Garmin nüvi 1260/1260T 3.5-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic
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- High-sensitivity GPS receiver for fast satellite lock pre-loaded with City Navigtor NT maps for North America, including more than 6 million points of interest
- Bluetooth wireless technology enables hands-free calling with a compatible phone; included traffic receiver provides North America traffic information
- Pedestrian navigation capability enabled through optional CityXplorer maps; ecoRoute suggests fuel-efficient routes to save drivers money and fuel
- Public transit mode allows you to navigate using buses, tramway, metro, and suburban rail systems
- NOTE: Model number on the box is 1260T because the traffic receiver is included; however, the model number on the device itself is 1260 as the "T" in 1260T refers to the additional component
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nüvi 1260T is big on features and small on profile. This thin navigator has preloaded maps for North America or Europe, pedestrian navigation options, free traffic alerts, hands-free calling and ecoRoute to calculate a more fuel-efficient route.
nüvi® 1260T is big on features and small on profile. This thin navigator has preloaded maps for North America or Europe, pedestrian navigation options, free traffic alerts, hands-free calling and ecoRoute™ to calculate a more fuel-efficient route.
Navigate City Transit
With its enhanced pedestrian navigation capabilities, nüvi 1260T is the perfect travel companion for getting around town. Download optional cityXplorer™ content to help you navigate city public transit. Know where to walk, where to catch the bus, subway, tram or other transportation and how long it will take to get there. It easily fits in your pocket or purse. cityXplorer maps are available for select cities throughout North
Just over a half-inch thick. Click to enlarge.
Garmin greets you with two simple questions: "Where to?" and "View Map." This screen is central to every navigation function and route-planning tool. Simply plug and play. Click to enlarge.
The device announces the name of exits and streets so you never have to take your eyes off the road. Click to enlarge.
An ultra-thin GPS navigator with great Garmin features like CityXplorer and ecoRoute. Click to enlarge.
nüvi 1260T's intuitive interface greets you with two simple questions: "Where To?" and "View Map." Touch the color screen to easily look up addresses and services and get voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names to your destination. It comes preloaded with detailed City Navigator® NT street maps, nearly 6 million points of interest (POIs), 2-D or 3-D maps and the speed limit for most major roads in the U.S. and Europe. Its digital elevation maps show you shaded contours at higher zoom levels, giving you a big picture of the surrounding terrain. With the 1260T's enhanced user interface, you can slide your finger to conveniently scroll between screens. You can also upload custom (POIs). And with HotFix® satellite prediction, nüvi calculates your position faster to get you there quicker.
Make Hands-free Calls
For hands-free calling, nüvi 1260T integrates Bluetooth® wireless technology with a built-in microphone and speaker. Just pair it with your compatible Bluetooth phone and talk hands-free through the 1260T while staying focused on the road. Simply dial numbers with nüvi's touchscreen keypad to make a call. To answer calls, just tap the screen and speak into its built-in microphone. Enjoy convenient one-touch dialing for contacts and points of interest.
Receive Free Traffic Alerts
Steer clear of traffic with nüvi 1260T's integrated FM traffic receiver and free lifetime¹ traffic updates. Receive alerts about traffic delays and road construction that lie ahead on your route. Next, simply touch nüvi's screen to view traffic details or detour around the problem area.
Go Beyond Navigation
Navigation is just the beginning. nüvi 1260T saves you gas and money with ecoRoute — a green feature that calculates the most fuel-efficient route, tracks fuel usage and more. The 1260T includes many travel tools including JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. With photo navigation, you can download pictures from Garmin Connect™ Photos and navigate to them. With its "Where Am I?" emergency locator, you always know your location. Simply tap the screen to get your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations. The 1260T features Garmin Lock™, an anti-theft feature, and is compatible with our free Garmin Garage where you can download custom custom voices and vehicles. Enhance your travel experience with optional plug-in microSD™ cards.
What's in the Box
nüvi 1260, Preloaded City Navigator® NT North America (U.S. and Canada) vehicle suction cup mount, Lifetime traffic¹, FM traffic receiver with vehicle power cable (indicated by "T" after model number on the box), USB cable, dashboard disc, and quick start manual
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¹Lifetime traffic extends for the useful life of your Garmin traffic receiver (as long as you own a compatible Garmin GPS) or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its traffic supplier, whichever is shorter. Traffic content not available for all areas. See www.navteq.com/rdstraffic for traffic coverage areas and www.garmin.com/traffic/fm/navteq.html for program License Agreement containing complete terms and conditions.
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The touchscreen on my 1200 seems to be calibrated incorrectly. If you go to enter a "n" for example sometimes it will give you a "u." Then during data entry it will freeze, I am trying to enter Paramus,NJ right now. (I set NJ manually, the unit is *fully* updated with the latest map software and firmware.) Entering the "P" and the "a" is an ordeal. I pressed the "done" button 10-15 times, waiting for it to unfreeze. "Newark" is fine... sometimes. The freezing seems random as if the processor is trying to do something else. However there is nothing for it to be doing except responding to the touchscreen and pulling a simple database lookup. Once it told me there was no match for Paramus, then it did find it on the next try.
I wonder if this thing is is junk in every aspect from design, to execution, to mapping or maybe the processor was taken from a pocket calculator. I am not being impatient, besides if I am, I would not feel comfortable being massively lost on the highway fighting with the strange quirks of this unit if that's all it is. I think not. I could go on about how bad this thing is for another 3 pages. I'm going to return it or run it over with a truck.
Pro: It would be simple and easy to use if it did work.
As noted by another reviewer, the keyboard is not QWERTY. We purchased an iPod Touch recently and using that keyboard is easy and familiar. The Garmin though, with a straight across A, B, C, D, E, etc. layout takes more time and makes us look like it is our first day of typing class. There must be a reason Garmin did this but we're not happy about it.
Our Nuvi 350 came with a nice case. The 1260T does not. We are in the market for a case and plan to spend $10 to $20 for one, which then increases the price of this replacement purchase.
Overall the unit is the same as the Nuvi 350 but after three years we expected more of a "WOW" factor from the upgrade.
PUBLIC SERVICE NOTICE: We don't use the suction cup windshield mount and the old Nuvi 350 was hidden in the glovebox so the thieves got randomly lucky. We'll be taking it out of the car more often now (the 1260T is a little thinner so this is easier to do). A police friend told us thieves check the windshield for the "suction cup circle" and that's an indication the car uses a GPS. Just a word to the wise.
Even still, with it's "little problems" I would get it again. I have a terrible sense of direction, and I'd rather just look around when I'm walking, rather than try to remember which way I went and wonder how I'll ever find a subway station. When it's time for me to go I can just use this to tell me how to get to the nearest train station, and it's never failed to get me there in the end... and that makes it worth having to me. With the cityXplorer maps, it will also tell you things like "Ride the A Train to Stop X and then switch to the B Train... etc. etc." which is also very handy. When you find a place you like (restaurant, pub, whatever), it's very easy (once you figure it out ,that is) to save that location to your Favorites so you can find it again. I've done things like adding the entrance to the parking garage I'm in so I can find it again at the end of the day. I almost got one of those "Location Finders" that store up to 3 places (Audiovox ECCO Personal Pocket GPS Locator), but this is so much better.
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