New Range of Slimmer Car GPS from Garmin by:Peter Atkinson
The new range of Garmin nuvi GPS breaks new ground in portability by being 25% slimmer than previous nuvis
. Named nuvi 1200 and nuvi 1300, the models also serve users out of the car as the devices are equipped with the pedestrian navigation and easily fit into a shirt pocket or purse. The nuvi 1200 series has 3.5 inch screens and the nuvi 1300 series are designed with 4.5 inch displays. They offer the free traffic service for the lifetime. Also, some of the models have features like the text-to-speech and Bluetooth.
A division of the Garmin Ltd., Garmin International Inc. has been the global leader among the GPS service providers. The launch of the nuvi series has certainly added new feather in their cap. Its unique navigation service is mainly the result of the incorporation of CityXplorer maps. However, the service is optional and the user can download the maps of the select places to the device.
Thanks to the CityXplorer, a tourist can explore different routes in an unknown city. These routes include public transport options like tramway, bus, metro and even the suburban railways. However, the CityXplorer maps are only available for select cities in Europe and North America.
Apart from this new service, the nuvi lines also add new dimensions to their existing GPS services. It includes free traffic alerts as well as Lane Assists. These are very helpful in unfamiliar exits and turns. There is also text-to-speech that announces the name of exits and streets so you need not take your eyes off the road.
Another very interesting feature of this device is the ecoRoute. This suggests the shortest distance and faster times thus saving on fuel consumption. On route, the user will also get updates on how to save on fuel.
The 1300 models have a 4.3 inch touch screen display. They cover the lower 48 states while the nuvi 1370T covers both North America and Europe. Apart from the common features, the 1390T also allow users to view a realistic image of upcoming junctions.
On the other hand, the 1200 models have 3.5 inch touch screen displays. All the 1200 series comes preloaded with maps of lower 48 states. The Garmin nuvi 1260T has additional features like Bluetooth, speed limit display and Navteq Traffic receiver. Price ranges from $250 to $350.
While inaugurating the new range of the GPS in CeBIT in Hanover, Dan Bartel, the Vice President for Sales of Garmin, said that the new range would assist the users even when they are traveling in public transport and foot. According to him, the devices cater to the exact needs of the users. In fact, the portability has added value to the product. Certainly, the PND or the personal navigation device has never been so personal before. The slim profile and light weight of these new Garmin GPS devices will help users carry it around more comfortably. This is an important feature that is likely to contribute to the popularity of the device.
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