September 28, 2006

Review: Garmin Nuvi 660 Arrives for Review at GPS Lodge

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Update: See our Review - GPS Review: Garmin Nuvi 660 Review by GPS Lodge

We are happy to say that the Garmin Nuvi 660 has arrived for review here at the GPS Lodge. The newest member of the Nuvi line-up of course sports a wide screen format while still maintaining a thin pocketable form factor. A lot of people are saying that this might be the best GPS system around. We’ll see, but from the long list of features and the nice design, it’s looking good. The new bright widescreen give you extra real estate that Garmin uses to have extra navigation buttons or simply an extra wide mapping screen to show you what’s down the road. The other nice innovation that comes rolled into the Nuvi 660 is what’s attached to it; namely the traffic receiver that is integrated into the power cord. In a smart move, they rolled the FM traffic receiver into the 12-volt adapter making for simple connections.

The Nuvi 660 of course also comes with some extras that make it the “Traveler’s Companion” and like its siblings, the Nuvi 350 and 360, it can translate phrases, and run travel guide software that may help you when you are globe trotting. The Nuvi 660 also comes with MP3 and Audiobook capabilities. The headphone jack and onboard battery let’s you use the Nuvi 660 while away from the car, doing whatever you do when you aren’t driving. A nice addition in the box is the fact that it has a simple sheath case for the Nuvi 660 while you aren’t navigating. The headphone jack is on the end, so you can even listen while it’s in the case.

GarminNuvi660InBox.jpgWhat’s in the Nuvi 660 Box

  • Nuvi 660 GPS navigation system
  • Preloaded City Navigator North, America NT data
  • Vehicle suction cup mount,
  • Dashboard Disk for those who live in states that don’t allow windshield mounts (MN and CA)
  • A/C charger,
  • Carrying case,
  • Integrated FM traffic receiver/12-volt adapter with 3-month free trial subscription for traffic,
  • Mini-USB interface cable,
  • Sample language guide content (preloaded),
  • Sample travel guide,
  • Owner’s manual on CD,
  • Quick reference guide

    I guess they figured that people didn’t read the manual and that they can get away with a quick start guide. My experience is that the GPS systems from most major manufacturers are easy enough to get started for anyone who is not clueless, so this probably isn’t a bad move. In the past, I’ve handed these to passengers and told them to map us a route somewhere, and despite never holding a GPS before, they usually figure it out pretty quickly.

    One other thing I thought I would mention right away is the fact that the A/C charger has a folding set of prongs. Nice touch for those who have to travel. You may not need it if you are going to plug in the car chagrer, but it shows a little thought went into the design process, even on a minor thing like this; nice.


    More information on the Nuvi 660 at Garmin

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    Posted by Scott Martin at September 28, 2006 8:57 AM
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