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February 12, 2011

Garmin nuvi 2350 LMT Review

GPSmagazine Rating: 4 of 5
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2. Installing the nuvi 2350 in a Car

Garmin nuvi 2350 LMT, Mounted in the Car
Figure 13: Garmin nuvi 2350 LMT, Mounted in the Car

As with other Garmin nuvi units, mounting the 2350 in the car is a quick and simple matter that doesn't require any professional installation and takes less than 2 minutes. Attach the windshield mount to the glass, connect the power cable, dock the GPS, and you're ready to start navigating.

Connect the Vehicle Power Adapter
Figure 14: Connect the Vehicle Power Adapter

Plug in the power adapter/traffic receiver into your vehicle's cigarette lighter adapter.

Connecting the Vehicle Power Cable to the Windshield Mount
Figure 15: Connecting the Vehicle Power Cable to the Windshield Mount

Connect the mini-USB end of the vehicle power cable to the back of the mount.

Attaching the Suction Cup Mount to the Windshield
Figure 16: Attaching the Suction Cup Mount to the Windshield

Locate the area on the windshield where you want to mount the GPS, then press the suction cup mount against the glass and lower the locking lever into place to secure the mount to the windshield.

Placing the nuvi 2350 LMT into the Dock
Figure 17: Placing the nuvi 2350 LMT into the Dock

Fit the bottom of the nuvi into the cradle, and tilt the GPS back towards the windshield until it snaps into place.

nuvi 2350 LMT, Mounted in the Car
Figure 18: nuvi 2350 LMT, Mounted in the Car

Garmin's supplied windshield mount is simple, effective, and easy to use.

3. Navigating with the nuvi 2350 LMT

Main Menu
Figure 19: Main Menu

Power on the nuvi 2350, and within a few seconds the Main Menu appears, as shown above.

Main Menu
Figure 20: Main Menu

Let's take a closer look at the information displayed on the Main Menu:

  1. GPS Satellite Strength (Tip: touching and holding this icon brings up a more detailed satellite page)
  2. Usage Mode (touch to switch between pedestrian and automobile modes)
  3. Current Time (Tap to change time settings)
  4. Battery Status
  5. Where to? - Touch to find a destination
  6. View Map
  7. Stop - Cancels the current route
  8. Detour - Find an alternate route
  9. Volume
  10. Tools menu

Garmin's menu is uncluttered and easy to understand, and the text is large enough to be easily read from the drivers seat.

Map Screen
Figure 21: Map Screen

Whether navigating to a destination, or simply driving around, you'll spend most of your time with the nuvi 2350 looking at the Map Screen, shown above.

Let's take a closer look at the information displayed on the map:

  1. Upcoming Turn Indicator - Displays the direction of the next turn, or lane guidance information when appropriate. Touch this icon to view the Next Turn page, or the Lane Assist page (if available).
  2. Text Bar - This text bar displays the current navigation instruction. Tapping on this bar opens the turn list (a list of all up-coming turns)
  3. Zoom - Touch the plus or minus icon to zoom in and out on the map
  4. Highlighted Route - Shows the road you should follow
  5. Vehicle icon - This customizable icon represents your vehicle on the map. Tapping on the vehicle icons displays your current location (including nearest street address), and allows you to save your current position to the address book
  6. Menu - Tap the Menu icon to return to the Menu page
  7. Data Field - This customizable data field displays the estimated arrival time by default. Touching this icon lets you select any of the following: Distance to Destination, Time to Destination, Time of Arrival, Direction of Travel, Elevation, of Time of Day
  8. Speed - Displays your current speed. When driving on a road with a known speed limit, your current speed is displayed in red if you are exceeding the posted speed limit. Touch this icon to view the Trip Computer
  9. Speed Limit - When available, the nuvi 2350 displays the speed limit for the current road you are driving on

Lane Guidance
Figure 22: Lane Guidance

The upcoming turn indicator (top left on the map screen) displays lane guidance information, when available.

When approaching highway intersections, this indicator shows which lane (or lanes) you should be driving in.

Tapping this icon displays the Next Turn page and repeats the last verbal navigation instruction.

Turn List
Figure 23: Turn List

The turn list can be viewed by tapping on the text bar (the horizontal green bar across the top of the Map Screen). Each turn can be selected to view a more detailed view of the turn, or the Lane Assist view if available.

Touch any turn in the list to display a more detailed view of the maneuver, as shown below:

Upcoming Turn
Figure 24: Upcoming Turn

The "Next Turn" page displays a 2D split-screen view of the turn, along with the distance and time to the turn.

Tapping the up/down arrows in the lower-right portion of the screen cycles through the upcoming turns, one at a time. Voice prompts are also announced as each turn is viewed.

Trip Information Screen
Figure 25: Trip Information Screen

Touching the Speed data field on the Map screen brings up the trip information page, shown above. This screen displays a running counter of various statistics about the "trip", or since it was last reset, including arrival time, distance, average and maximum speed.

If you have configured a vehicle profile via the ecoRoute features (discussed later in this review), fuel usage is also displayed.

Select Data to Display
Figure 26: Select Data to Display

Tapping the lower-left data field allows you to select the information you'd like to see displayed in the data field on the map screen.

Set Speed Limit
Figure 26: Set Speed Limit

If you find yourself driving on a road where the nuvi 2350 has the incorrect speed limit, you can manually set a new speed limit for that road by tapping the speed limit icon on the map. Then use the Set Speed Limit screen, shown above, to save a new speed limit for the current road.