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Where does NuVi fit in Garmin's Product
Garmin NuVi is a really neat evolution in small
Car Navigators. NuVi is billed as a "Personal Travel Assistant"
and not just as a GPS Car Navigator. The NuVi
350 includes complete USA and the best
available "all Canada" maps PLUS it has about 700 megabytes of
user memory left for other user maps, audio/music/image file storage
other data files. (The European NuVi 300
edition has 200mbytes of USER MAP MEMORY in addition to Garmin/NavTeq's
"all Europe" maps. See the Garmin website Mapping section for
road coverage detail..) The NuVi has few vestiges of an off
road/hiking/marine GPS unit. It is strictly designed as a Car
Navigator with a pedestrian capability similar to QUEST models..
Track back, compass page for
Off Road routes, and related hiking/marine features are NOT available
in NuVi. The unit has an OFF
ROAD mode but basically it just gives you a line from A to B if you put
in a destination in off road mode. The destination still has to
be a POI or an address. There is no way to put in a
lon/lat directly into the unit but you can "point" to a location and
have that "point" be entered as a destination. HOWEVER... We
think the NuVi is an outstanding Car Navigator and "personal travel
assistant" and it is not sold as having hiking or marine features.
Please read on.
The NuVi continues Garmin's line
of simpler to use GPS car navigators.
NuVi will easily fit into your shirt picket and can operate on
internal battery power
for 4 to 8 hours. NuVi recharges automatically when plugged into
DC power using the proper adapters. The NuVi is
functionally more akin to the Garmin QUEST, and SP2720 models
Garmin's general purpose handhelds. UNlike the QUEST and
StreetPilot 2720 models, NuVi has a speaker built into the unit.
Fidelity on voice is fine for voice and audio books, but on MP3
music, a feed to an
external amplified speaker system would be nice. The NuVi does
not have TrackBack, or a compass
page and other hiking based features but only a GOTO function
which means it has little offroad and hiking utility. NuVi
can operate with Garmin's
GTM-10 RDS Traffic radio to provide real time traffic information on
the screen of the unit. NuVi also has a "Travel Kit"
which includes Language Guide, MP3 player, audible book player,
picture viewer, world clock, currency and measurement converters, and
calculator. The 700 megs of user storage can be used for music,
books, images, or additional Garmin maps AND
the Nuvi includes a SD memory card slot so you can even add additional
memory. NuVi includes two USB ports,
but the one on the rear of the mounting adapter can only be used for
external power input. The USB-2 (full version 2 speed capability)
port on the side can be used for
map/MP3/Audio Book/image/file loading.
GPS, Display, and Mechanical Features
units (3.87" W x 2.91" H x 0.87" D)
have the GPS
antenna integral to the unit. The antenna flips out for navigation
and folds flat into the back of the unit for storage. The
unit is designed to snap into a small suction cup mount and attach to
your windshield. and provide visual and audio
navigating your vehicle on unfamiliar streets and roads.
Unfortunately (for the kids),
Garmin did not
choose to put any games in this model. The NuVi continues
Garmin's marketing plan of "Market Specialization" which means to
position various models for specific functionality and leave out
specific features of interest to a specific group of users. For
example, our "ideal" general purpose GPS receiver would have a
color screen, CF or SD card memory, full marine and hiking
feature set, full car navigation capabilities and a rechargeable
battery pack with external power capability. Lets see how
the NuVi fits these requirements.
The NuVi's screen
is a high brightness and is very daylight viewable WHEN the
backlight is turned ON. The screen brightness and
readability falls between the brighter SP26xx/27xx models and the c3xx
models with less readable screens. The NuVi has an
adjustable brightness and audio level control and no contrast control
is needed. NuVi has no marine feature set and NO features for
hiking or geocache activity are provided. . NuVi does have
battery pack which will
run the unit with backlight for several hours and it does have the
capability of being run from external 12volt power (furnished voltage
regulator/cigar plug cable
required). Note that the NuVi internal battery is charged
the unit is running on external 12volt power from either the 12volt
power cable OR by a USB connection to a laptop or other
USB connector (Computer must be ON to power or charge the
NuVi). Note: On my Dell 8200, plugging in the USB from NuVi with
NuVi having low battery charge results in a "USB Port Overload" alarm
on my laptop. This does not seem to cause any problem except you
cannot communicate with the NuVi until the battery is charged enough
for the alarm to go away.) The Lithium Ion battery is
sealed into the
package and is not normally user serviceable. The battery pack is
NOT a "snap in" battery pack and replacement requires disassembly.
USER INTERFACE is similar to other Garmin units which use touchscreen
data input. There is only one mechanical switch and this is
for power on/off. All other functions and controls are handled by
the touchscreen input. Like the SP2610, NuVi
turns ON and
OFF with the power application from its external power
seems to be designed to provide the "road warrior" with a
high performance SHIRT POCKET SIZED GPS CAR NAVIGATOR with lots of
"Travel Features" as noted above.. This unit
(unlike SP26xx and 27xx models) does NOT provide a multiple stop via
capability or the ability to solve the optimized multistop
salesman" problem. Our version 2.40 firmware does not allow input
of but ONE VIA. We hope this is an oversight!
An Articulated Suction Cup
cradle to attach NuVi to the windshield of
your car is included in the kit. The suction cup has a 'snap on"
ball joint connection to the NuVi's cradle. The cradle has
a USB connector for
that power cable (no real USB connectivity) which allows use of the USB
connection on the SIDE of the unit for data I/O with the GTM-10
powering the unit via the rear USB connection.
The features of the
miniaturized NuVi make it a direct competitor to the Magellan
RoadMate units and to the StreetPilot 26xx/27xx models. Our
Magellan RoadMate and Garmin StreetPilot
reviews can be found in the FEATURES section of our GPS INFORMATION WEBSITE.
As stated before, NuVi is NOT a direct competitor to the full featured
hiking and marine oriented handheld units and it is NOT suited for
Street priced at
about $450 , (Check
Latest Prices Here.)
the NuVi, despite its compact size, is a high quality, full featured
car navigator with MP3, Talking Book, and Automatic Traffic Information
services. When we drove our usual 600+ mile assorted
city/suburban/rural route testing, we were very pleased to note that
the NuVi provided the best overall routing score of any GPS tested to
date. It very slightly surpassed our previous high scoring SP26xx
models by providing satisfactory routes in every one of our route
generation tests. While NuVi is not one of
lowest priced Automatic Car Navigator units available, its small shirt
pocket size along with excellent route generation capability and MP3
and Audio Books plus Automatic Traffic Information (optional)
capability make it "Joe's Choice" Car navigator for 2005..
