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Garmin Nuvi 50LM Vs 52LM - Any Differences?

Updated on July 29, 2014

These two Garmin GPS systems are quite similar, so there is no wonder people get confused over what is what, and why they should go for one over the other. Besides, who exactly enjoys GPS shopping? So, here in this comparison article of the -- Garmin 50LM Vs 52LM -- I tried to take all the stress out the situation and provided you with a need to know basis.

Garmin Nuvi 50LM
Garmin Nuvi 52LM
5.5"W x 3.4"H x .7"D
5.5"W x 3.4"H x 0.8"D
177.2 grams
180.1 grams
Street Maps
Yes, preloaded City Navigator
Yes, preloaded City Navigator
480 x 272 pixels
480 x 272 pixels
Battery Life
2 hours
2 hours
A comparison of the differences between the Nuvi 50LM and 52LM.

If you checked out the comparison video of the Nuvi 50LM versus Nuvi 52LM literally just above, you will find that they are pretty much exactly the same GPS system simply that the 52LM is a newer edition of the 50LM (which was brought in 2013) to essentially replace it. In terms of practical components there are actually no differences between the two.

Features that are Common to the 50LM and 52LM

  • Display Size: 4.4"W x 2.5"H, both have the same mounted display with a diagonal measurement of 5 inches across although the 52LM as you can see from the comparison table is a little bit bigger by 0.1 inches. You will also see that they feature the same amount of pixels (480 by 272 pixels).
  • Battery: both operate on a rechargeable lithium ion battery, it takes approximately three hours to fully recharge and can last you up to 2 hours.
  • Features: they are fitted with a high sensitivity receiver. With this comes the choice of a route set up (you can go for the quickest time possible, avoid certain roads, tolls, go for off road and via country lanes etc.). They also have a speed limit indicator on the road you are on and the surrounding ones. Particularly useful is the where am I and it can guide you to the closest serve e.g. hospital, food place and so on
  • Memory: they have internal solid state memory components and they also accept SD cards to further enchance the memory storage if needed (note that these will have to be bought separately though)

The only real noticeable difference between the two is the design and visual format that you can check out on the video above. His review even states that there is no speed improvement or any of that sort. You might want to consider a newer version of the Nuvi Gps system if you are after additional features such as an audio book player, mp3 player, 3D structures etc.

Voice Prompts for the 50LM and 52LM

You can choose the voice of the GPS system and exactly what he/she will read out to you. Where you can ask to provide you with either generic instructions such as turn right in 300 ft or a more specific instruction with regards to the location you are on the road e.g. turn right in 300 ft on Baker Street and so on.

Should You Buy the 50LM or 52LM?

In all honesty, just go with whichever is the cheapest -- they both are priced around the $100 level. If you are wanting to buy the Nuvi GPS system brand new as you can see from the Amazon elements above, the Nuvi 52LM is cheaper (and this would probably be the option that I would personally go for, since I am a bit skeptical of used electronic items,as they tend to break within a week of purchasing them).

However, if you are going to get one used or refurbished the 50LM in all likelihood will be cheaper. As, we have pointed out though above, there is literally no difference with regards to performance, practicality, aspects between the Nuvi 50LM and 52LM.

Will You Buy the Nuvi 50LM or 52LM?

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    • vacuum-guy profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from London

      Yeah I agree with you mattselar to an extent, but for me I want to have my smartphone free of duty and a designated GPS system just feels more natural. Will check out the Nokia maps now.

    • mattseslar profile image

      Matic Seslar 

      4 years ago

      Since the introduction of Smarthones the GPS sales probably plummeted. Instead of a Garmin GPS system, I would rather buy their app on store. However, I think they have a huge competition with the nokia here maps, providing maps for windows phone completely free. You can read about that here

    • vacuum-guy profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from London

      Yeah it will have all the latest and updated routes, just missing out on some of the new features that come with the newer range of Garmin GPS models. Garmin every day.

    • Treasuresofheaven profile image

      Sima Ballinger 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      I agree with you, the cheaper one sounds perfectly fine. But would the later model have the latest routes? Garmin is a good name brand, and if I ever need one, I would definitely choose a Garmin.


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