Garmin Nuvi 2595LMT
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- Lifetime map and traffic updates
- Speed limit indicator - unit displays speed limits for most major roads.
- Lane assist with photoReal junction views.
- Over 8 million points of interest and see branded icons on the map as you navigate.
- Park position recall - find your car where you left it.
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Garmin Nuvi 2595LMT Navigator The powerful Garmin Nuvi 2595LMT Navigator features Garmin Guidance 2.0, an advanced navigation engine that is fast, intuitive, and enhances the speed and accuracy of searches and routing for everyday driving. The Nuvi 2595LMT debuts a new advanced traffic avoidance system called Garmin 3D Traffic. Street navigation is made simple with voice prompted turn-by-turn directions, lane assist, and picture-quality Garmin photoReal junction view. The 2595LMT has a bright 5" display and includes subscription-free map updates for the life of your Nuvi, ensuring you have the most up-to-date mapping, points of interest, and navigation information. The following features are included in Garmin Guidance 2.0: Fast routing and map displays Fast, more intuitive destination searches (POIs) Garmin 3D Traffic subscription-free, extensive, live traffic service that combines trafficTrends, current traffic, and predictive traffic to provide re-route options, identify impending traffic backups, incidents, and even traffic cameras Lane assist with Garmin photoReal junction view guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit and displays digitized, high-quality photos (more than 58 thousand images) of the actual upcoming junction in incredible detail and even down to trees and pylons Voice-activated navigation speak complete addresses, points of interest and more to your Nuvi keeping your eyes on the road Exit services know what you'll find when you exit the highway See and select businesses on map (no need to page through menus) Garmin Locate automatically marks your position when you remove it from the windshield mount, so you can navigate with Nuvi on foot and find your way back to your vehicle Automatic volume control automatically adjusts volume for spoken directions and hands-free calling Speed limit indicator unit displays speed limits for most major roads Additional features: Easy-to-use, attractive 5" touch-screen display that manually
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I larger screen size is really nice at 5". I was impressed to see the exit signs pop-up on the screen showing me which lanes I should be in. The top left corner also shows a bright white lane indicator as to where you should be with dim indicators as to where you should not be. Also nice was the fact that at the top of the screen Garmin tells you what you will be doing next.
Screen Features (called layers):
I went into the layer options to turn on some added detail for my trip. I activated the screen layer to show me: time for arrival, miles remaining, altitude (really cool to see why the truck was slowing down as I went up a mountain), my speed, and the road's speed limit.
- Don't turn on the speed limit audible notification, it will drive you crazy with the 3-beeps every time you go 1 mile an hour over the posted speed. It drove me crazy till I pulled over and shut down the noise notification for going over the speed limit.
- It will still show your speed and the speed limit without the audible alert on.
- I liked this feature and found that the Garmin was more accurate than my speedometer when I passed by an outdoor "this is your speed" sign.
- Sometimes when Garmin shows a speed limit it is not accurate. I wouldn't use their limit posting as fact. It may have been more accurate had I updated the maps before I began.
(Update 7/25/2012)- I spoke to Greg at Garmin about changing the tolerance from 1 MPH to 5 or 10 MPH over the speed limit. Per Garmin this currently is not an option as it is programmed in their firmware. He thought this would be a good idea too and suggested I request this in a firmware update. I did. If you own one, please request this feature too so Garmin sees that a speed tolerance of 5 or 10 MPH over the limit is a feature we would like to have in an upcoming software update.
- Garmin speaks the names of the streets and this newer version no longer says "Recalculating" if you miss your turn. Instead it just changes your route to fix your mistake.
- The upcoming directions is displayed at the top of the screen so you know what you will be doing next before Garmin speaks it.
Bluetooth Phone Tie-in:
- I linked the Garmin to my phone so I could make and receive calls through it. When someone called my cell phone an icon popped up on the screen with a ringing tone asking me to "Answer" or "Ignore" the call. It was so much easier to answer my phone this way, by touching one button on my Garmin, than digging for my phone and sliding it to unlock.
