- Best voice control system on the market
- RDS-TMC traffic receiver
- Portrait mode and cityXplorer map support
- Mid-range price no longer a bargain
Review Price £179.00
Garmin nuvi 2360LT
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.
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.