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Garmin nüvi 1300LM 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator Review



Garmin nüvi 1300LM 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Map Updates

  • Sunlight-readable, 4.3-inch backlit TFT color touchscreen display with 480 x 272 WQVGA pixel resolution
  • Preloaded with City Navigator NT data for the lower 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, with nearly six million points of interest
  • Free lifetime map updates for the most up-to-date maps, points of interest, and navigation information available at your fingertips
  • Advanced navigation features including voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions and fuel-saving ecoRoute
  • Includes travel tools such as JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock, currency/measurement converters, calculator and more

nüvi 1300LM features FREE lifetime map updates. The large screen nüvi 1490LMT comes with FREE Lifetime Maps and Traffic and offers multiple-point routing and Lane Assist with junction view to help you manage busy highway interchanges. It announces streets by name, has hands-free calling compatibility and pedestrian navigation options. The ecoRoute feature calculates a more fuel-efficient route.The thin nüvi 1300LM has a widescreen display, yet it’s slim and light enough to take along on all y

List Price: $ 219.99

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Garmin nüvi 1300 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Map Updates

  • 4.3″ Widescreen nuvi 1300 with nuMaps Lifetime
  • The included nuMaps Lifetime subscription card allows you to download the newest map data up to four times per year without monthly fees or costs
  • Detailed mapping coverage – Lower 48 States, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico
  • Sleek, ultra-slim design fits easily in pocket
  • Easy-to-use, touchscreen with a new enhanced interface

4.3″ Widescreen nuvi 1300 with nuMaps Lifetime. The included nuMaps Lifetime subscription card allows you to download the newest map data up to four times per year without monthly fees or maintenance costs.

List Price: $ 219.99

Price: $ 134.99

6 responses to “Garmin nüvi 1300LM 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator Review”

  1. mark goresky says:
    1,974 of 1,998 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    charging issues, July 25, 2009
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    mark goresky (New Jersey) –
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    I’ve used this GPS for several weeks now and when it is fully charged it is absolutely great. The voice is loud and clear, the maps are accurate and detailed. It acquires satellites quickly, even in less than optimal circumstances with trees overhead or tall buildings nearby. It is easy to program and the onscreen menus are convenient. It is thin and reasonably light and portable and the screen is big. But it has one major problem: the cigarette-lighter charging system does not supply enough current to charge the GPS while it is turned on. It is unbelievable that Garmin would allow their unit to be sold under these conditions.

    When I received the unit I completely charged the battery (by connecting it to my computer using a USB cable which Garmin does not supply, but I happened to have one anyway). Then I used it in my car, always plugged into the cigarette lighter. It turns on automatically whenever you start the car, and it turns off automatically when the ignition switch is turned off. However, over this two week period the battery slowly discharged (without my knowledge) until it reached a point where the unit would no longer turn on, even when plugged in to the car charger. Assuming the unit was defective, I called Garmin and (after 20 minutes on hold) learned that the car charger is not up to the task, and that the GPS will slowly lose its charge when it is turned on, even if you have it connected to the cigarette lighter adapter. I believe this means that if you have a long drive, perhaps 8 hours or more, then the unit may not even remain operational throughout the full trip. Other people have made similar complaints about some of the other Garmin GPS units.

    The tech support people explained how to recover from the low battery situation: you do a “soft reset” which simply involves holding down the on/off button for 10 seconds. Then the unit will turn on, but the battery will need recharging. I was told to do this by connecting it to my computer using a USB cable, which Garmin does not supply with the GPS (fortunately I already had one), but I assume you could do the same by connecting it to the car charger and making certain that the unit is turned off while it is charging.

    What a shame that Garmin has produced a superior product with a fatal defect. I will keep mine for now, but I’m going to investigate other charging solutions. Perhaps after reading this review, the wizards at Garmin will redesign the charging system for this GPS.