- The negative however is the fact that the person's voice coming out of the Garmin speaker was not as loud as it could have been. This may be because the speaker is on the back of Garmin. If the caller talked loud and clear things were much better. Depending on the clarity of the callers voice I sometimes get some distortion from the speaker. Best thing to do is tell the caller they are on a speaker phone and to speak clearly and not too fast. Kinda like using a cheap speaker phone. They said they could hear me clearly but I had to turn off the radio and CB to understand them.
- You can also dial calls through the Garmin with larger buttons than are on my phone. As you start to punch in the phone number it pops up other numbers with the same order of digits that you dialed previously to help you just click it to finish.
- There was an option on Garmin for voice dial but I didn't think to set that up before I got on the road.
- Another thing I learned was to be sure you click disconnect on the Garmin at the end of the call by touching the phone icon at the end of the call and selecting the big "disconnect" icon. I forgot to do this a couple of times and Garmin wouldn't tie-in for my next incoming call.
- Overall I liked the phone tie-in
Voice Activated Programming:
- I wasn't sure it I'd use this but now I don't use it any other way.
- I changed the default voice activation command to my wife's name at first but thought that would be problematic if she were with me, so I switched it over to the respond when I say the word "Garmin". Now if I just say the word "Garmin" it will ask me what I would like to do while showing me a screen of options. I can change where I want to go without even touching Garmin. I just say the word "Home" or "New Address" and Garmin asks my questions as to the address etc. After Garmin does it search it shows me a list of addresses that it though I might have said. I then can say "1" if that is the number next to the correct location or "2" if the correct address is by that number. If none are correct I can tell him to do it again. You need to speak clearly when you are giving an address or Garmin will come up with some wild addresses. Also make sure the radio or other talking is not happening as this will confuse Garmin.
- This feature is surely making me lazier than I already was.
- This version, with the LMT designation, has lifetime Map updates as well as lifetime Traffic.
- The map is decent and while you are getting near major traffic exits it often will prompt you with a picture of the exit sign showing you where you should be.
- Sometimes Garmin was a bit off as to what lane you should be in, typical with most GPS units, but for the other 95% of the time it was right on. Maybe a map update would have corrected this but I used it with the maps that were already preloaded in it since I had no Internet access where I set it up in Florida.
- The map also shows some restaurant or food icons while you are on the road. There are more gas stations available at the exits but I think Garmin only displayed the icon for the ones that paid them to be included on the general map. If you go into the gas or food settings on the 2nd screen you can find all the other gas/restaurants.
- This was another really nice addition to this Garmin.
- To use the Traffic Feature Garmin must be connected for power using the supplied power cable. Makes sense since you usually use the power cable on a trip.
- I put the power cable so it looped behind the Garmin which allowed the little plastic box on the power cable to see clearly through the windshield, this is the receiver for the Live Traffic feature
- You can check the signal strength of this feature by clicking on the car icon on the right of the screen.
- When you are in areas where the traffic feature is used the car icon will turn a color like green or red instead of being light gray meaning no transmissions in the area to read.
- I found the traffic feature to work in most larger areas or where the department of transportation has installed the radio transmitters. If you are is small town areas there is a really good chance that this feature won't be on since no radio transmitters have been installed.
- The only strange problem I found was the fact that some of the areas I was driving through had no power due to a storm. Garmin got scared and told me the freeway must be closed, I knew better since the city on both sides of the freeway were dark with police light flashing directing traffic in the distance. I was sure the radios in that city were not transmitting, so I continued on I-75 without incident. Sometime we need to remember that these are only computers.
- By clicking on the icon when a warning was approaching Garmin would tell you that it was congested, a traffic accident ahead, etc.. This feature is only as good as the city that was transmitting the information. Some times it warned me of an accident that was already cleared. I liked when it showed how long the expected delay would be. But then again sometimes there was congestion, for a person changing their tire, that was not transmitted by the local city.
Internal Memory: ***VERY IMPORTANT***
- The reason I bought this Garmin was because my older Garmin could no longer hold the newer maps. The new maps tend to be bigger and my old unit was limited to 2 gig internal memory. Since the maps became large it could no longer update.
