Garmin 2595 – splendid satnav but huge problem updating (solved in the end)). As a satnav, i think its brilliant. The reason i have given it only 3 stars is because i had immense trouble downloading updates to maps and software. The problem was that garmin express and garminmapupdater failed to recognise the device. I spent several frustrating hours downloading and installing new versions of usb drivers, browser plug-ins and all associated software, alternative usb cables, avoiding usb hub, trying firefox and internet express,. I was just about to give up and send it back to amazon when i found an online entry explaining that some of these devices were shipped with the wrong mode preset, to ‘mtp autodetect mode’ not ‘mass storage mode’. To fix this, do the following: power on the satnav and wait until main menu displayed, go to the volume screen, then press and hold the top right hand corner of the volume screen for about 10 seconds (i know, seems quite bizarre)- the screen has nothing to indicate that anything lurks there. This secret procedure brings up a developer menu.
It was a wedding anniversary gift to my husband. He loves using it as he is on the road a lot. He is very impressed with the traffic alerts and its accuracy.
Garmin nuvi 2595LMT 5″ Sat Nav with UK and Full Europe Maps, Free Lifetime Map Updates and Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts and Bluetooth
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- Extra-wide, dual-orientation, 5-inch touchscreen sat nav
- Lifetime map updates and traffic alerts – for the lifetime of the sat nav
- Lane Assist with Garmin PhotoRealTM junction view
- Handsfree operation – Voice activated for spoken navigation instructions and handsfree phone calls via Bluetooth®
- Street-level mapping for Europe
We are very pleased it is very easy to use it is a great improvement on the last model we had.
Bought this as my old tom tom was very bulky and outdated. After reading reviews of garmin generally decided to go with them rather than tom tom who charge for absolutely everything (map updates, traffic etc). The fact that map updates and traffic are included for the life of the unit persuaded me to buy this one. I had reason recently to undertake a trip from northumberland to beds, bucks and oxfordshire. The unit worked brilliantly including a traffic detour which saved me 30 minutes. It found and accurately directed me to the hotels that i stayed in. The voice command works perfectly and saves fiddling with the touch screen. I think some of the reviewers are being very picky, my understanding is that a human brain has the ability to ignore spurious directions and speed limits. This is a tool to help with driving directions not to replace common sense.
Best garmin i’ve used but still poor traffic alerts. This is my third garmin, and i am really pleased with this one as it is a big improvement on the 255w in many ways :goodscreen – big and bright and the touch sensitivity is good but not iphone standard. Plenty of information is provided without it being too busy. You can adjust the amount shown if you find the display too crowded but the more the merrier for melane assist – very good with like for like pictures of the actual signs that you will encounter but i do feel it comes on a bit sooner than is necessary (a mile or so before the junction) which can be slightly confusing if there is another junction inbetweenpower on – super fast. You’re ready to go in a couple of secondsmap updates – free . It did take several hours but my home connection is very slow. For the record, i use windows vista home premium. Its unclear what the ‘adverts’ are but if it’s the unobtrusive burger king or lloyds bank icons then it’s fine with menavigation – calculates and recalculates routes fast, offering you a choice of two routes for most journeys. Handles multi-stops very well also, enabling you to drag and drop to rearrange destinations. Input – when typing in an address, it greys out the unavailable letters which is a clever touchaccuracy – sure every car park in every county is not mapped here but it hasn’t directed me into the sea yet and i have covered thousands of trouble-free miles so far using this.
Garmin nuvi 2595LMT 5″ Sat Nav with UK and Full Europe Maps, Free Lifetime Map Updates and Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts and Bluetooth : This was a great buy, much better than my previous sat nav. Apart from all the great technical features, the sat nav robot doesn’t say “recalculating” everytime you change your mind about which road to follow. She just changes the route and away you go. Great visibility, clear display, easy-to-read info.