|The waterproof and rugged Garmin nüvi 500 is here to be the perfect companion on all your thrilling adventures. With driving, walking, bicycling and boating modes, you can virtually take this GPS device wherever you go. Now you can have the perfect ride without taking eyes off the road as this Garmin automotive GPS receiver gives you verbal turn-by-turn directions to your destination. Thanks to high-sensitivity receiver and HotFix® satellite prediction, this GPS device locates your exact position and maintains it even in heavy cover, deep canyons, etc. What’s more, with various travel tools, this Garmin automotive GPS receiver gives you more than just ease of navigation. The Garmin nüvi 500 combines the advanced navigation features and large, color display of an automotive unit and the durability of an outdoor handheld to give you excellent performance both on and off the road.|
|UPC||0753759084950, 7537590769, 753759076948|
|System Type||Fixed, Portable|
|Map Capabilities||Internal, Map cartridges / Data cards|
|User Interface||Touch Screen|
|Display Size||2.8 in. x 2.1 in.|
|Display Type||LCD TFT Display|
|Resolutions||240 X 320|
|Features||Calculator, Converter, Geocaching Mode, JPEG Image Viewer|
|Audible Features||Spoken Street Names, Voice Navigation Instructions|
|Trip calculator||Avoid toll roads, Fuel Computer, Points-of-Interest (POI), Route Recalculation, Shortest distance, Shortest time|
|Included Software/Maps||City Navigation Maps, Europe Maps, Hawaii, North America Maps, Puerto Rico, USA Maps, USA TOPO|
|Compatible PDA OS||Windows 2000|
|Battery Type and Quantity||Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery|
|Battery Life||8 Hours|
|Expansion Slot Type||micro-SD slot|
The Garmin Nuvi 500 is a multiuse GPS that can be used in the car, on foot, on a bike or a boat. It comes loaded with topographic maps and features a waterproof casing.
The Nuvi 500 lacks text-to-speech functionality. Satellite acquisition time was a bit slow. A USB cable is not included in the box, and marine maps are extra.
The Garmin Nuvi 500 is a satisfactory multimode GPS, but serious boaters and outdoor enthusiasts should consider dedicated devices.
Average review score based on 32 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I'm still learning about the Nuvi 500. But, from what I've seen it's been very easy to operate. I bought it for my ATV. I saw a number of people liked it for use on their machines. I've only used it in my car and it's super easy to setup right out of the box. I've been a TOMTOM user for ten years. Never thought I'd try another. Looks like I'd lean toward using one in my boat now.
I purchased this product primarily for my motorcycles. After much research on eBay I decided this waterproof unit had all the features I need. After a 500 mi trip through the Berkshires and a 1000 mi trip through Vermont I am very pleased with this unit. Battery life is listed as 8 hours--it really is 5. However, it is easy, through Bohemianbiker, on eBay, to get the power connections to keep you going all day. For less than $200.00 this unit is equal to or superior to the $1000.00 HD unit. [The $200.00 price includes the RAM mounts--also available on eBay-GPS city.]
Nuvi 500 is a great "starter" GPS for folks who want to do more than go from A->B.
I bought this for customizing "routes" for my motorcycle rides. Its also waterproof, which makes it a bit more rugged.
if you need something for outdoor activities than just automobiles, this is a good start.
if you've got $$, then you go could ideally buy a Garmin Zumo or the etrex/legend etc.
This has been a great purchase, it is accurate and fairly easy to use. I like knowing how far it is to next turn. It moves easily between vehicles and on the motorcycle the mount is solid and secure. I like that I can mark points as I travel then combine them later to create a custom trip. It's accuracy is impressive and it's interesting to see the topo that's just out of sight on the sides of the road. The speed limit being shown is a very nice benefit as is the trip computer. There is a tremendous amount of accessories on eBay to customize this device. More voices would be nice but the existing ones are pleasant enough.
A very good device, easy to use ...
I highly recommend it.
It does not take long to find the satellite. Performs route calculations very quickly