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163 of 168 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2013
Not being a huge fan of Sat Navs I have to say this is fabulous. Purchased the week prior to going on holiday to the States, just in time to downloaded updated US maps, which did take a few hours but was well worth it. Sat Nav worked minutes after arriving and got us everywhere we asked it to, and even round a diverted route owing to a road closure. Images very clear and it's easy to use to find restaurants, shops and attractions. Did have a laugh at pronounciation of some of the US place names. The Garmin was a replacement for a Tom Tom which we had purchased a couple of weeks prior but which wouldn't let us load up US maps. Would highly recommend this product.
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359 of 375 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2013
Bought this on the day it was released in the UK. Amazon shipped the day before and it arrived on the day of release.

I've owned many Garmin devices in the past but never a dedicated car 'satnav' - previously used an old Garmin Oregon which must be about 10 years old now (also own treking/outdoor hand-held Garmin devices).

This Garmin (2597LMT) was a fantastic update: clear display, 3D maps, voice directions and easy destination entry. The traffic alerts are a bonus too.

Two days after receiving this Garmin, I tested it 'in anger' on a one week holiday to Cornwall. The ease of use and accuracy of the directions are excellent. Arriving at the holiday cottage, a quick button press located the nearest supermarket and directed us there. Whilst en route, the 'Up Ahead' feature showed fuel, toilets and refreshments on the journey and the traffic delays were updated as we went (with the option to re-route to avoid).

This 5" screen version is big (and clear) enough for use without being too big to carry around once you get out of the car - I think the 7" version would be more of a pain to carry (even with the girlfriend/wife/fiancee's handbag to store it!).

I recommend this device!
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162 of 171 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2014
We bought this to replace our old Garmin as we were about to go to Poland, by road, for the first time. Amazingly you can put in your destination, which was across five countries (England, France, Belgium, Holland, germany and Poland) and it will just find the shortest route. It not only tells you, as do the others, to turn right or left but gives you the name of the street too. The only negative is that it sees delays on the route (anywhere on the 12 hour route) and asks you if you would like to take an alternative route. At first we were taking the alternative route until we realised that these delays were often 200 or 300 kilometers away and not likely to affect us but that the diversions would probably delay us more! Wish it would say how far away the delays were!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2014
Brilliant sat nav, very fast, instant re-routes, clear display and good mapping. No more “do a U turn immediately”! The sat nav menu system is excellent and intuitive. The window mount is good, and my satnav came with a soft case, but not all do, so check the supplier.
My Sat Nav came with maps pre-installed, but I did refresh them with a free update soon after purchase, this probably was not necessary but did it as it was a free update. The SAT Nav also needed its firmware updating, all very straight forward to do once software was installed on PC. The whole process including updating all maps took under an hour, and could be left unattended while it updated.
Bluetooth integrates easily with my Android phone to answer or make calls, access the phones address book etc. It’s worth exploring the settings, for example the audio mixer allows you to set different volume levels for different features i.e. phone loud, speed alerts quieter, and lots of other useful personalisation features.
Voice recognition is mostly excellent; you can speak the menu and easily select your menu options and get to the maps by voice control. It gets it right most time, even if the car radio is on. However mine is very poor at recognising street and place names using voice recognition, it gets it wrong 95% of the time, so I now enter destination manually. No real problem and you may not want to use voice recognition anyway.
Live traffic connects ok with power lead supplied, but has not shown any traffic warning information during first three weeks of use, but perhaps this is just lucky because I live in the countryside and have not been on any very heavily congested roads recently.
Nothing happened with junction at first, so was not sure it was working, but when on the motorway the junction view popped up automatically to show exit lanes. Very helpful feature.
Speed camera alerts are good, there are very clear visual and audible warnings for most of the likely locations, but be warned just a few established locations are missing. I subscribed to camera updates (only an annual subscription available for UK at about £16), now wish I had not bothered as so far it has made no difference, just as well have stayed with the pre-installed camera alerts.
I installed the free Garmin Android app, this gave a good connection to my sat nav and was easy to install. I was disapopointed that some of the potentially very useful App feature on the phone such as parking, safety cameras, live traffic all needed additional subscriptions even though my satnav came with lifetime map updates and traffic. I chose not to subscribe to these android phone extras.
Overall this is a great Sat Nav and I recommend it and price is very good value with lifetime updates. It is much better than any other satnav that I have owned.
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318 of 339 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2013
Pre ordered mine and very pleased that it arrive on day of release. Having previously had years of great service from a basic TomTom One I was a reluctant convert to Garmin but so many bad reviews of latest tomtom products persuaded me to make the change. I really only wanted to add Europe for a long driving holiday and the old tomtom didn't have that.

