What's this? This score mainly reflects how easy a navigation system is to use, combined with factors such as information given, portability, and routing options. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
$94.99 - $189.95
We expect this model to perform similarly to the tested Garmin Nuvi 50 although it may differ in price and features.
The Garmin Nuvi 50LM is a GPS available from
The Nuvi 50LM typically costs
between $94.99 - $189.95.
Consumer Reports recommends that you match the features on a model to the needs you have. Here's
our take on some of the specifications and features that are commonly available on GPS
models like the Nuvi 50LM.
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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.
The Ratings of Garmin Nuvi 50 were applied to untested model Garmin Nuvi 50LM, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
By far the biggest selling brand, with more than 50 percent of the market. Based in Olathe, Kan., Garmin was founded in 1989, and today it has 7,000 employees. Garmin GPS navigators have consistently scored near or at the top of our ratings. In addition to portable GPS units, Garmin makes a variety of fitness training devices and products for marine and aviation use. The company announced plans to sell its own telephone with built-in navigation two years ago, but the scheduled release date has been pushed back several times.
Features & Specs - Garmin Nuvi 50LM
Screen size (in.) The diagonal length of the display screen measured in inches and rounded to the nearest tenth on an inch.
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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.
It was very easy to set up and use and the mounting is easy to use and is sturdy. Problems noted: it will sometimes direct you to a less desirable route ie. off the interstate to back roads that are OK but slower and less convenient. Also, as noted in another comment, some of the pronunciations are downright hilarious. Downloading new map info has been easy. It's a nice, basic GPS that has been trouble-free in the year and a half that I've owned it, but it has its quirks.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from MARIETTA GA
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
IT'S A PIECE OF JUNK!! DISAPPOINTMENT!
Lousy customer service
Takes You Off Course
The Keys Stick
Finding Specific Address
I HAVE CALLED GARMIN 2 TIMES AND BEEN GIVEN THE RUN AROUND. I HAVE BEEN AN AVID GARMIN USER FOR YEARS RECOMMENDING IT TO OTHERS! BUT THIS NEW ONE, THE NUVI 5OLM IS A FULL FLEDGED LEMON!!!! CANT BE TRUSTED FOR DIRECTIONS AND THEN LOCKS UP THE LETTERS/NUMBERS/ AND THE DONE!! I'M DONE WITH IT AND WANT EITHER A NEW ONE OR A FULL REFUND!! TOTALLY DISGUSTED!!!
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Bird on the Wire
from Toronto, Canada
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Acquires Satellites Quickly
Easy To Read
Easy To Set Up
Finding Specific Address
I used the Garmin Nuvi 50LM to drive from Toronto to Florida and back last winter (2013) and all over Florida's Gulf Coast. Cannot imagine ever being without it again when driving on unfamiliar roads. The lane assist function was fabulous, and especially valuable when going through large cities like Detroit and Atlanta. The speed limit indicator was also a huge help when driving through states like Ohio that are notorious for pulling over cars with out-of-state licence plates for minor speed infractions. The spoken street names function was also very useful, although some of the pronunciations were pretty bizarre...but funny! Gave us a laugh. I would give this model 5 stars for performance but only gave it 4 stars in this review because of later difficulty I had downloading map and software updates. I finally did manage to get this to work but only after finding out how to do a hard reset by myself. I did not find the Garmin customer assistance people helpful at all. They told me to buy a new USB cable, and seemed more interested in getting off the phone than they did in actually helping me. The GPS unit itself is great...too bad that the Garmin support staff is not!