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Garmin Nuvi 30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 196 reviews of Garmin Nuvi 30. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People are impressed by the screen and size. The performance and price also get good reviews. There are some less positive opinions about the memory and maps. There are some mixed reviews about 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 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Garmin Nuvi 30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 30 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the screen and performance. The size and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, size, performance, 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 3.5" Sat Nav with UK and Western Europe MapsGarmin nuvi 30 3.5" Sat Nav with UK and Western Europe Maps

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Garmin Nuvi 30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 101 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. Reviewers are impressed by the design and screen. The size and price also get good feedback. There are mixed views on the route planning and performance. The memory and maps get critical comments.

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 nuvi 30 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (US and Canada) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Garmin nuvi 30 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (US and Canada) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Nov, 2017

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

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: 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

Consumer review by: tress13 (qvc.com)

Way to Small

 

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

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: Cat Creek (qvc.com)

A WONDERFUL DEVISE!

 

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

Audio

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

Camera

Built-in camera: No

Design

Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Handheld/Fixed

Display

Aspect Ratio:4:3
Display:TFT
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
Touchscreen:Y
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
Bicycle:N
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

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

Memory

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

Navigation

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

Networking

Bluetooth: No

Ports & interfaces

USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power

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

Radio

Supported bands: No
Supported radio bands:Not supported

Software

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

Depth:0.787
Height:2.99
Weight:4.19 / 4.2
Width:3.82