You might already have heard a word or two about Garmin. Up there with Fitbit and Apple, the American multinational tech company is one of the stronger players in today's GPS market. It recently released Garmin Express to help those with Garmin devices manage the latest updates? Does the app actually do just that or is it an empty claim? Let's check it out.
The convenient one-stop shop for Garmin devices
It’s definitely a must-have app for all Garmin users as it lets you keep your devices up-to-date.
To experience the most out of your Garmin devices, you should ensure that it features the latest maps, with complete installation of all the necessary updates. But it’s tiring just thinking about updating each of your devices every time a new version is released. Here’s where Garmin Express comes in handy. The app serves as an effective and efficient tool manage all of your Garmin devices.
Garmin Express is a desktop application that will conveniently help you run and monitor all of your devices’ activities within a centralized framework. In plain words, you won't have any problem updating your maps, uploading activities to Garmin Connect, backing up data, and transferring routes and other info between your devices.
Using the app will not require any expertise thanks to its user-friendly interface. Even if it is your first time, you’ll find the app very easy to master. In order to start updating a specific device, you just need to make sure that your device is plugged into your computer using a dedicated USB cable or ANT stick. Once done, you can start adding new devices from the app’s home page.
You’ll never feel lost while using the app; it guides you throughout the setup process. You can also explore its dashboard where you can conveniently install all the latest updates with just one click or choose to see more details about the updates and install only those that are most relevant to you. Be in total control of your devices’ memory storage thanks to the app’s step-by-step wizard. The feature will work its magic and make choosing between using your devices’ available spaces or getting an extra memory card easier. If your device doesn’t come with a card port, it is not important. The app lets you install the latest updates by getting you to select from local and regional maps, which are smaller in size and take up less space.
Long ride to perfection
Although the app is useful, it is still far from perfect. It has limited functions solely focusing on installing the latest updates on your GPS devices. The maps may have wider coverage and higher accuracy,but there still are fixable bugs and occasional lags. Some users have even experienced trouble in controlling the zoom in and out functions of the map while driving. While some cities have been mistakenly identified by the map with other cities’ names, the company is continuosly working towards addressing the issue with newer updates and improvements.
Where can you run this program?
It is compatible with Windows 7 (or newer) with Microsoft .NET 4.5.2. While for Mac, it requires OS X 10.11 or newer. The app also takes up hefty disk space and works only with high-speed Internet access.
Is there a better alternative?
No. Garmin Express is the only way to upgrade Garmin devices on a regular basis. It provides indispensable updates, like fresh maps and new software versions, for free. Plus, in comparison to Fitbit.com's dashboard, this app is still more convenient and beneficial.
Garmin Express is really reliable when it comes to managing your current GPS devices. However, the app has limited functions since it solely created for easier (and novice-friendly) process of various handful, complex tasks regarding Garmin technology such as registering your new device, updating your device’s software, and syncing your devices in Garmin Connect. Overall, the app is very beneficial to those who love going to different places and desires to have the most accurate navigation tools.
Should you download it?
Yes, if you own and use Garmin devices. The app will help make sure you're getting the latest updates for your GPS devices. More importantly, it’s free so installing it to your PC will not hurt your budget.