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Summary:This Garmin has a 4.4-inch LCD screen. It is preloaded with maps covering the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico.
The Nuvi 2497LMT has a 4.4-inch LCD screen. Notable features include Bluetooth hands-free calling, a trip computer, multi-destination routing, an exit guide, reality view, and lane assistance. This unit is preloaded with maps covering the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico.
About This Brand
Garmin, which also develops aviation and marine technologies, is mainly recognized for developing portable GPS devices. Its current Nuvi lineup consists of three brandlines—Essential, Advanced, and Prestige—for all types of consumers at a variety of prices and select features.
Features & Specs - Garmin nuvi 2497LMT
Weight (oz.) Measured weight of just the unit (excluding mount) in ounces rounded to the nearest tenth.
Bluetooth hands-free calling Allows user to make and receive hands-free telephone calls using the unit's internal speaker, microphone, and screen. Automatically quiets directions while call is being made. Can display user's telephone book, and shows caller ID on the screen. Can also dial phone numbers of point of interest locations. Requires a Bluetooth-compatible telephone.
Bluetooth hands-free calling
Spoken street names Commonly referred to as "Text-to-Speech," this helpful feature is the ability to pronounce proper street names. For example, a system with this feature would say, "Turn right on Truman Avenue" rather than, "Turn right in 500 feet." Spoken street names allows the driver to confirm directions with street signs without looking at the screen.
I have a good sense of direction so resisted buying a GPS for a long time. However, out-of-state business travel made it a necessity. The Garmin 2497 was a good choice. The voice activation makes all the difference. It's easy to use - I just plug it into the cigarette lighter socket. Set up was easy as well. Even my husband, who is notoriously bad with tech gadgets, finds it helpful. The voice of Samantha is pleasant, and there is no tiresome recalculating function. We like it so much we're buying the same model for our second car.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Kirkland, WA
Doesn't work with Samsung SGH-T959
Acquires Satellites Quickly
One of my main reasons for getting a GPS unit was the handsfree mobile phone capability. Unfortunately, This GPS unit does not connect to my Smartphone (Samasung SGH-T959 Vibrant). When I purchased it, there was no notice given that the unit only works with selected mobile phones. Worse is that it took some time and a call to the support line to find this out as it would sometimes connect and then would not.<br /><br />Also, the method of entering an address has been changed and is very cumbersome. It assumes that you are looking for an address nearby and the way to enter the correct city and state is not obvious.<br /><br />I am also very disaapointed with Garmin. The two units I had before this one both failed within 6 months of purchase.