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.
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.
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.
Decent unit, but EasyMenu hurts functionality
Overall, not a bad unit, but I'm bummed by some of the old functionality that is not available. In the end, the lack of 2d map w/ "up == direction of travel" made me decide to return this and pick up an XXL 540, which has the old (non-Easy) Menu. Hoping this meets my needs better.
Garmin needs to speed up on programming
It's my second Garmin. The unit is great. But it took long journey to set it up. Registration and downloading software was easy though after updating the map, always receiving the error message:"Cannot unlock the map." Checked the forum and found lots people had the same issue which might be caused by using multiple units.
Strong customization options
Overall the nuvi 3490LMT is a nice model. Hopefully the HD traffic reception issues will be resolved over time. For myself and for now, I'd go with one of the 2x95LMT models over the 3490LMT. But folks who have to deal with traffic on a daily basis may want to keep an eye on the forums and see how quickly the traffic reception issues are resolved.
Capacitive touch tech
Beyond the core nav features, there are plenty of frills, too. There's fully hands-free voice control, for instance, which is the best such system we've tried, as well as lane guidance, a unit converter and much, much more. But it's the responsive screen and slick interface that really makes the Garmin nuvi 3490LMT a winner.
Feature Rich but Performance Poor
The top-of-the-line feature list promises 5-stars worth in a small package. While the 5265T-LMB barely meets my expectation for use with the back-up camera; the delivery of all other features suffer, from poor reception which affects both initial start-up, to the subsequent performance issues(screen freezes, Bluetooth drops, etc.) - thus I say 2-stars overall. For my other GPS installations without a backup camera, I'm sticking with Garmin.
Responsive and improved speed
The Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB is another 5-inch GPS coming into an already crowded field. However, this new model brings a new Bluetooth Safe Texting feature that lets you safely reply to incoming calls with pre-written texts. It also comes loaded with a AAA Tour Book Guide which is great for traveling in unfamiliar places.
Lifetime map updates (receive up to 4 map updates per year without additional fees)
Taking a trip or just spending a lot of time on your daily commute? Get more from your time in the driver's seat with Magellan's RoadMate 5265T-LMB portable navigator. It offers recommended AAA content for top-rated destinations around the country, and built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling with your compatible phone. New features like traffic camera alerts and Landmark Guidance round out this trusty travel companion.
Lifetime Traffic Alerts, Landmark Guidance
The RoadMate 5265T-LMB is the elite 5" navigation unit with features that include Lifetime Map Updates, Lifetime Traffic Alerts, Landmark Guidance, Traffic Camera Alerts, Portrait/Landscape view, Bluetooth speakerphone and SafeTexting.
Strong customization options
The Garmin nuvi 2555LMT is a mid-range unit in Garmin's 2012 nuvi Advanced series line. One of the more significant refreshes in recent years, the Advanced series adds several new customization options, improved search functionality and Exit Services. All models in the Advanced series come with preloaded maps of the US, Canada and Mexico. The 2555LMT offers all this along with an extra-wide 5" screen, lifetime traffic and lifetime map updates.
Extensive junction view and lane assist coverage
Even with my love of powered mounts (missing here), the nuvi Advanced series rocks. New (and very useful) customization options, exit services and other strong features will tempt many nuvi owners to upgrade. It looks like Garmin has another winner.
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