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Garmin nüvi 1390/1390T 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic Review

Garmin nüvi 1390/1390T 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with TrafficGarmin nüvi 1390/1390T 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic has ultra-slim design which is approximately 25% slimmer than its predecessors.

It has Bluetooth Technology which allows you to make or receive a phone call hands-free and be updated with traffic that may lie ahead.

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. 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.

The first nüvi devices to offer pedestrian navigation capability are the nüvi 1300 series. This nüvi 1390T allows you to navigate by foot through its optional CityXplorer maps. It also has new slide control for menu operations, improved graphics and ecoRoute features.

The model number of the unit itself is 1390. The letter ‘T’ refers to the additional Traffic Receiver component which is included in the box thus naming the device ‘1390T’.

Wider Display in Thinner Design
Garmin’s nüvi 1390T has 4.3-inch backlit wide touch screen. It displays 70% more screen area than a navigator with only 3.5 inches of screen. The wide screen displays where you are in 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.

It has an ultra-slim design which makes this device 25% slimmer than its predecessors. It measures only half of an inch in thickness and weighs only 5.7 oz.

Bluetooth Technology
Nüvi 1390T has Bluetooth wireless technology with built-in microphone and speaker for hands-free calling. It makes phone conversation comfortable by pairing the device with a Bluetooth-compatible phone and dialing the numbers from nüvi’s touch screen to make a call. Simply tapping the nüvi’s screen let’s you answer incoming calls.

NAVTEQ Traffic Receiver
Nüvi 1390T includes a traffic receiver which provides North America traffic information provided by NAVTEQ. This device promptly alerts you to local traffic tie-ups and display current traffic levels.

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.

Map Data
Garmin’s nüvi 1390T is preloaded with City Navigator NT North America which covers map data. It contains almost 6 million of points of interest 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.

Lane Guidance
Garmin nüvi 1390T has Lane Guidance feature. This allows you to view what lane you should be in for upcoming turns. You will see photo-realistic screen with the new 3D Lane Assist Junction View which displays the road detail and signs.

Pedestrian Navigation
Nüvi 1390T 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 1390T 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.

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 1390T has JPEG picture viewer, measurement converter, calculator and world travel clock with time zones, currency converter and more.

Below are the pros and cons of the Garmin nüvi 1390/1390T as experienced by its users.

Users’ Positive Comments

  • The screen is large enough; yet not too heavy to have inside the purse.
  • The menus are larger and the Speed limit display is great.
  • The map on the screen can be zoomed in/out and can be re-centered by touch screen.
  • The instructions are prompt. It also indicates exits and lane change.
  • The ecoRoute feature is great. It measures how smoothly you accelerate or decelerate and it rates your driving. The smoother you drive, the less fuel you use, and the higher is your score rating.

Users’ Negative Comments

  • It freezes a lot when loading map and gets stuck there.
  • Location accuracy is not that good.
  • It sometimes indicate “No traffic on route” even when you are in the middle of a heavy traffic.
  • This device is slow in recalculating and receiving signal.

Customers’ Rating
5 Star 37%, 4 Star 30%, 3 Star 18%, 2 Stars 7%, 1 Star 8%

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