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Garmin nüvi 780 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with MSN Direct Service Review

Garmin nüvi 780 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with MSN Direct ServiceGarmin continuous in providing improved interface on its GPS Navigators while maintaining ease of operation for users. Garmin’s product aim is to manufacture extremely complex navigation technology while making their products user-friendly at the same time.

Garmin has redesigned its interface by adding more features on Garmin nüvi 780 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with MSN Direct Service while retaining most features of its predecessors.

MSN Direct Service
A 3-month trial subscription to MSN Direct Service is offered by nüvi 780 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. If you want to get a lifetime traffic update nüvi 780 without monthly fees or maintenance cost, you can purchase the GTM 25 cable.

Multi-destination Routing
This feature allows you to enter several spots into the unit and it will plot the fastest possible route. It then allows you to save up to 10 different routes. The trip log of the unit provides trail of up to 10,000 points so you can trace where you have been in the map.

“Where Am I?” “Where’s My Car?”
The first series that enables you to answer these questions are the 700 series. Just a single tap on the unit’s screen allows it to display the exact latitude and longitude coordinates of the user’s location. Garmin nüvi 780 automatically marks the position in which it was last removed from the mount thus allowing you to find your car in a vast parking lot.

Wider Display
Garmin’s nüvi 780 has 4.3-inch backlit wide touchscreen. It displays 70% more screen area than a navigator with only 3.5 inches of screen. The wide screen is beneficial in showing 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.

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.

Bluetooth Technology
Nüvi 780 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.

Map Data
Garmin’s nüvi 780 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 enables you to navigate with accurate road directions.

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 touchscreen with your fingers. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery is capable of up to 4 hours of power. The SD 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 780 has JPEG picture viewer, measurement converter, calculator, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter and more.

Despite all the great features above, the Garmin nüvi 780 has its downsides as described below:

Users’ Complaints
(These can be isolated cases. Replacement of unit can be done under the warranty policy.)

  • Garmin nüvi 780’s routing goes through roads with stop lights even when a highway route is available.
  • Blackberry phone as well as some mobile phones, has serious Bluetooth issue with this device. Some might be connected just after turning on the phone’s power but when it finally pairs with the device, the phone’s connection drops easily.
  • Putting the unit on the dashboard affects the screen’s display due to glare. The glare interferes with the screen display.
  • Navigation prompt alerts are sometimes late. It signals to turn left or right when a driver is already about 2 miles ahead of where he should have turned left or right.
  • The FM Transmitter feature doesn’t work in most places because it is not that strong.
  • When Garmin Lock is activated and you press the wrong PIN just even once, the device becomes unusable until you reach home. Even ATM machine considerably allows its users 3 attempts to enter the PIN code.

Find out more comments and details of the Garmin nüvi 780 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with MSN Direct Service here.

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