I have lots of reservations however about this Garmin not least of all was it failure to work properly after a couple of hours down the French motorway on day 1 of the two week drive through Europe for which I had specifically bought it (I had previously done a trip to scotland and the West country and it was fine then) ! The unit froze on us whilst driving and then having switched off would not restart it just kept cycling through a start up screen and then off again, and no amount of button pushing would stop it. Several hours of internet searching that evening and pushing bits of the screen to try to do a master reset seemed to sort it out in the end but I had by then lost all the trip data for that part of the journey, and all my favourites all put in for the trip we were on! I was not happy at all. If we had been on our own on the trip with no web access we would have had a serious issue, fortunately we had friends with us to assist and get us back on track on that day. We had paper maps etc, but not so easy locating hotels in strange town with those is it.!

A few more cons compared to my old and very basic tomtom.
You can't get all the info you need on the main screen. I want to see the current time, the distance and time to my destination all at a glance, tomtom does it, Garmin needs more presses of the screen to get all that. And I can't understand why they don't allow this, as you can customise the sidebar but you simply can't add the info to that I think you need. Very poor that. You should not need to touch the unit to get something as basic as the current time up. UPDATE, this model now has all the info on the screen you need, a software update put that right a few months ago. It makes this a far more friendly unit to use now..
Tomtom warms about toll roads etc when it plans a route, Garmin doesn't. You can add them as "avoidances" but it would be nice to get a warning beforehand.
Tomtom give you options to customise the sound of alerts, no flexibility at all with Garmin, you get what you a given.

The ability to browse and zoom in and out of the maps is a lot better than on my old tomtom. And the overview map that shows mountains etc is a great way to get a feel for your trip and its then possibly to zoom right into the details of the route.

Dodgy in my opinion, but aren't all sat navs! Several times Garmin has tried to take me off motorways for no apparent reason, or cut corners in small villages to take you down bumpy narrow back roads where its way better to carry on through on the main road.
This Garmin also has no option to set a route for walking, my old tomtom did, and so do older Garmins so why not this one? Particular stupid as it will remember where you parked your car if you need to find it but it then gives you driving directions back to it !

Beware if planning to use this somewhere like the Alps as we did. It will lose reception in the numerous tunnels and narrow gorges. OK I would expect it to do that but why then does it often show you miles away on the screen ? It knows you were on the road, it should know you were in a tunnel so why can it not just assume you are traveling along at a set speed on the same road. It can be very tricky when there is a junction just outside the tunnel as all routing is lost once it loses the sat signal and you just hope it gets it back quickly the other side.
And why on earth does it not have toll booths shown on the maps ? A pretty important feature in my opinion, and would be very useful to know ones coming up so you can can get ready but nothing at all is shown.
You can configure the side bar to show what's ahead. Its useful but why not somehow indicate if the petrol station for examlpe up ahead is on your route or off it ? You think one is coming up in a mile or so but in then disappears off the screen is it turns out its a few streets away and not on your actual route, not very helpful. Again tomtom does this better with on route and off route searching.

Traffic warnings
These seem to work but as is often the case with such things they are usually a bit behind and hold ups and gone before you get there. Several dire warnings driving down through France of 90 min delays were ignored by me and traffic was heavy but moving and any delay was minimal, nothing like that predicted. No doubt not the fault of Garmin that, but just a general warning on taking advice on such route diversions.

A bit disappointed that it will sync with my old Nokia phone but not read the phonebook, so not much use for dialing out. Its strange because my old phone works fine in my Audi with its own bluetooth it reads my phone book with no problem.

Screen and instructions etc.
I like the photo real junctions, lots of them on motorways across UK and Europe, they do help. Lane guidance when you get it also helps. On occasions however especially on some roundabouts the arrow on the screen seems a bit fat and you lose clarity on the actual direction you need to go. It would be great to get an overview map of your route and progress along it with one touch, you can get it but it takes multiples screen touches to do it.
I can't comment much on the voice instructions as most of my use has been in an open top car, and it not easy to hear them with the wind noise, and anyway I tend to rely on the screen by habit

Screen attachment.
Works fine for the most part but I have noticed you can get vibration through the car that will make the unit vibrate as well for a few seconds, (and that's worse in a sports car with stiff suspension) so mount not that solid, and if you are a bit heavy handed when pressing the screen the unit can move on the ball joint.

