I've been reading some threads here and it seems that everyone's opinion of HD traffic differs. Can anyone tell me how it functions in the Phoenix area? I use the traffic feature on my 2595 every day and, while it may not always be accurate, it's not bad. It certainly has proven to be a feature worth having. I'm in the market for a new unit and was wondering if I should upgrade to one of the units that supports HD traffic.
I don't know about Phoenix, but I just came back from a week in the Carolinas and the HD traffic on my 3597 saved my bacon a couple of times. I have it paired to Smartlink traffic as well so I get updates when away from urban areas as well. Overall, I very pleased with the HD traffic and Smartlink addition.
We live in the Phoenix area from October to April every year and last year we used our 3597LMTHD throughout the winter. To be honest I didn't really notice any difference between the HD traffic and the normal traffic data I was getting in prior years. We don't use Smartlink traffic, which may make some difference as Box Car mentioned.
Thanks for the reply. I found that a feature I really like on my 2595 are the configurable map buttons. Does the 3597 have that feature or does it have the Map Tools?
I am also looking at the 2597 and found I don't really like Garmin's new screen layout. Using the fly-out menu on the right side takes your eyes off the road too long.
...I found that a feature I really like on my 2595 are the configurable map buttons. Does the 3597 have that feature or does it have the Map Tools?
Are you thinking about this as posted by t923347?
"Custom Dashboard for 3597"
No, I found this on my own and it doesn't really hit the mark of how I want it to look. Also, with the side fly-out menu reduces the screen size, which is not preferred.
On my 2595, there is a settings option under the Map & Vehicle called Map Buttons. When pressed, it brings up a screen that can turn 3 buttons on and off for volume, stop, and traffic. If on, these buttons are shown permanently on the map screen. So, if you want to easily mute the volume, you can do it by pressing one icon. If you want to stop a route, you can easily do it by pressing one icon. The traffic icon will be the same color as the traffic - green, yellow, or red - and pressing it gets you into the traffic screen.
The other thing my 2595 has that the 2597 does not is a more configurable dashboard. What I've got turned on now is the elevation, speed, direction, and time. the speed limit comes up automatically. When you are navigating, it changes to reflect the elevation, speed, direction, and arrival.
Through my research, I found that the Garmin website only shows the stock screen shots. I went in and looked at the description and screen shots for the 2595 and t does not look like what is shown.
I live in that area and have a 2795LTM. It has never failed me and has proven invaluable a number of times suggesting alternate routes around traffic problems. I never go anywhere without my GPS, have been saved by it unexpectedly several times.
Thanks scyntax. Yes, I loved my 2595LMT. Although I bought the 2597LMT, I am certainly not enamored by it. I am waiting until sharcnet accepts more repairs and then get my 2595 repaired. Watch out for your cord and plug since it's prone to short. I have to go through this process wioggling the cord to get the cord to work.
A site that shows where the Garmin HD traffic is supported by geography? Cities' etc?
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