A successful new GPS device
The success of Garmin’s GPS systems is, we think, due to the very easy manner of operation and complete set of extremely helpful features. The company uses the same recipe for the latest Nüvi 2555LMT, only this time they include a user interface unlike what we were used to. We salute the initiative, since it means applications, better customization and better organization of menus and their settings. We took our car out on the streets and tested the device for this review.
4.3 inch display
Staring at you the moment you open the box in which the Garmin Nuvi 2555LMT sits is a screen of 4.3″ in color and with a resistive touch capability to accompany it. The gadget is black and has a glossy coating; the back is designed with a matte finish. When we looked on the left from the display we saw a pinhole whose purpose was to cover a microphone. The microSD card slot on this device worked as a means of syncing and charging it, which was great, because we didn’t have to fuss with different ports or buy additional things. Leaving the exterior of the product and returning to the box we took it out from, we found the following: 1 USB cable for connecting to a PC (to have updates to the pre-installed maps and transfer of data), one quick-start guide, a power cable to use in the car (featuring a receiver in-line for monitoring traffic data) and a suction cup mount for the same purpose.
Before we began using the Nuvi 2555LMT we wanted to see what kind of features it held and, besides the usual ones on every GPS unit manufactured by Garmin, this gadget introduced us to new stuff, too, which took the form of Bluetooth wireless technology, an icon for applications, Lifetime Maps and Traffic and voice commands. From what we experienced, the first feature in our list allowed us to call and receive calls from friends while keeping both our hands on the steering wheel. Its menu offers a database of points of interest, call history and other such things. The voice commands were great and worked like a charm. Updates for the built-in maps are a good way of staying in touch with whatever changes happen on the road at an interval of 5 minutes and users are even able to download them on their computers. The disadvantage of such a feature is made of adverts, but they’re not that aggressive.
Before starting our analysis we said something about the UI of the Nüvi 2555LMT and how much it was updated and improved from the older one. Major changes are in the graphics that now look much more smooth and the shortcuts to search parameters and favorite destinations that the user can define herself or himself. The top of each of the points of interest’s selection display has a bar where you can search something and, afterwards, a filtering is done on the spot for the category you’re looking at so that you find the exact location you want to be in. The icons in the menu for settings offer a description of the settings they relate to and that’s a welcome visual change.
Good overall performance
Performance of the Nüvi 2555LMT was, as with all Garmin GPS devices, great. Less than 2 minutes were needed for it to find what we told it to, restarting it happened in a heartbeat, the voice used by the gadget was clear, lane guidance was graphical and transitions were smooth. Using one finger to scroll around isn’t indicated, because you’ll find it’s jerky.
Garmin is still making superb GPS gadgets and the Nüvi 2555LMT shouldn’t be missed if your old device isn’t as good anymore.