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Garmin Nuvi 1240 3.5" Sat Nav with UK and Western Europe Maps

by Garmin

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1240 - UK & Western Europe
  • Street-level mapping for UK, Ireland & Western Europe (23 countries) with 60-Day nüMaps™ Guarantee
  • Built-in Cyclops™ speed camera database (includes fixed camera locations and mobile hot-spots)
  • Speed limit indicator – unit displays speed limits for most major roads
  • Text to speech calls out the names of upcoming road names on the route
  • 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sleek, ultra-slim design that fits easily in your pocket.

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Model: 1240 - UK & Western Europe

Product details

Model: 1240 - UK & Western Europe
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 9.3 x 7.5 cm ; 113 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 1240 - UK & Western Europe
  • ASIN: B0021L9BII
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 16 April 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,628 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Model: 1240 - UK & Western Europe

Box Contains

  • nuvi 1240
  • Preloaded Street Maps
  • Vehicle Suction Cup Mount
  • Vehicle Power Cable
  • Dashboard Disc
  • Quick Start Manual

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    4.0 out of 5 stars

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    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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    137 of 140 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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    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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