Monday, July 8, 2013

Garmin Nuvi 2565LM, my 2nd GPS navigator

My Garmin Nuvi 255W GPS navigator which I bought in 2009 is still working fine, but for some reason my family needs a 2nd GPS navigator, so I have purchased a new Garmin Nuvi 2565LM.

It is a genuine AECO unit that comes with 2 years warranty and with AECO and MCMC stickers, sold at RM650 with some free gifts (screen protector, carry case, home charger, etc.). This price is even cheaper than the price I bought my Garmin Nuvi 255W about 4 years ago!

Some of the differences/enhancements of Garmin Nuvi 2565LM from Nuvi 255W includes:

  • A larger 5" screen (255W has a 4.3" screen)
  • Supports microSD card (255W supports normal size SD card for additional storage)
  • Faster and stronger GPS satellite signal detection. It is able to get some GPS signal even indoor near the window.
  • Better and faster search function. It no longer need to specify the location for the search target as in 255W.
  • Automatic speech recognition (ASR) to issue voice command without the need to touch the GPS.
  • Bluetooth integration with Android smartphone, which is able to make or receive hands-free call as well as displaying the phone's address book on its screen. When getting a call, it is able to display the caller's name or phone number. If a Point of Interest (POI) contains telephone information, it is able to make call using the Android phone as well.
  • Customizable Main Menu. I think the default layout is pretty good, so I haven't tried this.
  • Remember last parking spot (when it is removed from its mount).
  • "Go Office" beside "Go Home".
  • MyTrends predictive routing.
  • Route preview among faster time, shorter distance and cost saving.
  • Custom avoidances by area or by road.
  • Trip Planner.
  • ecoRoute, which I haven't tried yet.
  • Built in compass.
  • Calculator.
  • Unit converter.
  • User definable display on bottom left-hand-side of the map. Can display either one of travel direction, elevation, time of day, vehicle speed, time to arrival, distance to arrival, etc.
  • Integrated driving recorder, which I haven't tried this. It needs an additional GDR camera to function.
  • Rear camera video support.
  • Preloaded with 3 maps - City Navigator, MalFreeMaps NT and MalSingMaps NT. Also preloaded with Custom POIs including AES spots.
One thing I dislike about this Garmin Nuvi 2565LM is that, its speaker volume is softer and screen display is dimmer when using battery compared to when it is plugged to the car charger. This could be a "feature" to save the battery juice, but the variance should not be too big. I find it to be either too soft when using battery at 70% volume, or too loud when using charger at 90% volume.


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