Garmin Nuvi 50 GPS receiver comparison

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Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD

Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD
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Magellan SmartGPS

Magellan SmartGPS
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TomTom Via 1535

TomTom Via 1535
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Price $79 to $139 at 6 stores $329 to $379 at 4 stores $179 to $235 at 2 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 12 reviews 3.0 stars out of 5 reviews 1.5 stars out of 3 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one! 2.5 stars out of 11 reviews
Release date September 28, 2011 January 29, 2013 September 19, 2011 January 07, 2013 January 05, 2011
The Bottom Line Garmin's formula for entry-level GPS devices doesn't change much with the new Nuvi 50, but small tweaks, a lower price, and a massive screen enhance value. The Nuvi 3597LMTHD continues to refine Garmin's brand of navigation with premium design and one of the best interfaces in the business. The TomTom GO Live 1535M's is a solidly performing GPS device and its app integration for search is a nice first, but that's hardly this PND's strongest feature. The Magellan SmartGPS bridges a gap between connected navigation apps and car-friendly GPS hardware with its ability to sync with the cloud and connect to the Web via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but its busy interface could use fewer moving parts. The TomTom Via 1535 TM offers many features and services to increase driver safety and routing efficiency.

Basic specs

Features See What's the Same or What's different
Included GPS accessories Car power adapter
USB cable
Suction cup mount
Car power adapter with TMC antenna
USB cable
Suction cup mount
Dashboard disc
USB car charger
USB cable
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Navigation routes 0
100
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Navigation waypoints 1000
1000
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Audible assistance Street name announcement
Navigation instructions
Voice command recognition
Street name announcement
Navigation instructions
Voice command recognition
Street name announcement
Navigation instructions
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Services features Lane Assistant
Lane Assistant
Lane Assistant
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GPS PC connection USB
USB
Bluetooth
USB
Bluetooth
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Antenna Built-in
Built-in
Built-in
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Weight 6.2 oz
6.8 oz
8.5 oz
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System features Speed limit warning
Emergency Help
Photo navigation
Junction view
Garmin Garage
Preinstalled POIs
Custom POIs
Downloadable POIs
Built-in speaker
ecoRoute
Speed limit warning
Emergency Help
Lifetime map updates
nüRoute Technology with trafficTrends
Lifetime traffic updates
nüRoute Technology with myTrends
2D / 3D map perspective
Junction view
Garmin Garage
Hands-free calling via Bluetooth
Custom POIs
Local Search with Google
IQ Routes technology
Fuel prices
LIVE Services
Emergency Help
Lifetime map updates
Preinstalled POIs
Custom POIs
Downloadable POIs
Advanced Lane Guidance
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Destination Automotive
Automotive
Automotive
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Design features Info unavailable Info unavailable Touch screen
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Included GPS software NAVTEQ
MapSource City Navigator NT
nüMaps Guarantee
NAVTEQ
Garmin City Navigator North America NT
nüMaps Guarantee
TomTom LIVE Services (1 year)
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Data memory type Info unavailable Info unavailable Built-in flash memory
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