Garmin excellence again
Also fitted to Range Rover. Excellent for long trip planning due to large number of waypoints that can be stored. LR unit only stores 5 waypoints. Maps great but off road coverage is poor to hopeless.
Voice command is average. Overall though is great GPS and is my fourth Garmin unit. I think off-road maps can be purchased from Garmin.
Great for the price.
Great GPS with lots of extras. Speed check ... free lifetime maps ... easy to understand voices ... The interface is pleasant to look at ... It shows places to eat ... where to buy fuel ... so many extras to mention. The detailed maps are easy to follow. I paid under $200. Great value for money.
Garmin DriveSmart 51 LMT is unreliable garbage.
Garmin express program
This program is essential for updating software and maps. It is garbage. Its servers are slow and small updates take over 1 hour to download. It fails to recognize the connected gps and fails to know when the gps software is updated. The update software fails and constantly loops (without telling the user there's a problem).
It will not turn on
The screen goes black and won’t turn on. It may be linked to the terrible batteries Garmin use that don’t last 60 seconds without a power source. It’s so unintuitive that it won’...
Purchased in May 2016 for $300.00.
- DriveSmart 51 LMT-S
Overrated and overstated with many hidden shortfalls.
Bought this to use overseas as it has Voice Command which is a critical feature for driving in Europe. It can also accommodate extra maps by way of a micro SD card, so I bought the Garmin City Navigator Europe NT Full Coverage 010-10680-50 maps for the outrageous price of $139.00 to work with this GPS whilst driving in Europe. To my horror I discovered that the Voice Command feature does not work on any maps but with what was originally loaded onto this GPS. For example, when trying to use it for France, it says this feature (Voice Command) is ...not available in British English. It was the same for the UK and ALL other European countries. Over and above, the maps were horribly outdated. Although Garmin stated the European map I bought was 2018 and current, it could not locate an address in Spain which was in existence for 12 years plus. In fact, it could not locate the entire village. Yet Google Maps found the address in seconds. This GPS does not come with a mains charger - it is an extra and from full charge, you'll be lucky to see 20 minutes until dead flat albeit Garmin claim 30 minutes which in itself is ludicrous. If you want to enter an address while in your hotel room for example, unless you have a wall charger, forget it. The Garmin DriveSmart 51 LMT-S is overrated and overstated and we are clearly being mislead by Garmin. Avoid at all costs - especially if considering this item for overseas travel. Rather hire a car with a GPS.
So Far So Good
Just purchased this unit 1 week ago (June 2018) for a sale price of $227. I love the large 7" screen and the map detail, Have been driving around Perth and the Perth Hills testing it. Its been very accurate and the alerts are very helpful. Voice activation unfortunately is very frustrating, The unit does not understand the Australian accent. Either I can't pronounciate properly or this unit just guesses at what you are saying. And the guesses are not anywhere near the words you spoke. It can take up to 10 or more attempts before it gets it righ...t. Hopefully I'll get a chance to do a road trip and test it properly out of the city. I no longer need my HUD as all the info is on the Garmin. Updates and help files have been straightforward so far, It has lifetime maps. So far maps are accurate and reliable, Signal strength is good. Extremely easy to install and the windscreen bracket is great. Easy to remove the unit when not driving. Definitely way better than google maps. Hopefully, I'll be able to add more info at a later date after I've had it for a while and done some country trips to truly test its metal. Can't wait to see if it has good coverage of unsealed roads in the country and outback areas.
- DriveSmart 61 LMT-S
Ideal for what I need
Updated to the Garmin Drive smart 61 LMT-6 Got it at a competitive price from Harvey Normans. Good quick response when activated, nice large easily readable screen, clear voice command, easy to install very pleased with the devise. Following needs improvement, the supposed gas stations are invariably non existent, the speed zones are often incorrect. Apparently this is common in most name gps`s as they install the same map apps, despite these " issues " I am happy with the overall performance of the device. Word of warning device is NOT compatible with (hard wiring) direct to battery, causes malfunction !!!
