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Garmin nüvi 1300 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator Review

Garmin nüvi 1300 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS NavigatorGarmin nüvi 1300 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator has the ultra-slim design. It has a 4.3-inch wide backlit touch screen which makes you see more of your surroundings while you hit the road. It has the most sought-after navigation features.

The nüvi 1300 series are the first nüvi devices to use the pedestrian navigation mode through its optional CityXplorer maps available for selected tourist destinations in North America.

This navigation device has improved graphics and a new slide control for menu operations.

It reliably sends you to your desired direction with efficacy and style. Like all nüvi navigators, this is a reliable Garmin road gadget with fast satellite lock of an integrated receiver which is highly sensitive. It contains detailed NAVTEQ maps.

Through its intuitive interface, it becomes possible for you to easily search for about 6 million points of interest (POI) such as restaurants, stores or hospitals by name. This device comes preloaded with City Navigator 48 states NT maps.

Wider Display in Thinner Design
Garmin’s nüvi 1300 has 4.3-inch backlit wide touch screen. It displays 70% more screen area than a navigator with only 3.5 inches of screen. It has an ultra-slim design which makes this device 25% slimmer than other nüvis.

It measures only half of an inch in thickness. The wide screen displays the map, the nearby restaurants, parks, gas stations, ATM machines and the like. It also alerts you when there’s a detour ahead and it has 2D or 3D display. The brilliantly-colored screen is readable in sunlight and can be easily read from any direction.

Map Data
Garmin’s nüvi 1300 is preloaded with City Navigator 48 states NT street maps. The map data contains millions of points of interest (POI) such as restaurants, hospitals, gas stations, etc. The map data is powered by NAVTEQ, a renowned maker of premium-quality digital map data.

The City North America NT provides the necessary road data to travel North America as it provides the most detailed street maps which enable you to navigate with accurate road directions. The nüvi 1300 allows custom Points of Interest.

Navigate City by Transit
Nüvi 1300 has enhanced pedestrian navigation capabilities. To navigate city public transit, an optional CityXplorer must be downloaded. You will know where to catch the bus, subway, tram or other transportation and how long it will take to get there.

“Where Am I?” “Where’s My Car?”
Just a single tap on the unit’s screen allows it to display the exact latitude and longitude coordinates of the user’s location. Garmin nüvi 1300 automatically marks the position in which it was last removed from the mount thus allowing you to find your car in a vast parking lot.

HotFix™ Satellite Prediction
For a device to navigate effectively, it needs to get a ‘lock’ on three satellites. With Garmin’s HotFix technology, GPS becomes capable of remembering the position of all satellites it is tracking when it is turned off. Upon turning it on, it easily locates the satellites that it previously tracked.

This device has ecoRoute. It is a green feature that allows you to save gas by calculating the most fuel-efficient route. It tracks fuel usage and measures the smoothness of your acceleration and deceleration. This feature gives you fuel and mileage reports. Your device can be customized by entering the fuel economy and the current price of gas.

Text-To-Speech Feature
This device has Text-to-speech feature which automatically calls out specific name of streets. Instead of saying the usual ‘turn right in 200 feet’ alert, it specifically says ‘turn right on Main Street’.

This awesome feature allows drivers to have their eyes focused on the road while they are navigating through tricky roadways and heavy traffic.

MSN Direct Compatibility
With MSN Direct through GDB 55 receiver, the device becomes a very helpful tool to carry along when you’re on the go. By accessing MSN Direct, it becomes possible for the user to avoid traffic backups, check flight status, compare local gas prices, check movie listings and have access to advanced weather information.

Avoid Traffic Tie-ups by Adding the GTM 25
GTM 25 provides North America traffic information to compatible Garmin GPS navigators. Using this data, your device alerts you to local traffic tie-ups and displays current traffic levels. The receiver also acts as an in-vehicle power charger. Traffic provided by NAVTEQ Traffic.

Garmin Connect Photos
With the use of Garmin Connect Photos from Garmin website, you can choose from millions of geo-located photos which are provided by Google Panoramio photo sharing community. These photos are downloadable to nüvi 1300. By using these pictures as a guide, you can enjoy richer navigation.

Garmin Lock
This device has theft prevention system. When a non-owner attempts to use it, the screen asks for 4-digit PIN number which was previously programmed by the owner. Pressing the wrong PIN temporarily disables the device from performing its functions.

Designed For Ease
This device is made with a GPS receiver that is highly sensitive for ideal accuracy. It has wide screen for better display and provides ease of operation by controlling the device through its sensitive touch screen with your fingers.

The rechargeable lithium-ion battery is capable of up to 4 hours of power. The microSD card slot is great for storing media and additional navigation tools. It also has USB interface for loading data. Aside from navigation tools, Garmin’s nüvi 1300 has JPEG picture viewer, measurement converter, calculator and world travel clock with time zones, currency converter and more.

What’s in the Box
nüvi 1300 preloaded with City Navigator 48 states NT, Vehicle suction cup mount, Vehicle power cable, Dashboard disc, Quick-start manual.

Below are the pros and cons of the Garmin nüvi 1300 as experienced by its users.

Users’ Positive Comments

  • The map display in this device is top-notch and looks great in scrolling through whatever road you may be on. The graphics are good-looking.
  • It is very easy to program and provides nearly flawless directions.
  • This device calculates the cost of gas used on a trip and the number of miles spent at rest and moving.
  • It gives real-time feedback on speed, compass direction and distance to the next turn.
  • The voice interface is so impressive. It warns you about upcoming turns in good time.
  • This device even knows the names of short access roads.
  • The suction cup that holds the nuvi to a dashboard has a little tab to break the suction which makes it easy to move the device. That’s a great design.
  • The touch screen works perfectly and responds to presses all the time.

Users’ Negative Comments

  • It sometimes switches off randomly even when connected to power outlet and sometimes doesn’t switch on either.
  • It sometimes sends you to wrong directions.
  • There is no bus routes included which is most of public transport system.
  • The CityXplorer tells you to walk overland for miles to a station on another line. It tells you that it takes 4 hours for a 10-minute ride.

Customers’ Ratings
5 Stars 38%, 4 Stars 25%, 3 Stars 8%, 2 Stars 8%, 1 Star 21%

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