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Garmin nüvi 855 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator with Speech Recognition Review

Garmin nüvi 855 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator with Speech RecognitionGarmin nüvi 855 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator with Speech Recognition is one of advanced navigators in the market today. Garmin has not stopped 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

Speak Commands
Nüvi 855 listens to your voice commands with its innovative speech recognition feature allowing you to keep your hand on the wheel while navigating.

Just press a button on the remote that attaches to the steering wheel and you are ready to activate speech recognition then speak the menu options. Tell nüvi 855 “Find address” and say an address to start navigating.

Lane assist
Lane Assist feature takes nüvi 855 to the next level of navigation. It guides you to the right lane for an exit or approaching turn. It provides easy navigation on unfamiliar intersections and exits. You don’t have to guess which lane you need to be in to make an upcoming turn. It has Lane Guidance which 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.

Wider Display
Garmin’s nüvi 855 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.

Map Data
Garmin’s nüvi 855 is preloaded with City Navigator NT North America which covers map data. It contains almost millions 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.

“Where Am I?” “Where’s My Car?”
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 855 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.

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.

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.

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 855 has JPEG picture viewer, MP3 player, Garmin games, free Garmin garage download, panoramic pictures download, measurement converter, calculator, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter and more.

Despite all the great features above, the Garmin nüvi 855 has its downsides as described below:

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

  • When the screen is hit to go to a certain menu, a ‘battery charging’ message would pop up between screen changes though the unit is not charged.
  • Upon hitting the screen to locate an address, it freezes on the road. Even more badly, the unit can’t be turned off when it freezes. The solution for this is to remove the battery, put it back on and finally turn it on.
  • The screen freezes frequently and for subsequently long periods.
  • After several attempts to turn it off/on from freezing, it finally started up again and it asked to set the time zone again.
  • The unit’s volume is very low when compared to nuvi 350.

Customers’ Ratings
5 Stars-38%, 4 Stars-31%, 3 Stars-12%, 2 Stars-8%, 1 Star-11%

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