Screen Size4.0 /10
Battery Life3.0 /10
Processor Speed4.0 /10
Ease Of Use8.0 /10
- Good Value For Money
- Bright, Clear, High Resolution Screen
- Free Lifetime Map Updates
- Lane Assist
- Spoken Street Names
- Small Screen Size
- Slow Processor Speed
- Poor Internal Speaker
- No Bluetooth
- Poor Battery Life
- Street Names Are Spoken Aloud.
- Comprehensive Maps with over 6 million Points of Interest.
- Free Lifetime Map Updates.
- Expandable memory with a microSD.
- On-screen Directions to Help you Find the Right Lane.
- On-Screen speed limit and warnings if you exceed it
- Keep track of your Mileage, Maximum Speed, Trip Time and more with the Trip Computer.
- Very East to Use
The Garmin Nuvi 40LM Review
The Garmin Nüvi 40LM is the baby of the Nüvi range, but don’t let that fool you. Coming from one of the best GPS companies in the world gives the 40LM a certain pedigree. Even the most basic Garmin units these days benefit from the decades of experience the company has earned. This shows in the functional design and user friendliness that are so important when choosing a device that you’ll use on a daily basis.
The 4.3 inch touchscreen is a basic resistive model, as compared to the capacitive touch-screens we get on our smartphones or on the pricier GPS models available. This means you can’t zoom in or out with just your fingers, or use any of the other screen accessibility we’ve got used to with smartphones, but your pocket will certainly be the happier for it. Besides, once you’ve plugged in your destination, the intuitive and easy to read navigation software more than makes up for it. The Nüvi 40LM is also much lighter than you might expect, weighing in at only 148 grams which means that you can easily carry your GPS around in your pocket without any hassles.
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Anyone who has used a Car GPS before can tell you that possibly the most important feature is the maps. What’s the use of voice activated, bluetooth enabled, cell phone syncing unit, if it drives you straight into a dead end, or onto a highway that doesn’t exist anymore? This is where you need to pay close attention to the LM part of the Nüvi 40LM. That stands for Lifetime Maps, and means that you get free access to the Garmin map updates that are usually release every three months. Not only will your travels be unimpeded by the new road works, but all the points of interest are updated as well, letting you find new restaurants or gas stations wherever you go.
The road navigation is where the Garmin units really shine, and the Nüvi 40LM is no different. The roads are displayed with wide, clear graphics so even the most densely paved urban centre becomes easy to get around in. Perhaps the best of the features to find its way in to the Nüvi range is the Lane Assist with Junction View. This will guide you into the exact lane with detailed graphics and precise location calculations. No more un-helpful “Bear left” with this unit! The current speed limit is on display as well to help you avoid any speeding fines. You also have the option of adding more maps given the Garmin Nüvi 40LM has an expandable memory slot that fits microSD cards.
Do remember however that the Nüvi 40LM is the starting unit in the new road navigation range, so there are a lot of features you might miss. It doesn’t come with traffic tracking capabilities or Bluetooth. The trip calculator is somewhat more basic than in the later models, with features like EcoRoute that calculate the most fuel efficient route, and even give you a rating on how efficiently you drive. There is also isn’t an audio output jack, so you have to rely on the built in speaker. While this is fine in most cases, a particularly noisy car nearby might make it hard to hear where you’re supposed to go.
Overall the Nüvi 40LM is priced like a basic unit and it doesn’t try to be anything else. For most people this is just fine, and the core features are nothing to be sniffed at. So if all you need to do is go from point A to point B without getting lost along the way, and you don’t want to break the bank doing it, then this is probably the way to go. If however you’re a gadget and feature junkie, you might consider looking up the range.
- Great price.
- Clear, bright 4.3-Inch Screen.
- Free Lifetime Map Updates.
- “Lane Assist” to help you with difficult road Intersections.
- Speed Limit Displayed.
- Spoken directions let you keep your eyes on the road.
- Download new voices for your GPS, many available for free from the Garmin website
- Space for a microSD
- Re-calculated routes can take longer than usual to display.
- No audio output jack to increase volume if needed.
- Updating Maps and Software can be a hassle for the Less Techno Savvy.
- No Bluetooth to Connect with Smart-Phone.
- Internal Speak Could be Better
- Poor battery life.