Guest Author - Claudine Williams
I finally found a GPS system that I love. The Garmin Nuvi 1350 works well for people who are driving in an unfamiliar area. I love that the system gives ample notice when approaching a turn. I bought the unit from Target for about $130 (more or less) and the helpful sales associated explained that the Garmin nuvi 1350 has lane assistance feature which alerts the driver of upcoming lane changes.
I also felt that the sound was loud enough for me to comfortably hear the speaker without headphones. I was worried about driving through unfamiliar streets and being unable to hear the directions. I was pleasantly surprised, since I was accustomed to using a navigation system on my phone with a single earpiece to hear.
The map on the Garmin Nuvi is easy to read. I use the setting with turn-by-turn directions. Although I rarely missed a turn using the Garmin Nuvi, the system quickly recalculated the directions when I did miss a turn. I was able to easily use the updated directions to find my way.
The system was easy to use, also. Typically, I know the address for my destination, so I enter the information using the touch screen. The Garmin also provides directions based on intersections and places of interest. Just tell it where you want to go, and follow the directions.
Although I first thought that the Garmin was a bit too small, I didnít have any trouble viewing the display while driving. I usually listen to the device, more than I glance at the driving directions, but when I did glance down, I could see my position and where I needed to go. The small size and the fact that it is lightweight makes it easy to carry with you while you are on foot. I can see myself designing a walking tour and using my Garmin to help me find my way.
The only downside was that there were some occasions when the system lost its signal. Usually the Garmin would pick up the season within a few minutes of driving. I think that there were just a few areas where the Garmin couldnít locate the satellite system on a sunny day. If this happens to you, stay calm and keep driving until the system locates the satellite. It will soon tell you where to go. It could redirect you if you have somehow gotten off track.