There are free Map updates. There is a lifetime map and traffic updates. The unit displays speed limits on most major roads. Lane assist with photo. You can see branded icons on the map as you navigate. Find your car where you left it.
👤The basic map and hands-free functions are still working well. The way the address look-up works is the main problem with this generation of products. The number is used instead of the city-street-number. If you're looking for 2134 Nice Road, Pleasant Town, or 2136, you're in luck. But does not include 2134, the Garmin just gives up. The nearest intersection isn't supported by the search engine. Major problems can be caused by this. I had to drive to 17 different addresses during my recent trip to Nashville, and I was unable to locate the Garmin that I had to use. My phone's map system found the address and took me to it without any problems. I can recommend the company if it has fixed the mistake. The products last a long time. Without the fix, the search for address function is useless, which negates the point of having a separate gps unit in your car.
👤The registration is easy if you know how to use a computer. Have to install the application on the PC. Map updates are easy, but slow. You can use the PC application to search for and download updates if you connect to your PC with the providedusb cable. It took over an hour to download the newest map. Excellent Lane selection. There are two features. 1) In the upper left, it shows the lanes for your next turn, with the suggested lanes in white. It shows you how far away you are from the next turn. There are two more It displays the exit with the suggested lanes in pink. It has a great picture of the freeway sign and all the lanes. The white arrows in the upper left are the easiest to read and use. It didn't do a good job with the Sand Canyon exit after the 133 Toll Road exit on I-5 South. Sand Canyon is close to the 133 Toll Road exit. The 133 Toll Road exit has it's own exclusive lane, but the white arrows in the upper left didn't show them, which made it look like I should be in the rightmost freeway lane to exit onto Sand Canyon. Had I followed it blindly, I would've been in the wrong lane and would've left onto the 133 Toll Road. The freeway signs were correct, but I followed them instead. I'm still giving 5 stars. The directions are turn-by-turn. Excellent. It tells you to turn left on 1st street. As soon as you make the turn, you know which lane to get into. If the turn is a long way off, it may not say so. Up to 1.3 miles before you reach the turn, it gives you plenty of warning. Excellent realignment. It doesn't tell you that it's recalculating. It takes 3-4 seconds. When you know a short-cut and take it instead of the suggested route. Or miss a turn. Birds-eye view is excellent. When the turn is close, it zooms out and when it is far away, it zooms in. I prefer the birds-eye view. It seems like it's similar to what I see with other maps. Excellent screen brightness. The default settings have been perfect. I can see the display through sunglasses. Excellent voice volume. It's easy to hear the default volume. Excellent, but had to start. The Coordinate feature is not active by default. It's easy to use Features once you figure out how to do it. Once active, it is easy to enter the coordinates and give them a name. I chose the one that matches the maps. Freeway ENTRY LANES. Excellent. When approaching an unknown freeway on-ramp, my anxiety level goes up. I don't know if I'm on the right or left side of the street. When I get close to the freeway, I take the middle lane. You can get a gps device that tells you which side to be on. It's easy to see which lane you're in with the white arrows in the upper left corner. It's easy to use and add/remove locations. You can enter locations in any order, and it will make the sequence for you. You can sequence the locations manually. I downloaded the 3D arrow to replace the default car icon. I like the point that shows my direction. Excellent accuracy. I haven't gotten a wrong turn yet. It made me go all the way around the block once, when a left turn would have gotten me where I wanted to go more quickly. I still got to where I needed to go. I'm still marking accuracy as excellent. The vehicle power is good. The power cord is long, but not long enough to coil. The power cord has a gps antenna on it. After 15 seconds, the engine will power the unit down. It seems good. I've never been worried about using it in a different way. It is usually plugged into a PC or vehicle. Non-NAVIGATION MODE is good. If you're just driving around, without a destination, it shows a map of where you are, and displays the upcoming cross-street. Excellent speed limit indicator It shows the speed limit on the road. You don't have to guess the current speed limit if you miss a sign. How could it know the speed limit? I know the speed limit signs aren't digital, but what magic are they using? Someone mapped it all out. I know it's not right on the road near me. The speed limit sign says 45 mph, but the speed limit was 50 mph a year ago. This feature is very useful. It tells you how fast you are going, but it's off by a couple of MPH. It seems good. It worked well for me and I have only used it a few times. I asked for the name of the stores and it found them. I wanted to go to and away from the Big-5, so I spoke the number. It tries to do all its searches near my home. I always forget to select another state when I enter the address. pressing the "Searching near:" field will force it to search another state. Good Will store locations. It can't find all of the Goodwill Stores in my area. The menu system is not so good. The menu system is confusing at first. There are several ways to enter the different menus. Saved Places is under Where To Go, after a while you remember that the Trip application is under Applications. If a screen has an Options menu, you can access it by pressing the 3 horizontal bars in the upper left. Voice art. It was hard to hear the word left on the freeway. It's not a problem when on the streets. Weird.
