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I had a GPS of this exact model a few years ago when it was first release, and it was stolen from my car very quickly. (Warning -- even if you put it out of sight and remove the suction cup mounting from the windshield, thieves are sophisticated enough to recognize the circular mark the suction cup leaves on the glass and will break in assuming you hid it inside the car, so wipe the mark off...)
I bought a factory-refurbished one to replace it because it was the most useful one I'd ever used, and I liked it so well I bought this used one for my significant other. She loves it too, and the price being less than half what we paid for the first one is great.
A few quirks:
1. Not very intuitive when it comes to figuring out how to do some things, like saving recently-found addresses to your 'favorites' list, or how to change the 'activation phrase' that turns on the 'voice command' function, and a few other such things.
2. It has an infuriating habit of telling you to turn onto the highway you're already on when it would make more sense to merely instruct you to stay on that road, plus it often reads only the first part of the road name, rending the instruction to take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway as "take ramp to Balt" --
3. and it occasionally is just plain, maddeningly wrong, telling you to turn left when in fact it's clear as day that it's a right. or in one case -- my house -- it insists I turn just before I arrive at my driveway when there's absolutely no point in turning onto the road that intersects my street just before my house when I'm already on my street, and in fact you can't get to my house from that street without walking because my driveway does not go to that other street but rather exits from the street I'm already on...!)
Nevertheless, I think it's probably the best GPS out there right now, or one of the best. And it's certainly cheap.
BIG GRIPE: If you could get the damn thing to work in voice mode (speaking directions to you and recognizing voice commands) when you have it in walking mode, as it does when you're using it to drive, I would forgive all the quirks. But because Garmin also owns a subsidiary that makes walking GPS systems for the blind, which is very lucrative since they can jack the price up tenfold and usually Medicare/Medicaid or some public agency will cover it, they insist on blocking that on this model or any other reasonably priced one, so that they can protect that market. When you switch from driving to walking, the voice recognition turns off, and you have to watch the screen, which means it's essentially useless. They say it's because it kills the battery too fast, but that's BS -- I've used it unplugged in voice mode for two hours, and that's plenty. So I'd call this a mixed review -- very good gadget with good features, good warranty, a few minor faults -- and one giant cynical, greedy one. Garmin, stop being such wanders and fix this. Greed doesn't reflect well on you.
I also own a tomtom so I can compare the two.
Compare to Tomtom, here's my view:
--Faster. Sometimes my tt is kinda hang but it's actually just slow.
--When power off, Nuvi knows to turn off within 15 sec, tt knows nothing.
--Bluetooth is more stable. Often my tt jams and require a total reboot
--Suction is better. My tt keeps falling off.
--Traffic nuvi is better. tt gets older news sometimes.
--Nuvi give you distance in feet. tt gave me meters which I have no clue; I tried to change it but it won't stick;
--From map to go to, you need to press "back", tt just need to tab screen;
--Map wise, tt is more accurate. Nuvi sometime makes mistakes thinking you are somewhere else; Nuvi also doesn't like sharp turns over 100 degress.
--Time estimation, tt is better. Nuvi always too optimistic
Overall, I like nuvi better. Map has more errors but at least you are making fast mistakes. tt sometimes appears hang.
But, honestly the best GPS is your app on smart phone like google place or apply navi. GPS device is going to die soon so all vendor should unload asap; just like PC parts, compact digital cameras, dvd/blueray players, etc.
Everything is good except that I can't get the traffi to work. may be its because I am not travelling through an area where it works. Other thing is the touh sensitivity seems to be a little low. I am little disappointed with the trip logging feature. some how it doesn't give me a full trip log. But the Life time maps is good. Traffic ia m yet to experience.
It is easy to use. I love it.. There is a small problem with the touchpad. Some bottoms are hard to touch. It is a good product overall.
Great product. Love it! Map update support and access to support...not so good. My 16 year old daughter realized what the issue was immediately and downloaded the updates. "Support" sent me the wrong link which didn't address the issue anyway.
I bought the 2360Lmt cause I drive truck and it has hands free navigation.I like it for the most part,but it's hard to hear when I'm driving. i also like the Blue tooth so I can talk on my cell phone.
The ads showing up on this GPS are unforgiveable. Garmin should be ashamed. Other than Garmin's greedy use of ads, the unit is great.
lost my other gps. this 1 is much easier to use, i like it very much very good gps fine service thank you