What about map loading and Map
NuVi comes "ready to operate" with pre-installed USA/Canada -or- Europe
maps. NuVi uses a USB data interface
other map loading and data input/output and for loading MP3 and Audio
Book files. It has no standard NMEA
input/output capability and it cannot be used to up/download waypoints,
routes and tracks to MapSource by conventional MapSource methods
Instead, you can save waypoints in Garmin's GPX Waypoint format
or Garmin's GPI Custom POI files by uploading to NuVi memory using
special MapSource features or the new Garmin POI loader. (See
page 51 and 54 for more details.) The side USB port is also used
connect to the (optional) RDS Traffic Data Radio. Just for
reference, the NuVi 350 700meg user memory will hold
approximately the UK, France, Germany and a bit more in addition to the
built in USA/Canada maps. CitySelect or CityNavigator maps
(including Europe/South Africa/Australia/Middle East maps) are operable
in NuVi. As a rough planning guide, a rule
of thumb for
calculating storage card capacity is: 4 megabyte for
The USA coverage
area for the NuVi's CityNavigator maps is
the entire USA and ALL of Canada. NuVi allows a
user to automatically route using both the built in maps and/or any
other Garmin CitySelect or CityNavigator maps. As of December
2005, Garmin is
shipping the NuVi with its new CityNavigator 7 map
automatic routing maps are only
available for the USA, Europe, South Africa and Australia as of
December 2005. However, Garmin Licensees are providing
for a dozen (plus) other areas such as Chile,
etc.) Check Garmin's Cartography
site for a list of countries
vendors to contact.
Other maps compatible with
NuVi include: CityNavigator (Navteq Maps, the best GPS routable
maps available in areas covered), MapSource MetroGuide USA
(MetroGuide 6 uses Navteq Maps. Prior versions used Etak
good maps but not quite as up to date as Navteq and only USA version
has autorouting capability within NuVi). Roads &
Recreation, USA Topo, and WorldMap CD ROMs also work with NuVi, but
without automatic guidance. Probably most other Garmin maps will
load and operate, but Garmin supports only the above.
The NuVi is
straightforward to use, and we think the manual is a lot
better than average. Still, there is no substitute for a
hours of "playing around" with the unit in consort with the
manual for quick learning and
discovery of available features.
The NuVi provides
automated guidance on a par with the very best of the GPS units
we have previously tested. It is relatively quick to compute a
route. Five to fifteen seconds is typical. Route
Quality is rated "very good" and NuVi routinely
gives routing "the same as
I would have chosen". Sometimes the route generated
OK", but after all, these devices are just machines and they are
operating without the local traffic knowledge an individual user has.
downside for NuVi as compared to the $3000 models is that many of
more expensive models have some sort of "dead reckoning" capability to
permit navigation to continue for short intervals when signals are
lost. Such signal loss can happen in "city canyons" such as NYC,
Chicago, LA, and London where high rise buildings can block the
satellite signals. In fact, NuVi/2610/2620/2720 and other Garmin
models do have "poor man's
dead reckoning" in that when signal is lost, the GPS assumes you
continued on your last heading and speed for up to 30 seconds.
The "real dead reckoning" capability is available in the
Garmin StreetPilot 2650/2660 and in a few other units such as the VDO
Dayton MS5000. The 2650/2660 will require a connection to
the automobile speedometer output and backup light to be able to
function in dead reckoning mode. Without these inputs, it will
function same as the NuVi/2610.
SP2610 that we normally use to benchmark route generation quality has a
feature that allows the user to select options such as "quick",
"better", and "best" routing. These take increasingly longer
times. The NuVi has no such selection like other late Garmin
units. But.. The NuVi (in our experiments) generates as good and
occasionally better routes than does the SP2610. We are very
pleased to note this as, in our opinion, the major job of a GPS Car
Navigator is to generate good routes from A to B. . With
NuVi, the calculation of a 400 mile route usually takes
about 10 seconds. This compares to up to half a minute with the
SP2610. One trial route from Atlanta to an
address in Los Angeles took about half a minute with the SP2610
and about 15
seconds with the NuVi which is an improvement. Off Route,
reroute recalculation typically takes a few seconds and it (generally)
tries to take you back as quickly as possible to your ORIGINAL
route. It does this the first THREE times it goes "off
route, recalculating". On the fourth "off route" it figures out
you are serious about not going back to the original route and does a
complete recalculate which on a local (25 mile) route usually takes
just a few seconds. (SP-III ver 2.50 is using this same algorithm
and it seems to be confusing some folks, but I personally like the
speed so much I am willing to put up with the first three reroutes not
necessarily taking you the optimum route. If you do not like the
"partial reroute" offered, you can always press the ROUTE key and then
NuVi does not permit the download of ROUTES from MapSource to the GPS
for execution. You CANNOT download a series of waypoints and then
integrate these into a route since only ONE VIA is permitted.
Frankly, using the PC is not the thing you will USUALLY want to
do as the NuVi is much easier and more convenient to use as compared
generating routes on the PC and then
having to download routes to the GPS navigator. The NuVi
a USB connection for user map and data loading for music, talking
books, images, etc.
NMEA 0183 data
is NOT available on the NuVi.
Note: As of this
date, NO OTHER map products (from alternative vendors) can be
uploaded into Garmin GPS receivers except those offered by Garmin and
Garmin LICENSEES for
the purpose. (See Garmin Website's Cartography section for a full
list of map offerings.) This same proprietary relationship exists
vendor's consumer GPS products as well.
This NuVi is
automobile use and
lack of off road or marine features make it generally unsuitable for
use. There IS an OFFROAD setting in the routing preferences if
you want the unit to give you an "as the crow flies" view of the path
from A to B. This would be usable as an indication of which way
to travel if you were out hiking but the NuVi really is NOT designed
for hiking, marine use.
the NuVi Kit?
GPS with built-into-the-case speaker, 12volt cigar plug power
cable, USB data
cable (for memory
data load), windshield suction cup and
mounting bracket, quick start manual (Download detailed manual
glue down dash plate for dash if needed, padded pocket holster
for Nuvi, and a coupon for two free audio books and an an audio bonus
program. An AC
power module is included There are no mapping CDs as maps are
I am not a big fan of windshield
suction cup mounts but the assembly furnished with NuVi is a)
serviceable, b) lightweight, c) folds and packs
up "small", and we can find no problems in using it.
