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I've been using a NUVI 50LM for about a month now. It replaced a Garmin StreetPilot 7200. The 7200 was a top of the line unit at it's introduction. First the LM stands for Life Time Maps. This is a great feature. One of my frustrations with other GPS units has been the cost of updating the maps. With the LM I'll be able to do that any time there is an upgrade, prepaid! I'm used to the larger screen of the 7200 and was worried that I'd not like the 5" screen of the 50. After a couple of days it works out fine. The new unit is much lighter than the older one which even in the car mount turns out to be important as the new unit does not vibrate nearly as much on our dirt ... full review
"Finally, the right mounting solution" - By Richard Buck (Seattle, Washington)
I have become addicted to my Garmin Nuvi 660 and used it for six months with a successful windshield mount. But now I have bought a new car. I discovered that the windshield suction mount left an ugly black ring on the window of my old car. (I assume I can get this cleaned up when I detail the car for selling.)
So no way was I going to put one of those on my beautiful new car. I tried the Garmin dashboard mount but shied away from the "permanent" disc. I found the "temporary" disc was just not up to the job of holding this device in place -- at least on my vehicle. I found this very frustrating. I read about the Portable Friction Mount, found a Best Buy store that had it in stock and ran out to buy it.
I've only had this for a short time and it seems to work fine. The only problem I see is it won't display the points of interst on the map. Most units have the option of having the POI's on or off the map. This unit doesn't. Not much help from Garmin on this subject.
I just installed this in my car this morning, and here are some of my initial thoughts:
* Another reviewer suggested buying this version over the Verizon Store model, because it came with cables. Personally, I already had a car/power adapter from my old DroidX. I used the one in the box initially, but it is a straight cable, like you use at home. I prefer the stretchy ones that fight tight against the dashboard.
* If you buy this car mount, and like to use a case for your phone, purchase the Diztronic TPU case. I have one and it fits perfectly! This is the first time I've ever been able to leave the case on my phone and still fit tight in the car adapter.
* I also like this mount because you plug the power cord ... full review
Most of the reviews here are for the 2595, not the 2555 that I purchased. I didn't need voice activation or bluetooth so the 2555 is just fine for me.
I have to disagree with the reviewer that says it is slow to find where you are. I am a long-time Garmin user and I think it is light years faster than my old Nuvi model. Although some of the new features are a little difficult to get used to I still think this unit deserves the highest marks. The larger screen alone makes it worth an upgrade from an older unit.
It's also great to have lifetime maps and traffic upgrades. Again, that gives this model high marks. My favorite feature on the 2555 is the categorization of places you would like to go. For example, on my old unit ... full review
"Just released update on Clarion website. (Nov 26, 2012)" - By TRAVIS SPURGEON
I purchased the unit in August for a 2010 Tacoma. I bought it from Crutchfield because of their awesome customer support, even though I paid $100-200 more than I could have paid elsewhere at the time. Did the install myself to save money. Everything was great minus the fact that the Push-To-Talk (PTT) button on my steering wheel is not able to be programmed (even though it is 2012 and many newer vehicles have this feature, Clarion does not have the foresight to add this capability to their products). I have the factory JBL system which is pretty good by itself, but the NX702 does make it sound better, or maybe the fact I shelled out a grand for it causes me to think it's better. Anyway, the iPod/iPhone function was good, Bluetooth audio worked, the NAV is effective and overall, I was happy.
I just got a new fuel efficient Jetta S to move around. The prices of decent GPS starts from $150.00. Then I saw this GPS for half the price. It is super and it has not failed me. It is even better than the factory installed GPS in my luxury truck in locating hard to find addresses.
For the price and the 7 inch touch screen, you possibly can not get a better deal. Ezutah
"Good Straightforward GPS Navigator at a Good Price Point" - By Matthew K. Morgan (Ruther Glen, VA USA)
I am very familiar with GPS units, though most of my experience with them is with hand-held sport units. I gave my wife a Garmin Nuvi for Christmas and it has been a great navigator so I was excited to work with the TomTom and compare it to the Nuvi. So far, while I cannot say one is better than the other, they are both different in the features they provide and they both navigate well. I do prefer the TomTom though that is a matter of personal preference at this stage.
The TomTom Start is a very solid unit and feels very well made. I am very pleased with the construction of the TomTom. It is built to handle a little jostling and a few bumps though I would make very effort not to drop it regardless. One thing I do not like, though, is the mounting cup. ... full review
Overall this is a great case to give your gps good protection. The case is more of a stiff case rather than a hard case, but still better than a soft case.
-looks great and feels well made -space for the gps and car charger (even with the traffic receiver being built in to the charger)
THINGS I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SEE
-better divider/gps slot -----I wish the little slab that held the gps was thicker and higher, thicker so that there was more protection from the charger scratching the screen and taller so it covered the whole screen. I have the screen facing the outside of the case to avoid this, but i would prefer to have the screen facing the inside.
-padding -----There is really no padding in this case besides the case itself. The case feels tough enough while still ... full review