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Nüvi 2497LMT has a bright 4.3" display with dual-orientation capabilities, for use horizontally or vertically.
Nüvi 2497LMT arrives loaded with detailed maps of North America. With free lifetime¹ map updates, your routes are sure to reflect the most up-to-date maps, POIs (points of interest) and navigation information. New maps are available for download with no fees.
With so much data, Nüvi 2497LMT makes it easy to find addresses and millions of POIs such as businesses, stores, restaurants and other destinations. Nüvi 2497LMT arrives preloaded with POIs, so there’s no need for you to enter that address information. Just select one – or many – and navigate there, quickly and easily. You also have the ability to add custom POIs to your Nüvi 2497LMT.
Nüvi 2497LMT features Garmin Traffic to help you spend more time on the move. With Garmin Traffic, your driving map remains onscreen at all times. Traffic alerts appear to the side of your map and messages are spoken, too. Garmin Traffic can give details about the situation, such as how many minutes of delay to expect and if there are any possible detours. It can even confirm whether or not you are on the fastest route. Garmin Traffic is voice activated, so it responds to spoken requests.
Lifetime traffic entitles your Nüvi 2497LMT to receive free traffic information for its entire useful life.
Nüvi 2497LMT has the luxury of voice-activated navigation. Speak, and your device intelligently responds; your hands can remain safely on the wheel. Of course, you can also navigate using the touchscreen interface.
Nüvi 2497LMT redefines "spoken turn-by-turn directions" with Garmin Real Directions, easy-to-understand driving directions that guide like a friend, using recognizable landmarks, buildings and traffic lights. No more stress from trying to read street names. Garmin Real Voice is refined speech technology that sounds more like a natural, friendly voice. Garmin Real Directions and Garmin Real Voice are features that are only available in our line of GPS navigators.
Sync a Bluetooth-enabled device, such as your smartphone, to Nüvi 2497LMT for hands-free calling through its integrated microphone and speaker. Safely stow your phone in a glove compartment, pocket or purse and still make and take calls without moving your hands from the steering wheel or your eyes from the road.
Smartphone Link is a free mobile app that connects your Nüvi 2497LMT with your iPhone® or Android™ smartphone. When paired, your Nüvi 2497LMT can use your phone’s existing data plan³ to share information – such as where you parked, POIs and your destination.
Smartphone Link also gives you access to Garmin Live Services, useful real-time information such as weather and traffic conditions. Garmin Live Services are available free and by subscription.
Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts prepares you to drive through an exit or interchange with confidence. As you approach, an animated model uses brightly colored arrows to indicate the proper lane needed for your route; a friendly voice offers additional help. Bird’s Eye junction view offers a detailed view of interchanges, looking down as if from overhead. photoReal junction view realistically displays junctions and interchanges along your route, including the surrounding landscape. Brightly colored arrows indicate the proper lane to drive. Nüvi 2497LMT also depicts real road signs as they appear along your route.
Nüvi 2497LMT keeps your driving map onscreen at all times and additional information appears alongside. For details, simply ask or touch the screen. As you drive your route, Up Ahead constantly informs you of nearby services, including restaurants, fuel stations, hospitals and stores.
Nüvi 2497LMT displays speed limit, current speed and accurate time of arrival. With a quick glance, you can read the name of your current street. Nüvi 2497LMT also shows school zone warnings.
Use Garmin Express to keep your Nüvi up-to-date. Garmin Express makes it easy to update maps and software, transfer favorites to and from devices, and install free custom vehicles and voices.
Not as good as the Garmin I bought in 2009.
This review is from: GARMIN 2497LMT 4.3" GPS Navigation w/ Lifetime Map & Traffic Update
Pros: The Garmin I bought in 2009 lived in my car 24/7 and though the GPS still works, the display sometimes goes blank when I touch it. This one has a few new features I like, such as finding satellites and becoming functional much faster and telling me to turn at a stop sign, light, after a bank and etc, instead of just telling me to turn on such and such street.
Cons: The biggest con as compared to my 2009 Garmin is what they're now calling Lifetime Traffic. My previous GPS had an actual radio receiver on the power cord, that would divert me around traffic jams in real-time. I have no idea how this new one works without a radio receiver, but it appears to send me on the same major routes regardless of accidents or rush hour traffic, which was unfortunately the primary reason I bought this GPS. A second significant con is that the features I frequently access while driving, are now buried a level or two deeper in the menus and because there are more features to access, the text on the screen is smaller and much harder for me to see in less than perfect light. The Voice Recognition, couldn't find Jim, when it was the only address I'd entered. I could only get it to ask if I meant Gym or Gem.
Other Thoughts: Garmin sells an optional GTM 60™ HD Digital Traffic Receiver for an additional $69.99, however I haven't tried one and don't know if it's worth the extra or if it would be throwing good money after bad. I recommend that in addition to making sure the unit you buy has FREE Lifetime Map & Traffic, get one that comes with an HD Digital Traffic Receiver.
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