The Garmin Nuvi 1350T is a solid navigation device but falls down compared with some of the very best car navigation system options around. With free lifetime traffic alerts delivered through an integrated FM traffic receiver, you'll be kept up to date on any changes on the road ahead, and you can also get information about the best way around any upcoming traffic hazards.
Garmin Nuvi 1350T review: Navigation
The driving force behind the Garmin Nuvi 1350T is the NAVTEQ Traffic, which maintains a comprehensive collection of worldwide data, including up-to-date information about more than 90 large cities in North America.
When you need to be out and about, you have the option of cityXplorer, a download that helps you get around a new city, or even your own city, like a pro. You will know when and how to access public transportation. You can forget about the confusing bus map because you will have access to all the information you need in a unit that fits in your purse or pocket.
If you want to go green but aren't quite prepared to travel on foot, we can heartily recommend ecoRoute, which can be downloaded to your Nuvi 1350T to help you calculate the most fuel efficient routes and offers tips on increasing miles per gallon. You can even use it to run basic diagnostics. You can find out why your engine light is on and monitor temperatures, emissions, battery charge and drive train. The display was designed to be easy to read, even in the sunlight, from any direction.
Garmin Nuvi 1350T review: Features
This is one of the navigation GPS products that makes it really easy to get started. For directions, just tap the "Where To?" graphic and for maps just tap the "View Map" icon. Every part of the process is intuitive. Spoken turn-by-turn directions will get you where you are going in a snap. You can even scroll through screens as needed.
The "Where Am I?" feature adds a layer of safety by helping you know your exact location. You will never be confused about what to tell first responders in an emergency situation. You will also enjoy Garmin's anti-theft feature and Garmin Garage, which allows you to download custom voices and other ways to personalize your navigation GPS unit.
Things you might miss with this navigation GPS receiver are voice recognition and Bluetooth capability. Those are both things that can add greatly to your safety by allowing you to keep both hands on the wheel as you get directions from the GPS unit or take and make phone calls. You might also miss an integrated MP3 player. You can always break out your own, of course, but sometimes it is nice to have a little music at the ready on the device you are already using for directions and everything else on the road.
Should you buy the Garmin Nuvi 1350T?
The Nuvi 1350T is a solid choice among navigation GPS units, with a good mixture of included and downloadable features that will make sure you get to any destination. Drawbacks with this particular unit include the lack of voice recognition and Bluetooth compatibility. It's also been discontinued by Garmin, so could prove difficult to track down if you want to buy one.