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Nuvi GPS

Quality and easy to used

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Good product. Great value for money spent.

Easy set up and easy to use! Lousy idea for ebay to force us us to put more comments in in order for the review to post!

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Great product. Best garmin I have had for auto navigation.

Very easy to use. Voice recognition works great at lower speeds. MP3 player and routing commands play thru radio so that you never miss a turn. Navigation with current maps picks routes that I would select myself.

Battery life is a little short, but it stays connected in my car so no issue with it.

Does a good job of displaying topographic maps.
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Buy it if you want voice activation.

The 855 has a big advantage and big disadvantage.

Big Advantage: Voice activation.
Commands can be spoken instead of being entered on the touch screen, so it is not necessary to stop. For a RVer pulling a travel trailer, this feature is very useful when approaching a freeway on-ramp and not knowing whether to use the right or left lane. The average motorist would rather die than allow you to pull in front of him at the last moment, and if you guess wrong in heavy traffic, you must continue down the road and make a U-turn, Blocks ahead of the on-ramp, I push the mike button and say “where to”, “cities” and give the name of a town or city in the desired direction. After entering the freeway, I say “stop navigation”...............................................................................................

Voice navigation commands are listed in the user’s manual. Voice commands work fine in my car, but the ambient noise level is too high in my truck. Mike gain is provided in a hidden screen. Access this screen by going to the screen giving distances, times, etc., and press the speedometer screen for about 10 seconds to reach the hidden screens. I reduced the mike gain and hold the mike close to my mouth when speaking..................................................................................................

Medium advantage: Removable battery.
The battery will fail after a while. I will not purchase another Nuvi that does not have a removable battery. The GPS works with a bad battery, but…......................................................................................................

Big Disadvantage: Overheats and malfunctions.
When kept on the dashboard on a warm day, operation slows down to a crawl, and the voice activation stops working. Operations other than voice activation return after the unit cools down, but the last update must be reinstalled for voice activation to work again. I used a Nuvi 750 on the same dashboards without heating issues....................................................................................................

I resolved this problem by purchasing an aftermarket vent holder. I used the Akron mount (search for Arkon). It’s flimsy, but holds the GPS ok. However, you need a separate mount for each car. It clamps to the vent fins with long plastic fingers (horizontal fins are required). After repeated removals, the fingers stay in the open position. Fortunately, the 855 can easily be removed from the base......................................................................................................

The air conditioner does not need to be running for adequate cooling; the fan on low speed works fine......................................................................................................

I added periods to force paragraph spacing. I don't see spacing in the preview screen.

Jim
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Garmin nuvi 855, what's not to like.

I already owned one Garmin nuvi 855, I bought this one to put on my old Harley for those long road trips. The only flaw I found is common among all GPS receivers not just the nuvi 855. That flaw became apparent on a recent trip into San Francisco, when traffic came to a stand still on the overhead freeway system the GPS device thought by my reduced speed that I was on the surface street below and gave me some crazy directions. It also gets confused on stacked freeway systems but with a little manipulation and some good old common sense you can get by the glitch. This receiver is easy to use and has a great screen layout that can be set up several different ways. The voice operation is a real advantage when you need both eyes on the road. This receiver was purchased used off eBay for $69.00 and was a deal at twice the price.Read full review...

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discontinued model,don`t expect much support

