About the Garmin nüvi® 2495LMT
Keeping both hands on the wheel is one sure way to improve travel safety, and now Garmin makes it easy to stay connected and receive accurate guidance without using your hands. Their nüvi 2459LMT portable navigator offers voice-activated navigation that recognizes your speech, plus Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free calling with your compatible cell phone.
Say "hello" to hands-free navigation
You've got a lot to do between the time you get in the car and when you start driving wouldn't it be nice to not have to remember to turn on your navigator by pressing a button? You can wake up the nüvi 2495LMT with a custom vocal command, then use your voice to find the menu screen you need. If you know where you need to go, you can just speak the address of your destination or the name of the point of interest and you'll be on your way.
Garmin Guidance 2.0 works hard to make your drive easier
The nüvi 2495LMT incorporates Garmin Guidance 2.0, a feature set that offers convenience for everyday travel. You can find and select businesses right on the map screen without having to go through time-wasting menus. When you're on the highway, the navigator can give you a quick listing of stopping points nearest the exit ramp to save you from searching. Speed limit displays with visual warnings on major roads help keep you in check. You'll see photoReal junction views that provide easy-to-read and realistic representations of complicated interchanges, including signs.
Free Garmin 3D Traffic info and map updates
The nüvi 2495LMT features free lifetime traffic updates using Garmin's 3D Traffic service, which 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. Best of all, you won't have to pay a penny more for this service over the life of your nüvi. And you can keep up on road changes with up to four map updates per year without any additional costs, which comes in handy for street changes or when a favorite destination has closed or relocated.
Stay on course
You might not spend much time touching the nüvi 2495LMT as you drive, but you can count on it being easy to look at. It features a 4.3" color touchscreen that can be viewed in landscape or portrait orientation, which makes it a great companion when walking as well. You'll have access to detailed maps of the entire U.S., plus most of Mexico, Canada, and several Caribbean islands. Looking for a place to unload or fuel up? You've got 8 million points of interest right at hand, which you can also search and enter by using your voice. And if you find a spot that's not listed already, you can add it to your own custom points of interest for future reference.
Text-to-speech voice prompts that say actual street names at turns keep you focused on the road, while Lane Assist guides you through tricky intersections. In select instances, the screen will split automatically to give you a photoReal view of the junction so you'll have a clear picture of the next turn. You'll also find a photo viewer, "Where Am I?" emergency aid, audiobook player, trip planner, and other legacy Garmin features.
- portable GPS navigator
- nüMaps Lifetime download card (receive up to 4 map updates per year without additional fees)
- includes Garmin 3D Traffic receiver for free lifetime traffic info
- suction-cup windshield mount
- JPEG picture viewer and audiobook player
- 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
- 8 million points of interest (allows custom points of interest)
- preloaded with maps for the United States and Puerto Rico, plus most of Canada, Mexico, Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and Bahamas
- text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns
- trafficTrends provides routes based on actual historic travel times due to daily traffic
- lane assistance and junction view
- speed limit indicator
- built-in travel kit including world clock, measurement converters, alarm clock, calculator, and more
- multi-destination routing: route optimization
- transport modes: auto, pedestrian
- microSD card slot
Other features and specs:
- Bluetooth technology for making and receiving hands-free calls with your compatible cell phone
- dimensions: 4-13/16"W x 3"H x 5/8"D
- weight: 5.0 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 010-01001-01
What's in the box:
- Personal GPS navigation device (w/4.3" LCD)
- Cradle mount
- Suction cup windshield mount
- GTM26 Traffic receiver with cigarette lighter adapter and 5' cable
- 19.5" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini B 2.0 USB on the other end)
- Accessory Guide
- Important Safety and Product Information
- Quick Start Manual (English)
- Quick Start Manual (French)
- "Need a dashboard disc?" sheet
- "Activate your Lifetime Maps" sheet
Garmin nüvi® 2495LMT reviews
I was so excited to get my 1st GPS but the mood changed within 24 hours. I lost the satellite signal and was not able to get the device to retrieve it. To say the lest I'll continue to use MapQuest or Google Maps and probably won't buy another.
