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The Garmin Nuvi 1250 is an ultra-thin protable GPS that fits in the middle of Garmin's 1200 series.

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Recalculates routes after detours quickly

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More compact than most GPS models, easy to find a storage space on the dash

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Very inexpensive, good as a budget or first-time GPS model

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Locates satellites very quickly, under 10 seconds

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Vocal directions are clearer than on earlier models

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.

Susceptible to mechanical damage, especially during transportation

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Directions are not as accurate or reliable as other Garmin models, high frequency of slight errors in different cities

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Lacks QWERTY keyboard, many GPS units include this feature

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.


The Garmin Nuvi 1250 is an ultra-thin protable GPS that fits in the middle of Garmin's 1200 series. The 1200 and widescreen 1300 series are 25% slimmer than other Nuvis making this an extremely transportable device. It has a 3.5" diagonal QVGA color antiglare TFT screen with white backlight with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution. The Nuvi 1250 greets you with two simple options; "Where to?" or "View map" and will speak turn-by-turn directions once you decide where you want to go. It is pre-loaded with City Navigator NT street maps with nearly 6 million POI's.  The ecoRoute feature calculates the most fuel-efficient route and the "Where am I?" function quickly helps you find your location on a map. Other features include JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock, currency converter, calculator and many more.

Physical & Performance:
  • Unit dimensions, WxHxD:  3.7"W x 2.9"H x .6"D (9.3 x 7.5 x 1.6 cm) 
  • Display size, WxH:  2.8"W x 2.1"H (7.2 x 5.4 cm); 3.5" diag (8.9 cm) 
  • Display resolution, WxH:  320 x 240 pixels 
  • Display type:  QVGA color antiglare TFT with white backlight 
  • Weight:  4.0 ounces (113.4 g) 
  • Battery:  rechargeable lithium-ion 
  • Battery life:  up to 4 hours 
  • High-sensitivity receiver
  • RoHS version available
Maps & Memory
  • Basemap 
  • Preloaded maps
  • Ability to add maps
  • Built-in memory:  internal solid state 
  • Accepts data cards:  microSD card (not included) 
  • Waypoints/favorites/locations:  1000  
  • Voice prompts (e.g. "Turn right in 500 ft.") (internal speaker) 
  • Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.") 
  • Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation) 
  • Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road)
  • Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.) 
  • MSN Direct compatible
  • FM traffic compatible 
  • Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads) 
  • Where Am I? (find closest hospitals, police & gas stations, nearest address & intersection)
  • ecoRoute (calculates a more fuel-efficient route
  • Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest)
  • Garmin Garage vehicles compatible (download car-shaped icons to your device) 
  • Garmin Garage voices compatible (download custom voices to your device)
  • Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos)
  • World travel clock, currency & unit converter, calculator
  • Picture viewer 
  • Garmin Lock (anti-theft feature)
  • Touchscreen 
  • Additional:  This USB mass storage device is compatible with Windows 2000 or later and Mac OS X 10.4 or later. 
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