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Garmin Nuvi 760 GPS Review
Garmin nüvi 760 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Automobile Navigator
Are you ready to consider purchasing a GPS Navigation system for your vehicle? If you are like me, it can get a little confusing when you start to compare various models and features. I have spent some time looking at GPS units and have compiled a short list of some features that you may want to consider as you look at these powerful tools. The focus of this review is on one of the most popular models of GPS units, the Garmin Nuvi 760. If you find this review to be helpful, please leave your comments at the bottom of the article. If you have any updated information or personal experience, I’ll be happy to update my review accordingly.
Why Garmin Navigation?
Garmin is a recognized leader in the field of GPS navigation. The company was founded in 1989 and they have continued to produce high quality GPS based devices every since that time. I have even seen them referenced as the “father of GPS Navigation”. Their products are durable, easy to use and they just work. If you’re considering getting a GPS Navigation device, then go with a trusted brand. You won’t be sorry that you did.
What kind of GPS do you presently own?
High Quality Map Data
If your primary purpose for a GPS unit is your car, then you’ll definitely want a unit with a high quality mapping capability. All Garmin Nuvi devices come with detailed NAVTEQ maps. These units contain more than 6 million pre-loaded point of interest locations. That means that they are capable of helping you find places to eat, drink, get gas, ATMs, Attractions and Recreation, Movie Theaters, Hotels & Motels, Hosptals, Parking facilities and more. NAVTEQ is a world leader in premium-quality mapping. You’ll be very happy with the mapping capability of a Garmin Nuvi GPS unit.
If you intend on ever using your device in Europe then you may want to consider a device that offers mapping capabilities for that area. Most devices offer North America (United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico) as part of their base package. Alaska and Canada comprise the next step up in devices with Europe being offered in only select models.
Text to Speech
Text to Speech is definitely a feature that you want to get. Be careful though. Some of the introductory units that I’ve looked at have spoken instructions, but they don’t give street names. Instead you’re told to turn left in 500 yards. That may be okay for you,… but I like the confidence that comes from having a spoken street name confirming to me that I’m actually on the right track.
You’ll notice from the chart at the end of this review that this is not a feature of every Nűvi device. I definitely think this is well worth any cost diferential that is involved between the units.
This feature gives you the capability of receiving an FM signal to your device telling about traffic events (delays, accidents, etc.). This is offered on some units as a free introductory service. Please recognize that a subscription may be required for this in order to have the service continue at some point after your purchase.
This is a feature that you may find both annoying and helpful. Annoying is when you are driving in heavy traffic periods and the traffic alerts aren't very current. You come upon the location of the "reported incident" only to see nothing there. On the other hand,... if the incident is a significant one, it could definitely help you to understand why traffic is slowing down and enable you to take an alternative route.
Many states and cities are creating laws against driving while using a cell phone unless you are using a hands-free kit. In more and more places, it is becoming illegal to use cell phones while driving without a hands-free kit. Many of the more advance nuvi models offer the capability of having your GPS device connect in with your cell phone. These units have a built in speaker and microphone enabling you to use your GPS device as a hands-free device. In fact,… when you can actually make calls directly from your nüvi device using 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.
So what exactly is the FM transmission feature? This is something that enables you to hear the turn by turn instructions from your Nűvi GPS device through a radio station in your car. That means that you have the added strength and volume available through your car speakers to hear not only instructions but also MP3 selections on your device. The Nűvi devices which offer FM Transmission also have the capability of storing MP3s, audio books and more directly on an optional storage card.
One final feature that I want to cover is the multi-poing routing. This feature enables you to enter several designations into your planned trip. The devices will automatically calculate the shortest route to take through all of the designations. Considering the price of gas lately, this is a pretty terrific option. Whether you’re using your device to make sales calls or simply running household errands, the multi-point routing feature is sure to help out. You can even save up to 10 different routes on the device for reuse.
How about some accessories?
What is my recommendation?
The Nűvi 760 is the most feature rich unit of the bunch and is available at a pretty terrific price point currently. Amazon is presently offering these units for $199.99. The 760 offers every one of the features referenced above.
Introductory priced GPS devices on the market today can cost between $100 – $149. When you actually compare features along with price, it’s not difficult to see that the Garmin Nűvi 760 is a great value for the money. I’ve included a feature comparison table for many of the available Garmin Nűvi devices available today for your easy reference.
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