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More than just point A to point B
Garmin's nüvi 2497LMT portable navigator lets you keep your hands on the wheel, making travel safer for you and everyone else on the road. But you'll still be able to enjoy excellent routing and stay connected no matter where you go. The nüvi 2497LMT features voice-activated navigation that recognizes your speech. And Bluetooth® connectivity not only lets you enjoy hands-free calling with your compatible phone, but you can also wirelessly connect to Garmin's free app for Android™ phones to get valuable real-time info the navigator can't provide.
Voice-activated navigation is quite simple: with one spoken command, you can "wake up" the navigator to respond to your voice. You can then search through menus and input addresses or destinations without touching the screen. The Garmin will respond to your words intelligently. Built-in Bluetooth lets you sync your compatible phone to the navigator for hands-free conversations you carry on through the nüvi's integrated microphone and speaker.
Android phone users can download Garmin's free Smartphone Link app to their device and connect to the nüvi 2497LMT. When paired, the navigator can use your phone's existing data plan to share information such as saved and recently found locations, where you parked, and your current destination. You can then use your phone to give you step-by-step directions back to your car in a large parking lot, for example, or import destinations to your navigator from your phone. You can also launch Garmin Live Services from the app, which give you local weather reports, live traffic updates, real-time photos from traffic cameras, area gas prices, and nearby parking help. Some Garmin Live Services require a subscription. Data charges may apply for using Smartphone Link — you'll want to check with your service provider.
Trademark Garmin guidance
The nüvi 2497LMT sports a refined look, with a pocket-friendly thin chassis and a 4.3" touch display that lets you view the action in either portrait or landscape orientation. You'll have access to preloaded maps of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and several Caribbean islands, along with millions of points of interest; you can even add your own favorite stopping points. You can find and select businesses right on the map screen without having to go through time-wasting menus. Speed limit displays with visual warnings on major roads help keep you in check, and you'll even be notified of school zones. And with one tap of the screen, you can pull up details for services that lie ahead on your route, including restaurants, gas stations, and more.
A view or two you can use
Garmin incorporates several helpful visual tools to keep you on the correct path:
- ActiveLane Guidance shows you colored arrows for the correct lane for an upcoming turn.
- Bird's Eye junction view gives you a detailed look at complicated interchanges from above, to give you a better perspective.
- photoReal junction view displays realistic images of intersections, including signs and surrounding terrain, along with colored arrows for the correct lane.
You'll see all three visual features in a split-screen with your overall route so you won't lose sight of what's further down the road. You also get free updates on traffic along your route and quick solutions for avoiding delays, as well as up to four free map updates per year to keep you updated on road changes.
The nüvi 2497LMT offers Garmin Real Directions with Garmin Real Voice, a combination that helps keep you relaxed as you drive. Real Directions voice prompts speak the instructions to you like a friend would, using easy-to-see landmarks, buildings and businesses, and traffic lights, rather than streets with tiny signs that you might not see in time. With Real Voice technology, you'll hear directions spoken in a personable, human-sounding voice that you'll easily understand.
The nüvi 2497LMT features free lifetime traffic updates using Garmin's Traffic service, which is more expansive and timely than ever. Garmin Traffic incorporates data from active devices on the road, historical traffic patterns, and other factors like construction, concerts, and sporting events to give you a comprehensive look at congestion in most metropolitan areas, including a few cities in Canada. Garmin Traffic is also voice activated, so it can respond to the sound of your spoken words. Best of all, you won't have to pay a penny more for this service over the life of your nüvi.
- portable GPS navigator
- nüMaps Lifetime download card (receive up to 4 map updates per year without additional fees)
- includes Garmin Traffic receiver for free lifetime traffic info
- suction-cup windshield mount
- cradle, car power adapter, mini-USB cable and built-in rechargeable battery with up to 2.5 hours of life
- 4.3" (480 x 272 pixels) display with touchscreen control
- accepts spoken commands and voice address entry
- 10 million points of interest (allows custom points of interest)
- preloaded with maps for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus most of Mexico and several major Caribbean islands
- text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns
- Real Directions gives instructions using landmarks, buildings, and traffic signals
- Real Voice announces directions in human-like voice
- trafficTrends provides routes based on actual historic travel times due to daily traffic
- Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts
- Bird's Eye and photoReal junction views
- speed limit and school zone indicators
- Up Ahead feature informs of nearby services
- multi-destination routing: route optimization
- transport modes: auto
- Bluetooth for making and receiving hands-free calls with your compatible cell phone
- works with Garmin Smartphone Link app for Android phones
- microSD card slot
Other features and specs:
- dimensions: 4-7/8"W x 3"H x 13/16"D
- weight: 5.5 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Who needs a portable navigator?
