The 65 LMT is functional, but no better than a number of recent Garmin Nuvis. It has standard features, but none is a game-changer. The bigger screen is OK, but the trade-off is that it is a bit heavier and bounces a bit.
The big disappointment is that it cannot be charged through a standard wall charger, even when using the supplied Garmin cable. A Garmin wall charger is required. That's another $39.
The unit also cannot be charged from a computer using the Garmin USB cable supplied. Pretty hopeless really. Your only option is the car char...
Excellent value for the money.
Having had a couple of Navman GPS over the past few years I thought I'd try out something different. Using Product review it became clear that of the other makes the Garmin seemed a well supported brand. It got rather confusing trying to determine just which model to go for but after steadily eliminating much of the advanced option features I came down to this one, the LM simply because we mainly drive in the country or interstate and don't need live traffic reporting. While the car has Bluetooth I didn't have any use for it as we seldom make o...r receive calls on our cellphone while actually travelling. The big appeal is the free "lifetime" maps, something the last Navman promised (for 3 years, anyway) but didn't deliver. As soon as I loaded the PC software and connected this up it did everything, checked for firmware updates and then updated to the latest map without a hitch. the display has a wide range of "skins" so it's nice to be able to choose one that suits best. It was very easy to use the settings but I did find the navigation a bit hard to follow for a few days, but fine now. It took a lot longer to figure out how to use the FIND feature as known addresses didn't always work for me, even when they do on the Navmans. It wasn't the devices fault, just my slow learning rate. It actually works better at that then the earlier Navmans. you need to be careful though to enter suburban names precisely. I was confounded when Bendigo East couldn't be located on this device, but OK on the Navmans. Turns out it will only accept East Bendigo as valid.. no biggie but again, unbending. The spoken dialogue has a good range of optional voices but only a couple actually use Street Names, so we soon learned to stick with the default Male Aussie one. the directions are more definite than the Navmans and if you continue to go in the "wrong" direction (we don't always agree with the given directions) it doesn't start hammering you to "do a U turn" but take sup as though all was still on course. But if you continue to go in a definite wrong direction, I guess it has a limit how far you can stray, it will give you gentle but firm directions to get back on track. Some place names are pronounced a bit unusual so you need to listen carefully, but mostly its fine. Occasionally it will send you off one a route that you know is not the shortest, such as in your own city, but for this level of technology I doubt if it's on it's own in that respect. I'll always carry a printed street directory when visiting larger cities, just in case. Overall it is well worth the low $112 we paid at The Good Guys March 2015. saw them for around $166+ elsewhere. Great device for basic GPS assistance, but check out that it includes all the features you might be wanting to use.
Will Garmin's Nuvi 50 GPS Kill You?
The latest map is 2013.30 which was released in 2012.
Forget all the lifetime free map upgrades up to four times a year.
You can't trust the speed limit alerts and the speed camera database is almost 3 years old.
The Garmin Nuvi 50 suggests you go the wrong way up one-way streets.
Sooner or later the Nuvi 50 might kill you if you trust it rather than ignore it.
i bought my Garmin 3 yrs ago at Harvey Norman's for $88 i had a hiccup where it froze on me, took it back to Harvey and they sent it back to the Garmin manufacturing. They decided to replace the whole unit, and I haven't looked back. would like to know where i can get a manual book on how to upload maps. thanks
Top Product - pity about the maps shortcomings.
I purchased this Sat Nav for $137 (including NZ delivery) New Zealand dollars on-line from JB HiFi in New Zealand. I was impressed - the maps are clear, the directions good and it is very quick to show an alternate route if I deviate from the route shown. Top marks here. It is a pity that so many small towns are left off the maps so if you are trying to find a small town buy a paper map. One or two errors in the maps also but nothing very serious has so far come to light. One or two rather odd inclusions in the maps to, obviously compiled b...y someone who doesn't have much idea of what these places are. It is a pity the Garmin people don't have an email address you can send a note of errors or omissions to. I was surprised when I phoned the call centre that they were not interested in the map inaccuracy I wanted to report. In fact I never got the chance to tell anyone, instead a rather pushy foreign accented woman insisted I upload a new map even though my sat nav was brand new and I had just uploaded the latest map a few days previously. Unsurprisingly the error was still there in the new map. Despite my gripes I am very happy with my Nuvi 50. (I will be travelling with 'proper' maps when I head out into rural areas.) It works well and in the more populated areas should be excellent for getting around unfamiliar territory. Clear maps, good directions. Easy to follow. A few annoying and silly errors and omissions in the mapping software
You will never be seen again!
