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Garmin Nuvi 30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 172 reviews of Garmin Nuvi 30. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers really like the screen and size. The performance and price are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the memory and maps, while reviews are divided on the route planning.

usability, price, performance, size, screen

maps, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 172 reviews)

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Garmin Nuvi 30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 30 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the screen and size. The performance and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, performance, size, screen

68% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Nuvi 30 WE 3.5 inch Sat Nav with UK and Western Europe MapsGarmin Nuvi 30 GPS Satnav 3.5-inch touchscreen UK+Ireland maps

Sep, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Garmin Nuvi 30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 30 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com. Opinions about the design and screen are generally positive. The size and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the route planning and performance, while many are negative about the memory and maps.

usability, price, size, screen, design

maps, memory

73% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin nüvi 30 3.5-inch Portable GPS Navigator (US Only)Garmin nuvi 30 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (US and Canada) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: Rich Owings (gpstracklog.com)

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
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Consumer review by: BigRay (jr.com)

Small and convenient

 

Great to use in a small car or on a bicycle or hand-held. Limited use in a large vehicle where the distance between the driver and the device makes the small screen size an issue.

Durable","Easy To Install","Reliable","Small","User-friendly

Screen Size

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Manu (newegg.com)

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

Consumer review by: mickeyrom (jr.com)

good value

 

It seriously needs an eco mode which allows you to keep track of gas consumption.I like evrything else about it so far.Have not had a chance to see how well the lane assist works.Even my cheappie 1100 has that feature.Having said that,I would recommend...

Compact","Lane assist","Speed limits","Strong Construction

No eco mode","Suction cup weak

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: Surveyor (qvc.com)

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

Consumer review by: FooFarias (qvc.com)

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

Consumer review by: allisn (qvc.com)

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

Consumer review by: devan (qvc.com)

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

Consumer review by: Abingdon (qvc.com)

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

Consumer review by: pocketsmom (qvc.com)

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

Product Specifications

Configuration

FM Transmitter: Yes
FM Tuner: No
Head up Display: No
Telephone Included: No
TV-Tuner: No

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
Internet Connectivity: No
iPod Control: No
USB:No / Yes

Display

Monitor Format:16:9 / 4:3
Monitor Type:Fixed Monitor

General Features

Application:Car
Category:Portable Navigation Device
Size in DIN:Not Applicable

Navigation

3D Elevation Mode:No / Yes
3D Landmarks: No
Lane Assistant:No / Yes
Map Coverage:PART CONTINENT / Single countries
Map Provider:NAVLUX / Navteq
Map Sharing: No
Map Storage Medium:On board Memory Card
Pedestrian Mode:No / Yes
Reality View:No / Yes
Text-to-Speech: Yes
Traffic Message Channel: No
Voice Control: No

Playback

DVD Player / Recorder: No
MP3 Playback: No
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