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Garmin Nuvi 1240 review | Car navigation system

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

Garmin Nuvi test in practice

T he Garmin Nuvi 1240 is extremely user-friendly. At a local barbecue, I asked several neighbors to take a look at the Nuvi. I also searched for newbies. The simple design and clear menu structure enabled them to instantly find their way on the device. For people that have never really gotten used to the computer era, it is not so obvious that choices have to be confirmed. Instead of pressing the OK or Done button, they often selected the Return button, assuming their choice would be automatically confirmed. This error is quite easy to correct, however, as well as easy to remember and learn from, so that after 5 to 10 minutes everyone was able to carry out the basic instructions pretty smoothly.

Garmin Nuvi 1240 review

 

Garmin software update

Garmin software update

myGarminAgent searches for firmware updates

Updating the software is fairly simple. Upon connecting the device to a pc via USB, you're asked if a plug-in can be installed. This takes a few minutes, and next; the Internet is started up almost automatically by myGarminAgent, whereupon My Dashboard will display whether or not firmware updates are available. The program itself checks which device is connected and whether updating is necessary. If updating is required, the actions that we must take are clearly displayed on the monitor, step by step. On this site, we also find information about additional maps, a link to online manuals and support.

Garmin navigation system

Garmin navigation system

Entering addresses in the car navigation device

The proper argument to purchase a car navigation device is the support it offers in finding a route to a destination you have selected yourself. We usually do this by inserting an address and then letting the navigator voice guide us to our destination. The Garmin NĂ¼vi 1240 also supports us in finding the address. If we insert the first letters of the destination, it may just be a rare name and thus pop up before we have even inserted the entire name. This may also prove very helpful if we have doubts about the correct spelling. All we have to do is insert the first letter and press the Done button. Next, a list with possibilities appears, and all we have to do is select the correct one.

 

Garmin Nuvi 1240 car navigation

Garmin Nuvi 1240 car navigation

Garmin car navigation system

Garmin car navigation system

 

Garmin Nuvi features

Garmin Nuvi features

POI list with useful locations

Current navigation devices are capable of a lot more than simply searching and finding addresses. What's also very handy is the POI (Point of Interest) list. This is a list of useful and interesting locations, which often come with a phone number as well. Additionally, the Nuvi offers a 'Nearby' option. When this option is activated, we can specify which POI we want to know about. Usually, the search takes place in the immediate surroundings, but suppose we are looking for a list of campsites in the surroundings of Marseille (France); this can be done via the main menu in 2 steps. After making a choice from the list, the campsite including the related information can be added to the POI by just one action, and the route to this site is no longer a problem.

Garmin ecoRoute mode

Garmin ecoRoute mode

Less fuel use with Garmin ecoRoute

The Garmin Nuvi 1240 features a so-called ecoRoute mode. This allows drivers to save both fuel and money; and on top of that, it is environmentally friendly. Activating ecoRoute will display fuel costs before departing on a trip. This allows the driver to choose alternative transport based on the costs, such as public transport or a bike. In addition to selecting routing for 'speed' and 'time', also 'less fuel' can be selected in ecoRoute. This option selects the best route to save fuel and money.

 
 
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