Pros: This is my third Garmin GPS unit. I like the bigger screen and the speed is acceptable. It links up to the web update service quite easily.
Cons: After one year the ETA (Estimated Arrival Time) feature plus the Lifetime Traffic Update stopped dead while on the road in Tennessee. I want the basic required ETA display/info back on my machine at the very least. If it takes another software then I urge Garmin to get it solved fast. Until then I am going to be a very unhappy Garmin customer.
Summary: The jury is still out on this unit. While it has some of the features I liked from my old unit, like Voice Command, and some new features that I enjoy, such as Bluetooth connectivity with my phone, it's not as intuitive to use, and functions (such as "where Am I?") aren't easy to find, or where you'd expect them. Worse, while Voice Command is great, it's not fully functional, and there are many, many functions that simply cannot be accessed using Voice Command.
Summary: OK out on the open road but terrible in large cities. In St.Louis gave wrong directions and led me down dead end streets in a very unsafe park of town. If you missed a turn,it was terrible getting you back to the correct street. I would never buy another Garmin. Back to the Tom Tom. In South Dakota it said down a street and there was only one house and a dead end. Maps were up to date. It was a very bad experience.
Summary: I just bought the device and took it on a trip. It turned itself off 5 times and froze 1 time. In addition, after the time it froze a light blue line appeared across the top of the screen under the banner. It was 1/8 - 1/4 of an inch in width. I've requested a replacement from Amazon and as usual they responded immediately and I will have the new device within 2 workdays. I'll write another review once I use the replacement device.
Summary: the gps is really good with a huge screen and really easy to use interface but the only downside to this it is a really painful ordeal to update maps using garmin express.have been trying to update it since the past 7 days with no luck at all.not sure if this worth the money if the map updates do not work.after just 3 weeks it started displaying the dreaded accessory not supported error messages and the gps stopped working.sending this back
Summary: Feb.2014 To update what I did below: This unit will not provide lane guidance. The few times it has given me the lanes, it has been when I am out of congested areas (where I really needed it) and many times, I'm already in the turning lane before it will show the lanes. I have been in touch with technical support who tell me to download the maps yet again which takes 2 hrs. Something I do a lot is to force the GPS to go the route I want.
Summary: This unit certainly makes it easier to view than the older smaller units. However, it's almost too big for use in a regular car, as it definitely gets in the way of sight lines. It is most excellent in RV's, trucks and full sized SUV's where you generally sit higher in relation to the dash. I'm also not overly happy with having to use BaseCamp instead of MapSource to communicate with this unit.
Summary: I recently purchased this unit for a vacation from Iowa to North Carolina, returning through Myrtle Beach, Charleston, SC and Savannah GA. I must've gotten a lemon, all throughout the trip the unit would randomly shut itself off and reboot itself. It would do this without any warning, often at very inopportune moments like when threading through large cities like Charleston.
Screen size is not utilised, lane change info is too late
Reader "reader", Amazon
2 March 2014
Summary: Screen layout doesn't suite the size, you end up with useless maps around where you are. And it's cluttered with POI information.It also doesn't realise very relevant shops around you, probably only those who paid to Garmin. Sound has echo. Lane change information is too late. This is real drawback. The old nuvi was more efficient. Some cool features, not good real navigation, good for when you are in your sofa!