Adjusting the Garmin windshield mount is a bit tedious
and unclipping/reclipping the NuVi into the mount can be difficult
until you master the technique.
Like all modern car
navigators, NuVi gets rid of almost
ALL of the bad effects of GPS measurement error that bother many
people. When you use NuVi with CN7, NuVi
will "lock" your vehicle track to roads as long as
you travel on the road. (This feature does not operate with
MapSource R&R, USA Topo, or
WorldMap among others.) Automatically generated routes using
CitySelect or CityNavigator maps
"rubber band" to the roads in the route. Once in a great
while, you may find an isolated road segment where the map is so
far off that road lock will jump off the road, but it is
CS/CN maps is that (when not in
guidance mode) all
approaching cross street names are displayed prior to
arrival. Note that MetroGuide 6.x maps are really not too
useful in a NuVi as they do not offer automatic route generation.
found the NuVi audio and visual guidance directions very
satisfactory. NuVi automatically varies its
"turn here" warning time to give you more warning time at
high speed than at lower speed. A typical audio/visual sequence
would go something like this:
Enter the destination (address or
select from list) and then you hear/see:
<audio>Please drive the
highlighted route, Drive
1.3 miles then turn left on Bannister Road
(*) <screen> shows
West on AC Smith Road, Arrival Time, Turn In distance, and your track
on the map. The Route is shown as a pink line along your
projected travel route. Note that the final advice on making a
turn occurs at various distances from the actual intersection depending
on your speed. Faster speeds and the distance before the turn
when the announcement is made is increased.
<audio> In 0.6
miles turn left.
<screen display> As
<audio>Turn left in 400 ft
<screen display> Left On Bannister Rd., plus as in (*) above
2.3 miles then turn right
<screen display> Bannister
Road to Matt Highway, plus as in (*) above
<audio> In 0.6 miles turn right
<screen display> Right
on Matt Highway, plus as in
<audio> (Then at about 400ft
before the turn) Turn right
<screen display> Turn Right on
Matt Highway, plus as in (*)
<audio> (Then AFTER you
make this turn) Continue 0.5
<screen display> Left on
Doctor Bramblett Road, plus
as in (*) above
<audio> In 0.3 miles
<screen display> South
to Doctor Bramblett Road,
plus as in (*) above
<audio> (At about 500ft
before the turn) Bear left
<screen display> Left on
Doctor Bramblett Road, plus
as in (*) above
<audio> (Then AFTER the
turn) Go 1.6 miles,
then bear right
<screen display> Doctor
Bramblett Rd to Spot Rd Conn.,
plus as in (*) above
<audio> In 0.3 miles turn
<screen display> Right
on Spot Road Conn., plus as
in (*) above
<screen display> Turn
Right on Spot Road Conn.,
plus as in (*) above
In 1.6 miles, arrive at destination on left
<screen display> SW to
Old Town Country Restaura,
plus as in (*) above
Arrive at destination.
map on the screen shows your progress and a thick pink line shows your
project route on the map. On the TOP line are text information about
the road you are on, coming exits and other road data. At any time, you
press the "Turn In" distance key and get the latest directions in
form along with a closeup map view of the upcoming turn. (Note:
Unlike many other Garmin car navigators, the NuVi's volume
control is handled in software. You can get to the volume control
and brightness at any time by quickly pressing the power button.)
The trip computer is accessed by pressing the "Arrival" time key on the
lower left of the display. If you press the "direction/road you
are traveling" line at the very top of the screen, NuVi will display a
listing of upcoming turns. As each turn in a route is approached,
a half screen "pop up" display appears
momentarily with information specific to the the upcoming turn if you
press the "Turn In" key (lower right) to enable this feature.
Voice guidance commands operate on both battery and external DC power
AUTOZOOM zooms the
in and out automatically as you approach waypoints and turns so you
always have time to make
decisions. The data windows (center top, lower right, and lower
left screen) show details of the turn and distance to the
turn as you
for CAR/Motorcycle, Pedestrian, Bicycle,
TRUCK, BUS, Taxi or EMERGENCY
are provided so you can be
properly routed depending on your
vehicle type. Avoidance selection include: U-Turns, highways,
unpaved roads, toll roads, carpool lanes, and traffic.
about six million (USA) "points of interest". These
and drink, Lodging, Attractions, Entertainment, Shopping, Services,
Transportation, and Emergency and Government. In our area, there
were a few restaurants we
had not known about and a few
prominent ones are missing. Some restaurants that have been
closed for several years are still listed. (Perfection will
always escape us as to perfect maps and POIs!) Despite many
and additions, the
restaurant listing (still) appears to be about 2 years old.
Listed "Attractions" include theme parks, museums, schools, parks and
such. The listings were quite satisfactory
though the placement of a particular restaurant or
gas station might vary plus or minus a few hundred feet
(sometimes more) from the actual location.
This feature could be very handy in a strange city. Do not be
overly surprised at imperfections such as your favorite restaurant
being missing or some restaurant that is out of business for 5 years
still being in the POI list. The POIs come from a multitude of
data sources and it is simply impossible to insure accuracy with the
resources available for the task.
The user can give
the GPS a Street Address
or Street Intersection or select one of the, for
instance, Restaurants in the accessory map data base
module and it will LOCATE this address or location automatically
and plot it on the map screen. ( Phone numbers as well as street
addresses are normally provided for Restaurants, Hotels and other POI.)
The NuVi can then
automatically create a "turn-by-turn" route to this destination from
wherever you are. This is a very useful feature and it has worked
very well in our tests. Be prepared for a few well known items
(such as my local library) to be missing from the "attractions"
list. Still, if you are unfamiliar with an area, what
IS included will be quite useful.
The NuVi has a new SiRF (brand) GPS
signal receiver. It is definitely the most sensitive I have
tested to this time. It is able to 100% of the time achieve lock
inside my two story home. Other receivers would intermittently
operate and lock, but this one locks quickly whenever it is turned on
and (so far) has never lost lock in the house. No other receiver
we have tested had this sensitivity. We note that normally lock
is achieved in maybe 15 seconds. But from a cold start after
being off overnight, lock may take a minute or two unless you wait for
lock before you drive off in your car. Normally, this is a
Does the NuVi
have enough map and accessory memory?
