Pretty in Pink, dunno why
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
I use a Nuvi 750. I'm on my second one, having beat the stuffing out of the first one. I returned it to Garmin in exchange for a refurbed one. The one I sent back was still working, but had started to get a bit weird and I figured I'd best swap it out before Garmin ran out of refurb units.
I like the Garmin 750 because it has a built in MP3 player and you can upload routes to it. As far as I know, it was one of the few Nuvis with an MP3 player. I think most of the upscale ones can load routes.
I'm not sure of the new 4 digit series Nuvis, but I don't think any of them have MP3 players and don't know which ones upload routes.
The weak point in the Nuvis is the min-usb port. It's the only way to talk to the unit. If you lose that port, you've lost the ability to talk to the Nuvi and upload routes. The port on my old one was flakey, probably from constantly plugging and unplugging the min-usb power cable on the bike.
The firmware started to go a bit batty and give me odd errors, but that turned out to be having way too many favorites stored. I removed the favorites and the problem went away.
The earphone jack can also be a weak point if you're using the MP3 feature. The wind whips the cord that goes to your helmet, which stresses the jack. Mine dropped a channel; part of the reason I sent for a refurb unit.
I've addressed both of these issues by modifying the circuit board that is in the 750 cradle so that I can pull audio off of it, and I've changed over to using the 18-pin Hirose plug for power isntead of the usb port. There's chattage about this over on the GPSPassion forum, but it's specific to the older high-end Nuvis.
The unit it self was, I found, very tough. I wish I had taken a picture of mine before I sent it back. You wouldn’t think something that looked like that could still work. Aside from the errors related to too many favorites, it never missed a beat.
You should cover it with a plastic bag when it’s wet out, but other than that I didn’t give mine any special treatment.
Nuvis have a good GPS engine in them, but the software doesn’t accommodate some things you may be sued to. For example, it doesn’t do tracks. You can’t save and upload tracks – only routes. It does keep a “track”, but you can’t use it to do a track-back. There are a lot of features on the 60CX that are useful GPS features that you won't find on a Nuvi. There are hidden screens, though, that unlock some pretty good info.
The Nuvi is a GPS for the masses, after all.
They aren’t a Zumo, but they don’t cost like a Zumo, either.
Tom [email protected]
“She went out slowly. The way she did it hadn’t been learned at business college.”
'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.”
Sting like a butterfly.
Last edited by Tom Schmitz; 11-09-2010 at 07:21 PM.