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Garmin's 2013 Nuvi Car GPS Line Includes Clearer Directions, Sleeker Designs

By January 7, 2013

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Garmin Nuvi GPS 2013A lot of the car GPS navigation buzz centers on smartphones, but the dedicated car GPS is still the best way for road warriors to get their directions in busy traffic, and unfamiliar territory. Garmin has upgraded its 2013 Nuvi car line with easier-to-follow directions, better lane guidance, slimmer designs, and larger screens. "Instead of only using street names, Garmin Real Directions guide drivers just like a friend would by telling them to turn at recognizable landmarks, buildings, stop signs and traffic lights," states Garmin. "To make sure drivers get in the correct lane, the new Active Lane Guidance features voice prompts as well as a visual lane animation. Garmin's real-time traffic function also provides information on traffic incidents by voice."

Garmin simplifies its 2013 personal navigation devices into Essential, Advanced and Prestige lines. Watch for on-the-road tests, and more details on the 2013 Nuvi line here. Image Garmin

January 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm
(1) David Williamson says:

The new Garmin’s are beautiful looking, sleek devices. Look out Garmin, Apple will probably sue you for slimming down your product. Other than that, I think the turn at landmark features is awesome. That is basically how I drive, take down a landmark and, oh oh.

But I question the use of a stand alone product now a days. With navigation included in most smart phone contracts, is it necessary for such a device. I’m not trying to belittle Garmin at all, these units look great. But I have sweet navigation included in my contract and it covers nation wide and Canada(small fee I think), what need would I have for a stand alone?

My cell also reports traffic as green, yellow or red. This allows me to reroute and to save precious time. Not only was the phone cheaper, the monthly charges have no additional fees. I like the voice input on the Nuvi350, but at $857 how can Garmin compete with cell phone offerings. I used to have a Garmin cell phone that was really cool, but it was expensive and had bugs that kept it from reaching it’s potential. I love the Garmin line, but I have moved on. I hope Garmin can adapt to the changes. They really started all this as a common feature to the consumer, without them I don’t think that we would be where we are at.

January 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm
(2) m-read@surewest.net says:

Plus you have to put it up and take it down, or you’ll lose the Garmin and a car window too. It happened twice to lazy me.

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