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Garmin nüvi 40 4.3-inch Portable GPS Navigator(US Only) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Hear spoken street names
- Navigate right out of the box with preloaded maps and over 6 million points of interest
- Speed limit indicator
- Lane assist with junction view
- Trip computer records mileage, max speed, total time and more.
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The maps that came with this GPS are up to date. A restaurant that opened within the last six months is on the list.
I have found the 4.3 inch screen size to be the optimal size. It has a nice size keyboard and amazing graphics. It feels 'right' on a car dashboard.
The two features I absolutely require are the speed limit on the screen and the lane guidance. This GPS has both. This is my first Garmin out of three that goes into a split screen mode and shows the interstate signage as you come upon an exit you will be taking on your route. Great feature!
The audio is crisp and clear. It has plenty of volume capacity.
When needed, this unit will recalculate the directions quickly. I should also mention that it is very quick to acquire the satellites.
The one thing that this GPS does not have is traffic. My last four GPS's have had traffic and I have found it to be of limited usefulness. More than 50% of the time, the traffic has cleared out and you are still being alerted. The alternate routes around the traffic jams tend to be somewhat dubious.
Finally, what a great price!!! Just a year ago, you would have paid double the price for a GPS with all of the features you get with the Garmin 40. It is an excellent buy!
1. A very easy GPS to operate
2. A lightning fast satellite lock on
3. A bright easy to view screen in sunlight
4. A loud clear voice that will overcome road noise
5. A very nice lane assist feature
I've owned Tom Tom's, Mio's, Navigon's, and Magellan's but none had it all together like this nuvi 50lm has. The Tom Tom has a great lane assist feature but lousy voice and terrible pronunciation of names . The Magellan had great information but would badger you with information and has a so-so lane assist feature. This Garmin nuvi 50lm has both great audio instructions and a great lane assist feature, the best of both features I've seen in one GPS. This is a no frills unit like Blue Tooth, MP3 player, photo viewer and the such. Its very meat and potatoes and the menus are intuitively laid out and simple to understand. The only reason I said "near perfect" is I wish it had a "way point" provision but sadly its only programmable to one destination at a time and without way points. Overall I'm more pleased with this GPS than with any I've owned before, which have been numerous looking for a GPS that has what I want. This certainly fits the bill.
U P D A T E ! ! ! ! U P D A T E ! ! ! !U P D A T E ! ! ! !U P D A T E ! ! ! !
Quite by accident I found out you can put in one via point and here's how:
Select where you want to go and then press "GO" as you normally would.
Go back to the "Where To" and "View Map" screen. Program in a second destination and press "Go" again.
A screen will automatically pop up asking if you want this second destination to be your NEW DESTINATION or marked as a VIA POINT. Select "Via Point" and the GPS will take you to your destination by traveling past your via point.
I amend my title to "A PERFECT GPS". This GPS is amazing...Wish it came with a comprehensive instruction manual.
I LOVED my new GARMIN NUVI 40 with lifetime maps when I got it. For that whole MONTH. Then came the random day when it wanted me to recalibrate the screen for no reason and then ALL THE MAPS WERE GONE. GONE.
So I went online to try to figure out what happened. On the Garmin site, once you find the stuff you need, it tells you to register your Garmin. Well okay. But to do that YOU HAVE TO DOWNLOAD SOFTWARE TO REGISTER? Oh seriously? And then go through this whole install thing that keeps crashing? AND REBOOT the computer? I still haven't gotten it to work.
So I called GARMIN -- 30 MINUTES UNTIL SOMEONE ONE ANSWERED THE PHONE. And then he told me to get a "Standard USB Cable" so I could plug it in (it doesn't come with any cable, just a car charger). I went through a ton of cables before stumbling over an old one for a Disney Princess treasure chest that worked. FOR REAL GARMIN?
STILL CAN'T DO THE 20+ ARCANE BIZARRE SECRET HANDSHAKE steps to reinstall and unlock the bloody maps. (they include cutting and pasting things into a a "text document" seriously, I couldn't make this up. IT'S ONE MONTH OLD).
GARMIN SUCKS. Good luck.
This is not a charging issue as it shows it's fully charged. This even shuts down while it's plugged into the charger.
This is the second Garmin I've owned with the same issue.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this to replace an older Nuvi model that died - easy to use and functions well. great mid priced navigation unit.Published 8 days ago by Allan C. Knox
Works like a charm. Bought it for my Aunt and still uses it to this day. Love it. No complains.Published 18 days ago by Jah Don
Works great. Really helpful finding a gas station or a friend's house the first time.Published 1 month ago by Rex Gillham
This was my first GPS. When I first got it, I thought I'd plug in my son's address in Philadelphia, even though I knew where I was going. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Here in NJ
This GPS worked perfectly well for years, and I'd still be using it if my older sister didn't abuse it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Linda Strebel
Love this garmin, it is my second one. Dollar for dollar it more than served my purpose with little pain in the,wallet.Published 2 months ago by Michael Burgess
It was broken.
I found it broken after 2 weeks and I could not return it.
It is about 100 dollars. What can I do?