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 [TOPIC] nuvi 12xx/13xx/1490 - User Reviews - v5.20

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Team GpsPasSion Posted - 03 mars 2009 : 13:17:29
TESTING - NUVI 12xx, 13xx, 1490

Link to the nuvi 1200 manual : >> HERE <<
Software versions : Main/5.10 - GPS/v4.30 - as of 20110309

From top to bottom : 12xx (3.5" screen), 13xx (4.3" screen), 1490 (5" screen)

Updated July 16th, 2009 : As some had expressed concerns that the 1490 was not as bright as other nuvis like the 760, I did some side by side comparisons on a bright sunny day and posted the pictures on page 10.

Updated 07/2009 : The new nuvi 1xxx GPS systems are now shipping and we have some first user reports from the road, such as Don's first impressions on page 7.

Posted 05/2009 : I had the opportunity to visit the new Garmin France offices in Nanterre just outside Paris to the West and was given a presentation of the new nuvi 1xxx series as well as the Zumo 660 (see separate topic). Unlike the 2xx series that was an entry-level 3xx/6xx when it came out and a bit like the 2x5 that predated the 7x5, the 1xxx has an identity of its own and introduces some new features not found on other nuvi models...Garmin's "feature peppering" at play some will complain...

Let's see what we have here :
1. New form factor : slim is in
New interface supposed to be easier to grasp for the user, can't say the nuvi interface as we know it since the 350 came out in late 2005 felt complex, but the tweaks are there.
3. Customizable map display mode, standard (two info fields) or vertical (four info fields). The info fields are customizable as opposed to none on most of the nuvis, and the right one only on the 7x5.
4. CityXplorer Mode : this is a major change in direction making good use of the new CityXplorer Maps based on Navteq's DiscoverCities maps with reach "pedestrian" attributes : paths, transit systems.

Now let's take a closer look with pictures and comments :


Nuvi 1490T with 5" Screen

Updated 20090416 : Garmin have just announced the arrival of the nuvi 1490T the big brother of the new 1xxx family with a 5" screen, the biggest on a "standard" nuvi so far (the nuvi 5000 has a 5.2" screen, is large and heavy and doesn't have a battery).

[b]Posted 20090303
: From
Now more than ever, it's true that the PND is no longer just for your car! Portable, lightweight and ultra-thin, the new nüvi 1200 and 1300 series units announced at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany, feature an enhanced pedestrian mode and premium automotive features that make them ideal for navigation on foot around the city and in the car. On the road, enjoy popular features like text to speech, lane assist, which highlights the preferred lane for navigation, Bluetooth hands-free calling, and free lifetime traffic alerts from NAVTEQ traffic. The nüvi 1390T even features junction view, which allows drivers to see realistic images of upcoming junctions. Exploring an unfamiliar city? Take nüvi with you! The 1200 and 1300 models also feature a public transit mode enabled through Garmin's new CityXplorer, an optional download that provides location and destination information for select tourist destinations in North America and Europe. CityXplorer allows the user to see bus, train and/or metro train route options and times, as well as the distances associated with them. Exploring the city has never been so easy! This new family of prouducts and CityXplorer data are expected to be available in the second quarter - just in time for the the summer travel season! In the meantime, stay tuned to the blog for all the updates and details.

Links provided by SergZak :
nuvi 1200 :
nuvi 1250 :
nuvi 1260T :
nuvi 1300 :
nuvi 1350 :
nuvi 1370T :
nuvi 1390T :
nuvi 1490T : >> Garmin Blog <<

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sussamb Posted - 26 avr. 2011 : 18:26:06
Just for those who haven't read other posts about this update, it has a bug in it that causes all your favourites to be displayed as the Garmin default 'black square'. If you've taken the time and trouble to allocate other icons to your favourites, as I have, you won't want to update to 5.20!
rbarrigas Posted - 26 avr. 2011 : 18:14:38
5.20 available

Changes made from version 5.10 to 5.20:

