Recently I took a new job at DC. I was using my Samsung Captivate as my GPS. That was working fine but as you all know how the DC traffic is. Once I was literally sitting on 495 for 90 mins and it took 3 hrs to get home.
So I was looking at the recent enhancements in the GPS arena that auto re-route based on traffic. I was skeptical on how well they work.
After researching Garmin or Tom Tom, I went with Garmin nuvi 2350LMT as I’m more familiar with the Garmin user interface. Amazon had the lowest price at the time.
Auto re-routing based on traffic is not enabled by default. After enabling it, I got the first glimpse of it. I was on I495, GPS detected traffic 7 miles ahead, it said “severe traffic ahead re-routing” and prompted me to exit the beltway and took me in to an alternate roads skipped the traffic. There was an accident on 495 at exit 27 that backed up the traffic all the way up to exit 21.
Earlier models of Garmin, I read comments that there were lot of ads and it was obstructing the map view. But this nuvi model 2350LMT does not show ads during navigation at all. It shows ads once you switch it on before you enter the destination address.
On an average it is few mins behind the traffic news. If there is a prolonged traffic backed up then this is very useful.