I have never been so lost in my life using the nuvi 40. I used the GPS as I did not know the exact route. It has twice taken me off the highway sent me down back roads that are C roads or dirt. The mountainous journey over the Great Dividing Range was terrible. I was on my own and I was directed away from the Hume Highway and onto a C road that ended in dirt, when it started to rain it became a nightmare. I emailed the company and left a complaint as why did the GPS direct me off an A road onto a C road, but they never got back in touch. I cons...ider it dangerous now and will not use it, I just get lost. Good, clear screen, nice size. Recharges quickly and long battery life. The routes are for the quickest by calculation based on distance and speed, not the safest or the quality of the road i.e. a dirt road over a highway.
I bought this GPS unit to help navigate around New Zealand. It provides both Australian and New Zealand Maps. This unit was cheaper to buy than hire one from the car rental place. The unit performed perfectly, was easy to use, provided clear voice directions and was quick to acquire satellites.
Software downloaded from the Garmin website was a simple process and when interfaced with the GPS unit provides free map updates. I noticed that there is also other stuff for the GPS unit to download as well.
This unit provided a better experi...ence than the previous Tom Tom GPS unit I owned which would not power down after switching off ignition and did not have New Zealand maps. Searching an address was easy by selecting suburb, street number then street name or by searching a Point of Interest (POI). During my travels I detoured a few times and the GPS unit quickly recalculated a new route. The unit switched from day to night (screen intensity) mode without issues. The Garmin 42LM claims it is "Ideal for those who want an easy to use, dependable GPS." This is true and it is why I'm giving it 5 out 5. I recommend the unit to anyone that wants a basic GPS to help navigate. Easy menu system, provides all the basic features.
GARMIN!!! are you people reading this?
This unit has only lasted 6 months, The right side of the touch pad is not working at all, I misplaced the purchase receipt so the store wont honor the warranty, This gps used to tell me I was 100 meters left of where I really was, It also showed me as being 80 meters under sea level. NOT HAPPY AT ALL.
Thsis was my first gps so I have nothing to copare it to.
Basic GPS, make sure you update map pack regularly.
Got it while it was on special last year, free lifetime map upgrade.
+ intuitive to operate
+ very easy to plot the course
+ not complicated, since its very basic, but useability wise its really really well thought out :)
+ reasonable recalculation time
+ good start up GPS location time. around 5 seconds ( i live in Sydney) .
+ your current speed vs speed zone comparison. I look at this more than i look at my car's speedometer
+ traffic safety camera and mobile speed camera zone warning.
+ good battery life. ...
Functional and Easy to use
The Nuvi 40 was provided by NRMA as I had purchased two years of roadside assistance. This is my portable unit, the main Nuvi is hard-wired to my business vehicle. The 40 will be taken on a pleasure trip to UK and US - Card maps purchased. All Garmins do not allow for probable traffic disruptions when they calculate arrival times; I believe some of the Tom-Tom competitors do so. The 40 is simple to use and good value for its street price. There is no bluetooth but this is not very detrimental for me.
Simple to use and takes up little space...
Bang for buck
Bought this nuvi 42lm for a trip from brisbane to perth stopping off at a variety of locations & friends places along the way & thought this would make it easier to get to/from places in towns/cities than a ubd/refidex.
Software was easy to use & updated without any dramas.
Unit is very easy to use & has all the basic functions covered, did everything it was supposed to do & saved heaps of hassle as my wife hates directing in traffic using a map/book.
May take a while to find satellites & start trip but once locked in they stay put. If you'...
