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Garmin nüvi 1390T w/Premium Traffic - GPS receiver - hiking, automotive

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      02.06.2011 13:43
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      Garmin nuvi 1390T

      For people like me who don't know which way is north or which way is south, a SatNav has been a godsend. That's not to say they aren't without their frustrations and this one is no exception. We originally had a TomTom but my husband was so annoyed with it he traded it in for a Garmin Nuvi 1390 with traffic.

      To quote an article I read to explain exactly what a satnav is, "Satellite Navigation is a system that uses orbiting satellites, known as GPS (Global Positioning System). A Sat Nav unit receives signals from these satellites, and combines the signals with map information and other data. The practical upshot is that if you have a Sat Nav unit, you will be able to use the SatNav to work out where you are, and find the most convenient route to your destination."

      This Garmin is a small black console, approximately 3 inches by 5 inches. The screen is big enough for me to be able to see what is happening while I am driving along. You turn the Garmin on by holding down a button on the top left hand side of the console and you firstly get a warning about not operating whilst driving. Then you reach the home screen which basically gives you a choice to either View Map or Where to? As I always need it to find where I am going I press the Where to? button. The screen is touch screen so you can actually do it whilst driving but I do not recommend this, keep your eyes on the road!!

      The nice thing about this Garmin is that you can get a sucker that sticks to your windscreen that then attaches to the back of the Garmin so you can have it in your line of view whilst driving. There is then a power lead that fits into the back and then powers into the cigarette holder so this Garmin will not only charge whilst you are driving but will keep its power for the whole of your journey.

      Once pressed the Where to" option then leads you to a number of different options. These are Address, Go Home, Points of Interest, Recently Found, Favourites and Junction. It's great that you have different options to use as sometimes you need different things at different things. For example, the go home button is great when you have been out and then need to plug in your home address, it is already keyed into the sat nav so you just need to press that button and it will bring up the directions straight away to your house. The Points of Interest button includes things like Food and Drink, Fuel, Transit, Lodging, Shopping, all the things you might be looking for whilst you are driving.

      I normally use the address button which either allows you to search by city or postal code. For me postal code is great as as along as you have this you will generally get to where you need to go perfectly.

      This sat nav is extremely easy to follow. Once you have plugged in where you need to go you start driving. The picture on the sat nav will show up a purple line which you follow as this is showing you you are going in the right direction. As well as that there is a voice that gives you directions a few seconds before you need them. For example, it will say, "in .3 of a mile, turn right" and you know to turn right. To be honest though, I find the voice a bit annoying and I am usually listening to music which drowns out the sound of the voice anyway so I turn the sound down and just watch the screen instead. The sat nav will tell you the estimated time you will arrive as well which I find really handy when it comes to planning my journey and seeing how long it will take me. Another nice thing is that it has the speed limit listed on the right of the screen so you know if you are breaking the limit or not, another handy thing for me when I am driving.

      The traffic indication on this sat nav is good. If there is going to be a delay it will show up on a little green button with a car icon and tells you the number of minutes of delay. Then, if you wish to find an alternate route to miss the traffic it will reroute you as well which has been quite handy at times.

      Now, on to my frustration with this machine. It sometimes sticks, in that I mean it will just freeze and give you no directions at all. When this happens I need to turn of the machine and wait for it to start up again which is a real pain if I am driving and don't know where to go. Also, sometimes it will be forever searching for satellites and will not bring up the directions I need which is also frustrating. It may be because our Garmin is a few years old now but I still don't think this should happen so for that I don't like it but for getting me where I need to go it is invalueable.


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        05.05.2011 23:31
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        Plug in and off you go

        I've always had Tom-Toms but my last one at two years had started to break down. The battery would never reach full charge and kept turning off whilst in use. On seeing this Garmin on offer and as a major bonus, that it has European maps included; I just couldn't say no. I paid £119.99 for my Garmin and think it is money well spent.

        The sleek, ultra thin unit measures 1.6 x 12.2 x 7.6 cm and is light enough to carry in your pocket weighing only 163 grams. The display is 4.3 inches wide, touch screen and extremely clear.

        As soon as I took the machine out I plugged it in and tried it out; due to the intuitive menu no set up is required. It is so easy to use. The GPRS connects quickly and it picks up addresses instantly. 850 km takes about four to five seconds to calculate.  It is loud and clear when giving directions and announces street names rather than simply saying "next left." This feature was not on my previous machine and I think it is a useful addition. Saying this, I do like to listen to my music quite loud in the car so often have the sat nav on mute. The on screen display is so clear and easy to follow, I find it just as easy to do this. 