- This Garmin has the biggest internal memory at 8 gig. I had to do a ton of research to find this out as Garmin doesn't tell you on their website or in the specs. Be careful since Garmin still sells units with small internal memory which will mess you up for future updates.
- With 8 gig of internal memory I will have no problem with the newer and larger updates for maps.
- You can add a microSD card to store person stuff on this unit.
- You can add books and photos to the GPS but I personally think this is a waste of time. Why would I want my photo album on this thing or a book on a small 5" screen when you can but a descent reader with a big screen that would be much better for that purpose.
- You can manually search for restaurants, fuel, hospital, police, etc. just like the older units.
- You can even manually type in the address if you want to but why would you do that when you can just talk to this unit.
- Using the unit on battery will only give you a couple of hours of life. Plus, if you are driving this disables the Live Traffic feature that requires the power cord for use.
- The manual that comes with the unit is basically how to get started. More of a simplified instruction guide with a few pages.
- The real manual that explains everything must be downloaded from Garmin. I didn't have any computer connection available when I was setting mine up but by looking at the simplified manual it was very intuitive and pretty easily to figure out. I would however recommend at least reviewing the simplified instruction manual that comes with it so you can learn about some of the cool features and how to use them.
- Amazon had the best price on this unit with free shipping using Amazon Prime. I searched around and found some priced the same but the shipping made them no longer a good deal. I also know I can trust Amazon compared to some of the other companies I've never hear of. I also bought the accessories on Amazon as I'm too cheap to pay Best Buy prices or Garmin's price.
- There is a top-of-the-line model that does more than this Garmin but this does enough for me.
- The unit does NOT come with a case, be sure to order something to put it in. I ordered a hard case to store it and the cord in as well as a leather thinner case for when I travel. This way I can stash the cord and mount under the seat while I take Garmin out of the vehicle to keep him safe without having to carry a big case with the cord in it. I don't know why Garmin stopped providing a protective case, must be for money of course.
- I also bought the non-slip pad that allows me to sit him on the dash. I'm not a fan of the suction cup mounts as this advertises to break the window and look for a GPS inside. Besides the bean bag stand allows me to put him on the seat, in my wife's hand to find a restaurant, or anywhere on the dash I want.
Overall, If you are looking for a nice GPS that will handle future map updates, can use voice commands, has a bigger screen than most, and has a reasonable price I don't think you will be disappointed. I've used this thing hard and am impressed with the results I got. Do your research when you look around as I did. I spent 1 week reading review after review and tracking down internal memory specs before I choose this one.
When updating the Lifetime Map program you need to be running a newer version of Windows XP (2005 or newer), or Windows 7 or Windows 8. This is because the updating program called "Garmin Express" requires an updated program from Microsoft to install. I had a machine using Windows XP 2003 and had to use my Windows 7 machine for the program Garmin Express to install.
This is a review of the Garmin 2595LMT, a middle of the road 5 inch vehicle gps. Stating that because Amazon tends to lump reviews for multiple unit numbers together which royally confuses shoppers thinking they are reading reviews for one unit but it's actually for another.
You've probably been to Garmin's website trying to compare various gps units, or here on this site, in which case you've probably pulled out some of your hair trying to make sense of the model confusion. It's been that way for years with Garmin, they like to add (or remove) a feature or two from a unit then relabel it as a totally new model number. Garmin, if you are reading this, you put out superior units but for the love of all things holy STOP THE MODEL NUMBER CONFUSION and stop giving new names to common features. I wish Garmin would offer an a la cart service where the customer can choose exactly the features they want loaded onto their unit instead of trying to figure out the miniscule difference between the models. It really is a maddening shopping experience comparing model features and the value and age of each.
