ROAD COM­PAN­ION

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

The Garmin Nuvi 40 LM has a fine, solid build, a good fea­ture for any nav­i­ga­tor. The 4.3-inch touch dis­play is very re­spon­sive and bet­ter than the In­dian makes. Un­like Map­myIn­dia nav­i­ga­tors which have op­tions for maps, im­ages, mu­sic, video, etc, Garmin fo­cuses on nav­i­ga­tion.

Turn­ing on the PND dis­plays the ‘where to’ op­tion and view map along with vol­ume and set­tings op­tion. Un­der a clear sky it takes a few sec­onds to build a con­nec­tion. The maps, pow­ered by Navteq, of­fer a wide cov­er­age of In­dian cities. They have a built-in house search fea­ture. Though many house num­bers were miss­ing, we were able to at least reach nearby ad­dress.

Key­ing in lo­ca­tions was a sim­ple task as the search is in­tu­itive and starts dis­play­ing op­tions af­ter the first few char­ac­ters. The de­vice promptly re­cal­cu­lated the route when we took a wrong turn. And thank­fully for In­dian buy­ers, the turn-by-turn voice guid­ance is avail­able in Hindi too. Be­sides, Garmin of­fers free life­time sup­port for the maps on­board. But the bat­tery back up is for a mere two hours and we had to keep it con­nected to the car charger on a long drive.

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