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A GPS with Bluetooth can connect to any other Bluetooth device in its vicinity and consequently offers several advantages, like linking to your PC to grab some mapping information. But their popularity is chiefly due to the fact they can act as surrogates for your cell phone and this is a real convenience while driving. So if your Bluetooth GPS is hooked to your GPS cell phone, then receiving phone calls is just a tap away; the GPS's inbuilt mic and speakers serve to hold conversations over the GPS itself.

Driving conveniences like the Bluetooth must be backed by a touchscreen and voice command support, so look for large convenient sized touch screen displays with good readability. Although the majority of these units are fixed car mounts, Garmin offers some pretty good portable models for automobiles as well as the handheld kind. So, scroll through our listing to find the best Garmin Bluetooth GPS, loaded with map cartridges, a whole bunch of navigational features and more.

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Garmin nuvi 3597LMTHD

Garmin nuvi 3597LMTHD Portable Bluetooth Vehicle GPS


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Garmin nuvi 3597LMTHD
Garmin nuvi 3590LMT
Garmin nuvi 2797LMT
Garmin nuvi 2597LMT
Garmin nuvi 2497LMT
Garmin nuvi 3597LMTHD Portable Bluetooth Vehicle GPS
Garmin nuvi 3590LMT GPS Receiver
Garmin nuvi 2797LMT Portable Bluetooth Vehicle GPS
Garmin nuvi 2597LMT Bluetooth Portable Vehicle GPS
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Feb 2012
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
PC Interface
USB, Bluetooth
USB, Bluetooth
USB, Bluetooth
USB, Bluetooth
USB, Bluetooth
Map capabilities
Internal, Download maps
Map cartridges / Data cards
Internal
Internal
Internal, Download maps
Designation
Automobile
Automobile
Automobile
Automobile
Automobile
Form Factor
Portable
Fixed
Portable
Portable
Portable
Input Method
Touch Screen
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Screen Size
5.0 inch
5.0 inch
7.0 inch
5.0 inch
4.3 inch
User interface
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen, Voice Command

  • The Nuvi 3597LMTHD continues to refine Garmin's brand of navigation with premium design and one of the best interfaces in the business.


  • Garmin has done it again with the nÃ?¼vi 3597LMTHD, a high-end portable GPS device that continues to set the bar for the genre. The question is whether there's a market for pricey in-car navigation systems these days.

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    The new magnetic mount and various new features (up ahead, traffic announcements, active lane guidance) are great additions to the Prestige line. Unfortunately the poorer than expected Bluetooth and voice command don't measure up. Hopefully those issues can be resolved with a firmware update.

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    If you already own one of Garmin's higher-end nuvi models purchased within the last 2 years, the 3590 LMT probably isn't compelling enough to warrant upgrading. If you don't already have a GPS, or are looking to upgrade an older/lower-end model, the 3590 LMT is a solid navigator packed with virtually every feature available on a Garmin GPS: 5-inch screen, traffic, free map updates, multi-touch gesture support, voice command, Bluetooth and much more.


  • It's getting tougher to make the case for high-end GPS devices, but the fully loaded Garmin 3590LMT easily succeeds. It's a worthy purchase if you have the cash.


  • The Garmin nuvi 3590 LMT is a high-quality, feature-rich sat-nav. As we've commented before with regard to the Garmin smartphone app and the nuLink 2320, the Live services do get a bit pricey. If you purchased all of them, you would be paying £62.24 a year, which is significantly more than TomTom currently charges for its LIVE services. However, the device does come with lifetime map updates and lifetime RDS-TMC traffic, so you can get traffic information without the enhanced 3D Traffic service.

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    This 7" model is a welcome addition to the nuvi line and I'm going to cautiously recommend it. If it wasn't for the Bluetooth issue I might deem it the best nuvi yet. Hopefully that will be fixed with a firmware update in the near future. In addition to the giant screen, the most notable improvements are active lane guidance, the up ahead feature and traffic announcements.


  • Nuvi 2797LMT keeps your driving map onscreen at all times and additional information appears alongside. For details, simply ask or touch the screen. As you drive your route, Up Ahead constantly informs you of nearby services, including restaurants, fuel stations, hospitals and stores.

    Nuvi 2797LMT displays speed limit, current speed and accurate time of arrival. With a quick glance, you can read the name of your current street. nuvi 2797LMT also shows school zone warnings.


  • Garmin's midrange nuvi 2597LMT comes with some useful new features, but it's priced a bit high for what you get.

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    With the exception of the poor Bluetooth sound quality, the 2597LMT is a worthy successor to last year's 2595LMT. The most notable improvements are active lane guidance, the up ahead feature and traffic announcements. Is it worth it to get the 2597LMT over the 2557LMT, given the Bluetooth issue? For me the answer would be yes, since I am often out on the road alone and the voice command feature works very well. Except for that nagging Bluetooth issue, the 2597LMT is one of the best nuvis yet.


  • Garmin's midrange nuvi 2597LMT comes with some useful new features, but it's priced a bit high for what you get.

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    The 2497LMT is a worthy successor to last yearâ??s 2495LMT. The most notable improvements are active lane guidance, the up ahead feature and traffic announcements. Do those features make it worth upgrading? In my mind, yes.