Well.. I think so.
The Nuvi 350 has storage for all USA and Canada maps which (my
guess) takes up about 1.2 gigabytes or so. Then it has 700 megs
of user memory for more maps, music, or audio books. If
this is not enough, you can add an optional SD memory card which is now
available up to 2GBytes for about $100. We think just the built in memory will
be enough for most users.. At least for starters!
are the Technical
Specifications of the NuVi GPS? (From Garmin)
- High-sensitivity integrated 12 channel GPS receiver by
SiRF (Note: The sensitivity of this receiver is one of the best we have
- WAAS/EGNOS enabled
- Flip-up antenna—includes MCX-type connector for optional
external GPS antenna connection
- Preloaded with City Navigator NT v.7—includes detailed
maps of U.S., Canada & Puerto Rico (no downloading required)
- Travel Kit includes Language Guide, MP3 player, audible book
picture viewer, world clock, currency and measurement converters, and
- SD memory card expansion slot
- Powerful built-in speaker
- Traffic alerts with optional GTM 10 FM TMC traffic receiver*
(Note: NOT compatible with GXM-30)
- Text-to-Speech — unit prompts you to “Turn right on
Main St” instead of “Turn right in 500 feet”
- Audible and visual navigation instructions and warnings
- Offers a three dimensional mapping perspective, or 2-D overhead
view, Track UP or North UP
- Display: 2.8” W x 2.1” H (3.5” diag.), 320 x
240 pixels; bright, TFT display, 64K colors, with white backlight and
touch screen (Note: This particular screen is almost not readable
without the backlight on. With the backlight on, it is very
readable under all normal conditions including bright sunlight.
It does wash out a bit in brightest sun, but it is still
- Unit dimensions: 3.87" W x 2.91" H x 0.87" D (98.3 mm x 73.9 mm
x 22.1 mm)—fits easily in a pocket or purse
- Weight: 5.1 ounces (144.6 grams)
- Built-in lithium ion battery
- Between 4-8 hours of battery life, depending on use
- Includes 12-volt power adapter cable for external power while in
- Includes suction cup mount that allows for easy adjustment and
- Simplified PC connectivity, similar to a digital camera, using
Storage with access to either the SD card slot or to the unit’s
internal memory directly from your PC desktop.
- With the POI loader program (available for free from
users can set up proximity alerts for school zones, safety cameras, and
- Favorite Addresses
500 with (up to) 10 character name and graphic symbol
(Autorouting does not use these waypoints.) Autonumbers each
waypoint but allows users to change waypoint name.
- Track log: NuVi does not support a tracklog feature.
Information Page: Single resettable odometer, plus nine NON user
programmable windows for display of the following: Overall
Average m/h, Moving Average m/h, Maximum Speed, Total Trip Time, Moving
time, Stopped time, Odometer, Speed Readout, and a cardinal direction
of motion indicator v.z.(E). There is a reset button for the
entire trip computer and a separate button to reset max speed.
times: Warm: Approximately 15
seconds, Cold: Approximately 45 seconds, AutoLocate:
Approximately 2 minutes These times are typical, We did sometimes
notice acquisition times of several minutes when acquiring satellites
moving in a car with the built in antenna. This is not unusual.
- Update rate: 1/second, continuous
- Position Accuracy: Position: < 15 meters (49feet),
clear sky view and good DOP, about 4 meters or better with WAAS
and clear sky view and good DOP. These typical numbers are not
very useful since you cannot readout lon/lat directly on the NuVi.
Neither can you input a location as a lon/lat, only as an address
or by "pointing" the cursor at a location and saving the location as a
- Velocity accuracy: 0.05 meter/sec (.035mph) steady state
- Dynamics: 6g’s
USB (ver 1.1, No RS232 serial port.) The NuVi software is
only compatible with IBM type PC units.
Built in GPS antenna with external MCX-type connector
jack. Accepts 2.5 volt external amplified antennas. Tested
Garmin amplified antennas and with TriM MM-II. Should work with
any external antenna which works on 2.5 volts.
- Case: Rugged; but NOT waterproof, cannot be safely operated in
- Temp. range: 5°F to 158°F (–15°C to 70°C)
- Data storage: Indefinite; no memory battery required
- Map storage: Complete
USA/Canada CityNavigator 7 maps plus 700 megs for user files plus SD
card slot for additional memory.
Specific Questions Answered:
- Does the NuVi have
savings time? Yes, it works in the USA and a few international
areas. Daylight saving
time rules in most of the rest of the world are too
make it practical to include all areas at this time.
- Can the NuVi use Garmin's new Custom POI
(Point of Interest) loader software to load my special POIs such as
speed traps or other special locations. Yes.
is the battery life? Garmin suggests that the unit should get
about 4 to 8 hours continuous running with normal use. I find this a
little optimistic. My numbers for various test conditions have
ranged from 3 to 6 hours. Obviously, if you leave the backlight
continuously, you will get a lot less battery life. I could drive
about for around 5 hours with car navigation working and "normal"
15 second backlight timeout before the battery was exhausted. The
really not viewable without the backlight but the unit can operate and
do automatic guidance with the backlight off and it will turn on the
display light and begin
speaking whenever guidance information is needed. This will
conserve battery life. The display ON time is adjustable and the
display stays on all the time when the unit is run on 12vdc power.
the color screen viewable in
sunlight? Yes. if the backlight is ON. NuVi has a highly readable
screen in sunlight
sitting on a car's dash when the backlight is ON. Naturally,
washes it out a bit, but if it is in
your car on the dash, it is quite satisfactory in all conditions we
tested it in. If your screen is in DIRECT sunlight,
you may need a glare shield to shade the
unit for best visibility in all conditions. (Motorcyclists note: The
NuVi is NOT waterproof.) With the backlight
OFF, I judge the NuVi display not usable in sunlight unless you
position the screen in a very favorable position. We found
the screens of the Vista Color, GPS-60C, and the G-76C to be much more
readable in sun with the backlight OFF than is the NuVi.
We understand the NuVi uses a different screen
as compared with the others.
- Does NuVi have a trip computer like
the earlier SP's? Yes but with fewer features. None of the parameter
windows are user selectable.
- Is the NuVi Screen as easy to read
in sunlight as the StreetPilot 2610/2620/2720/2730? No, not
quite. However NuVi's screen is very readable in bright sunlight, dark
and all in between. We had no problems with screen readability.
is the speaker for the audio
output? It is mounted on the rear lower half of the enclosure.
