Best Buy Review by Lostinspace
Very close to perfect
My Nuvi 1450 bit the dust after 7 years so I had to get another GPS. Was tempted to just use my cell phone, but I'm in sales and I drive to unknown addresses a lot and prefer to not use my phone. I was concerned that the Drivesmart 61 would be too big, but I've gotten used to it quickly. It has a fantastic display. You can see it at its brightess setting with polarized sunglasses on even when it gets dark suddenly, like clouds. Really a beautiful, smartphone like display. Love that you can use your fingers just like a smartphone to pinch to zoom etc. I've had this for 5 weeks now and use it almost every day. Overall this is a really good product and I would recommend it. The following are the pros:
-beautiful, bright, easy to read, clear display
-same soothing female voice as my old Nuvi for turn by turn directions
-displays the current speed limit and shows how fast you’re going
-warns you of an impending speed limit change-actually a very nice little feature that I’ve quickly grown to appreciate
-also warns you of school crossings; could come in handy
-also warns you of rail road crossings; don’t really see the point
-responds to voice commands: has to be quiet in your car and still only gets them half the time. But I particularly like being able to tell it to mute the volume while I’m driving.
-You may have to call support and get them to walk you through it, but it will display the little squares like my Nuvi with several pieces of info. I like time until arrive, time when I get there, and direction I’m going. You cannot program this feature out of the box and I had to call support to do it.
-Bluetooth is okay. I have yet to have it really come in handy for traffic and I think I’m missing something with the set-up. Having the app on, on my phone eats up a lot of juice. Have to charge phone if using it for any length of time.
-Haven’t used WIFI yet, so can’t comment on that. No, wait, I did when I set it up. Worked great. And BTW, even though it’s a new device, you have to update the maps right out of the box to make sure they’re current.
-There are several other features like four square and trip advisor that I haven’t really used yet. Probably never will, but like your smartphone, it has a lot of features you may not need.
-It verbally gives you landmarks on the turn by turn directions. Like turn left at the Jack in the Box. Turn right at the big, blue building. Very handy.
-Overall this is like having a big, bright smartphone mounted on your windshield. A lot of the same features. You’ll love it!
Now for the cons:
-There’s only the one voice they’ve had forever for the turn by turn directions.
-It doesn’t give you enough verbal warning of what lane to be in before you exit or turn. Only gives about a mile and a half. In Dallas, you’re often doing 80 in the passing lane and need to get over two or three lanes to exit. It would be nice to have at least a two mile heads up.
-It wants to direct you on to a tollway even if you can stay on the access road for one exit before you turn. I’ve been keeping it on around my home in areas I’m familiar with to check the directions.
-Gives different directions than my Google maps on occasion. Not sure which is right or if it’s a toss up.
-Like a smartphone, it has so many features that it’s a little complicated and it’s going to take time to learn them. I’m sure there’s some I’ll never use. Or the time will come when I want to use it and I’ll forget how!
-Pro or con: when it’s connected to Bluetooth, your calls come through the device instead of your car’s speakers. I’m pretty sure there’s a way to override that though. Part of the learning curve.
That’s about it. There’s a lot going on with this thing, but as far as having a big, honking, beautiful GPS that looks and works great, you can’t go wrong with the Drivesmart 61. I would venture to say that the 51 which is two inches smaller and has all the same features would work just as well or better because of its size. My Nuvi 1450 was a 5 incher and it worked just fine. But I do love all the extra real estate. The map is much easier to read at a glance and there’s room for all the little displays and alerts and they’re easy to read too. Go buy it!