Garmin 1390T review

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GPS system - Garmin 1390T

The latest portable GPS system we have is the 1390T purchased in 2010. It is a replacement for the older 265W. The older one is now being used as a modding platform to try new and additional functionality that did not come in included with the original package.

The 1390T is the same as the 1390. The only difference between the two models is that the T version has a live traffic data receiver included as part of the package. The receiver is integrated into the  GPS unit's in car power cable.

Maps and features

The 1390T has a number of features that competing GPS systems from TomTom and Navman do not have on a price for feature basis. For example Bluetooth connectivity for hands free calling and an Ecoroute calculator. (At the time this was written.)

The Garmin 1390 and 1390T also has 'touch and scroll' or kinetic scrolling as per 'iphone' without the transitions or 'multi-touch' feature. It works quite well but not perfected yet.

Navigation

We are still testing the 1390 so cannot give a conclusion as yet. So far it appears to have an improved navigation system with the addition of lane change pictures and navigation algorithm.

The 1390 also retains the simple trip computer and on and off road historical route tracking which was the main reasons why we stuck with Garmin.


 

 
Last known pricing (RRP)
LandCruiser Prado
NOT including on roads, discounts etc...
DECEMBER 2009

Petrol
5 door Kakadu - $87,990
5 door VX - $74,490
5 door GXL - $63,490

Diesel
5 door Kakadu - $88,990
5 door VX - $75,490
5 door GXL - $64,490
5 door GX - $58,490

Diesel (Only)
3 door ZR - $65,990
3 door SX - $55,990

3 door SX - $55,990

See Read Motorblog for more!

Other things.

Garmin is the only manufacturer who have significantly improved their online presence. They have released customization software for both Apple Mac and Windows PC users. Their website is also simpler to use although requires registration to download software. It is a great move but beware if your user data is hacked reputations are ruined. Once again are still testing the software so once again will do a write up when we have come to a proper conclusion.

The 1390 has been around about 12 months now so based on past model releases a new model could be out by the end of 2010 but obviously not guaranteed.

The 1390T differs from the regular 1390 by having the GTM traffic receiver included as part of the package. The receiver is not integrated into the unit but part of the power cable. Since traffic data is still not very accurate you really don't need it yet. For integrated traffic receiver you need to get the 1490T!

Updates

Since GPS manufacturers use similar data sources this applies to all of them including the Garmin. The speed limit data is inaccurate. There are lots of incorrect speed limit data errors and even with the latest camera data still does not have new ones within the last 6 months.

Conclusion

So far the Garmin 1390T is proving to be a good GPS system. It is cheaper than competing models when not on sale and with easy to access and more useful standard features. This is our verdict at the time of writing. We'll update the page as we get more experience with the unit!

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