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Garmin - DriveSmart 61 LMT-S 6.95" GPS with Built-In Bluetooth, Lifetime Map and Traffic Updates - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    No Live Traffic information

    Posted
    Rizz
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I was very excited about my new GPS but unfortunately I'm really disappointed today after using my device first time. I bought this device mainly for live traffic information as my previous garmin GPS did not have that feature. I prefer not using my cell phone and network data for navigation which drains phone battery as well especially on long routes. The reason I am very hurt today is that the only way I can get live traffic information in my new GPS is by using smartlink app through my phone.... then what is the meaning of publicizing that garmin can also provide live traffic updates and we have HD traffic receivers etc etc etc. When I tried to get live traffic information the following window popped up as shown in the image. My device says LMT which according to some reviewers mean that I don't need an extra reciever or special cable to get traffic information but contrary my device is found to be unable to get ang kind of traffic information without traffic receiver. Whats the point of having traffic enabled gps device if it actually extracts traffic information from your cellphone and display on its screen, Interesting fact??? I looked everywhere on you tube, best buy and garmin website but could not find any specific answers. Perhaps I also did not search well enough as well. But I believe it is also unfair that a product is being sold with the tag of live traffic information but in reality it might need an extra 70$ -100$ to serve that purpose in buying traffic reciever. I read in multiple reviews before buying, that LMT device means that it has internal traffic reciever so it doesn't need an extra reciever or cable. Perhaps my research was not good enough. But I hope my review will help other buyers to know this before purchasing this product as I couldn't find this information before buying and garmin product description and information is very vague about this feature.... On one page GPS 61 is enlisted in the device list of HD traffic capable devices but there is no clear information in product details that you have to buy extra cable or receiver to get that feature which means spending of 70-100$ extra after spending 300$, otherwise be ready to use your phone. What's the point of spending 300$ for dedicated new gps device with live traffic tag while it actually depends on your phone for navigation????

    No, I would not 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. A GTM 36 cable, which offers standard Garmin traffic, can be found with part number 010-01009-02. A GTM 60, which provides HD Digital Traffic, can be found with part number 010-01031-00. An explanation of the differences between the two services can be found in the following Support Center FAQ: https://support.garmin.com/faqSearch/en-US/faq/content/i34WV8maJa11t7iwvYnz18 Garmin

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Maps are Outdated and Incomplete, Wrong Speed Limi

    Posted
    DallasPilotCar
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I had high hopes for this navigation unit, but i am really disappointed, I spent $269 on this unit and it is certainly not worth it, When i got it, I updated it as soon as possible and it took 3.5 hours to download the update. I had really hope that it would have updated maps but, I did not notice any updates to maps but, maybe it added a couple of software updates, I do not know how Garmin their maps but, unless they have a car out here like Google does to drive around and constantly update maps then it is pretty much useless for me, I drove out to West Texas and outside the major freeways the car, which is shows most of the time in an open field and these are on roads that have been in existence for a long time. NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION SHOWING ABOUT ROADS AHEAD. If you are driving down the freeway and are curious about the roads coming up, forget about seeing it on this Garmin, All itg does is show the freeway and if you zoom in, there is not much difference. If you search for an address and start to navigate, it seems to be that Garmin would remember that address when you start typing it in again. It does not remember what you typed before and to me this is useless. Sometimes after you search for an address and then stop navigating, if you go back and search for the address again, Garmin cannot find the address again,. When trying to navigate to a city, you have to go into the categories and scroll down through all of the bs before finally getting to the intersections and cities., This should be at the top not at the bottom. ALSO, YOU WILL BE CAUGHT SPEEDING IF YOU RELY ON THIS GARMIN FOR CORRECT SPEED LIMITS, SPEED LIMIT IS WRONG MOST OF THE TIME. GARMIN DOES NOT RECOGNIZE CONSTRUCTION ZONES ON INTERSTATES THAT HAVE BEEN THERE FOR A LONG TIME. Sure there is a nice big screen but, unless it can navigate and recognize where you are instead of not knowing at all as to where you are then it is pretty much worthless as a navigation unit. I would think that it would be adaptive and learn new routes. It does not seem to do this., I believe it says that there is a 2 hour battery life, THIS IS A COMPLETE MISREPRESENTATION , as soon as you unplug the unit, it immediately within 10 seconds powers down. I WILL RETURN THIS UNIT AND I MAY AS WELL USE MY OLD MAGELLAN THAT IS 5 OR 6 YEARS OLD BECAUSE THIS UNIT IS NOT MUCH BETTER. VERY DISAPPOINTED AND I DO NOT KNOW HOW IN THE WORLD THAT THIS UNIT HAS SUCH HIGH REVIEWS ON BEST BUY UNLESS MAYBE THE BEST BUY EMPLOYEES ARE THE ONES WRITING THE REVIEWS

