Garmin nuvi 1390/1390T 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic & Lifetime Map Updates (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Features a Lifetime Map Update Gift Card
- Twenty-five percent slimmer than other nüvis, you can take the ultra-thin 1390T anywhere.
- No more guessing which lane you need to be in to make an upcoming turn.
- For hands-free calling, nüvi 1390T integrates Bluetooth wireless technology with a built-in microphone and speaker
- Steer clear of traffic with nüvi 1390T's integrated FM traffic receiver and free lifetime traffic updates.
nüvi 1390T bundle with nuMaps Lifetime packs big features into a slim design. The ultra-thin navigator includes lane assist with junction view, preloaded maps for North America, free traffic alerts, hands-free calling and ecoRoute to calculate a more fuel-efficient route.Slim Down. Take It With YouTwenty-five percent slimmer than other nüvis, you can take the 1390T anywhere. It easily fits in your pocket or purse, and its rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot. Know the Lane Before It's Too LateNo more guessing which lane you need to be in to make an upcoming turn. Lane assist with junction view guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate. It realistically displays road signs and junctions on your route along with arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation. Lane assist with junction view is available in select metropolitan cities. See MoreWith nüvi 1390T's widescreen display, you'll always get the big picture. View map detail, driving directions, photos and more in bright, brilliant color. Its sunlight-readable, 4.3-inch display is easy to read - from any direction.Get Turn-by-Turn Directionsnüvi 1390T's intuitive interface greets you with two simple questions: "Where TO?" and "View Map". Touch the color screen to easily look up addresses and services and get voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names to your destination. It comes preloaded with detailed City Navigator NT street maps, nearly 6 million points of interest (POIs), 2-D or 3-D maps and the speed limit for most major roads. Its digital elevation maps show you shaded contours at higher zoom levels, giving you a big picture of the surrounding terrain. With the 1390T's enhanced user inter
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On the plus side, it is nice to have some of the features of this unit; traffic updates, alternate routes, and lane information are all very handy.
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I've had the 1390T Nuvi for a little over a month now. In that time, most of my traveling about has been in my local area, with only a couple of trips out of the area. During the time I have had the 1390T, I have identified several positive and negative observations about it. These are presented in no particular order of importance.
1. After initial acquisition, satellite reacquisition is very, very fast.
2. The intersection view showing the highway signs and the proper lanes to be in is very useful when traveling on highways you are not familiar with. Just be aware that you won't see this screen unless the highway has multiple lanes that fork in different directions. This view is not displayed for standard cloverleaf exists.
3. Screen resolution on the Nuvi is great. It is bright, clean, crisp, and easily viewed in full daylight. Button functions, for the most part, are obvious and operate smoothly. Audio quality is excellent with good volume control.
4. The map can be displayed as a standard 2-D map or as a 3-D map, and you can switch between them at will. Which you use as your primary map display will depend on your preferences after experimenting with each.
5. I like the fact that the USB connector port is on the back of the unit, rather than on the mount.
While the general functioning of the Nuvi appears to be excellent, I do have a few
1. When indoors and plugged into a wall outlet with no satellite reception, the 1390T will not allow me access to its functions EVEN when the correct password is entered.
2. Documentation for my toaster oven is better than that which is available for the Nuvi. To put it plainly, the Nuvi documentation, which has to be downloaded separately from Garmin's web site, is almost worthless. I somehow made a change to the display that wasn't in the owner's manual and could not reverse that accidental change without doing a system restore to factory settings. That really pissed me off.
3. When I touch the top of the screen to display the intersection where I am to turn, the display only remains visible for between 3 and 4 seconds. That is not enough time to really be certain you have seen what you wanted to see. It should be displayed automatically when I approach the intersection and should remain visible until I press a return button of some kind, or until after I have executed the turn or the cloverleaf exit.
4. No map scale is displayed continuously. Some times it is displayed, and sometimes it isn't displayed, and when it is displayed, the font size is too small to be of much use. Since I often refer to the map scale, I would like to see it continuously displayed in a font size to make it easily recognizable.
5. When following a route, the 3-D map has a habit of zooming in on every intersection I travel through, even though no turn is indicated. I find this annoying. If I want to zoom in on those areas, I would prefer to do it manually.
6. When I go off route, this unit will recompute a new route. But - if I have moved to a road that is not on the current map, the unit will simply tell me to return to the marked route. It gives no indication of where that marked route might be or what direction I should drive in to get back to it. That's not so bad in an area I know something about, or if I am not too far off the route, but outside of my area and way off route, it could be a bit problem.
I have not tried to use the geocaching capability of this unit, so I can't comment on the internal compass or on the accuracy of the altimeter. Neither have I tried to use the bluetooth capability. I would also be remiss if I did not point out that the unit I have shut itself off once while it was calculating a new route and would not restart for 30 minutes. It may have been caused my the fact that the software was interrupted by sunrise initiated screen display change just as the computation was being initiated. The only way I could get the unit back up was to hold down the power button for about 15-20 seconds before releasing it, a solution that I could not find in the owner's manual, but it seemed to me that there had to be a reboot capability. The unit also refused on one occassion to display the roads on the map until I did a reboot. That really sucks.
While the 1390T is more attractive than my StreetPilot 2610, I think the 2610 was more stable and had functions that behaved a little bit better than the corresponding functions in this new 1390T. I like the Nuvi 1390T, but for all the reasons stated here, I can only give this unit a 3-star rating.
The unit froze on the map, leaving the impression you are doing fine. Luckily I noticed before my next intersection or I would have really been lost. When I repowered, it just flashed Garmin...Garmin...Garmin and never booted up. After having my daughter at home call the Garmin customer service, after 45 minutes of hold time, they acted like this is something unheard of (see the many other bad reviews here with this exact same problem). They said I should return the unit. Nice, I'm in the middle of the wilderness still 400 miles from my destination and all I need to do is ship this back to the Amazon web site! Hey Garmin ... HOW ABOUT EXCHANGING IT AT ANOTHER OF THE HUNDREDS OF YOUR RETAILERS I AM PASSING ON THE ROAD?!?
After rereading the other reviews here who encountered this problem and had the same reoccurrence with replacement units from Garmin, I am NOT exchanging this for another 1390T. AGarmin nüvi 1390/1390T 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Trafficnd I strongly recommend you do not buy one. I may buy another Garmin model, but after the customer service experience and the lack of real help while I was lost on the road (the whole reason I purchased a GPS in the first place) I am not sure.
Pet Peeves: My old Garmin Nuvi had a feature that provided for a "ping" sound just prior to a voice prompt coming on - that seems to be absent from the new version (unless I simply cannot find a setting to turn that on) - this was always helpful in getting your attention for a voice prompt.
Road names instead of route numbers - I still fail to understand why they continue to use road and street names instead of route numbers when giving directions (and I'm talking about state and US route numbers). It is common to have intersections and roads without the street name shown on any signs, but the state and US route numbers are always there and are always consistent. Often a state or US route number will change names several times, even within a single county, so I really don't understand why they don't just use the route numbers, or at least include the route numbers - this is probably my biggest problem with the Garmins, and it seems like such an obvious, and easily fixable, drawback (maybe other brands have this flaw as well, I don't know).