Which Garmin GPS Is Better?

 

I'm looking for a Garmin Drivesmart GPS, which one would be the better buy, the 50LMT or the 51LMT-S? Does anyone know if the processors are the same or is one faster than the other. Both are the same price at Costco.ca for $189.99.

six of one .. half dozen of other

It depends. The 50 includes a traffic receiver, the 51 doesn't. If you want a traffic receiver for the 51, you would have to buy it at extra cost. That said, both units can get traffic from Garmin's free Smartphone Link app. Smartphone Link traffic is generally superior to the receiver based traffic service, so not having the receiver may not be a big deal to you.

The 51 has WiFi capability for map and software updates, the 50 doesn't. Again both units can be updated via Garmin Express over USB, so WiFi is probably not a big deal.

I think the 51 has 16 GB of internal storage, while the 50 has only 8 GB. I am not 100% sure on this, so verify this with Garmin before you take my word for it.

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

wifi, why?

alandb wrote:

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The 51 has WiFi capability for map and software updates, the 50 doesn't. Again both units can be updated via Garmin Express over USB, so WiFi is probably not a big deal.

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I recently acquired a DriveSmart 61 LMT-S. When it arrived it had map set 2019.10 on board. So I updated it to 2019.11 via WiFi, a week later 2019.20 came out, I updated that map via USB (2.0) and the USB update went much faster.

Not sure if both files were close to the same size but the USB seems the better way to go, so why would you want to use WiFi to update the maps?

PS I'm loving the 61 much better than the 2689 it replaced, and, of course, my old eyes love the bigger size.

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. Nuvi 2689, two Nuvi 2460, Zumo 550, Zumo 450, Uniden R3 radar detector with GPS built in, includes RLC info. Uconnect 430N, Garmin, built into my Jeep. .

Thanks guys

Thanks guys for the replies. I did some research on both but there's not much info for what's inside the units. It looks like the 50LMT is the better way to go because it comes with a traffic cable and the 61LMT-S has wifi. That's basically the major difference between the 2. As mentioned above by soberbyker, it's much faster to update by USB anyways.

Easy for you

alandb wrote:

That said, both units can get traffic from Garmin's free Smartphone Link app. Smartphone Link traffic is generally superior to the receiver based traffic service, so not having the receiver may not be a big deal to you.

Our neighbors to the south get much, much cheaper cellphone plans than up north. Sp please do not assume that everyone gets the same rates.

A friend and his wife are paying $ 165.00 per month with
data for 2 phones on one plan!!!!

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, 3790LMT passed on to my daughter. Using Windows 10. DashCam with GPS.

Traffic through the

Traffic through the smarthphone link will be more accurate and up to date than the fm traffic, assuming your area even supports hd traffic. From what I've read, data usage isn't much. There is the issue of battery consumption since the link works through BT.

Personally, locally I just use google maps when I need navigation to some unfamiliar address. On long trips I use both. The gps for the custom routing, and the phone for google maps.

Our

Melaqueman wrote:

Our neighbors to the south get much, much cheaper cellphone plans than up north. Sp please do not assume that everyone gets the same rates.

A friend and his wife are paying $ 165.00 per month with
data for 2 phones on one plan!!!!

Our CDN plans maybe expensive but the $160 probably doesn't have anything to do with the fact that data is part of the plan.

My wife and I pay $160 a month as well, but that cost is mostly due to the fact that we are paying for our phones through the plan which accounts for $135 of the $160 total charge. Data accounts for only $25 of the total monthly bill. This probably compares fairly well with many US plans

The Smartphone Link app doesn't use much if any data and the much more accurate traffic service more than makes up for any small data usage from our monthly allotment.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s, HereWeGo for Android.

Which Garmin GPS Is Better?

Geez, there are so many different models with different features, it' shard to keep them all sorted.

I guess the 3597 is among the top units.

It,s confusing

One gets used to the features you currently enjoy.. then you research an upgrade but.. it is incomplete because different sites will emphasize different features and none will list the negatives or what is missing from previous models.

You pick what you think has all the bells and whistles that you think you need... then get disappointed with what you had before that is not included.. then you forget.. get used to the new... and repeat.

Sites like this help a lot picking out the next model as hands on user experience is very helpful.

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Lives in Edmonton AB A volunteer driver for Drive Happiness.ca and uses a 2689 to find my way.