quickly return to your  home no matter where you are.
  • Address Book: The Address Book contains addresses that you have entered and stored in the navigation unit.
  • Address: You can enter an exact or partial address as a destination search.
  • Intersection: You can select two streets that intersect and a route can be created to that point.
  • City Center: You can create a route to the geographical center of a city that you  select.
  • Previous: You can select a previous destination that you have already created a route to, even if you didn't complete the route.

Points Of Interest (POI): The Magellan RoadMate receiver has preloaded POIs that can be used as a destination for a route.

  • 6-Million POIs: The RoadMate 1424-LM offers 6-million points of interests to help you easily find gas stations, restaurants, ATMs, and more. You can search for POIs by entering the name or by selecting from a list of available categories and sub-categories. If desired, you can choose whether or not you want POI icons to be displayed on the map.
  • Branded POIs: Branded POIs display your favorite coffee shops, restaurants, and more by their respective logos.
  • Highway Exit POIs: This feature provides a listing of restaurants, gas stations, auto repair shops or hotels near approaching freeway exits. You can select one of the POIs listed and create a route to it.

Customizable Route Method: There are a wide variety of methods you can use to create a route. You can set the RoadMate 1424-LM to calculate your route by Fastest Time, Shortest Distance, Less Freeways or More Freeways. You can also Enable U-Turns and Avoid Toll Roads for any routing method.

Multiple Destination Routing: If you're planning a trip with multiple stops, the RoadMate 1424-LM will allow you to place the destinations in the order you wish, or allow the unit to order the stops for the most efficient route, saving you time and money. You can change the order of stops at any time.

SmartDetour: When you slow down under 20% of the speed limit on a freeway, after a few seconds the Magellan software assumes you are in a traffic jam and displays the SmartDetour feature on the Map screen. Detours are calculated using the same routing method that was used to create the route. A list of alternate routes will be displayed.

Auto Re-Route: If you travel off the computed route, the Magellan RoadMate 1424-LM will automatically re-calculate the routing information to get you to your original destination using the routing method you selected when creating the route.

AAA TourBook: The AAA TourBook provides ratings and descriptions on AAA approved places to stay, play, dine, and save. The RoadMate 1424-LM includes travel information from AAA to make your trip safe, easy, and hassle-free. If you are a AAA member, you can take advantage of discount listings wherever the AAA card is accepted. There is an option to calculate a route to any of the locations provided in the TourBook. AAA TourBook categories include:

  • AAA TourBook Information: View information about accommodations, restaurants, destinations, attractions and events in locations near your current position or near any location you enter. (Restaurants and lodging destinations include AAA "Diamond" ratings info.)
  • Show Your Card & Save: Search for businesses that offer discounts for AAA members.
  • Approved Auto Repairs: Search for AAA-approved automotive repair facilities, including hours of operation and services offered.
  • AAA Branch Offices: Search for AAA branch offices with information on hours of operation and services offered.
  • Campgrounds: Search for campgrounds rated by AAA.

Note: AAA membership required. Visit AAA.com/GPS to register.

AAA Member Roadside Assistance: AAA Member Roadside Assistance gets you help fast with a toll-free member service number to assist you in finding an AAA approved tow truck or repair shop. The menu also shows your exact GPS location so you can provide precise information to your location.

Note: AAA membership required. Visit AAA.com/GPS to register.

Emergency Button: The unit's Emergency Button provides immediate directions and phone information for the nearest police station, hospital, or repair facility.

Traffic Information (optional)

Optional Traffic Link: The RoadMate 1424-LM is Traffic Link compatible (optional), offering live on-screen traffic incident reports. The Magellan Traffic Link (sold separately) consists of a replacement Power Adapter Cable that has an internal traffic receiver.

Note: The Magellan Traffic Link can be purchase from the Magellan Website Store at www.magellangps.com.

Traffic Coverage: Using Traffic Link (not included), you will be able to get traffic information in major US cities as well as in Toronto, Canada. Additional cities may be added at any time.

Mounting Options

Mounting: The RoadMate 1424-LM comes supplied with an adjustable arm that can be mounted to either the windshield, using a suction-cup mount, or dash of your vehicle, using the self-adhesive plastic disc.

Note: The Magellan RoadMate needs a clear view of the sky to receive signals from the GPS satellites, so choose a location with an unobstructed view of the sky, commonly on or near the windshield.

Safety Warning: Please check the applicable regulations in your state regarding windshield mounting. Certain states prohibit the mounting of any items on your windshield. Go to www.magellangps.com for alternative mounting solutions.

Power Requirements

Rechargeable Battery: The unit has a built-in Li-Ion rechargeable battery that offers up to 2 hours of continuous use. You can recharge the unit's built-in battery with the supplied vehicle power adapter. The internal battery will begin charging as soon as power is supplied to the Magellan RoadMate. It can take up to 4 hours to fully charge the battery, depending on the battery level. The battery does not need to be fully charged to use the Magellan RoadMate.

Note: The internal battery cannot be charged through a USB cable connected to a personal computer.

Battery Strength Indicator: The RoadMate 1424-LM features an on-screen Battery Strength Indicator so you know exactly how much battery life you have left. 

Auto Power: If the touchscreen has not been accessed or the current position has not changed for a defined period of time, the Magellan RoadMate can be set to power off to save battery life.

Optional AC Adapter: An optional AC power adapter (sold separately) is available from the Magellan website. The optional AC power adapter provides constant power to the navigation unit.

Computer Requirements

mini-USB Port: The Magellan RoadMate 1424-LM features a mini-USB (type-B) port for connecting the navigation unit to your PC for software and map updates from the Magellan website. USB cable not included.

Magellan Content Manager: The Magellan Content Manager is a free downloadable PC application that synchs with your Magellan GPS navigator to deliver new updates, map unlocks, and easy access to your magellangps.com account. Download the free software to enjoy the latest software updates and map updates for your Magellan auto navigation device. It's the fastest and easiest way to get software updates & map updates for the Magellan RoadMate navigation unit.

System Requirements: To use the Magellan Content Manager, your computer will need to meet the following system requirements.

  • Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
  • Processor: IBM Compatible PC, 1.5 GHZ Pentium or higher
  • Video Card: Video Card DirectX 9.0 compatible with 128 MB of VRAM
  • Disc Space: 50 MB free space for installation, more free space required for maps
  • Connection Type: USB port
 
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4 out of 5

Super nice GPS with one software issue.

Written By ollie, Illinois on Thursday, December 02, 2010
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My unit came with software version 4.01 installed. On this version of the software, when
saving addresses you have the option of creating a "category" to put the address into.
This is like a sub-folder in the address book. For example, you can make a category
for "Restaurants" or "Hotels" or "Friends & Relatives" etc. This is an AWESOME feature
because it allows you to find your address quicker. BUT here is the issue with version
4.01: You had better be absolutely sure that you want this category and that you spell its
name correctly, because you CANNOT revise the name of the category and you cannot
even delete it. Its there for good! I called Magellan support and they are aware of it and
hopefully it will be fixed in a future software update.

I see that Magellan has now pulled version 4.01 from their website, so you can no
longer update to that version. The latest one available as of 01-Dec-2010 is version
2.20.

I sure hope that they get the software revised soon because I REALLY liked that
Category feature and believe it helps them remain as a leading contender in the GPS
market.

I still like this Magellan GPS better than the TomTom's and Garmins. It appeals to me as
more user friendly and easier to use, has good volume, screen resolution, and
brightness. Sure, in bright sunlight its harder to see, but they all are. Sure, some
address are missing, but overall its really good.
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