- Huge range of nuLink! services
- Base unit good value
- One year Garmin nuLink! live services included
- Many nuLink! services trial only
- Complete set of nuLink! services expensive
- No voice control in this model
- Review Price: £159.99
- 4.3in widescreen
- UK and Ireland maps
- Garmin nuLink! live services
- PhotoLive traffic camera images
- Fuel and parking prices, flight status, weather
The basic live services are as expected. There’s Google Local Search on hand if you can’t find the destination you’re after in the onboard Points of Interest database. This provides a keyword-searchable database that extends well beyond the one stored locally. The search uses a tabbed system integrating the two together, so you can switch between them easily if you want.
There’s a six-day weather forecast available, and the temperature is also permanently shown at the top of the interface. You can also subscribe to an Advanced Weather option, which provides animated radar map images, but costs £1.99 a month. This shows you precisely where the rain clouds, or any snow showers, are occurring. Garmin also retains the Flight Status system, which lets you check whether a flight to or from a particular airport is currently on time. In order to use this, however, you first need to activate it via a desktop system running the myGarmin software, despite the fact that it’s free.
The feature that is most likely to grab your attention, though, is 3D Traffic. Since 3D is coming after HD in the television world, Garmin seems to be implying this is the next level of traffic updates after TomTom’s HD Traffic. But it’s actually a rather different approach. Although 3D Traffic does keep track of gridlock on your route, and suggests alternatives if the estimated delay caused by any jams means your current road choices will be too slow, there’s an innovative new option.
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