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Garmin's nüvi 700 series brings two exciting new features -- multi-destination routing and, "Where am I?/Where's my car?" -- to its popular pocket-sized GPS navigator lineup. As with all nüvis, you get Garmin reliability, the fast satellite lock of an integrated high-sensitivity receiver, a slim, pocket-sized design with a gorgeous display, an easy, intuitive interface, and detailed NAVTEQ maps for the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico with more than 6 million name-searchable points of interest. All of the 700-series navigators also feature a rich array of features including spoken directions in real street names, MP3 player and photo viewer, and an FM transmitter that will play voice prompts, MP3s, audio books, and more, directly through your vehicle's stereo system.The nüvi 760 and 770 add integrated traffic receivers and Bluetooth capability for hands-free calling. The nüvi 770 adds maps for Europe. The nüvi 780 adds enhanced MSN direct content capability..
Which nüvi is Best for You?: Click here to see a quick, simple comparison of features for all Garmin nuvi GPS navigators
Garmin's nüvis pack top of the line features into a slim form factor.
|Wider screen lets you see more of what's around. Compare these actual size views of a 3-inch (diagonal) screen |
and a 4.3-inch diagonal widescreen
New Features -- Where Am I? Where's My Car?
The nüvi 700 series is the first to answer two common questions: "Where am I?" and "Where’s my car?"
At any time, with a single tap of the screen, drivers can display their exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and gas stations. And to help drivers find their car in an unfamiliar spot or vast parking lot, all nüvi 700s automatically mark the position in which they were last removed from the mount.New Features -- Multi-Destination Routing
This lets you enter several spots into the device (day care - supermarket-cleaners - office - day care, for example) and it will plot the fastest route. And once you've found the best router, the "Route Planning" feature lets you save up to 10 different routes, Garmin touts the feature for providing, "the most efficient route for errands, deliveries and sales calls." The feature also makes this an instant essential accessory for anyone who shops garage sales (you know what we're talking about).
A trip log provides an electronic bread crumb trail of up to 10,000 points, so you can see where you've been on the map.
See Better, See More
The super-bright, 4.3-inch (diagonal) touchscreen display gives is anti-glare for ease of viewing during the day and automatically changes its color profile for easy viewing at night or in dim light. It offers 2d or 3D perspective views.
The widescreen format gives you 70% more actual screen area than a 3.5-inch screen. Primarily this translates into a better view of the area through which you are driving. This is especially useful in showing you what parks, restaurants, ATM, gas stations, etc. are nearby, or in letting you know whether a detour is a good idea. Also, the device itself is larger, meaning controls on the screen are more widely spaced and somewhat easier to push.
All nüvi 700s come preloaded with highly detailed City Navigator NT road maps for the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. This map database features nearly six million points of interest (POIs), including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, and attractions. Garmin gets its map data from NAVTEQ, a world leader in premium-quality mapping.
In more and more places, it is becoming illegal to use cell phones while driving without a hands-free kit. WIth Bluetooth capability, microphone and speaker, you can match your nüvi to any bluetooth-capable phone to make hands-free mobile phone calls. Simply dial the phone number with the nüvi's touch screen keypad to make a call on a compatible phone. To answer an incoming call, just tap the screen and speak into the built-in microphone. Making and taking calls on the road has never been easier, or safer. In addition, Garmin makes it a breeze to look-up and dial numbers from your personalized phone book or even tap into your cell phone's call history log.
Integrated FM Traffic Receiver
|Steer clear of traffic with an integrated FM traffic receiver designed to receive alerts from TMC Clear Channel about traffic tie-ups and road construction that might lie ahead on your route. All you have to do is simply touch the screen to view traffic details and you'll be ready to detour around any problem area. And if you end up missing a turn, or you're forced into a detour that is not relayed through the traffic receiver, the nüvi's sophisticated automatic routing will get you back on track in no time. |
In most areas, TMC Clear Channel traffic broadcasts are continuous — there's no waiting for scheduled traffic news updates or random alerts. Because traffic broadcasts are received via a "silent" FM data channel, you can still listen to music or news programming on your car radio without interference from incoming FM traffic data transmissions.
