Summary: I have owned the Nuvi 1450 for less than four months so it is still under warranty. My previous unit was a TomTom, and it consistently found better routes than the Garmin. It was still useable, until it stopped working altogether. Some investigation showed that my map had vanished. Garmin's support website was no help.
Summary: Garmin support has ignored this problem for well over a year. Personally, I've put in nearly 15 hours "trying" to update the device, and traded dozens of e-mails with their "support" without a resolution.
Pros: The Garmin Nuvi 1450 does what its intended to do. For the cost, it's a decent GPS (when it works).
Cons: The big problem with the 1450 is a flaw in the updating. In specific, when trying to update from v5.8 to 5.9 the update will fail. Sadly, this update resolves a problem of the 1450 rebooting while you're driving.
Summary: Not a bad product when it is working but unfortunately I have had multiple problems with this device. I received an email from garmin telling me that I needed to update the unit on their website. When I tried to update the unit froze up and I had to return it to Garmin. The next unit I received works fine for about an hour or two and then it randomly looses the satellite signal and becomes totally useless.
Summary: I have purchased THREE uf these units in the past month. The first two were refurbished, and the screen would black out in 5-10 seconds after startup. The third unit is new and arrived today. It doesn't start up at all. Previous to these three units, I had a 3790T for a short time. It would begin blacking out after 5-10 seconds. I'll be returning the new 1450 tomorrow. That will be the FOURTH return in about a month. Caveat emptor.
Summary: This model is unstable. Mine was turned off more than a dozen times in a three months of ownership. Reason is unknown. When contacted the Garmin tech support, they kept saying do a soft reset and/or do firmware upgrade. I did the upgrade twice but the symptom has not been fixed although it got somewhat better just for a while after the update. After about one or two weeks, however, the unit's power became unstable again and the power turned off unexpectedly.
Summary: I love the big screen! But ... I've had the unit for a week, and I'm returning it today as a defective product. The unit is much less reliable and much slower than my old Garmin 4.3". Flaws: 1. The unit has twice shut down while navigating a route. The first time, it took 5 minutes to reboot. Last night, it wouldn't turn back on. Garmin's website says there's a patch for this. The need for the software patch was identified in Feb.
Summary: This is my third GPS. First one was a cheap Mio brand, loved it, even with it's occasional misrouting. Second one was a nice Magellan with more features than I could use, which died on me. So, Garmin is one of the top three, surely being a stripped down, basic model, costing far more than it should, surely it's going to be a great item, right?
Summary: This unit replaced an older Garmin. It was easy for us to operate since many of the operations/features were similar to the old one. We received it the day before a long trip (around 1100 miles round trip). We were familiar with the route, but we wanted to give the unit a good test since we have several other trips later this year where we do not know the route. The overall features were good to excellant.
Summary: This product was a Christmas gift. It was used once for a trip in town. The battery was charged for specified time. It will not hold a charge. Since the initial use, it has never held a charge long enough to even progress through the menu. Even after recharging. Expensive piece of garbage!!