A portable navigator eliminates the issue of phone coverage. You don't use data, and you always have maps - even when your phone has no (or slow) service. The maps in a portable navigator are superior to your phone's maps, as are the turn-by-turn directions. Modern GPS navigators have larger screens than most phones, so it's easier to see the map at a glance. Navigators with 3D maps really help you orient yourself quickly in urban areas. If you've got a lead foot, most navigators can also warn you when you are exceeding the speed limit.
Garmin nüvi® 2497LMT Reviews
Average Customer Review:
Good product for the price
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I initially decided not to get a built in navigation system as part of an overall package as it added a few thousand to the car cost. For this price, I got exactly what I needed, a voice activated, easy to use navigation system. The only drawback is now having a cord hang from my window.
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I am still learning to use it but it is working really well for me. I had been using a GPS on my phone but it burns the battery too much so the independent GPS is a lot better. I love the extra features for traffic, the blue tooth working with the app on my phone for addresses both in contacts and yellow pages. The other features will be handy as well as I travel frequently from South Texas to Wisconsin. a terrific buy.
Pros: connection with the smart phone
Cons: haven't found one yet
The European maps worked for 3 days before they got corrupted. Only way to fix it is is you mail the data card to Garmin.
Now the GPS is less than 4 months old and the battery lasts less than 20 minutes.
Garmin support is useless.
Pros: Once you get it navigating, the voice instructions it provides is excellent.
Cons: Horrible Garmin support for a product that has had 2 fatal flaws in 4 months.
A real improvement
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I bought this unit as my first Garmin was purchased some time ago and the cost of updating the maps was too high to justify. I notice many improvements in how the system works that greatly improve the experience. The choice of voices is surprisingly limited out of the box.
Pros: Easy to use.
Cons: Minor limitations out of the box.
Garmin nuvi 2497LMT
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I've owned two previous Garmin GPS units. This is by far the best for a reasonably priced unit.
Pros: lane guidance; items of interest, i.e., gas stations & restaurants
Cons: Slow to acquire satellite at times
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Nice Product, works well. Some features are harder to locate than my older garmin. specifically the volume. lane guidance is helpful sometimes, although other times its too late to help alot. have not tried bluetooth or voice commands yet.
Pros: Lifetime maps, Lifetime traffic
Cons: volume is too hard to get to easily while driving
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Voice Commands are Great! The Bluetooth phone operation is also terrific. These 2 features alone have made my driving so much safer. It is so easy to familiarize yourself with the voice Commands. The Bird's Eye junction view and lane guidance are very helpful.
Pros: Lifetime maps, Lifetime traffic, Voice Commands and Bluetooth phone operation. Lane guidance and Bird's Eye Junction view are great.
Cons: speaker volume needs to be better. This is the 2nd Garmin I have had with this drawback but the other features outway this deficiency. Bluetooth Texting does not work with my Iphone 3GS.
What's in the box?
- Portable GPS navigation device (w/4.3" LCD)
- Universal bracket mount
- Suction cup mount
- TA10 Car charger with attached 65" cable (Mini-B 2.0 USB plug)
- 20" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini B 2.0 USB on the other end)
- "Welcome" sheet (graphic quick start guide)
- Important Safety and Product Information
- Garmin Express sheet
Features and Specs
|Maps||Free lifetime updates|
|Map Coverage||USA (50), CA, PR, USVI|
|Points of Interest||10,000,000|
|Multiple Destination Routing||Yes|
|Digital Audio Playback||No|
|Text To Speech||Yes|
|Traffic Information||Garmin Traffic|
|Dynamic Content Services||With Smartphone Link|
|Removable Memory Type||microSD|
|Battery Life||2.5 hours|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Garmin nüvi 2497LMT, part of the Advanced Series, is a portable GPS navigation device that provides automatic routing and turn-by-turn voice directions. The unit includes subscription-free, lifetime traffic updates and free lifetime map updates. With built-in Bluetooth, you can make and receive hands-free phone calls through a Bluetooth-enabled phone, plus receive live services through a free Smartphone Link app.
4.3" Touchscreen LCD: The nüvi 2497LMT features a 4.3" manual dual-orientation WQVGA color TFT touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels. The screen can be viewed in either landscape or portrait orientation, and can be switched in the Settings Menu.