* Made several map-drawing improvements.
* Fixed several FMI-related issues.
* Fixed an error that caused the wrong keyboard to display for certain regions.
* Fixed an error that caused audio and Bluetooth features to not function unless the unit was restarted.
* Fixed an error that caused the device to prompt users to turn the wrong direction on certain routes.
* Fixed an error that caused routes to calculate slowly.
gpspassion Posted - 10 mars 2011 : 00:51:14
A small (on paper) new update for the 1xxx series :
Changes made from version 5.00 to 5.10:
- Added Brazilian Portuguese Language Support.
- Corrected Greek Language Support.
keakuanku Posted - 10 janv. 2011 : 06:50:57
Hi All,

Need your advise. I have Garmin Nuvi 1260. The first condition of this Nuvi was stucked on the Garmin Logo. When I re-flashed this unit with the service firmware (.rgn) and I realized that I choosed the wrong rgn files and now the gps always restart and not showing Garmin logo anymore.

I checked using g7owin and it's showing the firmware is nuvi version 5 :(

Is there any possibilities to fix it using another way without send to Garmin service center?

Thank you.
rbarrigas Posted - 07 janv. 2011 : 12:56:10
Updated yesterday. Everything OK!
SiamMarine Posted - 05 janv. 2011 : 10:11:03
Direct link to download
ddabcd277 Posted - 05 janv. 2011 : 09:39:13
Hello guys,

New Firmware version 4.90 available for 12xx, 13xx and 14xx series

Change History
Changes made from version 4.70 to 4.90:

* Fixed issue with junction view files not updating properly during a map update.
* Fixed issue with audio intermittently not working.
* Fixed issue with Australia Topo map turning off the unit in certain conditions.
dcnuvi Posted - 29 nov. 2010 : 02:47:44
I've tried all the standard tricks to get bluetooth to work and no luck. Unit will now only go a few minutes with bluetooth connected and it kills all sound. No phone activity required, just being connected does it. I can not even disable bluetooth with out a reboot. Even turning phone off does not dissconnect the nuvi from it's frozen bluetooth state.

On a possitive note the TTS of the Nuvis is stellar compared to the TomTom, Google Nav, Ndrive etc. It gets so much right and the others get so much wrong. I failed to give my old 760 enough credit for this.

I'm starting to think about the soon to be relased 2360LMT or 2350LMT might be to my liking. 3790LMT is tempting but too pricy for me.
dcnuvi Posted - 27 nov. 2010 : 18:54:34
Well after a little bit of time driving with the new 1490LTM this is what I found.

Bluetooth connects and works but is non useable. Phonebook won't download, and incoming calls kill all sound on the Nuvi and even screen touch beeps are gone. Sometimes the unit just freezes up totally. Turning off phone bluetooth and restarting Nuvi clears up issue. My friends 1490 behaves the same way, 3 different types of phones tried now.

Seperate from the bluetooth issue I have had screen lock ups from navigating the menu and pressing buttons perhaps too quickly. Reboot.

Routing is typical Nuvi, with very minor differences from my 760 on how it behaves regarding street prefference on a recalculation. 1490 was slightly better on taking a smarter path to get back on coarse.

Initial routing for a trip is normal Nuvi reliable and accurate, slightly better overall than the TT540TM, but when driving and a recalculating is needed the TT540TM was much calmer and more likely to route an acceptable new coarse in your new direction, whereas the 1490 freaks and desperately orders a backtrack coarse for too long until it recalculates the new route which was faster and shorter than the backtrack it was trying to get you to take.

Touch screen lags some times.

I didn't think I would like the mount as much as the Easy Port but it works better and faster. 760 mount still rules.

POI searched is back the way I like them and zipping thru the menu is much faster for me than the TT. Easier to organize extras and favorites and load into nuvi.

Thanks to the voice editor program by turboccc I left the 'recalculating' prompt blank and now enjoy the lack of a feature that I didn't miss on the TT. Should have done this long ago on the 760.

I understand now the praise by some for the 760 as a feature rich, reliable navigator as everything on it worked flawlessly. Causes some irritation to me that the lower feature set 1490 has more bugs and has been out for long enough to get a fix for most. I will try reloading latest firmware again, hard resets etc and see if it settles down. If not I will have to settle with using it as a basic navigator.(which has been fine so far)
dcnuvi Posted - 21 nov. 2010 : 09:22:06
Well as I posted over in the XXL540 user reviews, I returned it and got the Nuvi 1490LMT today after trying out my friends for a few days. The major reason for that is the superior POI search by category that has been such a great assist to us on holidays. It is much easier to search for shopping and dining etc if you don't actually know any names of the pois you are interected in, just browse by category. Nuvi is much more complete in this regard.
Now if only it had settings for earlier turn instructions, map color changes, avoid road by name or distance, mapshare....
Too bad a person can't merge the two like a set of custom pois.