        The lane assist feature is useful for negotiating busy junctions and getting in the right lane in plenty of time. There is a quick option for finding points of interest, restaurants and petrol stations for example. This is useful when visiting a new place.

        Using traffic master data the unit flags up heavy traffic areas so you know how long you are likely to be queuing or if there is a quicker alternative route. This only works when the fm traffic receiver is connected. I have this attached when going on long journeys.

        Another well thought out feature is the speed camera alert. Very accurate and up to date information of fixed cameras and areas where a speed camera is likely to be. Sometimes these alerts are a little annoying, constantly binging up but I would not be without them. This facility is available over seas and found it useful when travelling through Europe.

        The Eco route function is novel and a good concept. I don't necessarily always use it as have found that sometimes the most fuel efficient route is not always the quickest. This facility can also give you an estimated cost of your journey. Again, I tend not to use this as i would just recoil in horror at how expensive the trip was!

        I have used the sat nav to drive to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. I drove through France and then Germany, taking wonderful scenic routes through the Black Forest. This journey was very relaxed and simple thanks to the excellent coverage provided by the European maps. I'm not sure I would have found it quite so easy having to read paper maps!

        I've downloaded the city explorer but it's not something I would use regularly. However some would find it useful. It shows you short cuts through parks and various alleyways that are not used by vehicles. It also tells you where to get buses and trains from. It also has timetables on there. I've not used this facility out of the u.k but have tried it for West Yorkshire and it seems a great tool.  

        In addition to the above features you can also download tour guides and restaurant guides. I have an iPhone so usually find it easy to get this sort if information through various apps, but again it is good to know the facility is there if I wanted it.

        The device comes with an anti theft set up that you can choose to activate. You can pin lock the machine and also  select a security location; usually your home address. If you forget your pin or enter it incorrectly you can take it to your secure location to unlock it. Anything that makes life harder for the crooks the better.

        The suction cup mount holds the machine steady and in position. It grips the window firmly and is a little tricky to pull off.

        The best feature I have found and was not necessarily looking for before I purchased is the hands free facility. At the touch of a button you can set up your phone to be answered via the sat nav using the microphone and speakers. This uses blue tooth technology and means your phone can be left in your hand bag/ glove box and you will never miss a call. This feature works with my work phone but not with my personal iPhone. If this is a feature you really desire then check if your phone is compatible via the Garmin web site. 


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        13.09.2010 21:37
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        Reliable enough, but not brilliant value for money

        We've just driven back from England, across the whole of France and Spain, with this little device to guide us, so that ought to be quite a good endorsement of the product. It's not all flowers and sausages though, (a bizarre phrase I just discovered on the internet, which seems to work quite well here!) so read on for more.

        The Garmin 1390T is quite a sleek, slim-looking piece of equipment that's a nice, handheld size. It comes with a charger you can plug into your cigarette lighter, a suction pad for sticking it onto the windscreen, a USB cable and an instruction booklet, at the current rate of £148 on Amazon. It also contains both UK and European maps.

        So, let's start with the positives:

        Firstly, there are a number of very useful things you can do with the touch sensitive screen. It's possible to change the brightness of the screen in increments of 10%, and you can also change the volume of the instruction-giving voice in a similar manner.

        Of course, you can input your destination in the usual way i.e. by using a choice of the postcode or street name, but you can also choose to search for points of interest, such as lodgings, food and drink, cash points or fuel, among other things, near to a specific place, such as your destination, your current location or somewhere completely different.
        This is great if you're in a new city and don't know where to look for these things. You can also, rather handily, select the option 'where am I?' if you're lost and need to find out your location.

        Under settings you can choose things you'd like to avoid on your journey, such as toll roads (particularly useful in France!), motorways, u-turns etc.

        Of course, the language can be changed, although the only English accents possible are standard British, American or Australian, male or female. I was disappointed to discover this, as the Irish option always sounds so much more laidback, somehow (at the risk of sounding racist!)
        One last thing, which could either be remarkably handy, or highly irritating, is the setting that allows you to be warned of any 'safety cameras' in the vicinity. Unfortunately I've only just discovered that this can be switched off! The nice thing is that, unlike with some other sat nav systems, you don't get a loud warning bell going off every time you go slightly over the speed limit. You only get a warning sound when approaching speed cameras if you're close to the speed limit.

        The speed limit is always displayed in the bottom right hand corner of the screen when you're looking at the map, and you can have this is kilometres or miles per hour- useful when driving an English car on roads on the continent.

        There are just a few negatives I found when using this device. The first concerns the question of value for money of the product, rather than its usage when bought. You don't get a mains charger included in the price i.e. you can only charge it in the car, unless you buy this separately, and it also doesn't come with a protective case (although you can buy these two items together for about £10).

