Portrait and landscape viewing modes are available for all screens. The interface is nearly identical to the RoadMate 1470, that we reviewed recently. Both systems feature text-to-speech directions, but the app's menu system has been simplified significantly.
The RoadMate app comes preloaded with a selection of voices for turn-by-turn directions in a variety of languages. Voices that work with the text-to-speech system are marked TTS and will read street and POI names aloud as part of the directions.
The input screen features a large, easy to hit keypad--which is better suited for use at arm's length than the iPhone's tiny onscreen keyboard--with an autocomplete function that attempts to finish your words and blanks out invalid keys, reducing mistypings.
However, if you hit the Options button at the bottom of the confirmation screen, you're brought to this routing options menu that calculates a variety of alternative routes simultaneously and presents them for comparison.
Once you reach your destination at the end of a driving trip, the RoadMate automatically stores your car's location. Users can then use walking directions to find their way back to a lost vehicle with ease.