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182 of 184 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2009
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. Optional avoidances include U-turns, motorways, tolls, ferries, car-share lanes, unpaved roads and traffic if you are using the traffic data receiver add-on. There is a simple-to-use 'Detour' option that seems to assume that the detour is immediately in front of you.

During turn-by-turn navigation, I found the voice prompts to be very timely for making each manoeuvre and of good quality. The feedback also speaks the names of the roads (using text-to-speech) -- nice!

The display can include the current speed restriction and I found this to be helpful and the boundaries very accurate (in England and Wales anyway).

A "Where Am I?" feature is helpful if looking for petrol, emergency services, nearest junction or just the position coordinates.

The POIs that are built in are very comprehensive and were a pleasant surprise bonus.

For me, the weakness is when you want to plan a route ahead of time. If you are familiar with TomTom then you may find the presetting of a route on the Nuvi 1240 very awkward; it is necessary to go into "GPS Simulator" mode, which disables satellite reception, and then to set your location by selecting a "Where to?" point, and only then can you select a destination. This is clunky when compared to the "Advance planning" and routing by map points features on TomTom and can require a lot of scrolling and zooming of the map if you want to enter multiple waypoints in order to force a preferred route. Futhermore, you cannot save the route that you carefully constructed so you must not start another route. If only there was a way of forcing the route to change by dragging points onto other roads in the way that Google Maps allows... it can't be that hard to implement. Add a "Save route" feature too.

Overall, I am slightly disgruntled with the Nuvi 1240. For the price it is nice to get maps for Western Europe but, in making a simple-to-use interface, I think there has been too much compromise on what I consider to be basic route-planning features. Having said that, for what it does do, it is done well.

P.S Be sure to get the software upgrade and map updates ASAP!
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2009
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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137 of 141 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2009
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2010
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
on 9 July 2011
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2010
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2010
Purchased this product as it ticked all of my boxes such as size, traffic etc...
Free mapping software update is offered with purchase when product is registered on line.
I have now wasted countless hours trying to download the mapping data which is some 3.5Gb in size and continually get file corrupted messages. Support from Garmin is I guess what we've all come to expect nowadays, poor!
While I was initially satisfied with the purchase, the shine is now wearing off rapidly. I am unable to update the mapping and the unit has frozen whilst in use on occassions.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2010
I wanted a new sat nav after my Navman finally gave up the ghost after being used, on an almost day-to-day basis, for 4 years. I went to Halfords after watching an online review of the Tomtom One IQ model but, after talking to the store manager who sang the praises of Garmin - 'the market leader' - decided to get the Nuvi 1240 with EU mapping. It looks great and the graphics are fantastic - better I'd say than the Tomtom. However, I can honestly say that I managed to get it started on no more than 5 or 6 occasions. It would almost always freeze on the 'loading maps' screen. Sometimes it would stay like this for 5-10 minutes. My Navman cost me three-quarters the price but I never had such a problem. It may well be that Halfords had a 'rogue batch', as I returned it to be given another which did exactly the same. I then went to another Halfords store and exchanged it for the Tomtom One IQ model with EU mapping. It's the same size and has advanced lane guidance. It also has the IQ routes system which has, on occasions, worked surprisingly well, taking me on odd routes at peak times but getting me there quicker. The graphics aren't quite as good as the Garmin but it works. The only thing about the Garmin I prefer is that it audibly states the road you need to turn into rather than just have you rely on the graphic - very useful if you're very unsure where you're going. However, this is only a good feature if it works! I would recommend the Tomtom over the Garmin any day of the week.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2010
This is my first standalone satnav after a couple of built-in units and a while using phone-based navigation. The Garmin Nuvi 1240 is a neat little unit, less obstructive than a large screen or widescreen one (that so many people seem to put right in front of their faces - idiots) and can be easily tucked away in a corner of the windscreen. The initial setup and update was easy, took a while to download and install but was painless. The unit is a doddle to use, I've not had to open the instruction book yet. Navigation has been faultless so far but will face its first real test in France in a couple of weeks - I see no reason why it should be any different to how it's behaved so far.

For the money, this is a great little satnav (at an amazing price considering it comes with all the main European maps) and one which I would recommend to anyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2010
Was not terribly taken with this because while it worked to begin with, before long, the sound of the voice stopped working. This drove me bananas rather than anywhere I wanted to go. Before long, I managed to work out that if I put the destination in and got it to find it, then if I came out of it and went into settings and turned the volume down then back up, then retrieve my destination from "history" the sound would work! How I found this out, I will never know but clearly there was something wrong with it, so Amazon are replacing it. Hopefully the next one will work....
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