Garmin Nuvi 2597LMT Review

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Not only does the Garmin Nuvi 2597LMT have 45 European maps available to download but you can also download US maps to this device which has been used successfully in the US. The device comes with blue tooth meaning you can sync the sat nav to your smartphone and take hands free calls without being distracted from the road, you can also plan your route via your phone. This Nuvi has a 5 “ touch screen which you can tap, pinch and zoom for wider examination of the area. It simply plugs into the cigarette lighter in the car. Map downloads will take an hour to hour half depending on your broadband connection and is a relatively straight forward operation.

The Nuvi 2597l LMT has a cyclops camera system which looks out for speed traps and will alert you as you approach. It has a user friendly interface wherby directions are given according to landmarks such as ‘turn left at the market cross’ or ‘turn when you see the church.’ It is also voice activated which may be a pest if you have the radio on. This Nuvi comes with lifetime traffic alerts, the infomation is constantly updated to warn you of traffic hazards and appears next to the map advising you of congestion or possible detours, if you have the voice activation switched on, the traffic advise will be told to you without having to refer to your map. One customer however said that this facility failed them in Europe as it was advising of possible delays 300km away without giving a clue how far away the congestion was which meant for costly detours.

The Nuvi 2597 LMT features active lane guidance which guides you through junctions, roundabouts and motorway exits succintly both with voice prompts and arrows on the map to show you which lane you should be in. The Nuvi features a birds eye junction view of the road. This Nuvi comes already loaded with the most up to date maps and if you buy the lifetime map update service will continue to guide you throughout its shelf life. This map service sometimes comes included with the price. The Nuvi will also store points of interst information such as tourist venues, restaurants, cinemas and so on. It will also point out refreshments, petrol services and such in its up ahead feature on route. The Nuvi 2597 LMT comes at quite a modest price and although it has its failures is in general according to customers quite a good sat nav.

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