November 5, 2007

Garmin Nuvi 750/760/770 Full Review

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-A Hands On Review by GPSLodge.com-

Also, I have posted my Full Review of the Nuvi 755T the new addition to the Nuvi 700 series.

The Garmin Nuvi 700 series was launched at the top of the Garmin line to make steps forward in both design and functionality. The Nuvi 750/760/770 units are a change vs. the Nuvi 650/660/670 units with a thin design losing the flip up patch antenna of the Nuvi 600 series, and adding some functionality that is nicely useful.

"I would rate it a Top Pick for GPS buyers"
The Nuvi 750/760/770 is a widescreen unit with a bright screen, not marginally bright, but plenty bright for sunny days. The 760/770 series also comes with a TMC traffic receiver that is integrated into the 12V plug. It has maps of North America pre-loaded.

I have been driving with the Garmin Nuvi 760 for about two weeks now, including a trip to New Jersey that had me navigating in unfamiliar territory, from the Philadelphia airport, up to the Princeton area, and back. The Nuvi 760 did a very good job of getting me to where I was going with comfort and confidence. I of course expected this; it's a Garmin.

Design

Again, the Nuvi 750/760/770 is a thin design, with no visible patch antenna that used to flip up on the Nuvi line until the Nuvi 200 and 200W lines were launched. The thin bezel surrounds the widescreen, framing it like a picture. A small microphone input is present on the left side of the Nuvi 760 for when you want to use the unit as a speaker phone. The power switch is a slider variety that you slide and it springs back to turn on and off. The slider also slides to the right to "Lock" the screen, and the power. Good move for when you are traveling and drop it in a briefcase or suitcase. Worked for me; I locked it and dropped it into my briefcase for the trip. Down the left side there is the headphone jack and the SD card slot. The bottom of the unit offers s sign that this is something more substantial than an entry model unit; not only is there a USB plug, but a data connector that plugs into the mount. It's through this data connector that the TMC traffic data and power are fed to the unit. One single rear-firing speaker adorns the back of the unit, which is right next to the external antenna input.

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The Nuvi 750/760/770 mount is a cam lever mount and the cradle is a cinch to get the unit into. The cradle has two small teeth that sit on either side of the data feed contacts that settle the Nuvi into the cradle. The Nuvi snaps backwards with confidence and has the power cord (and TMC traffic feed) plugging into the cradle's right side. Since the cord doesn't come out the bottom, it allows you to snug the unit right down onto the dash if you want to. To release the Nuvi, there is a thumb button on the bottom of the cradle that is a natural feeling and easy way to release the unit. Guarantee you won't fumble with getting the Nuvi on or off the mount after doing it a couple of times.


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Bottom of Nuvi 760 with USB input and Data/Power contacts for power and TMC feed. Note indentations to left and right to receive teeth from the mount.

The Nuvi 700 series has a SiRF chipset and comes with an internal battery that lasts a long time (claimed up to 5 hours); longer than most. I saw at least three hours if not more, so it was long enough for me to go a couple of days without recharging when completing shorter trips around town. I will also say that you can set the keyboard layout to either QWERTY or ABC;



New Nuvi 750/760/770 Features

Where Am I?
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Garmin has added a good software feature that rearranges some functionality into a single button that can save you some time in your time of need. The unit has a nice view of your location (giving you LAT/LON coordinates, the nearest address and nearest intersection), and three buttons. These buttons give you access to special categories of Points of Interest (POI), including Hospitals, Police Stations and Fuel. Tapping on any of the buttons will get you a classic list of POI that tell you the closest to your location. I used it as a shortcut to get to a gas station while on my trip, and it was very convenient.

Routes
Garmin added a route-planning feature that I think is a nice addition. Remote planning is a function that Garmin needed on its devices, and it's something I would like to see on other models in the line, below this top of the line entry. The planning is fairly simple; add locations from either "Favorites", Addresses, LAT/LON coordinates, intersections, recently found locations, cities, by browsing the map, or Points of Interest. Add either the start or end point and then build from there. The magic can come after a bit of entry. If you are smart, you can figure out the order of things yourself, and if not, you can rely on the Garmin to do it for you by hitting the "Optimally Reorder Points". In my testing the unit could easily optimize the points that are fairly well spread out, and logical in the results. In other words, the Garmin does a good job on the easy stuff. I also tried out a route in Boston, laying in some addresses that were on one-way streets, and in places that are not always easy to decide which way is fastest. NuviRoutesReorder.jpgThe Nuvi 760 did a good job, and was able to pick its way across town in short order. Since I don't have an evil twin to do the "Other" route who knows if it was perfectly optimized, but after gathering a quorum of Boston natives, we thought it did a pretty good job. I like it. Calculating a route with several stops does take a while to calculate, but overall, it's a good feature to have.

Trip Log
A trip log is essentially a breadcrumb trail that allows you to see where you have gone and track yourself on the screen. It leaves a light blue trail on the road where you have been. So, this might be good for back tracking, but that functionality isn't in the unit, and in the case of you traveling on a one way street or highway, you wouldn't want to backtrack exactly the way you came anyway.

My Data
"My Data" is not necessarily a new feature, but it is a way to handle your data that is now a bit bigger due to all the features in the Nuvi 750/760/770. You can "Set Home Location", "Delete Favorites", "Delete Routes", and "Clear Trip Log". All useful, all pretty self-explanatory.


Other Nuvi 750/760/770 Features

TMC Traffic

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Garmin has a nice approach to the TMC traffic receiver for the Nuvi 600 and 700 series, in that they have the traffic receiver built right into the 12-volt plug. The stub that goes into the power outlet is a bit longer than others, but this design is much better than having other wires hanging off the back of the unit.

Briefly, TMC traffic is fed over the FM spectrum by Clear Channel radio stations across the country that sneak into TMC traffic channels as a data feed. That data feed is interpreted by your GPS and overlays the information onto the map, with speed ratings and incident reports. So while you don't need a subscription to "run your GPS", you will need a subscription to the TMC traffic feed after the 3-month free trial that comes with the Nuvi 760.

Coverage of roads is always a question, and that coverage is limited to most major roads around major cities. That coverage is expanding at a rapid pace, and I think that traffic capability in GPS units is still in its infancy. As we include Historical Average Speeds into GPS units, we will see the usefulness increase dramatically.

The Nuvi 750T/760/770 GPS pulls in traffic data pretty quickly, but not as quick as it pulls in a satellite signal. So on my way to Boston Logan Airport, I didn't have traffic data pulling out of my driveway, but within minutes the other morning, I knew I was in for a mess going up the Southeast Expressway into Boston on my way to the airport. The Nuvi 760 automatically sets the optimal route if it knows about traffic issues, and will route you around them if a better route can be found. In my case, the traffic built ahead of me as I drove, so a small traffic icon popped up in the lower right corner announcing the traffic issue and the expected delay in terms of minutes. By hitting the traffic icon, it allows me to route around the issue onto side roads. I had some mixed results on the way to the airport as the Nuvi routed me onto surface roads that were busy, but not totally clogged, leaving me scratching my head as to whether or not I was better off. This is where the historical average speed data would have come in handy. It would have predicted the slow surface roads, but this capability is still in the future, hopefully the not too distant future. Anyway, the Nuvi routed me back onto the highway after a while and then back off again, but this time it nailed it getting me onto a surface road that from the looks of it only the pureblood locals knew about. I left a lot of traffic in the dust, and arrived at the airport a few minutes earlier than I would have if I were stuck in traffic.

When I was in NJ later that day, it saved me again as it gave me a surface road around a half-mile tie up at a traffic light saving me a few minutes there on the way to a business dinner. Twice in one day is pretty good. Perfect yet? No, but well worth the upgrade and the annual subscription if you are in traffic on a regular basis.

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Nuvi 760 warns of traffic ahead with a small icon in the lower right corner, with an approx. delay time. (Note: Night colors shown)

When the Nuvi encounters traffic ahead, it will attempt to route you around it ahead of time, but in this case, we had no choice and were into it before I programed the Nuvi. This changes things a little bit and allows you to at least understand what you are in for (a short delay in this case), which is actually great to know. Not knowing definitely causes some stress; but you already know that if you've been in a back up in the past.

