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Design and Usability

By James Morris



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The myTrends system allegedly learns your driving style when journeying to and from locations you have stored in the Favourites list, and adjusts its routing suggestions accordingly. This is a hard feature to assess in a short-term product view, but we’ve seen improvements in devices with similar technologies we have used for longer periods. So it is potentially a useful inclusion for regular commuters.

The more green-conscious user will be pleased to see that Garmin’s ecoRoute system is included. You record the manufacturer’s petrol consumption figures for your car, and the cost of fuel, after which you will be able to take the cheapest route for your vehicle. This latest version even lets you record the actual number of miles between, and cost of, each trip to the pumps. If you really want to use petrol in a miserly fashion, you can take a challenge which gives your driving style a live score out of 100 for its fuel usage. Drivers with a heavy right foot are likely to fare badly.

Garmin nuvi 2360LT

The map view hasn’t changed much since the last couple of Garmin iterations. However, the Lane Assist system’s Junction View graphic is no longer full screen by default. Instead, like the 2460LT, it occupies the right-hand side only, so you can still see a squashed version of the regular map at the same time. We’ve occasionally wished the full-screen graphic would disappear sooner on some devices, particularly when faced with multiple motorway junctions in quick succession, so this tweak is quite welcome, although it works even better on a 5in widescreen such as that offered by the 2460LT.

The 2360LT has a choice selection of features for when you’re not in your car as well. Garmin Locate takes a snapshot of your current location when you remove the device from its cradle, storing it as a temporary Parking point of interest. So, if you’ve stowed your car on the street, or even in a large open-air car park, you’ll have a much better chance of finding your way back to it when your visit is over.

Mark Southee

May 29, 2011, 6:30 pm

Garmin will have to have seriously improved the routing choices for me to buy another. My 1690 is totally untrustworthy in it's choices on routes I know, so I don't use it at all on those I don't. It now functions as a very large bluetooth hands free device. The Live Traffic is it's only redeeming feature.

Tamas Varga

September 17, 2012, 10:52 pm

I have the same issues with the 2360LT. It mess up all route plans. If I want to go from the midlands to Dover with toll charge avoidance and fastest route options, it plans the route through the middle of London. It plan through village roads when the 70mph carriage way is just 100 meters away... Many times it send me out to the sliproad and then on the other side back to the same main road. No advanced planning, no re-planning or alternative route options. It cannot really plan international routes, it just say the journey is too long (from Innsbruck to Bologna? that's a joke). Many times it plans through small, slow roads when higher level, faster roads are available close to that it used. It's brand new but don't know the 3-4 years old changes, false speed limits everywhere in Europe. That's a total rubbish, my nearly 10 years old Tom-tom works better. I will never buy any other Garmin product. Ohhh, and as LT model it comes with lifetime traffic info and traffic avoidance option... but it doesn't even know the days old road closures, not the actual traffic. The best fuel efficiency option originally wanted to be the longest journey option I think. I recommend to use only one avoidance option in garmin and its the garmin itself, stay away from its products...

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