Garmin nüvi 2598LMTHD Advanced Series 5-Inch Touchscreen GPS with Bluetooth and Lifetime Maps and Traffic
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- 5.0-Inch Dual-orientation display
- Detailed maps of North America with free lifetime updates
- Garmin Real Directions with Garmin Real Voice
- HD Digital Traffic with free lifetime traffic alerts
- Voice-activated navigation, Bluetooth and Smartphone Link compatible
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Bright Display - nuvi 2598LMTHD has a bright 5.0" display with dual-orientation capabilities, for use horizontally or vertically. Detailed Maps with Free Updates - nuvi 2598LMTHD arrives loaded with detailed maps of North America. With free lifetime map updates, your routes are sure to reflect the most up-to-date maps, POIs (points of interest) and navigation information. New maps are available for download up to 4 times per year, for the life of your device, with no fees. With so much data, nuvi 2598LMTHD makes it easy to find addresses and millions of POIs such as businesses, stores, restaurants and other destinations. nuvi 2598LMTHD arrives preloaded with POIs, so there's no need for you to enter that address information. Just select one - or many - and navigate there, quickly and easily. You also have the ability to add custom POIs to your nuvi 2598LMTHD. The Best of Our Traffic Solutions - HD Digital Traffic is our best traffic solution. HD Digital Traffic receives updates up to every 30 seconds, making it up to 10 times faster than other traffic systems. That means, driving 60 mph, your nuvi 2598LMTHD is able to receive traffic messages up to every half-mile. On the road, a few seconds' notice can save minutes or even hours of delay. HD Digital Traffic has a greater coverage area to include interstates, highways and secondary roads - in fact, up to 3 times more side road coverage. HD Digital Traffic has the capacity to receive significantly more traffic messages - and i...
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I ended up buying the Garmin Nuvi 2699 (which is essentially the same as the 2689, and just a slightly smaller version of the 2789), after returning a terrible 2013 model version (the 2598, which is basically the same as the 2X97 models) and owning a very frustrating 2012 version. I have been very happy with it, and I learned a lot about GPS units in making that decision that could be of value to other buyers.
I will not that I bought my Nuvi 2699 device with my own money, with no remuneration from Garmin or anyone else for this GPS unit (or any GPS units, for that matter, to date.)
*** MY BOTTOM LINE RECOMMENDATION***
In my view, you are on the right general track by considering a Garmin, and, more generally, by getting a GPS instead of just using a smart phone. But I am specifically recommending the 2X89 and 2X99 models to you. As of now, that would be the 2699, the 2689, and the 2789. I think the bigger screen size is a lot better, but the 2599 and 2589 are functionally the same otherwise, and can also be recommended. I would never consider going smaller than 5” no matter what the cost savings.
It is not that any of these are completely frustration free – the voice activation / voice command functions, while completely essential, is still not fully evolved on any GPS units made by any company that I know of. But these Garmin 2014/15 models seem to be way better than the existing alternatives. They improve driving safety in countless ways, which is a top priority for me as a parent, and as a lover of road tripping.
The Garmin options are confusing, and they will change over time. So try to buy a unit with these features, at a minimum:
1) BUYA MODEL FROM THE 2014 OR LATER MODEL LINES: The 2014/2015 models are vastly better than their predecessors. See the Garmin.com website for models listed by years. The Nuvi 2X89 and 2X99 models are both from the 2014/15 model line. By this logic, do NOT get the 2598, 2597, 2797, and 2798 models, which are all from 2013.
2) GET VOICE-ACTIVATED NAVIGATION: aka, "Voice Command". I consider this to be essential in a GPS device. It is illegal now in many states to use touch screen devices while driving. The writing is on the wall that everyone will need to have voice functionality on GPS units in the near future. Don’t waste your money (and safety) on any GPS unit that cannot be voice controlled. I found that most GPS brands other than Garmin do not have voice commend (indeed, check carefully: only some models of Garmin have voice functionality) (DON’T GET: if you want voice functionality, that rules out the 2639 model, as well as all the all of the models with two-digit numbers and a few other four-digit numbers, so check on it for any model)
3) GET A MODEL WITH "PINCH-TO-ZOOM": “Pinch-to-zoom” functionality is a vast improvement, allowing you to move the screen more fluidly with your fingers as needed. It is definitely a feature worth having, as it will minimize frustration with your unit considerably.
