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5.0 out of 5 stars A Change Is As Good As A Rest?, 15 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Garmin nuvi 2597LMT 5" Sat Nav with UK and Full Europe Maps, Free Lifetime Map Updates, Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts and Bluetooth (Electronics)
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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