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February 12, 2011

Garmin nuvi 2350 LMT Review

GPSmagazine Rating: 4 of 5
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Verdict: High-End Features For Those On A Budget

Garmin nuvi 2350 LMT
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The Bottom Line

A budget-friendly 4.3-inch widescreen GPS that offers many of the same features found on the Garmin's more expensive devices. Equipped with trafficTrends and myTrends, ecoRoute, text-to-speech, lane guidance, the 2350 LMT also includes free lifetime map updates and realtime traffic service. Menus are intuitive and the map is easy to read. No bluetooth, and the screen isn't as high resolution as the more expensive nuvi 3700 series, but it's hard to quibble at this price.

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Table of Contents

  1. Unboxing
  2. Installing the nuvi 2350 in a Car
  3. Navigating with the nuvi 2350 LMT
  4. Finding An Address
  5. Finding A Restaurant
  6. Pedestrian Mode
  7. Favorites
  8. Trip Planner
  9. Traffic
  10. Day & Night Modes
  11. Navigating to A Set of Coordinates
  12. Where Am I? / Saving Your Current Location
  13. ecoRoute
  14. Pros
  15. Cons
  16. Conclusion

1. Unboxing (What's in the Box)

Garmin nuvi 2350 LMT, Retail Box
Figure 1: Garmin nuvi 2350 LMT, Retail Box

What's In The Box
Figure 2: What's In The Box

Garmin's nuvi 2350 LMT ships with the following items in the box:

  • Garmin nuvi 2350 LMT
  • Vehicle suction cup mount
  • Vehicle power cable
  • mini-USB cable
  • Dashboard disc
  • Quick start manual

nuvi 2350 LMT, Front
Figure 3: nuvi 2350 LMT, Front

The nuvi 2350's 4.3-inch color touchscreen display is framed by a two-tone black and silver plastic case. The minimalist design is blends nicely into most vehicle dashboards.

The plastic case feels solid and well put together.

nuvi 2350 LMT, Back
Figure 4: nuvi 2350 LMT, Back

A single speaker is located on the lower-left back of the device.

nuvi 2350 LMT, Top
Figure 5: nuvi 2350 LMT, Top

The nuvi 2350 LMT measures 0.6-inches thick (1.5 cm).

Except for the power button on the top-right, there are no physical controls on the device. All operations are performed via the touchscreen interface.

nuvi 2350 LMT, Bottom
Figure 6: nuvi 2350 LMT, Bottom

A micro-USB connector is located on the bottom of the unit.

Suction-Cup Mount and Cradle
Figure 7: Suction-Cup Mount and Cradle

The nuvi 2350 LMT is mounted to the vehicle's windshield using a suction-cup mount and cradle, shown above.

Suction-Cup Mount and Cradle
Figure 8: Suction-Cup Mount and Cradle

The cradle snaps onto the end of the mount, forming a ball and socket joint that can easily be rotated into the desired viewing angle.

Windshield Mount, Read
Figure 9: Windshield Mount, Read

The mini-USB connector on the back of the mount provides power to the GPS. That's good news, since it means you won't have to worry about connecting a power directly to the GPS. Instead, the powered windshield mount will provide power to the device whenever it's docked.

Garmin GTM 35 Vehicle Power Cable with Integrated FM Traffic Receiver
Figure 10: Garmin GTM 35 Vehicle Power Cable with Integrated FM Traffic Receiver

Notice that the vehicle power cable has an integrated FM traffic receiver. The 2350 includes lifetime traffic service.
Traffic Receiver, Explained
Figure 11: Traffic Receiver, Explained

The included traffic receiver provides free, ad-based traffic information that doesn't require a subscription. The receiver is integrated into the power adapter, so you don't have to worry about connecting any additional wires or antennae to receive traffic data.

Included Documentation
Figure 12: Included Documentation

Printed quickstart guide and lifetime map update activation code are included in the box.