There is also an audio plug for connecting the audio output to
external devices. This unit is NOT suitable for exposed
motorcycle use as it is not waterproof.
enough audio volume available
to use NuVi in a noisy truck? In a <normal> car, we
judge the volume will always be ample. Audio is fine in a Ford
F-150 truck and we think it will work OK for a fairly noisy truck as
well, but you can always connect an external audio amp and speaker
or even earphones.
- Is there a
MUTE switch for the audio?
Answer: Yes. You push MENU then ADJUST (or just momentarily press
the power button) and the audio and brightness page appears. The
MUTE key is on that page.
- Are the contrast and brightness
adjustable? Yes, there are about 10 brightness steps. No contrast
control is provided or needed. The available
viewing angle of this new display is slightly above 60 degrees (+/- 30)
so both the driver and passenger can usually view the screen at the
same time (if the unit is placed in the middle of the dash and forward).
- Is the
CityNavigator Map System included? Yes. and it is
The USA/Canada NuVi kit includes "all region unlocked and
pre-installed" for the
USA and Canada. However, NuVi does not have CDROM copies of
CN7-NT. Note: Garmin tells us that the CN7-NT maps are
(almost) exactly like the regular CN7 maps except for using an improved
technique to compress the maps so they will fit into smaller map
storage. The POIs are apparently slightly different. We
found them better than CN7 but one NuVi owner said that in his area
they were less detailed.
- Will my old SP (or SP-III) cable work
with NuVi? No. The connectors are different and a USB type power
cable with cigar socket plug comes with NuVi.
- Does NuVi come with a dash
mount? Yes. A portable suction cup mount is provided. As noted
above, we consider it quite serviceable. We used the mount in several
a pickup truck and it seems robust and serviceable.
- Is <my> street shown on the new
(or CityNavigator 7) maps? Garmin has their MapViewer
working so you can check for your area.
I deviate from the calculated
route, what happens? NuVi will automatically recalculate a new
route to your destination without operator intervention. You can
elect "silent" recalculation OR you can elect to be advised when a
route recalculation occurs. The lady sounds just a tiny bit
frustrated when she has to say: RE--Calculating.... Some software
guy has a well tuned sense of humor!
I "TrackBack" on a tracklog with NuVi? No. The NuVi does not
support tracklogs or trackback.
many waypoints can be in an automatically generated route? I am not
sure. I have tried cross continent routes from Atlanta to Los
Angeles and they work fine. Waypoints created by automatic
routing do not reduce the 500-available
user waypoints. User
waypoints (called favorites) can be used to initiate an automatic route
and/or add (just ONE)"Via"
to a route.
- Can I operate StreetAtlas 9 or 2003
externally with a PC and using NuVi for the Position data? No.
NuVi does not have NMEA output.
do I upload SA8 Maps (or DRG, or
TravRoute or whatever) into NuVi? You can't. No
way. Can't do it. Only Garmin maps (Also see the Garmin Cartography
site for a list of Garmin protocol licensees whose maps are NuVi
compatible.) can be uploaded into NuVi. Neither can you use
to display your position on a laptop computer running MapSource.
MapSource and the Custom POI loader can only be used to upload
waypoint information by special techniques. (See manual.)
- NuVi is supposed to have Proximity
Waypoints for use with Speed Cameras and other special waypoints.
How do I make this feature work? You must download Garmin's
Custom POI loader software from their website. When you install
this feature, Proximity Waypoints will be activated. See
Manual for more details.
- How do I download screen
images from the NuVi? Garmin has a new feature in NuVi called
"PictureIt". This selection is located in the DISPLAY options
page. Press "PictureIt" On. Then you "tap" the power key
and whatever is on the screen at that moment is saved as a numbered
*.bmp image in the NuVi internal memory folder \pictureit\*.bmp.
You then attach a computer to the NuVi's USB port and
download the file(s) from the NuVi's pseudo disk drive.
- What is the "pedestrian" mode routing
in NuVi and how does it work? NuVi's "pedestrian" mode gives
routing for times when you are walking with NuVi. I had an
opportunity to use this feature in a QUEST model in Interlaken,
Switzerland where there are many
"pedestrian only" bridges and walkways. It did its job perfectly
and directed me along the pedestrian only routes when appropriate.
- Can I use my NuVi on my private
Well.. Yes, but it really is not designed for aviation use and
will not give you the usual guidance information needed for aviation
If you like having your airplane routed point to point, the
offroad mode will do that but you must put in a destination address and
- Does the NuVi
allow entry of route
preferences? Yes. Options are: Faster Time, Shorter Distance, Off Road (turns off road
lock and allows GOTO for straight line routing), Avoid U-turns, Avoid
Toll Road, Avoid Highways, Avoid Unpaved Roads,Carpool Lanes, and
Traffic. Also, Calculate routes for CAR
or TRUCK or BUS, Motorcycle, Taxi, Delivery Vehicles, Bicycle,
Pedestrian, Taxi, or EMERGENCY
- Exactly how do you figure out how
many "turns" can be in one route? Garmin says: There is not a
limit to the number of turns per se. Along
a route -- there are several types of points that are
"dropped". The first being via points. The second are
"guidance points" - where a user basically has to make a decision on
which way to go (keep left, etc.), and the third are "nodes". Nodes are
dropped along a route every time a road classification, name
change, turn, etc.... There are a
max of 1200 "nodes". If you
are creating a route along an interstate, there won't be very many
"nodes" dropped, because all the attributes of the road stay the same
(for the most part). But, once you begin adding in lots of via
points, where the detail of the map gets very complex, then there are
more and more "nodes" dropped. "Nodes" are not seen by the
user. Basically, they do show up if a person were
writing third party software and sucks out the Position data, but that
the only place a user would see it.