4) GET A 6” or 7” SCREEN, if you can. I found the 5” displays to be too hard to zoom and expand, and to visually process quickly. Since clarity = safety when driving, the larger screen size made a huge difference to me. (DON’T GET: if you want the bigger screen size, that rules out the 2589, or anything else with a “5” as the second digit in a four digit sequence)
5) HD TRAFFIC CAN BE NICE for some specific types of driving: If you drive in cities, consider getting a model with HD lifetime traffic. In rural areas it doesn’t seem to do anything. But remember that it can still prove to be valuable as an option for road trips and travel.
6) (You will also want LM, which is Lifetime Map updates, but all of the models with Voice Command functionality seem to be included in units with voice navigation capabilities in the last few years by default.)
7) (You will also want “Garmin Real Directions voices” as they are vastly better than voices without them. It is the difference between being told a problematic “take a right, then take the next right” versus the much-more-useful “take a right at Elm Street, then take the next right on Maple Street.” The capacity for the real directions now seems to be included with most of the Garmin units with voice navigation capabilities in the last few years.)
If you want to save money, you could probably skip the HD traffic, bluetooth, backup cam, etc. Those mostly seem like extras and potentially optional to me, but they depend almost entirely on your personal needs and your price sensitivity.
Note that I thought that maybe adding a backup camera would be a nice feature so I looked into the nuviCam LMTHD. But once I learned what was involved, I realized I wasn’t about to spend a lot extra for the cam unit, and then even more than that to have it installed. If I really wanted a backup cam that much, I could just buy a separate backup cam and have it installed at any point, probably for less.
***** WHAT GARMIN COULD DO BETTER for even these otherwise-great units *****
- The newer Garmins have a feature that I hate: it gives you a non-voice controlled liability waiver screen when it starts up, which ironically forces you to read and to manually push on the screen every time you start the unit up… in order to (very ironically) tell you to be safe. (Grrrrr…)
- The start up on the 2699, while faster than my 2012 unit was, is still a bit slower than I would like (…which makes the extra liability screen all the more irritating…)
- The Voice Command function on Garmin units keeps getting better (i.e. in terms of it understanding your request the first time), and is pretty darn impressive at this point. That said, it still sometimes refuses to recognize places verbally that it immediately recognizes when it is typed in. While it only happens about 1 out of every 8 or so requests, it can still be quite frustrating, especially if you do not have someone available to type it in for you safely while you are driving.
- The Garmin website is infuriatingly buggy for updates, etc. There never ceases to be some kind of problem when I have to log into that websites. It makes me feel like I have traveled back to 1990s internet.
- My delightfully geek family always delighted in the additional voices I could pay extra for that used to be available on the Garmin website (i.e. Yoda, Darth Vader, Bert & Ernit, Wallace and Gromit, etc.) I spent a lot on them, at $15 a pop, and would have spent more! But they disappeared entirely from the website during the summer of 2015 – gone – poof! We still have them on our current Garmin, fortunately, but I really hope they bring them back (…better yet, with “Real Directions” functionality, as we realistically can’t use them for even semi-complicated trips without that functionality anyway.)
*** WHY SPEND $$$ on A GPS INSTEAD OF USING A SMARTPHONE? ***
As long as GPS units are still being made, I will buy one instead of using my smart phone for that function. Why I feel that way:
- My safety, and that of my family, is a top priority. Having good reliable directions that are clearly (and loudly) announced to you via voice is an essential safety issue (vs. using maps, apps you have to read, etc.) Spending a little money on that, like I do for cars with important safety features, is worth it to me.
- Safety while driving depends to a great extent upon the simplicity and clarity of any device with which you interact. GPS units are made for one primary function, and the best units let you access that function with a minimum of “layers” to peel back before you can do that. Smart phones require multiple steps to get to the GPS function, which is less safe while driving.
- Incoming calls and text messages can interfere with your GPS directions
- Unless you plug in your phone every time you get into your car, you will run through enormous amounts of battery power every time you plug in your phone.
Even if you buy one of these excellent GPS units, which are the best I could find on the market today, be forewarned that is it sure to frustrate you sometimes. But you will be safer for having it, and it will give you confidence that you can get to where you want to go efficiently.
Plus, as a bonus, you won’t ever find that your phone is out of juice because you forgot to plug it in when using it for directions.
************* Good luck & happy travels! *************