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Garmin DriveSmart 70 NA LMT GPS Navigator System with Lifetime Maps and Traffic, Smart Notifications, Voice Activation, and Driver Alerts

Garmin Drive Smart 70 North America LMT is an advanced GPS navigator with 7-inch pinch-to-zoom display that combines the latest in driver awareness features with Bluetooth hands-free calling, voice-activated navigation, and onscreen smart notificatio...

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Update

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Phone

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Link

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Money

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Lot

(2 reviews)
Spot

(2 reviews)
Voice recognition

(2 reviews)
Product

(11 reviews)
Garmin

(9 reviews)
Unit

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Speed limit

(7 reviews)
Design

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Reviews around update (5.00 of 5)

  • Unlike some GPS maps that come built into cars, Garmin works, is more updated and updateable that OEMs.
  • The free updating for the maps is nothing but a big joke
  • Great looking screen, easy to use and timely software and map updates keep everything running smooth

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Reviews around travel (5.00 of 5)

  • cost.------------------------------------------------------ Good luck, and happy travels
  • cost.------------------------------------------------------ Good luck, and happy travels

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Reviews around phone (5.00 of 5)

  • Google maps on my smart phone gave more accurate distances
  • VERY GOOD, ALWAYS as a follower of Garmin, FAIL IN THE SAME PROBLEM, HAND FREE PHONE SISTEM THE MIC AND
  • Google maps on the smart phone identified the correct school and gave directions to the administration bldg. ¼ mile from the public road

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Reviews around link (5.00 of 5)

  • If you stop somewhere en route to your destination, leave bluetooth range with your phone, and then start driving again you must completely shut down and restart your phone's Smart Link app each and every time or else the data-link will fail
  • But... Why not use an additional wire, at least optionally, to keep the USB power-option open?Worst of all is the fact that apparently you cannot use the features in the much-vaunted "Smart Link" app unless the app is currently up and running actively on your phone with the screen lit up
  • This device comes with only an ultra-basic startup guide; I had to hunt and poke about the Internet for most of an hour to locate an online owner's manual, and even then I found it only via following a well-hidden side-link

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Reviews around money (5.00 of 5)

  • It gives you plenty advance notice of upcoming turns, If there is a light at the turn, it will tell you to “turn right or left at the light”.Sometimes, not always, it will tell you get on the right or left lane, in order to take the correct turn or Y on the road
  • Amazon promptly refunded my money and I bought the same unit from an eBay seller

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Reviews around lot (5.00 of 5)

  • Works a whole lot better than my 2015 ford built in POS GPS
  • Works a whole lot better than my 2015 ford built in POS GPS

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Reviews around spot (5.00 of 5)

  • The traffic detection and redirection is pretty spot on
  • For me, 6” is the sweet spot (...for my reading-glasses addled eyes, and for typing with reasonable accuracy), which is why I bought the DriveSmart 60.However, I ended up returning my DriveSmart after extensive use over several weeks, and after a good deal of comparison to my 2699.It was a good GPS unit, overall.

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Reviews around voice recognition (5.00 of 5)

  • The voice recognition is good to go, however, I recommend speaking clearly and quickly if you have issues with the unit finding the place or address
  • The voice recognition is the best I've ever seen/heard!

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Reviews around product (3.50 of 5)

  • Indeed, many of them came free with much-cheaper products, and yet somehow are far longer than the one that came with my top-of-the-line luxury-item GPS
  • Garmin was a great company and sold great products... this is Not one of them
  • Poor product; completely died with 36 hours
  • Defective products can happen to anyone.
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Reviews around garmin (2.75 of 5)

  • While I find it difficult to ever establish a link at all, when I do manage one the phone goes to sleep after a few seconds and the Garmin immediately informs me that the link has been broken (though phone calls still route through the GPS just fine)
  • most routes are acurate but i am very disapointed in the elavation about 50 feet or so 'wrong asked garmin how to calabrate
  • The Garmin itself is also not intuitive and cumbersome to operate
  • Now, I've always loved my Garmin's before, with the exception that they've always gone dead in no more than 24 months after purchase, usually about 18 months, but this one is pretty much DOA.So far, in the last 6 hours of trying to update it has gotten to the point of being totally wiped out
  • Garmin wanted to blame it on my ISP and then my router.
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Reviews around unit (2.70 of 5)

  • But I also give lower ratings to those that deserve it, and I must say that despite some excellent individual traits, as a package this unit has so far been a major disappointment
  • The unit I got from Amazon was defective and had to be returned
  • its improvements seemed modest over the best units in the 2014/15 Garmin model lines.
  • Several times now while using the 70LMT for directions on a trip through southern states, the unit instantly stops working and would not restart
  • Additionally, there was a problem with recognition of dirt roads, which happens to be a major issue for me in my rural area (I assume the latter will be fixed with software updates in the future, though).More generally, while the DriveSmart is a good unit – and a huge improvement over any GPS unit from prior to the 2014 line
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Reviews around speed limit (1.38 of 5)

  • It warns when speed limit is changing or railroad tracks etc
  • I had a previous Garmin model that allowed me to simply tap on the speed limit sign (to correct/change or add a speed limit
  • I have suggested to Garmin to incorporate the ability to make speed limit changes or additions right from the unit in a future software update
  • The problem is there is no way to enter or correct the speed limit, other than going to the Garmin website and entering a correction request - really?
  • Amazing how much information it gives you as drive turn at this light school zone speed limit change on and on
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Reviews around design (1.00 of 5)

  • However...They also failed to solve my problem, becasue once again the culprit is poor design
  • I found out that you have to physically disconnect the unit from the car when the engine is shut down or the battery will completely drain- poor design

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More about Garmin DriveSmart 70 NA LMT GPS Navigator System with Lifetime Maps and Traffic, Smart Notifications, Voice Activation, and Driver Alerts

  • Garmin Drive Smart 70 North America LMT is an advanced GPS navigator with 7-inch pinch-to-zoom display that combines the latest in driver awareness features with Bluetooth hands-free calling, voice-activated navigation, and onscreen smart notifications (calls, texts and other app alerts) to encourage safer driving
  • Includes preloaded maps of North America with lifetime updates, free lifetime traffic, Active Lane Guidance and more
  • You're alerted if approaching traffic jams, dangerous curves, speed zone changes, or railroad crossings
  • Plus, a fatigue warning even suggests a break after hours of driving, identifying potential rest areas ahead.