    Update (Aug 1/09): I discovered the reason for these charging issues: In the User’s Manual, under “Troubleshooting”, Garmin states that the Nuvi will not charge if it is in direct sunlight or if the temperature is more than 113 degrees F (45 deg C). Since I had my unit attached to the windshield, and since I only drive during midday, it is always in sunlight. This charging rule applies to many other models as well; for any given model you can download the manual from Garmin, turn to the Troubleshooting section, and see whether or not they describe a similar charging rule. (The rule is meant to avoid overheating the battery: lithium batteries can occasionally catch fire if they are severely overcharged or overheated.) I think this explains why some people have encountered charging problems and others have not: it depends on whether or not the unit is always in direct sunlight while you are driving. Some people use the friction mount and their Garmin sits on the console. Others drive later in the day or at night.

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  2. mitch053 says:
    1,641 of 1,672 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very good but . . . ., October 16, 2009
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    mitch053 (Bridgewater, NJ) –

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    I have this unit for 10 days now and overall I am very happy with it. For its mainstream feature, navigation, it is excellent. I had a Garmin 350 before this which I loved but it was stolen from my car. I had a Magellan after that which was crap. The price on this unit was great ($247 – Amazon).

    I chose it over the 1390T because I opted to not get bluetooth. It is the only difference between the units. I felt the bluetooth quality would be poor based on other reviews of bluetooth in general on GPS units. The main reason was in the way most people use bluetooth. In a typical day I am in and out of my car often. I always need my bluetooth immediately in case I get a call. I don’t always need my GPS. And since my previous unit was stolen, and theft of these units is a big problem everywhere, I keep the unit hidden or sometimes remove it from the car. So if you are like me but you get this unit for bluetooth, you will need to stop and mount your gps everytime you get in the car whether you need it or not, just to have blue tooth capability. If you forget and the cell phone rings, you have no bluetooth. So I purchased a separate bluetooth speaker phone from Jabra (very good unit# which is always attached to my visor, pretty good quality, and always there when I need it. I saved about $75 by opting for the 1350T over the 1390T.

    A few minor disappointments. The Lane Assist feature works great but is not available everywhere. I used it around NYC and it was helpful. I drove through Pennsylvania and upstate NY and it was not available. Marketing material hypes this feature but they neglect to tell you this one point. But when it is available, it is a great feature. That brings me to traffic. Same story here. I was driving through PA and hit a 1 hour traffic jam. No warnings from the traffic feature because it was not available in that area. When I got to the Scranton, PA area the traffic alerts started working. It alerted me of a major traffic jam ahead and it even rerouted my trip automatically. The reroute would have been a significant addition in miles but would be worth it to avoid the traffic, right? I decided to ignore the re-route just to test the unit to see if the alert was accurate and I was willing to endure the traffic. As I drove my original route, no traffic anywhere. So had I listened to the traffic alert, I would have driven 50 miles out of my way for nothing. Bottom line is, don’t let the traffic feature be a deal breaker for the unit you choose. But then again, I got the 1350T for about the same price as the 1350 #same unit without traffic). Updating the map was more difficult than it should have been. I consider myself a very technical person with computers and gadgets but the map update did not go smoothly and took me several tries. I could see where many people will have difficulty with this if they attempt to update the map.

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  3. Cheryl M. Todd says:
    579 of 588 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good but some problems!, February 19, 2010
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    Cheryl M. Todd
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    After using my friend’s Nuvi in Scotland last year I said I have to have one of these! It worked great and saved us many lost hours while effortlessly assisting us through hundreds of poorly signed round-abouts. He had a basic but very reliable Nuvi without many features other than direction finding, which is the main idea. I wanted a reliable Nuvi but with a few of the more interesting features. After reading reviews I eliminated the 700 & 800 series because of all the reported freezes. I eliminated any with bluetooth functions for the same reason. After a lot of reviewing I went with the 1350T. I wanted lane assist and I wanted cityXplorer mapping because we go overseas a lot and I wanted to have enhanced pedestrian capabilities. I live in a rural town so free traffic alerts wasn’t too important but I do spend time in Phoenix, San Diego and LA occasionally so it was a plus.