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Tap the Traffic Delay icon and you get a screen that shows you where you are in the delay. In this case, we were near the end of the traffic jam.


There is an MSN traffic receiver available for the Nuvi 700 series, and would be a fair choice for those who want gas pricing information. I went through a discussion on MSN traffic and the MSN direct service for my Nuvi 680 review. If you want more information, check it out.

Bluetooth Handsfree - Nuvi 760/770
The Nuvi 760 offered me an easy way to pair my Blackberry, without consulting the manual and in a few minutes I was off and running. The Bluetooth handsfree ability allows you to use the Nuvi to make phone calls. The Nuvi does a very good job of handling your data, and giving you decent sound quality.

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Calling features available to you if you have a compatible phone

The Nuvi 760 imported my phone book and my recently called numbers; not all GPS units do this. Now, I don't drive some super quiet Lexus kindof car, and so road noise is a consideration here, and despite that the call quality is good on the other end, but not something you want to do forever, as the overall sound quality on a mobile is not the best. I like the fact that the Points of Interest (POI) have the phone numbers right in there, which makes it easy to get in touch with restaurants, businesses or hotels while driving.

Changing Vehicle Icons

Garmin introduced the ability to change your vehicle icon a while back, and it's a great way to make the device your own. The Garmin site has a few dozen vehicles you can download and put on your Nuvi, including a few like the Elroy Jetson Space Ship and the Clark Griswold family truckster. Changing these is easy if you can navigate a computer. Go to the Garmin website, and see the directions to download the icon onto your computer; you then connect your Nuvi to your computer with the USB cable, and open up the Nuvi icon under "My Computer". Get the vehicle icon file "*.srf" and drop it into the "vehicles" folder on the Nuvi.

Disconnect the Nuvi from the computer, start it and then go to "Tools -> Settings-> Map-> Vehicle/Change" Select the one you like and hit OK.

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Changing the vehicle is easy as picking which one you want and then tapping on the "OK" button.

FM Transmitter
The FM Transmitter is a way for you to play music and also navigation commands over your in car stereo. The Nuvi needs relatively clear radio spectrum to do this, and you then get music that is paused briefly to give you a turn command and then it sends you back to the music, seamlessly. The issue for me is that around the Boston metro area, there is very little free bandwidth into which the Nuvi can transmit. So as a result you get interference with the other radio stations and very mediocre results overall. Nothing I could stand for a long trip. So, in crowded metro areas, don't count on this being a huge benefit. This is no different than other units that try this feature; it's just how it is.

Media Player/Picture Viewer
Nuvi760Slideshow.jpgThe media player would be fantastic if I could get the FM transmitter to work in my area; as it would allow me to listen to music, or even audio books on my commute, mixing turn commands in with ease. The Garmin Media Player interface is a good one, better than most. It allows you to navigate and play music, which believe it or not is not always the case on low-end models from no-name GPS makers. If you want to deal with the hassle, you have the option of using the headphone jack to feed your stereo, and then you get all this benefit.

The photo viewer is pretty cool, and it allows you to add photos to the unit and watch a slide show of them. It also allows you to personalize the splash screen so that you see your picture when the unit turns on instead of a Nuvi placard. The unit comes loaded with some classic travel photos that really show off the capabilities of the screen, so if you want to see all the brilliance of the Nuvi 750/760/770 screen, check out the photo viewer. I was able to pull the SD Card out of my camera and drop it into the Nuvi 760 to watch a slide show of the pictures I just took.

Navigation
Believe it or not, navigation is almost an afterthought in writing up this review as the Nuvi 750/760/770 does it well. Garmin has navigation done right, and doesn't need a lot of tweaks here. They allow you to pretty easily find Points of Interest, or addresses and offer solid routes to get to those locations. There are navigation preferences that are user selectable, including vehicle type (Car, Bicycle, Pedestrian), as well as avoidances that you can choose (U-turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Traffic, Ferries). Here I would like the ability to indicate that I can or cannot use a carpool lane. This will be something that is coming in the future as it requires a lot of map data information; lane specific encoding, and time of day closures or switchovers as these lanes are sometimes only separated by a single barrier and alternate directions depending on the commuting hours.

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I thought that it was interesting to see that Garmin added a Speed limit icon to the screen on the left. I have seen these in the past, and they were terribly inaccurate on other manufacturer's models, but for all of the highways that I traveled on the Garmin speed limit was accurate.

The selection of your destination is easy, with a very complete POI listing of stores, businesses, and other municipal locations. The POI's are broken down to 14 categories that make sense, allowing you to look at the category listing by closest proximity, and then if you had a specific location in mind, you can then search within that category by spelling out the name. Tap on one location and you can see the address, the phone number with the option to see the map of the location and then go there if you decide that's where you want to go.

The Garmin Nuvi 750/760/770 also allows you to search by addresses, remembering which state you are in so that you have an easier time limiting your search for a town and a specific address. You are able to search by intersection, which allows you to type in a road and the unit then offers you the cross roads as a place you can navigate to. The Garmin Nuvi 750/760/770 has the ability to navigate you to the city center via a stand-alone button, which is not under the "Address" button; easier searching to get to the center of a city if that's what you need. You can also navigate to a set of LAT/LON coordinates, which I think is very helpful, if you are navigating to a location like a trailhead where the coordinates may have been documented without an actual street address. Nuvi760QWERTY.jpg



I will also say that you can set the keyboard layout to either QWERTY or ABC; a big help for those folks who are picky about how to enter data. I am. The QWERTY layout makes the keys a little smaller, while the ABC layout isn't as familiar to those who type on a keyboard all the time. (To change the option go to Tools-> Settings-> System->Keyboard layout).

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Finally, the Garmin Nuvi 750/760/770 offers you the ability to change your search parameters. So the default is to search around your location, which is fairly logical, but you can also search along your current route, allowing you to find a place to eat on that roadtrip, or search near your destination. This is particularly helpful if you need to find a hotel near your destination, or a gas station near the airport where you are returning that rental car; easy to avoid about $50+ in re-fueling charges by navigating to the airport, and then searching for a gas station "Near Destination" for a quick normal price re-fuel option.

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Easy to Detour and Stop navigation from the main menu.

Right on the main menu, tapping "Detour" is an option that allows you to detour around a problem ahead of you; usually just in front of you. I think of it as a "Hey I'm stuck and I need to detour now" button, and not a button that allows you to pick what roads on your route you don't like and navigate around them.

When you are done with your route you can easily go into the main screen at tap on the "Stop" button to halt routing. This is a small item, but it's a good way to understand the value of the Garmin interface. Other makers, including TomTom and Mio make it more difficult to stop the route and the route commands, requiring a few more taps that make the overall experience just a little bit more difficult.

Nuvi 750 vs. Nuvi 760 vs. Nuvi 770 - What's the Difference?

Nuvi 750 - Widescreen, North American Maps, slim design, "Routes" capable, optional to purchase antenna for TMC traffic (Not included, but unit is TMC traffic capable).
Nuvi 760 - Adds Bluetooth handsfree and TMC traffic antenna,
Nuvi 770 - Adds European Maps in addition to the North American Maps.


Review Summary

As expected the Garmin Nuvi 750/760/770 is a solid performer, navigating routes with ease, and confidence. I would rate it a Top Pick for the GPS buyers and for the months to come. Clearly takes its rightful place at the top of the Garmin line. The wide, bright screen with the new layout of buttons allows for quick easy entry of information and data. The Nuvi 750/760/770 has a lot of features, which brings along a lot of options and changes to be made. Despite this plethora of options and settings, the Garmin interface allows for easy navigation around these features in a logical way.

The new slim design is a nice update, and I welcome the improvements to the system with the addition of the "Where am I?" button that is convenient and offers confidence to find help when you need it. I personally love the multi-point routing and the option to optimize the destinations to get the best route. I'd love to see at least the multi-point routing on the reset of the line, and while it might stay on the top of the line for a while, I'd like to see the route optimization work down the line too. The changes made here are not revolutionary in the GPS world, and versus the Nuvi 600 series, but they are significant enough to make those looking at the Nuvi 600 series to think again and consider the Nuvi 700 series before making their purchase decision. As the Nuvi 700 series moves into the market, I fully expect that the prices for the Nuvi 750/760/770 to be close enough to the Nuvi 650/660/670 to be enticing and small enough to make that trade-up easy.

