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Garmin nuvi 2598 LMT-D - Smartphone Link, Navigation, Voice Commands and Verdict

By James Morris

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Garmin nuvi 2598 LMT-D

Summary

Our Score:

9

Garmin nuvi 2598 LMT-D - Smartphone Link

The other standard App is Smartphone Link, which currently operates exclusively via an Android phone. We first experienced this with the Garmin nuvi 3590. Once you have downloaded the app for your phone and paired it with the sat-nav via Bluetooth, a selection of new options appear in the Apps menu.

Unlike the map updates and traffic, most of these are not free. Those that are include a six-day weather forecast, and the Tracker, which lets your friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter know where you are, making cyber-stalking a doddle. All the other options require a subscription, most of which cost £8.45 a year, although the enhanced 3D Live Traffic (Garmin's direct competitor to TomTom HD Traffic) is £19.99. The other options include photoLive, which lets you see the view from traffic cameras, and Fuel Prices, where you can peruse live petrol cost information.

Regular drivers will appreciate the live space availability and pricing for nearby parking garages, safety camera location updates and (perhaps less useful) advanced weather information, including severe weather warnings and radar images. However, all these services together cost over £60 a year. Worth it if you you're on the road everyday of the week, but a bit much otherwise.

Garmin nuvi 2598 LMT-D

Garmin nuvi 2598 LMT-D - Navigation

So the Live Services are more expensive than TomTom's, but otherwise the 2598 is a very capable sat-nav. It turns off and on really quickly. Route calculation uses Garmin's trafficTrends, so time estimations are pretty accurate unless you hit unexpected gridlock. Although the underlying map screen doesn't look significantly different to previous Garmin sat-navs, it has gained some useful new onscreen widgets.

Unless you have received a traffic notification, the right-hand side of the screen hosts three icons which Garmin calls Up Ahead. By default, these show you how far the nearest petrol station, roadside service and restaurant are. You can simply click on an icon and choose to reroute your journey to one of the POIs that appears listed. This is a very useful feature, particularly if you're travelling with kids who suddenly decide they need a toilet stop or have become miraculously ravenous, despite you asking them if they needed either five minutes earlier before setting off.

Safety camera information appears at the top in a strip that moves across the current next turning description.

Garmin nuvi 2598 LMT-D - Voice Commands

This is also a sat-nav with Garmin's excellent Voice Command system, which we have commented on the effectiveness of before, for example with the nuvi 3790T. By default, you call up the system by saying "Voice Command", although you can customise this to any phrase you like.

You can then set up a destination entirely verbally, including finding addresses or points of interest, or a location from your History. However, you can't directly access the Up Ahead widgets. You will need to go via the standard POI category system instead. But overall this is still the most effective voice command systems around, offering true hands-free operation.

Verdict

The Garmin nuvi 2598 LMT-D is a capable mid-range sat-nav. Its traffic updates are a cut above the average RDS-TMC offering, although not as good as Garmin's premium 3D Live Traffic or TomTom's HD Traffic, and the lifetime European map updates included in the price are a major value bonus. The redesigned navigation view with detailed traffic updates and quick-access icons for select POIs also add to the utility, and the Voice Command system is excellent, making this a great general-purpose sat nav.

Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Battery Life 9
  • Design 9
  • Features 9
  • Performance 9
  • Usability 9
  • Value 9

Titi

July 11, 2013, 2:30 pm

Smartphone Link also for ios.

Pat

September 18, 2013, 11:52 pm

So I can link my iPhone up to this?

theclassactman@hotmail.com

November 5, 2013, 6:30 pm

Have to reboot GPS every time GPS is shut off or loses bluetooth connection between smartlink and phone. Loses subscribed content, but not non-subscribed functions.

After many months and many hours of submitting logs and doing tests for Garmin's IT department there's been no change and no suitable compensation for their malfunctioning software. Can't be that difficult to fix, since everything works except paid subscription services. Feel that they're not trying very hard or they have incompetent IT personnel.

kaktuszjack

November 20, 2013, 11:06 pm

My score is -20!! on scale: -10 ...+10

Just bought my Garmin Nuvi 2598 LMT-D with all EU.
Have to say in nutshell, it is expensive and have expected to have a premium device with immaculate services. (I am perfectionist :-)
-- PRO: great ideas, great design, good enough menus etc,,,
--NEG: price too high, - not gives you the same value as you expect... - maps after 5-6 hours usage become freckling (means the map fallen to its parts... and seems like the cpu cannot provide the details "during driving !!!!!!!!!!"
- it keeps doing it regardless turned off the recent route logs, turned off the details to medium, turned the 3D to 2D - restarted the device, reseted the device... - firmware upgraded the device, latest map uploaded to the device -- still kept doing this MAJOR ISSUE!! - what is very annoying and dangerous when you would drive and want a reliable mate. a £25 old gps can do better job than this #@$!%!!!!

--- it keeps doing it and it is so much far from a professional device I was after
FIRMLY RECOMMENDED TO AVOID THIS DEVICE...
-- double checked with Garmin, it is not a bad device I have, because it has been replaced, and could exactly reproduced the issue on the new one on a different location!!!!

conclusion - GARMIN NUVI is not a professional GPS, do not waste your money, think before you do!
I claimed back the full refund within 14 days - and now I seeking my new device.

ed morrison

August 5, 2014, 6:04 pm

all I wanted is instructions. I don't have smart phone.

Brettski77

July 15, 2015, 9:30 pm

Is the car charger 24 volt compatible?

Dale B

December 30, 2015, 1:21 am

This is the 3rd Garmin I bought that is refurbished. It saves a good 20-35% off the price of a new one. I can't seeing buying any Garmin product that is not factory refurbed. They look, work, and are warranted the same 1 year as new products.
If you don't buy one off Amazon from an authorized dealer like GPS City, you can pay a little more and buy it directly off the Garmin Store.
OR pay retail. I would not buy used considering the refurbed prices.
OK I am off the soapbox!
Great device, not that different than the better models they have had the last several years. Mostly refinements but regular updates and upgrades add up to an excellent GPS that still rivals the competition. But in fairness, GPS technology had pretty much evolved to the max across the boards. Whatever is next would have to be revolutionary and still affordable. That could be a challenge.
I am not sure what a 'professional device' is supposed to do, and maybe my needs are modest, but with very few quibbles this device gets me where I need it to. Some limitations in Bluetooth performance which surprises me considering how long Garmin has played with the implementation considering a few brands like Java work well for a small price. But most of us would like more features in a single device, than running more accessories around their car. But only if they can be designed to work as well as inexpensive outboard units.

JohnDW

February 7, 2016, 8:20 am

Garmin 2589LMT ???

Nick Harris

April 19, 2016, 4:22 pm

My Garmin Nuvi keeps telling me it has lost satellite connection. Garmin have been asked twice how to fix this and twice they have failed to respond. What astonishes me is this. When I do a search on their "support website" and put in either the word Satellite and or lost it recognizes neither of these words. For a company based on GPS not to have the word Satellite in their search engine sums them up in their entirety. Try going to Tom tom and at the very least their search engine can recognize the word satellite. Evidence indeed that nobody in their right mind would by a Garmin. After months of Garmin frustration I have just with enormous satisfaction hurled mine against the lounge wall.

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