UPDATE: The nuvi Essential series is already shipping.
UPDATE 2: Read my hands on review of the Garmin nuvi 40.
UPDATE 3: The Garmin nuvi Advanced series is now shipping.
UPDATE 4: Read my First Looks – Garmin nuvi Advanced series post.
UPDATE 5: Read my hands on Garmin nuvi 2495LMT review.
UPDATE 6: Read my hands on Garmin nuvi 2555LT review.
UPDATE 7: Read my hands on Garmin nuvi 3490LMT review.
Thanks to the FCC, we’ve gotten access to the Garmin nuvi Advanced and Prestige series owners manuals, and have been going through them with a fine-toothed comb, looking for new and returning features. Here’s what we’ve learned:
Advanced and Prestige series features
According to the manuals and information released by Garmin, the features listed below are common to the 24×5, 25×5 and 34xx series.
- Shortcuts – The Where To? menu can contain up to 36 shortcuts; these can be to locations, categories or search tools
- Report closed or missing locations – This edit option allows you to send feedback on closed or missing locations the next time you connect to MyGarmin
- Edit location info – You can change the address or phone number for a location
- Customizing map layers – You can customize which data appear on the map, such as icons for points of interest (as shown above) and road conditions
- Changing the tools on the map (also shown above) – “Map tools appear as buttons on the map, which provide quick access to device functions. For example, you can add a button to take a detour, adjust the brightness, or view exit services. You can select up to three tools to display on the map.”
- Exit Services – Similar to similar to Magellan’s Exit POIs, this feature shows you points of interest (POIs) for upcoming exits (screenshot below from Garmin dezl); a very useful feature
- Map dashboard – I’m not sure what this looks like, but it’s a term used in Garmin handhelds for changing the types of information that is displayed
- Apps – Where Am I? is now termed an “app,” as is ecoRoute; here’s a strange statement from the manual regarding the 34xx – “In some areas, an ecoRoute HD accessory is required to use ecoRoute features”
- Last Spot – A new name for an app showing where you last parked
- Where I’ve Been – Also an app, this is different from the Trip Log; “you can view your previous routes and places you have stopped on the map”
- Custom avoidances and Advanced detours – These appear to have made it to all three series (24×5, 25×5 and 34xx)
- Orientation – Screen automatically rotates between landscape and portrait
- Privacy settings – A Position Reporting option says it “allows Garmin to share your speed, direction, and location with other service providers anonymously with your consent”
- Audiobooks – This feature returns, though there is no standalone MP3 player on the 24×5 and 25×5 series
- Search bar – I don’t have a full screen shot, but the image below from the manual shows a redesigned search bar, found on the Where To? menu; you can also see it in the video below
In the following case, the feature is not found on all models in each series:
- Automatic volume adjustment – Based on the background noise in the vehicle. Not available on all 24×5/24×5 models; is found on all 34xx models
You can see many of these features in the following video:
Garmin nuvi Prestige (34xx) series only
- Ability to update speed limits – Hopefully this is a mistake and it’s found on the Advanced series too
- Suggested routes – “Before you can use this feature, you must save at least one location and enable the travel history feature. Using the trafficTrends™ feature, your device predicts your destination based on your travel history, the day of the week, and the time of day. After you have driven to a saved location several times, the location may appear in the navigation bar on the map, along with the estimated time of travel, and traffic information. Select the navigation bar to view a suggested route to the location.”
- Media player –The MP3 player is back, but… “The media player may not be available on all models”
Via the FCC. Follow the links below to read them for yourself, but expect to see a scary security certificate warning: