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Garmin NUVI52LM-2-KIT nuvi 52LM 5" GPS Unit with Friction Dashboard Mount:

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  • Many GPS devices are priced at more than $200 because they come with plenty of neat navigation features that should appeal to frequent travelers and mobile workers. Common examples of mid-range and high-end features include Bluetooth functionality and voice commands. Some of these GPS devices also have real-time traffic monitoring so even better routes can be calculated. But if you are the type of driver that simply goes out to get groceries, do simple errands or occasionally goes to neighboring towns or cities, you could do just fine with a cheaper GPS device without those extra features. It is even possible to go for a bigger screen and still save some money if you don’t happen to have that $200 budget. The Garmin nuvi 52LM is just one of these budget devices and it could be a great purchase as long as you are aware of its limitations.

    The Garmin nuvi 52LM is a plain and simple device that doesn’t really stand out from the rest of the Garmin devices. But it is one of the Garmin’s first devices for 2013 and it managed to make some slight changes so people can see the difference between the Garmin nuvi 52LM and the older 50LM released the previous year. Gone are the rounded corners so the bezel appears more rectangular. The weight is still maintained at just over 6 ounces so it should feel lighter than just about any typical 5-inch smartphone.

  • The Garmin nuvi 52LM comes complete with a vehicle suction cup mount which makes it easy to mount the device on the dashboard or windshield of your car. A vehicle power cable is also provided in case you want to charge the device. The large screen comes at the cost of battery life (less than 2 hours) so it would be handy to have this cable in your glove compartment.

    The Garmin nuvi 52LM gets the short end of the stick when it comes to features and smartphones may even have more features thanks to the wide availability of third-party apps. But the main strength of the Garmin nuvi 52LM lies on its ability to plan routes quickly and guide you to your destination while maintaining a simple and clean user interface. Unlike smartphone interfaces where you are greeted with a bunch of icons, all you see on the Garmin nuvi 52LM is just 2 big icons representing the main tasks along with a single row of smaller icons if you want to change any settings or make volume adjustments. No swiping or scrolling through long menus is needed and that goes to show that even cheap GPS models have their advantages.

  • Boot up time is quick the first time and every time and you won’t have to go through any tedious registration or activation steps. All of the US map data and millions of points of interest are preloaded to the device so all you have to do is decide whether you want to plan a route or view the map and your surroundings. Planning a route takes you through the simple process where you basically decide your destination. The Garmin nuvi 52LM takes note of your current location and quickly calculates the route. If you are not satisfied with the route, you can also apply slight tweaks such as avoiding highways.

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In closing the Garmin nuvi 52LM is a practical, affordable, and useful device. It may not be drowning in useless features, but it does it’s job, and it does it well. It has a simple user interface, a large screen, and consistent performance. That coupled with it’s low price tag, in my opinion make it a better value, than most similar devices on the market. The Garmin nuvi 52 LM is a good value for your dollar, but only purchase it if your truly looking for just an entry level GPS and it doesn’t really seriously contend for title of best GPS.