Garmin Search Function & Garmin Wifi Connectivity

 

I was thinking about how the search function works on my Garmin Nuvi 3597. I enter data and it checks for information stores on the device. Or, if I use the Garmin Smartphone Link, I can send it to the Nuvi 3597. Have we actually lost grounds on this? For example, the connected Garmin Nuvis 1690 and 1695 allowed a search directly on the unit. The Garminfone, Nuvifone, and Garmin Mobile XT, when installed on a phone, also allowed this.

With regards to wifi connectivity, is Garmin trailing behind by requiring a cord to update firmware? It seems like so many devices now have built in wifi these days that Garmin should also consider this.

think about how

Jim1348 wrote:

With regards to wifi connectivity, is Garmin trailing behind by requiring a cord to update firmware? It seems like so many devices now have built in wifi these days that Garmin should also consider this.

Think about how something connects through Wi-Fi. It needs a processor with a program that can establish a connection through a transceiver. That's a lot to try to pack into a device. It's easier(and more functional) to connect toa device already having the capability.

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Garmin Nuvi 295W has wi-fi capabiliy

The Garmin Nuvi 295W has Wi-Fi capability and can browse the internet, Google search and send and receive emails when connected to a wireless router. It is now discontinued and to my knowledge it is the only Garmin sold in the US that ever had that capability.

I had one and it worked great and have a friend that has been using hers for years and probably has logged over 20,000 miles with it and is currently using it on her trip back to Tucson from Illinois.

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-the-road/discontinued/nuv...

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Monterra

In the handheld line, the Android based Garmin Monterra has wi-fi. If you add the automotive mount option and a City Navigator map, it will operate in "nuvi mode" for road navigation. It is an expensive choice, but appeals to some users.

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Monterra

That is a good point. I did try one some time back and I was very underwhelmed by the screen. I am hoping that they offer a replacement for this in the near future. And, yes, it is expensive.