August 30, 2007

Garmin Nuvi 750/760/770

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All the info, including Product Review information about the Garmin Nuvi 750/760/700 Line, here at GPSLodge.

  • 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
  • Recent Comments

    I just ordered the 760. I was looking for additional maps such as lakes and trails. I cannot find anything compatible with the 760. Any body have any ideas?


    Posted by: Rick at December 17, 2008 5:51 AM

    My dad got the Garmin Nuvi 250 for christmas. I thought the thing was so cool that I researched Garmin's for a week and ended up buying the 750. I took some photos of the 750 and uploaded them @ http://www.gamrchat.com/showthread.php?t=3 so others can see what the package contents look like.

    Mine uses the Sirf chipset - I've seen others before mention that they didn't know which chipset the 7xx series came with.


    Posted by: Zowie Wowie at January 9, 2008 1:36 AM

    Received my 760 today (replaces 650). Initial review: The mount is even simplier than the 600 series. The power connect is now on the side which allows the unit to mount down flush with the dash if desired. When first booted up, unit took about 3 minutes to locate all satellites. I powered down and removed the unit for 15-20 minutes. I did this because I've seen so many complaints that the 700's take so long to initialize. I reinstalled and repowered. Unit located satellites in 16 seconds. I think the trick is to let the system find all satellites (up to 12) when you first set it up. May take a few minutes. After that first time it has been ready to go in 20 seconds or less. The bluetooth function was way too easy. The 760 found my Alltel phone in less than a minute. All phone numbers transferred immediately. I do suggest you attach a separate microphone. I made several calls, including some sent through my radio, and general comments were that they could understand me clearly, but there was an annoying echo effect. Using the FM transfer worked nicely. Letting the unit find a frequency automatically worked well. The speaker on the 700 series is not as loud as the 600's, but still very clear. Sending the sound wirelessly to the radio greatly inproved the quality tho. Be sure to connect to Garmin and check for updates. Mine did not have the most recent update (2.1) when it arrived. Extremely easy to update. Basically does everything itself once you connect. You no longer have to type in the state name when navigating. Nor do you have to type in the city once you have visited there before. All in a folder in the upper left corner. The available QWERTY keyboard was a nice addition. I did one of my sample routes, 2 stops in Orlando, one in Oviedo, and one in Haines City. Took about 3-4 minutes to enter it all, which by the way, you can save as a route and not have to reenter. Set the unit to optimize the route. In 38 seconds, the route was set. All the complaints I've seen that the unit can't find satellites, or the FM transmitter is useless don't seem at all true. Perhaps those users haven't update the firmware or never initialized properly. I've had a TomTom one in the past and it was a piece of garbage in hindsight. Just didn't realize it till I replaced it with a Garmin 650 last year and realized how poorly the TomTom had been routing me on my salescalls. The new 760 is by far the easiest navigator I've used. Even easier to use than the nav in my wife's Infinity. (Infinity by the way has generally been recognized as the best of the in-car navigation units). So far, absolutely no complaints and several pleasant surprises. Highly recommend.


    Posted by: Warren M at November 26, 2007 3:33 PM

    In my case, when I've turned my new 750 on for the first time it acquired satellite signals right away within 30 seconds and lot quicker thereafter. I've got all the green bars even I'm inside my house. At start-up, it confirmed that the 750 is running with SiRF chip. I've updated its firmware to 2.20 and been testing the navigation for 2 days now and I don't have any issues yet. It's a good upgrade from my old Nuvi 360. And compared the navigation of the 750, is more accurate than the Nuvi 360.


    Posted by: Rey at November 14, 2007 2:47 PM

    I've just bought the new Nuvi 750 yesterday and the first time I've turn it on, it took 10 mins. to acquire signal and 5 mins. thereafter. This is my 5th Garmin GPS unit and I'm kind of dissapointed and thinking of returning it instead. Checked there website and found version 2.20 software update. But does not address the signal issues yet as other owners experienced. Checked this unit feature info page at garmin websites, I've noticed they've deleted the SiRF logo. It was there before they've released the 700s series. Maybe these series were not built with the SiRF on it that is why it is so slow to pickup a signal.


    Posted by: Ekie Bana at November 9, 2007 11:25 AM

    Where are the Nuvi 7xx units for sale? Is there a web site where they are being purchased? Everywhere I've looked doesn't have them in stock until the new year. Please let me know where you've bought yours. Thanks


    Posted by: Bryan at October 30, 2007 11:10 PM

    I bought Nuvi 760 as a semi-truck driver and the fact that it has the multi-waypoints. After I charged it, I noticed there is no "Truck" option in the vehicle-routing profile.

    In the c330 and even the Nuvi 660's vehicle-routing profiles include Car/Motorcycle, Pedestrian, Bicycle, Truck, Bus, Emergency, and Taxi. Is this hidden or carried over to the Nuvi 760? (I just bought it yesterday).

    Please respond.

    Thanks


    Posted by: Eddie X at October 21, 2007 6:31 PM

    I purchased a Nuvi 760 yesterday. Building routes in the unit is a pain and in some cases impossible.

