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Recent reviews for this item:
PlotMyVector, December 8, 2011 I wanted a GPS with 4.3" size, spoken street names and lane
assist...that's it. I didn't want to waste money for a
bluetooth or an MP3 player, I already own those.
After researching for a month, I settled on the Nuvi 1350
as the right model for me. Downloading the map update
required paying close attention to detail, and took some
time, it was straight-forward, and went without incident.
The map isn't perfect, as I found the unit wanted me to
carry on down an embankment of a dead-end street, but I
didn't expect perfection.
My first challenge was a drive from Nova Scotia to Ottawa,
through some US states and Quebec, and the unit worked
excellently. The unit displays speed limits while in the
US, which I found invaluable when driving through small
towns where the speed limit can be quite low (20mph) in
some places. The lane assist worked flawlessly, and is
invaluable when navigating big cities like Montreal and
Ottawa. You get lots of notice in advance when you need to
stay right or left, and and icon in the upper left corner
graphically displays which lane you need to be in. Boy did
I depend on this feature while driving through Montreal.
The display automatically switches to a low-light display
at dusk so it doesn't interfere with night-visibility.
I also found the eco-route and gas mileage log features
great for tracking costs and calculating mileage, which
will be very handy for estimating travel costs on future
I've owned this unit for a year & a half now, and am still
discovering great features, like being able to create my
own categories for storing POI in my favorites folder.
That allows me to more quickly find the POI I frequent,
especially those I've "created" myself. There's also a
large variety of icons you can use to make pre-programmed
or your own POI's stand out more clearly on the map.
I continue to use my GPS on routine trips because it
provides Distance to Destination and ETA (estimated time of
arrival) information enroute. That comes in handy when the
Missus wants to know when you're gonna be home.
I did have one major malfunction. The unit powers up
automatically when you start the car. I did this while
parked in an underground garage, and when I emerged from
underground, the unit did not properly get its satellite
bearings. It vehemently directed me to turn right and
plunge into the Ottawa River. A quick power-down and
reboot solved the problem.
There are a couple things that are lacking with the 1350:
first, a USB cable should come with this unit, but it
doesn't. Fortunately, I had a cable for my cell phone that
worked...otherwise, I would have had to buy one for $20.
Second, this unit only permits one waypoint. The use of a
waypoint is handy if you want to force the unit to plot a
route based on your own criteria. I just found the limit
of a single waypoint to be a little limiting.
Good news though, if you want to overcome these short-
comings, you simply need to upgrade to the Nuvi 1450.
My only regret is that I didn't get the 1350LM version with
Lifetime Map Updates. Now I'll have to part with another
$95 to get it seperately, whereas it usually only costs an
extra $50 to get the LM version up front.
Ganesh, September 16, 2011 I was happy with the purchase of this item. The least price
I could get in about 10 vendors.
eric, August 22, 2011 easy to set up - set destination - like the large screen display
Hat, July 14, 2010 The 1350 worked just as I expected to work absolutely no
problems at all