Regards Wedge Tail
A really great product
I purchased this unit for my wife's Range Rover after being lead on a 15klm. trip around the outskirts of Bundaberg instead of 4klms through the center of town by the inbuilt unit.This isn't the first time that this has happened. My wife who is technology challenged fitted the unit and programed it, while I was away for a week, it's that easy, her own words. She has been for several fact finding trips with this unit, she couldn't be happier it does everything she has asked of it, I am looking forward to using it myself.
A big disappointment.
The find gas station feature is a joke. Crossing the nullarbor where fuel is only avail every 300 kms or so the garmin keeps telling me fuel is avail at truck stops. These are usually a small gravel parking are with a rubbish bin. When I tried to put in Nundroo where fuel is available it could not find it. Tried Nullarbor roadhouse which was about 60 k ahead and was told it was 500 plus k behind me. No where near as good as my old tomtom. Could lead inexperienced travelers into big trouble.
I have had other garmin sat nav’s, nothing wrong with just upgraded each time. I have found this new model to be nothing but fantastic, larger screen & map detail easier to read & keep eyes on the road rather than looking down to use the Nissan Xtrail in car model
Connects easily to my smartphone for the other features & notifications
Not worth it!
This is the 2nd Navman I've had in 3 months! Both have just died on me without any reason! Horrible product , never purchasing a Garmin again! Looks good but works horribly, maps arnt in date , hardly any signal strength , absolutely terrible! Will be going with tomtom or Navman next!
Worst product I have ever purchased.
Will not update software.
Takes forever to find satellites (usually never unless multiple restarts).
Will not connect to phone.
Voice commands do not work.
Manuals worse than useless
Support incomprehensible, uncontactable
I have never had such a frustrating product in 30 years of using high end tech. Usually such products are ok, connect and do what they should. This thing - terrible. But it isn't only the device, everything about Garmin appears to be impossible. Manuals, support, everything.
Great product - could be better
The smart drive 61 is a great gps that once setup is an awesome bit of kit in the car once setup. The screen is large and clear maps are good and easy to read, installation simple and updating the device a breeze.
I am upgrading from another ageing portable GPS and own other Garmin GPS's (for sport activities) and am a fan of how intuitive and logical the menu system is. Not so with the Smartdrive 61. It takes some time to work out how to customise the Garmin to your liking and working through the menus is not straight forward at all for a ...
Worst GPS I have ever owned
One, the maps are very old and WRONG, if you use your gps for a 5 km trip...the directions will probably end up a 10 km trip...it might look flash...but very poor in my opinion, will never buy Garmin again after the experience with this one... and will go back to either Navman or Tomtom...they may not look as flash... but at least give decent directions
Its a great little set up well worth the money.
This is great we have owned a tom tom and a navman and have never been overly impressed with these but I have now updated to this Garmin drive smart 61 LMT-S and its great maps are easy to download and it shows parking spots and heavy to light traffic I'm so glad we bought this.
- DriveSmart 61 LMT-S
Best GPS Unit out there
This is the 4th Garmin I have owned over the years. I have the Google and Apple maps on my iPhone but these are practically useless when there aren't any signals or internet connectivity. It's all well and fine to drive around in the city but when push comes to shove you need a solid workhorse of a GPS to do the job. My old Garmin did the job very well when I drove across the Nullarbor from Perth to Melbourne in large swathes of the great Australian countryside where there are basically no phone signals or internet connection. This new versio...n is sleek, highly intuitive, has Wi-Fi (Especially handy for downloading the latest Map Updates without plugging into a laptop or USB Connection) Bluetooth and voice recognition. The maps are accurate and the signal strength exceptional. and it was a relatively easy thing to set up as I have ben doing that over the years. Would I recommend this Unit? Yes I would.!
This is our most recent Garmin GPS.
We have now had 10 models over the years, but this one is the best.
Works perfectly anywhere including the bush - not like a phone GPS that needs a phone signal.
Its easy to program and accurate and easy to install on the windscreen with the magnetic base.
This means you can pull the unit off the windscreen when driving, give it to my navigator and change things while on the move.
We pre-program all of our important drives BEFORE we leave Australia, along with all our accommodation, things to see do as ...
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|Category||GPS Navigation Systems||GPS Navigation Systems|
|Features||Free Map Updates, MicroSD Slot and Voice Control|
|Battery Life||1 hours|
|Dimensions||140 x 84 x 18 mm|
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