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Garmin - DriveSmart 51 LMT-S 5" GPS with Built-In Bluetooth, Lifetime Map and Traffic Updates - Black

Get where you're going without fuss when using this Garmin DriveSmart 51 GPS. It has a 5-inch edge-do-edge display so that you can see plenty of data, and easy-to-use indicators show how fast you're traveling and what time you should arrive. This Garmin DriveSmart 51 GPS has maps for the United States and Canada for easy cross-country journeys.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Garmin DriveSmart 51 LMT-S
    • USB cable, suction cup mount, car power cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (558 out of 622)

    Features


    Update your maps for free

    The pre-loaded maps of North America can always be updated for free.

    5" color touch screen offers a clear view

    The large screen makes it simple to enter destinations and navigate functions and settings.

    Lane assistance keeps you ready for the next turn

    Colorful arrows tell you which lane to be in to make your next exit or turn.

    Customize your route options

    You can set up three alternate routes so you're prepared to take advantage of the road ahead.

    Connect your unit using USB interface

    Easily connect to your computer, smartphone or car charger to get map updates, access real-time traffic and more.

    Bluetooth technology

    Allows you to pair with compatible devices, so you can enjoy hands-free calling in your vehicle.

    Lifetime traffic extends for the useful life of your Garmin traffic receiver (as long as you own a compatible Garmin GPS) or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its traffic supplier, whichever is shorter.

    Traffic content not available for all areas. See www.navteq.com/rdstraffic for traffic coverage areas


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 622 reviews

    90%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Changing the GPS is not easy ...

      Posted
      SizeMatters
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      God did not give me the GPS chip so when the portable automobile GPS came out I was an early adopter and it's been life changing. My first auto GPS was a big brick of a Garmin that sat on the dashboard and was controlled with a handheld remote control. While that seems like a century ago this is only my 3rd GPS - I get used to what I have, get very good at using it, and don't like change. So when my post-brick GPS started giving me problems I was not happy to be changing to a new one despite the new features that it might bring! So it's been about 3 weeks, my emotional attachment to my old Nuvi is fading and I'm warming up to this one. So with that background here's the DriveSmart 51 good and the bad as I see it today: 1) The lifetime maps update is a definitely plus - the Washington Metro Area is ever changing - HOV lanes appear where they previously weren't (big fines for not having enough people in the car!); Businesses appear and disappear over night; and on-ramps, etc seem to be ever shifting so having the latest automatically update is great. 2) Size matters. The 5.1 inch screen is much larger than the Nuvi - I debated getting the DriveSmart 61 with the even larger screen but was concerned that it would block too much of the view. The Drivesmart uses a higher resolution screen, however, resulting in much smaller font. . It's OK during the day but at night I either need to make the screen much brighter or put my reading glasses on in order to read the information including arrival time, speed limit, etc. 3) The Drivesmart is capable of integrating traffic data and adjust your anticipated arrival time, find different routes, etc. based on how much traffic is impacting the route. Again, this is a KEY feature required in any metropolitan area - for example, my ride home from work should take 25 minutes but in rush hour traffic it takes 2+ hours. What they DON'T tell you is that you must buy another power cord with the traffic receiver on it (about $70) or you need to get the Garmin App on your smart phone, open location services, and start the app which then transmits the traffic data via blue tooth to the DriveSmart. Seriously?! My Nuvi CAME with the traffic receiver and was fantastic. If I need to use my Smart Phone why should I buy a Garmin ... I can just use the Maps function of my phone! By the way, when I asked the Geek at Best Buy whether or not I needed to buy a traffic receiver he said No, it's ready to go . 4) I may eventually purchase the traffic receiving power cord (again, the Nuvi's traffic receive is not compatible) but in the mean time I've been using the app. The upside to that is when I get a text message on my phone the Garmin recognizes that and the Garmin voice "reads" me my text message. 5) I like being able to speak commands - Navigator - Go Home. Navigator Read Message, etc. Unfortunately, she gets it wrong about 50 percent of the time even when I speak carefully.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Requires a phone to be paired for traffic feature.