Garmin Basecamp.
I have tried to use this to do routes on the PC but have found it very frustrating and fiddly to use and gave up. Tyre was a lot better and easy to set up waypoints to then create routes using that.

Garmin Case
Bought the genuine case as well. Nice and easy to use but does not fully enclose the unit as side are elasticated so i dropped it, and unit still got a dent on the corner, another Garmin disappointment.

So there you go. I did plan to send it back after it let me down but its been fairly good since then. But overall I am a disappointed Garmin customer and wondering if I should have just forked out for new Europe maps for my old faithful tomtom and saved a bit of cash!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2015
I bought this for a Spanish touring holiday – I couldn't bring myself to spend nearly £70.00 updating the maps on my TomTom when I could by what I thought was a state of the art satnav with free maps for life.
Whilst it has some great features overall it was a huge disappointment.
For a start the refresh rate is not good enough. I'd be approaching a junction on a motorway, take the junction then be faced with a roundabout. By the time I'd entered the roundabout the Garmin would still be calculating – meaning I missed my turning all too regularly.
The final straw was trying to update the software. I connected it up to my Mac and it just froze.
I just couldn't get the system to unlock no matter what I tried. In the end back it went – I got a refund and spent the money on new maps for my TomTom. It broke my heart.
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112 of 121 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2013
Well I was afraid it wouldn't do all the things I wanted it to, but it does and does so much more besides. Its simply great at what it is and what it should do, especially setting up a multi stop journey, so easy so quick. It even remembers your favourite searches and places and next time they're just there waiting to be selected, it searches very quickly, it changes your route very quickly if you divert or miss a turn, and on the odd occasion there was traffic trouble it came up on the display.
The 7 inch display is very clear and easy to use, and using the Garmin universal dash mount (which is great too) you can place it in just the optimum position for un-obstructive yet easy glancing viewing. Its powered by a thicj cable from the cigarette lighter socket that also doubles as the traffic warning news aerial, so thats a little messy to sort out, but soon got used to it, especially as the device works so well and you start to fall in love with it.
There is a little downside to it though, I found when in city centres and you approach very complex junctions, the car symbol can move a little too slowly and you think its pointing to one road when in fact it wants you on another, so I did miss a road or two, but that could be my error, but it soon re-calculates and gets you back on track again, in seconds. The other gripe was the traffic service, which did not warn of a major snarl up around a huge roundabout in Preston that was being 'improved', hah, the works had clearly been going on for weeks and the traffic was backed up all over the place (had two major roads and motorway junction to sort out there), and yet it was not aware and so did not avoid the area, we drove straight in to the chaos.
However, overall its a fantastic piece of kit and cannot recommend it highly enough. My only other experience of a SatNav by the way is the one built into the dash of my Honda Cr-V, which is very good, but this Garmin simply blows it away.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2013
I bought this GPS to replace a 6 year old Garmin, having deliberated as to which model to order for some time I was very pleased to order a newly announced Garmin GPS that seemed to be rich in features offering a specification I wanted.

The unit is pleasing to look at having a slim contemporary design. The menu system seemed reasonably intuitive and configurations seemed easy enough. I had read horror stories about the length of time updating maps to the latest version can take. I connected the unit to my PC, went through a registration process and received the message that the maps are fully up to date, so no problems there.

Fitting the device into the car is easy, the mount is secure and the unit easy to afix to mount.

I thought I would trial the unit on a 15 mile journey I know well, the route includes motorway, A roads, B roads and plenty of turns. Here is where the problems started and why the device has been returned. The route was calculated quickly, however the highlighted route disappeared and reappeared at random from the screen, spoken turn instructions were rare, the unit didn't even tell me to get off the motorway. Very few of the advertised features seemed to operate, for example, PhotoReal and BirdsEye Junction View and Active Lane Guidance. Also the speed limit was not displayed for any of the roads I travelled on. As a navigation device, it's useless. Maybe mine is defective and I will try a replacement but that was very disappointing.

In it's favour, I am sure this would be a good device should the it work properly. The ability to search on places of interest such as rail stations, cash points, restaurants etc was very good, much better than my previous old GPS. There is a useful side bar that can be configured to pop up showing what lies ahead in the next few miles - petrol, food and cashpoints, this seemed a nice feature. Pity the primary function of navigation simply didn't work.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2013
The unit is strong and light - nice to hold, good quality. Bracket and charger well designed, no problems.
The menu layout is very clear and easy to use, but remember the `three-bar' menu button is a context button that gives options depending on what is being displayed. That is the go-to button if you can't find an option...

