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Garmin Nuvi 30

Garmin Nuvi 30
alaScore 79

196 reviews

Aug, 2018

We have collected and analyzed 6 expert reviews and 190 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 61/100 and users rate it 75/100. The average review date is Dec 12, 2012. We have compared these reviews to 496712 reviews from other GPS. The alaScore™ for this product is 79/100 = Good. Last update: Aug 14, 2018.

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Expert review by : Rich Owings (

Garmin nuvi 30


The Garmin nüvi 30 is the only 3.5” navigator in Garmin's new 2012 Essential series. The models in this series are meant to be basic navigators at a budget price, lower than what we've previously seen for Garmin entry-level models. And even though this...

3.5” screen is small ; No powered mount ; Cannot add a traffic receiver ; Can only hide Trip Log; cannot clear it without resorting to a hard reset ; Only includes maps of 48 states (although a version that adds Alaska, Hawaii and Canada is also...

I noticed no routing irregularities while using the Garmin nuvi Essential series, nor did I notice excessively long waits for satellite acquisition. Except for the missing bells and whistles, it performed as well as my other nuvis. I did have trouble...

Oct, 2011

Consumer review (

Great for the price


Simple to use, although I had to do an update on the device before I could use it as it thoughts they gps was disabled and I had no way to reenable it until after the update ; Various spoken languages

You have to use your fingernails to ensure that it senses your touch

Jan, 2012

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Disappointed in Updates


Love the Garmin for ease of use and it gets me where I'm going but the easy updates on lifetime maps don't work. The first time I tried to update, I finally had to call the company and the technician had to walk me through lots of extra steps on my...

Mar, 2012

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Perfect Gift for self or others!!!!


Great Item, Great price! My hubby loves his new gift. He uses it for work and is very picky when it comes to his stuff, lol. We recommend it highly!!!

Mar, 2012

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best co-pilot ever!!


Just returned from a three day run to NYC and back, with a few stops in between....we didn't miss a turn, didn't waste valuable gas going in the wrong direction, and we felt totally confident in every thing the Garmin told us to do!! It is an amazing...

Feb, 2012

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a great item


You can not go wrong with this item.....just came back from down south and even let us know when approaching a road camera......I can't say enough good ....

Feb, 2012

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Very User Friendly


This GPS was smaller than I was picturing, but the screen is still large enough to clearly see the menu options and directions. Haven't used it a whole lot, but it looks very user friendly and easy to navigate. I know Garmin is the best in GPSs, so I...

Feb, 2012

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Garmin nuvi 30 3.5"


Very frustrating - this product kept returning to Chicage as our home base. We live in California. We got so frustrated we just returned it. I would probably never buy this

Feb, 2012

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Way to Small


Sorry, I had to return this product for several reasons. One it was way to SMALL &

Feb, 2012

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I received this today and experimented with it, immediately. This little devil is just great! It tells you so many important things and is so easy to use. I had always wanted one but did not want to pay alot of money for it. This price is right and...

Feb, 2012

Product Specifications


Built-in speaker(s):N / Y
Built-in speakers:No / Yes


Built-in camera: No


Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Handheld/Fixed


Aspect Ratio:4:3
Display Diagonal:3.5
Display Resolution:320 x 240
Display size (HxV):2.1 x 2.8
Display size (HxV) (imperial):2.1 x 2.8
Native Aspect Ratio:4:3
Touch screen: Yes
Widescreen: No

Energy Management

Battery life (max):2
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:Battery, Cigar lighter / Battery, Cigar lighter, USB / USB

GPS Type

Auto: Yes
Aviation: No
Camper/Caravan: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): No
Golf: No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking): No
Sport (fitness, running): No
Truck: No


Map coverage:Canada, USA / Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden / Western Europe
Map storage:Internal storage
Maps included: Yes


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Storage media type:SSD


3D landmarks: No
Live service: No
Photo navigation: Yes
Route avoidance: Yes
Speed limits: Yes
Traffic Message Channel (TMC): No


Bluetooth: No

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Battery life (max):2
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:Battery, Cigar lighter / Battery, Cigar lighter, USB / USB


Supported bands: No
Supported radio bands:Not supported


Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Yes
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional / Yes

Technical Details

Alarm clock: No
Calculator: No
Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Handheld/Fixed
Image viewer: No
MP3-player: No
Number of Waypoints:1000
Waypoints: Yes
World travel clock: No

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:4.19 / 4.2