- 5-inch Dual Orientation Touch Display
- Lifetime Traffic and Maps for 45 European Countries
- Pinch and Zoom
- Screen Mount included
The Nuvi 2599 LMT-D sat nav is an addition to Garmin’s finest line of GPS sat navs. It comes with an award winning interface and design. This isn’t the top of the range from Garmin, so it’s a bit cheaper than some of the latest models. But it still offers plenty of useful functions.
Brief Overview of 2599 LMT-D
As you would expect from Garmin, the device comes pre-installed with maps for 45 European countries and you also get lifetime updates free of charge. The updates are not only for maps, but for places of interest as well. You can navigate through these maps with a gorgeous 5-inch display that has a resolution of 800 by 480. The screen is bright and sharp, which makes it ideal if you live in a sunny country like Italy or France. The device has a quite poor speaker, but this can be compensated with a mount that has a more powerful speaker. It is very easy to and detach from the magnetic mount while at the same time it’s quite strong to hold it even when you have some bumps on the road.
Functions and Interface
Garmin Nuvi 2599 LMT-D also can be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth, so you can use the sat nav’s speaker and microphone for hands-free calling. This unit can also be controlled via voice commands.
The interface of 2599 LMT-D is slightly different from the others but once you get used to it, you will love it. The icon that indicates the distance has slightly increased and the icon for the upcoming turn is now located at the top left, just to name a few differences. What I love about the device is that the graphics for the map have been improved massively and you can search with your voice. I can’t say the voice search is perfect though, it’s nowhere near Apple’s Siri.
The voice command trigger can be customized in the apps menu. In the same menu you can also browse the travel history and the places you have stopped before. You can also access the ecoRoute function which can help you save some fuel.
The screen can now be divided to two and you can use on one half navigation and Real-Time traffic information on the other. This is a great addition as it also suggests different routes that could save time and how much of a traffic is ahead.
The battery life of the Garmin Nuvi 2599 LMT-D is okay-ish, it can operate for up to 2 hours without re-charging. It has a mini-USB port for charging and updating maps (you will need a PC connected to internet for that). In this era, they could have managed to put a wi-fi to update without a PC.
The touch screen is very responsive and you can use pinch and zoom to enlarge maps or simple taps to browse the menu or enter your destination details. This device also provides 3D models of most buildings and traffic junctions. The device is very fast and has almost no lag when it comes to giving directions.
What comes with the box?
This Garmin device comes with a USB cable, along with suction cup to attach to your window and a quick start manual. The packaging is very neat and compact, which looks very nice indeed.
Pros and CON’s of Nuvi 2599 LMT-D
- Voice Commands
- Map, Traffic updates are free for life
- The magnetic doc that’s included has charging port
- Quite pricey
- Traffic isn’t always accurate (supports RDS-TMC traffic)
- Needs data from your smartphone for live information (traffic, weather)
Garmin Nuvi 2599 LMT-D is a good sat nav with plenty of useful functions, while at the same time having some little limitations that might put you off. If lack of Wi-Fi and mobile data aren’t a bother for you, then go for it. If they are, have a look at TomTom Go 6000.