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$119.99 AFTER $30 Off - shipping and handling included (don't forget tax)
The Garmin® nuvi® 50LM GPS features a unique, ultra-thin 5-in. display with lane assist and junction view. It takes you there with preloaded maps for North America and turn-by-turn directions that call out streets by name. This portable navigator is priced right and ultra-easy to use.
Display: 5 in. diagonal, touch-screen, WQVGA TFT display with white backlight Resolution: 480 x 272 pixels Pre-programmed with detailed maps of North America, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Bahamas Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads in the U.S. and Europe) Photo navigation (navigate to geo-tagged photos) Qwerty or ABC keyboard (choose keyboard layout) Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest) Garmin Garage™ voices compatible (download custom voices to your device) Lane assist: Lane guidance will direct you to the lane that you need to be in while navigating Junction view: Realistic images of upcoming junctions where available Configurable vehicle icons: Allows users to select fun, customized car-shaped icons (download additional choices from www.garmingarage.com) Turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names: i.e. “Turn right on Main Street” "Where Am I?" feature: Find the closest hospitals, police stations, gas stations, nearest address, intersection and coordinates Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, up to 2 hours of battery life depending on use What’s Included:
nüvi® 50LM GPS Preloaded City Navigator™ NT for North America, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Bahamas Vehicle suction cup mount Vehicle power cable USB cable Lifetime map upgrades* Quick start manual Specifications:
Dimensions (W x D x H): 14 cm x 1.8 cm x 8.6 cm (5.5 in. x 0.7 in. x 3.4 in.) Weight: 177 g (6.3 oz.) Warranty: 1 year
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posted: Aug. 7, 2012 @ 11:05a
One thing to consider: GPS units bought at Costco are subject to their standard lifetime return policy, not their more restrictive 90 day return + 2yr warranty policy on several other types of electronics such as TVs and computers. I had this confirmed by a manager at my local Costco.
Hm... not sure how good this deal is, partly because I can't keep up with all the different models of Garmin products. For comparison, I got the 1490LMT for the same price about 4 months ago. I found that deal here on FW and at time time it wasn't really regarded as a particularly amazing deal (based on the number of green it got).
That one has the same size screen and life-time map, but also includes life-time traffic, bluetooth, 50% longer battery life (3hrs vs 2hrs) and it's a tad thinner (1.6cm vs 1.8cm). I guess this 50LM model is slightly lighter than my 1490LMT (221.1g vs 177.2g) but aside from that I don't see any advantage to this, but maybe I'm missing something. The Costco return policy is nice though.
posted: Aug. 7, 2012 @ 12:00p
Traffic doesn't work well enough to worry about. The bigger problems with this unit is it doesn't have multi-destination routing (and so no auto-sorting destinations and you can't save routes), and it's a passive mount.
posted: Aug. 7, 2012 @ 12:15p
I considered the Garmin 1490 but I have read to many negative reviews about that model. I am sure any unit can have a problem, but the 1490 seems to have major quality issues.
Have you ever used traffic on a GPS?? The substantial majority of people commenting on GPS traffic in customer reviews of various brands and models (and I've read hundreds on Amazon and elsewhere) will tell you that it's usually or even completely useless and that's been my experience.
Unless you live in a city that's large enough to have a major league sports team, odds are good that no traffic service will be offered in your area. With my tom tom 350TM, the one time I listened to the traffic recommendation going through Chicago, I think the detour added an extra 30 minutes to my drive and it was slow going through very heavy traffic. The next two times through I ignored the traffic detour recommendations and as soon as I passed the detour exit and it began recalculating my originally planned route, my ETA displayed on the screen dropped by around 15-20 minutes (i.e. the detour would have taken 15-20 minutes longer than the original route) and I encountered none of the traffice the GPS was warning me to avoid. I had a similar experience with my Garmin 2460LMT - following the recommended detour seemed to take an extra 15 minutes and traffic was just as bad on the detour route as it looked to be on the original route.
I read Amazon's reviews also. But in the slew of good reviews, there were some that came across some major issues - bad directions, locking up, etc. Reading the most recent reviews, it might be a software problem that can be resolved with an update.
$127.99 on Amazon, no tax. Depending on your state tax, Amazon could be a better deal.
posted: Aug. 7, 2012 @ 3:31p
lousygolfer said: One thing to consider: GPS units bought at Costco are subject to their standard lifetime return policy, not their more restrictive 90 day return + 2yr warranty policy on several other types of electronics such as TVs and computers. I had this confirmed by a manager at my local Costco.
to be more correct, it's the life time of your costco membership right?
posted: Aug. 8, 2012 @ 10:30a
i just returned a nuvi 1250lt that died in a month, so the costco one might be just what i want. thanks.
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