Garmin Nuvi Prestige: 3490LMT, 3450LM, and 3450

We just covered the nuvi essentials series, and nuvi advanced series. Next in line we have the Garmin Nuvi Prestige. These models are for high rollers! Nuvi Prestige makes the ladies weak in the knees. End sarcasm. OK seriously now. The prestige series have the super slim body and feature a nice glass screen much like an iPhone. It has multi touch features and you can use it portrait mode as well as landscape. There are only three models in the Prestige line up: nuvi 3490LMT, 3450LM, and 3450.

You can compare them here but basically here is how much they cost:

  • nuvi 3490LMT - $400
  • nuvi 3450LM - $370
  • nuvi 3450 - $330

Also known as the nüvi 3400 series - these offer Garmin Guidance 3.0. Offered in these models is Digital 3D Traffic with 30 second updates which is free. SafeText which reads your incoming text messages out loud if you connect it to your phone using Bluetooth, and photoReal junction view. All Prestige models have a 4.3″ screen.

Garmin Nuvi Advanced: nuvi 2455 2455LMT 2475 LT 2495LMT 2555LT 2555LMT and 2595LMT

Continuing on our coverage of new Garmins… we now look at the new Garmin Nuvi Advanced series - a step up from the Nuvi 30 40 and 50 series we just talked about. The nüvi 24×5 and nüvi 25×5 series come with Garmin Guidance 2.0, which adds more advanced navigation features. It has Garmin 3D Traffic with free traffic updates and split screen photoReal junction view. Their prices vary between $250 and $170.

A couple of the higher end models in the series, namely the nüvi 2495 and nüvi 2595 include voice-activated navigation too. Biggest difference between 24×5 and 25×5 is the screen size again. The new 24’s have a 4.3″ screen and the 25’s have a 5″ screen.

Again, there’s a nice comparison chart for all the Garmin Nuvi Advanced models right here. They’ll be shipping in the 4th quarter of this year.

garmin nuvi essential series: nuvi 30 40 and 50

Garmin announced a whole lot of new GPS navigation systems last week. At the bottom of the line up we have the “Essential” series.

The LM series have the lifetime map updates and the biggest difference is in the screen size. Garmin Nuvi 30 is at 3″, Nuvi 40 is at 4.3″ and the Nuvi 50 is at 5″.

Keep in mind the prices also change whether you want Canada included in your maps or not. Canada costs an extra $10.

A nice comparison chart is here but the pricing is like this:

  • nuvi 50LM - $180
  • nuvi 50 - $140
  • nuvi 40LM - $160
  • nuvi 40 - $120
  • nuvi 30 - $110

Garmin Nuvi 2575 with video recording

Garmin has a new new GPS navigation system coming out called nuvi 2575. We got the documents from FCC and it looks like the new 2575 and 2575R will support video recording with the help of an camera accessory. That’s not all though. Looks like this model will also come with analog TV with integrated antenna, an external TV antenna connector, and also support from FM TMC traffic receiver.

From some of the screen shots in the manual [pdf] we can see that this Garmin Nuvi may not be intended for US release plus we don’t do much analog TV here in the U.S. of A. - which kinda brings up the question: “why is this going through FCC then?”.

But either way you can expect some sort of Garmin Nuvi 2500 series device for the US market soon hopefully with the ability to record videos. Will this record videos with GPS information embedded? It sure didn’t look like from the manual. Don’t expect this to be a GPS car black box such as Black Vue, Ace, or Mio.

Garmin nuvi 2400 series

Garmin just announced a new series of GPS navigation systems - the nuvi 2400 series. There are currently four new GPS navigators which are nüvi 2450, nüvi 2450LM, nüvi 2460LT, and nüvi 2460LMT. With Garmin’s current naming standards the L is for “lifetime”, T is for “traffic updates”, and the M is for “map updates”. The main difference between 2450 and 2460 is that latter also features hands free calling and voice activated navigation.

As far as the common features of the nuvi 2400 series we’ve got the 5″ screen, advanced nuRoute technology, trafficTrends, and myTrends.

The new GPS navigation systems will range from $250 to $350 and will be available first quarter of this year.

2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara gets connected Garmins

Garmin just announced that they’ll be working with Suzuki to provide a connected and integrated GPS navigation package for 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara and SX4 models that include the SX4 Crossover, SX4 Sport and SX4 SportBack. Apparently this is the first of its kind in the US to offer online information like Google local search, traffic, weather, fuel prices, movie listings, flight status, etc.