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Garmin Product Support would be happy to help. Our contact information, including telephone number and hours of operation, can be found at: https://support.garmin.com/en-US/ Garmin

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Usually but not always reliable.

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

    I bought this Garman unit to drive a rented moving van alone mostly on I-70 from New York to Kansas and Arizona, ending in California. Pretty simple, but I got the Garman and a pile of maps from the Auto Club to be sure. The Garman's verbal directions were loud and clear, and I depended on them a lot. The screen provided good information on the distance to turns, speed limits, and lane choices before arriving at a turn. Not surprisingly, things happened too fast in the NY City- New Jersey area to read a map without stopping along the side of the expressway. I decided to just follow the audio directions from the Garman and hope for the best. It got me to Pennsylvania without error. Whew! It was pretty simple once I hit Pennsylvania, and everything was fine through Kansas. But in west Kansas, it picked a set of two-lane highways with slow rides through small towns. I should have stayed on I-70. At one point, I crossed into Oklahoma in farm country, and it told me to turn down Ave. P, a dirt road through crop fields. No fun in a 16-ft moving van! But a couple of left turns, and I was back to the two-lane highway. When I got back to Ave. P, the Garman wanted to drag me down Ave. P again. Nope! Fool me twice, shame on me. A mile or two up the road, the Garman came to its senses and gave me accurate directions. After that, it took me unerringly to a few overnight stops in small-town motels and my final destination at a warehouse in Berkeley, California. The Garman was surely right more than 99% of the time, but I could have done without Ave. P, the trip through all those small towns in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico, and a small number of other misdirections. I do not regret that I bought this unit and will use it regularly when I travel. I keep it in my car. But if it tells you to do something stupid, it may really be stupid.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!! Beautiful!!

    Posted
    Rubo79
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    ok so...1st review! hope it helps! This Garmin (61 LMT) finally came to my local BB and was up there before they even opened the doors to get my hands on it!! (just from the pics alone! and BB web site said less than 3 in stock) I previously owned the Garmin Nuvi for about 2 years (wife uses it now and loves it) and then the Garmin 60 LMT But exchanged the 60 for the 61 (only had it for 8 days.. come on, gotta have the new one!?) anyway, as usual easy transaction and great customer service! Ok so the screen is big! and beautiful! easy to read and follow the directions ...voice and route guidance Typing addresses and using all the setting's is very easy! (like all there products) So is using device during travel stop route / change route / route traveling / traffic updates / looking for just an Intersection!? ect... many options! So far the only 2 differences I personally have noticed between the 60 and 61 is that the 61 comes with WIFI to connect to your personal WIFI and you can do all your system and map updates if you don't wanna plug directly into your computer for everything. And obviously the screen, not as much as a "border" around the device as you can see, Which I love! Again the 2 things I've noticed so far! only had a few hours Bluetooth works great Phone calls / voicemal / texts / email / Etc ..EVERY notification you get on your phone will go right to device. But can be changed in the settings (within the GPS) to which notifications YOU prefer. All in All GREAT product(s) Can do A-Z! then Z-A Too much to list! Very user friendly and a must have for GPS users you won't be disappointed! Keep up the GREAT work Garmin!:) ohh and I am a truck driver so I really know these products! I use them at least 8-14 hrs a day 5-6 days a week anddd then in my personal vehicle when not working!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good product - User Interface needs help

