Our take on the Garmin nüvi® 2577LT
Explore safer driving across North America and Europe
For international businesspeople and those who like to vacation across the pond, Garmin's nüvi 2577LT portable navigator offers an easy-to-use solution to help keep you from getting lost in unfamiliar territory. It provides access to preloaded maps of Europe, the entire U.S., Canada, Mexico, and several Caribbean islands, along with millions of points of interest. It allows you to add your own favorite stopping points, plus you can find and select businesses right on the map screen without having to go through time-wasting menus
If you're safety conscious, the nüvi 2577LT features voice-activated navigation that recognizes your speech, so you can keep your hands on the wheel. And Bluetooth® connectivity not only lets you enjoy hands-free calling with your compatible phone, but you can also connect wirelessly to Garmin's free app for Android™ phones to get valuable real-time info the navigator can't provide.
Take control without using your hands
Voice-activated navigation is quite simple: with one spoken command, you can "wake up" the navigator to respond to your voice. You can search through menus on the 5" screen, then input addresses and 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 through the nüvi's integrated microphone and speaker.
Android phone users
You can download Garmin's free Smartphone Link app to your device and connect to the nüvi 2577LT. 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.
The nüvi 2577LT features free lifetime traffic updates using Garmin's Traffic service, which is more expansive and timely than ever. Garmin Traffic incorporates historical traffic patterns, data from active devices on the road, 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.
Note: Garmin Traffic is not available in most areas outside of the U.S. and parts of Canada.
Keep your ears on the road
The nüvi 2577LT offers Garmin's 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.
Eye-friendly 5" display
The nüvi 2577LT's 5" touch display makes it easy to follow along, and you can view its maps in either portrait or landscape orientation. 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. You also get free updates on traffic along your route and quick solutions for avoiding delays.
Stay on course
Garmin incorporates several helpful visual tools to keep you on the correct path:
Active Lane 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.
photoReal junction view with active lane guidance
- portable GPS navigator
- 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
- 5" (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, Europe, 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, pedestrian
- Bluetooth for making and receiving hands-free calls with your compatible cell phone
- works with Garmin Smartphone Link app for Android phones
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