Preloaded Maps: The nüvi 2497LMT contains NAVTEQ's City Navigator North America NT 2013 maps with detailed road maps of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico, Cayman Islands, and Bahamas. The maps include more than 10-million points of interest (POIs) to help you find the destination you desire.
Free Lifetime Map Updates: The nüvi 2497LMT offers free lifetime map updates so you'll always have the most up-to-date maps, POIs, and navigation information. Map updates are available for download up to 4 times a year with no subscription or update fees and no expiration dates. Free Lifetime Map Updates are subject to Terms & Conditions.
nüMaps Guarantee: If you register your device on Garmin's website within 90 days of acquiring satellites while driving, you can check to see if a free map update is available. You must be able to connect your device via a high-speed internet connection in order to check the loaded map version and download the map update.
Garmin Express: You can connect the unit to your computer with the supplied USB cable for downloading map updates, custom POIs, voices, and vehicles. You will need to download the Garmin Express software to update your maps and register the unit. Garmin Express requires Windows Vista or newer or Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, running in 64-bit.
Bluetooth: The nüvi 2497LMT has built-in Bluetooth technology. This allows you to sync the unit with a Bluetooth-enabled device for hands-free calling through its integrated microphone and speaker. You can make and receive phone calls as long as the devices are within 33 feet and paired.
microSD Card Slot: The nüvi 2497LMT has a microSD card slot so you can store and use optional cityXplorer or marine maps (available from Garmin), or download custom voices and vehicles from the Garmin Garage.
Power Requirements: The Garmin nüvi 2497LMT is powered by your vehicle's battery using the included 12-volt cigarette lighter power adapter. The built-in Lithium-Ion battery will provide up to 2.5 hours of use after a 4-hour charge. An optional AC adapter allows you to operate the unit on ordinary household current. The unit can be powered by your computer when it is connected via the supplied USB cable.
Garmin Real Directions/Garmin Real Voice: The nüvi 2497LMT features Garmin Real Directions with easy-to-understand driving directions using recognizable landmarks, buildings, and traffic lights, in addition to street names. Garmin Real Voice uses advanced speech technology that sounds more like a natural human voice.
Voice Command: You can use your voice to activate and operate the nüvi 2497LMT. Voice Command allows you to use the device by speaking words and commands and following the voice prompts. After speaking a predetermined Wakeup Phrase, you can enter the names and/or address of popular, well-known locations. If necessary, you can disable voice prompts without muting the device, so you'll still hear the audible directions as you travel.
Smartphone Link: Smartphone Link is a phone application that allows the device to download live data using your phone's data connection, and transferring the data wirelessly via Bluetooth. The free Garmin Smartphone Link app provides access to Garmin Live Services, which includes free and subscription-based plans for viewing traffic data, weather, dynamic parking, and fuel prices. Garmin Smartphone Link is available for iPhone in the App Store and for Android in the Google Play store.
Garmin Traffic: Garmin Traffic helps you avoid traffic tie-ups that may delay your travel. It uses one of the most extensive traffic avoidance systems to check traffic conditions more than 2 billion times a month. The traffic updates appear to the side of the map, so your driving map remains onscreen at all times. The updates can give you details about the situation, including the estimated length of the delay. Free Lifetime Garmin Traffic requires no subscription or activation, and is subject to Terms & Conditions.
Note: Traffic updates are available in approximately 98 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Location-relevant pop-up ads and coupons will be received when traffic is enabled on the unit.
Optional Garmin HD Digital Traffic: When you add the optional Garmin GTM60 HD Digital Traffic receiver, you will receive updates as often as every 30 seconds over the HD Radio system, more than 10 times more often than other analog traffic receivers. Garmin HD Digital Traffic is available in approximately 84 metropolitan markets throughout the U.S.
Points of Interest: The built-in maps include over 10-million Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, and ATMs. are included to help you find the destination you desire. In addition, you can download additional points of interest and add them to the unit's memory (Custom POIs). The free POI Loader software can be downloaded from the Garmin website to assist you in creating Custom POIs.
Active Lane Guidance: Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts lets you know in advance which lane you should to be in to make an upcoming turn. In select metropolitan areas, the nüvi 2497LMT will enter split screen mode to display the photoReal junction view, a realistic depiction of the junction, complete with road signs and brightly-colored arrows to indicate the proper lane for navigation. The Bird's Eye view also gives you a top-down view of upcoming interchanges.