Easy to use dedicated gps navigator with bright display. There are lifetime maps of the U.S. Driver warnings for dangerous curves, speed changes, speed cameras and more. Hotels, restaurants, and attractions have ratings on the website. The guides use recognizable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights.
👤I can't review Easy to Use because I'm over 80. I had to call at least three times, but the customer service was great. I was patiently walked through my problem by each rep. There was a problem that had nothing to do with me and I was able to resolve it. I know how to use the gps. You would never know it was refurbished when I bought it at a very good price. I am very happy with the product and recommend it to anyone.
👤It wouldn't turn on after about 2 months, but it worked great for a while. The cheapest option at the post office was $11, and I had to pay shipping to return it.
👤The quality of this unit is brand new, and it may have been a LMT unit in the past. The unit performs as it should. The software was very easy to use and it came up to speed very quickly. It's easy to update software on my PC. It was an easy decision to buy because of the good price. There are a couple of things that are not nice. The unit protests when you try to charge it with a non-garmin cable. The unit senses a data cable. It's really hard. This isn't necessary. A confirmation button should be used. Why do I think this is annoying? The place where I mounted this device in my car is about 8 inches away from the 12V sockets. I don't need a lot of cable. The same thing happens when you run off of a 120V charge. It's double UGH. I tried different cables and chargers. The next thing to be annoyed is the LCD's polarization. Has anyone tried to look at the screen with sunglasses? TheGPS operates in a horizontal mode. Why do you polarize the display in the diagonal? My 8 year old does the same thing. I haven't seen a similar problem in every new car with a build in display. I couldn't give this unit less than 4 stars because of the good price.
👤I decided to try it instead of using one I borrowed from a friend because I received this right before my trip for work. I had a few wrong directions due to not hooking it up to my computer to download the lifetime maps, but overall it worked great and I ran into one spot where the gps didn't know there was a new road. It has no battery life. I will always use it in the car plugged in, so I'm not worried about that. The large screen on it is what makes me happy.
👤It's been over 100 days since I purchased this gps. After it was purchased, it was used on a trip to Virginia. It was used again last week and the wife was almost stranded. I requested a refund because the renewed unit didn't work and was denied because it was past the 90 day guarantee, so I'm going to have to fix this one again. I won't buy from the seller or a renewed unit again.
The Drive 6 USA is an automotive gps device. There is a 6 inch dual-orientation display. Lower 49 states have lifetime maps.
👤When programming it wouldn't put in my state, it would take me to Florida, which is not where I live, and there were 5 previous users listed, yet it was listed as new. Does not have a charge.
👤I received a required and activation code for the Drive 6LMEX, but it wasn't on the receipt. Walmart is the biggest of the authorized distributors, and they required Garmin to add in this programming. The device is a waste of time, materials and money without that code. The device cannot be unlocked with a code. The seller was very accommodating and fast in responding to my issue. I decided to buy a gps in Alaska and only use it on my phone. The one I bought today had no code and works great, but they did away with the whole code thing after having too many issues. It's a different model, so beware, the 6LM EX might be an older model that they sold off without the codes.
