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I have a terrible sense of direction so it's really lucky for me that I have such a reliable and easy to use sat-nav! Although a sat-nav is never a cheap thing to buy, I do not feel that this is unreasonably priced. I expect as the technology becomes more advanced a simpler system like this will become cheaper and obsolete, but it has all the features you need.
When you're picking a destination you can 'go home' where the sat-nav will find the best route back to your home postcode from wherever you might be (although for security reasons it's suggested by some experts that you do not program in your home address to your sat-nav), you manually enter a postcode or street name and the computer will find the address for you or you can pick from one of the pre-programmed options. Hotels, food outlets, theme parks, museums and all manner of other things have their addresses handily pre-entered into Garmin sat-navs, very useful if looking for something to do in a strange place, or even just somewhere you've not been before near home!
As well as voicing instructions of which way to go (the volume of which can be adjusted) there is a handy animation of the car and diagrams of the next direction. This is really useful for working out which way you want to be heading, as sometimes the verbal directions may be a little misleading or out of time. The sat-nav also keeps track of your speed, the current speed limit and will warn you if you're going too fast.
I have found that my Garmin sat-nav has excellent signal reception. I live in a rural area with many small roads and bridleways etc that other sat-navs either loose signal on or simply don't know they exist! I have never had such a problem.
I recently purchased the Gaviman 1310 in the sale of a high street electrical retailer. As someone who has never owned a sat nav before I found the item extremely easy to set up. There was a quick set up guide in the box that gave me just enough information for me to be able to progam in my first journey. The help function on the sat nav is easy to find as gives information on the other things that you would want to set up. It has a Home feature that once programmed means you simply touch that you want to go home from wherever you are and the sat nav automatically programs the journey for you. There are all the features that you might want to find, e.g. points of interest. The sat nav found the satellite very quickly so there was no hanging around before making the journey and the holder is easy to fit and is not secured to one car so is easy to use if you have more than one car. Overall I am very happy with this product.
Sold exclusively in Europe, the ultra-thin, widescreen nüvi 1310 comes with preloaded map data for a specific region or country on the continent and includes free traffic and hands-free calling.
The 1300-series is ideal traveling companions. nüvi 1310 easily fits in your pocket or purse, and its rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot.
With nüvi 1310's widescreen display, you'll always get the big picture. View map detail, driving directions, photos and more in bright, brilliant color. Its sunlight-readable, 4.3-inch display is easy to read - from any direction.
nüvi 1310'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. With the 1310's enhanced user interface, you can slide your finger to conveniently scroll between screens. You can also upload custom points of interest (POIs). And with HotFix satellite prediction, nüvi calculates your position faster to get you there quicker.
For hands-free calling, nüvi 1310 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 1310 while staying focused on the road. Simply dial numbers with nüvi's touch screen 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.
Steer clear of traffic with nüvi 1310'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.
Navigation is just the beginning. nüvi 1310 saves you gas and money with ecoRoute - a green feature that calculates the most fuel-efficient route, tracks fuel usage and more. 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.