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Function is good as ever, address entry is a PITA
Posted by: Enjambment from: on
I love Garmin products. I have since I purchased my first, a C340 Street Pilot. I have had a number of new GOS units since then. Garmin products are typically reliable, accurate, and easy to use. When I bought two of these, one each for my wife and I, I was anticipating that they would be just as they always have been. This model is reliable and accurate. But putting in the addresses to which to go is a total PITA. So many companies have been going to "smart" technology, where they try to make devices anticipate your commands. HA! On a daily basis I can be found zipping around any of four States, sometimes all in the same day. It will allow me to put in the street number, then the street, but then the device tries to predict the towns and states based on the street. It gives you a list of choices that you have to scroll through hoping to find the number and street you selected with the city and State it lists. Usually it works, sometimes it does not, and it always adds a ton of time. I hate this unit with a passion.
I have always recommended Garmin in the past. I do not in the least way recommend this unit.
32 out of 36 found this review helpful.
Good, reliable navigation aid
Posted by: ReallyTallHobbit from: on
You're either a fan of stand-alone GPS, or not. I am; my kids aren't. I think in this instance it's better to have a unit dedicated to a single job -- navigating me -- than using a GPS app on my phone. So, when my previous GPS went toes up, I went to Best Buy for a replacement -- needed a new unit, and quickly, as I was due to travel out of town in a day or so.
I've had past experience with Garmins, and have found them to work well. Pretty good user interface, fairly intuitive. My last GPS was a Magellan, and there is just enough difference between the two that I actually had to spend some time playing with the new Garmin to relearn how to get directions -- nothing too arduous, just a little adaptation. I used the Garmin to travel in Middle Tennessee, and the directions were clear and precise: I got where I needed to go in a timely fashion with no misdirections. I've also had the opportunity to use it in San Antonio with equally positive results. Overall, a good reliable unit; very pleased with it.
22 out of 23 found this review helpful.
Posted by: nisko from: on
i just downloaded latest map updates and still don't have a lot of streets in my area. i called Garmin support and they told me it takes more then a year to update new developments. i'm like what. i had my tom tom and it had all those streets that are build in 2015.That's not lifetime update
39 out of 48 found this review helpful.
senior citizen easy
Posted by: crlmama from: on
simple and easy to understand the operation of this device.
16 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Posted by: lynx from: on
Garmin is the best GPS that I have. The must important is you choose a model with lifetime map updates. Pay attention of this model nüvi® 57 Part Number: 010-01400-00, it doesn't have update. The model 57LMT Part Number: 010-01400-02 have "lifetime¹ map updates and traffic avoidance²".
42 out of 55 found this review helpful.
Good basic GPS
Posted by: u240 from: Memphis on
The main reason for this purchase was to replace an older GPS that does not update maps. This is a very basic, entry level machine and it will get you where you are going. Not overly complicated and not too difficult to program. You will need access to a computer in order to be able to download the operating manual. You could probably figure out how run this GPS without the manual but you would also probably miss out on some of the not so obvious features and the map updates. Have used it on a trip from Memphis to Nashville and you don't really need a GPS for this trip until you reach your destination. Nashville is a major crossroads and can be a challenge to your driving skills. You need to pay attention to your surroundings and this is where the turn announcements comes in handy. Be aware that the announcement can be a little lagging so you can check the next turn graphic so as not to be caught by surprise. Also when the ignition is turned off the GPS turns itself off. I would recommend that anyone consider this machine if you are in the market for a GPS due to brand, price, does not take up too much windshield real estate and lifetime maps.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Over all a good GPS
Posted by: runninjim from: waxhaw nc on
I would prefer a single screen for entering addresses instead of one screen for the street number and a separate screen for the street.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Not what I was expecting
Posted by: Customer from: on
I owned a Nuvi 255W & loved it. I Got the Nuvi57LM & Hate it! This model is nothing like my old one. It has a ton of useless places downloaded & takes up memory. It is very difficult to program. It took me an hour to change the state I was located in, it kept telling me I had to travel 455 miles to get to my house when I was sitting at home.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Cannot find its way out of a paper bag
Posted by: NotlikemylastGarmin from: on
This is my second Garmin. My first one served me well for years and I had purchased lifetime map updates for it. I replaced my old Garmin with a new Nuvi 57LM. I was thrilled that this came with lifetime map updates. I hooked it up to Garmin Express before leaving on vacation and updated the North America maps. While on vacation, this unit got me lost three times. It said things like "Navigate off road" and "impossible". My wife thought this was very amusing since her smart phone got us to our destinations every time. I had to eat a lot of crow for spending the money on this. Luckily I was able to return it for a full refund since it was within the 15 day purchase period.
We will be using any one of several navigation options on our smart phones from now on. I cannot in good conscience recommend this product to anyone. It is hard to believe that this newer model with the latest map updates performed so poorly. If I could give is negative stars for a rating I would.
11 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Excellent. I have three.
Posted by: JimCNY from: on
Garmin Nuvis work great. I've had several different models. I can't compare the Garmins to other manufacturers' GPS units since its the only brand I've used, but it would be difficult to imagine one that works better for driving. The graphics are bright and clear and using it is easy and intuitive. It walks you through setting your destination. Its turn-by-turn directions during navigating are timed just right and clearly spoken. There also is text information displayed along the top and bottom of the screen with road names and exits next ahead. The model 57 also shows a photo of your highway exit sign as you get near.
You should download Garmin Express software to your computer (both Mac and PC versions are available) to update the maps and device software/firmware. Garmin seems to update maps regularly which keeps your GPS accurate to physical course changes of roads. You also use Express to register your purchase with Garmin. The simple interface is easy to use. I've found that it's best to launch Garmin Express and then tell it what you want to do before plugging in your Nuvi.
Nuvi 57 documentation does not mention compatibility with Garmin Base Camp software but it seems to work okay for me. I can copy and export routes and waypoints from/to my device and works as expected.
My 57 LM replaces a 55 LM, which stopped working after being kept in the car for one summer and one winter. I ended up buying two more Nuvi 57 LM units for other users and their vehicles.