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Garmin Nuvi 1390 Traffic Satellite Navigation System with UK & European Mapping

by Garmin

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1390 Traffic - UK & EU
  • Street-level mapping for UK&ROI, Western & Eastern Europe (42 countries) with 60-Day nüMaps™ Guarantee
  • Built-in Cyclops™ speed camera database (includes fixed camera locations and mobile hot-spots)
  • Lane Assist/Junction View - illustrates the correct lane choice for upcoming turns and exits
  • Award winning free Premium Lifetime traffic subscription for the UK and other European countries
  • 4.3 inch wide touchscreen display, sleek, ultra-slim design that fits easily in your pocket.

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Model: 1390 Traffic - UK & EU

Product details

Model: 1390 Traffic - UK & EU
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 12.2 x 7.5 cm ; 163 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 1390 Traffic - UK & EU
  • ASIN: B0021L9BJ2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 16 April 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,635 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Model: 1390 Traffic - UK & EU

Box Contains

  • nüvi 1390, preloaded City Navigator® Europe NT, vehicle suction cup mount
  • FM traffic receiver/vehicle power cable (premium traffic)
  • USB cable
  • Dashboard disc
  • Quick start manual

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    3.9 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    254 of 255 people found the following review helpful By Iain Watson on 23 April 2010
    Model: 1390 Traffic - UK & EU
    Bought this a couple of days ago. Due to the volcano cloud, I had to drive from CH to Calais on the north of France and back. My old GPS didn't have Euromaps and was 5 years old so I needed an upgrade

    + Very easy to use
    + Points of interest + favourites work well
    + pedestrian mode works well, finding fuel, shops, money, restaurants in an unusual town is now very easy
    + built quality top
    + voice clear
    + route calcuations very quick, 850km takes 5 secs to calculate
    + Add in a "via" point if you want to detour. When you select a new desitination while driving a current route, it asks if this is a via point or a new destination. (some reviews says it doesn't have this feature???)
    + speed limits displayed, 99% accurate and very handy
    + fixed speed cameras, good to know where they are
    + Distance to go, time to go etc, very accurate
    + Very secure windscreen mount and clasp.
    + At autobahn junctions, display switches to show what lane to be in, picture is very clear and suprisingly accurate. It shows the road signs exactly as they are making it easy to navigate through major junctions/intersections (eg basel border for CH Fr, Ge)

    - Kept repeating a speed camera area, software bug, not sure, had to reset (hold power button 10 secs) put in new route then put original route back in then ok
    - Calculation jammed at 79% when stopping in services, had to do system reset
    - When power cable is plugged in to back, every time you start your car, the GPS powers on, would be better if you powered it on manually.

    A great unit, only a couple of small bugs in 16 hrs of driving. Through 3 countries. I don't think any of these are bug free and the problems I had were solved within a few seconds. I took it out the box, stuck it on my windscreen and drove 1000 miles. No need to read instructions as long as you have a little bit of common sense. I would recommend this unit 100%.
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    77 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Olivia Doonan on 11 Nov 2010
    Model: 1390 Traffic - UK & EU
    I bought this for a marketing trip in which we were to visit 120 shops throughout the UK in a 2 week period (Poole to Inverness, Canterbury to Menai Bridge). So a pretty extensive undertaking, we were to be on our own in the car for the majority of the time and although I am a confident driver I had never driven in the UK previously. If it wasn't for this sat nav it wouldn't have worked!

    We had opportunity to compare it as we hired the second unit from the car hire company. The unit we hired was an older Garmin. It was not wide screen and didn't have traffic knowledge or bluetooth. I have to say this machine was vastly superior in its navigation. We each had highly frustrating situations with the hired one in which we simply couldn't find our way- telling us to turn where there were no roads/one way roads. Taking us repeatedly on and off packed motorways, ambiguous directions etc. This NEVER happened with this machine. Well, there was the odd ambiguous direction, but I think this was more of a reflection of the crazy lane changing required to get to the correct motorway, and lack of concentration- than the fault of our machine.

    It has a brilliant thing in the top left corner that tells you how far to the next change and a small easily understood diagram of what that change is going to be. The speed limit is really handy- British roads are NOT well signposted. They have the Limitied Speed Zone sign everywhere telling you its open road, BUT the open road speed limit changed depending on if you are on a motorway, country road or and highway... So although it is very occasionally wrong- it is very handy. It even knew that there was a temporary change in speed at most of the road works!
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    137 of 138 people found the following review helpful By buzzy on 4 July 2010
    Model: 1390 Traffic - UK & EU
    I bought this Garmin product a couple of months ago, having had TOMTOMs (and 1 Garmin)in the past. I deliberately waited a while before reviewing it to put it through its paces. I have mainly been a Tomtom user but my latest Tomtom (Europe XL) was nicked from the car! so I needed a new unit. I was a quite disappointed in the tomtom, particulalry since the batteries would flatten if it wasn't used for a few days then would take a few moments to spring into life - very poor really and not unheard of apparrently. So... this time I bought a GARMIN. This model is much much much more improved than my earlier Garmin. It is easy to use (the wife got the hang of it in no time), fires up quickly, retains its charge, speaks street names and road numbers (wow - how good is that - it's brilliant). Never thought I'd use Bluetooth for my phone, but hey... its so easy I don't know how I managed without it. I could rave on and on about this unit, but you probably get the picture by now (I give it 10/10). The ultimate endorsement is that both of my lads, who both have Tomtoms, are thinking about ditching their Tomtoms and buying a Garmin - can't be bad can it !
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    87 of 88 people found the following review helpful By goldfish on 10 Jan 2011
    Model: 1390 Traffic - UK & EU Verified Purchase
    I've been using the 1390T for about one month in and around London. I bought it for the competitive price, lifetime traffic and camera database. The package certainly seems to include a lot for the price. And so to my findings.

    The Good Stuff
    1. Map quality seems good. Few mistakes around London
    2. Lane assist. This really works! For me, in London, its saved my bacon quite a few times. Possibly one of the most useful features.
    3. Screen size is excellent with clear, easy to read maps and menus.
    4. Camera database seems spot on - for box fixed and mobile cameras. Get red alerts if you are over the speed limit on approach.
    5. So far seem realiable. Has not frozen, crashed, locked or got confused.
    6. PC connectivity is straightforward plus you get one free map update too.

    The Bad Stuff
    1. It gives road names not numbers or instructions. I really need instructions such as 'take second right' or 'turn onto A406 North Circular'. Instead I get 'turn right in to Acacia Avenue' - this only works if you know all the street names in the UK. So major, major problem. Worse, major road signs show road numbers not names - so you still need to look at everything - kind of defeats the purpose of satnav.
    2. Traffic alerts can be unreliable in London. In London traffic alerts can pop up, then disappear. Sometimes get no warning at all before hitting traffic. Grrr.
    3. Route choice is interesting. Fastest route can be slower that Shortest. Eco route can be least direct and most winding. Maybe thats just London and could be better in other parts of UK.
    4. Cables are rather intrusive. Traffic antenna plugs into main cable about 30cm away from satnav unit.

    Summary.
    The satnav is rather good. Well made, reliable and shows maps and locations. BUT. For me the street name issue is a killer. Maybe it'll grow on me but I suspect not.
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