Although the big `where to' button seems simple enough and conventional for all satnavs, if you plan trips these do not appear under `where to', but `apps'.

It may just be me, but the memory of items (places you went to before) on the device - aka favourites - is very haphazard. You need to house-keep the memory on the device via Basecamp regularly to avoid chaos.
I did not opt for a model with voice control but this might have been useful. We did not go for this due to the laughable results we seem to get from phones... the pitch and reality are woefully different.
Zooming in and out is easy but should not be done on the move for safety reasons.

Sorry to be negative to Garmin - who I guess are the same as rivals Navman and Tomtom, so these issues could apply to them too. Except that I had a Navman I bought 2 or 3 years ago and had no problems with navigation at all. In that time no progress seems to have been made!

All the hype about `real talk' where the device says `turn right at the bakery' is pointless distraction and only marginally useful compared to all the issues I list below. Where you can see the junction and know the road, you don't really need a satnav do you? But it lets you down continually when you are tired and in a strange town.

The motorway junctions are good guidance - a picture is shown and the lanes are clearly called out/shown. But often it waits to the last minute to tell you which lane to get in, and even driving below the speed limit you often have only seconds to take the right road.

Says nothing at the junction you are approaching but tells you what to do in 0.5 km. You need to pay close attention to the type of junction it describes, and get good at judging distance. A glance at the unit will tell you the type of junction and how far to go - but be warned that you may pass many junctions and signs before that (that you are meant to take no action at). In a city it is easy to panic and take a turning too soon. In the modern world there are often roads at freeway speeds and yet complex city junctions with fly-overs tunnels and so on. These have existed for decades but the human interface of satnav does not seem to be able to handle these (do the software designers actually drive cars?)

Says 'enter roundabout' - which does not give you a clue what lane to be in.

After my first few weeks I am still regularly being mis-directed because directions on roundabouts /junctions are not clear/timely. The map does not help as it is too confusing to match what you see on the road in the split-second you have to decide what to do. You need the 'map' of the roundabout before you get to it, but the `birds eye' view is too `wide' and the road representation is too thick on screen relative to reality. This may be simply a reflection of the price-point to encourage you to buy a premium service...

The destination (waypoint) is all that matters to the unit (whereas planning on Basecamp allows you to choice the exact roads you drive down). But it is still hard to make it choose a route you want - a route selector is available if there are multiple possibilities but often there is only one option. You cannot modify a route on the unit (in terms of the roads used). You can only select /create waypoints. This means that following scenic routes is best planned on Basecamp.

Voices - Irritating preppy English voices, based on a kind of computer algorithm that makes up words from the letters it contains. Laughable French pronunciation in fact is impossible to understand even well-known town names - considering the unit covers the whole of Europe this would make it a serious problem if you were covering a lot of different countries. You literally have no clue what they are saying. (It may be better to select the local voice and learn the phrases in the local language that mean `keep right' etc). This is inefficient and dangerous for you as you then have to look at the unit to read the road/junction name.

Road Options - I switched 'unpaved ' option off but it still took us down this type of road ! It takes you down impossibly small roads, through villages and housing estates instead of the main road, and tries to take you down tiny lanes that are dead ends or private/residential. The mapping is comprehensive but the people who code the algorithms for driving seem to have very small 4x4s and no regard for the privacy of land - and expect you to drive your shiny hire car (for instance) down a narrow lane with thorn bushes either side - just to save 30 seconds on the route. EVEN IF you set the `motorway' preference to maximum.

Rerouting - A major problem in the real world is also that the unit doesn't tell you when you are going wrong but simply recalculates - this is good for wandering around where you don't care what road you are on - but in many cases you simply want to turn round and regain the route that you planned - NOT an alternative. But psychologically it is very un-nerving to be going in the OPPOSITE direction to your destination and not be told to turn round.

(A problem with all satnavs is that coming out of an underground carpark it takes a while for the satellites to be regained - by which time you may be obliged to simply go in any direction - in a town with a one way system this is a recipe for misery).

On the other hand when you encounter a real blockage there does not seem to be a way to indicate which road is blocked. It seems to infer this from the fact you took another road... but due to the lack of feedback I'm not sure. If you look at the unit it says `recalculating' briefly but that is all.

Long story short you still need to study a map and know your route by heart if you want to stay on the most efficient route (i.e. get there on time!).

