August 21, 2011

Garmin Nuvi 1450 LMT - 5 Reasons it's a Best Seller

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The Garmin Nuvi 1450 LMT isn't the newest Nuvi on the block, but there are a long list of specs that make this really attractive to shoppers for a new GPS. Here are 5 reasons why it's a Best Seller - #1 on Amazon's list for best selling GPS units right now.

We've watched the GPS industry for a long time, and have reviewed GPS units from brands you probably know and love, and then some that should have died long before they did. Here are 5 reason's why the Garmin 1450 LMT is a Best Seller and why it might be a good choice for you.....

#1 - It's a Garmin - As the market leader, Garmin has become a household name, one that people are familiar with, and the implied trust is well deserved. They make a good product overall, stand behind their products with a good US-based call center, and figured out a long time ago how to make their GPS units work well and deliver high quality trusted directions.

#2 The super wide-screen coming in at 5-inces. The old school widescreens were 4.3-inces, and with this extra real estate, things are even easier to see, and type when you are trying to tap on those buttons to find a point of interest, or type in an address. With little noticeable downside, the extra real estate in a 5-inch screen is worth it.

#3 Free Lifetime Map Update and Traffic Subscriptions - I think the real pull here is the free map upgrades. Eve in areas where new roads aren't popping up every other week, you're going to need a map update sooner or later. Why not pay a small amount now for updates for a long, long time? On top of that, the Points of Interest gets upgraded too - businesses are always changing, and updated Points of Interest makes sense too. The TMC traffic on this particular unit is still hampered by the low bandwidth transmission of the FM spectrum. It will warm you about big issues, but may not be able to warn you about the after-effects on secondary roads when the main ones are jammed.

#4 intuitive User Interface - The Garmin interface has patented features that focus on making it easy to read and use; it's why they are the number one GPS maker in the US. With lane guidance and junction view the Nuvi 1450 LMT will tell you which lane to be in for the upcoming turn, giving you the confidence to explore afar. The turn by turn directions backed by the intuitive screen prompts make it trustworthy too. The first screen has two main options - "Where to? and "View Map" - pretty easy, eh?

#5 The Price Mid- $100's Price Point - The price point is a good step up for people shopping the lower end of the GPS line around $100, but not so much that it hurts. With all of the value built in, the $160-ish price on this 5-Inch screen GPS makes it a good choice for a lot of shoppers.

Again, it's not the newest Garmin, but with free lifetime updates for maps, it will get you there confidently with ease. The 5-inch screen makes a big difference without being so huge that you need to crank your head to see around it.

At Amazon - Garmin Nuvi 1450LMT 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Map & Traffic Updates

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Posted by Scott Martin at August 21, 2011 10:41 PM

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