Easy to use type in postcode or street name and of you go.
For a budget sat nav it does the job pretty well. This is mostly a cosmetic update to the nuvi 50 model the features are very much the same as the older model, screen and specification are identical just a nicer case; some of the higher end features are missing so don’t expect all the bells and whistles of more expensive models, but it’s certainly decent value for money and a good choice for new users or folks looking for a simple easy to use device. As with every garmin you get the windscreen mount suction pad and the in car power supply/chargerwhat you get:+ fairly good 5′ lcd screen these have improved a lot over the years it’s not ultra high res (480 x 272) but quite readable in bright light and does the job just fine+ route planning is fairly good most of the time, but take note to set the gps to avoid smaller roads and set the journey time to ‘quickest time’ this helps, like all gps units i’ve used none are super intelligent but it will get you there+ you do have speed alerts this displays the current speed limit and you get speed camera alerts+ voice technology has improved for garmin recently it’s not as fluent as tom tom but getting better some pronunciations are off, but it’s good enough to know what road you are on and most are fine, street names are spoken so it’s not just a case of turn left next junction you get the road names+ lane assist and junction view, quite handy and fool proof for motorway driving the screen splits in half and the current route on the left hand side, when a lane change is coming up the right part of the screen shows clearly with arrows and signs for the required lane on your route you can’t really go wrong with this and i’ve used it extensively on the m4 (a common route for me) and it was flawless+ you can add additional points of interests, and you get the ‘where am i’ locator withand information on nearest petrol station and hospitals etc+ trip log is included this draws a line on the map showing where you’ve been before and based on some fairly heavy mileage the range is quite a lot (eventually it re-draws the log after a lot of miles)+ option to expand storage with micro sd cardwhat’s missing:- no trip planner this allowed you to set multiple waypoints along a journey not a huge omission being honest more useful for bigger journeys or when you want to visit many locations along a route (you can workaround this simply entering the routes as you need them)- doesn’t have bluetooth, nor mp3 or audio book playback, or the pedestrian mode. Mid level models have this- no 3d terrain view or buildings/landmarks (not a huge loss really)- no traffic trends (which knows the congestion rates at certain times thus avoiding heavy traffic routes) and no my trends which predicts your route based on previous journeys. You also don’t have multiple route choices as you do on mid level models- not traffic compatible, even if you buy the add on receiver it won’t work as the gps doesn’t support itgarmin quote 2 hours for the battery life, i’ve found that to be a tad optimistic but this is rarely used outside the cardespite the number of cut down areas the nuvi 52 still has the basics you’d want on a sat nav minus a few things which garmin have decided to keep for the higher priced models, probably the biggest loss is the choice to pick multiple routes for a set destination as it is you’ll get one based on the settings (ie avoid tolls and motorways or non paved roads etc) where as other models i’ve used allow you to cycle through the various routes on offer. Letting that one point go, overall though it’s a decent enough sat nav, but like all models mapping isn’t perfect (some roads in wales were a bit off due to recent work) and routing isn’t always 100% either you do get the odd trip down a country lane, but it is improving and it’s probably worth going for the lifetime maps if you are a frequent road user (ie for work) if you don’t go with that then you get the ‘new maps’ guarantee which allows you to download the most up to date map. Probably the best part of a gps is when you take a wrong turn, it will re-route you fairly quickly to correct that, esp useful if you are driving in an area you are not overly familiar with. Even without that having an on screen rolling map is also extremely handy and i use this a lot just to have the layout ahead right on screen. Once you dip your toes into the gps water even at this level it’s hard to go back to not having one or using the old paper map method. Really despite some niggles and missing bits, you can’t really complain too much basic or not these devices cost quite a lot 10 years ago and they’ve improved hugely in accuracy, routing and speed of use.
Garmin nuvi 52LM 5″ Sat Nav with UK and Western Europe Maps and Free Lifetime Map Updates
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- Bright 5″ touchscreen sat nav with preloaded street maps of UK, Ireland and Western Europe (24 countries)
- Includes Free Lifetime Map Updates for the UK, Ireland and Western Europe. Includes microSD card slot to accommodate additional map options and map updates
- Lane assist and junction view provide guidance at tricky junctions
- Displays speed limit, safety cameras and accurate arrival time
- Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest and “Where Am I?” emergency locator tells you of your coordinates and the nearest address, intersection, hospitals, police and fuel stations
Does what it is supposed to.
Three stars might be generous but you get what you pay for. . Relatively simple to download the garmin software for windows and update the maps. However, having turned off the various settings for automatically loading of garmin software when windows launches, i am now getting a range of errors in the event log relating to garmin and my boot time has increased radically to about 3 minutes (obviously windows is failing to launch parts of garmin software despite the fact that i don’t want it loading). So i am going to remove the garmin software completely and reload it again every so often merely to update the maps and then dump it again. The italian pronunciation of road names is absolutely diabolical when the language is set to english. Weird because they are perfect when the language is set to italian. So you have a choice, at least when travelling in italy anyway. Listen to instructions in english but have to put up with horrendous pronunciation for road names or switch it over to italian if you can understand the driving instructions in italian. Otherwise the sat nav works fairly well. She gets excited if you drive on a road that she doesn’t know about (like a recently opened motorway for example).
In my job i spend a lot of time driving and had to get something that did the job well. This sat nav is simple to use, yet gives clear-cut instructions. If you miss your turning, it quickly calculates a new route for you. The screen is a good size and you can still see it in bright sunlight. All round a good little piece of equipment.
Garmin nuvi 52LM 5″ Sat Nav with UK and Western Europe Maps and Free Lifetime Map Updates : Item arrived timely and with all accessories. Item arrived timely and with all accessories. It powered up without an issue and found the satellite signal without issue.