Speed warning - It would be very useful to have an audible signal for speed limit change but this doesn't seem to be available. Also I can't see the speed limit display clearly - the icon/ font too small. While there is a separate `virtual dashboard' display this does NOT show the speed limit (!) but items of data that are only useful when stationary.

Another major beef is that it doesn't help you start a journey from where you are exactly but simply says 'go to marked route'! - As if it can't be bothered to help you drive down a track/small road /car park at this stage - but happy to send you into the boondocks at any point thereafter! This is the whole point of a satnav - when you are in a strange place, maybe tired and don't have a mental map of the roads around you - the icon of your car on the device is meant to point in the same direction you are actually pointing, but in fact you really have to think `where am I' to make this small step to `the marked route'. (My 3 year old navman started me off from anywhere without a problem - even off the highway).

Other users have commented that the unit is too slow to update in towns and gives conflicting and confusing instructions. I agree - and in particular it gives street names which is pointless as you can't know what the name of the street is in a strange town. (even a pedestrian would struggle with this!). This is not a unit problem but the understanding of the premium navigation company in the world not apparently knowing what it is like to drive in a strange town alone - perhaps at night. Absolutely ridiculous.

Maybe you simply can't get a good system without spending £250? i.e. maybe my expectations are unrealistic. Or maybe the science is not advanced enough yet. But there may be a simpler explanation - that if you pay Ford prices you won't get a Jaguar.

Maps - others have commented on the map updating, but I purposely chose a recent unit so I did not have to submit myself to the trauma of downloading a new map; I haven't had a problem with mapping. You can't expect the device to magically know if a road-works is in progress or when a new roundabout has been built...

Which brings me to `user map updates'. Personally when I am driving to a meeting I do not stop and write down a mapping error so that I can help Garmin. But there is no button on the device to HELP me do this either - you cannot press on the screen and say `there is something here' to remind you later (although you can press the screen to navigate to a specific point). This is an oversight if they expect the users to be their unpaid `updating workforce'. Otherwise I expect the map updates to be the result of a team of professionals... I don't think Garmin or their competitors can rely on users to fill the gap where Google has such a head-start in terms of data accuracy and integration.

Secondary features - POIs. A generic problem with no quality information about restaurants (all satnavs are the same in this regard) - so relying on a POI without doing prior research is a big gamble. And unlike mapping (which is good and up to date) POIs suffer from poor reliability - i.e. restaurants don't exist!

Hands-free phone (Bluetooth) - I paired my phone easily but have not used it yet. I think the unit will use the phone contact list but I have not tried this either.

Traffic - not tested.

Other types of journey (e.g. walking ,cycling) - not tested.

Basecamp (BC) is excellent software functionally - lots of good features and does what you want and what you would expect. But it has issues in terms of user experience that really should be addressed with a re-coding update: The logic of use is sometimes compromised by perhaps programming limitations, making it slightly less intuitive than one might expect.

It appears BC is designed to satisfy ALL GPS users not just drivers but cyclists and walkers etc.

You must connect the device to your PC to use Basecamp as it uses the device maps and the device navigation computer algorithms to plan routes.

The map has a graphic quality of 10 years ago compared (say) to Google maps, which was shocking initially but you get used to zooming in and out constantly to figure out where you are - and using Google maps at the same time to get some clarity. I guess this is due to the limit of data space on the device (and in fact matches the mapping on the device.)

(Note I do not use Bing as life is too short, but there are alternatives to Google maps... Michelin, Mappy etc.)
Following guidance online you can choose and modify the roads you go down - directly on the map - and you can import and export routes/tracks from/to Google maps. (I have not done this but I have imported KML files with waypoints no problem).

Baffling menu with 'trip' planner unable to be modified in terms of the order of waypoints/items in the main screen... then you must create a route (in alphabetical order) and THEN you OPEN the route and then are allowed to re-order the items to create a logical trip. What programmer thought this up??

The primary concept in BC is the use of lists. This allows you to have an item of data (say a waypoint) in one folder and yet refer to it - copy it - as an item in other folders/lists. This is a useful concept but it's difficult to understand what is the original and what is the copy. Unless you know which the original is, you can't move it (you end up making more and more copies). In fact my use of the word `copy' is wrong - these duplicate items are more like Windows shortcuts, which you can safely remove without deleting the original.

The system tries to recalculate routes if you change something - irritating since it uses the device to do the route calculation and is thus very slow. (you can cancel this to save time, but still seems like programming at Beta stage).

The unit itself has a magic `optimise route' feature which I have not tried but will apparently take a number of waypoints and determine the most efficient route between them. This is bizarrely not apparently available on Basecamp (unless I missed it).

