April 1, 2007

Garmin Nuvi 350

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The Garmin Nuvi 350 (simply called the “Nuvi” back then) was introduced in the Fall of 2005 and kicked off a bit of a frenzy as thin was in and the standard was set for many future GPS units to come in terms of portability and added features. Not only did the Nuvi 350 come with the ability to navigate, but it also came with many Travelers’ aids to help position it as the businessperson’s GPS. This positioning was needed, as the price tag for the Nuvi 350 was close to $1,000 when it came out, and the general public was not ready to snap them up to adorn the dashboards of middle America.


The Nuvi 350 is now the basis for a successful line of navigation systems that has grown to over a dozen different Nuvi models in three distinct families, the Nuvi 200, 300 and 600 series. But while it is “old” in electronic gadget years, it continues to be one of the most popular GPS devices in the US, as the prices have fallen to very reasonable terms, putting it in reach of many consumers.

The Garmin Nuvi 350 comes pre-loaded with maps of North America, a 3.5-inch touchscreen, a high sensitivity SiRF star III GPS chipset, Text to Speech capability, a flip up antenna, and several extra programs that may help you when traveling overseas, like a currency converter, and the ability to add a translation dictionary. You can add other Garmin Maps that are sold separately, or if you would like to get the unit with North American and Eurpoean maps pre-loaded, the Nuvi 370 is what you should consider. See the comparison articles below for more information about comparing the Nuvi 350 vs the other Nuvi models.

Reviews

  • Walter Mossberg of the Wall St Journal wrote a Review of the Nuvi 350
  • BusinessWeek has a Review writing that the Nuvi 350 was the easiest, smartest GPS yet.
  • CNet has a review of the Nuvi 350 and they loved a lot, except the high price at the time.
  • PC Mag reviewed the Nuvi 350 out of the gate, and thought enough about it to give it an Editor's Choice award.

    Garmin Links

  • Garmin Nuvi 350 Product Page
  • Garmin Nuvi 350 Manual

    Related Stories

  • The Nuvi line gets a Savers Guide - an electronic coupon system.
  • Garmin Nuvi: Compare the Nuvi 350 vs. 360 vs. 370 vs. 660 vs. 670 vs. 680
  • Compare the Nuvi 350 vs the Nuvi 200/250/270


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    Garmin Nuvi 350 Specifications

    Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 3.87"W x 2.91"H x .87"D (9.83 x 7.39 x 2.21 cm)
    Display size, WxH: 2.8"W x 2.1"H (7.2 x 5.4 cm); 3.5 diag (8.9 cm)
    Display resolution, WxH: 320 x 240 pixels
    Display type: QVGA color antiglare TFT with white backlight
    Weight: 5.1 ounces (144.6 g)
    Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
    Battery life: up to 8 hours
    Waterproof: no
    High-sensitivity receiver: yes
    RoHS version available: yes
    Maps & Memory:
    Basemap: yes
    Preloaded maps: yes
    Ability to add maps: yes
    Built-in memory: internal solid state
    Accepts data cards: SD card (not included)
    Waypoints: 500
    Voice prompts: yes (internal speaker)
    Speaks street names: yes
    3D map view: yes
    Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route): no
    Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation): yes
    Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road): yes
    Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.): yes
    Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest): yes
    Hands-free calling with Bluetooth® wireless technology: no
    FM traffic compatible: yes
    XM Navtraffic (includes basic weather) & Radio for U.S. compatible: no
    MSN® Direct for U.S. compatible: no
    MP3 player: yes
    Audio book player: yes
    Picture viewer: yes
    Configurable vehicle icons (select car-shaped icons for map navigation): yes
    World travel clock, currency & measurement converter, calculator: yes
    Touchscreen: yes
    Remote control: no
    FM transmitter: no
    Headphone jack/audio line-out: yes
    Dead reckoning: no
    Garmin Lock™ (anti-theft feature): yes

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    Posted by Scott Martin at April 1, 2007 8:03 AM
  • Recent Comments

    I have a Garmin Nuvi 350 and i'm very satisifed, I live on the East Coast and on a recent trip to the West Coast had to reset time zone manually! If the unit knows where I'm at,it seems like a minor programming change to automatically change the time. Will garmin be updating the programming?
    Also when it directs you to use a "Toll road" why does it not tell you "approaching Toll road"


    Posted by: Mike at October 15, 2007 2:27 PM
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