Garmin nuvi 1450LMT – Best value GPS navigator 2012
Being 25% thinner than previous models Garmin nuvi 1450LMT easily fits into a pocket or handbag. Built-in battery of the navigator makes it convenient for navigation while driving or walking. Large 5-inch touch screen GPS-navigator Garmin nuvi 1450 offers a broad overview of all sections of the road and make route planning an easy task. Garmin GPS nuvi 1450 equipped with advanced navigation features. The route planner of the navigator is capable of memorizing of up to 10 routes specified via points and preview simulated turns on the big 5-inch screen.
Garmin nuvi 1450LMT is the perfect companion for driving in the city. CityXplorer feature of the navigator is useful for selection of the best route taking into account public transport. This feature will be truly appreciated while driving in not familiar areas of the city.
With Garmin nuvi 1450LMT there is no need to guess what lane to take before the next turn. Lane Assist feature tells you the correct lane in front of an approaching turn or exit from the highway.
In addition, the navigator conducts automatic sorting of multiple destinations searching of shortest route and minimum travel time. Garmin nuvi 1450 save fuel and money by using the ecoRoute feature for calculation of the optimal route and tracking fuel consumption. Simple touch of the navigator screen will show the street addresses and provide voice turn-by-turn guidance.
Garmin nuvi 1450 includes many useful applications for travelers. World travel clock, currency convertor, calculator, picture viewer and other applications are pre-installed. The navigator could be very useful in the emergency situations. Simply touch the screen and get information on the exact latitude / longitude coordinates of your current location, the nearest street address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations. In addition, the device includes an anti-theft Garmin Lock ™.
Free Lifetime Map and Traffic updates is another feature of Garmin Nuvi 1450LMT. It provides most up to date navigation information. There is no subscription or update fees associated with LMT and there is no expiration dates.
Garminphone on Google Android platform
The coalition of Garmin and ASUS introduced the new navigation smart phone on Google Android platform – Garmin ASUS A10.
As expected all famous features of Garmin navigation devices such as clear voice guidance, on-screen directions, 3D images of building, real-time traffic information, millions of POI were successfully implemented in garminphone. The power of garminphone enhanced by Google Android platform with tons of software available on Android Market providing additional features such as detailed information on flights, weather, etc.
Here is techical details of Garmin ASUS A10:
OS: Google Android 2.1
Display: TFT, diagonal 3.2 “, resolution of 320×480 pixels and 262K colors
Memory: 500 MB (application), 3 GB (data), slot MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
Connectivity: GSM / GPRS / EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA / HSUPA, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi
Other: 5-megapixel camera, accelerometer, GPS / A-GPS
Battery Power: 1500 mAh
Garmin Asus A10 is a nice device providing comfortable services for drivers, pedestrians and travelers..
Pedestrians would be particularly impressed by built-in handy compass rotating the map according to the direction of move.
In covered areas garminphone uses AGPS technology for quick geo location The case of the device is not very big, comfortable and made with matte plastic for the convenience of drivers and travelers. On-screen directions are clearly visible even on sunny day but the screen brightness could be better.
Speakers volume is pretty good or getting voice guidance Built-in 5 megapixel camera at the device is definitely not a masterpiece but sufficient enough to get pictures while on travel.
Overall processor performance of the device is acceptable but high cpu consuming applications such as 3D games and HD video may not run smoothly.
Quite a powerful battery allows either watching TV via W-Fi or continuously using the smarthone as navigation device for a half of a day without charging.
Garmin Asus A10 has excellent navigation abilities, branded cartographic services provided by Garmin, popular Google Android platform and reasonable price .Perfect for frequent travelers and of course for drivers.
Pros: premium dash mount included , navigation software and services pre-installed for travelers convenience.
Cons: lack of performance for HD-video and games
Design – 3 of 5
Ergonomics – 5 of 5
Functionality – 4 of 5,
Price – 4 of 5
Overall: 4 stars.