        The second is that it seems to have quite a low battery life- it will last for a few hours, but doesn't charge very efficiently when plugged into the cigarette lighter. Perhaps it just requires charging at the mains though.
        Last, but by no means least, it loses satellite reception worryingly easily. Sometimes at the most crucial of moments you will hear nothing but an ominous silence, followed shortly by a matter-of-fact voice telling you, in your chosen accent, that he / she has 'lost satellite reception.' For some reason it also gets confused by tolls and needs time to reconfigure itself after each one.

        This is quite a big drawback for something that is specifically designed to pick up satellite signals, and which it should, theoretically, be capable of doing almost anywhere, and particularly on main roads through two of Europe's better-travelled countries.

        Overall, this is a useful piece of equipment, but with the tendency to be unreliable, I think it may be a touch overpriced.


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          09.09.2010 16:18
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          Garmin GPS with trafic updates

          My husband has always been brilliant at finding his way around and has a strange love of maps that I fail to understand or share. When it comes to driving he is never fazed at finding his way to a new destination, relishing the challenge! I, on the other hand have little sense of direction and the thought of having to negotiate traffic whilst finding my route leaves me panic stricken.

          I have wanted a sat nav since they were first introduced but the high cost and a reluctant husband have prevented the purchase! However this summer we planned a long trip through Europe, sharing the driving. I decided the time had come to take the plunge and buy a sat nav. I wanted something that would be easy to use and reliable. I also needed to have European maps included .After hours of research and the recommendation of a friend I decided to go for a Garmin 1390 T. Prices for this unit vary but you should expect to pay around £150.00. I bought mine from Halfords who surprisingly agreed to price match with Amazon!

          What you get for your money.

          The box contains a Nuvi 1390T, suction cup mount for your windscreen, usb cable, car charging connection cable and instruction booklet. There is also a traffic receiver cable to allow you to receive traffic updates. The T at the end of the 1390 stands for traffic!

          Halfords will fix the unit to your windscreen at ensures everything is working. They will also give you a demonstration of the features included.

          I am not going to list or explain all the technical details of this unit as you can check these out for yourself on the Garmin website. I intend to concentrate on giving you my opinion of how the unit works! Before you do anything, I suggest you go to the Garmin web site and register your new purchase! It comes with a years manufactures guarantee.

          Weighing just 162 grams at measuring 15mm in width, this is a very lightweight, slim piece of kit. The 4.3 inch LCD colour screen is bright and very easy to see whilst driving. I really like the look of the sleek black surround too!

          The instruction booklet (in several languages) is very basic and not that helpful! However setting up the Garmin is really easy and there is a help facility accessed via the tool setting at the bottom of the main screen if you need it.

          What can it do

          The main screen displays a where to? Icon and a view map icon. There is a volume setting and another labeled tools that gives you access into other settings menus. The remaining battery life is clearly displayed at the top of the screen, along with the local time and signal strength. The touch screen is easy to use and responds quickly.

          Getting directions to your destination is very easy with a clear highlighted route to follow as well as voice instructions. The voice also names the road you need to turn onto,e.g.- In 1.4 miles turn right onto park road. Your estimated time of arrival at your destination is also given and is surprisingly accurate.
          If you need to find a petrol station of supermarket on route simply go to the places of interest icon and a list of all supermarkets or petrol stations will appear. This is another function I find very helpful and it has saved me a lot of time! There is also a list of shops, restrarants and hotels as well as places of interest!

          There are preloaded maps covering 42 countries including the republic of Ireland and Europe. To ensure the maps are up to date you can download updates from the Garmin website.

          The Garmin has an eco route function that when set up will estimate the cost of fuel for your chosen journey. It will even tell you how you could improve your driving to save more! There is a facility to change the cost paid for fuel too, ensuring that the results are accurate. In the menu there is an option to choose your route such as by avoiding all motorways or by the fastest or most economical route. I found this feature really useful in France when we wanted to avoid motorway tolls!

          One of the most useful features of this unit as far as I'm concerned is its ability to give up to date traffic updates. The updates are free for life and all you need to do is attach the cable provided. The updates will warn you of any lane closures, accidents or other hold ups in plenty of time and then give you an alternative route. This saved as many hours on a French motorway by warning us of an accident that had closed the motorway ahead. Without my Garmin I would have felt a lot more stressed!

          The Garmin will inform you of the speed limit for the road you are using and warn of speed cameras. It will also display your current speed and beep and flash in red when you are exceeding the limit.

          There is a blue tooth connection to enable you to use your phone hands free through the Garmin. My phone is not compatible so I can't comment on this function, but anything that prevents people from using a phone whilst driving has to be good!