- Can I buy a NuVi in the USA (to save
euros) and then use it in Europe (or Australia) using CityNavigator
maps. Yes. But a USA purchased unit will have a USA/Canada mapset and
details for Europe (such as it is) will be essentially
useful. The reverse is also true. If you are in Europe with
a USA system, this means you will have to load maps from
CityNavigator or CitySelect for your entire journey if you want
autorouting all the
way. This all works just fine.
is possible to install MapSource World Map as an underlay in
conjunction with European CN6 for higher detail roads if you have a USA
NuVi and want to take a trip in Europe. But of course, WorldMap
does not do autorouting.
about MetroGuide Europe? Australia? Can
I use it for Autorouting in Europe same as MetroGuide USA 4 can be used
for Autorouting in the USA? No. MetroGuide Europe has
autorouting capability but ONLY in the PC. MetroGuide
Australia is not able to autoroute on either the PC or in a Car
Navigator GPS. The initial edition of MetroGuide USA4 was
capability because (at that time) CityNavigator USA did not have
complete USA map coverage. The latest MetroGuide USA (5 and up) does
autorouting on the GPS, only on the PC. Now CN7 has
and Canada map coverage as does CN Europe for covered European states.
Australia does not have full
country coverage. See Garmin's website for coverage maps and for
maps for Chile, South
Africa and a dozen other areas by Garmin Licensees.
I add VIAs to influence NuVi to
do a route "my way"? Answer: Yes. You can (presently) add just ONE in
the NuVi. You can select Vias from
Addresses, POIs, etc.
- I want a GPS for use in my Car, for Hiking, for
OFFROAD driving, and for MARINE use. Will NuVi do the job for
me? No! We do not recommend the NuVi for any of your
proposed applications EXCEPT for Car Navigation ON ROADS which NuVi
optimized for and where its performance is quite good. For Offroad
driving, the unit provides few guidance directions. The
same is true for Hiking and for Marine use. In general there is
no GPS which is optimized for
all your proposed applications, but the Garmin GPS-V or
the GPS-60C/GPS-76C and the Magellan Meridian and Sportrak Pro are
about the best compromises I know of in a stand alone GPS unit. Reviews
of all these units are available HERE.
- Does the NuVi have a DETOUR FEATURE to reroute you around
road work and other obstructions? Yes. You can select
various distance values and the NuVi will leave your current route
at the first opportunity and take you the "best available" alternate
route for your selected detour distance and then compute an optimum
reroute for the remainder of your journey. If you are using the GTM-10
system (and if the local government has timely information and if the
area has RDS traffic radio service) then the NuVi can automatically
route you around traffic. See our GTM-10
mounts for older Garmin units will the NuVi fit? None. The
mount, cables and mechanical arrangements used by NuVi are different
from any prior Garmin unit.
I operate the NuVi with my gloves on? In the rain? In
the rain with gloves on? PLEASE do not operate NuVi in the rain!
You will be sorry! But you can operate the touchscreen with
reasonably thin gloves on. But those touchscreen buttons
MAY be a
challenge depending on what gloves you use.
the NuVi operate properly with an XM Radio in the car? Answer:
Generally Yes. It is known to work OK with "aftermarket" Sony and
Delphi SkyFi XM radios as well as all of the OEM XM radios we have
heard about. The only problem reported to us has been with
the XM ROADY Delphi radio. Delphi tells us that this early
production incompatibility has been fixed in
new production and any older units will be exchanged at no cost to the
user during the warranty period. I have a six month old Roady XM
and it works fine with NuVi.
is the difference between the SP-2610 and the NuVi?
Answer: The NuVi is basically a miniaturized, reduced feature,
larger map memory version of the
SP-2610. It is actually more akin to a QUEST 2 on steroids as far
as features and appearance are concerned.
- Is there a MotorCycle mount for the NuVi? NO! Do not
operate the NuVi in a weather exposed environment as it is not
NuVi Feature and
The trip computer
works similarly to other late model car navigators. With NuVi,
notice that when you come to a stop, the estimated
times do not go to
infinity, but hold a realistic value. The GPS calculates estimated
times based upon road classes
in your Route and modifies the estimation by your actual
speeds on the various road classes. It also computes
the actual road distance between turns (waypoints) instead of
using straight line distances. The results give fairly
accurate estimated time to various points, even when using different
road classes, like traveling on the freeway, and then exiting later on
some local roads. Your estimates will not only be
based upon your current highway speed, but by the combination of
speeds you are using, or will be using on the various road
classes. We note that the NuVi was within 12 minutes on one 580
mile highway drive we made after it "learned" our driving speed
habits. Usually it slightly underestimates the time principally
as a result of unexpected traffic congestion which randomly occurs.
The NuVi does NOT
standard Garmin HOST
mode which allows the upload/download of
waypoints, routes, tracks, etc., You cannot use the GPS for
position tracking on an external computer. The external
cable is different from other Garmin
GPS equipment including StreetPilot models.
includes: Recent Finds, Cities, Exits, Addresses,
Intersections, Points of Interest, Food, Lodging, Services,
Entertainment, Attractions, Shopping, Transportation, Emergency
and Government and Waypoints. However, some of
locations of restaurants, hotels, etc. are misplaced by
considerable distances. Since the data is at least a year
old, some businesses are "missing" but overall the data is quite
accurate and useful.
routing, a "Driving Status"
line on the Map display indicates such
information as "Driving South on Roswell Road to
This can be quite useful in cities where you don't
exactly know which street you are on. Also as you are driving, the name
of each approaching side street is displayed allowing finding side
streets in the dark.
on the NuVi does not automatically adjust for ambient light conditions
like the SP26xx models. However, the screen brightness is changed
for night driving and brightness was acceptable night and day.
Automatic changeover from night
to day mode as needed is provided.
Datums- The NuVi
uses the standard WGS-84map datums but this is not very important
to the user since you cannot read out lon/lat anyway.
of ICONS are available in the NuVi
to identify user waypoints and mark routes. Icons include
airport, bank, boat ramp, car, dam, post office, and a host of others.
pricing of the NuVi is about US
$450 or less
and includes: NuVi GPS unit, speaker/power
cable, Pre-Installed CityNavigator 7-NT, Suction cup mobile
mount, USB data interface and cable, AC 12vdc
PSU for automobile use, quick reference
guide and other documentation. The complete manual is downloadable from
the Garmin website. Check latest prices HERE.
The NuVi has a
direct and easy to use
routing system. The user:
The NuVi has
essentially very little capability for
off road guidance. It is not generally suitable for serious Marine or
use. (You can do a GOTO if you select OFF ROAD as your routing
- Enters an address, an
intersection, select a restaurant, hotel, or other Point of
Interest using the rocker switch and keys for data entry.