    I ordered the unit just prior to a trip from Phoenix to Sacramento. I’m a manual reader so I printed a copy of the instructions from the Garmin web site and read them thoroughly before messing with the unit (the quick start instructions included with the unit are worthless). Before doing anything else I bought a USB cable so that I could connect to my computer. Everyone should have the cable and it’s ridiculous that Garmin doesn’t provide the cable with the unit because you need it to register and get current software. Once I had the cable I connected to Garmin’s web site and registered the unit and updated the maps and firmware. It’s a little tricky but not too difficult…and I’m not very technical. I also purchased and downloaded radar detection software because Phoenix, Tucson and much of Arizona is loaded with scum-sucking radar detectors. I also did the screen calibration on page 47 of the manual because several reviews indicated that it made the touch screen interface much more reliable. I wanted to take some out-of-the-way highways on my trip so I programmed in some “via points” to use along the way. These are points that allow you to divert to another location or highway while keeping the same ultimate destination programmed. The night before the trip I was playing with the unit checking out the “browse map” function. It seemed to be a worthless function and it wasn’t responsive with the screen being too small to be useful anyway. Just as I was about to get out of the browse mode the screen went dark. The unit was fully charged but I could not turn it back on again. I tried with the car plug adaptor, the USB cable, the on/off button…everything. The next morning before my trip it still wouldn’t start. I sent the unit back and requested a replacement. After getting the replacement I went through the same processes again as outlined above except that I won’t use the “browse map” function again. I took the unit on a trip from No. Arizona to Orange County then San Diego and back again. For the most part the unit worked very well. It did freeze once and the screen went dark again when I was programming in a location. I waited about 10 minutes and to my great relief it did restart but I was about to toss it out the window if it didn’t restart. One time in a very complicated freeway interchange in San Diego it lost position and started “recalculating”. If I had not known where I was going I could have easily taken the wrong offramp.

    While traveling through Riverside, CA the Garmin indicated that there was some traffic ahead. I touched the screen to see the traffic map and the screen indicated the length and time of the potential delay. It was a short delay so I continued on and it turned out to be very accurate. I was impressed but another time in San Diego it indicated a short delay and there was no delay at all. So, just be aware that it’s only as good as the information it receives from the reporting station.

    For fun I also wanted to load some thumbnail pictures for my home and family destination “favorites”. I could find no directions on how to do this, even in the full manual printout so I called Garmin. It’s easy to do. Just connect your Nuvi to your computer, double click the Garmin icon and open the Garmin folder. There is a jpeg folder in the Garmin folder. Drag your jpeg photo and drop into the jpeg folder. Then eject and disconnect your Garmin. To add the picture to a “favorite” select “favorite”; “press for more”; press “edit”; “change photo”; select a photo and you’re done.

    I noticed that when going to a location and returning the directions to and from are not always the same. It sometimes sends you slightly out of the way either coming or going. I think that’s because it seems to have a penchant for giving you right turns instead of left turns when starting out from a location. For instance, when departing from a shopping center it might have you make a right turn leaving the center, rather than making a left turn, even if it’s slightly…

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  4. lzydy08 says:
    48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    own this, August 12, 2010
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    lzydy08

    This review is from: Garmin nüvi 1300 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Map Updates (Electronics)

    i wanted an upgrade from an older model because i was taking a 1100 mi trip to see family. I had absolutely no problems finding anything. I had been warned about a road that throws people off but this got me to my destination door to door. The satelite has never been lost due to the weather and we drove through some down pours. I find satelites as soon as it is turned on as soon as i finish typing in where i want to go it is there. I absolutely love it.

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  5. S. K. Gross says:
    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent GPS, October 19, 2010
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    S. K. Gross
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    This review is from: Garmin nüvi 1300 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Map Updates (Electronics)

    I am very pleased with the Garmin 1300. It’s really intuitive to use, especially for someone like me who can become overwhelmed by technology. You still need maps for back-up. There were times during a recent trip through rural areas where the Garmin announced that it had lost sateliette reception, and without the maps we could have easily become lost. Still, it’s an excellent device and I am happy I bought it.

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  6. Comfortable Diner says:
    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great easy to use GPS, October 4, 2010
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    Comfortable Diner (Silicon Valley) –

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    This review is from: Garmin nüvi 1300 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Map Updates (Electronics)

    This is my first GPS and I am very happy with this GPS. I selected this brand and model because it offers a Pedestrian mode and it always has free lifetime map updates. Great easy to view screen and wonderful voice directions (which I use more then the map itself)

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