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Garmin has released five new 1300-series nuvis, ranging from the least expensive nuvi 1300 to the higher-end nuvi 1390T. The chart below summarizes the differences between the models:
|nuvi 1300||nuvi 1350||nuvi 1350T||nuvi 1370T||nuvi 1390T|
|Mapping Coverage||Lower 48 States||Full USA & Canada||Full USA & Canada||USA, Canada & Europe||Full USA & Canada|
|Traffic||Add-on||Add-on||Lifetime Included||Lifetime Included||Lifetime Included|
|Unit dimensions, WxHxD:||4.8"W x 2.9"H x .6"D (12.2 x 7.5 x 1.6 cm)|
|Display size, WxH:||3.81"W x 2.25"H (9.7 x 5.7 cm); 4.3" diag (10.9 cm)|
|Display resolution, WxH:||480 x 272 pixels|
|Weight:||5.7 ounces (161.6 g)|
|Battery life:||up to 4 hours|
Figure 1: Garmin nuvi 1390T, Retail Box
Figure 2: Everything That's Included In The Box
Garmin's nuvi 1390T ships with the following items in the box:
Figure 3: Garmin nuvi 1390T, Front
Like other recent Garmin nuvis, the 1390T retains the same basic shape and design found on other 200 and 700 series models: the 4.3-inch WQVGA (480 x 272 Pixels) color touchscreen display is framed by a casing constructed of matte and glossy black plastic.
Except for the power switch located on the top of the device, there are no physical controls on the nuvi 1390T. All operations are performed via the touchscreen interface.
Figure 4: Garmin nuvi 1390T, Rear
A single speaker is located at the rear of the 1390T, as is the mini-USB connector, used both for power and connecting the nuvi to a PC/Mac.
Like other Garmin nuvi models, the nuvi 1390T has an internal GPS antenna instead of the fold-out style patch antenna used on the older 300 and 600-series nuvis.
Figure 5: Garmin nuvi 1390T, Side
The nuvi 1390T is about 35% thinner than previous Garmin nuvis, measuring just over a half an inch thick.
A microSD card slot is located on the left side of the 1390T. Mapping data for the USA and Canada is stored on the internal memory, and most users probably won't make use of the microSD card slot, provided for additional flexibility when loading additional maps, or storing photos.
Figure 6: Garmin nuvi 1390T, Top
The power button is located on the top of the 1390T. Press this button to turn the device on or off.
Figure 7: Garmin nuvi 1390T, Bottom
Figure 8: Windshield Suction Cup Mount
Figure 9: Suction-Cup Mount and Cradle
The nuvi 1390 is mounted to the vehicle's windshield using a suction-cup mount and cradle. The cradle snaps onto the end of the mount, forming a ball and socket joint that can easily be rotated into the desired viewing angle.
Figure 10: Attaching the Cradle to the Mount
The cradle has a socket in the rear that snaps onto the tip of the suction cup mount. Connecting the cradle to the mount is simply a matter of pressing the cradle firmly onto the mount until the ball snaps into the socket.
Removing the cradle is equally easy: twist it to the right or left until it snaps off the mount.
Figure 11: nuvi 1390T, Docked
This ball-and-socket style mount is easy to use, holds up well against normal wear and tear, and keeps the GPS firmly in place while driving.
Figure 12: nuvi 1390T, Docked
Garmin's mounting hardware is excellent. The windshield mount holds the nuvi firmly in place and vibration-free when driving, even at highway speeds. The ball-and-socket joint on the windshield mount makes it easy to adjust the nuvi's viewing angle with one hand, and without having to turn any knobs or slip any levers.
Figure 13: nuvi 1390T, Docked
One minor grievance with the nuvi 1390's mount: unlike the nuvi 7x5 windshield mounts, the nuvi 1390Ts' windshield mount isn't powered. That means you'll have to connect the 12v power cable to the GPS's mini-USB plug on the back of the device each time you mount the 1390T in the car.
Notice that the vehicle power cable has an integrated FM traffic receiver. The 1390T includes free (ad supported) lifetime traffic service, as indicated by the 'T' in the 1390T's model number.
Figure 14: Traffic Receiver, Explained
The included traffic receiver provides free, ad-based traffic information that doesn't require a subscription. The receiver is integrated into the power adapter, so you don't have to worry about connecting any additional wires or antennae to receive traffic data.
Figure 15: Adhesive Mounting Disc
An adhesive mounting disc is included for those looking to mount the nuvi 1390T on the dashboard rather than the windshield. I'm personally not a big fan of this method, as it's difficult to remove the mounting disc later without damaging your car.
FYI - a better option is to use a friction mount, as it's less permanent and can easily be concealed when leaving the car unattended.
Figure 16: USB Cable
A standard USB cable is included, and can be used to connect the nuvi 1390T to a PC or Mac, as well as charge the battery.