If you have the money to buy a brand new model do it. To start with this GPS was not recognizable to my pc, after over 2 hours of jumping through hoops, I reached no satisfaction(with regards to interfacing with my pc). I could not update maps, because My pc could not detect the GPS unit. I want to be clear, as long as you don`t have a problem plugging it in a running it as you recieve it..that is to say the unit did work in my car on a short trip I recently made...I just got some "unable to find" messages when I put in some common destinations for my wife and I (Like our workplace addresses). At some point this will render the unit useless if the destination is one that it doesn`t have in it from the day you open the box. When I first plugged it in it found satellites with 5 bars of strength, showed the position of my home(which was a good thing because I live right on a town line and fed-ex can never seem to find us. This Garmin did.
I am content to use this unit with the maps it was originaly programmed with and I know that I will be on a trip somewhere, sometime, and it will not be able to guide me. I only wish to save you the anguish and relentless internet run around that I experienced with this model,No updates helped and after almost 4.5 hours of trying everything the Garmin website had to offer, I simply gave up. If it were not for the reduced price that I payed, I would have been enraged by the fact that this was a convoluted fiasco to say the least.
You get what you pay for, It was annoying to find that after I recieved this unit I could not update the maps(the paperwork that comes with the model says you get one free map upgrade at the time of registration)I was not even able to do that,register or upgrade. So save your money for another month and buy a BRAND NEW CURRENT model so you don`t feel as helpless and defeated as I did.
I liked the features it comes with , but not inspite of the fact that it`s working off maps that are 3 or 4 years out of date. Hey look on the bright side, if you are behind me in your car looking at that GPS on my windshield..you would never know what an outdated,crippled, pretender it actually is ! This GPS would be a wonderfull accessory to a 1978 Chevy Nova,then,and only then,would it seem as though you were on the cutting edge of technology. good luck in your search. I hope that this helps you.
One more thing... Garmin makes an excellent product, just stay away from the discontinued models would be my advice.
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It's a keeper!

Was buying 200 series for x-mas gifts, when testing I liked so much I purchased the 855 for myself,mainly because it has a built in MP3 player that plays through your car stereo, while still geting turn by turn directions and traffic, again,all through your car stereo. It's 4.3 screen is just right, don't need to strain to see.I bought this and took a trip to Lake Placid, NY. Very accurate for ETA! I took every backroad I could find on the way home, never getting lost. I will never unfold a paper map again! I take it everywhere, love it. Only drawback is it is older technology so it will not read a high capacity memory card. Overall,5 starsRead full review...

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Garmin 855 personal review

I bought this GPS knowing that Garmin is a good brand regarding GPS-s. I didn't expected to get the satellite signal so fast, the way that you find you way around with it and how easy the menu is.
In my travels I notice something that I , personally consider that is a bad thing, the time is missing when you driving and you looking at the map, you either have to type to see it or probably talk, I didn't try to see if is working with voice command.
Another bad thing is that is giving you the time when you reach the place where you ant to go but is not showing the actually mileage and how many mile you have left till there in case that you make a short stop.
As well the blue tooth is missing so no hands free calls ... Anyway, I consider this GPS a great companion for the road, a great asset to find your way around .
Hope this review is not to harsh is just personal opinion and I am still using this GPS and beside the few negatives I am satisfied with the qualities that it has .
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A few drawbacks, but love the voice recognition featur

This is my second nuvi 855 as the first was recently stolen "atleast they did not think to grab the steering mount remote to activate the voice recognition feature"
It has a good many features that I never utilize, but with a job that requires I need to find 5 to 7 addresses a day, it works great. I love the voice recognition which keeps my eyes on the road though it has problems with background noise. No problem with quieter vehicles. I have also utilized the Audible.com feature and like how it pauses the book when it needs to give instructions, but continues afterwards.
I would say that the only thing I don't like about it is it's "Lane Assist" feature often comes up much too late at times. I was told that it was due to it lacking the processing power and why Garmin stopped making it after only 2 years. I understand that Garmin is coming out with several models around the end of 2010 which also have the voice recognition but is enabled by the user saying an activation word instead of a remote as the 855 uses. I also see they are not making it compatible with Audible Books and have dropped the FM modulator feature which was nice. In louder vehicles, such as the work van I drive each day, it was nice hearing it's voice prompts over the stereo speakers as it's built in speaker can be hard to hear.
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good product overall great for occasional use

it's okay the tom tom is easier to use the one thing that I don't like is the speaker volume is to low with the volume all the way up it's hard to hear unless you use the fm transmitter feature (car radio)this gps is out dated it was a discontinued item so for every day use ( work related delivery )I think you would have to spend a lot more money for a new model you get what you pay for other than that not bad overall.Read full review...

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