Available at

  • Nuvi 750 and GPSNow.com
  • Nuvi 760 at GPSNow.com
  • Nuvi 770 at GPSNow.com

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  • Recent Comments

    My 760 often cannot calculate the whole route of a long journey. I get around this by using the route feature. List start and finish points, add a couple of waypoints and the the routing then works!


    Posted by: Steve Gaunt at June 20, 2011 2:23 AM

    Which Garmin supports Automobile/TRUCK/SUV backup cameras?
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    Posted by: William at January 25, 2011 6:57 PM

    Dear Garmen,
    The voice announcer does not work. How do you solve this problem?Other than that I love my Garmen!!!!!!
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    Posted by: Nelson at May 4, 2010 12:45 AM

    I bought a Nuvi 770 12 months ago. It worked well all that time. We are now on holidays, tried to use it again, and all of a sudden it says "can't unlock maps".

    Anybody with an advice.


    Posted by: C Y at December 20, 2009 11:51 PM

    This is our 3rd Garmin, one was a rental in Ireland, the second was stolen and now the latest the 760 was awesome but we lost the top cap of the combination dc charger/traffic unit, and the accompanied fuse. Buying a new one is between 85 and 110 dollars. Where can I get just the end cap and fuse without spending so much money. The cap is smaller than a dime with a silver post and spring Thanks


    Posted by: Gerry S at November 27, 2009 10:15 PM

    I have a refurbished 750 Garmin sent me as a replacement after my original unit locked up. When you get the new unit - CHECK THE BATTERY LIFE. The refurbished unit they sent me stopped charging correctly about 2 months after I got it. Now it goes from showing fully charged to beeping the "Battery Low" signal at me in about 10 minutes, which makes it impossible to use it off the charger. Not sure if it's a battery flaw or a software flaw, but it's really annoying. Other than that, it's worked fine.


    Posted by: Alicia at November 9, 2009 8:20 AM

    I've ordered the 750 refurbished ofr about $150 on eBay.. does anyone have the refurbished unit? any problems reported? Thanks


    Posted by: Alberto at October 30, 2009 4:04 PM

    My Garmin 750 is about 1 year old. It just recently stopped automatically powering on or off when plugged into my car charger. I now have to power on or off manually. Does anybody know how to fix this problem?


    Posted by: Brady at August 6, 2009 12:48 PM

    Hi
    Guys, if someone knows, i wold like to know what kind of voice, text and keyboard languages selection, the GARMIN 770 is supporting?

    Any answer appreciated
    Thanks


    Posted by: pacos at June 9, 2009 3:05 AM

    Toni,

    Depends on what your budget is, as always. I would pay for a brand name, text to speech, and a widescreen in that order. If you want Bluetooth, you can easily get that. At this point, I can't put Magellan on the same level as TomTom or Garmin.

    Honestly for the price, the Nuvi 760 is a great buy; it has Bluetooth handsfree capabilities, is widescreen, has text to speech (says street names), and has a very easy interface. Online these are a good value in the low $200's.

    A more up to date unit that has some improved interface features, and a new design that isn't more expensive really is the Nuvi 265WT - better interface, and adds subscription free traffic capabilities. It's an overlooked bargain in my mind with the traffic features. It's about $225 right now at Amazon.

    Another one to consider that is slightly older is the TomTom GO 720 - Bluetooth handsfree, simple interface and about $199 at Amazon right now.

    -Scott


    Posted by: Scott Martin at April 19, 2009 10:28 AM

    Debbie,

    You can download the "Manual" from Garmin in a PDF format, and it will walk you through the operation of the unit as I mention above in my review. It sounds like you are talking about the Quick Start flyer which, yes doesn't tell you much.

    Here's a link:
    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/store/manual.jsp?product=010-00657-10&cID=164&pID=37420

    -Scott


    Posted by: Scott Martin at April 19, 2009 10:17 AM

    Help!! I just received my new Nuvi 760 and it came with a very thin "instruction" manual that basically doesn't tell me more than how to mount it & how to turn it on. It doesn't, for example, even mention how to insert a space between words when typing the name of a city or how to program a return trip to the destination from which I started out without having to type in all the information again. Can anyone tell me where I can learn how to use all the features mentioned by the initial reviewer??


    Posted by: Debbie at April 18, 2009 11:00 PM

    Ok, I am completely confused. I've read so much info on GPS' and concluded none are really any good. This one has this problem, that one has that problem, etc.. I was considering a Garmin nuvi780. How does Garmin compare to Magellen and TomTom? All I'm looking for is a birthday gift for my daughter. Good navagation capabilities, bluetooth capable, easy to use.. yet reliable. Any suggestions???
    Thank you !


    Posted by: Toni at April 16, 2009 1:16 PM

    Regarding the motorcycle and hardwiring the unit:
    Most cigarette lighter adapters convert 12 volts down to 5 volts. The one that came with the unit does not have a label to know for sure, but the AC adapter does (5 volt dc output). Also, charging through the USB cable would be 5 volts. So, I don't think you can directly connect it to your motorcycle battery.

    Regarding my earlier post about MP3 Player and a 32 GB SDHC card: It mostly works! I put about 7500 MP3 files on the card but the Nuvi only sees about 2500! I suspect that the internal memory is not sufficient to store the list of songs.


    Posted by: Larry O. at April 8, 2009 8:54 AM

    Sorry if this is a duplicate posting, the first one disappeared when I hit the "post' button.

    I'm getting ready to get the Nuvi 760 and have two questions.
    1- Is a second power cable available?
    2- Can it be hardwired to the vehicles battery(or aux electrical port)?

    The 'vehicle' being my motorcycle, which does not have a cigarette lighter to plug the 760 in to. Without this capability, the GPS is useless as I definitely spend more than 3 hours on the bike.

    Thanks everyone.


    Posted by: Fred D at April 5, 2009 1:33 AM

    Has anyone tried an SDHC card higher than 4GB?

    I bought a 750 a few days ago and am still playing with it. Seems to be a nice unit. I see that you can charge the unit with the USB cable, but I've discovered that you can't do that and play MP3 at the same time. Too bad.


    Posted by: Larry O. at March 9, 2009 3:42 PM

    I purchased a Garmin 750 recently at Costco. On a recent trip with several via points we lost the voice prompts and could not get them restored. I also had a question about routes with several vi points. Once I arrive at a via point how do I tell the unit to go to the next via point. Mine did not seem to do this automatically.


    Posted by: Bill G at January 29, 2009 12:17 PM

    Ok, read through all of this. Warren Merrill keeps repeating that there are no GPS reception issues with the 7xx series. What planet does he live on? It's not earth. I have a nuvi 750 (bootup says SiRF chipset FWIW). Had minor issues with GPS reception in Oregon but serious such issues now while traveling in Australia (bought Oz maps to add to the NA ones).

    I like the design and the feature set on the 750. That's why I bought it. But, here in Oz I've had to QUIT depending on it to guide me. I've had it sit for 5, 10, up to 30 minutes, powered off/on, wandered about in open fields, on top of hills... It is MUCH worse here in Australia than in Oregon. It has lost signal so often when I'm driving it is to the point I just use the maps on it, let it show me the route I need, and I go manually, without letting it guide me.

    And, I checked the Garmin site for SW updates just 2 weeks ago (when I updated safety (speed) camera information). Also, in October my wife had taken it for a 2 week driving trip through the western US, it worked much more reliably then.

    I do not have an external antenna with me so can't try that here in the southern hemisphere, but I don't know if it's broken (or breaking) or if anyone knows of GPS reception issues here in the antipodes.

    Bottom line, this is NOT the unit to buy/bring if you're planning to use it for Australia. Maybe with external antenna, but otherwise, it's just not adequate. When I get back to US will see what it does.


    Posted by: Peter Wombat at January 8, 2009 7:30 PM

    Linda - he 760 does multi-destination routing, marks your position when you remove it from the cradle, has an MP3 player, FM transmitter and audio line out. None of that is on the 265WT. Also to note - the power cord plugs into the cradle on the 760 - one the 265 it plugs into the back of the unit. Meaning each time you remove it from the cradle, you also have to remove the cord...


