Looking for top of the line, reliable and easy to use 5” Garmin’s Advanced series with affordable price? Look no more, Garmin 2597LMT is the one that you are looking for. Get clearly directions and Automatic Speech Recognition for hands free control. As a high-end model, the 2597LMT includes lifetime traffic and map updates, Bluetooth for hands-free calling and voice command to simplify life on the go.
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Garmin 2597 Navigation Features
This Garmin 2597 has many features. Here are some of them:
Garmin Traffic give details about the situation, such as how many minutes of delay to expect and if there are any possible detours. 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 2597 traffic can even confirm whether or not you are on the fastest route.
The Power of Your Voice
Garmin 2597 has the luxury of voice-activated navigation. It can intelligently respond to your voice so your hand can remain safely on the wheel.
Smartphone Link Compatible
Smartphone Link gives you access to Garmin Live Services, useful real-time information such as weather and traffic conditions. Smartphone Link is a free mobile app that connects your Garmin 2597 with your Android smartphone. When paired, your Garmin 2597 can use your phone’s existing data plan to share information — such as where you parked, POIs and your destination.
Detailed Maps with Free Updates
Garmin 2597 makes it easy to find addresses and millions of POIs such as businesses, stores, restaurants and other destinations. It 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 Garmin 2597.
Garmin 2597LMT New features
Active lane guidance While it is true that the lane guidance doesn’t always show up in the next maneuver indicator, consider the image beside where the vehicle is approaching two different exits. The new system is clearly superior at showing which exit to take.
Next turn and the street you are on
Garmin 2597 shows the street you are currently on at the bottom of the screen (unlike on previous models) and the next turn at the top of the screen. If you are not actively navigating the top bar shows the next cross street.
Below you can see the slide out Up Ahead menu. Tap one of the icons to get a list of upcoming gas stations, banks/ATMs and restaurants. Unlike last year’s Exit Services feature, this alerts you to upcoming POIs on surface street routes as well. The three menu items and their order can be customized by tapping one of the icons and then tapping the wrench icon. Additional options include parking, rest areas, lodging and custom search (for a business name or category). Note the X to close the Up Ahead menu.
You open the Up Ahead feature by tapping the menu icon in the bottom right corner of the map screen, and selecting it from the menu below. The items shown in this menu can be customized as well. Additional options include detour, brightness and a trip data slide out menu (also customizable from Settings > Map & Vehicle > Map Tools). All seven options can be included if desired.
This feature tells you to turn at a landmark rather than a street name (although the street name is still shown on the screen). A little voice bubble shows up on the screen at junctions with this Garmin 2597 feature.
School zone warnings Warnings such as the one below appear (along with a chime) when you approach a school zone.
Garmin 2597LMT Review
Below is review by Paul about his Garmin 2597 that already use this GPS.
Upfront let me say that this is my third Garmin car GPS. I also own two Garmin marine GPS units that I’ve used on my cruising sailboat. I have a lot of experience with Garmin, none with any other GPS brand, so I can’t make comparisons between Garmin, Magellan, and TomTom. I’ve always been pleased with Garmin’s support and features, so I’ve never been tempted to try the other brands, despite their generally good reputations.
Second disclosure: I travel a lot in rental vehicles, often to unfamiliar areas or cities with lots of traffic where a GPS is very useful. I have a great smartphone (Galaxy S4) and I like Google maps, but I would never count on my phone to get me places. Some of the locations I travel to (Big Sur or northwest Arizona, for example) have little or no cell coverage, so a phone-based GPS isn’t an option there.
All that said, my Garmin 1390 LMT worked well, but I was ready to go to a larger screen with a few more features. After some research I chose this model. Having used it for a few weeks, I’m very happy with it. First, the larger screen really does improve readability. GPS screens can contain a lot of info, and a larger screen is more useful when you’re hurtling down the road at freeway speeds or trying to find your way through an unfamiliar city. The screen of Garmin 2597 is bright and very sharp. The PhotoReal images in the right hand window pop up when available and are surprisingly realistic, mimicking the real scene on the road. I don’t know how they did that, but it’s a great feature. The Garmin “Real Voice Guide” promises more realism. I don’t really notice that much difference other than a bit more inflection. It’s still somewhat mechanical, but no different from Siri or similar e-voices.
Startup is almost instantaneous and you don’t have to scroll through a couple of nag screens reminding you to not play with the GPS while driving. I live in a neighborhood surrounded by very tall trees. My 1390 sometimes faltered for a while, struggling to find all the satellites. Not so this unit. I’m online in a few seconds.
I was able to transfer all of my favorites/POI from my 1390 to my Garmin 2597 in just seconds with the Garmin Express app. Whew! I also downloaded the free Garmin link app for Android, which is very handy. It links my phone to the Garmin via Bluetooth. I like being able to do a search on my phone and then send the address to the GPS. Searches on the GPS itself are easier than my last unit. As you enter characters a scroll bar displays possible choices under the search window. Very handy.
The traffic feature is improved over my 1390. The traffic receiver is embedded in the GPS (as far as I can tell); at least there is no tell-tale box on the cable itself. The unit seems to pick up traffic signals in areas where the 1390 didn’t. I have not tried the voice recognition feature yet. That’s next on my list. There are other features (Eco-Route) that I’m not particularly interested in. Neither do I plan on downloading the Garmin app that lets me create and upload new POIs. The POI icons that pop up as you are nearby are sometimes difficult to read because they’re so small, but I can usually recognize the logos. Scrolling with my finger is smoother than with the 1390.
So far, the directions have been flawless. Occasionally, the 1390 would get confused and tell me that a POI was on the wrong side of the street. That hasn’t happened with this unit. The menus operate a bit differently than the 1390, but they’re easy after a bit of practice. I did have some difficulty figuring out how to delete my trip/track log (go to “Where I’ve Been”.) Not intuitive.
One quirk: I like switching to an overhead view when I’m traveling long distances, to give me an idea of where I am. The only way to do that on this unit, as far as I can tell, is to activate the traffic feature, which can switch to an overhead view. It’s a small thing.
One final quirk: Garmin 2597 uses a USB mini cable to transfer data and map updates from your PC to the GPS. A short cable is included in the package. Who uses a USB mini cable for anything anymore? A USB micro cable (I’ve got lots of them and they’re all longer) would eliminate the need to keep an outdated cable in my computer drawer.
But, the bottom line is that this is an outstanding GPS. If your vehicle has a built-in GPS and you’re happy with it, or you really want to use your smartphone, more power to you. However, if you need portability, flexibility, a big screen and lots of useful features, this Garmin 2597 is worth a look. And, if you have an Android phone you’ve got even more features.