Summary: The GPS is pretty slow and no voice output and doesn't show the fastest route. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Summary: I've only had this unit a month, so haven't used it on any long road trips, but have noticed a few things already. Compared to a 10 year old Garmin Streetpilot III that I own, there are a few things from my 10 year old unit that I wish this unit had. My old unit sounds a tone right before verbal instructions are given; this new unit does not sound a tone, the verbal instructions just start, and that can be alarming sometimes and actually startle you.
Pros: GPS works very well. Voice command works very well. Easy to use.
Cons: Traffic info is really inaccurate, does not delineate traffic conditions on a road in different directions unless you zoom in REALLY far. Traffic map zoomed out does not show highway names/numbers. It is pretty much impossible to use for traffic.
Summary: I recently purchased a Garmin Nuvi 40 to replace my older Garmin unit which had outdated maps, but which worked well at finding the fastest route. Unfortunately, my new Nuvi 40 is not as accurate. It sometimes takes me off freeways to congested side streets with traffic lights. That route might be a mile shorter but takes more time. I have the settings set to fastest route too.
Almost have bought this, but still prefer the Magellan
5 September 2012
Summary: I own a Magellan 3030LM, but recently I had a chance to test drive a Garmin nuvi 1300. My experience with nuvi 1300 actually stirred up my desire to own a Garmin, especially this nuvi 50, whose price is very attractive. But when my infatuation with Garmin subsided and I made a more cool-headed comparison between Magellan and Garmin, I decided against buying a Garmin until at least Garmin enhances some of the following features.
Summary: I. The Background I have a Nuvi 350 which I paid near four hundred dollars few years back. The GPS has served me well but the map is now out of date. It costs fifty dollars for a one-time update or ninety for lifetime updates. Compare that to the Nuvi 50 with lifetime map updates for only few dollars more, it's a simple choice. II. The Objective I use the GPS for practical purposes: map and direction. I do not care for fancy pictures, mp3, or Bluetooth.
Summary: The Garmin nuvi 50LM is not the first portable GPS system I've encountered, but it is the first that I actually purchased. For the price I paid I consider it a decent enough platform. It does what it is designed to do, it takes you to places you need to get to along a step-by-step, or rather road-by-road route. There are problems I felt about the unit though that limit it for my taste, but overall it is a functional device for its intended purpose.
Summary: I bought this to replace my Tom-Tom XL which was about 2 years old.... Big mistake; the maps on this (after a huge download) still are not as accurate as my old Tom-Tom. The graphics on this are not as crisp as on the Tom-Tom; there are fewer customizations available, and god help you if a route needs recalculated, as it it very, very, slow. Speaker volume is poor, and not speed dependent as on the Tom-Tom.