Back to the review. To clarify, LM after the model number means the unit comes with Lifetime Maps (free map updates via garmins website, nice feature). The T means the unit comes with the traffic receiver (and free basic traffic reporting), the traffic receiver is usually built into the powered cigarette lighter adapter, or in series 2 models of this unit it will be built into the unit itself. Please note that this unit does not come with HD TRAFFIC (formerly known as 3d Digital Traffic), if you see an HD after a garmin model number it DOESN'T mean it's a High Definition display, rather HD just refers to the type of traffic reporting. HD traffic is more advanced and reports conditions every 30 seconds instead of every few minutes, an HD receiver can be bought separately (the GTM 60). This 2595LMT unit IS COMPATIBLE with HD traffic if you want to spend the extra 70 dollars on the HD receiver. I didn't because I don't think it's worth it. Traffic reporting only works in major city areas, and isn't nearly as accurate as free Google traffic or even the free Waze phone app traffic. Point being, don't buy a gps unit just for traffic jam reporting.
The models I compared before settling on this 2595LMT are: The 2597 (newer version of the 2595 but oddly has less features), 2797 (7 inch version of the 2595, way too big unless you have a bus), 2595, 2555, 2495, 3590, 3597, 3790, 50LM (can support a geocaching hobby). Yes, the process was long and confusing after hours of research, including an hour long call to a Garmin rep who was equally confused in trying to compare model differences.
The features that were most important to me in a gps were the Voice Commands (being able to speak to your gps to give it directions, lower or mute the volume, find restaurants, etc, all hands free), a Smartphone link so that it can communicate via bluetooth with my phone to provide weather services on the gps as well as being able to send a point of interest from my cellphone to the gps via bluetooth (love that feature). The traffic receiver is nice to have but until they iron out the reporting kinks, which I'm sure will come in time, it's more of a novelty. I also wanted EXIT SERVICES (aka Up Ahead in some units). If you travel major highways you'll appreciate that feature, when you are nearing exits it will show you where the nearest gas/food places are on the screen.
This 2595LMT unit provided me with all those features that I wanted, at the best price since it's last years 2012 model. The only thing this unit won't do which might be important to sales people is find the OPTIMIZED ROUTE to take if you punch in a handful of destinations that you have to go to a particular day. The option is there, but it's grayed out. Otherwise you can just easily manually drag/drop the POI's in the order you want (that works fine for me).
NOTE: If you are rich and don't want to bother with the confusion of the Garmin shopping experience just buy their expensive flagship 3597LMT model that has everything including the slick magnetic mount. I couldn't justify paying double what I paid for this 2595 since the 3597 really didn't add anything I needed.
OUT OF THE BOX: In unpacking the unit it comes with the gps unit, car power adapter (aka traffic receiver), usb cable (annoyingly short at 15 inches), a quick start guide, and some promotions offering a free audio book and how to update your lifetime maps. If you want a real manual just download it from Garmins website. It also comes with the dashboard sticky mount thing with the typical ball thing on the end (not using that, I have a sun visor gps holder that I prefer). Though supposedly if you use the dashboard one that comes with the unit it will automatically SAVE the location of where you parked the moment you remove the unit from the holder.
Unit startup -- 22 seconds or less. Nice upgrade from my old Nuvi which took more than a minute. Also love the SLEEP mode (tap power button once), and the ability to quickly get back to the main menu from anywhere by holding down the back button.
Updating -- The first thing I did was use the super short usb cable to connect the gps to my computer and then to Garmins website. They first make you install a browser plugin (easy), and then to download maps you have to download their free Garmin Express software. Annoying, but overall painless. I updated the units software to the current version, and downloaded the current maps (took less than an hour on a fast connection). Easy. After all the updates as of November 2013 the unit still had 2.5 gigs of storage free.
Updating, Extras -- while you are still connected to Garmin Express you might as well download some of their Extras including new voices. This unit came with a few, the English ones were American Jill and American Michelle. I really don't like a female voice telling me where to drive (hah!) so I downloaded the American Jack, British English Daniel, and Australian English Lee. Favorite is Daniel so far.