The navigation system will be based Garmin nuvi 1690 and we found this photo on Suzuki’s website so you know what it will look like when they say ‘integrated’. The press release says “unit sits in a fully-integrated mount, which provides power to the unit as well as turn-by-turn voice prompting through the vehicle’s sound system” which means it’s not fully integrated into the center console and can be taken on and off to be used in other vehicles. Other customizations include a Suzuki splash screen and a preloaded database of Suzuki dealerships.

All that wireless data will be free for the first year but after it costs $60/year which comes out to be $5/mo.

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Garmin nuLink 1695 (pre-order on Amazon)

We’ve talked about the nuvi 1690 here on Navigadget a bunch of times. Now we’re happy to announce it is bigger brother nuLink 1695. Yep, it is no longer a ‘nuvi’, but a ‘nuLink’; putting more emphasis on its connected features. The connected services from Garmin (nuLink services)are many but we’ll let you decide if they’re actually handy, or just redundant considering you probably already have all of this on your smartphone.

When you get the new Garmin nuLink 1695 you’ll get 1 year of connected services for free, and then it is $5/month.

But back to the hardware of 1695 which is very similar to nuvi 1690 but a bit larger. nuLink 1695 features a bigger 5″ WQVGA TFT screen, and also different from 1690, it offers traffic trends which calculates routes based on predicted traffic flow and myTrends which predicts routes based on user’s navigation behavior.

Amazon already has nuLink 1695 available for pre-order; shipping on October 1st for $449.

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Garmin Nuvi 2300

Similar to the 2200 series Garmin Nuvi 2300 series are also labeled budget friendly. These have the wider 4.3″ screen and prices start from $199 and go up to $299. Some common features among the 8 new models from the nuvi 2300 series include text-to-speech, eco-routes, preview of multiple routes, traffic trends, and pedestrian mode.

The new models from the 2300 and how they compare are as follows:

  • nuvi 2300: $200 - maps for lower 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico
  • nuvi 2300LM: $240 - add lifetime maps
  • nuvi 2350: $210 - no lifetime maps, but lane assist
  • nuvi 2350LT: $230 - lifetime traffic, lane assist
  • nuvi 2350LMT: $270 - lifetime maps and traffic, lane assist
  • nuvi 2360LT: $260 - lifetime traffic, speech recognition, bluetooth, 3 axis compass, 3D terrain view
  • nuvi 2360LMT: $300 - add maps to above
  • nuvi 2370LT: $300 - no lifetime maps, add dual orientation

Garmin Nuvi 2200

Garmin recently announced the affordable Garmin Nuvi 2200 series. Models from Nuvi 2200 series will have a 3.5″ touchscreen and their prices range from $150 to $180. The new models from these series include multi-stop routes, route previews and make use of the historical road speed database. There’s also the enhanced pedestrian mode can provide public transit options through optional cityXplorer content.

Anyhow here are the new Garmin Nuvi 2200’s and how they differ:

  • garmin nuvi 2200: $150 - Maps of lower 48 and Hawaii
  • garmin nuvi 2250: $160 - Maps of North America
  • garmin nuvi 2250LT: $180 - Add lifetime traffic subscription

Some other common features include text-to-speech, eco-routes, and ability to remember your frequent favorite destinations.

garmin’s major recall

You’ve probably heard this already but we’ll just go over a few of the details:

  • Garmin is recalling 1.25 million nuvi GPS navigation systems (796K of them in the U.S.)
  • there are issues with overheating batteries
  • they’re blaming a third party battery supplier
  • affected models are 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx, and 7xxT
  • however not all of these are affected, go here and check
  • battery supplier agreed the cost of replacing battery packs
  • Garmin says this won’t affect its financial results

Here is Garmin’s statement:

Garmin is voluntarily recalling certain nüvi devices that contain a specific battery that was manufactured by the battery supplier within a limited date code range. Garmin has identified potential overheating issues when certain batteries manufactured by the third-party battery supplier within a limited date code range are used in certain Garmin nüvi models with a specific printed circuit board (PCB) design. It appears that the interaction of these factors can, in rare circumstances, increase the possibility of overheating, which may lead to a fire hazard. Although there have been no injuries or significant property damage caused by this issue, Garmin is taking this action out of an abundance of caution.