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Garmin nüvi 785/785T 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Bluetooth and Maps of U.S, Canada & Puerto Rico Review

Garmin nüvi 785/785T 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Bluetooth and Maps of U.S, Canada & Puerto RicoGarmin has been enhancing its nüvi 7xx series and added a number of handy routing features to the Garmin nüvi 785/785T 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Bluetooth which provide 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 and enhanced Points of Interest (POI) and maps of United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

The model number of the unit itself is 785. The letter ‘T’ refers to the additional Traffic Receiver component which is included in the box thus naming the device ‘785T’.

Wider Display in Thinner Design
Garmin’s nüvi 785T has 4.3-inch WQVGA TFT color touch screen with 480 x 272 pixels and white backlight. It lets you see more of your surroundings such as the nearby restaurants, parks, gas stations and ATM machines.

It also alerts you when there’s a detour ahead and it has 2D or 3D display. The brilliantly-colored screen is readable in sunlight and can be easily read from any direction. It has an ultra-slim design which makes this device 25% slimmer than other nüvis. It measures only half of an inch in thickness.

Map Data
Garmin’s nüvi 785T is preloaded with highly-detailed City Navigator NT maps for United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. It contains more than 6 million of Points of Interest (POI) 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 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.

Screen-Lock
This GPS Navigator has a ‘Screen lock’ feature which prevents the unit from unintentional touches. Sliding the ‘power’ key to the right locks the screen and the screen goes gray/black after 15 seconds. This also helps in saving battery life.

Sliding the ‘power’ key to the center unlocks the screen. This feature is beneficial when the user is in pedestrian mode because the unit doesn’t react to accidental touches when it is in the user’s pocket or purse while in motion.

Lane Guidance
Garmin nüvi 785T has Lane Guidance feature. This allows you to view what lane you should be in for upcoming turns. You will see photo-realistic screen with the new 3D Lane Assist Junction View which displays the road detail and signs.

MSN Direct Service
3-month trial subscription to MSN Direct Service is offered by nüvi 785T 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.

Bluetooth Technology
Nüvi 785T 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.

HotFix™ Satellite Prediction
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.

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 785T 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.

What’s in the Box
nüvi 785T preloaded with maps of North America (United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico), vehicle suction cup mount, MSN Direct receiver with integrated vehicle power cable, USB cable, Dashboard disc, and Quick start manual.

Below are the pros and cons of the Garmin nüvi 785/785T portable GPS Navigator as experienced by its users.

Users’ Positive Comments

  • This GPS has extra-ordinary accuracy. The estimated arrival time is almost always dead-on.
  • It has amazing nice display compared to other GPS out there.
  • The Bluetooth feature is very clear. People at the other end couldn’t tell that you are calling hands-free.
  • The MSN Traffic feature is great. You don’t have to think of beating the traffic. You just jump in the car and drive.
  • This device has the best routing engine in the market. It always calculate the shortest distance and fastest time compared to other GPS.
  • It has fast satellite lock-in than other GPS. It locks satellite in 15 seconds.
  • The maps, speed limits and estimated arrival time are absolutely spot-on and more accurate than expected.

Users’ Negative Comments

  • The sound is adequate but definitely needs improvement. You have to adjust the volume to 100% because its 80% default is too low and you may not hear a thing.
  • It has no free lifetime traffic updates like the 755T and 765T.
  • It randomly shuts off for no reason and cycles back again.
  • It selects the first letter when you type an address and freezes for a good while and the letter is highlighted in orange before you can finish typing. You have to pull over and wait for it to search for the address.

Customers’ Ratings
5 Stars 37%, 4 Stars 29%, 3 Stars 17%, 2 Stars 5%, 1 Star 12%

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