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I have been using printed maps to get around for decades. Recently I was so lost in the countryside that it took a very long time to find my way back, risking being stranded in the middle of nowhere when the petrol runs out. Then I thought about getting help - a Sat Nav may do nicely. I was looking for an entry level device to try it out first. I spotted this 'Newly Overhauled' Garmin Nuvi 1300 in Amazon for £67.13 back in February. Now the price has gone back up to £71.40 (strange!). Usually Newly overhauled = refurbished. However for Sat Nav, it could have been a brand new unsold item instead, just not with the official colourful box.
What is in the box?
An unofficial Garmin box contains a 'newly overhauled' Garmin nuvi 1300 Sat Nav with essential mounting accessories i.e. clamp and suction cup for the car windscreen. A car charger cable and a user manual are included too. It is a real shame that Garmin does not supply a charger or a USB data cable!
Eventhough it says newly overhauled, it looks brand new to me, not a scratch anywhere. The accessories are as new and shinny and without any obvious signs of previous usage.
Set up and usage: There is no need to install anything but initial charging for hours. This is where the mains charger comes in handy. Once it is charged or with enough battery power, the device can be used straight away as long as it can find the satellite. The device can not find the satellite indoorsand it takes a while to find the satellite. The car mounting accessories are very easy to assemble and the clip on suction cup works really well.
There is one free map update online after the registration. This is when the USB data cable is needed (shame that it is not included). The included map is UK and northern Ireland only. For other countries, you have to buy them online. Also, the map update is 3 GB in size to download. If you have a slowish 2Mbps internet connection, be prepare to wait for hours for the download and updating to finish. Since this is a basic entry level Sat Nav, there are only basic features available. You can use it for car journeys or use it for walking journeys. There is also an 'Eco-route' feature to calculate more petro-saving routes and also tracks your petrol usage.Also, it has speed limit display and if you go over, it will give you a ping until you slow down to below the speed limit. It has speed camera notification too. For multiple lanes, the 3D lane assist feature is good. In general the turn-by-turn direction is very good and on cue as long as you are not speeding through the junctions and roundabouts. The lady can not catch up with your speedy driving.
If you are lost, it has the 'where am I' feature to pin-point your exact location on earth and also show the nearest address, road junction, petrol station, hospital and police station to help. Furthermore, you can store pictures (landmarks, interesting buildings, pubs, your friend's house etc) in the device either in the internal memory or in the MicroSD card (not provided) to help you to arrive at the right place.
For the battery life, it says in the manual that it is up to four hours. It is more like three hours for each complete charge. Also, when it is charging, it always turn itself on automatically i.e. increase charging time with a full on display. Turn it off to reduce charging time. Good and the ugly:
The good thing is that it looks brand new with a refurbished price tag and has all the basic functions that I need. The touch screen is big. It has a MicroSD card slot to store extra data e.g. photos of landmarks of various designations to help with the journey.
The ugly bits are no mains charger and USB data cable provided, even for 'new' item in official Garmin boxes.
It is still good for the price tag and the functions. Extra USB cable (can get from Poundland for £1 these days) and main charge (£2.80 from Amazon) are needed.