    Posted by: Josh at December 13, 2008 3:10 AM

    I would like to purchase a gps but I'm debating between two systems: Garmin 760 and Garmin 265WT!! They are about the same price and seemed to offer similar characteristics!! I would appreciate any feedback.


    Posted by: Linda at December 8, 2008 9:14 PM

    I am sure there isn't a way to tell. You used to be able to tell what chip set was in these machines, but garmin has taken away any markings or external differences to tell them apart (as far as I know) So I doubt there is a way to tell if the screen is different... maybe someone can prove me wrong - please do!


    Posted by: josh at December 8, 2008 10:20 AM

    I recently bought 2 760's; one from BestBuy via Amazon.com, and one from WalMart online. They appear identical EXCEPT that one of them has a screen with a noticable "golden-tinted" screen. And, that one does not fingerprint. The other one has the "black screen" like my 265T, and they fingerprint bad. I haven't seen any write up anywhere about a different screen on the 760. I'd be interest to know if anyone else has noticed this. Also, IF you wanted to get one vs the other, is there some model number or some such to specify the difference (the visible numbers on the units seem the same, except for the SN, of course).


    Posted by: Edward at December 3, 2008 7:48 PM

    Thanks for the reply Scott.

    I see that the newer 265wt has that type of keyboard - but I would like to have the Europe maps. I know when we travel to - lets say Germany - I'm not too good at spelling the street names that I hear - I think it would be helpful, but for the other 98% of the time I bet I could figure out the spelling back here in the states. So I guess I wouldn't need it as often as I originally thought.

    Can't beat the price for the 770 - $330 at amazon now.


    Posted by: Josh at December 3, 2008 7:14 AM

    Josh,

    No the Garmins do not generally have this type of keyboard. Instead, they limit the results options. So let's say that you are typing in MAPLE ST, - by the time you type the M-A-P, the Garmin will flip over to offer only those handful of streets that start with "MAP".... often times in a medium sized town, you only need to type a few letters of the street. It definitely speeds the entry process.

    Thanks for writing,
    Scott


    Posted by: Scott Martin at December 2, 2008 6:39 AM

    Walmart.com has the 760 for $246 on it's cyber Monday sale.

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    Posted by: cynthia at December 1, 2008 3:58 PM

    Can some one comment on if the 770/7760 keyboard entry has predictive text? - meaning will the letters of the keyboard gray out for words that don't exist? Many thanks!!


    Posted by: Josh at November 30, 2008 11:04 PM

    I've owned a 750 for about a year, the lodging data base is out of date and this limits the value of this device. Garmin doesn't appear to update the database, is there a third party application available? The 750 has a limited value if updates are not available.


    Posted by: Fred at November 29, 2008 11:18 PM

    I currently own a nuvi 200 and really want to upgrade to a larger screen. My old StreetPilot III had the ability to keep me on streets that would allow trucks. I get very nervous when driving down a route only to find that the road ahead is limited to 6000 lbs vehicles. I weigh 30,000 lbs and have a car in tow. Does anyone have truck routing software as did the old StreetPilot III?


    Posted by: Jeff P at November 28, 2008 6:24 AM

    simon; I have the 750, but should be the same. When the list of "recently found" addresses shows, the "clear" button at the bottom of the screen will delete the whole list, then the list will start and grow again as you use your unit.


    Posted by: pop at November 27, 2008 10:27 PM

    Jennifer: Costco is (or was a few days ago) selling the 750 online for $200 and the 760 in-store for $250. The 750 is "FM traffic compatible" with an optional $200 FM receiver, which means the 760 saves you $150 out-of-the-box if you want the traffic updates feature.

    The 760 also includes a 3-month trial to the traffic updates, so can see whether it is useful in the areas that you regularly travel.

    There is no longer an annual charge for the traffic update service; instead, you buy a LIFETIME subscription for $60.


    Posted by: Eric L at November 27, 2008 9:01 AM

    I am trying to decide between the 750 and the 760 for my husband - any comments? Are the differences (the bluetooth capability and traffic antenna) worth the extra initial cost and the annual change for the traffic?


    Posted by: Jennifer at November 25, 2008 10:30 PM

    how can i delete address in the "Recently Found"
    section.
    Garmin 760

    thanks


    Posted by: simon at November 24, 2008 6:46 PM

    Hi Folks

    I'm new to GPS - I always read all sorts of reports before buying any electronic stuff - but, nowadays I kinda am getting too exhausted reading these reports :) - I jus' feel like saying - why doesn't this GPS just drive by itself and download anything it wants :)

    Just a thought - jus lol and continue reading the reviews

    Arun


    Posted by: Arun at November 24, 2008 9:48 AM

    My wife and I have been using Garmin C320 GPS in each of our cars since 2005. It was time for an upgrade. I purchased the Garmin Nuvi 760 and we love it. Here is a little overview about how I decided what to get and some of the key features we had to have.

    My “must haves” in the new GPS were “Text To Speech”, Traffic, Bluetooth, no flip out antenna, and a 4.3” screen.

    I did a lot of research on Magellan, TomTom and Garmin models meeting my “must haves”. My conclusions were as follows: The Magellan incorporates AAA and that I feel is a really nice touch. The TomTom’s come pretty loaded but seem a bit more complex. The Garmin’s interface hasn’t changed form the C320 but Garmin has added a slew of additional features in comparison to my C320.

    Since the new GPS wasn’t only for me but for my wife, I decided to keep the learning curve to a minimum and decided I would choose another Garmin model since we are both experienced with them. Now, which one? I looked at all Nuvi units. I narrowed my choices down to the 255W, 760, and 780. Each of these include 4.3” screens, “Text To Speech”, Bluetooth, no flip out antenna, and are Traffic ready. The 255W does not include either the FM TMC Traffic or the MSN Direct power adapter. The 760 includes the FM TMC Traffic power adapter while the 780 includes the MSN Direct power adapter.

    When I started to check pricing I was noticing that the 255W is the same price as the 760 but did not include any Traffic power adapter. I also noticed the 255W power is connected directly to the unit. More on this in a moment. I decided it was off my short list and my choice was now between the 760 and the 780. I decided on the 760 since the price was more that 100 dollars cheaper then the 780. I can always ad the MSN Direct power adapter later and I will have the FM TMC Traffic power adapter as well.

    Another reason I decided against the 255W is that the power is connected directly into the unit and not the mount. It is so much easier to remove the unit from the mount and not have to worry about disconnecting the power cord as well. Convenience is another key factor I should have mentioned.

    The first thing I did once I got the 760 was register it at the Garmin web site. Once I did I was able to update the unit’s software and Maps. Garmin has a “Web Updater” software download on their web site. Connect the 760 via the supplied USB cable and run the Web Updater Software. The software will check for the latest version of system firmware/software and update the 760. That worked very well I might add.

    The 760 came with 2008 Maps but the 2009 Map update is available via Garmin’s web site. If you buy the 760 now you can call to get the 2009 Maps free if it does not come with them. Garmin uses NAVTEQ Maps and from what I have read, are more accurate for the USA. The web site was telling me to buy them but I made a quick phone call to Garmin and verified my purchase via email with one of their support staff. A few minutes later I was able to either download or get a DVD with the 2009 Maps. The DVD is $10 and that is for shipping. I opted for the download. The 2009 Map file is large, around 2 Gigabytes so it took about 20 minutes to download via my cable modem. Once downloaded I ran the setup and it updated my 760 to the 2009 Maps. It was pretty easy but including the download it took about an hour. I also created a DVD with the 2009 Map file for safe keeping. The map is the Complete North America Maps. On the C320 the maps had to be uploaded and not all of the USA would fit. The 760 is fully loaded with the USA and Canada. Very nice!

    While I was online I looked at the Garmin “Extras” available for download and decided to add a few new Vehicles. Pretty cool.