Pros: Bluetooth worked somewhat...my party said they could hear themselves talking on their end.
Cons: Lacks a satellite signal.
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I've used Garmin products for years in my plane, boat and cars and unfortunately this unit has shaken my confidence in a once excellent company. Initially the unit started up fine and worked well; I was impressed. But trying to update the Lifetime Maps and the one free upgrade you receive (why this is even an option with Lifetime Maps is beyond me) the troubles started. The map download took over 4 hours on a 6 mbs connection. Then the unit would not update...kept receiving an error and message to call customer service, which is not available on the weekend. I tried manually updating the maps instead of using Lifetime Update with the same non-success. Finally, I tried the free one-time map update but the product code that automatically populates returned as invalid. Way too much trouble to update a map database on a new unit. Previous to this unit I would never have considered anything but Garmin. Now it's not even in the consideration set.
Pros: Maps, interface, North American based, unlike TomTom
Cons: Apparently can't update maps, poor customer service, hardware failure.
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I am enjoying my new Garmin. This is my second Garmin and after the first one, I would not consider anything but a Garmin. The voice command works well and I like the layer that adds some attractions to the main screen.The typewriter keyboard is much easier use and I like having a picture of the exit ramps included with the map and voice directions. Crutchfield's website helped me choose the model I wanted before I made the call to order.
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I like it. Easy to get started, but I am finding it not easy to utilize all the features. I expect the manual will give me what I need. Menu is not intuitive to me. The salesperson recommended Karen's voice and I like it.
Pros: easy to get started. Garmin Support speaks American English fluently. They are in the USA. I love getting a three year warranty and support from Crutchfield.
Cons: Menu is not intuitive to me.
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Great value and easy to use. It does take voice commands while driving which is a great feature for recently found places.
Pros: ease of use
Cons: Sometimes does not tell which side of the road for the destination. Sometimes takes you out of the way with its directions.
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Great product and a great price. Have already loaded the new maps and software updates.
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Service was outstanding. The 2495 LMT has everything you need. I used it to drive from North Carolina to Texas and it performed without a hitch. Extremely accurate and traffic advisory is right on. Rerouting was quick. Voice commands take a little getting used to so that it accurately finds where you want. I have noticed it is not up to date on speed changes that many interstates have changed. Well worth the money.
Pros: Accurate and full of useful presets
Cons: Voice commands take a little work and menus could be consolidated some
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I'm very happy with this GPS so far. It's easy to install and use. The voice command feature works well, even with the radio on. So far, it has found every point of interest I've challenged it with in the greater Rochester, NY area. The traffic feature is good, but mostly only shows long-term construction problems. The screen is the perfect size. Any larger and it would be a distraction. My only issue was that updating the map took over 2 hours to download and install. I get it, since it's a large file, but some warning before starting it would have been helpful.
Pros: Easy to read, easy to use.
Cons: Map updating takes a long time.
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I've been using this 2495 for a couple of weeks, after using a Garmin 205 for a few years. Upgrading the 2495 via the Garmin website, and obtaining the latest maps, went smoothly. The voice command works great, it's amazing. Map draw is fast enough. Route calculation is fast enough. Accuracy and ability to find GPS satellites is good. The rubberized back makes it easy to hold. Haven't found the traffic updates useful, yet. It takes about an hour to sit down and get to know most of the features of the device. The default sleep mode, which provides an instant-on feature, works good. Slimmer and ligther than the previous Garmin. The display is non-glare and easy to read, I changed mine to the UK map setting for better constrast and downloaded an english accent voice for a more pleasant voice.
Pros: Voice command, flexiblity, display, maps, routing, accuracy, overall features.
Cons: The cord has a 1x3 buldging part in the middle, due to the traffic update feature, I guess.
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Had to exchange for another since the first nuvi 2495 was defective. Second nuvi 2495 worked great. Love the 3D traffic, lane assist, etc. However, the voice command does not always understand your address command (80% if the time). Had to manually add to address then use voice command to pick "recently found" and say the number. Also, it does not always find the shortest route or the easiest, less traffic route. Still like the device very much though.
