Great GPS but Expensive add ons
Written: Jul 3, 2012 (Updated Jul 5, 2012)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Large easy to read display. Fast communication with Satelite. Good voice recognition.
Cons:No way to lock unit. Poor call quality when using blue tooth.
The Bottom Line: Want a unit that's attractive, easy to use, functional, and provides lifetime map and traffic updates. This one's a great choice.
When my Nuvi 650 began to experience problems, I thought it might be time to upgrade to a newer unit with more functinality. The 650 is a great little GPS (4.3 in.) with text to speech capability, but was beginning to show it's age. It's been retired to our second car as a back up. It's replacement? The Garmin Nuvi 2595 LMT. The LMT designation lets you know that you have free lifetime map and traffic updates for as along as the unit lasts. The 2595 boasts a new user interface that is attractive and easy to use. If you are an experienced Garmin user you won't have any trouble making the adjustment to the new interface. If this is your first GPS, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how intuitive it is to use for basic navigation tasks. The "Quick Start" guide that comes with the unit is more than sufficient to get you up and navigating right away, but for those of you who live for the manual , it is available as a free download from Garmin.
At $229.00 (Best Buy), it was pricy, but worth the expense.
Among the many features of the 2595 is text to speech capability (tts - which basically means the unit will speak street neames to you). This is a feature you can turn off, or eliminate by using one of the many available voices that are not tts. I find this feature to be invaluable in cities with which you are not familiar as it allows you to keep your eyes on the road as opposed to looking at the device to get the next street name. Speaking of eyes on the road, due to its 5" screen, it is much easier to see the display.
The display will show you time to your destinatiion, your current speed, and where avilable the posted speed limits. In fact, "your speed" will show in red if you are exceeding the posted speed on a particular road.
The next driving instruction is always visible in the top center of the units display and is easy to read and understand. Touching that information bar will display the next series of turns allowing you to "look ahead" on your trip.
So far, I have found the units navigation to be remarkably accurate, and its directions easy to follow. You can specificy whether the unit will calculate a route based on shortest distance or shortest time.
The 2595 offers voice recognition capability. Using a customized command such as "voice activation" or anything else you choose, you are then able to control most of the important functions by speaking commands. You can enter address or location information, adjust brightness and volume, stop your current route, and much more. I have found this feature to work quite well, even while the car is in motion with AC running. You should lower radio volume and speak clearly, but I really haven't had a problem. If a location your are looking for is in any way confusing, the unit will display multiple options from which you can choose simply by speaking the number of the line that is correct.
The unit's blue tooth feature is a bit problematic. While it pairs nicely with my Dorid Incredible from Verizon, the volume offered when a call connects is way too low to be practicle. Even with radio and AC off, it was difficult to hear and be heard with the connected party. If this is a critical feature for you, you might want to consider other options.
The 2595 establishes connection with the satellite very quickly. Where my old 650 would take several minutes, the 2595 usually does it in seconds. Same with route calculations and recalculations - very quick, even in difficuilt city areas.
The 2595 offers "Lane Assist" which I have found to be invaluable. Lane Assist helps direct you to the proper lane to be in for an upcoming turn. In highway situations the display switches to a split screen with one side showing representations of the signage at upcoming exits.
Oddly there are two features that I liked in my old NUVI that Garmin has inexplicably chosen to leave out of their newer units. Garmin Lock was a feature that allowed you to lock the device and require a 4 digit passcode to unlock the unit. This prevented a thief from making use of the unit. the second ommitted feature was the spoken notification "Recalculating" which the 650 would remind me every time I ignored its instructions or made a wrong turn. The 2595 does not inform you that you've made a mistake, it just gently recalculates the route and sends you on your way. Some people hated the constant reminder that they had made a mistake, but I found it reassuring to know that the recalculation was being done. This isn't a deal breaker, but I do miss that nagging voice.
The 2595 allows you to save favorite locations for easy access on future trips. You can add Points of Interest, or stopping points along the path of any route you setup. The Garmin database is loaded with points of interest, and will display icons on the screen for restaurants, ATMs, gas stations and more as you approach them. It does this also for "exit" points along highways to let you know what amenities are available off of a particular exit.
I have not made extensive use of the traffic feature, although it may be useful when traveling in major city/highway areas. The 2595 does display traffic warnings in those areas and will allow you to detour around them if you so choose.
The unit offers a number of options including an "audible" book option, advanced weather reporting, and more, but all of these options require paid subscriptions and may also require a bluetooth connection to your phone in order to work. I haven't found any of them to be worth the cost.
The 2595 has a pedestrian mode, and can, if removed from it's cradle, mark the location of your car. I haven't tried this feature, but it may come in handy. In pedestrian mode you can orient the display to either landscape or portrait.
So far, the unit has met my expectations for an upgrade. I would recommend this unit to anyone looking for a higher end navigation solution.
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