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Old 2007-11-25
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Default Garmin Nuvi 360 GPS Navigation System

After traveling with Roy and his Garmin Zumo, I decided to finally take the plunge and purchase the latest Garmin Nuvi 360.

One of the neat things about this model is that it has blue tooth capability which allows it to quickly and easily mate with my Motorola RAZR cell phone.

It integrates very nicely pulling my call history and phone book into the display.

Furthermore the POI database (points-of-interest) contains telephone numbers associated with each entry which I can dial directly using the Garmin Nuvi 360.

I will be doing some extended driving with this new gadget in the coming weeks and will report my experiences with it.

The sophistication level of these newer GPS nav systems are simply astounding and put to shame the in-car nav system of our family Bimmer 530 of just a couple years ago.

Has anyone experienced the 660, 670, or 680 wide-screen Nuvis?

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Default Garmin 2720

I haven't traveled with 660 670 or 680 but I have with a 360...my boss has one and so does a vendor I work with...they seem just fine. Hope I'm not off subject here, I have an older 2720 and it is very robust build quality. Military spec for vibration and moisture and Garmin makes Motorcycle mount for it...it is the same one that BMW (motorcycles) offered as optional for the K bike at one time.

Just making the point here that I believe Garmin is the best one out there and in response to in vehicle units any of em that can update from the PC is superior in my opinion. The in-car systems like my Sister-in-Law has in her Lexus is trash. I suppose the dealer could update hers for a *service charge* I don't really know on those but the maps lack any real detail and the unit is almost no features. Mine even has a off-road feature setting. I have had mine over 3 years and updated O/S for free on Garmin's web site 8 times. Never have updated maps yet but I think I'm about ready to do that now...$30 I think.

My job requires I cover 3 states so sometimes drive 500 mile days...with a GPS I can tell my customer what time I'll be there and get pretty close...even when I don't really have a clue. I have also learned from my GPS that the difference between hauling the mail and going the speed limit (well, within 5 mph or so) only save ya maybe 5-10 min every 100 miles...MAYBE> something to think about.

Hope I wasn't too far off subject there admin...I'm new so just delete if error.

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The Truth,

No worries.

I just did an extended trip (about 1200 miles) to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and back to the Philadelphia, PA region and had terrific experiences with my Garmin Nuvi 360.

I really enjoy the bluetooth interface to my Motorola RAZR and now use the Nuvi 360 as my preferred hands-free alternative. The Nuvi 360 ties nicely into the RAZR, bringing up my phone book and recent call list automatically. Another thing I like about the 360 (the same with the Nuvi 660) is the ability to quickly dial POI (points-of-interest) telephone numbers directly from the unit without having to rely on directory assistance to make the call.

While I have read a lot about Garmin's accurate North American maps and planned routes, I have come to like a couple of other features that go beyond merely getting me from point A to point B.

I am referring to the ability of the Nuvi to quickly identify the closest points to fuel-stops and/or food stops.

During my trip to the Outer Banks, my estimated remaining cruising distance was about 19 miles and I was driving on a deserted stretch of highway.

With the Nuvi 360, I was able to quickly call up the nearest fuel stations which enabled me to safely get a fuel fill without the risk of running out.

Had I not had the unit, I would have assumed that a fuel stop was up ahead at one or two exits away...and that would have been a huge mistake on my part as the closes gas station was three to four miles off of the main highway nestled in some small town.

This feature turned out to be a real lifesaver.

Now that I am getting accustomed to driving with one, I imagine how I ever managed without one.

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I've been using the Nuvi 250W for some time now and it's great.
I really like the widescreen on it.

A big bonus and the reason I'm using it are the Navteq maps. They are much more up to date than the TeleAtlas seem to be.

streets that are 7 years old don't show up on TeleAtlas maps, where they do on the Navteq.

About the only "complaint" i really have and it seems to be more of a programming thing, since i have compared it to an off brand that also used Navteq maps, was the fact that the Garmin always wants to direct you to a freeway/highway even if it takes you out of the way some.

Trying "shortest" instead of fastest" doesn't quite work either, as it takes you through too many side streets.
I'd be nice if it plotted the most direct route with highways "if" they are actually in the direct path.

other than that it works real well.


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Default Garmin Nuvi 360 Lost Satellite Reception

Had an interesting experience with my Garmin Nuvi 360 that I couldn't figure out until I called technical support.

Traveling by air back and forth to Florida from Pennsylvania apparently caused my Garmin Nuvi 360 to lose its ability to find satellites.

On power-up the satellite reception signal strength would remain gray and no satellites would be found.

I thought I developed a hardware fault with the Nuvi 360. The tech support rep suggested that I power-up while pressing the lower left-hand side of the screen (a hidden soft-button) to reset the unit.

By resetting the unit in this way, satellite reception was restored.

If you guys ever experienced extended lost satellite reception try this procedure as it may help. On some Nuvis you may have to press the lower right side of the display screen during power-up to reset the unit.

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