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3.0 out of 5 stars great gps, some flaws, September 3, 2009
This review is from: Garmin nuvi 1390/1390T 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
i read a bunch of reviews on different models before i ultimately chose the 1390t. when it came down to the wire it was a hard choice between the 765t and the 1390t. The main difference I would like to point out is the charger. the 765t uses a mount charger, while the 1390t uses a micro usb fed directly into the unit. some users like the fact they dont have to unhook the charger when dismounting the unit(765t). like i said personal preference. oh and also no mp3 playback, fm tuner or multipoint point destination. 765t has all those.

real world test of features
user interface: so easy a caveman can do it. garmin definitely has the other brands beat when it comes to UI. i liked the feature set for price in the tomtom 940t, but the UI just looks so primitive. They need a major rehaul of that. the 1390t always gave precise directions without causing confusion. there was no lagging either. being able to update the ETA to total distance is a huge plus. almost always gave me the local speed limit. your speed turns red if you're speeding.

bluetooth: i was actually rather impressed with the bluetooth. it was easy to sync with my blackberry 8800(dinosaur phone i know). i had to speak a little louder than normal conversation. this is mostly because you're talking to the unit from 1.5 feet away. if the mic was more sensitive it would pick up more background noise. call quality was good on the other end. my friend couldn't hear the road in the background.

lane assist: i like the fact that it shows you all available lanes that you can take. it almost always did lane assist where available. junction view with photo realistic pictures never showed. i drove on the grand central, LIE, northern state, southern state, belt parkway, cross island. these are all major highways in the long island queens area. maybe it only does interstate highways. who knows. i was really disappointed when i didnt see the 3d simulation at all.

traffic alert: the ads are unobtrusive and don't show up while you're driving. traffic reporting was pretty accurate when it did have reception. i never tried any alternate traffic routes. the traffic map shows where the traffic begins and ends and your location.

new thinnest model of all time: don't make this the deciding factor for you. although the unit is 25% thinner than most other garmins, it's really not a big deal. the other garmins (200 and 700 series) were thin to begin with.

POI: for some reason when i looked for a mcdonalds or bk it would show everything but the closest location. i only used POIs 3-4 times.

random: i don't know why other people were complaining about speaker volume. i put it on a 100% thinking that it was going have weak speakers. i assure you, def not the case. it was practically yelling at me at 100%.

cons: no fm tuner, no multipoint destinations. you can have a via point though. price is a bit high. i paid 280 including tax for the unit. i think $200 wouldve been a more reasonable price.

conclusion: if you wants all the bells and whistles go for this model or the 765t. if you just need a simple gps get a 200 series. theyre a lot cheaper. all in all great gps. 4.0/5.0. if you want a full list of features with pics check out [...]. theyre affiliated with amazon, so take that for what you will.

***edit** 2 months later: 3/5 instead of 4/5 for ratings.
1)I use this device on the road every day now. I've driven all over queens, manhattan, and Long Island. One thing I found incredibly annoying is how it kept taking me off a highway only to remerge with it 2 exits later. It certainly was not the faster route to be following the gps' advice in these instances.

2)Another major gripe I had was the constant recalculation. I would follow its directions and it would say recalculating. When making critical turns that are close by, this can get really annoying. I don't know if this is a problem with my model or gpses in general or just garmin, but something needs to be fixed.

3) The suction keeps falling off the window. It may be because of the cold temperature. It recently dropped to the 40deg F. My friend uses a magellan (old non-widescreen 2-d version) on the same vehicle and her mount stays.

4)One thing I have to admit I absolutely love is lane assist. You really appreciate it when switching to different highways. It definitely is all it's cracked out to be. However, The 3-D sign simulation(lane guidance) is just a marketing gimmick(at least I think so). Not worth paying the extra $$$. Lane assist is more practical and worthwhile.

I know this edit may have confused customers on future purchases, but READ OTHER REVIEWS to see if the problems I've had are common in all devices or just this one.
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Initial post: Nov 12, 2009 2:56:18 PM PST
Foto Gato says:
It's good to see a review that is complete and thoughtful. This kind of review is most helpful for making a purchasing decision. Thanks to "Blessen" for taking the time to make this contribution.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2010 10:33:30 AM PST
I just wanted to say, you should add back 1 start because the flaw you mentioned in the software making you exit and then re-enter the highway/freeway/interstate is a flaw in Navteq software. I have the same software on my JVC KD-NX5000 in-dash Navigation and it makes me do the same thing in California so its no different. If anybody else is experiencing this we should contact Navteq, its unfair to blame Garmin in this case, they just make the hardware.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2010 6:16:06 PM PDT
jack says:
you may have gps set to shortest distance instead of shortest time.

Posted on May 29, 2010 4:50:11 AM PDT
M. Kettler says:
comment on the recalculating: I've got an older model nuvi, and it does this a lot under two situations:
1) in spots where there has been construction that changed the path or width of the road and the map hasn't updated to reflect this yet.
2) in places where there is poor "sight of sky" resulting in low GPS precision, and the nuvi keeps jumping my position around. (this affects any GPS.. not much to be done when some of the satellite signals are blocked)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2010 9:50:37 PM PDT
Wavey Davey says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2010 10:42:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2010 10:46:10 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2010 10:39:14 AM PDT
Yoshi H. says:
Why should he "add back one start" (re-add a star to the review).
Since you have no Option to change the "Garmin Hardware" from "Navteq software", it becomes Garmin's problem. That's probably why it's a good idea to rate the product based on, well, the product. It doesn't matter who is responsible for which part/software. If you are really worried about it you can start an awareness blog on the fact that the GPS Guidance issues are a software problem, and since the software is created by Navteq they should, in the future, refer all grievances they have with the software to Navteq. But should you rate this product on the Hardware alone, and find some other imaginary place to rate the software? NO. Holla.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 9:50:13 AM PDT
DVR says:
Looking for a new GPS system and constantly told that Garmins are the Best. I have been looking into the Magellan 4700 and having used the Magellan "Never Lost" in a rental car, I LOVED the Magellan experience. But if Garmins are the best, I need to know. Now I need help with the decision. Please help!


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2010 9:04:08 PM PDT
mike says:
i have the magellan meastro 4370 for 11 months now,worked fine for 9 months and now all it does is freeze every 10 minutes.i'm changing for a garmin and will never go back to a magellan!
all my friends have garmins 200 series and have no problems
good luck

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 7:58:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 18, 2010 8:10:12 AM PDT
jerwig says:
Regarding the suction cup falling off the window, a couple of suggestions are in order. 1) I never stick my GPS on the window. In some states it's actually illegal because it can obstruct your view of the road. Also, it can invite thieves. Even if you remove the GPS every time you park, you end up with marks on your windshield which invite thieves to break in and look for a GPS. I use a Bean Bag mount (also called a friction mount) which sits on my dashboard while I'm driving. The bean bag has a metal plate in the center to which the GPS mounts instead of the windshield. The beanbag mount along with the attached GPS can easily be picked up off the dash and hidden when you park. The bean bag is made of a material that (along with the weight of the bean bag) prevents the GPS from sliding off the dash. 2) It is possible, particularly in very hot or cold weather, to have the GPS fall off the bean bag mount. I saw a trick on another revue that helps to prevent this. Put a piece of hard candy in your mouth and suck on it for a couple minutes. Then (after first washing the rubber on the suction mount) lick the rubber part of the suction mount thoroughly. Then stick it onto the beanbag mount. This will GREATLY help the problem of the GPS falling off the beanbag mount (or the window).
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