    Posted
    FrogDriver06
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    As a long time Garmin GPS user, This model is a step backward due to the change in user interface. Entering an address is complicated by the auto complete feature. It sucks. Until you learn how to bypass the auto complete feature, you will likely never find the location you are trying to find. While the display is truly amazing, the requirement to bypass the auto complete is irritating inefficient and Wastes time. More on the new UI, I don’t mind giving up the change in the right side menu, the reduced number of options is not a game changer. I personally like the old UI better, period. Next: The local traffic info interface is much less usable than my old Nuvi. I have used it locally where my old Nuvi worked just fine. I have not got the new unit to display traffic yet. Now I know one of the stated features is the phone app. I don’t use or want a GPS with a phone interface and purchased the traffic antenna which is not as integrated or usable as my old Nuvi traffic and route display. In summary, this purchase was a huge step backward. The upgrade in display quality is really a great feature, but the downside is the UI. At the end of the day, I can’t return the unit. All I can do is share my experience and continue to use this GPS. With time I hope to figure out how to get all the pieces working together. Of note: Outside of my local area, I have only used the unit on a trip to Pensacola FL. I don’t know if traffic info is available there. So the jury is still out on the real-time traffic info integration. The UI still sucks. As to the future, I still need to transfer the POIs to the new unit. I have many years stored in my old unit, copied from each old unit as it was replaced. Some positives: I have found the utility of a windshield mount GPS invaluable, both on my personal vehicle and in rental cars. Traveling alone while using rental cars in a new city is much less stressful with a GPS.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    270$ or 370$ :-)

    Posted
    corona25

    Traveling east coast US and Canada for 7-8 months yearly for last 7 years I owed all GPS. Last one Garmin Nuvi 3597 LM which was top of the line model. First thing I like to warn people, there is two options for live traffic. First that come with GPS is conect your phone and from there you can access traffic. This may be great option for some folks. But if you prefer conect your phone to BT device as I do a lot my Bose BT you are out of luck unless you buy additional cable that cost 100$ extra. So to enjoy this GPS you will need spend 100$ Or if you already have Garmin cable as i do from Nuvi 3597 you can use it. BUT if you decide to do that will be worth the money. This GPS is much much better in any aspect comparing to my Nuvi 3597. Screen is gorgeous, POI is much improved and most importantly traffic update is just amazing I took trip to DC with GPS and can't complain about anything.... I don't use voice command as you can notice English is my second language. On the end build is cheaper than my 3597 and miss conection from 3597 much better in my opinion. With 61 LMT is plastic very cheap. But screen and ability to browse through map, POI, Live Traffic that work great are enough for me to keep this GPS. I didn't go through every detail about GPS every person has diferent preferences and like and dislike about item. I know one thing when I get lost and GPS brings me to my Hotel or destination I don't care which way is went :-) All I know I am at destination..... That is why I think every GPS deserve at least 3 stars...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best car tech I've bought in a while!

    Posted
    jeepster70
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I'm not a fan of built-ins, so when I got my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited a couple of years ago, I opted to stay with the basic non-nav entertainment system. Since then I had been using a combination of Apple Maps and Waze, but when you start venturing into unconnected territory, Apple Maps is useless, Waze and Google Maps have generic base maps unless I think ahead and download the maps ahead of time. Unfortunately, when you're in a hotel with really crappy wifi and flip-flopping 2G/3G/4G wireless connectivity, that goal is impossible to accomplish. In comes DriveSmart 61 - with detailed maps and pre-loaded destinations, I don't need to worry about having any sort of connectivity to navigate the back roads of Arizona. Because it has built in wifi connectivity, I can get maps and destinations without plugging it into a computer to update. As an added bonus, when tethered to your smartphone running the Garmin smartphone link, I can get real time weather and traffic alerts and re-routing. The only complaint I have is with Bluetooth tethering - my Jeep sometimes goes crazy when answering calls using uConnect - with the GPS unit trying to take control of the call... sometimes. When it does, the quality of the calls are terrible. After using it to navigate the streets of Los Angeles, and later the backroads of Arizona, I'm extremely happy with this purchase. Note: If you decide to go with this unit, just be warned the initial map download will take a long time to complete including some firmware updates.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pricey but worth it!