- selects ROUTE to it
- NuVi automatically generates a route
to your destination and cues the user with both audio and visual
operates from external power in the range of 10 to 24 volts
DC or from its internal LiOn battery. Battery life on our unit
was about 3 to 6 hours of normal use on battery. The NuVi uses
FLASH memory internally and
battery. The LED backlit display lighting has a
rated design life of 100,000 hours. The NuVi shuts down when
is removed and (uniquely for Garmin handheld equipment) turns back ON
when external power
is restored. (Assuming the power was ON when the external power failed.)
Power/Speaker cable is supplied
with NuVi. The data/power cable used is NOT the same as
any prior Garmin cable connector. You will need the (industry
standard USB type used for cameras and other portable equipment)
cable (furnished) to load maps into your NuVi and/or to
upload/download waypoints to your PC computer. There is NO
capability with the NuVi for a standard RS-232 serial
antenna connector, a MCX coax
jack, is located on the right edge of the
unit's antenna. The MCX jack is powered (nominal 2.7 volts
no load in
our unit) and
has a current limit rated at 25 ma to protect the unit from
shorts on the antenna cable. The normal "flip out" antenna is an
integral part of the
unit and is not removable. The
Garmin GA-27C (Garmin part number 010-10052-05) amplified
antenna, some from Tri-M, and other 2.7 volt rated antennas
work with the NuVi. We
believe most 3 volt antennas will work as well.
The NuVi does not
NMEA-0183, DHCP or RTCM. Garmin has included
connectivity for its Custom POI program and for the ability to access
the 700meg user memory and the SD card memory as USB hard drives.
There are no other connectivity options as far as we can
temperature range is specified as
-15C to +70C. The
maximum altitude rating is
60,000ft and speed maximum is 999 mph.
The NuVi has a large number of
features and displays. These include:
- The MAP SCREEN includes the MAP, plus
(depending on operating mode),
Current location and road,
current speed display, arrival time, time to next turn, and Next
Turn display. These are user selectable (to some extent)
items are displayed. At TURNS when in POPUP mode, the map
image on the
left side of the screen will show details of the direction and angle of
the coming turn. Distance to the
turn is indicated in a window on the right side of the screen.
moving map display is provided
to plot your course over ground. Outside of Canada, Mexico
and the USA,
base maps (on the USA models) are generally MUCH less detailed.
Waypoints saved in the
machine are displayed on the moving map page as they come within range
of the map scale selected. The map
screen has zoom and scales from 120 feet (1/2 inch)
to about 800 miles (half inch). You can use the (+)/(-) buttons
on the upper right and left
to ZOOM the screen in or out. To PAN in any direction as desired
press the screen and slide your finger in the desired direction.
You will notice that in Europe and elsewhere outside the Western
Hemisphere, (on the USA model) there are NO ROADS shown on the very
austere political boundary maps. Automatic routing
continue during panning if you are executing a route.
- Route destination points can
be generated from user
waypoints (known in the NuVi as FAVORITES), city waypoints, points of
addresses and street/road intersections. There
appear to be 5 layers of map detail in the street level
CityNavigator NT maps. This compares with 7 layers in the
older CityNavigator 7 maps used in SP2610.
- The map display may be
set to north up,
or current track up or you can use the 3D mode. The 3D mode seems
to have less distortion than earlier 3D map displays we have used and
it was comfortable to work with. The map system allows five
selections of Map Detail from LEAST to MOST. This is useful for
selecting your own level of "map clutter" that you are comfortable
with. On the NuVi, user waypoints can have
one of dozens of symbols such as boat,
house, gas pump, etc. When you are
moving, an "arrow" pointer shows your position and
direction. Map accuracy is superb
on the CityNavigator 7-NT maps in the
automatic guidance system TOUCHSCREEN USER
INTERFACE is very convenient and quick to use. You can typically
enter and address and set up a new route in perhaps 30 seconds after a
bit of practice.
- A simulator feature provides
display of simulated motion for test of mapping software, data
simulations and such. However, the simulator can only follow
established routes and cannot just be set up to travel in
some user selected direction. This seems OK since the NuVi is designed
facilitate automated automobile navigation which requires the input of
screen back lighting
timer feature is provided in NuVi. The timer can be set to turn
off the display light (when in battery mode) in 15, 30, 60, 120 seconds
or NEVER. If turned ON, the light stays on when the NuVi is powered
externally. Also, when the unit is operating on battery OR on DC
power, if the unit is OFF and power is applied, the NuVi automatically
- A screen arrow and distance to
go number that pops up to show approaching next turn can be
selected as a display option.
- When the unit is powered
ON, a Garmin introductory screen comes on followed by a screen
warning not to enter
information while driving, then after a timeout, you go to the map
display page. You must manually press the MAP button to get
to the navigation screens. Otherwise you will be "stuck" on the
"WHERE TO?" screen. You CAN press the OK button a
couple of times to speed up getting to the Where To? screen if you
wish. The unit is defaulted to the "No data entry while moving"
mode (which is a good idea), but this can be disabled with a setup
display screen> Tap the signal strength bar in the upper left corner
of the "Where To" screen to display the NuVi's Satelliteacquisition
page. Two or fewer signal bars indicate there is no lock
but the unit is acquiring. If the lower bars are RED it indicates
that no sats are being tracked. If GREEN satellites are being
tracked Three bars indicate a marginal lock which may/may not be
enough to navigate. Typically 4 bars will indicate a good quality
lock, but the device is normally looking for at least 5 and this is
indicated by 5 green bars. The ESTIMATED tracking accuracy is
displayed at the top of the Satellite View page. Altitude and
speed are also displayed on this Satellite View page..
- Waypoints may be named with
a ten character name plus a symbol (boat ramp, gas pump,
etc.) which may be selected from a library of 117
NuVi has NO
track log system whatsoever. It does NOT have a "cookie trail"
feature showing where you have been.
- The NuVi
has WAAS/EGNOS, but does it support DGPS. NuVi locks
you to the nearest ROAD (in on-road navigation mode) and this is very
desirable (since maps are more imperfect than the GPS signal
road navigation purposes.
- External I/O signal
available are NONE. No NMEA output is available. You
cannot download tracklogs as there are none. You can only use the
USB data connection to upload/download MAPS, Music, Audio Books,
Images, and Waypoints (If you use the special Garmin Waypoint loader
software.) NuVi does NOT support normal MapSource Waypoint,
Track, Route upload/download features.
- Proximity waypoints ARE
provided in the NuVi. You must use the special Garmin Custom POI
loader software to activate this feature.
- North reference adjustment is NOT
provided, only "true" north reference is default.