👤I did some checking before I bought my old device. For a long trip or for the first time, my gps is important. Even though it wasn't the most expensive, this had everything I was looking for. I had tried another brand and it was a nightmare to use and program, so I had to return it. It is easy to register and update this unit. The features of the larger screen are familiar, but have been improved to be easier to use. I have three Garmins and each one has been better than the last.
👤It didn't work right when I first used it, but after I downloaded the maps, it works now. It doesn't work right.
👤I've been using the gps for a while now. The battery for this unit is not meant to be used without the car system plugged in. The battery backup isn't a true backup. It works well. The 6 inchers have a larger screen. It's the first gps that gave me my favorite route across the country. I am familiar with the system and was able to use it quickly. Like it.
👤This is my third. The voice breaks on the device. It gets all high pitched and breaks up making directions hard to understand. I am not sure if the speaker cracks or what the issue is. The gps is on my dashboard. I always come back to the device for the ease of operation, even with the same issues.
👤The Exit numbers on major highways near me have not been updated to reflect the new product. I think the numbers would be up to date with a new item. Disappointing.
👤My first and second Garmins. Like the larger screen and lifetime maps. This one doesn't give recognition so can't evaluate it. I won't use any other gps device.
Millions of additional restaurants, shops and more can be found with the help of the social network. The Real Directions guides are like a friend using landmarks and traffic lights. Direct Access simplifies the process of navigating to complex destinations. The BC 30 Wireless Backup Camera is compatible with the backup camera. There are free Map updates.
👤The product arrived without a problem. I was very excited when I received my package in 2 days. It looked great and I was ready to start. I ran to my PC to get the software. "InstallationCouldn't be done on this computer." Try again. " I tried again and again. The install failed, but I removed the firewall. I ran the download as administrator. I found a website that had 29 previous versions of the same product, but I couldn't find any of them. I followed a video that said to set up a different windows administrator. I changed the port on the computer. Driver Booster 4 was used to update my drivers. I changed my registry to make sure the computer sees me as the administrator. It's not an issue of anything outdated, at least severely outdated, because it's a 3 month old computer with Windows 10. There is no phone number on the website. I couldn't find one on the internet. The support section at the website is horrible and many people around the globe mention the same problem. I'm not the only one. 6 hours later, I'm returning this thing. What a waste.
👤The unit is more than I expected. It warned us of an accident that took place on the road 20 miles ahead of us while we were driving at night and then directed us to an alternative route to avoid traffic. Awesome!
👤It should have been bought sooner. It's a good idea to spend the money up front to get the lifetime updates for map and traffic. You're not getting the whole thing if you don't download the software in my PC and connect the device via the provided cable. It's a good idea for user's to do this once or twice a year. You can report map changes in the site. I told them the street was one-way. I decided to make one enhancement. I put the mounty on my dashboard and mounted it on the top of my dashboad. That works better for me. I think you could do this for windshield mounting if you wanted to. -- It took me through a state park that was rather scary, dark, and narrow on one trip. When I go back there, it has a feature called NEAT that will let you indicate boundaries on the map for an area you want to avoid, so it will keep you from entering that area.
👤I don't like to give 2 stars because it works. 2 means "I don't like it" according to the guide. I expected more. The basic function is what I like. I've had a few, but it's been five years since my last. I assumed it had all the new technology. I'm pretty sure it does. I don't see any improvement. The menu system has been changed a bit. I'm trying to tell it the street address I want. My older ones didn't do that, as it wanted to search the entire world for similar looking addresses, to present me a yard-long list of its guesses. If you don't have a smart phone, you'll love it. I wouldn't buy it again. It's good if it's 10 years old.
