Garmin nuvi 50 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator(US and Canada) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Lane assist with junction view
- Speed limit indicator
- Trip computer records mileage, max speed, total time and more
- Navigate right out of the box with preloaded maps and over 6 million points of interest
- Hear spoken street names
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nüvi 50 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!
With a big 5” (12.7 cm) touchscreen, more than 8 million points of interest (POIs) and spoken turn-by-turn directions, nüvi 50 makes driving fun again.
Get Turn-by-Turn Directions
nüvi 50's intuitive interface greets you with two simple choices: "Where To?" and "View Map." Touch the screen to easily look up addresses and services and to be guided to your destination with voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names. It comes preloaded with maps for the 49 States and Canada. nüvi 50’s speed limit indicator shows you how fast you can go on most major roads. With its "Where Am I?" emergency locator, you always know your location. It also comes preloaded with millions of POIs and offers the ability to add your own.
Know the Lane Before It’s Too Late
Now there’s no more guessing which lane you need to be in to make an upcoming turn. Available in select metropolitan areas, lane assist with junction view guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate. It realistically displays road signs and junctions on your route along with arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation.
What's in the Box
nüvi 50, preloaded NAVTEQ North America maps, vehicle suction cup mount, vehicle power cable, and quick start manual.
All nüvis come with detailed NAVTEQ maps containing more than 6 million pre-loaded point of interest locations.
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The new Garmin 50 beats them hands down. It's larger, and for less money than the others when they were new. The 5" display makes a huge difference. In addition to the larger display, almost everything about the maps details, fonts for text info, icons and symbols all seem larger, beyond just scaling up for screen size. Everything is much easier to read at a quick glance. The bootup is much faster. The first couple of times, there's a rather annoying license click-through, but it goes away after that. It hasn't been back. There's a "safety mode" which tries to tell you what a bad idea changing settings while driving is. It's easy to override, and easy to turn off.
Lane assist! It works... Sometimes it's timing is a little off... If it triggers too early you can end up in a "disappearing lane". Too late, and it can be tough to get into the correct lane in time, so this feature isn't an easy one to get right. It's still a big help.
When approaching a critical intersection, the screen splits, and a "street view" of the intersection appears. A cartoon depiction. I was worried that this would be disconcerting. But it's not. It works. It's helpful. BTW, this size screen in a motorcycle-toughened unit would be FABULOUS. Just my view.
UPDATE: I don't care for the lack of street names on the screen. My old garmin gps shows all the street names. This one only shows half of them even if i'm zoomed in or out. I need to know what street I'm on! See photo I uploaded.
This is what you do...
Start by charging the unit for an hour or so because the battery is probably empty.
Turn the unit on by pressing the button at the top, left corner.
At the main page press View Map
Press the speed readout in the bottom right corner
Press and hold the Speedometer until the debug screen shows (10 seconds)
Select Demo Mode
Click Disable Demo Mode
Return to the debug screen
Select GPS Simulator Mode
Select Off and click OK
Piece of cake, right?
This unit is fairly new on the market and I've tested it a couple of times so far, and I think it works great. It does everything I need. I'm very happy with the default voice (I actually haven't tried the other options yet), it's easy to hear and pronunciation of streets has been spot on so far. Information on turns and merges works fine. The screen size and format is nice. It took me a little while to get used to the touch screen (after having used the more sensitive touch screens on newer cell phones), but it didn't take long to get over that. The overall design seems sturdy and I'm not worried that it will physically break or fall apart. The user interface is intuitive and it didn't take me long to get familiar to it.
Overall, great unit for the price range!