Pros: Ease of use. Great features like life updates, maps lane assist
Cons: Voice command does not work well in recognizing "voiced" address. Does not always find the shortest route.
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This Garmin replaced a nuvi 265T with outdated maps. Five days after we received the unit we took an unexpected trip to St. Petersburg, FL. It was the first time that we used it and it worker great. In St. Petersburg the restaurant locator worked very well. There are features that this unit has that I have not had the opportunity to use: such as voice command and bluetooth. I am very pleased with the unit and the features especially the lifetime maps and traffic. I would not hesitate to recommend the unit to a friend. I considered giving this five stars; however, I am not familiar with all of the features at this time.
Pros: Very easy to program manually and find restaurants and hotel. The split screen feature works very well and was exceptionally helpful.
Cons: I like the on off / lock switch better on the 265T because when you pick the unit up the screen can change on you but it is easy to get back. On our way home the unit beeped and indicated that the road was closed ahead and take exit 90. We were passing exit 90 at the time and could not get over. It directed us to take the next exit and worked very well at getting us around the blockage.
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I like this device thus far. I use to own a Nuvi 205W and a 255WT and with both of those devices I would noticed that the unit would freeze a lot and seem slow processing routes and I haven't experienced that at all with this unit. The voice command software is wonderful as well as the new Garmin interface, much better than the older models. The only reason I didn't give this unit 5 stars is b/c even though its very easy to pair a phone via Bluetooth, that's all you can pair. Garmin really needs to release a software/firmware update which will allow this unit to connect to more than just phones (ex. headsets, mp3 players, etc). Another great feature is using the voice command to make phone calls, Garmin really has this down to a science
Pros: Voice Command, New interface, Trip Planner, being able to change different Dashboards, Quick route processing, easy to connect Bluetooth phones, unit can be used in portrait or landscape mode, adding custom avoidances
Cons: Bluetooth only works with Phones, no other devices
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More details on the Garmin nüvi® 2495LMT
Features & specs
|Maps||Free lifetime updates|
|Map Coverage||USA (50), CA, MEX, PR, USVI,|
|Points of Interest||8,000,000|
|Multiple Destination Routing||Yes|
|Digital Audio Playback||Yes|
|Text To Speech||Yes|
|Traffic Information||3D Traffic|
|Dynamic Content Services||None|
|Removable Memory Type||microSD|
|Battery Life||2.5 hours|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Garmin nüvi 2495LMT is a portable GPS navigation device that provides automatic routing, turn-by-turn voice directions, voice command, touchscreen control, and free Lifetime Map Updates. The unit includes subscription-free, lifetime traffic updates from 3D Traffic. With built-in Bluetooth technology, you can make and receive phone calls through the device. The nüvi 2495LMT has a 4.3" touchscreen LCD, and comes with a suction cup windshield mount and a 5' power cable with a cigarette lighter adapter.
4.3" Touchscreen LCD: The nüvi 2495LMT features a 4.3" dual-orientation color TFT touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio). The screen orientation (landscape or portrait) can be changed manually in the menu.
Preloaded Maps: The nüvi 2495LMT contains NAVTEQ's City Navigator North America NT 2012 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 8-million points of interest (POIs) to help you find the destination you desire.
Voice Command: Voice Command allows you to control the device by using words and commands. The Voice Command menu provides voice prompts and a list of available commands. Using your voice, you can enter an address or the name of a Point of Interest, and the unit will begin searching for that location. You can also maneuver through menus by speaking the on-screen menu choice you desire.
Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling: Using the built-in Bluetooth wireless technology, the nüvi 2495LMT can connect to your mobile phone to become a hands-free device. The range of the Bluetooth coverage is approximately 33 feet. After pairing, you can receive incoming calls and place calls through the navigation unit. Outgoing calls can be place by entering the number directly, calling a number in your phone book, using the call history, or selecting a Point of Interest. Your home phone number can be saved so you can call home using a single button. You can check the Garmin website for a list of supported mobile phones.