It is easy to use a dedicated gps navigator. There are lifetime maps of the U.S. only. The external memory storage device is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X. Li-ion battery type-rechargeable. The battery life can be up to an hour. Driver warnings for dangerous curves, speed changes, speed cameras, railroad crossing, animal crossing and more. 480 x 272 is the display resolution. Hotels, restaurants, and attractions have ratings on the website. The guides use recognizable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights.
👤We just returned from a trip through Canada and the Rockies and it worked out great. Updating a gps right out of the box is the most important thing to know. When you purchase a new or certified unit, it's always back level. Many of the less reviews are due to needing updates. The updates are for more than maps. They are critical for the gps operating systems. There are 9 gps software updates and a huge map update in this one. The keys to success are the updates and not the brand name. Hope this is useful.
👤Previously owned a nvi. When theusb connection died, I had to replace it. I decided to try this model of the gps because I was very satisfied with the Nuvi 40. It is garbage. In more rural places, the drive 51 is often incorrect in telling you when to turn. The unit doesn't identify turns until you are near an intersection. I was constantly sent to unpaved road despite the unit being set to avoid it. The unit makes you drive in a circle before you get to the road you need. The touch screen is too sensitive and you need to head back to the correct screen a lot. You can't just use an old car's oldusb charging point when you need to charge other devices. You need to buy a different device. The garmin unit can't be plugged in until you are in gear, if the lighter sockets is behind the gear shift. They would have designed it to bend at 45 or 90 degrees. Whole towns that appear on printed maps are missing or mis identified. You should have a map with you at all times. It is difficult to change the route with this unit. There are other things that are not nice. If you will be traveling outside of developed areas, look for a different gps device. This unit is more of a hazard than a benefit to me. I don't like this unit.
👤We were quite disappointed when we bought this for my husband. Why was it a good idea to require a smart phone to get traffic updates? If I have to use my smart phone, I might as well use the maps on the internet. The cable to get the traffic updates is $60. I don't think the new and improved unit is a step forward, because my old unit gets traffic and no other app is needed. The traffic cable did not work. The nuvi 3590LMT-S packaging stated that the compatible traffic cable was the GMT 60. The unit in the 3590 box was the model I purchased. You wonder how the unit got in the wrong box, and if someone else's is also mixed up. We have to pay for shipping to return the cable and buy a new one. What a hassle!
👤I have had to go to Canada for a few appointments and this gps saves me a lot of worry. You don't have to pay for extra data to get directions on your phone, this is the gps for you. I had an older model of the device. The older versions ask if you want to turn off the tolls in an options menu. After you put in the address, this model will perform. "Do you want to continue or find an alternative route?" will be the question it will ask. The feature is there.
The traffic feature does not require a subscription. There are no additional fees for this. The Real Directions with the Real Voice Guide uses recognizable buildings and landmarks. Detailed images of junctions along your route are offered by photoreal and bird's eye. You can see nearby services information up ahead on your map. A free mobile app connects your Nvi with your phone. Your Nvi can use your phone. There is a data plan to share information. Where you park, Pois and your destination. Refer to the User Manual before using.
👤The voice command capabilities of this particular gps were purchased by me. Everything was fine until the first update. We would get error messages when we tried to do things. I tried to do the updates again. I was dismayed when I saw the same complaints over and over again. I tried some of the suggested solutions, such as hard reset, re-installing language files, and ensuring text and voice languages were compatible. Nothing worked. I contacted a company. The agent told me that the only way to fix it was to buy a blank card and install the maps again. This is a well-known, documented issue, and I find that unacceptable. Even though it knows that devices will fail, it continues to sell them. It expects you to spend more money to fix it. Really? I think it's a rather unethical business practice. As a buyer beware, I'm putting this review out there. As soon as you perform your first update, this device will fail. Definitely not. Don't expect your satisfaction to be taken seriously by the company. You should be prepared to purchase an SD card.
