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Garmin Nuvi 1240 review | Introduction

Published on: Monday, September 7th 2009                   Written by: Wim de Lange - Photography by: Mark Peters

Garmin Nuvi 1240 review

U p to this date, I have tested and reviewed several extensive GPS handhelds for LetsGoMobile. These devices provide the rambler with a lot of useful information. Also in the field of geo-caching, a number of new interesting developments have taken place over the last few years. One of the applications of such devices is auto navigation. My curiosity for technology lets me go on a spree with this type of GPS devices. When I was asked to review the Garmin Nuvi 1240, one of the easiest car navigation models available, I expected to be done fairly quickly. However, this seemingly simple car navigation system proves to have a lot more to offer, in order to make traveling to unknown destinations a lot easier. Let's get onto the road and experience the pros and cons of this Garmin Nuvi car navigation system.

Garmin Nuvi 1240 review

 

Garmin Nuvi car navigation review

Garmin Nuvi car navigation review

Garmin Nuvi 1240 retail sales package

Inside the box, we find everything we need to find our way through Western Europe. The car navigation device is equipped with City Navigator with detailed roadmaps and an extensive set of useful POIs. For energy, a Lithium-Ion battery is built-in. It can be charged via the mini-USB connector, which allows you to use the Nüvi 1240 for up to four hours outside a car. A vehicle power cable is included, which has to be connected to the car's cigarette lighter. There is also mounting equipment included in the box; the familiar vehicle suction cup mount. For mounting the device onto the dashboard, a smooth dashboard disc is included. Finally, several Quick Start Manuals are found inside the box.

Garmin Nuvi 1240 review

Garmin Nuvi 1240 review

Appearance of the Garmin Nüvi 1240 car GPS

This type of GPS navigator has few surprises when it comes to its appearance. The space on the front is mainly taken up by the touchscreen display. Furthermore, there is a small bezel for the built-in microphone on the right side; unfortunately, the Nuvi 1240 does not support Bluetooth, so this feature cannot actually be used. The rest of the necessary buttons are found elsewhere. On the topside, the Power button is positioned and you will find sufficient space to mount the holder. For viewers, the microSD card slot is placed on the right side of the device. The bottom features two more slots to attach the holder. The back of the Nuvi 1240 contains a speaker and the mini-USB connection. On the whole, it makes a solid impression; however, you have to beware of the fact that this is not a waterproof device. You should certainly keep this in mind when you use the Nuvi 1240 outside the car.

 

Garmin Nuvi manual

Garmin Nuvi manual

Cigarette lighter connector

Cigarette lighter connector

Garmin Nuvi on/off button

Garmin Nuvi on/off button

 
 
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