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$69.88 - $169.99
Summary:This Garmin has a 4.3-inch LCD screen. It is preloaded with maps covering the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
The Nuvi 40 has a 4.3-inch LCD screen. Notable features include a trip computer, reality view, and lane assistance. This unit is preloaded with maps covering the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
About This Brand
By far the biggest selling brand, with more than 50 percent of the market. Based in Olathe, Kan., Garmin was founded in 1989, and today it has 7,000 employees. Garmin GPS navigators have consistently scored near or at the top of our ratings. In addition to portable GPS units, Garmin makes a variety of fitness training devices and products for marine and aviation use. The company announced plans to sell its own telephone with built-in navigation two years ago, but the scheduled release date has been pushed back several times.
Features & Specs - Garmin Nuvi 40
Screen size (in.) The diagonal length of the display screen measured in inches and rounded to the nearest tenth on an inch.
Screen size (in.)
Weight (oz.) Measured weight of just the unit (excluding mount) in ounces rounded to the nearest tenth.
Bluetooth hands-free calling Allows user to make and receive hands-free telephone calls using the unit's internal speaker, microphone, and screen. Automatically quiets directions while call is being made. Can display user's telephone book, and shows caller ID on the screen. Can also dial phone numbers of point of interest locations. Requires a Bluetooth-compatible telephone.
Bluetooth hands-free calling
Spoken street names Commonly referred to as "Text-to-Speech," this helpful feature is the ability to pronounce proper street names. For example, a system with this feature would say, "Turn right on Truman Avenue" rather than, "Turn right in 500 feet." Spoken street names allows the driver to confirm directions with street signs without looking at the screen.
Garmin Nuvi 40 (US only) one-week review: Out of the box the software appears more versatile and user-friendly than the basic competitor model being replaced. (Example: user may input a destination by coordinates.) The mount, also, is easier to use. The mapping's Points of Interest (POI) quickly revealed it was three years out-of-date (a local Wal-Mart and related streets were not shown).<br />I exchanged some e-mails with customer service (CS) (they were responsive and understandable but no weekend support). Purchaser has ninety (90) days after initial use to get a free map up-grade. [This was not in the box literature.] User must have (or buy/borrow) a USB cord with appropriate plug--one is not provided. [Garmin believes most people have the necessary cord If that is accurate, though, why does Garmin provide a cord with units that come with life-time map up-grades?] The device's power plug is also used for computer access.<br />CS said go on-line, create account at Garmin, register the device and map up-grade would show as an option [none of this was in the literature]. I found the process reasonably easy to follow/execute [I am not a techie but my use of computers pre-dates the mouse]. There was a glitch in Garmin's registry process (where you enter your country) but a call to CS got IT resolved and the rep. stayed through the remaining steps (some were not obvious/intuitive).<br />Note: final download took approximately two (2) hours [on DSL 6G connection]. Computer must remain active for that period (you may walk away and return when the process is finished).<br />After all of that, the local Wal-Mart still is not in POI. That was the only reference point established, prior to the download, so I must assume the mapping was updated.<br />Summary: Software is versatile and user-friendly. Mapping, after initial hassles, appears complete. Box literature is almost useless. A USB cord with correct plug is required—but not provided. Customer service is excellent.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Upgrade Guy
from Englewood FL
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
First Time GPS User
Acquires Satellites Quickly
Easy To Read
Easy To Set Up
Short Battery Life
Finding Specific Address
Good GPS for first timers like me. Voice is not always clear. Some times is a little confusing at junctions that you know you are going straight but it tells you to turn to go straight. Better to follow the arrows on the screen than to listen. Took us up a scary dirt mountain side road in NC when a level parallel paved road was available that came out in the same place. Does not have multiple routes but does have way points which are useful. Get the version with lifetime maps. Have updated twice in two months. You are allowed 4 map updates per year. This unit is red light and speed camera capable. Just download from Garmin web site. Has a 30 day free trial. This feature works well but the notification on screen is kind of small. However it does give an audio warning also. All in all I would say this is a good starting point for a GPS. Purchased before CU rated it. Wish I could have waited until Black Friday. Could have got it $50 cheaper.