👤The description said that it already came with international and europe maps. It couldn't get a signal when I set it up in my car at the airport in Italy. I had a car rental with a built in gps system that I used to use, and it never got a signal anywhere I went. This was a deceptive attempt to market it with built-in maps. This marketplace has low grade products for sale. I need info on how to contact the manufacturer. You lose credibility when you don't work on your customers' behalf.
👤I have been using this gps for over a year and have come to depend on its amazing features. It has a graphical representation of the road with arrows that show exactly which lane to be in and how to maneuver during tricky exits. It displays speed limits, but it always lists school zones as 20 mph even when school is not in session. The device also tells you how close to a turn you are, and what to look for, such as "Turn right after the McDonalds." The routes that it chooses are almost always the fastest, but it can get confused by recent construction. The internal storage of the gps is small enough to hold only a small amount of new maps for the 50 US states. It is still inconvenient even though these sections are large.
👤I love garmin nuvi. They have the best gps mapping system. After getting a vehicle with a gps system, it would take longer routes and different routes than the garmin nuvi would take. I said I was getting a new garmin nuvi because I couldn't stand it. It's funny. I start seeing where the system is not working when I run them together. I feel like I can count on my garmin nuvi when I'm traveling. I know a lot of people who like the garmin nuvi more than the gps systems. The screen is large and easy to use, it shows you the road you are on, and it is easy to figure out where to turn. It was a really difficult area for me to navigate. It also takes into account where you are turning better than my gps. It comes with free lifetime maps, which is an added bonus. It is a shame that this brand was not built into my car.
The gps navigator has connected features and a bright display. There are maps of North America with free lifetime updates. Use their mount to secure nvi to a mount. The package only includes a mount. Live traffic and Live parking are available when using the free link app on your compatible phone. This device is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X. There are voice-activated navigation and smart notifications. The battery life is up to an hour. The display is built in with built-in wi-fi for easy map and software updates.
👤I have never owned a worse gps. The screen is fast and responsive, but where it really matters is navigation, and this gps is terrible. I just drove from Chicago to Seattle after it had the latest maps updated, and I was amazed at how poor its navigation guidance was, and how full of errors it was. It tells me to take pointless detours. It tells me I am going the wrong way when I am not. I am sent on goose chases for restaurants that don't exist. I've owned many of the Garmin units over the years, but this one is a dud. It's important to know that the gps is not traffic aware out of the box. It wants to be connected to your phone. If I have a data connection on my phone, why would I use a gps device?
👤I don't know if it's a software problem, but the DriveSmart gives bad directions. When I tested it out on my drive back home, I was sent in an unnecessary loop when I needed to make a left turn. There was no complex about the road. I've tested it on the highways and it sends me to the back alleys. It doesn't give me many alternate routes. I have an older version of Nuvi that does not have this issue. The screen is touch responsive and has internet. I want it to give me accurate directions. I used my old Nuvi 57 again after putting the DriveSmart in my trunk. Hopefully this is a software issue and can be fixed with an update. I should have listened to the previous reviews on Amazon.
👤I was hoping that a gps unit would give me everything G***** Maps has to offer when I am out of cell range. This is very close. It does voice commands well. I used it in Death Valley and on remote gravel roads in West Virginia, and it had the back roads in it's database. I would use it for hiking if they would offer topo maps for it because the screen size is better than my handheld and the operator interface is nicer. The DriveSmart 51 needs a better route preview feature to let me confirm which route it has chosen for me to take. If I want to confirm the route, I have to enter the destination into both G**** Maps on my phone and into the DriveSmart 51, and if the miles distance is the same, I can review it on my phone. This is not good. If I wanted to go to this trouble, I would just cache a bunch of maps on my phone, but this is also a time and data killer when traveling as much as I do. Dumping the accessory and providing the traffic-receiving car charging would be two improvements I would make. The screen is hard on the eyes when placed too far away. A $20 vent holder works better than a $20 phone holder, but they should decrease the thickness of the unit to make it more phone-like to fit in a vent holder. I got a Bestrixs one that works perfectly.
