I bought this one to give to my sister after buying one for myself in Jan 13.
Free, lifetime map updates.
When you deviate from the route, rather than that annoying "recalculating", the voice just gives directions from the deviation.
Announces turns in plenty of time to execute the turn without having to make a sudden drastic maneuver.
Real time traffic updates are awesome (this is the only unit that doesn't include advertising). Recently a tunnel was closed in Pittsburgh just over the weekend, starting at 10pm on a Friday. I came through town at 10:50 pm, planning to just follow detour signs, but the Garmin told me there was a detour ahead and took me a different, much better way!
Paired my blackberry with it via bluetooth and can now use my phone handsfree!
When on a highway, shows a photo of the exit sign alongside the map view. Very helpful for ensuring that the exit is correct.
When entering an address, it predicts the town/state based on the street address, but for me it's often wrong. It's hard to get it to stop doing that. I'd rather just enter the whole address. (Need to read the manual to see if I can disable.)
Takes a long time (several hours) to update maps.
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