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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2012
OK, not many reviews on this model so I thought I would add my thoughts.

I've had a Nuvi 660 for many years and been very happy with it. Really liked the media functions (mp3, audiobooks, audio out socket etc) and the GPS in one unit. However, it recently started freezing and crashing, usually when approaching a busy junction in the middle of a busy city! So started looking for a new GPS. I was very surprised to see that very, very few units (both TomTom and Garmin) now have mp3 players, audiobook players and audio out sockets built in. In fact the only one that fitted my requirements was the 2585. It also boasted a TV - useful for camping methinks. So I dropped some none too subtle hints to my son, and it arrived in good time for Christmas (thank you Amazon and Jamie).

First Thoughts:
After I got the wrapping paper off and unpacked the box, I checked that everything was present and correct. No problems here, though following trend of keeping costs down - no case supplied (purchased the Garmin generic 5" case - sweet). The unit turned on straight out of the box, had a bit of juice in it, always pleasing. No issues loading up, and didn't crash as found by another reviewer. The unit itself has a pleasingly large screen and feels robust in the hand. All in all, a good start. Score: 9/10

SatNav:
OK - I guess I would be disappointed if there were any issues here. Clear view of the route, junctions announced well in advance and the routing seems to work as I expected. Lots of options for modding the display and POIs. My old Nuvi didn't have the speed limits or photo junctions, both very welcome additions. The menu system is very easy to get around. However, note that as advertised, this unit does NOT come with maps for life, nor does it have voice activated commands. Not sure why the 2595 comes with the free map updates and the 2585 doesn't, but hey ho that's what it said on the website! Score: 8/10

Media:
TV
What a surprise - the TV works!! Now, I have problems with Freeview on my home portable TV. Reception is not good, even a big portable aerial with a signal booster doesn't help too much. So when I pulled up the tiny 2" aerial from the 2585, I didn't expect too much. But the reception was good, amazingly good from so small an aerial. Recording and playing back programmes is a doddle. Nice! Score: 9/10

Video
Plays most formats. Ripped my copy of Two Towers to MP4 and it worked fine. However, at 1GB a shot you'll soon need an SD card for extra storage (same goes for recording TV programmes). Got a 32GB for £13 off Amazon. Score: 8/10

MP3
Works well. Big plus over separate GPS and MP3, is that any alerts from the GPS cut out the songs, so you can hear them. Score: 8/10

Phone/Bluetooth
Surprisingly, didn't see my phone on the compatible list given that it is a iPhone 4s. Needn't have worried, paired first time, hands free works a treat. The phone book and last calls transferred across to the Garmin without any issues. Score: 8/10

Audiobooks
Ah, and it was going sooooo well. Now, I happen to like my audiobooks in the car. Whether it was Artemis Fowl to keep the (now grown up) kids quiet on the long drive down to the Vendee in France, or listening to Andrew Marr's History of the World on long works trips. I like the book mark facility in the player, so I can dip in and out of various books and not lose my place. Now, the Garmin website says the 2585 is audiobook compatible BUT Audible Manager says it ain't, there is no Audiobook/Audible player on the 2585 and there is no reference to the facility in the manual. I am in communication with Garmin over this and will update when I get an answer, but frankly it does not look hopeful! Score: -5/10 (0/10 for it not being there and the rest for the website being wrong!)

Technical Stuff:
Found this whilst trying to sort out the Audibook debacle. Do not muck about with this unless you know what you are doing!!
To access Diagnostic screen - keep the speed display on the Trip Information screen pressed down for 10 seconds.
To access the Test screen - keep the battery icon pressed down for 10 seconds.
Let me repeat - DO NOT muck about with these screens.

Summary:
A nice unit which is spoilt for me because of the lack of Audiobook compatability - a big omission since the Garmin website says it should be there and that Garmin are pushing the media functionality in the advertising. I will update when I have further info.

If this is not a big priority and you want the media bits, go get it. Unlike other reviewers I have had no issues with the software (although I haven't updated the map yet - believe it takes a while) and the TV works a treat.