      Posted
      ScottB12345
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      My only real complaint- Phone connection required detail is in small print on the back of box and is obscured by the anti-theft device. That means I can't pair my phone with the stereo and have traffic concurrently (can only pair 1 device to the phone at a time) or that I must run my phone battery down while connected via bluetooth. Yes, a traffic power cord is available... for $70! My last GPS, a TomTom, when advertised as traffic compatible, actually came with the traffic plug. Yes, I read the BestBuy website details beforehand, this fact is not mentioned or even alluded to anywhere! OK, done with the rant. When connected via bluetooth to my phone, the traffic feature works great! As a GPS it works fine, it knows exactly where I am even if it isn't sure about the easiest way to get where I am going. To be fair, Google maps on my phone does the same thing occasionally. Case in point, I was in south Georgia a couple weeks ago trying to get from one small town to another. The Garmin recommended route would have taken me the wrong way for nearly 20 miles to get back to the interstate instead of the direct route on small country roads with 50-55mph limits. Google wasn't any more helpful though. The Garmin does well in more populated areas. I haven't used voice command or bluetooth calling so can't comment on those but text and email notifications on screen from my phone are helpful. Current speed and posted speed limits on screen seem to be accurate which is the primary reason I own a dash mount GPS. I'm conflicted as to whether I would recommend it to a friend. The price point seems too high to not have the traffic receiver packaged with, but it does do a lot when paired with your phone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        GarminProductExpert

        I’m sorry about you’re disappointed with the Live Traffic option. Vehicle power cables with built-in traffic receivers are available for purchase as optional accessories for your device, should you prefer to use this method over the default traffic solution. The Garmin GTM 36™ cable, part number 010-01009-02, offers standard Garmin traffic and the Garmin GTM 60™ cable, part number 010-01031-00, offers HD Digital traffic. Thanks, James Garmin

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      So far so good

      Posted
      pseudonurse
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have never used a GPS device, so I have nothing to compare this to. I have only used it once to go somewhere my son knew where we were going so we could compare the directions and so I could familiarize myself with it since I purchased it because I have a special trip planned in September and needed the GPS to help me get there. It did pretty well, but I was grateful that my son was with me to help with the device. I needed it to tell me what lane to get in when there were multiple lanes on an exit and I needed to be in a specific one, but it didn't. It may do this in some locations, but not in any of the areas we went, and I will be traveling in very heavy traffic on highways with multiple turning lanes and turn only lanes that may have me going the wrong way if I am not in the right lane. I wish it were easier to go back one step instead of having to start over. I would get to a map and want to see the other optional map/route, but when I tried to go back, it would go all the way back to the start and I would have to start over putting in the destination. This would not be very safe when you are in the middle of driving. Also, I wanted to charge it at home and play with it some to get used to how to work it, but it takes numerous hours to charge plugged into the computer, and it drains down in less than 30 minutes. I contacted support online, and was told that it should be kept plugged in in the car during the trip or it will drain down. Since I would have to start all over again putting in the destination and choosing the route if I stopped to eat or take a break during the trip and had to turn it off, this is a big negative. A lot of it was confusing, and having to go online for the manual was a pain because it was link after link after link that never really answered my questions. I finally found a PDF version of the manual and printed it out, which was much more helpful. A semi-detailed "quick start" mini-book included with the device would have been a HUGE help. I still need to take it out on a few more practice runs to somewhere further away from home than our first excursion to be able to really know how to work it and how I like it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Works Great-optional extra purchases

      Posted
      BobK
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      First and foremost, download Garmin Express to your computer and set it up. Mine did not work until I did this despite the instructions saying it is "Ready to go out of the box." The unit is very accurate and responds well to Voice Commands. The voice prompts are friendlier than previous versions and the Lane Assist and WiFi are welcome additions. With WiFi, you don't have to be connected to your computer for updates. When connected via Bluetooth to your cell phone, much more opens up. However, you must be aware that you will be using your Data Plan. If you are on a limited plan, you may want to watch your data usage closely. Garmin doesn't use the Traffic/Power Cable with my model like my old Garmin Nuvi 1300 did. Not sure if it does for other models. Traffic and other features are utilized by the use of your cell phone. Hands free calling is available and works really well. This model is compatible with the Garmin Back Up Camera which can be purchased for about $150 (on sale) and installed by Best Buy for $60. I am considering it for use with my Sienna. In order to fully utilize all the extra features available, they are acquired only on a subscription basis. For example: Live Traffic Cams and Traffic Lights that have cameras (works in some areas without additional charge). Info can be found on www.Garmin.com. This model was the correct choice for me, though sometimes I wish I upgraded to the model with the Dash Cam built in. All in all, I'm happy with my purchase. The reason I didn't give it a 5th star is that the cell phone is heavily utilized (though it can be used without it) and the built in battery only lasts about an hour. I have mine plugged in all the time. Bob K.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Pure Junk