Garmin's patent pending theft prevention system that disables the unit from performing any functions until the user types in a specific 4-digit PIN or takes the unit to a predetermined secure location
Easy To Use Interface
Garmin's interface is a key to their success and one of the things that makes their devices such a pleasure to use. Simple controls and sub-screens make it easy to enter or search for destinations and get data about your trip.
Browse your stored pictures with an easy-to-use JPEG viewer.
|A handy MP3 player lets you play songs stored on SD memory cards.||nüvi 250W accepts custom points of interest (POIs). View larger.|
Navigation is just the beginning. All nüvi 700s feature travel tools including JPEG picture viewer, MP3 player, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more.
They are also compatible with optional content plug-ins available via SD card, such as the Garmin Travel Guides and Garmin SaversGuide provide detailed data for attractions and information on nearby merchants offering discounts, so you can customize your nüvi for all your travel needs.
Garmin has also added the ability for customers to add custom points of interest (POI’s) from third parties such as school zones and safety cameras.Trick Your GPS Ride
Custom vehicle icons let you ride in style, at least inside your GPS.
See more icon options
|All nüvis support configurable vehicle icons. These fun, customized car-shaped icons come in a variety of colors to add a personal touch to your vehicle's position on the map.|
What's in the Box
nüvi 760, Preloaded City Navigator NT for North America, FM traffic receiver with vehicle power cable, 3-month subscription to TMC real-time traffic services, Vehicle suction cup mount, USB cable, Dashboard disc, Quick start manual
- Optional software for language translation, detailed travel guides, and savings programs allow you to customize your nüvi to fit your travel needs
- The FM transmitter feature is only available in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
- Like most USB Mass Storage Devices, the nüvi is not compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Me.
Which nüvi is Best for You?Note: All nüvis come with detailed NAVTEQ maps containing more than 6 million pre-loaded point of interest locations.
Screen Size inches (W x H)
Text-to-Speech (Directions in Real Street Names)
FM Transmitter (audio through car stereo system)
Battery life (hours)
Cont. U.S., Hawaii, and Puerto Rico
AK and Canada
|nüvi 205||2.8 x 2.1|| ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (with optional receiver)||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 205w||3.81 x 2.25|| ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (with optional receiver)||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 255||2.8 x 2.1|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (with optional receiver)||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 255w||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (with optional receiver)||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 260w||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||Photos||up to 5|
|nüvi 265T||2.8 x 2.1|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (receiver included; Lifetime Traffic)|| ||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 265WT||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (receiver included; Lifetime Traffic)|| ||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 275T||2.8 x 2.1|| || || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (receiver included; Lifetime Traffic)|| ||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 285WT||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (receiver included; 9 months free);|| ||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 465T||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||FM (receiver included; Lifetime Traffic)|| ||Photos|| ||up to 4|
|nüvi 755T||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (receiver included; Lifetime Traffic)||Photos, MP3s|| || ||up to 4|
|nüvi 760||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (with optional receiver)|| ||Photos, MP3s|| || ||up to 5|
|nüvi 765T||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (receiver included; Lifetime Traffic)|| ||Photos, MP3s|| || ||up to 4|
|nüvi 775T||3.81 x 2.25|| || || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (receiver included; Lifetime Traffic)|| ||Photos, MP3s|| || ||up to 4|
|nüvi 780||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (receiver included; 9 months free); FM (with optional receiver)|| ||Photos, MP3s|| || ||up to 5|
|nüvi 785T||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (receiver included; 9 months free); FM (with optional receiver)|| ||Photos, MP3s|| || ||up to 4|
|nüvi 850||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (with optional receiver)||Photos, MP3s|| || ||up to 4|
|nüvi 855||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (with optional receiver)||Photos, MP3s|| || ||up to 4|
|nüvi 885T||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (receiver included; 9 months free); FM (with optional receiver)|| ||Photos, MP3s|| || ||up to 4|
