- 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
- 4.3in widescreen display
- Voice commands
- European maps
- RDS-TMC traffic
- Supports cityXplorer maps
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.
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.
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.
The 2360LT also supports cityXplorer maps, which calculate routes that take into account public transport. So if you’re trying to find your way across a city, cityXplorer will find the nearest bus, tube or train rather than suggest you walk the entire way. However, no cityXplorer maps are included as standard. Instead, you have to buy these separately for each city, with the Navteq versions costing £8.99, whilst a couple of Sensis alternatives are priced at £13.95. To enhance your experience when walking, it supports portrait orientation, with an accelerometer to detect which way round you’re holding the device. It also incorporates a compass, so the map positions itself according to the way you’re facing, not just the direction of your motion.
Although the nuvi 2360LT is not an absolute premium device, it still offers some deluxe features like a mount with integrated power and traffic connectivity. So you can attach and detach the device with a single gesture, rather than fiddle with cabling. The crime conscious might argue against leaving your mount (and RDS-TMC receiver wiring) attached at all times, but this is a convenient system if the risk doesn’t bother you. There’s a Bluetooth receiver built in as well, so you can partner your phone with the 2360LT and use it as a hands-free kit for safer conversations whilst driving.
The Garmin nuvi 2360LT is a capable sat-nav, with a full complement of navigational features and the best voice control system on the market. A year ago its price would have been very reasonable, too. But there has been a further reduction in pricing in the last few months, with Mio’s https://www.trustedreviews.com/Mio-Spirit-685-EU_GPS—Sat-Nav_review Spirit 685 offering particularly great value. The nuvi 2360LT is a higher-end device with Garmin’s traditional solid build quality. But with the company’s own nuvi 2460LT offering a bigging 5in screen and otherwise identical features for just £20 more, we’d recommend supersizing your sat-nav instead.
Score in detail
|Screen Size (inches) (Inch)||4.3in|
|General Features||RDS-TMC Traffic, Voice Activation|
|Battery life (Hour)||up to 2.5 hours hr|
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