    Once I finished updating the 760 I took it to my car and mounted it. The mount is just a couple of pieces and the 760 mounts securely in seconds. The power cable connects to the mount and not the unit so that the unit can be removed from the mount easily with no wires to disconnect. The mounting is excellent. I also purchased the optional “Portable Friction Mount” which sits on the dash. I highly recommend this so that you can easily hide the 760, mount and all, on the cars floor. Very easy as compared to the supplied suction cup mount and doesn’t leave that suction cup ring on the windshield. Seems thieves love to smash and grab navigation units so the Friction Mount is great as it leaves no evidence visible you have a 760 in the car.

    I am amazed at how quickly the 760 acquires Satellites. When I did the software/firmware update it installed SiRF Star III Quick Fix. This allows the 760 to acquire satellites very quickly. So far every time the unit has been off to powered on it has acquired satellites as soon as it is booted up. Total time from off to “Ready to Navigate” is about 30 seconds.

    The Nuvi 760 has a beautiful, bright, and crisp looking 4.3” display. The fonts have been updated and the graphics are much better than my C320. I really like the new Automatic Zoom in and out based on distance to the next turn and destination. You can see the destination Checkered Flag and Via Point Flags are Orange. A nice touch is that your Personal Addresses display on the Map.

    The 760 speaks street names “Text To Speech”. Nice feature instead of turn right in 200 feet. There is no maneuver Ding like on the C320 but I’m not sure it is needed with the additional spoken information.

    The 760 includes Bluetooth so I was able to pair the wife’s phone in about a minute. Really simple. The Phone Book from the Phone transfers to the 760 along with Recently Dialed, Recently Received, and Recent Missed calls. Very cool. Once you start populating the 760 with your “Favorite” destination addresses you can manually add Phone Numbers to your Favorite addresses if needed. This is very nice since you can touch the Favorite you want and touch the little phone icon and dial that number. You can talk “Hands Free” via your 760 and I was pretty happy with the voice quality. I read a few instances where people say it doesn’t work well or sound good. This isn’t the case for us as I find it to work very well and sound really good. A valuable and convenient feature. On our first trip together we needed a certain item and we were able to pull up stores we thought would have it and simply touched the phone icon and called them to see if they carried what we needed. Once we found the store that had what we needed we were able to easily navigate to it. Very convenient and easy to use. I recommend the 760 with Bluetooth. Very nice.

    Searching for any of the included 6 million Points of Interests is easy and the POI Search displays Names and Addresses in the results. The additional address is a nice touch to see just how far away a result is if you know the town and how far away it is from you. The keyboard can be set to QWERTY and that makes typing so much easier if you are familiar with a PC keyboard. And who isn’t now a days. Another nice feature is there is a drop down that will allow you to access and insert recent Searches without having to retype them since they are remembered by the 760. Another nice feature.

    Another very nice feature is you can create multiple destinations and have them automatically sorted for the optimal route. You can keep adding stops or via points and you can even remove them. You can manually reorder them to your liking or let the 760 automatically reorder the best route for you. Great if you need to run some errands at two or three different stores. The 760 will get you to each in the most efficient way.

    The 760 has a “Where Am I” feature that is very nice. It will show you Hospitals, Fuel, and Police stations that are near to where you are at. It will also indicate the nearest Address and nearest Intersection. This is great to see just where you are and can be provided to law enforcement in an emergency or to tell someone exactly where you are in an unknown area. Your Elevation is also indicated.

    As you drive there is an icon that will display the Speed Limit for the road you are on. A little reminder to check your speed and keep it safe.

    Maybe on of the best features are the Real Time Traffic updates. The 760 comes with the FM Traffic power adapter. The Traffic adapter is in place of a regular power adapter so the only thing different is it is it has some LED’s and it is a little larger where it gets plugged into the car’s power. Of course you need to be in an area that is covered by FM Traffic. If you are in a covered area than it can take about 10 minutes to get traffic data. Once data is in the 760 it will display on the map and on a separate Traffic screen. One bad thing is once power is lost so is the traffic data. It may take another 10 minutes or so the acquire traffic data again. Traffic issues are displayed on the main map screen with different colors and an appropriate traffic icon on your route as you approach them. An icon in the lower right will also show you how much time traffic is causing your delay. This time is automatically added to your current route. If the traffic is deemed too much then the 760 will recalculate a new route almost seamlessly to divert you around the traffic. There is plenty of traffic related detail on a separate screen if you want to access it. You can also touch the “Avoid” or “Detour” to force the 760 to reroute around traffic. The included FM Traffic comes with a 3 Months free Trial then it is $60.00 per year. Worth it if you are on the road a lot and your travels are within the covered areas.

    I think I am going to get the MSN Direct (separate power adapter) after the 3 month trial expires. The MSN Direct includes Traffic, Gasoline prices, and Weather alerts. There is more to MSN Direct but these features make it more worth it to me. Another nice thing about the MSN Direct is that you can opt for a one time lifetime payment and you’re done.

    These are all the features for us that make the 760 a really nice GPS unit. There are many pluses and only a few drawbacks. Two drawbacks are; no House AC Adapter and no Carry Case for storage. But, if you have a USB cell phone then you can probably use your AC charger for the phone as I do.

    I recommend the Garmin Portable Friction mount for the dash. Easy to put in place and hide on the cars floor. I also recommend getting the Garmin Carry Case.

    I was able to shop the web and find the 760 for about $350.00. The Portable Friction Mount and the Carry Case were another $50.00. So for about $400.00 I got a very nice Navigation unit. For us the 760 is a wonderful GPS. It is beautiful and sleek. The features it includes are a valuable addition and make traveling even short distances easier and more enjoyable. I highly recommend the 760 to anyone looking for a new personal GPS unit.


    Posted by: Mark at July 6, 2008 11:17 AM

    how do i get the Speed Limit show up on the garmin 750 all the tine thank.s


    Posted by: walter at July 1, 2008 2:12 AM

    how do i get the Speed Limit show up on the garmin 750 all the tine thank.s


    Posted by: walter at July 1, 2008 2:08 AM

    I have had the Garmin 750 for a week now, I brought it for a back up for my Mio C520. which I have owned for a month paid 203.00 at Circuit City and paid 299.99 for the Garmin 750 at Sams Club. I am a transportation officer for a dentention center and I cover the entire state of Maryland, I send a lot of time on the road going to other jails, prisons, courts, and hospitals in the state. During the week of purchase I have traveled to P.G. county, Baltimore city and county, Dorchester, Talbot, Wicomico, Howard, and Worcester counties on transports and the Mio C520 has been a stellar performer with the routing of the trips the Garmin has be lackluster at best. The two units were placed side by side and every trip taken the Mio gave quicker and better routes, going to Baltimore county detention center the Garmin wanted to take me down Rt. 2 thru Glen Burnie with a sea of red lights and through Baltimore city to York road to Towson, the Mio's route took me down I97 to 95 to 695 which is the fastest way. The Mio came with bluetooth capabilities, mp3, video and a picture viewer,teleAtlas map, 6 milion pois a user friendly interface, to fully master the C520 you will have to play with it a few days to fully understand how this unit works. This is a outstanding unit for the price/feature ratio compaired to the other high end units. Lets be real for a moment there is no ultimate gps they have or lack something we need never everything at once. They get us from point a to point b and that is the main reason we buy them and all the bells and whistles that come with them just make the trip just a little better. The garmin has a pretty simple interface which takes a lot less time to figure out, it also has a mp3 player and a picture viewer also. It has pretty much the same features and capabilities as the Mio but features the navteq mapping system. Even with the 2009 updated map on the Garmin, the Mio with the outdated map did a far better job of routing me to my destinations. Over all I think the Mio C520 is a better unit then the Garmin nuvi 750.


    Posted by: Ben Sampson at June 21, 2008 12:14 AM

    I purchased the 760 3 days ago and took a trip from Florida to North Carolina days later. This unit is the berries except for one thing and I've seen some complaints above. The battery life sucks!!! Wont last more than 3 hours tops and during the final 3rd hour keeps coming up with "Battery Low" on the screen and you have to press OK to get out of it. Talked to Garmin rep and he said batt should last 2-3 hours at best. Unit is made to be plugged in etc while driving. Well thats fine but what about in walking mode? If your in the city and take it with you, obviously you better jog to your location as you'll be walking in the dark pretty damn quick. I think for all the bells and whistles and how great this unit is, Garmin should have also put a real battery in it.