I purchased my Garmin device while on holidays in London and was told I could load Australian maps when I returned home. I have tried to contact the company several times by e mail with no response. The only reference to a map I can find is Aust and NZ combined for 150 US dollars More than the device cost. Not happy with after sales service. My device is now useless after using it for 8 days.
Device was Ok but after sales service does not exist especially with my problem
Disappointing map error and bad routes calculations/given
Cheap with free liftime map, but bad experienced with streets in wrong suburbs in Qld and Vic. Reported to NAVTEC a few months already and get available map updated later - still streets in wrong suburbs. tend to give bad routes - long and slow. For example give only long route to Port Campbell along Great Ocean road and would not give the alternative inland route like the ToTom GPS that we had before.
Lifetime map update
Put streets in wrong suburbs and give bad routes.
how hot or cold
It,s ok for the money, for occasional use. Misses shortest way and sends you on a longer road. But what puzzles me is... In settings, Temperature ??? F or C ok, but what is this: Temperature Water ?????? No temperature is shown. Can someone enlighten me ? The Garmin COLORADO displays the temperature. Thanks.
Voice volume is good and map is ok too.
This TEMPERATURE WATER puzzles me...
Garmin Nuvi 40
I have tried to routes since Christmas, and both are longer and do not follow the main roads to reach the destination. Supposedly Auatralian choice of voice, but if you can put up with Kiwi "ixits" you will be OK. Watch the kids don't end up with 'over the ditch' accents for your local roads though!
God clear map
Kiwi instead of Australian accent. Does not seem to be able to calculate shortest routes using main roads.
Garmin Nuvi 30, 3.5 GPS
Great. Easy to use. Tells you when you are speeding. Gets totally lost occasionally. Doesn't have an overall map so that you see which direction you are going, which is a worry. You may have typed in the wrong address. Also doesn't show the total kilometer reading to your destination.
Doesn't give overall map of direction you are planning to travel. Doesn't give total kilometers to travel.
Good basic GPS
This unit is quite basic but works well. It is quite cheap and gets you from A to B with no issues. It seems to have a decent battery life and is easy to use and navigate through the options. NIce big screen with clear images. Sometimes takes a while to find the satellite signal though.
Inexpensive, reliable, good battery life, big screen, simple to use
Occasionally slow to find satellite signal
The first car GPS we have had. $88 delivered by mail from JB Hifi. Amazed at the product and technology for that price. Been in regular use for last 2 months, has not faltered. User friendly and wish we had one earlier when travelling in Melbourne or interstate. Adapts to a new route if you go off the 'go to' route initially given to you. Looked yesterday to buy another one but don't see them at $88 anymore.
Garmin Nuvi 50 GPS
Dont bother. Have had 2 of these and both have frozen within first few days of use. Garmin have replaed the first one but i get the impression there is a problem with this model after surfing the net and reviewing others who have had problems with this unit. sending the second one back for a refund. Would not recommend this as it has let me down when i most needed it in heavy traffic and unfamiliar territory. Thumbs down
good size screen
no use having a big screen when its freezes when you need it
Hard to do better for the money.
My introduction to GPS's.
For someone who doesn't need or want all the bells and whistles this little unit does the job.
No need to worry about going the wrong way as it soon pulls me back on track.
Speed camera location alerts have probably saved me a coupla times as I didn't even realise they were located at some pedestrian crossings here in Adelaide.
For $88 on special with lifelong free map updates you couldn't go wrong.
Free lifelong map updates.
Verbal overspeed alerts have been left off the latest model.
Questions & Answers
Does it have bluetooth for hands free phone
what maps and able to be upgraded
Doesn't Garmin have much support? I noticed all the Navman queries were responded to by Navman support staff, whereas I don't see any Garmin staff responses to the Garmin queries. This is worrying.... may help me in deciding my next gps I think.
|Category||GPS Navigation Systems||GPS Navigation Systems||GPS Navigation Systems||GPS Navigation Systems|
|Battery Life||1 hours|
|Dimensions||168 x 94 x 21 mm|
|Release date||Apr 2013|
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