Garmin Nuvi 56lm with FULL Europe Lifetime Maps £69 @ Halfords
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Garmin Nuvi 56lm with FULL Europe Lifetime Maps £69 @ Halfords

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Found 27th Jul 2015
This is the one with FULL Europe maps, not just Western Europe.

Garmin nuvi 56LM 5" Sat Nav with UK, Ireland & Full Europe Lifetime Maps Extra Info

Displays accurate arrival time on 5” dual-orientation screen
Look up addresses & search for millions of points of interest
Garmin Real Voice – Hear turn-by-turn directions from speech technology that sounds natural & friendly
Up Ahead – Easily find places like food & petrol stations without leaving the map
School Zone Warnings – Receive alerts for up-coming school zones
Speed & Safety Camera Alerts – Stay aware of safety cameras & travel safely, legally & speed-consciously
Please note this Sat Nav does not come with a Carry Case.

Was £109, but "may have been sold at intervening prices"!

55 Comments

Great SatNav, so much more reliable than my TomTom.

The 57LM is currently the same price at Argos with free lifetime map updates. Not sure if there is much difference from the 56LM??

reserved, thanks!

easy tiger

The 57LM is currently the same price at Argos with free lifetime map … The 57LM is currently the same price at Argos with free lifetime map updates. Not sure if there is much difference from the 56LM??


57LM western europe only
56LM Full europe

reserved
thank you

easy tiger

The 57LM is currently the same price at Argos with free lifetime map … The 57LM is currently the same price at Argos with free lifetime map updates. Not sure if there is much difference from the 56LM??



The only difference is that the other is Western Europe only. This is full Europe. However this is the 2014 model, the 57LM is 2015.

In before "do people still use sat navs?" YES they bloody well do!! Tried Google maps sat nav thing on my phone it's utter crap - basically telling you once about half a mile before a roundabout and expecting you to remember what it said ages ago. My Garmin tells me exactly when I need to know. Plus I don't use my data or risk losing signal. Believe satellites are a bit more reliable than a network signal for a long journey - especially into Farmworld.

Can i use British Cycling discount on sat navs?

bought - great price.

Elevation

In before "do people still use sat navs?" YES they bloody well do!! … In before "do people still use sat navs?" YES they bloody well do!! Tried Google maps sat nav thing on my phone it's utter crap - basically telling you once about half a mile before a roundabout and expecting you to remember what it said ages ago. My Garmin tells me exactly when I need to know. Plus I don't use my data or risk losing signal. Believe satellites are a bit more reliable than a network signal for a long journey - especially into Farmworld.



I much prefer Google maps, very accurate, gives me good voice direction, intuitive, updated all the time, plus excellent traffic updates.

Not sure what you mean about satellites being better?? Google maps does still use GPS (unless you have a really rubbish phone that's not got a GPS, then no wonder your experience was poor).

jonohanson

I much prefer Google maps, very accurate, gives me good voice direction, … I much prefer Google maps, very accurate, gives me good voice direction, intuitive, updated all the time, plus excellent traffic updates.Not sure what you mean about satellites being better?? Google maps does still use GPS (unless you have a really rubbish phone that's not got a GPS, then no wonder your experience was poor).



I'm equally guessing you used it to go 2 miles down the road. I can only imagine how appalling it would be for long journeys.
Don't worry if that bit went over your head. I have an Xperia Z2 so.......not sure if that's a rubbish phone...? I'll leave it to your technical assessment.

I agree, google maps is not good, its taken me few times a very difficult route instead going easy way and more.
Plus it uses data so if signal goes maps go. GPS or not for maps it needs network and data, so going abroad is going to prove difficult.

Plus, when using phone as gps unable to use it for other things like online, calls, photos ect . i know as did 5k mile eurotrip using my phone as gps... but i had igo installed.

Is this better than a Tom Tom?

I've got a really old Tom Tom one XL and i need to change now as it randomly just turns off. It's had many years of use. I need a cheap one now and came across this and another Tom Tom model in my browsing.

Edited by: "superspeedy" 27th Jul 2015

superspeedy

Is this better than a Tom Tom?I've got a really old Tom Tom one XL and i … Is this better than a Tom Tom?I've got a really old Tom Tom one XL and i need to change now as it randomly just turns off. It's had many years of use. I need a cheap one now and came across this and another Tom Tom model in my research.


