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Garmin nuvi 1250

alaTest has collected and analyzed 414 reviews of Garmin nuvi 1250. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People really like the design and size. The price and performance also get good opinions. There are some negative views about the durability. There are some mixed views about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin nuvi 1250 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Garmin nuvi 1250 from The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on

0% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Nuvi 1250 Bicycle Handlebar Cradle Mount - Holder for Bike with Lifetime WarrantyGarmin Nuvi 1250 Bicycle Handlebar Cradle Mount - Holder for Bike with Lifetime Warranty

May, 2018

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 357 user reviews of Garmin nuvi 1250 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Reviewers really like the design and size. The performance and price also get good views, but the durability and reliability get negative views.

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79% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin nüvi 1250 3.5-Inch Portable GPS NavigatorGarmin nüvi 1250 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

May, 2018

Expert review by : Rich Owings (

Garmin nuvi 1250T


The Garmin nüvi 1250T is a special edition nuvi, adding lifetime traffic to the more common nuvi 1250. An entry-level model in a relatively new line of GPS navigators, the 1250T has a 3.5” screen. All of the new units in the 1200, 1300 and 1400 series...

The closely related nuvi 1200 performed very well when I reviewed it. I noticed no significant lags, routing errors, etc. The few negatives I saw with it are addressed above. As with the entire nuvi series, I expect that most buyers will be quite happy...

Nov, 2010

Expert review by : Rich Owings (

Garmin nuvi 1250


The Garmin nüvi 1250 is a lower-level model in a recently introduced line of Garmin GPS navigators. All of the units in the 1200, 1300 and 1400 series come with customizable data fields and the ability to utilize the pedestrian and mass transit...

Get a great deal on the Garmin nuvi 1250 North America City Navigator GPS at Find the low price on a Garmin nuvi 1250 at GPS Now, where shipping is free on orders over $99 (and the upgrade to overnight shipping is dirt cheap!). Order by 5...

Nov, 2009


Expert review by : Ross Catanzariti (

Garmin nuvi 1250 GPS unit


The nuvi 1250 is Garmin's cheapest in-car GPS unit. It's very similar to the nuvi 1260, but lacks Bluetooth hands-free capabilities. Provided you can ...

Compact size, good navigation experience, fast, ecoRoute function

Small screen, no lane guidance, can't change default keyboard layout

Provided you don't require any advanced features and can live with a small display, Garmin's nuvi 1250 GPS unit offers an excellent navigation experience.

Jan, 2009

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Amazing value!


Got this to replace lost Garmin which was larger and more costly. Well this one loads directions better, faster, does not lock up or freeze, overall very happy

Great Price! Compact size, square is good :) Work great, large icons. Finds directions fast, charges faster than my older and larger GPS


Mar, 2012

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its small and has most of the features of the more expensive garmins got it for 79.99 it does every thing i want bought it to drive to alaska for the second time the first time i was with a freind who had a larger garmin

sometimes any of these GPS make stupid directions it dosent know a road into my complex exists and wants me to drive around. or sometimes it wants me to take a 30mph road when the freway is next to it much quicker. but it helps verry much if you learn...

Feb, 2012

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garmin tiny gps (NOT REFUNDABLE)


i tried returning this to newegg, i sent many emails and got no response for weeks ,I finally got ahold of theyr customer service on the phone and the dude gave me a complete attitude and refused to give me a refund .. oh and they lost the item in...

not much ; the suction cup worked good

took forever to connect to sattellite, screen is tiny and susceptable to glare, not voice activated in any way, took forever to ship (which newegg is not known for) ,and it takes forever to type in an address or any info at all... long story short the...

Jan, 2012

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Nice GPS unit


Shipped fast, good ole newegg. Got this on sale too. I have to say I've been happy with it for the most part. My girlfriend and I moved to a big city from a small one, and I knew my GF would have trouble with learning her way around. (I'm from here,...

Easy to use ; Nice big screen for pushing big icons ; Good amount of options. (avoidance list, like tollways) Recalculates fast ; Time estimates to your destination is helpful and pretty accurate ; Unit talks so you know when directions are coming up ;...

Doesn't come with USB cable for your computer. (Its one of the mini-usb like you get with external hardrives, so i had one.) ; There's some errors ; Some highway feeder street names are wrong on the GPS ; Has U-turns turned off by default, so we had a...

Dec, 2010

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great value!!!


Love the different voice possibilities. Only wish it had a George Lopez voice. Instead of "recalculating", it would say "I'm thinking, I'm thinking." Instead of make a U-turn, it would say "Turn around, Man!"

Quick recalculating for my missed turns. Excellent value


Dec, 2010

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Garmin Nuvi 1250 3.5" GPS Navigation with Text to Speech


Good to have one, the price is cheap compare to 3 years ago

Just need add about $10 for a 4.3 inch, I should just go for the bigger one

Sep, 2010

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awesome little thing


for my first gps i am extremely happy with it. again dont buy the usb cable form newegg, its a total ripoff. search around youll find a much much better deal.

speaks street names, doesn't take long to recalculate route info in my neighborhood ; small, which is what i was looking for ; up-datable software off website (but that takes a while) ; the mounting system is extreamly sturdy ; it has bus and...

doesn't come with the usb cable to plug in to your computer. get one from @m@z0n or just Google the part number. i got mine for 3 bucks deviled to my door, new eggs price is 20$ (minus 1 egg for that) ; takes a while to acquire satellite signal some...

Aug, 2010

Product Specifications

nuvi 1250 redefines portable, affordable navigation. This ultra-thin GPS announces streets by name and calculates a more fuel-efficient route with ecoRoute.


Run Time (Up To):4hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:3.5"
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9 cm
Resolution:320 x 240


Built-in camera: No


RoHS compliance: Yes


Color of product:Silver
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld/Fixed

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:3.5
Display Resolution:320 x 240
Display size (HxV):2.1 x 2.8 / 2.8 x 2.1
Display size (HxV) (imperial):2.1 x 2.8 / 2.8 x 2.1
Touch screen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery life (max):4
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

GPS Software

Maps Included:North America

GPS System

GPS Functions / Services:Distance / Electronic compass / Elevation / Time/date/Distance / Elevation / Time/date
Receiver:12 channel
Recommended Use:Automotive / Hiking
Traffic Services:TMC (Traffic Message Channel)
Type:GPS receiver

GPS Type

Auto: Yes
Aviation: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking): No
Sport (fitness, running): No


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n


Ability to add maps: Yes
Map storage:Internal storage
Map view options:2D
Voice maps: Yes


Auto re-route: Yes
Choice of route setup: Yes
FM traffic compatible: Yes
Photo navigation: Yes
Route avoidance: Yes
Speed limits: Yes
Traffic Message Channel (TMC): No
Voice commands:No / Yes


Bluetooth: No

Other Features

Basemap: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP +\nMac OS X 10.4 + / Windows XP, Mac OS X 10.4 / Windows XP\nMac X 10.4 +

Packaging Content

Manual: Yes

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Battery life (max):4
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Technical Details

Anti-theft function: Yes
Calculator: Yes
Color of product:Silver
FM Transmitter: No
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld/Fixed
Image viewer: Yes
Interface Type:Touch Screen
MP3-player: No
Number of Waypoints:1000
World travel clock: Yes

Weight & Dimensions