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Garmin unveils first nuvis with pedestrian GPS

updated 08:15 am EST, Tue March 3, 2009

Garmin nuvi 1200 and 1300

Garmin at CeBIT today broke new ground for itself with two new nuvi navigators. The nuvi 1200 and 1300 are the first devices from Garmin to explicitly support pedestrian GPS mapping in urban areas; adding a CityXplorer map pack provides not only walking directions across parks and other areas off-limits in road-only maps but will also plot routes based on buses, subways and other public transit. To help, the devices themselves are also significantly slimmer than Garmin's exclusively automotive devices.

The 1200 series is the smallest and comes with a 3.5-inch touchscreen. The basic, $200 nuvi 1200 model covers just the 48 main states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, while the 1250 ($250) adds full North American maps. The 1260T at $300 adds Bluetooth speakerphone functionality as well as free, lifetime traffic updates.

The 1300 series adds a 4.3-inch wide touchscreen and expands on the 1200's variants. The core nuvi 1300 at $250 has the same limited US support as the 1200, while the $300 nuvi 1350 gets the added North American coverage as well as a lane assist feature for exits and intersections. The 1350T adds lifetime traffic for its $350 price point while the 1370T gets Bluetooth support at $400. A flagship 1390T at $450 adds a special junction view that shows detailed visual previews of the key road points when they exist.

All of the nuvi 1200 and 1300 models should be in stores during the spring. Adding a CityXplorer pack costs between $10 and $15 depending on the city.

by MacNN Staff




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