Yes garmins are far better.. My portable garmin is still going strong after 5 years and my car uses the Seat Garmin sps system that lots of VAG group cars use which is also great! You won't regret this

Elevation

I'm equally guessing you used it to go 2 miles down the road. I can only … I'm equally guessing you used it to go 2 miles down the road. I can only imagine how appalling it would be for long journeys. Don't worry if that bit went over your head. I have an Xperia Z2 so.......not sure if that's a rubbish phone...? I'll leave it to your technical assessment.



Should try here Maps by nokia. I use it all the time when I travel. It lets you download maps to your phone for offline use, while still providing things like public transport schedules.

Just to say that the google maps does not lose your route if you lose data, however it will not recalculate a new route if you divert off. Google maps hasnt let me down really, and I use it a lot to travel to customer sites. However, it can be annoying if you have no signal when setting off.

jonohanson

I much prefer Google maps, very accurate, gives me good voice direction, … I much prefer Google maps, very accurate, gives me good voice direction, intuitive, updated all the time, plus excellent traffic updates.Not sure what you mean about satellites being better?? Google maps does still use GPS (unless you have a really rubbish phone that's not got a GPS, then no wonder your experience was poor).



"Here" is much, much better and you download whichever map you want. Gives you warnings on speed (even 1 mph over!), speed cameras, ETA etc. It's as good as a sat nav. To be honest, I rarely use sat navs as I go to and from work each day so this is more than good enough for me on those occasions when I do need to use one.

Just seen post #15 and agree.

Does this come preloaded with speed camera's?

Does this model re route for traffic issues and if so any idea how? I've near that some connection t to a car dab radio for updates!

4.5% Quidco. £65.90 after cashback.

WorldUK

I agree, google maps is not good, its taken me few times a very difficult … I agree, google maps is not good, its taken me few times a very difficult route instead going easy way and more. Plus it uses data so if signal goes maps go. GPS or not for maps it needs network and data, so going abroad is going to prove difficult. Plus, when using phone as gps unable to use it for other things like online, calls, photos ect . i know as did 5k mile eurotrip using my phone as gps... but i had igo installed.



Car sat nav for ordinary easy stuff (outdated maps)
Google for new build /postcode based stuff
Garmin for reliable easy to follow guidance
I travel a lot of work miles
Edited by: "custardy" 27th Jul 2015

this will be useful abroad. When you hire a car you dont have to pay £100 to rent one for two week and there is no need to use your 3g allowance.

gordo1964

this will be useful abroad. When you hire a car you dont have to pay £100 … this will be useful abroad. When you hire a car you dont have to pay £100 to rent one for two week and there is no need to use your 3g allowance.



As mentioned above, use "here" app and download worldwide maps for use offline.

wpj

As mentioned above, use "here" app and download worldwide maps for use … As mentioned above, use "here" app and download worldwide maps for use offline.


Used both phone apps and standalone sat navs and I find I much prefer tom tom\garmin.

compadre

Used both phone apps and standalone sat navs and I find I much prefer tom … Used both phone apps and standalone sat navs and I find I much prefer tom tom\garmin.



I just meant as an alternative to using the 3G allowance as mentioned above- saves having to take more devices on holiday.

wpj

I just meant as an alternative to using the 3G allowance as mentioned … I just meant as an alternative to using the 3G allowance as mentioned above- saves having to take more devices on holiday.


Not a criticism of your advice, its a good idea and I do the same.

Is this a better model than the nuvi 2507?

WorldUK

I agree, google maps is not good, its taken me few times a very difficult … I agree, google maps is not good, its taken me few times a very difficult route instead going easy way and more. Plus it uses data so if signal goes maps go. GPS or not for maps it needs network and data, so going abroad is going to prove difficult. Plus, when using phone as gps unable to use it for other things like online, calls, photos ect . i know as did 5k mile eurotrip using my phone as gps... but i had igo installed.



​And i have an Lg g2 and the same problem, Google maps left me high and dry!

I own a Garmin 2460lm which is an older but higher-end model to this. It has a few extra features but screen size and maps are identical.

I prefer using Google Maps on iPhone/Android. The Garmins have slow processors which take too long to recalculate routes when a wrong turn is taken, and Garmin maps sometimes see exit slip roads as the shortest path so tell me to exit a motorway and then immediately rejoin it. Google just works and I do not have to wait minutes for it to acquire a GPS signal. Phone screens are also higher quality and portrait perspective works better when viewing the road ahead.

