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Garmin Nuvi 1300

Just finished my first few hours with the Garmin 295W.

Just received the 295W today to replace the 755T that was unfortunately stolen. I was thinking about waiting for the 3790T or 3760T, but needed something before that becomes available.

** UNIT DIMENSIONS / FEEL / RESPONSE **
First impressions of the Garmin 295W are pretty good. Good fit and finish, has the right heft to it to where it does not have a “toy” feel. Fit and finish is nicer than the 755T I had. All functions process more quickly than the 755T did, and the touch screen is much more responsive. On my old unit, either the processor bogged down a bit, or the screen sensitivity was not quite there, but it did not respond like the Garmin 295W does. Scrolling with the touch screen is nice both in the menus, and in map view mode.

** ROUTING / DIRECTIONS **
The routing seemed faster than the 755T. I will miss the lane assist when I travel to larger cities like L.A. and Atlanta, but for the vast amount of time, it won’t be a big deal. I did purposely take some wrong turns to check the rerouting capabilities, and found that to be very quick.

ave one hiccup already. ( i.e.- when chose Lowe’s from the POI list, it showed it in two different directions, same address, 5 miles apart. There is only one Lowe’s in my town, and it is not a divided highway or anything).

** UPLOADS **
I have not yet updated the map. It seems strange to have JUST released the unit, and the website suggests there is an updated map set available? I am going to see if I can figure out the version, and when the last one was released. Since I can upload over 60 days from initial use, I may wait a bit.

That said, I did upload some of the extra voices and vehicles that you can get from the Garmin site. It was quick, and seems to be just fine. ( By the way, I did have the problem upload with my prior 755T that made it a brick, and I had to send back and forth with Garmin.)

** WEB / WIRELESS **
Set up with my wireless network. Security settings were easy. The auto download weather is a neat feature, but I don’t see myself carrying this around every day in and out of the house the way I probably would with GarminPhone. The Google Local Search worked well though. The pre-loaded POIs were very good I thought, but there were a couple places I figured it wouldn’t know, and it didn’t. Connected through the web though, it found them in 5 seconds, and then they were added to the unit saved places.

** OVERALL FIRST IMPRESSION **
After being used to the larger 755T screen, this seems a little bit small. Seems like I can’t just glance as quickly at it as the prior unit, but maybe that will change with some time. The spoken directions seem a little bit clearer than the 755 was The response of the unit is very good in my opinion. Not sure how much I will really use the wireless, but I can see it handy traveling when I head to the hotel and might be looking for all the food options locally that the bas POI may not have, etc….

I am headed on a couple hundred mile drive over the next weekend and will see what other opinions arise. I know it’s an initial review, but at least I don’t have any buyer’s remorse at this point. I may still wind up with a 7300 series after those arrive, and put this in the other vehicle, but we’ll see.

**As for the packaging issues mentioned by the first poster, (who may just have wanted to be the first poster, since it certainly was not a PRODUCT review), I can say that while everything did arrive in fine shape, the stuff did just kind of seem tossed in the box. I felt it actually cheapened the Garmin brand to send it this way.

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Garmin Nuvi 765T

The Garmin Nuvi 765T is one of the newer widescreen GPS units (Announced in August) in the Nuvi line at this writing and offers several key upgrades over the Nuvi 760 offering that I think are useful and worth consideration when shopping for a GPS. I firmly believe that text to speech and widescreen GPS units are worth paying the additional money for, and being at the high end of the Garmin line, the Nuvi 765T has both. That’s not all though, as Garmin has seen their way to adding in a few other goodies to keep people interested and enticed enough to put the Nuvi 765 high on their list.

Let’s take a look at the features of the Garmin Nuvi 765T to see what it has to offer….

The key features that the Garmin Nuvi 765T has that are above and beyond the Nuvi 760 are:

Free Lifetime Traffic – The “T” designator gets you lifetime traffic on the units. A strategic change for Garmin who has had a subscription model on their units until now. The Nuvi 765T has TMC Traffic. The Free traffic is supported by ads that appear on your GPS. Now before you say “I don’t want any ads on my new GPS!” you should understand that they are pretty unobtrusive and only show up if you are sitting still for more than 10 seconds.

Lane Assist – “Know the Lane Before it’s Too Late” – Garmin brings Lane Assist to its line, which I think is great. It helps you decide which ramp to take when you hit complicated highway situations. I like this a lot and I think that on any intersection that is slightly more complicated than a standard exit ramp, the image that reflects reality makes a big difference when you are navigating in unfamiliar territory.

