I bought the Garmin Nuvi 1350LMT for my daughter after her previous GPS was stolen. I've been happy with my old Garmin Nuvi 200W even tho it's a very basic model with no traffic capability, and wanted to upgrade hers to include traffic. There are a couple things that are much better than my unit and some changes that I don't like. Some good things:
It's thinner, tho not much, but still it's easier to store
It finds satellites much faster - sometimes seemingly instantly
It includes traffic notices
Traffic antenna is built-in to the power cord Some disappointing things:
Traffic prediction/notices are not very useful
Synthesized voice quality is poor
Voice does not say which side of the street destination is on Apparently, Garmin has a system of low-power radio transmitters that broadcast traffic conditions at set points along highways and typical congestion points. This results in very little notice prior to driving into heavy traffic. I haven't had a lot of opportunity to travel with the unit but I am not pleased with the driving results from the traffic system - it does not really give a driver much time to re-plan their route around the jam. I listen to an AM radio station when driving that has traffic reports every ten minutes, so it is a somewhat useful addition to that feedback. So if you're looking at buying a Garmin with traffic, keep in mind that it isn't at all like having real-time traffic indication on a Google Map. My old Nuvi 200W synthesized voice is much better quality than the new voice. Sometimes I have trouble understanding the new voice. Also, I noticed that my old unit tells me which side of the street my destination is on, a useful feature when navigating heavy traffic on multi-lane streets, but the new unit does not - annoying. The new unit finds satellites very quickly. My old unit is a real slow-poke, especially when cold. Keep in mind that I have not an had opportunity to really explore the options of the new 1350LMT, so maybe it gives users options that would fix all these complaints, but a first impression leaves me more disappointed than jazzed. If a friend asked me for purchase advice, I'd recommend finding one to borrow to see if they like the feature mix before buying, or else be willing to spend more for a unit that ought to be better-developed (I have never used a top-end Garmin - I'm cheap), or settle for the rock-solid entry-level features of the cheap Garmins (refurbs are very affordable). This mid-price unit just doesn't get the job done well, and didn't meet my expectations.
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