I know others disagree, but this is my honest opinion.

wpj

"Here" is much, much better and you download whichever map you want. … "Here" is much, much better and you download whichever map you want. Gives you warnings on speed (even 1 mph over!), speed cameras, ETA etc. It's as good as a sat nav. To be honest, I rarely use sat navs as I go to and from work each day so this is more than good enough for me on those occasions when I do need to use one.



I thought speed camera alerts were removed from HERE due to some law against sat-navs warning about them in france?

This looks like a good deal given it has speed camera alerts (the main reason I use a sat-nav as the routes I use arent complex but have lots of cameras!)
Edited by: "Zyphlon" 27th Jul 2015

Elevation

In before "do people still use sat navs?" YES they bloody well do!! … In before "do people still use sat navs?" YES they bloody well do!! Tried Google maps sat nav thing on my phone it's utter crap - basically telling you once about half a mile before a roundabout and expecting you to remember what it said ages ago. My Garmin tells me exactly when I need to know. Plus I don't use my data or risk losing signal. Believe satellites are a bit more reliable than a network signal for a long journey - especially into Farmworld.



Your Z2 should be using satellites. If it's not, your device is misconfigured and/or broken. Have you tried the Waze app though? I found it much better than Google Maps as it includes user-submitted hazard detection, traffic re-routing, jam progression (give you a thermometer style graphic detailing how far into a traffic jam you are - pretty nifty) and lets you send people detailed ETAs with updated maps.

I travel many hundreds of miles per week including in and around the lakes where signal can be patchy at best, and I've had no problems. I can definitely understand dedicated sat navs being super useful for those on restricted phone tariffs, but I see that as the only benefit these days.

henlowstu

Does this model re route for traffic issues and if so any idea how? I've … Does this model re route for traffic issues and if so any idea how? I've near that some connection t to a car dab radio for updates!



​They reroute using aerial type technology...using the charger cord that comes with it. If it's not plugged in it won't know traffic flow

What is the difference between the 56LM and 57LM apart from the maps?

Bishobasho

I can definitely understand dedicated sat navs being super useful for … I can definitely understand dedicated sat navs being super useful for those on restricted phone tariffs, but I see that as the only benefit these days.



There are loads of offline GPS apps though. I just bought the Wikipad for a bit of gaming and have put tomtom & Navmii for offline navigation but also have Google maps & Waze too. £39.99 for all that, it has a huge screen and I can put a load of music on it too. Just need an elegant solution for mounting it to the dash now.

WorldUK

Plus, when using phone as gps unable to use it for other things like … Plus, when using phone as gps unable to use it for other things like online, calls, photos ect . i know as did 5k mile eurotrip using my phone as gps... but i had igo installed.



Should you be doing any of those things while driving?
Edited by: "Quickblood" 27th Jul 2015

Jeff456

Yes garmins are far better.. My portable garmin is still going strong … Yes garmins are far better.. My portable garmin is still going strong after 5 years and my car uses the Seat Garmin sps system that lots of VAG group cars use which is also great! You won't regret this



My Seat has the Garmin unit, every time
I use it I want to throw the thing in the bin. It's crap, slow, drops Bluetooth constantly and the maps are extortion.

thanks, ordered

dedicated navs are dead now that Microsoft "here" is up and running on android and ios and yes here can be used completely offline and the maps are free to download superb app and works brilliantly, used it twice in Europe, Belgium, france and Spain and worked great, took my Garmin just in case but didn't need it....tom tom and Garmin must be quaking in their shoes and that's not to mention that google maps will soon be available in full offline mode...

richkaos

dedicated navs are dead now that Microsoft "here" is up and running on … dedicated navs are dead now that Microsoft "here" is up and running on android and ios and yes here can be used completely offline and the maps are free to download superb app and works brilliantly, used it twice in Europe, Belgium, france and Spain and worked great, took my Garmin just in case but didn't need it....tom tom and Garmin must be quaking in their shoes and that's not to mention that google maps will soon be available in full offline mode...



What about when you get a phone call?

Zyphlon

I thought speed camera alerts were removed from HERE due to some law … I thought speed camera alerts were removed from HERE due to some law against sat-navs warning about them in france?This looks like a good deal given it has speed camera alerts (the main reason I use a sat-nav as the routes I use arent complex but have lots of cameras!)



Don't know about other countries, but it certainly informed me of one when I was doing one of my occasional tests the other day. Never had it with Google maps before. Looked in the settings and you can switch it off if you wish. Similarly, you can change the speed alert warnings ( or switch them off if you wish).
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