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Garmin Nuvi 1210 3.5" Sat Nav with UK and Ireland Maps and Bluetooth

by Garmin

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  • Preloaded street-level mapping for the UK & Ireland with 60-Day nüMaps™ Guarantee
  • Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free calling through your Garmin sat-nav
  • Built-in Cyclops™ speed camera database (includes fixed camera locations and mobile hot-spots)
  • Text to speech calls out the names of upcoming road names on the route
  • 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sleek, ultra-slim design fits easily in pocket.

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Product details

  • Item Weight: 399 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 1210 - UK
  • ASIN: B0021L9BIS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 16 April 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,575 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The slimline Garmin nüvi 1210 includes City Explorer, that allows you to get around a city on foot

The nüvi 1210 is an ultra-thin, pocket design, affordable and simple-to-use sat-nav with mapping for the UK and Ireland. It has Bluetooth® wireless technology for handsfree calls and comes with Garmin’s unique speed camera warning system to help you drive safely. An optional CityXplorer™ download it will even direct you via public transport (information varies between cities) or give you instructions for walking to your destination so you can use your sat-nav in and out of the car.

Simple navigation

The nüvi 1210 has a clear, intuitive menu so you can just turn it on and go. You simply need to touch the screen to look up addresses and get turn-by-turn directions. It announces street names before you turn so you always know where you are going, for example, “Turn right at Dell Road”.

Make hands free phone calls

Keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel with nüvi 1210’s integrated Bluetooth® wireless technology, microphone and speaker. Just pair with your compatible mobile phone and talk hands-free through the nüvi. You can also search for a place of interest on your Garmin nüvi (such as a hotel or restaurant) and call it simply by pressing the telephone icon on your sat-nav’s screen. It means you can stow your phone in your glovebox, bag or pocket and let your sat-nav do the work. To see if your phone is compatible, go to www.garmin.com/bluetooth/phones.

Explore cities on foot with City Explorer

Great on the go – driving, walking or on public transport

The fact that nüvi 1210 is only 15mm thick means you can take it anywhere. Use to its full potential by downloading cityXplorer™ via www.Garmin.co.uk/cityXplorer to navigate like a local. The enhanced pedestrian mode gives you directions for walking including footpaths and shortcuts through parks – places you wouldn’t be accessing while in your car. It also tells you where to catch trains, buses and tubes (dependent on the city), and how long it will take to reach your destination. cityXplorer even has public transport timetables to ensure you arrive at the station on time and help avoid long waits (dependent on the city).

To make the most of your Garmin sat-nav when exploring a new city, whether on a day trip, a holiday or for business, you can also add an optional AA City Guide. It tells you everything you need to know about your chosen city from attractions and places to eat, hotels and shops.

Speed cameras

Garmin has a unique speed camera warning system, giving real-time, reliable, and accurate alerts. nüvi 1210 has the location of fixed, average speed, mobile and temporary cameras already built in. New or moved cameras are constantly tracked and the database is updated daily.

Use ecoRoute to plan your most fuel efficient route

Go Green and save fuel

Use ecoRoute to plan your most fuel efficient route

The ecoRoute™ fuel-saver feature enables you to choose a fuel-efficient route which could save you fuel and money. Simply choose the “less fuel” option and nüvi 1210 will calculate the route which will use the least fuel. You can also see the estimated cost of your journey as you plan it and get scored for your driving performance with the Driving Challenge – good for identifying areas for improvement.

Where am I? safety feature

The Where am I? safety feature can be very helpful if you break down or need a certain service urgently. Just tap the car icon on your map screen for your exact coordinates, contact details for vehicle recovery services and directions to hospitals, police and petrol stations.

Anti-Theft feature

You can choose to activate The Garmin Lock™ anti-theft protection system to disable your Garmin sat-nav from performing any functions until a specific 4-digit PIN is typed in or the unit is taken to a predetermined location. Simply enter a 4-digit PIN and select a Security Location.  Write down your PIN and keep it in a safe place.  Each time you turn on the GPS, enter your PIN to unlock the GPS.  If you forget your PIN, you can go to your Security Location. Note: If you forget your PIN, and your Security Location, Garmin cannot unlock your GPS over the phone; you must send your GPS to Garmin to get it unlocked.

Extras for your Garmin

There are lots of extras you can add to your Garmin sat-nav. These include travel guides such as AA Days Out, The Good Pub Guide, historical audio tours and more. You can also have some fun by adding celebrity voices. If you’re a music fan you may want to download the locations festivals in the UK, or if you want to go on a shopping trip the locations of shopping centres. See www.garmin.co.uk/garminextras for more information.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

181 of 183 people found the following review helpful By B. Payne on 18 Aug 2009
Model: 1240 - UK & Western Europe
I have had the Nuvi 1240 for two weeks now. It was sent from Germany but, with standard postage, arrived within three days of the Amazon order.

