The Retina-Like GPS, Superb, Lightweight, Just Great!!!
All in all, this is really a great step up. I highly recommend it. I wasn't sure it would have been a major upgrade from the 3590, but I am pleasantly surprised that it is and more. Your smartphone map app or GPS app can't compete with this beauty.
You will enjoy using this new flagship unit from Garmin.
Traffic announcements, Active lane guidance
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.
Good-looking capacitive display
Overall the GPS did a good job at doing what it is designed to do. It has an easy-to-navigate interface that's made even easier to use by voice commands. Finding destinations using the search feature was easy and accurate. The Nuvi always chose the quickest, most logical routes and displayed accurate traffic data. Despite all that, we do cringe at the $350 retail price tag.
Up ahead feature, Customization options
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.
Excellent voice command functionality
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.
Easy-to-use touchscreen interface
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.
Includes maps of the entire US and Canda
Highly recommended. The only trouble I had testing the Essential series was that it wouldn't connect to the computer once. But after I used it in the car, I was able to bring it in and connect it with no problem. This is a basic navigator but it has all the features most people will need. An improved mounting system and faster processor mark the most significant updates since the nuvi 50LM.
Lifetime map updates, Lane assist and junction view
Highly recommended. The only trouble I had with my test unit was that it wouldn't connect to the computer once. But after I used it in the car, I was able to bring it in and connect it with no problem. This is a basic navigator but it has all the features most people will need. An improved mounting system and faster processor mark the most significant updates since the nuvi 50LM.
Bluetooth hands-free calling rounds out a strong feature set
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.
Very rugged, and well made
I never had a GPS with window mount before, I always used the sandbag style one, and I recommend it for this GPS as well, since the mount comes off in a hot car. But even though it fell the windshield of and hit the Console of the car, it shows no visible damage, and it has happened 3 times in 1 month so far. Cudos to Garmin for making the finish as durable as it is, but offering the sandbag mount as an alternative would have been nice.
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