Garmin Nuvi 50

The Garmin Nuvi 50 GPS Receiver is an entry-level navigation device that features a low price and a large screen. This is the flagship model of Garmin’s Essential series of entry-level GPS devices. It has a very accurate sensor, spoken prompts, and turn-by-turn directions. It is very helpful in getting you from point A to point B, but that is about it. It also seems to be lacking some key features that are available on many current models. Some of these absent features include internet connectivity, Bluetooth, and traffic data updates. The five-inch Nuvi 50 is the largest in the Nuvi series and maintains Garmin’s level of simplicity for any driver.


The Garmin Nuvi 50 has a large screen which is perfect for reading maps and directions. The interface is also very easy to use and navigate your way around. Having spoken text-to-speech street names aid in keeping you safer with your eyes on the road rather than adjusting your GPS.


The major letdown of the Garmin Nuvi 50 GPS is not having the dashboard mounting disc and USB sync cable included. Having everything neatly packaged together is worth a few extra dollars and would have made this GPS model the perfect gift. Other than that, it is an easy-to-use GPS, keeping simplicity and the basics at the forefront. It also seems a bit unresponsive at times making connecting and rerouting slow and frustrating.


The Nuvi 50 receiver has a simple design, but boasts a large 5 inch WQVGA (480 x272) color screen, which makes reading maps easy. There is only one physical control on the GPS’s chassis, which is the power switch. On the back side of the GPS, there is a one inch loudspeaker which produces impressive sound. There is also a microSD card slot, which allows the user to import extra map data, and a mini USB port for charging and syncing. It includes a in-car charging cable and a suction-cup-mount cradle. Unfortunately, it does not include the adhesive dashboard disc or USB sync cable. If your local state laws forbid windshield mounting, Garmin will mail you a plastic holder for free if you request it on the Garmin website. Garmin has a very simple-to-use interface which is very similar to previous Nuvi models. The screen has a more sensitive touch screen that makes typing with the digital keyboard much easier. The menu uses large icons and is very easy to see. For those who are like their electronics looking sleek, this may not be the best option. The graphics are somewhat blurry upon close inspection and look a bit childish.  The matte finished screen does provide great a resistance to glare.


The Garmin Nuvi 50 takes longer to locate itself than a mobile phone on its first boot up because it does not have access of cellphone towers or Wi-Fi  points. After this initial boot up, the GPS will have very fast and accurate location lock times. This GPS is extremely accurate, but does have trouble navigating to smaller restaurants and privately-owned businesses. The Nuvi comes loaded of map and Points of Interest for the lower 49 states. The user can also add up to 1000 of their own favorite places to visit to the main menu.  It also features a sound chime when you are going past red-light or speed cameras.


The Garmin Nuvi 50 GPS is one of the most popular of the basic navigation devices. The technology for navigation devices has become drastically cheaper and more attainable for the general public, so there are now various lines ups of lower to high-end GPS models to choose from. Many smartphones also have a GPS function so many people are using that instead of purchasing a separate GPS. The Garmin Nuvi line up comes with one free map update so that your device will have the most up-to-date maps for your first trip. You can also upgrade and add Nuvi 50LM which adds a lifetime of map updates. Overall this is a really good GPS for beginners or for a person seeking something basic and affordable.

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Quick Specifications
Screen5" (480 x 272)
Preloaded MapsUSA, Canada
Audible GuidanceStreet Name Announcement
Speed Limit Indicator
Navigation Instruction
Internal Memory1.8 GB
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