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Easy To Read
Great Suction Cup
Poor Touch Sensitivity
I originally started to write of the many mis-adventures my Nuvi 1300LM had sent me on but figured that it was too much for those who are just looking for a reliable GPS without spending a fortune. The best that can be said is that it may have simple controls. It is difficult to prove as hey are difficult to operate because of the decades-old touch screen technology, but if you could select the control your finger or thumb was rested on, and not the adjacent controls, they are simple to comprehend. Seriously, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CHANGE ANY SETTINGS, SUCH AS BRIGHTNESS OR VOLUME, WHILE THE VEHICLE IS IN MOTION. The buttons are nowhere near as sensitive as those found on an iPod, iPhone or any late-model cell phone. Don't bother trying to make sense of the preloaded Points of Interest (POI). Even when updated regularly, it is an inaccurate and poorly-implemented feature. I noticed that it was quirky right away, when it failed to correctly place an established shopping center located in the Tampa Bay Area in Florida, among other things, such as continuing to spew driving directions when I was parked dead front center of my intended location and the recurring and admittedly humorous listings of businesses that had disappeared some thirty years ago!. The penultimate experience with the Nuvi occurred last year. I entered a hotel from the Nuvi's Points of Interest near Raleigh, North Carolina. I figured it was a nationally recognized hotel chain with a strong marketing presence, my Nuvi should be able to get me there. Wrong. I was told to turn left over a raised shoulder and into a forest. According to the Nuvi 1300LM I had arrived at my destination! I checked the unit's accuracy settings and was surprised when it read 10 feet. A stop at a convenient store for coffee and a map (printed in 2008) placed my hotel, along with its familiar logo, four miles north on a road that took me to the front lobby. I don't know why, or how in this day and age, a device designed solely to get you from Point A to Point B, messes up and takes you to Point C! I can load Google Earth and find not only my address, but the roof of my house, the cars in the driveway and a view of my front door! Consumers may not need that much information on the road, but at least would want to know that they, or especially their children will safely arrive at the destination intended. Lastly, the device was extremely finicky. It would start up half-way, then freeze; it wouldn't start, it would start in your car as if it were hooked into your computer. Every time you stopped the vehicle, the GPS would restart, fail to start, ask if you wanted to leave the power on, I would select Yes, and it would shut down. The last time I shut it down it left a logo GARMIN on the screen. Garmin is familiar with the problem, you can read all about it on their Web site - after you buy and register your Nuvi 1300LM. Don't bother.
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No, I would not recommend this to a friend.