Voice commands -- so far so good. Some people complain about the accuracy of the spoken commands but for me it works great. The keyword you speak to wake up the unit to accept voice commands can be modified, I call my unit James. So all I have to do is say JAMES, followed by a verbal command such as FIND _____, GO HOME, STOP ROUTE, DETOUR, VOLUME, BRIGHTNESS, VIEW MAP, etc. He's very obedient and has yet to screw up. If your car is noisy I can see where that could interfere with the unit understanding spoken commands or if you have an accent.
Smartphone link -- this is a free app for your cellphone to connect to your gps via bluetooth. You can lookup a location on your phone, then hit SEND to beam it over to your gps to navigate to. Love that. Google maps on the cellphone is supposed to also be able to SEND a point of interest, but it depends what version of Google Maps you are using since it seems they either stripped out that feature or buried it in the latest version (once you find a POI, there's supposed to be a MORE button with the option to SEND-TO your device, sadly I have the latest Google maps and at the time of writing this review it doesn't offer that SEND feature anymore like the classic version did so I just use the free Garmin Smartphone Link app to search for places and beam them over to the gps via bluetooth, works well. You can also optionally pay 4.99 a month for premium Live services such as enhanced traffic and gas station finder.
Dashboards -- You can select from several dashboard styles (meaning what menu style you want to see while navigating somewhere, it's the bar across that bottom that can have things such as arrival time, miles to go, elevation, direction traveled, current speed). Mentioning this because some of the units I looked at didn't offer dashboard styles.
Detour -- If you are driving along and wish to avoid what's in front of you just tell your unit to Detour (voice command or push button) and it will give several options for how long you wish to detour and where. Another nice feature is the ability to avoid a specific area (you choose on the map point A and point B and it will remember to avoid it).
Pedestrian view -- this unit offers Pedestrian view. So if you want to walk downtown and carry your gps you can easily navigate your surroundings. Some of the similar gps units had that feature removed for some reason. Another nice feature is that you can select landscape or portrait mode for gps display.
Calculation mode -- when calculating your route, you can choose between faster time, shorter distance, less fuel, or off road. There's an optional feature you can purchase called Eco-something that will enhance your route to be most fuel efficient.
Favorites -- YES this unit has Favorites, but it's renamed to Saved Locations.
Searching for an address -- it will default to searching for an address in your immediate area UNLESS you tap the top right corner button (labeled Searching Near) to tell it to look in a different city or state. Makes sense after you use it, but that was a change from my old Nuvi.
GPS voice -- some of the latest units offer a feature called Real Directions and Real Voice (this unit does not that have that). In units that have that feature the traditional robotic gps voice is replaced with a more naturally talking robot voice that gives (what is supposed to be) simpler directions. In those units the gps will tell you to TURN LEFT AT BOBS CAR WASH instead of the typical TURN LEFT ON XYZ STREET. Some people like that, I personally prefer being told to turn on XYZ street because businesses change names and move around so I can see that being a problem down the road. So yes, I prefer the traditional spoken style of this unit, I think it also helps you learn street names if you are in a new area.
I'm not sure what else to say about this unit, it worked great out of the box, feels good, responds well to touch/drag-drop/voice, boots up quickly, and updated flawlessly. I do wish it had a longer usb cable but that's an easy fix. All of the new gps's have a low battery life of 2-4 hours so plan on it being plugged in all the time if you are actively using it (otherwise in Sleep mode it can go for a week or two). I also love that it shows a picture of what lane to be in on exits, there's nothing worse than being on a busy highway having your gps tell you to exit and not knowing which of the 5 lanes you need to be in.
In summary I'm happy with this model purchase, having already owned a Nuvi I was familiar with the menuing system which hasn't changed very much in a few years. Clean and simple, the way it should be. Some people think that the gps market is dying since smartphones now have gps built in, but there's still people like me that prefer a real gps device since cellphone service is spotty unless you are in a metro area. There's nothing worse than a smartphone losing signal when you rely on it for directions. That is where a gps unit shines, plus it doesn't eat up your data plan.
I hope this review was helpful and removed some of the confusion in selecting your gps unit. This is a solid middle-of-the-road choice, and you can get it at discounted prices through the holiday season since they are pushing out the latest models. Good luck and safe travels.