On this 1490 with latest maps and firmware I compared it to my 760 with identical maps.
Identical routing and instructions, sometimes they talk in perfect harmony, at least here in my town.
Screen is bigger. Brighter by a little bit, but expected a bigger difference after all the glowing 1490 screen reviews. Map details are clearer and crisper, and with both set on MOST map detail the 1490 actually shows everything the 760 does plus more because of the bigger screen and a slightly different 3D viewing angle. I certainly do not understand the critcisms of map detail by what I see here, it is an improvement over the 760 and equal that of the TomTom XXL540. Everyone does know the Nuvis only show the street names of streets that actually join the road your on don't they?
Big speaker! I keep it turned down to 60 or 70% to avoid the big distortion, must have the amplifier cranked up.
I like having more data layout on the screen but I feel they wasted a little too much map space for it. Makes the map portion smaller than the 760 and XXL540 in the same mode. I prefered the XXL540 with a horizontal data bar layout the best of them all, just my taste.
Nice to have a sliding swipe screen, but after using new smartphones I find it a bit wanting. I end up just pushing arrow buttons like the previous gpss to avoid an error.
The screen is big, and when looking at the map there is to much white space. Garmin it's time to change things up and let users have some color scheme options, just a little please.
1490 is faster and easier to use and route than any other gps I've used. Everything the 760 was as a navigator, but turbo charged and supersized.
My biggest regret was it is so similar to the 760 in many ways I expected a much different experience. Instead I got the shiny new model of my very favorite old model, which as it turns out to be a good thing.
rbarrigas Posted - 08 nov. 2010 : 15:53:19
Updated to 4.70. So far so good...
gpspassion Posted - 07 nov. 2010 : 01:32:33
Thanks for the update, you beat me to it. Just updated the "Software versions" part in the first message ;-)

Wonder what these new RDS TMC receivers are, so far for miniUSB recevers we had the GTM25 for the 2x5 and 1xxxx and the GTM35 (same, more voltage) for the 37xx, maybe for the new 2xxx models?
NanaimoRick Posted - 07 nov. 2010 : 01:00:23
Garmin has released firmware version 4.70 for the 13xx and 14xx. The update is available via Webupdater and the Change Log reads:

Change History
Changes made from version 4.60 to 4.70:

* Added support for GTM26/GTM36 accessory.
* Corrected an issue that sometimes made an ad unreadable.
* Corrected an issue with Loc8 Zone B.
* Corrected an issue where Convenience stores would show under Fuel category on Europe 2011 maps.

Topic heading changed to read version 4.70
Boyd Posted - 30 sept. 2010 : 16:59:05
There is no "setting" for battery vs external power, but the unit should remember what you have set in each mode all by itself. However, I used a 1350 for several months myself and found the brightness settings kind of puzzling as they didn't seem to be consistent. Not sure if this is a bug or a "feature". For one thing, it has what I'd call adaptive brightness. If you are close to dusk or dawn, the unit will automatically modify the brightness setting in order to make a less startling transition from day to night mode. All the newer models seem to be like this.
JohnDough Posted - 30 sept. 2010 : 16:52:31
Thanks for the replies.
In regards to
#1, its the power cord's that intefere with the radio's - i'll check into a ferrite core

#2 So far I havent found a separate setting for powered vs Battery, but i'll keep looking cause thats a great idea

#3 Ive tried answering yes and it lists the POI's - I dont have a "skip" I can add/remove a check in the box for each one. from there I have to either "install" or use the back arrow. Ive tried both checking and unchecking the box then the back arrow. But still every power on I get the message unless i actually do the install

#4 Hard reset now complete - Thanks it seems better, although I havent installed the poi's from the card yet (and hope not to unless I cant get rid of the message)

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