A waypoint and a searched item can be used interchangeably - a bit messy. (it makes you wonder what the point of the term waypoint is).

If you mistakenly select an item (called `Place') on the map as a waypoint after already having it saved elsewhere (perhaps in a previous trip), it will create a new waypoint called Place1. So you must manage your waypoints carefully, naming them and selecting them.... Or could end up with 10 copies of the same place...because:

...when searching, BC will search all the public data BEFORE your data - and searching on the device takes a long time. (In fact I have never seen a personal item selected since the amount of public data is so huge). It does not seem possible to change the order of search, but you can opt to search only a subset of the data - for instance private data only - but that implies you need to search twice - once to see if you already have that `thing' and then again if you don't already have it.

BC has to be synced with the device manually - and creates confusing folders related to the date of sync (so you seem to end up with multiple copies of what's on the device - except that tracks you have created are not duplicated?). In short, it's a mess - a mess that the user has to spend time and effort to sort out. Its hard to tell what is an original item or a `shortcut' ...

But at least you know have a complete backup of your stuff - and you can see where you have been in terms of both waypoints (places) and trips - aka tracks.

I love data and intend to fully use the ability to document tracks (tracking works whenever the device is on, and you don't have to plan a route to track any journey). You can easily export tracks to Excel, say.

Last little glitch - BC scans your PC for devices so if you pop in a camera card it appears in the BC menu list. Slightly worrying.

There are other features I have not explored - Adventures, and photo integration.

It works same as a 3 year old Navman at a similar price, but is a slicker faster unit. PC software Basecamp has good functionality for both planning routes and saving tracks.

Note the reason I had to upgrade is that my old Navman could not get map upgrades (even if I paid money), so I had to have a new unit. But whether this one is better than Navman or Tomtom or whether this unit is better than others in the range remains to be seen. Scores high on a nice gadget to own, but pretty low on its function - getting me somewhere without literally going round the houses.

Personally I love satnavs and gps but the only reason they still exist is that smartphones went on a little design detour of their own when they went to touchscreen. In a couple of years the shear power of Google maps will kill off all but the most specialised satnavs as your phone will be powerful enough to give you turn by turn navigation and hands-free phone and so on. But the crucial failure of standalone satnav is that it can't know what standard a restaurant is, what time it opens, whether the petrol station is selling cheap fuel, etc. It is this integration and richness of data that people consider routine on their phones, that is missing on a satnav unit.

So I give the unit 9/10, Basecamp 7/10 for messy design (needs a major update), and the navigation mapping `system' gets 5/10 for working just about but requiring a lot of user effort and stress.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2013
AS a former Tom Tom owner of a few years standing now, and having to regularly update my maps, and speed camera warnings was proving to be an expensive annual on-cost. As my current device was getting a little long in the tooth along with one or two niggles that were proving to be ever more annoying, I decided to cut my losses, and make a change.
I chose this Garmin, mainly for the free lifetime map upgrades promised.
Oh yeah? When things appear too good to be true they usually are. However this offer turns out to be genuine. But be advised that the traffic warning facility that comes as standard is only rudimentary.
Its only early days yet, but if you are familiar with Tom Toms you will discover that Garmins are a very different concept altogether.
Mine has taken some getting used to, but I think I am on top of it now. In many ways this system can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.
As a self-confessed gadget freak I marvel that for a single life-time fee of £15.49 I have an agreeable traffic warning system. Another £15.49 gave me a single life-time speed camera warning feature with regular updates. For additional single lifetime fees I can be given local parking facilities, and the prices; even weather conditions over my target.
Of course these are additional costs that might put a new user off, but when you eventually get used to this marvellous box of tricks that gets to know you and your vehicle, and your driving habits better than you do, it can be a little disturbing as it is impressive.
You can even get a free app for your smart-phone to use as a remote control. The inbuilt Bluetooth gives you freedom to make and receive phone calls using your Garmin as a loudspeaker where reception is acceptable even in a noisy motor in a sort of hands-free situation.
If you get your settings right it will even tell you everything about your journey down to how much fuel you've consumed, and how much it cost you. Like I wrote earlier, you can make this Garmin as simple or as complex as you want it to be.
I might like to have Jodrell Bank on my dashboard, but the Missus wants it plain and simple and not taking up too much space that could be otherwise be better occupied by a cuddly toy.
In conclusion: The Tom Tom is in the glover locker, and the Garmin sits smugly on the dashboard. What does that tell you?
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