There is minimal documentation and no software CD in the package so expect to find yourself on the Garmin web site very soon in order to get the PDF documentation and to download the system upgrading software and maps management software.

I had some problems with the unit turning itself off when re-routing (possibly when avoiding U-turns) but this appears to have been resolved by the latest online software upgrade (v2.70) which was painless to install. A mini-USB cable is required for the software upgrade (not supplied).

The Garmin maps updater software reported that the Navteq maps were already the latest available for this model (CN Europe NT 2010.10).

Start-up is around 25 seconds. Satellite lock seemed to vary considerably but, in ideal conditions, seemed to be around 30-40 seconds from 'on'.

Battery life is reported to be around four hours but for me it was less than three hours with lots of routing and the screen brightness at 50%.

The basic navigation from current location is very intuitive. Press the "Where to?" icon and choose a destination from Home, favourites, POI, point on map, recent locations, junction, city or coordinates.

Alternatively, press the "View map" icon and you are in a 3D-style navigation view. From here, a screen press will bring up a bird's-eye map view and you may then select a point on the map and press "Go". The map scrolling is done quite nicely with speed sensitivity so that a quick flick of the finger causes the map to scroll further.

Select routing for speed, time, less fuel or off-road.
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136 of 139 people found the following review helpful By BP1 on 28 Oct 2009
Model: 1240 - UK & Western Europe Verified Purchase
This is my first Sat-Nav. I did some research and was looking for a model that told me the name of roads I was to turn on to. I didn't want to spend too much and wanted something that would work well. The Ecoroute facility (which tells you the most fuel efficient route from A-B)sold it to me.
This model did what I expected and got me sucessfully through a 230 mile journey at the weekend without problem. I am very pleased with the Garmin 1240 and would recommend it to friends looking for a Sat-Nav that does the job you would expect it to.
Just to be aware... When you start the Sat-Nav for the first time after updating all the software it can take a few minutes to locate the satellites, after the second/third time it takes a few seconds.
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Tipsy on 12 Aug 2009
Model: 1240 - UK & Western Europe
We were looking for a replacement for our old but trusty Garmin i3 sat nav. Senior Management loves the Garmin logic and detests my Tom Tom 720 as being too temperamental (some software upgrades from TomTom have been "bug" ridden), complex and bulky. This nuvi 1200 series is thinner than the previous models and is very simple to operate. Map seems OK, but can be confused - e.g. did not recognise the lane of my brothers farm, which has been in existence for a century!

Advantages:
Bright, clear screen - easy to read
Small, slim & light - slips into pocket
Voice directions are loud and clear
Free 30 day subscription of speed cameras.
Can be used in "pedestrian" mode for walking around a town.

Disadvantage:
Not sure whether it's possible to tell this Garmin not to route along a certain road; i.e. if the M1 is blocked, is there a facility to pre-plan a reroute?

This is a "basic" sat nav (no bluetooth or FM transmitter or mp3 player or traffic alerts) which has the advantage of a European map and it is recommended for those who like simple things in life! It's a nice bit of kit.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By endlessharmony on 24 May 2010
Model: 1240 - UK & Western Europe Verified Purchase
Fantastic SAT Nav. Worked straight out of the box and all you need to know is a Post Code. It identifes whether you are exceeding speed limit, where speed cameras are and tells you the roadname you are turning in to. If you go the wrong way or take a slight detour then it quickly recalculates the route. For the money this is excellent and it makes a big difference if you are driving anywhere unfamiliar. I would highly recommend buying a USB lead as this quickly recharges the battery directly from your PC and means you don't have to keep the lead plugged into the cigarette lighter for all but the longest journeys.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Jenkins on 27 April 2010
Model: 1240 - UK & Western Europe
As a no-frills sat nav this performs well. Occasionally it seemed to get stuck in the depths of Snowdonia where the satellite coverage was a bit patchy but for normal use it is reliable and quick. The graphics are not fancy but clear. You can search for named stores and attractions as well as by address. The voice is clear and copes with announcing street names even in Welsh!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tonp on 9 July 2011
Model: 1240 - UK & Western Europe
Very Cheap for a Satnav with European maps but not very reliable. Do not buy this from Amazon. It is obviously very old stock. The maps were out of date as soon as we received it, but it is not supplied with a USB cable to update the maps. We contacted Amazon about this but they just told us to contact Garmin. Garmin support were no help at all! They just tell you to go and buy a USB cable to update the maps.You get one chance to update the maps which must be within 30 or 60 days. I received this as a present. By the time I found out the maps were out of date and went to buy a USB cable, then it was almost too late to update the maps.
I used this in Denmark last week. I travelled with someone else who also had a TomTom. The TomTom found the route within about one minute. The Garmin took over 55 minutes to find a satellite, by which time it was too late, we had already arrived!
My advice is buy a Tom Tom, not a Garmin, and do not use Amazon. Neither Amazon or Garmin customer support are any help at all.
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