The product is certified to look and work like new. Functional testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging are included in the process. The product may arrive in a generic box with all relevant accessories. Only sellers with a high performance bar can sell Certified Refurbished products on Amazon. You can add more points to your gps internal memory with the custom POI's function. Load restaurants, shopping areas, or tourist spots that interest you and may not be recognized by your system. You can either manually enter your location or use the appropriate software to transfer it from your computer to your gps system. There is an assist with the JUNCTION VIEW. When approaching a turn or exit, you can use the Lane Assist feature on your gps system. You can easily navigate through unfamiliar areas when viewing the lane assist page. The function shows a view of upcoming road junctions and a bright colored arrow that tells you what side of the junction you should be driving on. The main map page has a feature that can be accessed directly. Loaded maps: You can better navigate the roads in the US with the help of the maps on your gps system. With this feature, you don't have to worry about loading compatible maps on your own, simply turn on the device and enjoy detailed maps of future destinations. Street names are spoken. Speech synthesis is used to convert written text into speech. Synthetic production of human language is called speech synthesis. The computer in your gps system uses its internal synthesizer to pronounce the street names that are being displayed on the screen. You can keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel with these voice prompts. Pre- recorded text to speech does not work.
👤I am dissatisfied. I received a garmin that was not what I wanted. My daughter used it for the first time yesterday and it doesn't work. I wasted my money because I can't get my money back because this was a Christmas gift. I will not purchase electronics from this site again. If possible, I would have rated this lower.
👤When touching the screen, it seems a little slow to react.
👤It's perfect, we use both Spanish and English.
👤I thought it would be the same. Thank you.
👤I bought a refurbished unit to replace a 15 year old unit that I used for a long time. I was surprised to see that the screen was bigger than my Nuvi. I entered an address 450 miles away and it took me there. The screen is bright and I liked the gas station icons. It worked out okay, but I would have liked to have been able to select gas stations with diesel fuel. I don't need a lot of features, just accurate directions spoken in a clear voice and that unit did that perfectly. The display of the average speed and trip mileage was very useful to me. I am happy with this unit.
Driver alert systems give you notifications for upcoming sharp curves, speed changes, school zones, fatigue warnings, and more. Dedicated gps navigators are easy to use. The directions for garmin are real. The display type is WQVGA color TFT with white back light. Foursquare: The display resolution is 480 x 272. Direct access streamlines navigating to complex destinations, such as malls and airports. The battery life can be up to an hour. For a stress free driving, there is a free lifetime traffic avoidance. The display size is 4.5 W x 2.5 H inch. This device is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X.
👤I assumed that this unit came pre- loaded with US maps, because I live in Alaska and it is in the United States. We've been a state since 1959. Look at the map. We are in the same area as the rest of the US. We are on the map because we aren't drawn to scale. There is a unit that includes Canada maps and costs more than the one that includes Alaska. Alaska is not in Canada. Alaska is not in Canada. I can't believe I have to tell you this. I don't have time to buy another unit when we leave for the trip. It's very disappointing to find that my gps is missing 18.2% of the US, even though it comes with US maps and lifetime updates. Yes, that's correct. The person said that it was the Garmin. Alaska is 18.2% of the United States and you expect me to pay more for Canada just to get the 18.2% that you failed to deliver. How do you get away with shorting your customers? Go to school with your navigator. Figure it out. I live in Alaska and I'm tired of being treated differently.
👤Three weeks ago, my husband had a stroke. I had to drive to strange cities in order to get him to his appointments. I never had a good sense of direction. My husband always took me places. I was forced to be the driver when the stroke happened. The gps device is a life saver for me. I don't know what I would do without it. If I hear that my husband has to go to such a place, I am no longer afraid to drive him because the gps device will tell me exactly where to go. I was afraid to drive because I didn't have a good sense of direction. I would be terrified if there was a detour. The device took the fear away from me and made me feel better. I am able to get my husband to the places he needs to go. I will not be without this device again.
