July 31, 2006

Review: Garmin Nuvi 360

The successor to the very popular Garmin Nuvi 350 has hit the market and the Garmin Nuvi 360 is pretty solid. The Garmin Nuvi 360 is a small form factor GPS that has a BIG set of capabilities. When you review the capabilities, the Garmin Nuvi 360 has a big compelling feature that differentiates it from its sibling the Garmin Nuvi 350. The Garmin Nuvi 360 is Bluetooth capable and can function as a hands free calling device if you have a Bluetooth phone. Very cool if you do, and very easy to use.

Both the Nuvi 350 and the Nuvi 360 come with the SiRF star III chipset, which is very sensitive and recently I was able to get a signal with the SiRF star III in my basement! Try that with an older generation GPS receiver. This means that you’ll have a lot less trouble getting signals in more normal places that you would navigate to.

The Garmin Nuvi 360 comes with the same easy to use interface as the Nuvi 350 and the same svelte form factor that can slip in your pocket, briefcase or travel bag to go wherever you want. To anyone familiar with my write-ups on Garmin devices, you’ll understand that the interface and the features present are consistent with the C-series products from Garmin, easy to use, fairly loaded with customization, but not to the point of being cumbersome. The Garmin Nuvi 360 features that set it apart from the C-Series models is that it has several “travel oriented” features that allow it to offer you help in demanding situations. There are currentcy conversion capabilities, language translators, and the ever popular idle time elimination tools called MP3 player and audio book reader. Not bad for long trips.

PC Mag just published their review of the Garmin Nuvi 360, and they awarded it Editor’s Choice. Here’s what they had to say:

“Move over, Garmin Nuvi 350! There's a new kid on the block, and it's one of your own. Last fall, I reviewed the Garmin nuvi 350 and awarded it one of the highest ratings I've ever given a product, as well as an Editors' Choice. Now, Garmin has come out with nuvi 360. The nuvi 360 is largely identical to its sibling the 350, but it costs $100 more and sports a Bluetooth phone interface that lets it double as a hands-free speaker phone. Like the nuvi 350, its language and travel guides are still optional, and it won't let you enter in a phone number when creating a new Favorite location, but these are minor gripes.”

Not Bad – the Garmin Nuvi 360 will be tops on the wish list for this holiday season I would say.

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Posted by Scott Martin at July 31, 2006 7:44 PM

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