|nüvi 1200||2.8 x 2.1|| || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (with optional receiver)||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 1250||2.8 x 2.1|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (with optional receiver)||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 1260T||2.8 x 2.1|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (receiver included; Lifetime Traffic)|| ||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 1300||3.81 x 2.25|| || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (with optional receiver)||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 1350||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (with optional receiver)||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 1350T||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (receiver included; Lifetime Traffic)||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 1370T||3.81 x 2.25|| || || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (receiver included; Lifetime Traffic)|| ||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 1390T||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (receiver included; Lifetime Traffic)|| ||Photos||up to 4|
|nüvi 1490T||4.4 x 2.5|| || || ||MSN-enhanced (with optional receiver); FM (receiver included; Lifetime Traffic)|| ||Photos|| ||up to 4|
|nüvi 1690||3.81 x 2.25|| || || ||NAVTEQ Traffic, 2 years free (Garmin nüLink! service)|| ||Photos|| ||up to 4|
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1. 760 has much better fonts for street names than the 660. This may seem like a trivial update to some, but the 760's fonts greatly improve visibility. The 660 uses all capitalized text for street names on the map, and the font is incredibly cartoonish and unaligned, something like the scribbling Comic Sans font on the PC. The 760 uses your standard Verdana-like font with street names in capitalized and lowercase letters. The fonts on the 760 are smaller, cleaner and surprisingly much easier to read while driving. The maps end up looking professional, and not some cartoony children's video game.
2. 760 has better rendering in 3D map mode than the 660. In the 660 when you are zoomed in under 3D map mode, the roads close to your car are displayed incredibly large, so large that they run into other roads, making the zoom function essentially kind of useless for dense roads. The 760 does not oversize your roads just because you zoomed in to view smaller roads in detail. This fix is very nice for those who drive in places with dense roadways, like New York City.
3. No antenna on the 760 makes hooking up your Nuvi to the cradle one step easier. On the 660 you need to flip up the antenna before attaching the cradle. For people who park their cars on the street overnight, removing the GPS from the cradle for storage in the console or glove compartment is a must, and it's a lot easier hooking up the 760 to the cradle than the 660. It's hard to aim the 660 to its cradle in the dark as you have to align both the bottom edge and the charge port under the antenna. In the 760, the charge port is directly on the bottom of the unit; you can attach it to the cradle with one hand in the dark easily on the 760.
4. It takes the 660 a good 45 seconds on average (sometimes longer than 2 minutes) after boot up to locate the satellite on a cold start. If you have firmware 2.6 installed on the 760, the satellite acquisition time after boot up is between 10-20 seconds. After the firmware update, my 760 also holds a stronger lock to the satellites than my 660, I can get satellite lock inside my house with the 760, whereas I can't get a lock with my 660 (adjusting the antenna does very little).
5. The ability to set multiple ad hoc viapoints on the 760 means it's a lot easier creating alternate routes (very handy to avoid a specific interstate or a high traffic road). Whereas the 660 gives you just one viapoint.
I am not going to dive deeply into the features and benefits of each model because many of the reviews on Amazon and other websites do a great job of that. However, I will summarize my thought process for finally choosing the 760 as the best GPS for me. Let me start by stating that there is no perfect GPS system and therein lies the challenge. Every model that I looked at had strengths and weaknesses and there wasn't a product that made it a clear cut decision. What I did (and recommend) is to make a priority list of the features and functions that are most important to you and to pick the model that best fits your requirements. This sounds like an obvious approach but it was a lot harder than it sounds.
The single most important aspect for me was the accuracy and capability of the routing engine. That seems simple enough but when you throw in the all the other features offered in today's GPS models the decision making process becomes much muddier. In staying with my original strategy, I determined that the Garmin 7xx series had the best routing engine for North America. My conclusion is based on consumer and professional reviews, discussion boards, and my own testing. With that being said, the 760 is not perfect and I have experienced a few quirky directions but nothing that was of great concern.