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

    This is my fourth Garmin unit. Because of my familiarity with using a Garmin, there was only a small learning curve, as many operations were familiar to me. It does all of the things that I expected a GPS to do. I will tell you about the items that were new to me. Updates: I have owned several GPS units in the past. I have struggled with my laptop computer attempting to do a valid update. To update this unit, I just simply put in the house Wi-Fi password, and told it to update. It updated both the programming and the maps, and when finished, it simply re-booted and was ready to use. Easy! It included lifetime updates. Big screen: Over 6 inches wide, and easy to see while driving. Voice Command: Accepts most common commands verbally. I just get in the car, (my cigarette lighter turns on when I open the door, thus turning on the GPS), I sit in the seat and say the words “voice command”, then “go home”. I am then guided to my home. If I say the word “address”, I can verbally put in most addresses, and it will find them. It accepts several other commands, that I have not tried yet. Camera: My 2015 Ford C-Max has no room for a standard radio with it’s large display screen. I have the optional Garmin back up camera that automatically uses the GPS display screen when I put the car into reverse. The picture is darker than my back up cameras that I had on three previous cars, but it is acceptable. This is a great solution when you do not really have space to put another screen in the car for the back up camera. Bluetooth: It will Bluetooth to your smart phone, and I understand that you can get traffic updates by using the data on your smart phone. I have not done this yet. This was totally worth the money I paid for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent! I'm a Waze fan - but this is awesome!

    Posted
    chivy
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    Despite my initial impression, this has completely won me over. Wanted to try a dedicated GPS again. Been using Waze for a couple of years and thought I would go back to a Garmin GPS. Interface is still similar to years ago (and that's a GOOD thing!). It was like finding an old favorite shirt - fit nice, super comfy, already broken in. At first I was skeptical - but once I downloaded the SmartLink app on my iPhone, it really completed the experience. Super easy to navigate, weather, traffic, voice commands to look up points of interest (gas, food, etc...). Two things that Waze doesn't do, that this Garmin does... weather and when you look up "Starbucks" or "Food", it gives you results based on distance and it has a small arrow pointing in the direction that the place is!!!!! Waze is always thinking I should turn around and drive back 3 exits to get a cup of coffee....how about the nearest coffee shop IN FRONT OF ME! Thank you Garmin (by the way, Garmin has been doing this for at least 10 years). 5 stars. I paid the $5 for the app that gives you weather radar over your map/route, which I cannot believe is not available on a smartphone. Oh, and it lets you initiate and end phone calls, will access your contacts (if you choose to allow it) - it will even display and read text messages to you! It's really a nice overall package. The Voice Command feature is easy to use. I have very little trouble with it - super intuitive. It's nice to not wear my battery out with navigation on my phone - not to mention a bigger, dedicated screen. Two thumbs up. I still love Waze, but Garmin is in first place and gets used 95% of the time!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Much improved over past model

    Posted
    joebbff
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    After 8 years my 2595 began to give out giving strange directions and recalculating often. I read many reviews and found these new models. My main issue with the 2595 was taking me through city streets with many lights rather than a highway because it is closer in distance but would take more time especially at rush hour. I don't use the bluetooth or voice but the bluetooth wasnt great on 2595. Improvements I've noticed compared to 2595. 1. Uses landmarks such as next light and the light after car wash rather than and in addition to streets. Especially great at night. 2.when coming to toll will take you to the right immediately as opposed to taking you to express ez pass and forcing you to cut across lanes of traffic. 3.very specific in telling you and showing you the lane you should be in 4.many options for alerts especially curves and speed changes 5.when going to an address this gaps took me to the highway while 2595 took me via streets 6.screen is big and easy to read I am using the old 2595 cable for traffic. Im sure app would work better but I don't have a smartphone. I don't know if these changes are due to gps or garmin but Im thinking gps cause my 2595 was not taking me via these improved routes. If my issue of the gps taking me through streets with many lights instead of highway ill add s sixth star. Overall I use on highway as well as local and am pleased so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Impressive features...

    Posted
    podman1950
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    I've been riding with the Garmin nuvi 1450 LMT on my handle bars for many years and decided it was time for an upgrade... here's my comparison: Pros: Lots: Great screen, very bright, easy to see. Lots of features, super touch screen, easy programming, Bluetooth, low cost weather and traffic add-on's, plus it works great with Base Camp. Cons: There's no solid way to attach the GPS on a handlebar. The mounting system built onto the rear panel is pretty light weight and Garmin does not recommend using it on a motorcycle or ATV. Ram doesn't make a good solid mount for this model yet like they have for other models. They do make an X-brace that will work but the center hub covers up the USB connection port when it's centered-up. The Ram Mount sales person I spoke with said he thought they'd make a solid mount some day but no firm plans at this time. I wound up modifying a When I powered it up from a USB port like my 1450, it worked but the screen was limited to 40% brightness level which isn't bright enough for me in direct sunlight. Garmin told me they don't want the DriveSmart61 powered from USB port... it uses too much power, and wouldn't properly charge the GPS battery. It has to be powered from a 12V source with the included cigarette lighter plug and power supply. When I did that, the brightness was allowed to be set at 100%. I couldn't get my unit to work using any other 12V to USB cables. Not a pro or con really, but my unit would not accept larger than a 32GB SD card. Overall I like the unit a lot but I would say it's probably not the best choice if you're going to use it on a bike, ATV or other higher vibration application. I hope this helps!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Pros & Cons