If the media bits don't attract, the go for the 2595, with the voice activated commands and the lifetime map updates.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2012
excellent product - although it only has a 5 inch screen this is perfect for a campervan /car - easy to use with a superb quality picture - only had it a couple of days but so far mangaged a picture with the plug in aerials no problem
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2013
For some reason the machine takes an extraordinary amount of time before it will pick up a satellite signal. Several times I've decided to simply start my journey as it takes so long. It's not uncommon for the unit to be searching up to 10 minutes later & often after more than 1 restart.
TV function is a little cool, & the resolution of the screen is sharp & very clear.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2012
When you register it they tell you there's an update needed to stop it crashing. And believe them, it does crash; quite randomly, but strangely when you need it most, such as taking a quick detour off the motorway in Birmingham to get something to eat. Next thing, you 're in the middle of somewhere and you're just following the car in front until you can get somewhere to pull over to reset the device. But to reset it you need to leave it a good few minutes or it just comes back on still locked up. A couple more re-boots and you're back on the road again. It's a great shame as it's a good piece of kit.

Anyway, you go to the website and try to install this over and again, each time your heart will sink as it gets to 75% then teasingly pauses before you end up with the following message:

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Software Installation Error

The following files were not successfully installed:
Nuvi 2585TV EU (rgn file)
Please check the following and try the update again:
'Your device must be connected to your computer during the entire software update process.
'Your computer must have a stable Internet connection.
If you retry the update and continue to have problems, please contact Product Support for further assistance.
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So then you contact customer support who give you loads of things to do to your computer (the computer which works fine with everything else by the way) and they get you to check all your internet connections, delete temp internet files etc etc. I have no doubt over my machine or connection so I have ignored this and am trying the old "keep turning it off again" method.

Anyway, believe it or not, I've been doing the update over and over whilst I type this and guess what, I think I've got the damn thing going at last. Whilst it was plugged in I "unmounted" the device then "remounted" it whilst the garmin page was still open and retried the install. It got to 97% this time before failing but this time it failed on "keyboard" update not the RGN file from earlier. I ran the updater again and it worked. The garmin is now "flashing" it's data (according to its' little screen) so I wait with bated breath to see if I've now got an expensive paperweight or my GPS going ...

...waiting...

..."calculating checksum"...

...waiting...

...blank screen...

...

...is it booting up?

...it appears to be working at last!!

Whilst I'm on a roll I'm going to try doing my free map update that came with it.

1. Download the updater software. Done.
2. Install software. Done.
3. Software is "communicating with server"
4. "European citymap update is available". Clicked OK.
5. "Your device is being updated with full European Coverage. This process may take SEVERAL HOURS. Thank you for your patience". AARRGGHH!!!! I don't even go to bloody Europe! I only wanted the new junction up the road correcting. Bugger.
6. Downloading. Estimated time remaining 4 hours.

I'm sorry but I'm not hanging around for this, you may never know if it worked or not!

CLOSING STATEMENT:

It has been unreliable so far and I've not got much faith in it even though this update has nw worked. The screen is slow and unresponsive (if you've got an iPhone don't expect anything like that here!). This started as a 1* review (I hate it) but I'm going to have to give it 3* (It's OK) now the update worked but unless you're a computer geek (or luckier than me) I'd wait a while before getting this until they sort out the updates, or buy something else. As I said before, it's a shame because it's a good bit of kit when it works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2013
great bit of kit. does exactly what it says on the packet. tv is handy if your out and about or waiting somewhere
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on 28 March 2013
I got this really because of the built in Digital TV, most of the time the TV is fine, I find the sat nav very slow to start up and it loses satellite signal far too much....there are better units out there and this was a pricey choice.
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on 25 July 2014
So far so good with amazingly sharp pictures with the TV. Reception for me has been only 50% quality as it's been on and off for every now and then Navigation has also been great.
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on 23 November 2013
This sat nav is no good as a TV. I've even purchased additional aerials to try and get it to work, i've been unable to watch more than 5 mins of TV at any one time.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2012
Arrived On Time Excellent Work Amazon !

Unfortunately GARMIN sent this out without testing it. BRAND NEW BOXED.
TV tuned into channels all ok...EXCEPT NO PICTURE !!!
NOT IMPRESSED..RETURNED FOR FULL REFUND..
GARMIN...Pull Your Socks Up !!
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on 1 February 2015
slow to boot slow to route my phone is better
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