When 5-inch GPS devices first came out to consumer markets, some people didn’t really mind because 4.3-inch models were good enough and featured the same screen resolution anyway. You can save a small amount too if you go for a smaller model. But things are different nowadays as 5-inch GPS models are more affordable and that alone makes them more attractive. But GPS manufacturers don’t stop at 5 inches because there are truck drivers that really need a larger GPS device because of the way trucks are designed. This is why 7-inch GPS devices fall under a special category and have unique features that will benefit truck drivers. Garmin has been selling their 7-inch dezl GPS navigators for quite some time but they are priced a bit high for people that may simply want a huge screen without all the feature fluff. Garmin is responding by introducing the Garmin nuvi 2757LM.
The nuvi 2757LM is a lot like the smaller Garmin nuvi 2557LMT in terms of features and specs but the 7-incher gets the classic design which is just fine and the bezel is quite thin too. Plus, a 7-inch display puts this GPS device in tablet territory and it looks noticeably bigger than the 5-inch model. If you are used to seeing 4.3-inch GPS navigators, you will really find the Garmin nuvi 2757LM huge. Even though the nuvi 2757LM has a mid-range feature set, the screen resolution is higher than the usual standard so you have 800 x 480 pixels of goodness.
Understand that the Garmin nuvi 2757LM isn’t just a bigger GPS device with the same familiar features. The nuvi 2757LM is actually part of the 2013 line of GPS devices and they all boast some noteworthy improvements over its predecessors. The same simple menu system is present but the main map interface has a well-deserved overhaul with the aim of showing more information while still providing a good view of the 3-D map.
The layout of the map interface looks more modernized and there is a new panel that you can slide out from the right of the display. This feature is called “Up Ahead” and it can show how close you are to key points of interest like restaurants, ATM machines and gas stations. The best thing about this panel is that you can stay on your current route while discovering any nearby points of interest in case you need to get something to eat or have to get gasoline. If you are not interested in the nearest location, you can always tap the icon and you will see some icons representing that category on the map if there are other nearby locations. It is also customizable if you want to see other indicators. This feature replaces the Dashboards feature which may disappoint some so you have to make use of the Up Ahead function instead.
Virtually every GPS navigator has some kind of text-to-speech technology that works although it sounds a bit robotic. Even though customers never really complained about text-to-speech, Garmin decided to improve the engine anyway and the results are rather refreshing. The Garmin nuvi 2757LM is now capable of communicating to you is a more natural manner with better pronunciation of street names. Garmin calls this refined voice technology Garmin Real Voice and it works well with other Garmin features including Active Lane Guidance.
If you are in a major city, you might be able to take advantage of the new Garmin Real Directions as well. This allows the nuvi 2757LM to use landmarks rather than streets as a reference for making a turn. You will notice this feature working if you are asked to make a turn at the next traffic light. Combined with the Garmin Real Voice, the Garmin nuvi 2757LM is indeed smarter and Garmin is looking to expand the support to more cities in the future.
Active Lane Guidance has it its fair share of improvements in the previous year and the nuvi 2757LM gets all of these including a nice facelift too. An animated indicator will point you to the proper lane so you really can’t miss the turn. The refined interface also highlights the important signs on the top of the display. You can still use the photoReal junction view if you want a split screen view showing the map and a closer look at the highway. You may also use this feature in portrait mode which actually looks pretty good on the 7-inch display.
Unlike the Garmin nuvi 2557LMT, the Garmin nuvi 2757LM only features lifetime map updates which is actually fine if you don’t want to buy a new GPS device in the future just to update your maps. There are already millions of preloaded points of interest covering North America and you can freely retrieve the latest map data 4 times a year. If the update missed out on certain locations, you may add these locations yourself by simply adding custom POIs.
In order to keep your device up-to-date, all you need to do head to the Garmin Express website and download Garmin Express. This software is available for Windows and Mac users and it also lets you backup, restore or transfer your favorite locations. You can also download other voices and vehicle graphics to further customize the nuvi 2757LM.
The Garmin nuvi 2757LM is a recommended upgrade if you really want a fresh device that is full of features. With a huge 7-inch display and higher resolution, picking this model over the 5-inch model is also wise since you can see more information and statistics even if you are far from the display. While the large screen is good for truckers, it is better to get a dezl model so you have those specific truck features. But since these truck features are absent along with other enthusiast features like Bluetooth, voice navigation and live traffic updates, the nuvi 2757LM ends up being much cheaper too. $250 is a fantastic deal for such a large device and you can do a lot more on the navigation side of things compared to a tablet that is priced similarly.
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