How do I like the 760? For the most part, I am extremely pleased with the performance and functionality of the 760. Like most people I do have a list of my personal improvement and enhancements for the system but they are not deal breakers. When I first received the unit, I tested it on a trip to Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park. The directions to and from the Park and Palm Springs were flawless and the GPS recognized all the main roads within the park. We actually encountered some road construction on one of the main highways and the traffic receiver recognized the jam but gave us a strange recommendation. It directed us to go down the off-ramp and immediately get on the next on-ramp. We did this twice and it actually moved us ahead in traffic. I'm not sure how effective that strategy would be in other similar situations. The speaker volume could be louder but I could easily understand the commands traveling at 80 mph. I have also tested the system on several routes throughout Southern California and the system performed very well. All of the main features worked as published with a few exceptions noted below. The user interface is very well designed and I was able to operate 80% of the functions without reading the manual. In addition to the 760, I also purchased the Garmin Friction Dashboard Mount which I believe is superior to the glass suction mount provided.
So why did I only give it 4 stars? The one big annoyance for me was that if you directly input the POI name, the search can take a long amount of time (greater than 5 minutes)if it goes outside of your vicinity. This is extremely slow compared to our in-dash GPS system. The touch screen could be more responsive and is not that sensitive especially with the browse map option. The 760 bluetooth pairs consistently and quickly with my Motorola KRZR phone but the receiving and transmitting sound quality is very poor. The FM transmitter is unusable.
I really wanted to like the TomTom 920T especially with the voice recognition, user updates for maps and a long list of customizations. However, the routing engine seems to produce more inconsistent performance than the Garmin and I could not find enough information on their mapping data to understand how accurate it is today. The two main providers of map data are Navteq and Tele Atlas. Garmin and Magellan use Navteq and TomTom uses Tele Atlas. In the past, Navteq has been considered more accurate and complete for North America but Tele Atlas has made significant updates in recent times. Interestingly the 760 uses Garmin's 2008 North American maps but the source data is 18 to 24 months old which shows there is always a large lag in map information. Garmin has been very good at providing updates more frequently than the other manufacturers. My impression is that TomTom is much stronger with the European maps than the NA maps.
Here is a quick rundown of how I view the models:
Magellan Maestro 4250:
Pros: multi point destination routing with optimization, great address and text input system
Cons: questionable routing engine, outdated map data, inconsistent voice recognition, cumbersome POI interface, poor text to speech quality, poor customer support in US
Pros: voice recognition, enhanced positioning technology, map share, excellent customization options, multi-destination routing
Cons: questionable routing engine, outdated map data (although this is somewhat offset by map share), no routing optimization, cumbersome user interface
Pros: routing engine seems very good, multi-destination routing optimization, good POI database, more map updates compared to competition, great user interface
Cons: touch screen is not very sensitive, outdated map data, FM transmitter is useless, expensive
Pros: most of the same features and functionality as the 760 but with MSN Direct, louder speaker volume than 760, much better value than the 760
Cons: no multipoint destination, older look and feel than the 760
I have only listed a limited set of the pros and cons for each of the different models but these were the areas that stood out the most to me. When it's all said and done, I probably would have been happy with any of these models but if you can afford the 760 and routing directions in North America is your most important requirement then I would highly recommend the 760.
I have seen questions about whether the 760 comes with the SiRF Star III chip and the unit that I just purchased from Amazon did come with that chip. The SiRF is a high performance GPS chipset that can quickly acquire and maintain a lock onto satellite signals for position information. It is considered the chipset of choice for the higher end mobile GPS devices. All of the models I have described above have the SiRF chipset. I also have seen questions about how quickly the 760 can lock onto satellites. I updated my system firmware to version 2.6 and the satellite acquisition time is lightning fast. I have found in outside environments, my 760 can consistently acquire a signal in under 10 seconds even first thing in the morning.
There are a couple of other useful features that are not described in the instruction manual. If you hold down on the signal strength bar in the top left corner, you will get the satellite acquisition screen which shows the position accuracy. If you hold down on the battery indicator for a few seconds, this will allow access to the diagnostic screen which is where you can identify the GPS chipset among other information.
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