Starting blind but knowing I wanted a Garmin, I eventually settled on this model based on: reviews, the lifetime maps and traffic (LMT), screen size and price. If you've never had a GPS before, be sure to buy one with enough time to figure it out BEFORE you head out on a lengthy trip. As a newbie, it took me a little while to learn how to use this efficiently, it has a lot of great features. There's no user guide included, but you can download a .pdf file from the Garmin website. Make sure you go there to register your product and update your maps so they are current. Updating maps took about 2.5 - 3 hours that first time, no idea if subsequent updates will be any quicker. However, you are supposed to charge the battery for at least 4 hours the first time anyway, so you get 2 birds with 1 stone in this way. I've been using the unit for about 6 weeks now and so far it has been perfectly accurate, including which side of the road my POI's are located. Sometimes it routes me a different way than I usually take around home, but there are some "avoidance" settings that you can adjust (it's pre-set to avoid certain things). Lots of other personal preference settings too. Lane assist is great, especially helpful with highway interchanges when you aren't sure which direction you'll turning to get onto the highway. As you approach an intersection, the view on the screen zooms in tighter; showing you the lanes, where you need to be and which way you'll need to turn. Once you make your turn, the screen zooms back out - pretty cool. Oh, when I first turned on the unit while in my house (updating maps), I accidentally wound up in Safe Mode. As a result, the unit wasn't able to connect with the satellites. From another review, I learned that I needed to go into Tools / Settings / Security / Safe Mode -- and turn safe mode Off. Then it was able to locate the satellite within seconds. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase. We drive all over the country and it was time to finally get one of these, I'm really looking forward to using this GPS on our travels.
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