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Bluetooth is a luxury feature on a GPS and is only worth the extra amount you'll be shelling out, if you actually require it.

GPS Bluetooth units are great while driving, when you can't take your hands off the steering. Just link your GPS with your phone via BLuetooth and and you can have your conversations through your car GPS that's fixed on the dashboard. This is because the best car GPS devices today come with voice navigation features and incorporate a microphone and speakers which serve as the mouth and ear piece respectively.

On the other hand if you're going camping, trekking or hiking, you might end up wanting information you forgot to upload onto your GPS before you took off. With a Bluetooth GPS in hand what you can do is download all the data you require through your smartphone and then transfer it to your GPS via Bluetooth. However, this might be quite superfluous since most of the best smartphones turn out to be some of the best portable GPS devices themselves, so with a good smartphone in hand, you don't even need a separate GPS!

The one undeniable advantage of having a GPS with the Bluetooth feature however, is that it enables a most convenient manner of wireless data transfer obviating the need for cables, ports and the rest.

Our list of the best portable GPS units with bluetooth include some great handheld GPS pieces that are implement Bluetooth and are highly rated by expert GPS reviewers around the web.

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Garmin nuvi 3597LMTHD

Garmin nuvi 3597LMTHD Portable Bluetooth Vehicle GPS


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Garmin nuvi 3597LMTHD
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Garmin nuvi 3597LMTHD Portable Bluetooth Vehicle GPS
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Feb 2012
Jan 2013
Mar 2013
Jan 2013
PC Interface
USB, Bluetooth
USB, Bluetooth
USB, Bluetooth
Bluetooth
USB, Bluetooth
Screen Size
5.0 inch
5.0 inch
5.0 inch
5.0 inch
4.3 inch
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
Touch Screen, Voice Command
User interface
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen
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.


  • 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.


  • The Magellan SmartGPS bridges a gap between connected navigation apps and car-friendly GPS hardware with its ability to sync with the cloud and connect to the Web via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but its busy interface could use fewer moving parts.


  • The Magellan SmartGPS is an innovative take on the common standalone navigation device thanks to its smartphone integration, but it's overly involved and fussy to use.

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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.