(There is no
Magnetic North heading reference
- When navigating a
ROUTE, the pointer
points along the road in the correct direction
of travel. This happens EVEN IF the road is curvy and makes
many changes in direction. As each turn is approached, the
a verbal warning
and (unless POPUP turn guidance is selected) a special POINTER
automatically indicates the proper turn
direction and the command line switches to the next waypoint (turn) in
route list. There is no concept of "reversed route" in NuVi Each
automatically generated route is from "where you are
now" to a fixed destination. Each destination you want to travel
to (on road) is selected from one of: user waypoints (favorites),
- The NuVi has ZOOM in/out
buttons (-/+) near the top left/right of the map screen.
permits easy expansion or contraction of the map
display as needed.
NOT available in the NuVi by conventional means. However, there is a
workaround. To mark a waypoint you would need to have the antenna
out, then touch the map and at the bottom of the screen you
will see a Save button. Whenever you first touch the screen the
arrow will not go to where you touched but stays over your then current
position. Therefore, you can mark your current location this way
by then pressing the SAVE key. After you touch the screen a
SECOND time, you can placethe arrow anywhere else you want and
mark a waypoint at other places by pressing SAVE..
- The NuVi
is NOT rated
submersible or even rain resistant. The rating is IEC-529,
IPX(0). This means in English: Don't let your NuVi get wet or you
will be sorry!
- You can FIND
waypoints by NAME by using the SPELL key on the Favorites page.
You can also access the "most recently used" destinations in
- The NuVi display can only be
operated in the HORIZONTAL display mode which is in keeping with its
design an automotive GPS
I have tested the
NuVi on roads
and highways of North Georgia and Atlanta including several
interstate trips. Our NuVi has worked properly
at all times
as we could tell.. Generally,
tracking worked well but as is normal, we occasionally lost lock
momentarily in cities and in deep mountain valleys.
The NuVi performed
par with other GPS units in every test for lock
stability, multipath performance, re-lock after
an underpass, and ability to suddenly change direction
without loss of lock. The NuVi laid down
smooth tracks on our highway maps during all
tests. No gaps, jumps, etc. (The NuVi has data
smoothing like the SP-III.) NuVi's GPS receiver sensitivity
was the best we have reviewed.
We note that all
Garmin GPS models including the NuVi have a form of
"dead reckoning" for moments when signal dropouts occur. For instance,
if the NuVi is tracking along and just before a sharp turn you
invert it and block its antenna, it will continue to track straight for
seconds. It also provides a very good data
smoothing filter to throw out random fixes that are
way off track. This results in an exceptionally smooth track on a
moving map display. Even with this filter, there was
apparent during quick stops, sharp turns, and similar
maneuvers when normal continuous tracking was taking place.
under tree cover
and city canyon conditions was about the same as the earlier
SPs, G-V, G-II+, G-12XL, and we rate that
as very good. We do note that "occasionally" NuVi will lose lock
on heavily tree covered streets.
We found the
display controls easy to
learn and use. The overall NuVi system is quite comprehensive
and suitable for car navigator use. What the average user has to
with on a day-by-day basis is very simple to understand and
manipulate. The menu system and
generally quite intuitive and easy to learn to use.
essentially identical tracking performance with other Garmin units in
tests, we did not perform the extensive field
trials we made with the G-12XL, EE,
and others. For more information on
tracking results with our testing of the G-12XL, and
the G-II+, etc., see our reviews at: http://gpsinformation.net
impressions are that the NuVi (and QUEST) are a new
generation of pocket sized, low cost Automobile
System. While it is not the least expensive of the truly automatic
contained address-to-address car navigation systems (SP2610/20, iQue
and some other PDA based systems may be less expensive), we consider
the NuVi to be "very good" in its class of Car Navigators.
At about US$450, (Check
Latest Prices Here.) we think the NuVi
is a great product for the money.
and Quirks noted in using
1) The suction cup mount furnished with the NuVi
is much improved as compared with Quest's mount. It can still be
difficult to get in and out of the mount UNTIL you do it a few times
and learn that it really does just POP off the ball and socket joint.
You can also press the release leaver under the bottom of the
mount and rock it off if your mount is not attached too low on the
windscreen. In any case, the mount is very serviceable and
we had no
with the suction cup letting loose in 4 weeks of testing in half a
2) As with other Garmin Car Navigators, entering street
names can be
a problem. You might know a street name as AC Lewis Road, Ac
Lewis Road, or A C Lewis Road or Baywater or Bay Water or
Baewater and the spelling may/may not match the
local convention. The user MUST spell it like the
database or the address cannot be found. This can lead to not
being able to find a street that you know is there. Navteq
tells us that their convention is to run
initials together and use caps, so you might try that if you get
stumped with a street name with initials. For a street address
with a highway number, try just the number such as 32 (not HWY32).
Just put in the MAJOR parts of the street name. That is key
in PACES instead of Paces Ferry or West Paces Ferry Road and you
may be pleasantly surprised.
POIs are often in listed in "groups". There may be several groups
restaurants by the same name (different franchises I am guessing) and
you do not readily know in which group the closest
store can be found.
groups are incomplete (though they are VERY VERY helpful).
As examples: I find that
some post offices and libraries in my local area are not included, but
MOST are. In
Zurich, the Transit Information sent me to the Hertz repair garage
instead of the car return office. (They fixed the Dairy Queen
location problem I previously complained about!)
On occasion, we see the router
generate less than optimum routes such as taking a busy numbered
instead of a nearby freeway. This
is a problem with the Navteq map priorities and is true of other Navteq
equipped units as well. Overall, the NuVi performs
as well and often better than other Car Navigators we have used. Navteq
tells me that MAP PROBLEMS WILL be looked at if users will go to http://update.navteq.com/ and
fill out the report form. Lets ALL do
it! Overall, I must say that every edition is
better than the one before as to routing problems.
NuVi is a
convenient that generates about the best routes of any unit we have
used including our "old standby" the SP26xx models. It is not the
least expensive, but overall it performs very well.
NuVi is ideal for a portable unit
for a traveler. The only missing feature for traveling salesman
types is the multiple VIA input with a solution to the "traveling
salesman" multistop problem. For that feature, the SP26xx and SP27xx
models are preferred. I really have no problems
functionality of the NuVi or its performance in almost 2000 miles of
driving during the four weeks of evaluation.
If anyone has any
additions, Questions, suggestions, error
corrections other comments, please feel free to Email.