Good unit for navigating in Europe although software is not easy.
10 July 2013
Summary: We bought this to take on a trip to Portugal - this unit has international maps. Downloading the map updates was not intuitive and we got error messages but Portugal downloaded OK anyway. Has a large amount of locations that can be accessed by name (rather than address) which is good because a lot of places we went didn't have real addresse. Worked fine in Europe for driving, walking routes we had less success with.
Summary: This is my third Garmin GPS and I like the functionalities. I bought this one because of an upcoming Europe trip. This GPS is supposed to have Europe map pre-loaded. It was not. Garmin Express on my computer showed that I needed to download the Europe map (> 4GB). There is not enough storage on the device and so I bought a 8GB micro-SD card, not a big deal. Overall, I have what I need but prefer to be informed before the purchase.
Summary: We are stationed in Italy. The Navy Lodge rents this out to help incoming personnel find their way around. Plus it tells you where the "safety cameras" in plenty of time to slow down! Would prefer a version with Lifetime maps, but then there are not too many new roads in Italy!!! :) Thanks Garmin.
Summary: We are an elderly but reasonably tech savy couple who purchased our Nuvi with European maps included. We traveled in Central Europe(Germany,Ceczh Republic, Austria, Italy and Swiztzerland) for 20 days in a rental car. We could not have survived without our Nuvi(stress relief). It took us from the parking garage to our first night stay in Prague with a small glitch at the end.
Summary: I've been driving with my Nuvi 2495 for about 6 weeks in my Mazda Miata mostly with the top down and i like it a lot. The screen is bright enough to easily see even in a convertible. I like to use it vertically and the screen with it's icons and windows seem to be well thought out for vertical use. I was amazed that the voice control work even when driving down the highway at 70 with the top down! POI are very good.
Unit works as expected, updating is another story and forget the pedestrian mode
21 March 2012
Summary: The unit seems to do what you would expect a gps to do, but there have been some problems with updating maps and software and the pedestrian mode is useless. First, I suggest anyone who purchases this unit download the complete manual from the Garmin website. The information that comes packaged with it is incomplete, but the pdf manual, all 88 pages of it is very useful. Some features require subscription, like Finding Parking.
Summary: I am very happy with this GPS unit - it bought it for a long holiday trip to replace my old Nuvi 650 and it was a good purchase. I have an Android phone with Google Maps Navigation, but I find the Nuvi to be much more convenient and usable in the car. Some features that I really like: Traffic: After reading some other reviews online, I didn't have high hopes for the traffic feature, but it performed much better than expected.
Summary: I've had this GPS for about a week and overall I'm happy. The display is nice and bright and easy to see in the sunlight. Using this device in portrait mode makes a lot of sense because you are typically more interested in what is in front of you rather than on the side of you. Information on the display is well thought out and very usable. The GPS is super simple to use with a very logical user interface, and the POI coverage is pretty good.
Summary: I'm certainly no techno expert but this GPS device got me to where I wanted to go and home again without a single missed or wrong turn. I used it for a 700 mile road trip in the Eastern US and never once did it give me any outdated or incorrect information. What I especially like about this item is that it not only tells you well in advance about turns and exits but it also identifies the exit number and highway or street name you are being directed towards.