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3.0 out of 5 stars Nearly great, but....., 15 May 2013
This review is from: Garmin nuvi 2445LMT 4.3" Sat Nav with UK and Western Europe Maps, Free Lifetime Map Updates and Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
This is my second Garmin Sat-Nav, the first one packed up on holiday in Italy, so we had to replace it with the 2445LM (Note no traffic feature on this unit)

As usual with a Garmin, the maps look great on screen and it locks up to the satellites very quickly.
The 2445 is compact and has a good screen mount that stays put very well and a power supply that works more reliably in a better range of car power sockets than others.

Life time maps should be a good idea, but they still lack a few of the newer roads in Europe. Also the traffic camera data can be out of date. Why they try to include temporary averaging speed cameras in the UK seems daft. My unit, completely up to date, indicates speed cameras in road works that were removed almost six months ago.

Routing is generally good, but still occasionally routes via small roads that really aren't quicker at all. Sometimes via ridiculously(dangerously ?) small roads, beware.

There are a few annoyances that make this unit less than wonderful;
1. The voice instructions are often played too early. This can be confusing when there are several turnings close together.

2. The visual images of which lane to use on major junctions, whilst a great idea, often don't cancel quickly enough meaning you're into roundabouts with no instructions at all.

3. Using the map to set destinations without addresses is frustratingly awkward. It's difficult to describe in words how poor this is, but the pressure needed to activate the screen is very sensitive, so press and drag often becomes a single press and a destination is added in the wrong place. Compared to my previous 360T it's a nightmare.

4. Trying to set a destination by road name is also complex when the name you have might not be complete. It won't offer 'nearest guesses' so if you don't get a name EXACTLY correct it doesn't exist. A pain in Italy where businesses often just use part of street names in their published addresses.

5. £10 for a slip in case as an extra ? rather mean compared to the supplied nice cases of previous units.

Overall 3/5 If this fails I'd buy another Gramin, but not this particular model.
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Initial post: 11 Jan 2014, 14:35:05 GMT
Mr. Spooky says:
Did you purchase the nuvi 2445LMT?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2014, 14:54:24 GMT
Paul Holman says:
No, I bought a 2445LM, it says that in the first line of my review.

Posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:42:49 BST
TomTom user says:
I bought this model (2445) in December 2012. The experience has not been happy. I rely on the spoken instructions, only using the screen for complicated junctions (of which there are many in France). The unit has an infuriating habit of going into a tremendous sulk and will not speak (and at times ceases to work at all, stating that "satellites have been lost!). This has happened on four occasions now. Each time the unit has been reset in accordance with the instructions received from Garmin (and with the consequent loss of all previous data). It then appears to work perfectly, but it doesn't last. In June of this year we borrowed a tomtom and had both satnavs working in the car. The tomtom brought us all the way home - the Garmin didn't. I've heard great things about the Garmin but we've obviously chosen a loser here.
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