    Posted by: Richard at May 25, 2008 10:46 PM

    I have today had a try on getting the MP3 transmitted via FM to the radio to sound better and I was sucessfull.
    I had noticed that I found it weird that the aerial cable with the two little sucction mounts came out the bottom and not the top.
    One would think that it is to receive the traffic radio signal for the traffic receiver.
    While it still might serve this purpose, one would attach the aerial suction cups along the top edge of the windshield.
    So it should come out there. Thinking that it actually wants attaching towards the bottom to avoid cable stress, made me attach it to the section of the burlwood dash just above the car radio. This instantly increased the quality of the FM signal many folds.
    The sound was clear and even surpressed incoming weaker radio stations. There is no stress on the cable any more.
    It also makes sence that the aerial should be positioned near to the radio as one can expect that the radio signal should be so weak that no interference in somebody else's receiver can occur.

    Try it and enjoy


    Posted by: Ralf from England at May 21, 2008 6:59 PM

    Hi All,

    I am off to buy my Nuvi 770 but when i read the spec's for it they mention non replaceble battery is this mean that after 1 year or so when the battery dry the machine will be useless as portable or even saved routes plz advice before i buy this machine.


    Posted by: wely at May 17, 2008 3:53 AM

    Ok, I figured out the "skyview" issue I was having. It appears you have to press and hold the mini-bars on the main screen to get into the view. On my 350 it was almost immediate.

    Now I need to figure out why routes aren't be saved.


    Posted by: Mark at March 11, 2008 12:12 PM

    I'm having troubles saving routes with my new 750. I create them in Mapsource. It tells me two routes. I transfer them to the 750. When I look at the routes on the 750 it tells me no routes. What am I doing wrong?


    Posted by: Mark at March 10, 2008 9:50 PM

    The 750 doesn't seem to number of choices for vehicles as does the 350. Once updated, it only gave one additional vehicle which is the triangle. Can you get more?


    Posted by: Mark at March 10, 2008 8:56 PM

    Does the Nuvi 750 support the "skyview" of the satellites, like the 350 does? If so, how to you get to it? Pressing the reception bars on the main menu doesn't get me there.


    Posted by: m at March 10, 2008 8:54 PM

    Just purchase a Nuvi 750. Was wonder if there was a way to get the "skyview" like I had on 350. Pressing the signal bars no longer seems to bring that up.


    Posted by: Mark at March 10, 2008 8:26 PM

    Thanks for the feedback. Never occurred to me to check their reputation. I've never had a problem ordering anything online before. I did check them out at http://www.resellerratings.com/store/86th_Street_Photo_Video . The reputation is beyond horrible. As a result, I canceled my backordered 750 and looked elsewhere. Surprising, at least to me, many of the lower priced resellers have questionable reputations as well. Nowhere near as bad as 86photovideo, but still enough to give me doubts. So I ended up finding a reseller with an excellent rating and went with them. I ended up pay $100 more, but at least I'll get what I want and get it fast. So word to wise, a deal that looks too good, its probably too good to be true. I appreciate your feedback, otherwise I may have never have ever received the item, or it would have been not what I ordered, either being refurbished or being a different product altogether.


    Posted by: Mark at March 7, 2008 10:45 AM

    I almost used 86photovideo.com due to the low price. They have a very, very bad reputation. Do a search on their name before buying from them.


    Posted by: Danny at March 5, 2008 2:24 PM

    I almost used 86photovideo.com due to the low price. They have a very, very bad reputation. Do a search on their name before buying from them.


    Posted by: Danny at March 5, 2008 2:24 PM

    FYI .... The price at 86photovideo.com has dropped to $295 for the Nuvi 750.


    Posted by: Mark at March 3, 2008 2:25 PM

    With the HSN deal long gone here is the best price I can find, it seems pretty good: http://www.86photovideo.com/products.asp?product_id=18352
    I've ordered one at $329, but since it hadn't shipped, and the price dropped, they gave me the $319 price. The item is back ordered for two weeks, so they game free shipping. So $319 seems like a good price. And if the price drops more before shipping you'll get that.


    Posted by: Mark at February 26, 2008 9:03 PM

    Nuvi 750 is on sale tonight (feb.16) for $299 on HSN (5 payments of around $60)

    see: http://www.HSN.com


    Posted by: Warren Merrrill at February 16, 2008 3:46 PM

    New Nuvi 750 for $310 including shipping:


    Posted by: Edly at February 16, 2008 1:28 PM

    Well the site with the $372 price, changed. But I found this site: http://www.gosale.com/4934819/garmin-nuvi-750-auto?gclid=CIflt772upECFQJ-lgodhiTsDQ
    which has a similar deal. The price is $6 higher, but the shipping $6 lower, so its comes out the same overall price.

    Forgive me if this ends up being a duplicate post. The site was acting up and I wasn't seeing my original postings.


    Posted by: Mark at February 10, 2008 8:06 PM

    That price is excellent if the sellerr is reliable. Where did you see that.

    To Mark, unless you live in New York, Boston or Chicago,with their tall buildings consistantly affecting signal, I don't think you'll see any need for the extra antenna. After all, it locks INDOORS now. You did update to firmware 2.6, correct?


    Posted by: Warren Merrrill at February 10, 2008 8:24 AM

    About pricing of the 750. I've found a site for $372, with $16 shipping fee bring the total unit. It seems like a good price, but wanted to bounce this off you guys to see if I can do better.


    Posted by: mark at February 10, 2008 1:17 AM

    QuickfixII sounds like a nice feature. I wonder if combined with an external antenna how fast it could be. Now, most times, I get several sat locks before I can see menu screen.


    Posted by: Mark at February 10, 2008 1:14 AM

    Although I'm not in sales, the wife and I often do day trips around our state, often planning multiple stops for food or seeing the site. Routing sounds like a great way to handle, as opposed to having to program several individual waypoints, which takes a bit more time.

    Does the routing feature allow one to reverse the route?


    Posted by: Mark at February 10, 2008 1:11 AM

    In skyview with the external antenna I typical 7-8 bars pegged, with the others anywhere from 60-85%. I get a typical "accuracy" figure of 7-11 feet, usually less than 10.


    Posted by: Mark at February 10, 2008 1:04 AM

    Mark, prior to the
    garmin upgrade to quickfixII, the 300 and 600 series both had better and quicker lock. No longer the case. Honestly, a "cold boot" now is counted in SECONDS, generally less than 30, and I get consistant lock inside my home in only a few seconds more. Warm boot is immediate. The 700 series has no satellite reception issues.


    Posted by: Warren Merrrill at February 8, 2008 11:43 PM

    Optimized routing on the 700's is incredibly useful if you are in sales, run a delivery route, or anything along that line that requires multiple stops on a regular basis. Otherwise, for casual use, the 600's a very good. The 700's of course have added Sirf QuickstartII as well as compatibilty with MSN2. They also offer the option of QWERTY or ABC entry. Also search POI's a bit quicker.


    Posted by: Warren Merrrill at February 8, 2008 3:26 PM

    I believe the 350 will show satellite strength via "skyview. I know the 200 does not. To test, hold your finger on the green satellite bars for approx. 4 seconds or so. If it doesn't bring up "Skyview", then apparently it's on only the 600's and up. (as well as almost any of the streetpilot series)


    Posted by: Warren Merrrill at February 8, 2008 3:06 PM

    Just curious how much the routing capabilities of the 700 series is used. It is the primary reason I'm considering upgrading. Of course the larger screen is a nice touch. It appears the letters on the keypad are a bit larger which, I think, makes typing less prone to error. To me routing seems like a great feature. However, if its not, I might lean towards the 650 and save $100.


    Posted by: Mark at February 8, 2008 12:06 PM

    Warren,

    Not sure the 350 shows a numeric signal strength, or perhaps I just haven't noticed it. Are you referring to the bars and approximating signal strengths from that? The 350 report accuracy in feet. I know with the external antenna when looking at each satellite's strength, the bars are pegged at peak readings, which does not happen on the internal antenna. Its my understanding the 700's don't have a fold up antenna, so I'm wondering if the perpendicular aspect relative to the satellite positions diminishes reception at all.


