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A Nice Media GPS but ......
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).
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!)
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.
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.