      Posted
      DaveF

      I was upgrading my current Garmin Nuvi, which for the most part I've been happy with it's performance. The biggest problem with it is it would take multiple tries and sometimes multiple computers for Garmin Express to recognize the device when trying to update the maps. But outside of that, it worked great. Got a new Drive Smart 51 yesterday and had the same problem trying to get Garmin Express to recognize the device. After about 30 minutes of trying, the device was finally recognized and I was able to download the maps. Tried to use the Garmin today and all over the screen the words GIR LOW MEM appeared. Called tech support only to find out the device was defective straight out of the box. My two options, ship it to Garmin and wait for a new one to be shipped back or drive 30 minutes and exchange it. Should have saved the $200 and just used Google Maps.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        GarminProductExpert

        Sorry about the update issues. This model includes Built-in Wi-Fi® for easy map and software updates. This link offers instructions and a video walk through for the Wi_Fi updates: https://bit.ly/2CXXDug Garmin

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This is my second Garmin device

      Posted
      Hughbe123
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I've been very happy with the Garmin device Sage of the years I do like the voice function. I had purchased a slightly higher end model of the Garmin first but upon getting it home found out it was not working it would not boot up and would not come on I went on line. tried all the procedures to reboot and reset the device none of which seem to work. I took it back to Best Buy where I had purchased the unit the girl tried to get the unit to power on but was unsuccessful she offered to swap it out but turned out they did not have the same unit in stock of course my general luck. She offered to order the exact unit but that was going to take 8 to 10 days I was going on a trip and did not want to have to wait that Links of time. So I ended up taking the next unit down from the one that I had purchased so far have been happy with it even though it has one or two features that I was kind of looking forward to having but we're not a big deal. One of those would have been a front facing camera that would have recorded while driving to capture road conditions or traffic accidents should they occur to either me or the car in front but still overall have been very happy with the unit. I did appreciate the Best Buy employee who happened to be the girl who waited on me when they bought the unit to help me with swapping it out for one that worked.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      reliable GPS with some reservations

      Posted
      jamie3529
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Have used these for years, this is my 4th Garmin. Like the glass screen with capacitive input on this model, very easy to see and use the touchscreen. I have Android Auto in my car with a large screen and I can use google maps or waze, but I don't always plug in my phone. I like having the freestanding GPS on the dash. My car has a switched power point, and so I never have to worry about turning on / turning off the GPS, it just comes on when I start the car, and off when I stop the car. Its all good except... why can't Garmin be as useful with voice commands / requests as is Google maps? I am constantly frustrated trying to enter a destination (either touch input or voice) compared with the absolute simplicity of asking Google for the same thing. Fortunately my main reason for having the Garmin actually isn't for directions, but rather just being able to see where I am and what is coming up. For directions I often get frustrated trying to find what I want in the Garmin and just use Google.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      In addition to my previous review

      Posted
      SimplyTheStats
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Unfortunately I reminded myself of this other objection to this product after I concluded my previous feedback discussing the requirement to use smart phone data for the traffic feature. Let's remember that we are still in the days that many smart phones cannot even make it through a full day of regular use due to battery drainage. So, if one makes long trips like I do, (3 days at a time), requiring a cell phone for constant data use for the free traffic is just another annoying source of battery drain. What happens when that cell phone battery is dead. Of course I guess one could connect, yet another cord to keep one's phone charging if you have one available... More cords in the front seat, more aggravation, more distraction...from driving safely. And let's not forget missed calls/messages because the cell phone battery is dead....and the traffic feature is no longer available...as you are driving through Chicago.... :-(

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • which.co.ukApril 11, 2017
      Garmin DriveSmart 51 LMT-S review
      The 5-inch Garmin DriveSmart 51 LMT-S sat nav has built-in wi-fi for easy updates, and can be paired with your smartphone to receive live traffic notifications. Is it worth picking up this mid-range sat nav for a smooth journey? Read on to find out.Full Review



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