If you don't need the Internet-connected services of the top-rated Garmin nuLink 1695 (*Est. $320) , reviewers say the Garmin nuvi 1390T has most of the nuLink 1695's other important features for a much lower price -- including one that tells you which lane you'll need to be in at an upcoming junction, and Bluetooth to pair with your mobile phone for hands-free calling. The nuvi 1390T also includes free FM traffic information for the life of the unit; the nuLink 1695 gets its traffic information over its Internet connection. Owners say both sources can be hit-or-miss, and some hate the pop-up ads that they must endure to get free service. Besides the Internet connection, three of the nuLink 1695's other major features are also missing; the nuvi 1390T can't learn traffic patterns in your area, automatically sort multiple destinations into one efficient route or remember where you parked your car when you remove the device from the windshield mount. Most owners say the nuvi 1390T performs fine, but some complain that they don't always pick the best routes or lock quickly onto satellites.
ConsumerReports.org subjects the Garmin nuvi 1390T to its usual rigorous comparison testing. PCMag.com and TrustedReviews.com also conduct thorough tests, and they provide more description of the unit than ConsumerReports.org does. User feedback at Amazon.com is mostly positive, although some owners report problems with the nuvi 1390T.
The Garmin nuvi 1390T is one of 137 GPS navigators ranked here. Editors rate models based on their performance in routing and usability tests.
Review: GPS Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
The Garmin nuvi 1390T packs a lot of upscale features, including lane assistance, into a reasonably priced package, and PCMag.com names it an Editors' Choice. The free traffic information works inconsistently, and tester Jamie Lendino finds the pop-up ads annoying.
Review: Garmin Nuvi 1390T, Jamie Lendino, April 14, 2010
The Garmin nuvi 1390T is a top recommended pick at this U.K. website. Tester James Morris especially appreciates its pedestrian and EcoRoute functions.
Review: Garmin nuvi 1390T Sat-Nav Review, James Morris, Dec. 21, 2009
With nearly 1,600 customer reviews posted, the Garmin nuvi 1390T averages 4 stars out of 5. About three-fourths of reviewers give it 4 or 5 stars, but some reviewers complain that the unit locks up and the traffic information feature doesn't work.
Review: Garmin nuvi 1390/1390T 4.3-inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic, Contributors to Amazon.com