Suprisingly worse than using a smart phone for navigation!
27 July 2012
Summary: I once owned an expensive Garmin that cost several hundred dollars and was reasonably satisfied with it. I gave it away when I got my iPhone 4 since I could navigate using it. Well over time I have become annoyed by the weak GPS performance of my iPhone and wished it had the accuracy of my old Garmin. So with the great reviews for the Garmin Nuvi 50 and the low price I ordered one and received it today.
Summary: I did my research and thought the nuvi 50 would work fine. I did not realize until I got the unit that you could not create custom routes and import them into the GPS. You can add only one waypoint but you have to rely on how it wants you to go. I have a zumo 665 for my motorcycle and was spoiled by all the bells and whistles it has. I decided to return it and got one that had the ability to import routes.
Summary: This model is horribly slow at just about everything. Especially inputing alphanumeric text when you're searching for a place by name. You type and the letter shows up like a whole second after you touch the screen. I had a Garmin 265 and this more modern unit is as slow if not slower than my old 265. I feel I got less than I paid for and wish I'd purchased a higher end model with some decent speed.
A good GPS provided you never need to detour around traffic
Thadeus Smellenbottom, Amazon
11 July 2012
Summary: **PLEASE NOTE: The poor marks I gave the 40LM are not from lack of understanding that this model does not have a traffic receiver. I know perfectly well that it does not have a traffic receiver. As I mention several times in this review, it sucks at detouring compared to a dirt cheap 3-year old TomTom that ALSO did not have a traffic receiver. Hence the low score.
Summary: Garmin is the only GPS maker that I use exclusively. They make a variety of outstanding products and every one that I have had was worth every penny. When I needed a simple/inexpensive GPS I turned to Garmin. The Nuvi 50 is an oustanding product at the price. The colors are vibrant and the GPS is very accurate, also works inside my house - something that is a first for GPS units. My biggest complaint is the battery life.
Summary: I have a 8 year old Garmin StreetPilot 2610 that I really like but Garmin stopped providing map updates for it. I bought this Garmin Nuvi 50LM when it was on sale for $75. As soon as I bought it, I updated it to the latest firmware and installed map updates. I used this unit for 3 trips before I returned to using my StreetPilot 2610. When the Nuvi 50LM calculates a route and I want to customize it, I can add ONLY ONE via point unlike StreetPilot 2610.
Summary: This is a very basic model, before I was using a TomTom tomtom xl n14644 which I liked, the one thing I did not like about the TomTom was that in some cases it did not know street numbers very well, at worst it could be 1/2 mile off so I thought I'd try a Garmin. My unit did not come with Canadian maps, it stated Continental US and that it 'could' come with Canada, it did not say how to order with Canada, I e-mailed their support about 1 week ago, have yet to hear back...