Magellan Roadmate 1200 Update Software

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 drivers are tiny programs that enable your GPS hardware to communicate with your operating system software. Maintaining updated Magellan RoadMate software prevents crashes and maximizes hardware and system performance. Magellan Explorer makes it fun and easy to manage and organize your files. Use the built-in high-speed FTP client to update your web site, work directly with popular archive formats, and view pictures.

Magellan 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 bright
SoftwareThe 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 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.
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edited November -1 in Magellan Vehicle Forum
I'm new of this forum...I have some questions for you!
I've just purchased a Magellan roadmate 1200 , it's ok..but I don't now how to put in new maps or new points of interest, in the bag there wasn't the cd with programs or driver...and neither in magellan can I do that?
Is it possible to use another navigation software (like tom tom) ?


  • You can't use other software like TomTom. I don't believe Magellan has released any map updates for the RM 1200 yet.
  • edited January 2008
    RM 1200 is one of the newest products of Magellan, so why do you need maps update? THe SD card size is 1GB, and it's almost full, so adding bigger POI file will require switching to 2GB card, and so far no one reported that trick. Numerous bugs (in RM1200 North America edition) with ExitPOI, dark LCD at 75% brightness on battery power and etc should be fixed soon (at least they promised to do that).
  • Check Magellan Maestro 3100 unlock thread. M3100 and RM2100 are based on WinCE5, but different types of processors. So it may be possible to add 6millons POI file, but it's tricky.
  • Check Magellan Maestro 3100 unlock thread. M3100 and RM2100 are based on WinCE5, but different types of processors. So it may be possible to add 6millons POI file, but it's tricky.
    I tried this on my 1200, didn't work...
  • I just bought a 1200 and in general am impressed by what I got. One thing I did notice, though, was that the POI's seem very out of date. A large nearby supermarket and several other businesses,which have been open nearby for a good 2 years have not yet been included. Several nearby restaurants which went out of business over a year ago are still listed. This is just in the area in about a 1 mile radius of where I work.
    I am new to GPS units. I never really even thought much about them until recently. I guess this is a big surprise to me that maps and poi's are not updated way more frequently than they are.
  • ditto1958,
    I have Roadmate 1200 and Maestro 3250
    I don't think 1200 is outdated. But it's more because it only has 1.3 million POI.
    When I compared both of my GPS to search for Circuit City in my area, 3250 shows the one that has been there for many years while the 1200 just don't show it.
    Both GPS bought at the same time so they have the same update I believe.
    I think that's what we get for only having 1.3 million POI.
    Hopefully there will be an update to add more POI in the future as I find it really important sometimes.
  • I think if you want more POI's you should have bought a different model. Isn't the 1200 at the bottom of the line? The 1412 was $150 at Costco (now $199), and has the 6M POIs. I assume you probably have a $129 1200 from Costco, so it may be worth moving up in screen size, POI's, and text to speech for $70 (I think it is). Or consider a 3.5' 3250, which I just bought for $183 on Amazon, which has even more features. The 3.5' 3225 is on closeout for $149 at Costco, and although it only has the 1M+ POI's, it's easily upgradeable (hacked you might say) to the 6M+ POIs, as it has 2MB of memory (and text to speech). I don't see how you could fit the 6M POIs on the 1200 if it only has 1MB of memory.
    I haven't played around with adding my own POIs, but I'm sure that's viable, other than your limited by memory, the POI files you can find on the various sites, the need to put them into the correct format for the Magellan POI software, and the fact they are then in a different POI database you must specifically call up on your GPS.
    I didn't know squat about POI's when I purchased my first 3225, but after using the various models for a few months I've come to realize how useful they are, and I probably wouldn't consider a model if it didn't have 6M+ of them.
  • I guess I'm not upset by the number of POI's. Rather, what I'm surprised by is that they're not up to date.
    I'm happy with how the 1200 works. It's fast enough, accurate enough and has a screen that it plenty big and bright for me.
    The technology is there to provide regular updates of maps and POI's, yet it doesn't appear that updates are offered very often.
  • The 1200 roadmap is from June 2006, plenty outdated for something sold in 2008. POI's are well, minimal, and there is no way to update them. The Exit POI error is a software design flaw, it should not have been included with the unit - at least that is the latest that Magellan tech support told me yesterday.

Magellan Roadmate 1200 Software Update Version 1.50/3.12

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