    Posted by: Mark at February 8, 2008 11:57 AM

    If you bump up to the 700's, I don't think you'll ever find an external antenna necessary. They do lock on near immediate (quickstartII) and show excellent reception. Not at all unusual to lock 9-11 satellites at 60% or better strength.


    Posted by: Warren Merrrill at February 8, 2008 6:45 AM

    I too would love to see the travel speed shown when in tracking mode. Would be great modification. I have a Nuvi 350 currently and like it very much. I do wish I had routing capabilities and am now thinking of upgrading to the 700 series, likely the 750. I notice that reception is great when outside, typically getting an accuracy of 17-23 feet, occasionlly more. I decided to by an external antenna (Gilsson) 28db gain. Its great. Acquisition time in usually seconds, many time already locked on by the time the unit goes thru its power up sequence. With the antenna, I typical get about 7-9 feet accuracy, and more satellite locks. One feature I would really, really like to see Garmin or a 3rd party add to their mounts was the ability to support not just power, but an external antenna connection. Its inconvenient to have plug and unplug and antenna connector everytime I move the Nuvi from car to PC. I hope Garmin is listening and considers adding a remove antenna jack to future mounts.


    Posted by: Mark at February 7, 2008 11:39 PM

    Regarding Sirf/Bravo, there is NO evidence that the 700 series uses anything BUT Sirf chips, no matter what "someone at Garmin said". The nuvi line does use the Bravo chip (users report better satellite reception) but NOT the 700 series. If it says Sirf on the splash screen, it is Sirf. No one has ever seen anything different from my research. Anyone with evidence to the contrary, let me know. The 700's have also been updated to sirf quickfixII with the latest firmware update, 2.6. As to battery, it may take up to 8 hours to fully charge the battery from a completely discharged state. I think you'll generally find it better to use the car charger when using it for nav, since it will keep the battery fully charged. The screen is also brighter when in the active mount. A fully charged battery will last between 3 hours and slightly over 4, depending on screen brightness and whether bluetooth is active. You can check whether battery is fully charged by holding your finger on the battery icon for around 8 seconds, bringing up a diagnostic screen. Battery charge level is about 1/2 way down the screen.


    Posted by: Warren Merrill at February 7, 2008 2:45 PM

    Continuation of the previous post. The garmin rep said that they use the Sirf and Bravo sets equally, so we have a 50/50 chance of getting one or the other. No way of knowing which you have without booting the device.


    Posted by: dave at January 7, 2008 8:21 PM


    January 7, 2008. Just talked to a knowledgeable tech support person at Garmin. He acknowledged that, yes, they do have two versions of the chipset for the Nuvi 700 series: Sirf and Bravo. He didn't know much about the Bravo, whether it's made by Garmin or purchased from another company, but he said that in all the tests he's aware of, the Bravo did as well or better than the Sirf (but then what else would he say). The only way he thinks to determine which is in the unit is to watch the bootup and look for the chipset trademark information.


    Posted by: Dave at January 7, 2008 8:18 PM

    I also got a nuvi 750 as a christmas gift. Love it, but had to return mine as it won't hold a charge. I let the replacement on until the battery died and when I plug it into the computer I have no way of telling if it is charging, no indicator light or anything. All I see if the word GARMIN and a picture o9f a computer at the bottom of the screen. How do I know if it is charging, and how long does it take. I would really hate to exchange it again as I really love it. Any info would be wonderful. Thanks.


    Posted by: liz at January 5, 2008 10:24 PM

    I am in the market shopping for my first GPS. I find the reviews/bantering both interesting and useful as I am attempting to learn from the gps user community with a view to making an educated decision on what GPS and what GPS functionalities are important to me. I am off to the UK next summer for three years, so maps of Europe are a requirement. I am zeroing in on the Tom Tom 920 and Garmin 770. I welcome any suggested websites that may assist me in learning more about GPS.


    Posted by: Mark at January 5, 2008 3:04 PM

    I received the 760 as a Christmas present and I am impressed by the functionality of such a small unit. After a full night of charging, we took it on a 90 mile trip without taking the power cord and the low battery indicator started showing up after approximately 60 minutes. The brightness was set at 80% and the volume was 100%. I am wondering if I should exchange it because there may be a problem with the battery. Garmin reps indicated it should last 3-4 hours under normal conditions, and suggested I just take the power cord. Well if I want to take it on a hike, I would like to think it will last longer than an hour. Has anyone else experienced battery problems?


    Posted by: cs64 at January 3, 2008 11:28 AM

    I just got a nuvi 750 and im wondering where is the charge indicatior. I've been charging it for over 6 hrs on the computer and its still going. How do you know this Nuvi is fully charged?


    Posted by: Kham at December 31, 2007 10:07 PM

    I forgot to say. The 770, despite its hefty price does not come with a software to plan your trip on your PC. Also you can not send the address to your unit from a search engine like TOMTOM and Google.


    Posted by: sarkis at December 27, 2007 11:19 PM

    I just received my 770. The blue tooth function is suboptimal. The interface is not much different than other much cheaper units. Some bells and whistles you may not need. Long satellite acquisition time. Not worth it. Go buy a cheaper unit.


    Posted by: sarkis at December 27, 2007 11:17 PM

    I hope Garmin is watching/listening too. I have a Garmin GPS V and I love how you can manipulate the screen to show the information that's important to you. I used to drive an 18wheeler, and this sweet little unit never steered me on the wrong roads when in the truck mode. Now if Gary and Min (Garmin)would make the Nuvis in the same manner where you have the choice of a simple screen, or as complicated as you would like it. The closest to that would be the Gps 276, 376, 476, etc. While The Mio C720 and C520 are not as accurate as the Garmin navigation wise, their screens are more user friendly, more tailorable to your needs. They give you more fine details. I did buy the C520, but had to reluctantly take it back due to its inaccuracy in navigating. There is a big difference between TeleNav(Garmin) and TeleAtlas (Mio and others) software. The TeleNav just simply out-navigates the teleAtlas when it comes to getting you to your destination, without making you travel extra miles out of your way, or wasting fuel and time. I may have to get the Mio C720 anyway to supplement the Nuvi 750. The Mio C720 has maps of Mexico (in addition to all of North America), where I'll be doing some travelling in the near future. One more thing, I put the Nuvi on maximunm details for the map. I thought it'd show hotels, restaurants, etc on the map. Not!! There seems to be not much difference between the least details setting and the most details setting. Garmin, you have a good product. But for the price you're asking it's hard not to second guess a Nuvi purchase!! Mio certainly has my (and others) attention. If it ain't broke, improve it and make it a great product. The Nuvi 710/750/760/770 certainly has lots of room for improvements.


    Posted by: Pride81 at December 27, 2007 9:11 PM

    I very much like your ideas pride 81. i hope GARMIN is reading this.
    Dead reckoning is also very usfull


    Posted by: sofyan at December 27, 2007 4:53 PM

    I am now working on my fourth nuvi 750 within a month. I am not a happy customer.

    The first nuvi went down within a week after purchase. The voice capability ceased.

    I was given a replacement. This second nuvi insisted I was located in Tawian. I live in Arizona.

    The third GPS went down due to lack of power. Turn on the power switch but no power.

    Now working on #4.

    I would dearly love to have an email address for the Garmin complaint departemnt.


    Posted by: Harry Stein at December 26, 2007 8:10 PM

    Just bought a Nuvi 750. Is there a way to see your vehicle's speed on the map you're navigating, without having to go through submenus? I notice if you're NOT navigating, the unit shows your speed in the lower left hand corner of the screen. otherwise, you see your arrival time on the lower left hand corner, and your next turn distance in the lower right hand corner. I like when it shows you the speed limit of a particular highway. But it would be nice if you could compare your vehicles speed to the posted speed limit without having to look at your vehicle's speedometer. The speed shown on most GPS units tend to be more accurate than what's showing on the dashboard. I'd also like to see trip distance remaining,(and other info such as altitude and time remaining), shown on the navigation screen. The reason I haven't brought this back to Best Buy and purchased a MIO C720, is because the Garmin has a much more accurate navigating system. Still pondering that move......


