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Garmin nüvi 40LM 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps (US)

Garmin nüvi 40LM 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps (US)

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nüvi 40LM delivers you safely wherever life takes you. Designed to make navigation easy, simply enter an address and premium features including lane assist with junction view, help you make all the right turns!

Start out for your destination and leave the navigating to nüvi 40LM. This device features a 4.3” (10.92 cm) touchscreen and provides accurate, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names. It also includes FREE lifetime map updates.

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  • Spoken street names
  • Free lifetime maps with over 6 million points of interest
  • Accepts data cards: microSD card (not included)
  • Lane assist with junction view,Speed limit indicator
  • Trip computer records mileage, max speed, total time and more

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  1. Sir William Williams III "Have Camera, Will T...
    2,068 of 2,131 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Value! I am impressed!!!, October 13, 2011
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    I have had Garmin, Tom Tom, Sony and Magellan GPS’s over the last ten years. I have come back to Garmin for my last two because they have by far the best interface. My other Garmin is a 1690.

    The maps that came with this GPS are up to date. A restaurant that opened within the last six months is on the list.

    I have found the 4.3 inch screen size to be the optimal size. It has a nice size keyboard and amazing graphics. It feels ‘right’ on a car dashboard.

    The two features I absolutely require are the speed limit on the screen and the lane guidance. This GPS has both. This is my first Garmin out of three that goes into a split screen mode and shows the interstate signage as you come upon an exit you will be taking on your route. Great feature!

    The audio is crisp and clear. It has plenty of volume capacity.

    When needed, this unit will recalculate the directions quickly. I should also mention that it is very quick to acquire the satellites.

    The one thing that this GPS does not have is traffic. My last four GPS’s have had traffic and I have found it to be of limited usefulness. More than 50% of the time, the traffic has cleared out and you are still being alerted. The alternate routes around the traffic jams tend to be somewhat dubious.

    Finally, what a great price!!! Just a year ago, you would have paid double the price for a GPS with all of the features you get with the Garmin 40. It is an excellent buy!


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  2. Gregory A. Henry "atlantagreg"
    1,220 of 1,311 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Still Recommended (but with reservations on this unit)., November 29, 2011

    This review is from: Garmin nüvi 40LM 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps (US) (Electronics)
    Over the years, I’ve used several GPS units which have included Garmin, Magellan, and Mio brands. Overall Garmin is typically the best and most accurate which is why I took advantage of the recent Black Friday sales to upgrade to this unit due to the map update feature included with it.

    New Garmin units no longer say “recalculating route” when you deviate from the set course it lays out for you. They supposedly just begin to give you new directs based on the direction you’re then heading in, to steer you back to your destination. In the case of this model however, I’ve found the “quiet recalculating” feature to be less accurate than Garmins I’ve used in the past. In my well-established Atlanta neighborhood when I deviated from the planned course, it said nothing. I could see the purple route to follow, went in the opposite direction, and the Garmin remained silent with no new route shown on the screen as well, until I was perhaps nearly half a mile off course. At that point, it finally kicked in and started to take me back on course. On the flip-side however, my Android phone using Google Maps, and my older Mio brand GPS immediately recalculated the route once I deviated, and steered me back. While in a different section of town, when I deviated from a main route, it tried to get me to drive through a subdivision of homes and do a U-turn to go back, instead of recalculating a new route forward (even though I had the U-turn option turned “off”). The Android and Mio units rerouted me forward without trying the U-turn. This I’ll point out, is after a system reset and update via the computer (which was recommended by a Garmin employee via support email).

    The point is this: You’re most likely NOT going to get lost (well, badly) if you use this unit. It will eventually get you to your destination correctly, but it might make some quirky choices along the way compared to older/other models, especially if/when you deviate from it’s planned routing. On the plus side, the screen is bright, the voice loud, it locks on to the GPS signal quickly, and the graphics are clear and easy to see when you’re driving. Side-note: You can download a couple of other voice options via your computer into the unit if you like. I would give the unit 3 1/2 stars if that were an option, but will settle for 3, because in a city like Atlanta, the ability to keep driving straight-on and having a unit recalculate is very valuable as opposed to having to TRY to turn around in this city’s traffic (this is why Magellans do poorly here – they’re notorious for trying to force U-turns on you!). If you can get it for the Black Friday level of pricing ($79-$84) it would still not be the worst gift at all – but at the suggested normal retail price of $149.00, other units might be better at the recalculating bit than this one, so research before you buy.

    ADDED: Someone on here sent me a note saying that if you download the other voices and change them, that this somehow alters the accuracy of the maps. Now, this sounds odd to me, as a simple voice chance shouldn’t have any effect on map accuracy – but I tried it. Picked the male British voice and indeed, one of the glitches I mentioned above stopped happening (??), but when I chose the female British voice, suddenly the Garmin stopped recognizing a major 4 lane road in my area and started calling it by the name of a small arterial road two miles away! (repeat…???). Perhaps my unit is just defective, but if this is the latest map source they’re using at Garmin – I might avoid any of the newest models. Yikes. I’m updating my star rating from 3 to 2 as a result. Sorry.


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  3. 57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great budget GPS unit, highly recommended, November 30, 2011
    Espy (San Diego, CA) –

    This review is from: Garmin nüvi 40LM 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps (US) (Electronics)
    I previously had a Garmin 265wt, as well as occasionally using my Android phone’s Google Navigation feature. I prefer having a dedicated device that I can just leave in my car. Although this is a “budget” GPS unit, it is an incredible value and has tons of features that used to be premium.

    -Very fast user interface compared to the 265wt.
    -Lifetime maps. Cannot emphasize this enough. Buy the LM version of any of these units. Buying new maps later become very expensive.
    -Website and software allow installation of additional navigation voices, and “vehicles” including Dora the Explorer, most of which are free.
    -Screen is more sensitive and brighter than my old 265wt, with better viewing angles. These aren’t IPS, capacitive touchscreens, but they are very functional. There are some complaints about how this unit isn’t viewable in direct sunlight. But I live in southern California and have no such problems. Works fine. It may be different if you are walking on foot with these, but these are meant to be used primarily in a car.
    -Connecting unit to the computer allows you to “send” navigational points, “Favorites”, directly into the unit from Google Maps.
    -Lane assist features, which tell you which lane you should be in, are now standard on these basic units. It’s a great feature that used to only be on the high-end units.
    -Audio for navigation is audible, I had no problems with it.
    -And of course, text-to-speech is now available on the cheapest units from Garmin, specifically this one. You can get more voices online.

    -Still no way to manage “Favorites” on the computer directly. Creating, deleting, categorizing them. Most of this must be done on the unit itself.

    Note though that there are two versions of the 40LM, which I only found out about after purchasing. One comes with the lower 48 states, the other comes with the US + Canada. I kind of wish I got the latter, but I am happy with my unit. I believe there is also free route-planning software that connects with the GPS but I don’t find it to be the easiest to use. Regardless, highly recommended!


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