    Posted
    Wolfwalker527
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    Pros: Accurate (for the roads actually available on the map), pleasant voices available, Traffic available, decent color schemes, can select different vehicle icons with different colors available for each icon. Cons: Could not get it to link to my phone via Bluetooth for the Traffic, so I had to purchase a separate power cable with traffic receiver (extra $70 roughly over the cost of the GPS), does not include local roads that have existed for 5 or more years in the map, does some weird routing at times if you are using a location saved by creating a mark where you are at (as opposed to using an address), 'Lifetime Traffic apparently is *ONLY* for your initial local area (i.e. I live in Jacksonville, FL, so traffic does not work in other areas of FL or in other states), though you may be able to purchase traffic subscriptions for other areas at a reoccurring annual cost per area (This is misleading compared to other GPS brands' 'Lifetime Traffic' which is for your home country, not just your home city.) Summary: While this GPS is OK, there are too many negatives that I have experienced for me to recommend it to others. It may be suitable for your needs if you are not worried about roads in business parks and other local roads not being included, which does have some impact on its usefulness. If you are only needing to drive on interstates, US routes, and other more established roads that have existed for well over 5 years & you are not that concerned with this issue with the 'Lifetime Traffic', then this device may work well for your needs.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Sorry for the confusion. Garmin offers three different types of traffic services in North America: Garmin Traffic, Smartphone Link Traffic, and HD Digital Traffic. All three traffic services receive traffic data from HERETM. There are minor differences in coverage areas and update refresh rates; however, all three provide traffic coverage in all major U.S. and Canada cities. This Garmin Product Support FAQ compares all Garmin traffic services:
      https://support.garmin.com/faqSearch/en-US/faq/content/i34WV8maJa11t7iwvYnz18 Garmin

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not trust worthy

    Posted
    Creeker
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Purchased the smart drive 61 to replace my 1450 model that I still have and still work great. I am 71 years old and wanted this one because the screen was so clear, bright and easier to see because of the 6.95 screen size. I took it out for a trial run on a route that I knew very well, and it wanted me to go another way that I also knew but was out of the way. I brushed this off and went the way I wanted to go but, it continued to want me to turn around . The next day I took it on a trip to Kentucky on a route I have been traveling for many years and again it wanted to take me in a totally different way. I continued to take the route I have traveled for years which were main roads ( US 23 south). on my return home going North on US South the Garmin smart drive 61 wanted me to take a side road which I took. This road was a two lane country road and after driving3 to 4 miles on this road it ended up being closed of and blocked. I turned around and went back and finished my trip home using Route 23 North. I also had problems with the screen flickering on and off and the only way I could get it to stop was to turn it off and back on, this stopped the screen from flickering on and off. This was the second smart drive I tried out, the first one just locked up. With all the problems I have had with both I was afraid to trust this model. Both were returned. I will wait to see if Garmin comes up with a model that want take me way out in no mans land and get me lost.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Sorry about your dissatisfaction. Routing issues can easily be resolved by the updating to the latest mapping and software. This model includes Built-in Wi-Fi® for easy map and software updates. This Garmin YouTube video walks through the entire process:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk7VytUipe8&en-us
      If the issues persist, Garmin Product Support would be happy to offer additional troubleshooting. Garmin contact information, including telephone numbers and hours of operation, can be found on our Support page: http://www.garmin.com/support Garmin

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Does not work outside the US even with maps

