Case in point: grabbing Garmin's maps required no fewer than three software downloads and about an hour of waiting for the 2GB of map data to download and install.
It can be a bitter pill to swallow, but it's a price we'd gladly pay to make sure that we actually get where we're trying to go.
A GPS device is only as good as its maps, so you want to make sure that you have the newest, most accurate map data available before you hit the road.
This week, we're taking a look at the process of updating the map data on Garmin's Nuvi line of portable navigation devices.
Updating your Garmin maps has become easier over the past few years, as the company has streamlined its maps update processes and access points.
However, map updating has also become more complex, as we use more devices for more activities, and we access updates online.
From here, you will see if there are any available map updates.
This is also where you can find firmware updates, if available.
Most Garmin devices come with a new maps guarantee that entitles you to one free map update within the first 30 days of your purchase.
Heather Topham Wood is a seasoned writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, Gadgetell, Feel Rich and Step in Style.
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