👤I hope everyone that brought one of the gps's had better luck than I did. I put it away until this summer when I will be on vacation. If the car was turned off, it kept turning off. I plugged it in to the out so it wouldn't go out. I pushed the on/off button every time it came on, and it would go off again. The power wire may be short or the battery may be bad. Over the last ten years, I have brought four or five gps's from Amazon and had no issues with them. If you need to return it, make sure you check it out before you do so.
👤I bought the gps unit for my phone so I could have a backup for my trip from Illinois to California. I found myself using the gps device 99% of the time. I use 99% of the time without using maps from the internet. I like this more than the maps on the internet. The split screen was very informative, with large lane guidance in unfamiliar areas and upcoming stops displayed next to the map, without having to navigate away from the live map. It's not a problem with long stretches of roads, but in a city, the ability to show important stops like gas, food and rest stops without having to risk going away from the map and losing a turn is a problem. 2. The "Up next" info was the most useful feature for me, as it was the most important thing during a long trip. Next to the map are food, fuel and rest areas. If the next gas station was going to be 100 miles away, I could get fuel at the upcoming station. I ran out of fuel a couple of times in the middle of the AZ/NM/NV area. 3. The current speed limit was helpful and I found it was about 100 yards off from the posted speed limit signs. This is better than a map that doesn't have any information at all. 4. Offline navigation! I brought a dedicated gps unit because of this. I don't think it's right to not have navigation in the middle of Arizona/Utah because of the lack of phone coverage. After using a dedicated gps, I will say that I probably will use it for all my long distance driving, and leave my phone always connected to the charge. I still prefer to use the internet for inner city navigation.
It's easy to use a gps navigator. The maps are easy to see. alternate routes are suggested by the traffic company. Yes, the backup camera is compatible with BC 30 or BC 40. Voice activated and ability to pair with a compatible phone. Notable historic sites and the U.S national parks directory are part of the HISTORY network. Without a computer, built in wi-fi for map and software updates.
👤I used a cellphone as my primary navigation tool and purchased the DriveSmart 65. The cellphone navigation systems are great, but I didn't like the convenience of the stand-alone units. I didn't like the fact that the navigation apps weren't easy to see when I manually used the phone for a phone call. There are two more Unless you use a different app or download offline maps from the internet, there's no navigation when you don't have cellular coverage. There are 3 more I never found the offline maps to work for me, there was always a problem with resolution that I could not resolve. Offline mode was not always used to work in general. I tried some of the other free offline navigation apps, but they seemed to be behind in updates, and did not seem refined, leaving me with a slight but ever present apprehension in my mind. I didn't like the small screen size when in portrait mode, even though I had an iPhone Plus. There are five The navigation app on my cellphone ran in the background and was not visible to view. I didn't see all of the trip info functions that the vehicle navigators offered. The app navigators had the same trip info, but it was hard to see. The DriveSmart 65 was more expensive than the 55, but the extras screen real estate was worth a few extra dollars for me. It is hardware. The screen is beautiful! Great resolution and bright colors. The brightness is turned up all the way. The 6.9 inch is the perfect size for me since I like to have all of the trip data functions showing on the screen at all times while allowing for ample space for the map/ navigation which is the most important part. The screen seems to be made of glass, but I am not sure if it is scratch resistant. The frame has a minimal amount of bezel which adds to visual appeal but makes accidental touches easy when trying to adjust the postition/angle of the unit on the mount. The screen is responsive to touch and there is little lag navigating through the menus, as it should be for a device at this price point. The speaker is loud and clear. I don't know what processor is in the unit, but I hope it is an upgrade from last year's model. It is smart to get the best hardware within your means, especially if you plan on keeping the device for several years, to ensure it will be able to effectively run the software updates. I don't like the way the power cord plugs into the back of the device. It would be great if it was plugged into the side or bottom, because it would be easier to mount the device on a desk if the power cord was not sticking out. The mount is standard and works well