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Garmin Nuvi 1390T

Garmin has released its latest GPS, the Garmin Nuvi 1390T. Sleek and stylish, their latest incarnation of the trusted Garmin series doesn’t take up as much room on the windshield. While Garmin has reliably been one of the top-sellers of navigation systems, there have been complaints about the bulkiness of their product. Garmin has listened and responded.

The Garmin Nuvi 1390T has all the features Garmin owners have come to know and love. It has an easy to use interface, along with touch-screen controls. The “Where To” and “View Map” features enable the user to easily find directions to points of interest, restaurants, hotels and motels, as well as destinations for fueling. The enhanced restaurant feature allows the user to search by food types, such as “Italian” or “Chinese.”

Perhaps one of the most exciting features, after the sleek design, is the ability of the Garmin Nuvi 1390T to pinpoint problem traffic areas and suggest a detour and a new route. This feature enables the user to avoid traffic delays and long back-ups on the Interstate. In addition, the Nuvi 1390T offers a new “Lane Assist” feature. This feature not only provides the exit number being searched and used, it also informs the user of the best lane to be in to reach the exit or destination. This eliminates the need for last-minute, hurried, often dangerous lane changing to reach an exit.

This version of the Garmin also allows users to combine their bluetooth phone features with their navigation system. The Garmin allows owners to make and receive calls without having to ever touch their phone. Simply sync the telephone with the Nuvi 1390T and enjoy the best of hands-free calling combined with the top-selling navigational system.

Perhaps the best feature of the Nuvi 1390T by Garmin is the ability to switch from one mode of transportation to another. How often have you been on a bicycle or taking a walking tour of an unfamiliar city and wished for navigational directions? The Nuvi 1390T has a special new feature, the “cityXplorer.” This feature points out landmarks, places of interest, bus terminals, train systems and other important city information.

Have a picture of a landmark you would like to see? Download the picture of the landmark from the Garmin website, install it on the Nuvi 1390T and the Garmin navigational system will give you the turn-by-turn directions you have come to know and love.

Garmin has also created a feature known as “ecoRoute,” which provides the most fuel-economical way to reach your destination. This is a great perk for those wanting to save not only time, but also money spent on fuel.

The only drawback to the Nuvi 1390T is the absence of the popular voice recognition software and media player software. Additionally, the lane assist feature and the traffic assist feature are not available in all parts of the country.

The Garmin Nuvi 1390T retails for around $200, including tax. This is a fair price for all the features packaged in this system. The cityXplorer, ecoRoute, lane assist and traffic assist features, together with the newer, slimmed-down design, prove Garmin is listening to their customer base when improving their navigation system.