Map View Options: You can choose from a 3D map view or two 2D map views (Track Up or North Up) as you navigate to your destination.
Speed Limits: As you travel along a major road or street, the speed limit is displayed on the screen alongside of the vehicle's speed display. If you are exceeding the speed limit, the color of the vehicle speed indication changes to red. If the highway's posted speed limit has changed since the last map update, you can change the speed limit display on the unit.
Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant access to important information in case of an emergency. When you touch the vehicle icon on the map screen, the "Where Am I?" feature provides the coordinates (including elevation) of your current position, plus the nearest address and intersections. There are also buttons to help you locate the nearest hospitals, police stations, gas stations, and roadside assistance. You can also save the location for future reference.
Up Ahead: As you travel along your route, the Up Ahead feature constantly indicates the location of nearby businesses, including gas, food, lodging, restrooms, parking, and banks and ATMs. The locations are shown as icons, some with brand logos, and when the icons are touched on the screen, details of the services are displayed, and you are given the opportunity to navigate to that address.
Garmin Locate: To assist you in finding your parked vehicle, the Garmin Locate feature saves your location to memory when you remove the device from the windshield mounting cradle while the device is on. You can search for your vehicle's location using the Last Spot button in the menu.
Destination Search: When the Where To? button is pressed, you can use the search tools to find your destination and plan your route. The search tools allow you to search for cities, addresses, intersections, or coordinates. The new Search Bar lets you directly enter a category, brand name, address, or city name. The unit's memory stores the last 50 locations you have found so you can quickly find a previous destination.
Garmin Garage: The unit offers your choice of eight standard icons to represent your vehicle. The online Garmin Garage offers dozens more vehicle icons that you can download for free. In addition, you can purchase icon and voice bundles with Star Wars (Yoda, Darth Vader), Sesame Street (Oscar, Cookie Monster, Ernie & Bert), and The Simpsons (Homer and Marge) themes.
trafficTrends: When the trafficTrends feature is enabled, the nüvi 2497LMT automatically records historic traffic data and uses that data to calculate more efficient routes. This information is sent to Garmin when you connect your device to myGarmin (your personal account site on the Garmin website) using your computer. Different routes may be calculated based on traffic trends for the day of the week or the time of day.
myTrends: In addition to the trafficTrends feature, myTrends also takes into account your personal driving habits and anticipates your route when calculating your ETA to your frequent destinations.
Trip Planner: You can create and save a trip with multiple destinations using the Trip Planner. Once you have entered your destinations, you can manually set them in the order of your preference, or allow the device to calculate the most efficient route. Trip itineraries can be saved in memory for future use.
Trip Computer: The trip information page displays your current speed and direction, and provides helpful statistics about your trip. Dual trip odometers keep up with your total mileage. The page also indicates the distance and driving time to your next maneuver, as well as the distance and driving time to your destination. Your maximum speed and moving average speed are also displayed. The information can be reset in advance of your next trip.
Where I've Been/Trip Log: The Where I've Been application allows you to view your previous routes and places you have stopped on the map. In addition, the device keeps a Trip Log, which is a record of the path you have traveled. The Travel History setting must be enabled in order for the Where I've Been and Trip Log features to function.
GPS Simulator: When indoors, you can activate the built-in GPS simulator and practice using the unit. This turns off the GPS receiver so it's not searching for satellites, saving battery power.
ecoRoute: The optional ecoRoute feature calculates the fuel economy and the fuel price of navigating to a destination, and offers tools for improving fuel efficiency. The ecoRoute application can be purchased from the Garmin Online Store.
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1 question already asked
Jerry, I am not an exepert on the use of the Nuvi 2497LMT, however, i do not believe there is a specific way for you to route your favorite route. However, according to Garmin, the Device does record your usual routes, and is supposed to use your more preferred routes (I suppose if you drive them enough, it will learn your favorite route). Secondly, there are options to avoid certain areas, or certain streets in the settings. I have not used these however, so i can not say how well they work. But i am assuming if you hate Main Street, it will avoid that street altogether. Thirdly, when choosing a route, the GPS will usually show two or three routes that are possible, and you can pick from those. Lastly, depending on your preferences (the same as most GPS's) you can set the route finding to fastest time, shortest distance, less fuel, or offroad. Hope that helps! [ JOHN Jan 15, 2014 ]
yes it does all that and a lot more not only does it let you put in a specific route but it save it also and you can put it in your favorites so I am very pleased. [ CARL J Jan 15, 2014 ]