    The 760 will NOT download GPX files on your computer as routes. It will only down load GPX's as "Custom POI's". You then have to select each POI and try to re-build that route in the unit. This is VERY difficult and time consuming, with a LOT of menu layers and button pushing between the list of POI's and the route pages.

    Further, the POI's are re-ordered - from the GPX route's original sequence - to an order listing them in order of proximity to your current position (from closest to farthest). So, it is impossible to see what the GPX's routing was originally. This makes any attemt to properly order the POI's like the GPX's route impossible.

    As an example, after downloading a GPX tour of the 17 mile drive of Monteray, Ca, I had to move each POI to a hand built route in the unit. But, even after allowing the unit to do its cool new feature and "optimize" the route, the unit takes you helter-skelter through Pebble Beach Golf Course and not on a leasurely, logical costal site-seeing tour like the original GPX's route was built.

    A quick check of the user's manual and GPX's are not mentioned.

    Another problem is Garmin does not send a CD COPY of "City Navigator North America NT 2008" in the box so you can put it on your computer. Silly really...you bought the license agreement to "City Navigator North America NT 2008" when you bought and powered-up the Nuvi 760.

    I REALLY HOPE Garmin is not going to ask people to buy this same set of "City Navigator North America NT 2008" map data TWICE! Now that would be inflation...

    But then I am not sure if it is even compatable witn MapSource. A check of "Mapsource Compatibility" guide at the Garmin website only shows the Nuvi 760 Compatable with "BlueChart" open water maps.


    Posted by: Vance at October 20, 2007 4:41 AM

    I purchased a Nuvi 760 yesterday. Building routes in the unit is a pain and in some cases impossible.

    The 760 will NOT download GPX files on your computer as routes. It will only down load GPX's as "Custom POI's". You then have to select each POI and try to re-build that route in the unit. This is VERY difficult and time consuming, with a LOT of menu layers and button pushing between the list of POI's and the route pages.

    Further, the POI's are re-ordered - from the GPX route's original sequence - to an order listing them in order of proximity to your current position (from closest to farthest). So, it is impossible to see what the GPX's routing was originally. This makes any attemt to properly order the POI's like the GPX's route impossible.

    As an example, after downloading a GPX tour of the 17 mile drive of Monteray, Ca, I had to move each POI to a hand built route in the unit. But, even after allowing the unit to do its cool new feature and "optimize" the route, the unit takes you helter-skelter through Pebble Beach Golf Course and not on a leasurely, logical costal site-seeing tour like the original GPX's route was built.

    A quick check of the user's manual and GPX's are not mentioned.

    Another problem is Garmin does not send a CD COPY of "City Navigator North America NT 2008" in the box so you can put it on your computer. Silly really...you bought the license agreement to "City Navigator North America NT 2008" when you bought and powered-up the Nuvi 760.

    I REALLY HOPE Garmin is not going to ask people to buy this same set of "City Navigator North America NT 2008" map data TWICE! Now that would be inflation...

    But then I am not sure if it is even compatable witn MapSource. A check of "Mapsource Compatibility" guide at the Garmin website only shows the Nuvi 760 Compatable with "BlueChart" open water maps.


    Posted by: Vance Tilley at October 20, 2007 4:39 AM

    A couple of things:

    Traffic - The Nuvi 700 series has TMC Traffic, not MSN. See the Product Page:
    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=134&pID=10624


    Keyboards - you can layout the keyboards as ABC, or QWERTY in the "Tools" -> "Settings" -> "System" menu under "Keyboard Layout".

    6XX Series with Tweaks? - In some ways, yes, but the antenna is integrated which seems more than just a new case; probably no small feat. At first I was concerned that the prices were going to be outrageous, but my hunch is that these will come in at a slight price premium to the 600 series, which is very acceptable in my mind. TomTom is doing this with their TTOne 2nd edition vs. their TTOne 3rd edition - $50 difference (but a 25% premium which is steep if you do the math on the $200 v. $250 that we've recently seen).

    Finally I have the Nuvi 760 in for review as of last night. http://www.gpslodge.com/archives/014123.php

    -Scott


    Posted by: Scott at October 19, 2007 8:43 AM

    So does the 7XX series have the standard traffic like the nuvi 660, or the msn traffic like the Nuvi 680? According to Garmin the 7xx series has msn traffic, but the reviews I have read does not say that it has msn traffic. What are the differences between the Nuvi 680 vs the Nuvi 760? I am wanting to buy one of these units but since I am new to GPS I not really sure what the nuvi 760 does different than the nuvi 680. Thanks



    Posted by: Darryl at September 10, 2007 8:25 AM

    Isn't this just the 6xx series with a few software tweaks and a new case?


    Posted by: Peter at September 6, 2007 11:57 PM

    I hope the FM transmitter has been improved in the 7xx series. In the Garmin 6xx nuvi series, it's totally useless because of the static at any FM frequency.

    I also hope they've added a QWERTY keyboard option to the rather hard to use alphabetic keyboard.

    Likewise with the fact the nuvi 6xx can't even ask if you'd prefer to route shortest or quickest without going into the default settings and changing them every single time you run a route.

    Does the nuvi 7xx series overcome these serious flaws in the nuvi 6xx predecessor?


    Posted by: Deana Spencer at September 5, 2007 1:09 AM
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