          Another very useful function is the where am I? This will give you your exact location on a map including coordinates. Something that would be really important if you break down and are unsure exactly where you are!

          The Garmin can also be used when walking in a city. It will guide you around telling you which bus or train you need in addition to giving shortcuts often only known to locals. If you want this facility, known as cityxplorer, you will need to go to the Garmin website and the download will cost around £7.99.Ther is also an AA city guide available coving all cities throughout the world.

          It is important to protect the screen from getting scratched and with this in mind I highly recommend you buy a carry case. I managed to negotiate a free case from Halfords, but they are available from about £5. I would also recommend that you remove the Garmin from your car when not in use to prevent theft. On the subject of safety, you can create a pin number via the Garmin web sire when you register your unit. This will enable you to lock the unit when not in use, however remember the pin number as if you lock the unit and forget your pin; you will need to return the unit to Garmin to have it unlocked!
          The battery life is excellent giving around 4 hours of use before you will need to recharge.

          From reading this review you can probably tell I am very happy with my Garmin and even my husband is reluctantly beginning to like it! I can't imagine how I ever managed without it! However there are a few negatives.

          Even with all updates added there have been times when the Garmin has failed to recognise the route I am driving. This has happened several times when I have been using a new bit of road and the Garmin thinks I have gone mad and am driving of road!

          When you are setting the unit up it will only allow you to enter a house number and not a name.Seveal times I have had to settle for somewhere near to where I want to be. I recently wanted to find Aqualand,but didn't have the exact address. This is a large park and I would have thought it would have been listed in the menu for that town. However it was not listed leaving me to rely on local signs. I would suggest you also use a map when you are planning a long journey so you have some idea of where you are going!

          There have been times when the unit has used some interesting shortcuts-including several very narrow backstreets.

          Overall I would highly recommend the Garmin 1390T. It is an excellent unit, packed with features and is very easy to use.


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            04.08.2010 09:51
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            Having booked a budget holiday my husband decided he couldn't be old fashioned and look at maps and it was imperative that we purchase a sat Nav. So first steps research on line following this we visit every store in the area asking the same question which do you recommend. We were firmly in the Tom Tom camp but this was really because we hadn't heard of any others! We were firmly advised to get a Garmin as these had fewer problems and were more updated.

            We paid £149.99 for ours and purchased from Halfords this was not the cheapest price you can get for less online however my Husband likes to be able to go back to a physical place in case of problems!

            My top tip if you do look at one from Halfords sometimes there on line site is cheaper than in store but if you reserve on line you get that price.

            Set Up
            The Sat nav
            The sat nav has a 4.3 inch screen which is one of the biggest available and is much better than the smaller screens as when driving you can merely glance at the screen. This model also has a variety of different features such as Lane Assist, eco route, text to speech, points of interest, city explorer, Blue tooth wireless technology for hands free calling, Traffic alerts and of course European mapping.

            Lane Assist

            This feature tells you which lane to be and shows the junctions it looks like the Blue signs on the moterway and this proved invaluable when recently travelling through the centre of Leeds.

            Eco route:
            This gives you the most fuel efficient journey and so is a great environmental tool.

            Text to Speech
            This must be my favourite feature the pronunciation is sometimes a bit off which is hilarious particularly in France when all the street names were made into one!
            I have to be honest even with the Sat Nav the favourite expression is Re-calculating!

            Points of interest
            I have to say I think that this feature is invaluable there are different categories' under this setting such as shopping, restaurants, entertainment and then under the main categories this is divided again.
            On our recent trip to my Brother's Wedding where my Daughter was a flower girl she managed to fall and bang her head badly so into the Sat Nav is put chemist and away they went for emergency bruise relief!

            City Xplorer
            This is basically the same put as a pedestrian mode we have looked at this but not used it properly.

            Traffic avoidance
            We luckily have not needed to use this at the moment put it is straight forward to use .

            Set up and use
            The product was very easy to set up all I had to do was go to www.mygarmin.com and register the product and plug it in very simple. I am also a techno phobic and I have used the Sat Nav on numerous occasion (don't tell the hubby!) and I have found it easy to use and cannot imagine how we managed without it.


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        • Product Details

          nüvi 1390T packs big features into a slim design. The ultra-thin navigator includes lane assist with junction view, free traffic alerts, hands-free calling and ecoRoute to calculate a more fuel-efficient route.

          With a traffic subscription, you'll get the latest information on construction, accidents, lane closings and other obstructions that lie ahead on your route. Using your compatible Garmin, you can conveniently route around traffic to avoid delays - saving you drive time, gas and money!