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GPS plus Multimedia - Is Garmin Nuvi 350 or 360 worth the price
Garmin Nuvi 350 vs 360
Now this speaks to me. No pun intended, the Garmin Nuvi 350 and the Nuvi 360 satisfy so many tech needs at so many any levels. Pleasing to the eyes and ears, tremendously useful to the map challenged and a joy to travel with. A device smaller than a deck of cards, provides a digital photo album, an MP3 player, an audio book player, a translator and oh yes, maps.
First and foremost the Nuvi 350 and 360 are both extremely accurate at positioning. The GPS receiver made by SiRF is WAAS-enabled, and has reception from 12 different satellites. By using the MCX-type connector the receiver can be attached to an external GPS antenna. At just 5.1 ounces and less than 4" W x 3" H x 1" thick it can easily be slipped into a shirt pocket. The lithium battery provides up to 8 hours of computing power for the unit while being used outside the vehicle. Inside the vehicle a secure windshield mount holds the Nuvi 350 or 360 in place and is powered by the included 12-24 volt adapter. A touchscreen (320 x 240 pixels) dominates the front of the unit and gives complete access to the preloaded software. Zooming in and out makes it easier to see details. If the 700 MB internal memory is not enough, there is an SD memory card slot for instant expansion.
Garmin Nuvi 360
Garmin Nuvi 360
Believe it or not this compact GPS receiver is as much a personal travel companion as it is a navigational device. A travel clock, calculator and measurement converter are a few of the unexpected features. A Language guide, a multilingual word bank and five bilingual dictionaries are some of the unexpected software programs available-to read or to hear. Reviews of restaurants and attractions are unexpected services,
It is simple to connect to a computer via a USB cable to access entertainment files such as audio books, MP3s and JPEG photos. City Navigator NT v.8 software displays 2D and 3D maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The Nuvi 360 includes maps for Europe. Integrated speakers clearly and with plenty of volume speak turn-by-turn directions-not only directions but names of streets and destinations as well. Supplemental maps as well as Point of Interest (POI) can be added on. Numerous POIs for hotels, airports and gas stations to name a few are built in, but you can also set your own custom POIs such as school zones. For further convenience the Garmin Nuvi 350 and 360 is compatible with Garmin's traffic receiver. If there is a traffic snafu a new route will be created for you.
The Garmin Nuvi 360 goes a step future with Bluetooth connectivity. A microphone and speaker in addition to Bluetooth technology enables you to use the device to make and receive hands-free phone calls from your mobile phone. Call directly to a POI by tapping the screen to access the database of POIs.
Personally I would be pleased with either a Garmin Nuvi 350 or a 360. The Bluetooth connectivity gives the 360 an added edge. Even if your cell phone is GPS capable you will have to pay an extra monthly fee for the privilege. The Garmin Nuvi 360 does not have subscription fees so even though it is an extra gadget to carry, it is small and is chocked full of additional features. Prices range widely for the Nuvi 350 and 360. Online prices are easily compared. Expect to pay at least $400 to over $900 for either model.