3-D Buildings – Garmin is now bringing 3-D buildings to the Nuvi 7X5T line with semi-transparent representations of the actual buildings that are there. Cool stuff; a fun new development that will continue to make the GPS view look like the view out your windshield.

Faster Route Calculations – Garmin has changed how and when it calculates routes for the Nuvi 765T and others in this release. The routes are calculated sooner – like when you select a Point of Interest, and so when you hit “Go” it is probably mostly done with the calculation. It makes for a much better experience; a LOT less time tapping your fingers at the end of the driveway for longer routes.

HotFix – This is Garmin’s terminology for a technology that speeds satellite acquisition times. This technology has the unit remembering where the satellites will be up to three days into the future so that when you turn it on, the time to satellite lock is a LOT faster.

Other Great Features:

Text to Speech – of course this higher end unit has text to speech, and it offers a good set of voices that you can use with different accents, etc.

North American Maps – comes with Maps of the US and Canada as well as Puerto Rico.

Bluetooth HandsFree – This allows you to use the Garmin as a handsfree unit for your Bluetooth enabled phone. This is the key difference between the Nuvi 755T and the Nuvi 765T units. I have used Bluetooth handsfree capabilities on numerous Garmin units with my iPhone Blackberry and various Moto phones with great success. You can check phone compatibility at the Garmin Website. Unlike some GPS units, the protocols that Garmin uses allows you to import your phonebook off the phone as well as “recent” phone calls making the Garmin a nice hub of calling capability. The pairing of the GPS and the phone is easy and can be done by most people without the use of any manual.

Optimized Routes – The Nuvi 700 series offers a nice feature that allows you to enter in several stops along a route, and get the Nuvi to optimize the route for fastest travel. This can be very helpful when doing a lot of work or shopping or house hunting in an unknown area.

Garmin Garage; Download fun car icons – Garmin has opened up the Garmin Garage where you can easily download new “car” icons to your computer and load them into your Nuvi 765T. The process is easy and they offer everything from a kid on a tricycle, a flying slice of pizza to space ships…. oh yea, and a whole bunch of cars too.

I recently took the sister unit of the Nuvi 765T, the 755T out for a 2 week hands on review period, and put together a full review on its capabilities. Check out the Full Review of the Nuvi 755T for more details. As I said the only difference between the Nuvi 755T and the Nuvi 765T is the Bluetooth handsfree feature.

Garmin nuvi 260W review:

The Garmin nuvi 260W provides widescreen GPS navigation with a touch screen interface, for easy adjustment and menu changes while in motion. The 260w is now discontinued by Garmin, but if you are looking for a second hand GPS, there are a number of features to catch your attention in this GPS unit.

Fitting comfortably into a pocket or purse, the nuvi 260w has a display resolution of 480×272 pixels. Battery life is relatively standard with 5 hours duration and there is a high sensitivity receiver built into the unit to ensure efficient GPS communications wherever you are travelling. No inbuilt storage is available, meaning you will need to buy an SD card for the media card slot in order to store any additional points of interest or custom route information that you wish to include. Unlike the Navman series, the Garmin nuvi 260w does not come automatically loaded with traffic camera data for some countries and so manual download may be required.

Features

Navigating through the Garmin interface is relatively simple, with the touch screen options feeling quite responsive once the unit has loaded up. A lack of QWERTY keyboard means that typing in street names that you are searching for is somewhat cumbersome. Additionally, the need to download points of interest via the Garmin website, instead of having them provided out of the box, makes the unit a less attractive purchase than some competing units. There are auto-reroute and route avoidance options for planning different journeys on the go and you can also download additional voices for the unit should the standard voices provided on the nuvi 260w be a little to hard to listen too.

Performance

Performance of the Garmin nuvi 260w is really let down by how slow the unit is when it is first turned on, sometimes taking up to 30 seconds to respond. Whilst this isn’t a problem before you start your journey, getting info on the fly from your GPS could be an issue. There is also the added task of having to download new points of interest from the Garmin site which can be difficult to find at first, adding to the delay in having the GPS fully operational. The interface is responsive however, and the use of the high sensitivity receiver provides accurate GPS data in most locations.

Summary

As the nuvi 260w has now been replaced by updated models, there is probably better performance to be found elsewhere via newer GPS models that incorporate updated hardware. Garmin and TomTom still fiercely compete for your GPS dollar, so actively researching which GPS fits your requirements is useful to ensure you purchase the right GPS unit. If you can secure a 260w cheaply, it may satisfy your daily GPS needs, just don’t expect it to be lightning fast.