For those of you that use this program the new release supposedly addresses stability issues.
for the notice!
I hope to get to try it out this weekend. The only problem I've noted lately is that sometimes the iPhone won't reconnect easily to the nüvi. This usually happens if I stop for gas or lunch and the nüvi goes to sleep. Once I restart the car, the nüvi wakes up but I sometimes have to fiddle with the Bluetooth to reestablish connection, sometimes it does it on its own as it should. I'm assuming that part of the problem comes from passengers on board with Bluetooth devices that are introducing noise on that band.
Going to see if there's much difference.
Noticed the update this morning.
Smartphone Link requires that you have the GPS turned 'on' on your phone... Runs the battery dead quickly on my phone. Seems odd that a program that connects to your GPS also requires the phone GPS turned on. I'll update today, maybe this will be fixed.
My wife's android phone is constantly losing Bluetooth link to her Garmin. I don't know if it is the phone or the nuvi that's causing the problem.
My SE iPhone has a problem maintaining the SmartPhone link, also. The phone part stays connected just fine. Then again, on the next day, it works perfectly. I can't determine why it works well one time, then not the next.
As far as the battery is concerned, (I drive a tour/charter bus), my phone lasts 2 days through 10 hour driving shifts. It doesn't affect the battery at all, since all the phone does is check traffic and relays it to the GPS. If SmartLink is running phone battery down, then there are other problems that aren't related to SmartLink.
Often it's the other things turned on in the phone causing the problem. If you are in a vehicle and using your Garmin, you don't need GPS turned on which a lot of apps do almost automatically as part of "Location Services." GPS is a battery hog as it is constantly running an updating position which requires both the receiver and processor power. Turn off the unused/not needed functions and see what happens.
While I don't loose the Bluetooth link once established between my 2598 and a Motorola Mini, I am finding that once I turn off the Nuvi when turned back on I often have to delete the pairing in both devices then re-pair the two devices otherwise the Smartlink app within the Nuvi doesn't properly access the phone. Sometimes it takes multiple pairing then deleting the re-pairing before the two devices will properly communicate with each other. Very frustrating at times.
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