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Garmin nuvi 1260T

alaTest has collected and analyzed 247 reviews of Garmin nuvi 1260T. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Opinions about the maps and size are on the whole positive. The price and performance also get good feedback. Many are negative about the durability and reliability.

usability, performance, price, size, maps

reliability, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin nuvi 1260T is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 236 user reviews of Garmin nuvi 1260T from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Reviewers really like the maps and size. The price and performance are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the durability and reliability.

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reliability, durability

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin nüvi 1260/1260T 3.5-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime TrafficGarmin nüvi 1260/1260T 3.5-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic

May, 2017

Expert review by: Craig Ellison (

Garmin n?vi 1260T


Most GPS devices today support multiple vehicle profiles, including one for pedestrian modewhich is often just an automobile mode that avoids highways and ignores one-way streets. But Garmin's new nüvi 1260T ($299.99 list) changes all that. When...

Small form factor. Enhanced pedestrian mode. Subscription-free lifetime traffic

Expensive. Pedestrian mode doesn't use moving maps if GPS signal is available. Public transportation routes with optional cityXplorer could be improved

The pedestrian-friendly Garmin n?vi 1260T is thinner, sleeker, and more expensive than the 265T. Unless you plan to use the enhanced pedestrian mode and purchase optional maps, you're better off with the otherwise similar 265T.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Craig Ellison (

Review: Garmin Nuvi 1260T GPS device


A very capable 3.5-inch navigator with a good Bluetooth phone interface. Larger screen devices with similar feature sets are available at similar or lower prices.

Other than screen size, there are just a few. First, the 1260T has a Bluetooth interface that's not included on the 1350T. For some, the lack of a Bluetooth phone interface could be a deal-breaker. The other major difference is that the 1260T lacks...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Garmin nuvi 1260T


The Garmin nüvi 1260T is a mid-level unit 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 features...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Ross Catanzariti (

Garmin nuvi 1260 GPS unit


An entry level GPS unit has a downsized display and a Bluetooth hands-free speakerphone

Compact size, good navigational experience, fast GPS fix and re-routing times, Bluetooth hands-free speakerphone, ecoRoute function

Small screen, no lane guidance, maps lack a little detail

The inclusion of a Bluetooth hands-free speakerphone makes the Garmin nuvi 1260 GPS unit good value for money. If the smaller display and the limitations it brings doesn't concern you, then this GPS unit offers an excellent navigational experience for...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Craig Ellison, PC World US (

Garmin Nuvi 1260T review


Over the past few years, larger screens have been the trend for dashboard GPS devices. Devices with a 4.3in screen have almost completely replaced devices with 3.5in screens. Still, some people might prefer a smaller-screen device. And, often, but not...

If you're looking specifically for a 3.5in navigation device with a Bluetooth phone interface, the Garmin Nuvi 1260T is a good choice. If, however, Bluetooth isn't your main focus, there are better-value alternatives available elsewhere. Shop carefully...

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: OneXBigTom (

Works great.


I have used a handful of GPS navigation toys and have to say this one works the best for the car. Small but big enough to see the screen clearly. The Free map upgrade when registering is a plus. Can download some fun stuff. Custom cars and voices are a...


Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: dave (

GARMIN nüvi 1260T 3.5" GPS Navigation


Good All round GPS and its small

Cant say nothing it yet

Nov, 2011

Consumer review by: Lenny (



If you are planning to get a smart Android phone. This will be redundant. I just got an Android phone, and I am very happy about the GPS works great..

I am very happy about this. Once I got it, i update the map to the latest version. I believe it is 2012

Nothing so far

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: Bill (

Good unit


You can't go wrong with Garmin. It has taken me to the door of many places I would have had a hard time finding without it.

This is a good unit, lifetime free traffic in exchange for some minor popup ads. If you don't need traffic it is easily turned off. Unit can get one free map update when you get it. The hand free blue tooth is very handy for hand-free talking when...

Not any so far

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: Anton (

Pretty good


Big screen, slim, fast, not annoying in directions, clear loud voice. I like its FM Traffic feature - helps a lot

The screen may be too sensitive to fingers passing by. I had two occasions when it zoomed out unexpectedly

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications

The nüvi 1260T features an ultra-slim design, enhanced user interface, ecoRoute, public transit mode and tex-to-speech. The nüvi's enhanced user interface features improved graphics and a new slide control for menu operation.


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

Built-in Display

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

Dimensions & Weight


GPS Software

Maps Included:North America

GPS System

Connectivity:Bluetooth / USB
GPS Functions / Services:Distance / Elevation / Time/date
Recommended Use:Automotive / Hiking
Traffic Services:MSN Direct / TMC (Traffic Message Channel)
Type:GPS receiver


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n