Have been using this unit for just over a year now, Being an older person I found it easy to use & set up, it is clear & easy to read and the maps I have been using in Sth Australia have been good. I hard wired it into my BMW so it comes on as soon as you start the car so no stuffing around, recently it reminded me to update the unit with FREE maps, I was a bit worried to try this as I have read other stories where people have up dated their GPS only to lose what they had & had all sorts of problems, I have to admit it took me a couple of attem...ps to get it right LOL, but once done worked great. I would buy this 5" unit again & recommend it to all. Purchased from Harvey Norman for $208-00. Downside..The battery does not last long once disconnected from vehicle, so would be little use for using it for walks.
Purchased in May 2019 at Harvey Norman for $208.00.
Cant find home
I have lived at my current address for 13 years.When I enter my address,it replies that it cant be found.After 13 years and many map updates,It still cant find me.
Purchased in July 2019 at Canadian Tire for $300.00.
Terrible user features
Cannot remove direction banner, speed camera alert shrinks before reaching the camera. Cannot turn off school alerts or any of the other alerts, despite there being a setting to do so. FPS rate on camera gives jittery playback. Wish i had reviewed it before i bought it. I live near a school,and so does my girlfriend, so the school alerts go off, non stop even in the driveways.
Purchased in March 2020 for $495.00.
Absolutely the worst
I've has this unit for a few years now and tested it all around Australia, and I have come to hate the thing. It seems hellbent on finding the worst route anywhere. It takes you on C roads when there are B roads, and B roads when there are A roads. It can't find the fastest or the shortest route unless there is only one road between you and the destination, and even then you can never be sure. It might take you on a side jaunt somewhere. And when you detour off the set route while driving it gets hopelessly confused, tells you you to go back wh...en it would be better to keep going or tells you keep going when it would be better to go back. Often when you enter a destination it will give you options in the USA or Africa, just annoying. It never seems to update. It still has roads from many years ago that no longer exist, especially the Pacific Motorway up and down the east coast. It thinks every truck stop has fuel when it is only a layby. Sometimes you can't see the purple route because it's off the screen or obscured by blue restaurant signs. The voice command is useless. The worst is that Garmin refuse to take feedback on all the issues, so it never gets any better.
Purchased in December 2015 for $350.00.
Piece of Junk
Having used a Nuvi 760 for the last 10 years I decided to treat myself with a new GPS and boy did I make a mistake. The 760 had a very user friendly interface and you could make it do nearly anything but make a cup of tea. My new Drive Smart 51 is the most complicated piece of junk. Instead of keeping the interface simple Garmin have gone for a new user unfriendly smart phone type system. They have changed the simple words such "Routes" to "Trip planner", "Favourites" has become "Saved". Even though I loaded all my favourites with their own dis...tinctive symbol so I could easily identify them on my maps they show up as a brown flag. The 760 had the facility to change the properties of my Favourites but the new GPS doesn't. When planning a Route, I can only use 29 way points whereas my 760 was 50. One plus is that I can save more favourites (1000) and more than 10 Routes. Garmin should go back to making quality GPS's and not try to emulate a mobile phone. Leave that to Apple and Samsung.
Purchased in September 2019 for $279.00.
Unable to load pois, for campsites, giving it untill next , if it cant be sorted then its on ebay
Can not load pois, have tried every way to do it poi loaders club loaders file transfer you name it I have tried. Unfortunately garmin accept no responsibility. It mostly crashes on no usb connection, yet have tried all sub modes in catorgaries
Purchased in June 2019 at JB Hifi Home for $239.00.
Great GPS especially for overseas
I’ve been using Garmin GPSes since 2008 and have used them here in Perth as well as across the US, Canada and the UK. Each time the unit has unerringly guided me to my destination. With my current DriveSmart 61, I am using it in Los Angeles to guide me around the maze of streets and interstate highways. I especially like the lane guidance feature here in LA as some highways are 7 or more lanes wide and you have to be in a specific (sometimes the middle) lane to exit. The unit shows the lane you have to be in and also speaks it i.e. “Be in the l...eft four lanes”. Great when you are driving in peak hour on an 8 lane highway and need to know NOW which lane is your exit. I wouldn’t even attempt to drive in the US without this device navigating for me. The interface is intuitive, with only two selections from the main screen “Where To” and “Show Map”. The voice is clear and understandable, although pronunciation can occasionally be weird. I tried the voice commands initially but found them too troublesome to use and just use the touch interface. Unlike other reviewers, I find the touch screen quite responsive. I’ve had no issues searching for petrol stations or locations by name, it has found them every time. I like the free Lifetime Maps and wireless updating, although previously I have used the Garmin Express app without any issues. The only criticism about maps is you have to purchase overseas maps and they are tied to only one GPS, you cannot move them to another GPS, they just don’t appear. I purchased the lower 49 US States map and installed it on a micro SD card for about A$89. You cannot update these purchased maps, they must be re-purchased again if you want to update them. To me this isn’t an issue as I only travel every couple of years and the roads don’t change much where I drive. The screen can be a little too reflective at times, according to the time of day and this can be distracting when trying to navigate, but I’ve since got used to it. Battery life is fair, only lasting about an hour unplugged and slowly gets worse over time, but as I hardly ever use it out of the car, this is not an issue for me. Overall, a very useful device, especially overseas where I don’t have data on my phone making Google Maps useless. The Garmin is a life-saver in this instance. Highly recommended
Purchased in November 2018 at Johnny Appleseed GPS Online store for $329.00.
Never get Lost Again
Best thing I have ever bought for the car. No more getting lost or searching thru maps and taking the wrong road. Easy to set up. With lifetime free maps. Comes with built in dash cam as well. Sooooo easy to use. Paid $170 on Ebay. Brand new unit. included free Garmin high speed multi charger. All with 12 months replacement warranty
A great GPS for the price.
We have a 2008 Lexus RX 350 and the maps can’t be updated at this time. We have had 2 previous Garmin in the past and liked their ease of use and the lifetime maps update. So we wanted something familiar. When you’re in your 40’s (late 40’s) a 7 inch screen is a plus. This is primarily why we bought it. It looks, feels and works like a Garmin. I’m not tech savvy and read the reviews that voice activation is a little clunky. We have saved all our searches/addresses and we find using the voice activation great. I have managed to pair my phone and...that also works. If you want a tech write up, I’m sorry I’m not your reviewer. But as someone who is a little tech challenged (That’s why we have teenagers!) I have found the Garmin to do what it’s supposed to do. Large screen, easy to use, more features than I’ll ever (or know how to) use.
This is great
Bought this to take on holiday in our hire car and now we have put it in my husbands car and so far it has been amazing, better than the in built navigation system in my car.
Very impressed so far and would buy another of this brand if we ever needed one.
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.
A great gps let down by terrible update utility.
● the good ●
1. Gorgeous bright and high resolution screen.
2. The user interface design is intuitive and a pleasure to use.
3. Features such as roadwork updates and upcoming restaurants are useful.
● the bad ●
1. The garmin express program (crucial for updating software and maps) is garbage. Garmin express is the worst program I have ever used. It is so broken and inconsistent that it's basically legal torture to use. I've never had so much trouble with a single program than garmin express.
- garmin's servers are slow and small updates take over 1 hour to download.
- garmin's update software fails to recognize the connected gps....
Purchased in May 2016 for $300.00.
- DriveSmart 51 LMT-S
- Verified purchase
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.
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.
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.
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
- Verified purchase
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.!
Questions & Answers
Can l update maps on a Garmin drive 61LMT-S GPS with out a computer thanks
|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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