Garmin Nuvi 1300 GPS Navigator Review


I’ve been playing with a Garmin nuvi 1300 GPS Navigator for the last few days. State Farm sent it to me for hosting a giveaway (the nüvi 1300 GPS is the prize). According to Amazon, the list price is $250 (it’s actually $150), but they are currently selling the gadget for $88. The nüvi 1300 is my first GPS device. I never had a need for one because I like to look up unknown destinations before I drive there. I call it being prepared, but some people probably think I’m just an anal control freak. However, GPS technology hasn’t only been beneficial to the regular consumer. Companies are using this technology for fleet tracking systems to benefit their businesses as well as their employees.

After playing with the nüvi 130, I can see why people like GPS devices. They are fun to play with and useful too. In short, I like the Garmin nüvi 1300 GPS Navigator. However, if I was to invest in one, I would buy a model with bluetooth technology. In my opinion, if you’re going to mount a GPS on your windshield or dashboard, you might as well turn it into a hands-free device for your cell phone.

Garmin nuvi 1300 GPS Navigator

Garmin nüvi 1300 GPS Navigator Pros

  • I love the 4.3″ touch screen and it’s easier to type than an Apple iPod
  • If you don’t know the address, you can navigate to various places by typing in the names of places you want to go to
  • I like the where am I location feature (provides latitude and longitude coordinates; nearest address and intersection; and closest hospitals, police stations and gas stations)
  • I like the spoken turn-by-turn directions (much easier than looking at my notes when I’m driving — safer too)
  • It’s preloaded with street maps for the lower 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico
  • You can download different voices and vehicle icons
  • It’s thin (but not as thin as an iPod)
  • It’s sunlight-readable
  • Includes other languages — including Chinese, which would be perfect for my dad
  • I have not tried the ecoRoute feature, but it’s suppose to suggest fuel-efficient routes to save drivers money and fuel
  • Supports microSD cards and USB
  • Include vehicle mount for windshield and dashboard
  • Includes vehicle power/charging cable

Garmin nuvi 1300 GPS Cons

  • It doesn’t include a micro USB cable, which you need in order to register the device
  • My unit has a bad pixel even though it’s brand new
  • I had reception problems for 2-3 hours yesterday — the GPS couldn’t acquire any satellites
  • No bluetooth capability
  • Doest not include lifetime map updates (note: you’re entitled to a free update within 60 days of first use)
  • No speed limit indicator
  • It’s not voice-activated
  • Doesn’t include AC adapter (but you can charge the GPS with the car adapter or micro USB cable)

nüvi 1300 GPS Features

  • 480 x 272 pixels display resolution
  • WQVGA color TFT with white backlight
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (up to 4 hours)
  • Slot for microSD card
  • Voice prompts (turn right on Obama Avenue in 500 feet)
  • Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation)
  • Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road)
  • Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls, etc)
  • Where am I feature (find closest hospitals, police, gas stations, nearest address and intersection)
  • ecoRoute (calculates a more fuel-efficient route)
  • Qwerty or ABC keyboard
  • Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest)
  • Garmin Garage (download car-shaped icons and custom voices to your device)
  • Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos)
  • World travel clock, currency converter, units converter, calculator
  • Photo viewer
  • Garmin Lock (anti-theft feature)
  • 4.3″ touchscreen
  • Preloaded with City Navigator NT street maps for the continental U.S., Hawaii and Puerto Rico

4 thoughts on “Garmin Nuvi 1300 GPS Navigator Review

  1. cannot download map update on garmin I just purchased….also, how do I get to choice of map updates I want? thank you

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