    Posted
    Vivek360
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    We were planning on visiting Merida, Yuc, Mexico for a 5 day trip. So after reading many reviews chose Garmin over Tomtom Go (which I had used in the past) thinking buying maps as you go will help me use the device in many places in the world. We were planning on visiting Europe(Italy and Spain) as well so it looked like the best idea. But Garmin worked well within the US the reason why it got 1 star. I bought maps for South America and brought them uptodate. Then I chose to set all the places we would like to visit in the target country by changing the search area. Did not work. It always wanted to calculate the distance from the US. I tried blogs and changed the the home to the hotel address in Mexico as well. Did not work. Then I thought once I reach Mexico, I can set home to where I am staying and use the destinations. It picked up home alright. But never reached any destination in Mexico. We lost precious 2 hours. The only reason why the entire trip did not go kaput was because ATT works there and we could use google to get somewhere. Now I am worried if this junk will ever work outside the US. Since I am under warranty I am considering returning this to Best Buy. Simple option of setting country, state and area in that order would have worked nicely. But Garmin would have none of that.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      This Garmin Support article includes many helpful tips on Traveling to Another Country with a Garmin Automotive Device:  https://bit.ly/2CNL4Qw Garmin

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Does Not Turn On all the Time

    Posted
    Cat1
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    This is my third Garmin and I purchased this one as an upgrade to the older products. Unfortunately, I had to return this Garmin since it did not turn on all the time. After using it for a couple of weeks on a road trip, I could not get it turn on at all. When I took it back to the store, the store employee connected it to some device and was able to eventually turn it on. The screen is great and much easier to see when driving. It provides different types of notices: warning of deer/animal crossing, school zone, red light cameras, sharp curve ahead, etc. I did purchase the smaller Garmin 51 and it turns on albeit slow. I notice that if I turn the Garmin 51 off after I arrive at my destination and wait several seconds, as opposed to turning it off immediately, it turns on the next time faster. Maybe that is what I should have done with the Garmin 61, but it cost so much money to take a chance that it may or may not work. I did not have this issue with the older Garmin products and am disappointed in the newer models in terms of turning on. I gave it a low score since it did not turn on and completely shut down after two weeks of use otherwise it would have received the highest rating if it turned on.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      When a device won’t power on a soft reset often resolves the issue. Connect the device to a power source with the vehicle power cable or an AC adapter. Press and hold the power button for 10 to 15 seconds. Once the device powers on I would suggest fully charging the battery. Garmin

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Reliability in question.

    Posted
    Poochie
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    I purchased the Garmin 61 when it was $70.00 of. The touch screen was great, the voice command was ok but needs to be improved, looking up business was great but, the route directions was not trust worthy, it took me way out of the way to the point I thought I was lost. My old Garmin 1450 that I have had for a long time and is still working is more trust worthy. I tried a second Garmin 61, it seems to be ok to the point I purchased a hard case for it. I went to the local electronic store and purchased a AC wall charger for it and on the way home I had the Garmin 61 on and the screen started flickering on and off for about a mile and would not stop, finally I had to turn it off. I had this one for 13 days and had only two more day of the 15 day return time. with only two more days left I did not have enough time left to test this one out to see if this flickering of the screen would return. I really, really liked the Garmin 61 and Best Buy offered to let me get a third one to try out and I almost took them up on it. I was embarrassed enough in return the second one and if the third one had problems and had to return it, I would have felt even worse. If Garmin comes out with something more trust worthy I would surely give it a try. I like my old 1450 model but it is out dated and the screen is not very bright. Thanks Best Buy for offering to let me try a third one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Thank you for your review. It sounds like the device needed to be updated. While the GPS is ready to use out of the box, we would suggest checking for any map and software updates that may have been made available while the device was in transit and on the retailer’s shelf. This model can easily be updated using the built-in Wi-Fi. This Garmin FAQ page provides all the details to update via Wi-fi:  https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?productID=589643&topicTag=region_wifi
      If you continue running into trouble with charging, Garmin Customer Care would be happy to offer additional assistance. You can find our contact information listed here: www.garmin.com/support. Again, thank you so much for your review. Garmin

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Lifetime traffic not included

    Posted
    SteveS
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    I purchased this unit to replace a nuvi 3590 LMT that died. The "T" Drivesmart 61 LMT is a little deceptive as the unit itself does not receive traffic updates out of the box as the 3590 did. You have to either purchase a separate cable for $70, only to find out that the cable only works in "major metropolitan areas" and not on the open highway (that fact is not listed anywhere on Garmin's site regarding the cable), or use the Smartphone Link app, turn on GPS/location services, and use your data on your phone. So, it order to utilize the "Lifetime Traffic", the Garmin device is basically just a big screen sitting on your dash/windshield displaying information received via your cell phone. The whole point of purchasing the device was so I didn't have to use the GPS and data on my cell phone. If I had know that the only highway traffic option was using the cell app, I would have saved the $300+ that I spent on the new unit & cable and used the free mapping which includes traffic updates already included on my cell phone!

