Update: I have posted my Full Review of the Nuvi 750/760/770.
The Garmin Nuvi 750, Nuvi 760 and Nuvi 770 were announced today for the start of the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. The new line features the sleek design look of the Nuvi 200 series, and a full feature set that will set it at the top of the Garmin line. The units will offer you the ability to get some help, including how to get to police, hospitals and to the nearest gas station. This is now becoming a standard feature in the GPS world, which I think will be welcome features for most users. The other way the units can help you are to find your car: Tap the screen and take your GPS with you (to avoid it from being stolen) and then the unit can help you get back to your car when your “Pedestrian Mode” walking or shopping is over.
In keeping with the similar X50/X60/X70 line-up configurations, the Nuvi units will be differentiated by the 750 as the base, the Nuvi 760 with added Bluetooth, and the Nuvi 770 with North American and Euro Maps pre-loaded.
The Nuvi 750/760/770 has an FM transmitter built in that can transmit directions to your radio, while the Nuvi 760/770 offer Bluetooth wireless for handsfree phone use and also a TMC receiver for getting the latest traffic updates. Sadly, from what I see, the traffic isn’t next generation traffic capable with historical average speeds.
Expect the Nuvi 750, Nuvi 760 and Nuvi 770 to hit shelves in September. The Nuvi 750 will retail for $600, the 760 for $800 and the 770 for $1,000.
See More Information on the Nuvi 750/760/770 here at the GPSLodge.
The 700 series allows users to truly enjoy the best of both worlds in personal navigation," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "Whether you're exploring an unfamiliar city or looking for a new restaurant in your neighborhood, this line of nuvis is the perfect combination of power and portability. And with the nuvi 760 and nuvi 770, you can locate a restaurant, find its number, call in reservations and then hide the nuvi away in a pocket or purse."
More than ever, the nuvi 700 series is there to help when drivers need it most, answering two of the most common questions: "Where am I?" and "Where's my car?" At any time, with a single tap of the screen, drivers can display their exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and gas stations. And to help drivers find their car in an unfamiliar spot or crowded parking lot, the nuvis in the 700 series automatically mark the position in which they were last removed from the windshield mount.
Each nuvi in the 700 series has a built-in FM transmitter, allowing users to wirelessly transmit turn-by-turn directions and street names, MP3s and audio books through their vehicle's stereo, and the 760 and 770 offer Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free calling when paired with compatible phones. The 760 and 770 also feature Garmin's FM traffic receiver, helping drivers avoid gridlock and adjust routes accordingly. Available in dozens of major metropolitan areas, the traffic service includes a free three-month trial subscription. Each model in the 700 series displays speed limits for many interstates and highways.
Through Bluetooth compatibility and touchscreen technology, the nuvi 760 and nuvi 770 make reaching and enjoying a destination easier than ever. By simply tapping nuvi's screen, users can find and dial phone numbers (specifically supported phones can even access their history log of received, missed and dialed calls) or nuvi's points of interest database (hotels, restaurants, stores and more).
Like other widescreen nuvis, the 700 series boasts a bright, sunlight-readable 4.3-inch color touchscreen display (480x272 pixels). Evolving from the design of the popular 200 series, the nuvi 700 series incorporates a high-sensitivity internal GPS antenna that makes it thinner and easier to mount in a car. At startup, users are presented with Garmin's intuitive "Where To?" and "View Map" welcome screen, allowing for quick searches of addresses or nearly six million points of interest like restaurants, hotels, attractions, gas stations, and more. Turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions guide drivers to their destination, announcing streets by name along the way. If they miss a turn, the nuvi automatically recalculates a route and gets them back on track.
The nuvi 750 and nuvi 760 come preloaded with highly detailed City Navigator NT road maps for the entire United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. In addition to those maps, the nuvi 770 provides detailed mapping of Europe.
The nuvi 750, nuvi 760 and nuvi 770 also feature extras such as a built-in picture viewer, calculator, currency converter, unit converter and world clock. Owners can also purchase invaluable Travel Guide(TM) and SaversGuide® databases to make their time on the road even more enjoyable and economical. For additional security, Garmin has included Garmin Lock(TM), an innovative patent pending theft prevention system that disables the unit from performing any functions until the user types in a specific 4-digit PIN or takes the unit to a predetermined secure location.
Garmin has also added the ability for customers to augment the preloaded maps with custom points of interest (POI's) from third parties such as school zones and safety cameras. The nuvi 770 comes preloaded with European speed camera information.
The nuvi 750, nuvi 760 and nuvi 770 are expected to be available in September 2007 at an MSRP of $599.99, $799.99 and $999.99, respectively.
Each version includes a vehicle suction cup mount, vehicle power cable, USB cable, dashboard disk and quick start manual. For more information, visit http://www.garmin.com.
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Posted by Scott Martin at August 30, 2007 12:28 PM