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Garmin nüvi 275/275T 3.5-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic Review

Garmin nüvi 275/275T 3.5-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with TrafficGarmin nüvi 275/275T 3.5-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic has both the slim design and reasonable price just like the other nüvi 200 series GPS.

It has Bluetooth Technology which allows you to make or receive a phone call hands-free and be updated with traffic that may lie ahead.

It has a 3.5-inch wide backlit touch screen which makes you see more of your surroundings while you hit the road.

It reliably sends you to your desired direction with efficacy and style. Like all nüvi navigators, this is a reliable Garmin road gadget with fast satellite lock of an integrated receiver which is highly sensitive.

It contains detailed NAVTEQ maps. Through its intuitive interface, it becomes possible for you to easily search for about 6.5 million points of interest (POI) such as restaurants, stores or hospitals by name.

The model number of the unit itself is 275. The letter ‘T’ refers to the additional Traffic Receiver component which is included in the box thus naming the device ‘275T’.

Bluetooth Technology
Nüvi 275T has Bluetooth wireless technology with built-in microphone and speaker for hands-free calling. It makes phone conversation comfortable by pairing the device with a Bluetooth-compatible phone and dialing the numbers from nüvi’s touchscreen to make a call. Simply tapping the nüvi’s screen let’s you answer incoming calls.

Integrated Traffic Receiver
Avoid the traffic with nuvi 275T’s integrated GTM 20 FM traffic receiver which is designed to receive alerts about road construction and traffic tie-ups that might lie ahead on your route.

This feature doesn’t need additional hardware to be installed nor does it need subscriptions. Simply open the box, turn it on and immediately get access to traffic updates for free.

Touching the screen to view traffic details, you’ll be ready to detour around any possible problem area. Should you end up missing a turn, or if you’re forced into an unrelayed detour, the unit’s sophisticated automatic routing will get you back on your route.

The traffic broadcast is received through silent FM data channel so it doesn’t interfere with music or news programs on car radio.

HotFix™ Satellite Prediciton
For a device to navigate effectively, it needs to get a ‘lock’ on three satellites. With Garmin’s HotFix technology, GPS becomes capable of remembering the position of all satellites it is tracking when it is turned off. Upon turning it on, it easily locates the satellites that it previously tracked.

Map Data
Garmin’s nüvi 275T is preloaded with City Navigator NT North America which covers map data. It contains almost 6.5 million of points of interest such as restaurants, hospitals, gas stations, etc.

The map data is powered by NAVTEQ, a renowned maker of premium-quality digital map data. The City North America NT provides the necessary road data to travel North America as it provides the most detailed street maps which enable you to navigate with accurate road directions.

Garmin Connect Photos
By using Garmin Connect Photos from Garmin website, you can choose from millions of geo-located photos which are provided by Google Panoramio photo sharing community. These photos are downloadable to nüvi 275T. By using these pictures as a guide, you can enjoy richer navigation.

Plan a Trip with Google Maps or Mapquest
While nüvi 275T is hooked up to the computer, you can search the location that you want in Google Maps or Mapquest. Simply click the ‘Send’ link in the info window for the address that you searched which brings up a pop up ‘Send To’ form. Click GPS, click Garmin, hit the ‘Send’ button and the address is transferred to your nüvi 275T.

Traffic-Capable FM
Touching the screen to view traffic details, TMC Clear Channel (optional receiver) alerts you about traffic tie-ups and road construction that lie ahead. The traffic broadcast is received through silent FM data channel so it doesn’t interfere with music or news programs on car radio.

MSN Direct Service
A 3-month trial subscription to MSN Direct Service is offered by nüvi 275T for free and is compatible with Garmin’s Lifeline Traffic update receiver. With MSN Direct, the device becomes a very helpful tool to carry along when you’re on the go.

By accessing MSN Direct, it becomes possible for the user to avoid traffic backups, check flight status, compare local gas prices, check movie listings and have access to advanced weather information.

The Screen
Garmin’s nüvi 275T has 3.5-inch super-bright backlit touch screen. It has anti-glare feature which makes you see clearly under bright sunlight and it automatically shifts its color profile at night or in dim light. The screen shows the nearby restaurants, parks, gas stations, ATM machines and the like. It also alerts you when there’s a detour ahead and it has 2D or 3D display.

“Where Am I?”
Just a single tap on the unit’s screen allows it to display the exact latitude and longitude coordinates of the user’s location and shows you the nearest address, restaurant, hotel or intersection to let you know where you are in the map.

Map Data
Garmin’s nüvi 275T is preloaded with City Navigator NT North America which covers map data. It contains almost 6 million of points of interest such as restaurants, hospitals, gas stations, etc. The map data is powered by NAVTEQ, a renowned maker of premium-quality digital map data.

The City North America NT provides the necessary road data to travel North America as it provides the most detailed street maps which enable you to navigate with accurate road directions.

Text-To-Speech Feature
This device has Text-to-speech feature which automatically calls out specific name of streets. Instead of saying the usual ‘turn right in 200 feet’ alert, it specifically says ‘turn right on Main Street’. This awesome feature allows drivers to have their eyes focused on the road while they are navigating through tricky roadways and heavy traffic.

Garmin Lock This device has theft prevention system. When a non-owner attempts to use it, the screen asks for 4-digit PIN number which was previously programmed by the owner. Pressing the wrong PIN temporarily disables the device from performing its functions.

Designed For Ease
This device is made with a GPS receiver that is highly sensitive for ideal accuracy. It has wide screen for better display and provides ease of operation by controlling the device through its sensitive touch screen with your fingers.

The rechargeable lithium-ion battery is capable of up to 4 hours of power. The microSD card slot is great for storing media and additional navigation tools. It also has USB interface for loading data. Aside from navigation tools, Garmin’s nüvi 275T has JPEG picture viewer, measurement converter, calculator and world travel clock with time zones, currency converter and more.

Below are the pros and cons of the Garmin nüvi 275/275T as experienced by its users.

Users’ Positive Comments

  • The touch screen works well. It is more than adequate to display all of necessary information.
  • It gives accurate estimates of time of arrival and the routes were efficient. The unit locates satellites quickly when initially turned on.
  • When you miss a turn in small towns with narrow streets, it always finds a quick reroute to get you back on track.
  • The device flashes a red warning when you exceed the speed limit ibn area with camera.

Users’ Negative Comments

  • When sometimes surrounded by tall buildings, it appears to get confused with the direction it is pointing.
  • It doesn’t consistently hold a signal and constantly recalculates when you’re on your course.
  • It sometimes has you miles away on another road going to a different direction. It spins and recalculates when you stop or sometimes shows you driving somewhere else on a road miles away.

Customers’ Ratings
5 Star 42%, 4 Stars 29%, 3 Stars 14%, 2 Stars 5%, 1 Star 10%

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