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Garmin nuvi 2360LT review

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Best voice control system on the market
  • RDS-TMC traffic receiver
  • Portrait mode and cityXplorer map support

Cons

  • Mid-range price no longer a bargain

Key Features

  • 4.3in widescreen display
  • Voice commands
  • European maps
  • RDS-TMC traffic
  • Supports cityXplorer maps
  • Manufacturer: Garmin
  • Review Price: £179.00

The nuvi 2360LT is Garmin’s latest mainstream model. It doesn’t have the sleek design of the nuvi 3790T nor the large 5in screen of the nuvi 2460LT. This is a more modest 4.3in device with a relatively pedestrian design. But it’s still packed with features.

Our favourite is the inclusion of Garmin’s excellent voice control system. Garmin has led the way in this respect since the nuvi 860, and its latest iteration is even better. No physical contact with the device is required at all, with a code phrase used to activate the system, after which most functions can be called upon. You can even enter a postcode, or search for a point of interest. The code phrase can be customised to anything you like, although you’re better off with something relatively unique.

When searching for a destination, it is possible to use a keyword rather than having to know which city your desired street is in, or the category of your chosen point of interest. However, unlike Mio’s Spirit devices such as the 685, these databases remain separate. We find the unified approach the most convenient arrangement of all, as it reduces the menu layers required to get to the search option as well.

Garmin nuvi 2360LT

The nuvi 2360LT also uses Garmin’s latest technologies when calculating its routes. These include trafficTrends, which is similar to TomTom’s IQ Routes, calling on historic traffic data to predict real road speeds, and taking into account the time of day and day of week. So there’s more chance you will be routed round notorious jam black spots during rush hour. You can also get a more up-to-date picture of the current road conditions, as the the 2360LT comes with a RDS-TMC traffic receiver and a lifetime premium subscription. This system is far from infallible, as we have discovered from many devices from a range of manufacturers, but it is still useful.

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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