for mounting on a window, but I have seen it fall off of a vehicle. I bought a friction dash mount from Garmin because it seems to work well for now. I can't state my findings because I haven't had the battery disconnected from a power source for that long. It is very easy to use the software. It seems that the years of production have allowed time for most bugs to be worked out. The high detail map option provides a lot of detail and is helpful in keeping the user oriented from a geographical perspective. When you zoom out with the intent to use it indefinitely, the unit will automatically zoom you back in to the default setting, even though it does not really want you to have full reign on the map. You can have phone notifications for email/text/etc to show on the unit if you sync your phone to it. The option to make and receive phone calls when you sync the device to your phone is available for those that may need it. The unit has the ability to update maps without a computer. After attempting to update the maps 4 times, I got error code each time and the device aborted the process. Maybe it is because my internet connection is not high-speed. It will be great to see if there is a similar issue among other people. The maps will have to be updated with a PC. Conclusions: The device performs well as expected. Excellent native route planning and accurate navigation. The screen is bright and high resolution. It's right in the sweet spot. I am not convinced that the features this unit offers are practical enough to justify the higher price. If the processor is better than last year's model, this is a good value. It was a factual decision. I don't have to use my phone as my main navigation when I have a stand-alone navigator. Happy with the purchase, even though I mentioned some things. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a navigator.
Driver alert systems give you notifications for upcoming sharp curves, speed changes, school zones, fatigue warnings, and more. Dedicated gps navigators are easy to use. Guide like a friend, using recognizable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights. The battery life can be up to an hour. Millions of new and popular stores, restaurants and more are added to the data from Foursquare. Direct access streamlines navigating to airports and malls. The display type is a WVGA color TFT with white backlight.
👤I am a middle-aged school teacher who doesn't have a lot of tech savvy, but I have computer skills. I say this to let you know that I can find my way around a device. I bought a drive 60 to help me drive in places that I am unfamiliar with. I took my first road trip with it, and I am happy with it. I found it easy to use. There are some issues that prevent me from giving it a 5 star rating. I didn't like the fact that it took me down out of the way to find the shortest route. Some of those roads were in poor condition, and some were in some rough neighborhoods. I couldn't find a way to force it to stay on the main state highways. It isn't easy to find a way to do this. I had trouble seeing the route as a whole after I started driving. I wanted to know what towns were coming up next. I wondered if I should go through the short cut or stay on the main highway, but I didn't know how far out of the way it would take me. I had to back out of the navigation and start over. I have some learning to do, so the feature may be there. I had trouble with it. I had no idea where we were until I noticed the road signs, but I didn't see town/city names displayed as we went through them. This may be an option that I am not sure about. I am very pleased with the navigation. I was told which lanes I needed to use in order to make the required turns, and I was able to find my way. I think I could have done as well with the 5" screen as someone with less than perfect eyesight did with the 6 screen. The driver can adjust the brightness level to suit their needs, and the screen would split to show lanes at complicated intersection/turns. I had no issues using the mount. I had no problem with the mount after reading reviews that it doesn't work well. The touch screen requires some pressure. The screen is not as sensitive as a smart phone screen, but that was not a problem. I don't know if it's possible to connect to my car radio without trying. The volume on the device was enough for me and my hard-of-hearing husband. I will be sold on this product once I learn how to modify my travel route to avoid those pig trails and stay on well-traveled highways. I am glad I bought it and would recommend it to others.
👤It was very disapointed. There were no instructions with the gps. Web help is a lot of fun. Will go to Walmart and get a sd card after putting in home address. The card was installed and locked up. A tech came on the phone and told me I couldn't use a 64 gig sd card. How was anyone supposed to know that? There were no instructions for the gps. The gps is 99% full with one address installed. What a piece of garbage.
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