Sunday, March 18, 2012

Garmin discontinues much of nuvi 1xxx line

Garmin nuvi 1xxx discontinued

Garmin nuvi 1490T among the discontinued

Garmin has discontinued much of their popular nuvi 1xxx line ahead of the holidays. Introduced in March 2009, these units were getting quite dated. All 5″ models survived the cut except for the 1490T. Similarly, all LMT units survived save the 1300LMT. Their strategy here appears to be keeping the top sellers in the 1xxx line available. read more

Garmin nuvi 1100

Garmin nuvi 1100

UPDATEThis model has been discontinued. For current recommendations, please refer to our auto GPS buyers guide.

The Garmin nuvi 1100 is an entry-level model we first learned about in May 2010. Primarily available from Walmart.comicon, the 1100 is basically a nuvi 1200 minus text-to-speech, so you’ll just hear “turn right in 1/4 mile” instead of “turn right on Oak Street in 1/4 mile.”

Like the 1200, the nuvi 1100 has a 3.5” touch screen and maps of the U.S. with the exception of Alaska. All of the units in the 1xxx series come with customizable data fields and the ability to utilize the pedestrian and mass transit features of Garmin’s CityXplorer maps.

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Garmin nuvi 1100 for the frugal navigator

Garmin nuvi 1100
UPDATE: I’ve now posted a Garmin nuvi 1100 resource page with links to hands-on reviews.

It was bound to happen. A couple days after my nuvi series disambiguation post, Garmin quietly rolls out another model, the Garmin nuvi 1100. This appears to be a response to $59 Black Friday specials and the everyday ubiquity of $79 PND deals. ‘Tis basically a Garmin nuvi 1200 minus text-to-speech, so you’ll just have to make do with “turn right” rather than “turn right onto Commoditization Boulevard.” There’s no price listed yet, nor does it seem to be available for sale at this point, either online or at brick and mortar retailers. But you can bet a rock bottom dollar that this 3.5” navigator will be hitting store shelves long before Black Friday.