    No, I would not 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. A GTM 36 cable, which offers standard Garmin traffic, can be found with part number 010-01009-02. A GTM 60, which provides HD Digital Traffic, can be found with part number 010-01031-00. An explanation of the differences between the two services can be found in the following Support Center FAQ: https://support.garmin.com/faqSearch/en-US/faq/content/i34WV8maJa11t7iwvYnz18
      Thank you again for your feedback. Garmin

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    A dismal failure - Garmin got me lost in Tijuana

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    TijuanaOrBust

    This Garmin GPS was a dismal failure for me. This was my 4th Garmin GPS. I bought it because I was taking a trip to Tijuana, Mexico and needed the North America Map. First, I had 2 places I needed to go. The first was a street address, and Garmin directed me to a location more than a mile from where it was. Then I tried to enter the intersection, and couldn't find a way to enter an intersection. Next, I had to get back to the US border using the Fast Lane. I couldn't find any way to enter this location. Both of these tasks, Google Maps did easily and correctly. In addition, the gps chose a wrong home location for me, and I couldn't find any way to correct a wrong home location. Then in the US, there were several places I needed to go, and Garmin did not have these stores in their data base. I have no ideal what happened to Garmin; they used to be a reliable and very good GPS. Two other faults with this GPS: If you want to use the traffic option, you need to buy an addition $70 power cord; if you want to use it on AC power for easy trip programming, you need to buy an additional $30 AC Power Cord. So the cost is actually $100 more than advertised. I'm sending it back!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK GPS, but incomplete

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    NOcommuter
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    I have been a long time user of Garmin GPS units so this review is based on a lot of familiarity with them. The 61-LMT unit itself is OK in most respects. It's a Garmin with all the expected features, big display, and relatively speedy. It has a degree of voice control and can use Wi-Fi to do updates without a computer. I have two main issues with it for which got it 3 stars. First, the T designation is really misleading. The unit can use or display traffic information, but doesn't come with a way to get it. You can get traffic information by linking with a smart phone (which more or less defeats the purpose of getting a stand alone GPS - if I wanted to use a smart phone I can just use Google Maps), or you need to get an external Garmin traffic receiver. I have an external traffic receiver from an older Nuvi that I am using with it, but you'd think for the price tag of this GPS Garmin could have included one. It's sort of like getting a new car with three tires and the emergency spare installed. You can drive it, but it's limited. The second is the address search. The one used in the 61-LMT is a step backward. There doesn't appear to be a way to easily enter partial addresses or intersections. My 8 year old bare bones Nuvi is far easier to use and apparently smarter in this area. Hopefully, an update fixes this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to read and use

    Posted
    Mj23lvr
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    I love the larger display and voice directions. Sometimes the display can be confusing when you have an exit off an exit (freeway exit, then another quick freeway exit, for instance). It doesn’t switch soon enough to your next step and then you have passed your “second” exit. An overall display of your trip would be nice too, similar to Apple or Google maps, but usually I just pull up my destination on my phone to see how it is trying to take me. I wish it allowed you to simply touch and drag to modify your route (again like maps on your phone) The initial install/update was not easy to do as the Garmin Express software was anything BUT express or easy. I am hoping my future updates happen quicker now that I did the first install of the software. I know it says you can connect to your phone for up-to-date information but I feel if I was going to use my phones for info or even data, I would just use my phone for navigation too. It’s not practical. Lastly, it would be nice to have a soft cloth storage bag to put it in when it is not in use. I don’t want to invite a break in by leaving it hooked up on my dash or windshield so having a soft cloth bag to clean and store it would be amazing. With all that being said, it sounds like I hate this thing. I don’t! I just want my negatives to be known so you can decide if you can live with them. This Garmin has saved me hours of hunting for addresses, houses and routes from city to city and state to state as I travel in the wake of storms for my company. (I work In insurance as a Catastrophe Adjuster)

    I would recommend this to a friend