Free Lifetime Map Updates: The nüvi 2495LMT 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.
Note: Free Lifetime Map Updates entitle you to receive up to 4 map data updates per year, when and as such updates are made available on the Garmin website, for this specific Garmin product only until this product's useful life expires or Garmin no longer receives map data from its third party supplier, whichever is shorter. The updates you receive will be updates to the same geographic map data originally included with your Garmin product when originally purchased.
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.
microSD Card Slot: The nüvi 2495LMT has a microSD card slot so you can store and use optional cityXplorer maps (available from Garmin), or download custom voices and vehicles from the Garmin Garage.
Power Requirements: The Garmin nüvi 2495LMT 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 (150ACNUVI, sold separately) allows you to operate the unit on ordinary household current. The unit can be powered by your computer when it is connected via a USB cable.
Garmin Guidance 2.0: The Garmin nüvi 2495LMT features Garmin Guidance 2.0, an advanced navigation engine with a faster, more intuitive user interface to enhance the speed and accuracy of searches and routing. The main menu gives you two simple choices: "Where To?" and "View Map." You can see and select businesses on the map without the need to page through menus. When traveling interstate highways, the Enhanced Exit Services feature enables you to know what you'll find when you exit the highway.
Free Lifetime Traffic: With free Lifetime Traffic from 3D Traffic, you can avoid traffic tie-ups that will delay your travel. 3D Traffic delivers traffic updates over one of the most extensive live traffic avoidance systems which checks traffic conditions more than 2 billion times per month. 3D Traffic combines historical traffic data, current traffic data from active devices in transit, and current non-trend traffic incidents, to help you avoid traffic jams and keep you moving. The nüvi 2495LMT comes with the GTM25 Traffic Receiver with its integrated cigarette lighter power adapter. An antenna extension cable is available from Garmin if you have difficulty receiving an FM traffic signal.
Notes: Lifetime Traffic requires no subscription or activation. Traffic updates are available in approximately 125 metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Points of Interest: The built-in maps include over 8-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.
Lane Assist: The Lane Assist feature lets you know in advance which lane you need to be in to make an upcoming turn. In select metropolitan areas, the nüvi 2495LMT will enter split screen mode to display the photoReal junction view, a realistic depiction of the junction, complete with road signs and arrows to indicate the proper lane for navigation.
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, 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 select "Where Am I?" from the menu, you get 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.
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.
Pedestrian Navigation: In addition to vehicle navigation, the nüvi 2495LMT can also be useful when walking around town. If you have the optional cityXplorer maps loaded into the unit, the pedestrian navigation feature adds public transportation options as you travel on foot.
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.
Keyboard Options: The Garmin nüvi 2495LMT gives you two options for keyboard layouts. When you are entering an address or other data, you can choose between a standard QWERTY keyboard layout or an ABCDE alphabetical layout.
Garmin Garage: The unit offers your choice of seven 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) and Nickelodeon (SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer) themes.
trafficTrends: When the trafficTrends feature is enabled, the nüvi 2495LMT 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.
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.
Photo Navigation: Pictures with location information can be uploaded to the nüvi 2495LMT or to an inserted microSD card. You can use the GarminConnect section of the Garmin website to search for previously uploaded "Geotagged" photos. Once the photos are loaded into the device, you can set a destination based on the photo's imbedded location data.
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.
Picture Viewer: The nüvi 2495LMT's Picture Viewer can display JPEG photo images that you have stored in the device or on a microSD card. The images can be displayed in a slideshow, or set a single image as wallpaper.
Audiobook Player: The device can play audiobooks from Audible.com. A subscription to Audible.com is required. Audiobooks can be loaded to the device or to a microSD card. You can browse titles, authors, or narrators. Bookmarks can be added, so the player will automatically resume from the point where you last stopped. Playback controls include play, pause, fast forward, fast reverse, next chapter, and previous chapter.
Note: The nüvi 2495LMT cannot play digital music files.
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.
Tools: Other tools that can be found on the device include a world clock, alarm clock, calculator, unit converter, and a language guide.