    Posted by: Pride81 at December 25, 2007 8:23 PM

    i have a nuvi660, and once i drove offroad but could not use my unit to go back to the highway, i thought i was smart to take the coordinates of a shop before i go offroad, when i asked the unit to to go to the shop,it sayed NO route to ditnation.
    any body knows what to do in this case, spesialy at night,how to go back to main road.
    i was thinking of an upgrade. but not till i find a solution for this ( IMPORTANT ) problem.
    Still would aprotiate any ideas.


    Posted by: sofyan at December 23, 2007 8:58 AM

    I'm looking at the Garmin Nuvi 760 but looking at the keyboard layout above, I don't see a hyphen for addresses with house numbers with a hyphen. The earlier models had it. I have a Tom Tom 720 and it doesn't have a hyphen button also. It is usless for me if I can't input it. I notified Tom Tom support and they are working on it (over 2 months now). Does the Nuvi allow hyphened house numbers?


    Posted by: CARL at December 23, 2007 4:31 AM

    The garmin nuvi 760 is an amazing unit i've had it now for 2weeks,and let me tell you it may not have all the bells and whistles that the new tomtom go920t has;it is a very simple get to the point gps unit.Bottom line is life has its own complications you do not want a gps unit to really complicate matters,and/or a phd in computer technology to operate a gps unit Thank you


    Posted by: Peter at December 20, 2007 10:05 AM

    Great Reviews on these models!

    I am getting ready to make a purchase after the holidays of either a Nuvi 750 or 760, and have a couple of questions that I have yet to see addressed in any review of the Garmins yet, which may determine which I will buy.

    Concerning the bluetooth feature, if both myself and my wife have cell phones with bluetooth how will the 760 work with using two different phones/numbers. Can we set it up to recognize both our phones since we will both share the unit between cars at various times? What happens if we are together in the car and we both have our cell phone on, which one would it recognize? Any idea how this would work?

    Also, is there ever any problem with signal reception while driving in a bad snow or rain storm?

    Thanks for the awesome reviews!


    Posted by: Tony at December 17, 2007 1:28 PM

    Hi,
    My new nuvi 770 arrived yesterday.
    Had it working perfectly in no time,great.
    So I went to garmin site to register it.
    My new garmin account had a tab to unlock
    maps with no explanation, so I unlocked maps.(dont really know why)
    It also offered me 30 day free trial of speed cameras in europe.
    As I'm from europe I downloaded updates to my 770. Great.
    When I disconnected my 770 from pc and switched it on an error message appeared saying "can't load maps", Also the bluetooth froze when trying
    to enable it.
    So now my 770 has no maps or bluetooth. Oh dear!
    I'm ashamed to say I'm a computer tech.
    What chance has anyone else.


    Posted by: paul at December 16, 2007 1:10 PM

    To the new buyers -
    I have had 2 previous Garmin units, strrt pilot III, which was an early model without speech-to-text capability and limited features but it still saved me. The second was the 2820 model which was outstanding except it got stolen out of my vehicle. I had purchased the Nuvi 770 now and am waiting its arrival. Therefore I cannot sday too much about it although, from the above review, sounds like I made the right purchase (I could have gotten the 760 or even the 750, but wanted to have the chance to take it with me to Europe some day).
    Beware guys and gals --- please heed this VERY carefully and learn from my mistake. When you arrive to your destination, remove the navigation unit OFF your dashboard as there are plenty of jerks who have NO respect for you or your property and would smash your window callously just to steal your unit. In fact, try to even remove ANY SIGN that you have such a unit (such a lone suction cup, etc)m on your dash or windshield or else, you're taking a major risk!!


    Posted by: igal at December 16, 2007 9:01 AM

    Just a heads up on these Nuvi 700 series. I have spoken with 2 different reps at Garmin and NOT ALL NUVI 7xx come with the sirf chip. They have their own Bravo chip that are used in most of them-maybe thats why such mixed reviews on aquisition times.I have a 750 on order and I guess I'll find out first hand on this.


    Posted by: Randy at December 11, 2007 9:06 PM

    I tested the Nuvi 750 with a 4g SD card and all worked well even with the card being full.
    Sent this unit back for a 760 missed the bluetooth.


    Posted by: bartman at December 3, 2007 4:14 PM

    4Gb works


    Posted by: Pavel at November 30, 2007 4:37 PM

    Does anyone have a definitive answer on what standards / sizes the SD card slot supports? Specifically, I'd like to buy an 8GB SDHC card, but neither the manual, nor the Garmin website indicated what SD card sizes / format / etc the card slot supports. The website mentioned a max size of 4GB for th 600 series, but it does not mention the 700 series at all, nor does it distinguish between SD and SDHC. I called Garmin and the rep on the phone seemed optimistic that 4gb cards and higher would work, but simply that "they haven't tested them." He did not seem to know the difference between SD versus SDHC, etc. I'd hate to buy a nice big card only to find out the thing can't see it. Anyone know for sure?


    Posted by: David L. at November 26, 2007 3:55 PM

    How long do think it will be until the majority of Garmin GPS receivers include the 'Route Planning' feature? Does Garmin come out with new models at a certain time of year? I don't have a unit and would love the nuvi 750 or 760, if it weren't for the price.

    Thanks for your review and any reply.

    ****************************************
    Steve,

    Garmin tends to come out with Models throughout the year, but at a few times in particular. There are two big buying seasons here in the US: Holidays and Summer. So, Garmin announces units in preparation for those events: January at CES and then to some extent several announcements through March April for marketing and sales in the Spring. Again in the Fall (Aug/Sept) they announce a new round. Not hard fast rules, but this is the general GPS trend.

    Route planning on all units? Maybe but not for a while. I can't say, but the Nuvi 200 series is really pretty basic. If the market made a move that way, they would need to follow. Again, not for a while.

    -Scott


    Posted by: Steve at November 26, 2007 12:37 AM

    Thank you very much! I snapped my new 750 into the cradle without problem. Then I couldn't figure out how to remove it. Checked the manual; checked the website and if there are instructions I completely missed them. Your review solved the problem.
    Satellite acquisition was no problem for me. I am already enjoying it and can't wait to take it on the road.


    Posted by: Mary Ann at November 17, 2007 9:57 PM

    I am currently using a Pocket PC, Sysonchip GPS and ALK's Co-pilot software. One of the functions that I liked about Co-Pilot was it's ability to allow you to plan a trip on your PC via way points and then dowload the trip to your Pocket PC. Does the Nuvi 760 or any of the Garmin GPS's have this functionality.

    Thanks


    Posted by: Ron at November 16, 2007 8:11 AM

    Manny,

    The series does use a SiRF chip. The 760 had the SiRF chip. In the start-up sequence it splashed Copyright SiRF on the screen.

    You may be running into the fact that Garmin does not like to talk about the chipsets inside their units. So it might be an issue with spin and how they disclose the makings of the unit.

    From their point of view, they sell a Garmin unit and don't need the quality mark of the chipset inside to determine how good the unit is. They do consider what they use to be a secret, albeit a poorly kept one.

    In another Garmin review unit, a "High Sensitivity" receiver was used, and I had no issue with its ability to pull in signals. So, I wouldn't downplay the capabilities of any Garmin unit that uses a High Sensitivity chipset. It's not a big issue, and one that most likely isn't consumer noticed once in use.

    -Scott



    Posted by: Scott at November 14, 2007 1:31 PM

    The 700 series do not have the SiRF chips but rather a garmin proprietary chip that "meets the same standards", This was confirmed bt a phonecall to Garmin.


    Posted by: Manny Patel at November 14, 2007 12:58 PM

    So if you had you choice Garmin 660 or 750? Help - first time buyer ...


    Posted by: Wendy at November 12, 2007 6:15 PM

    Agree with the review for the most part. One important thing to note: satellite acquisition takes a LONG time. I was very disappointed in that department. Also, the GPS simulator is unable to complete a route if it includes a ferry ride.


    Posted by: Arne at November 11, 2007 2:41 AM

    Still no way to exclude specific roads from a route and Detour still gives you no choices as to how far to detour.

    Still needs more improvement.


    Posted by: Mario at November 5, 2007 3:00 PM
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