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Reviewed: Garmin nuvi 2360LT


Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 4 Mar 2011

pocketgpsworld.comLet me come clean from the very start and say that I have used satnav's for a very long time, I was an early adopter and so it's been a little over 12 years since I first owned my own GPS and a few more years on top of that since I first used one, a briefcase sized military model.

Although the first GPS I bought was a Garmin, the venerable GPS8 handheld (the 8 = 8 channels compared to 24+ these days), and I owned a Garmin II, III, V and a couple of Streetpilots after that, I've favoured TomTom ever since the Classic was launched. But I always put my personal preferences aside when reviewing a product.

It's important that our reviews are honest and not clouded by personal preferences for one manufacturer or another. And so it is all the more worthy of comment that I try and convey how impressed I have been with Garmin's nüvi 2360, reviewed here.

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Posted by MaFt on Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:13 am Reply with quote

I know it's mentioned in the review but I think it needs highlighting - I have NEVER seen/heard Darren praise a Garmin device so highly!

MaFt


MaFt®

 
Posted by lbendlin on Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:14 pm Reply with quote

Looks like they have finally ditched their horrible "blue on purple" color (colour) schemes. Good riddance!

Quote:
I'm still unconvinced as to the genuine usefulness of being able to navigate to a photo.


This is useful in dense urban environments with less than stellar house numberings. Like, any city in the US. Google nav offer the streetview picture of your destination when you arrived, so you can visually match the entered address with what you see around you.

Since the Garmin supports BT they could have implemented a BT file exchange feature..


Lutz

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Posted by Wazza_G on Sat Mar 05, 2011 5:11 pm Reply with quote

I hate to disagree, but I find Garmin's voice recognition is one of the worst I've come across, it regularly fails on certain places.

I've got a 3790 (yes another one!) & it doesn't recognize properly: Folkestone (Folk es tun), Exeter (it still exits & occasionally shutsdown) Twisted Evil

It's ridiculous, if TT can get it right, then they can or is it them being just lazy?

Maybe someone here may like to take this matter up with Garmin, because I've tried & got nowhere! Rolling Eyes


Be alert.. This country needs more lerts.

 
Posted by Darren on Sat Mar 05, 2011 5:18 pm Reply with quote

I'm quite happy to disagree.

I've just tested both of those and it recognised them perfectly. I tried with "Folkestun" as we would pronounce it and it correctly identified it albeit the the TTS pronounces it when read back as "folk es tun".

And it recognised Exeter perfectly too.

As I didn't review a 3790 I cannot compare, but I'm happy that my opinion of Voce Command on the model I did review, the 2360, stands.


Darren Griffin - Editor

 
Posted by MaFt on Sun Mar 06, 2011 8:56 am Reply with quote

Wazza_G - I disagree too! I tried using the TomTom one a few times on my Go 520 but never managed to even get a single address finished and that was indoors. It failed even more miserable when in the car with the engine on. I didn't even try it when driving.

The 3790T I reviewed worked perfectly every time, even blasting up the A1(M) at 70mph with music on a a car full of excited lads going paintballing.

I have no plans of going to Exeter or Folkestone as they are too southern for my liking. In other words, I've never tried them! However, Leeds, Bra'fud, 'uddersfield, Wakefield and 'eckmondwyke all worked fine.

MaFt


MaFt®

 
Posted by xtraseller on Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:21 pm Reply with quote

Really suprised by Darrens review, unless the software of my 2310 unit is a million miles away from the 2360, which I doubt

While the 2310 at around £130 is a decent navigator in its own right, putting it against my TomTom 1000 just shows it up for what it is - the whole thing seems like it from an age ago

But I guess different people like different things - I've always been a Garmin and Navman fan, and never liked TomTom, but now completely switched, as no other unit out there at the moment can - for me - live up to the superb TT 1000 experience

Obviously for Darren the opposite is true


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Posted by lbendlin on Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:38 pm Reply with quote

Ah, you haven't had a TomTom 910 then Very Happy

For me old person the 1000 series is a serious step back in functionality as well as UI clarity. (The Garmin UI is always good for a chuckle but at least it has gotten better over time)


Lutz

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Posted by alan_sh on Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:00 pm Reply with quote

But can you use Mapsource to do routes and then upload them to the device?

Alan


 
Posted by gatorguy6996 on Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:21 pm Reply with quote

You can with the just releasing 2460's, so I expect the application update to allow the same for the 23xx, 37xx and 1695 should be around quite soon.


Garmin 1695 / 255 / 760 w/MSN - Droid w/Google nav + Navigon - Navigon 8100T - Dakota10 - GPSMap76C - GeoMate Jr.

 
Posted by timsim on Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:20 pm Reply with quote

Thanks for an interesting review. I have been looking for a replacement for my unreliable TomTom for a while, and this could be the one.
I have steered clear of Garmin since I hired one 3 years ago from Avis and it failed to find 3 of 5 addresses in Canada.
The TomTom address order is City-Street-Number, and if there is no number, it gives an option to choose 'anywhere' or the nearest number.
The Garmin address order was Number-Street-City, and if it could not find the number it failed and you were left using city Center, useless!
Is this same with this Garmin Question


 
Posted by gatorguy6996 on Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:52 pm Reply with quote

On a nuvi you've always been able to skip the number and go the the street entry itself. Or skip the number and street and go to the city. Or enter just the street and/or number and skip the city altogether. Or use just the 7 digit postal code in Canada, skipping everything else. TomTom allows little of this, not even allowing the full Canadian postal code for a search. If you think a street is in one city, but is actually in another you may not find it at all on a TomTom.


Garmin 1695 / 255 / 760 w/MSN - Droid w/Google nav + Navigon - Navigon 8100T - Dakota10 - GPSMap76C - GeoMate Jr.

 
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