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Garmin Nuvi 660

  • Category: Peripherals
Overview

Last Updated
March 14, 2007
 
Product Rating
5 Out of 5
 
Pros
  • Very large and vibrant LCD touch screen
  • Sensitive GPS receiver
  • Integrated traffic data functionality
  • Bluetooth enabled
 
Cons
  • None that we could find


Review

Garmin has always been at the top of their game when it comes to creating useful GPS devices in all shapes and sizes. Recently, they have come out with the Nuvi 660 as an update to the Nuvi 330, which was also very useful. The new Nuvi 660 features more features than ever as well as many usability upgrades.

Perhaps the biggest update to the Nuvi 660 is the enormous LCD touch screen that measures 4.3-inches and the whole device measures about 1 x 5 x 3-inches and weighs around 6.2 ounces, which makes it portable as well. The very impressive 480x272 pixel resolution makes the color graphics really stand out and the brightness of the LCD makes it viewable in any light, even in direct sunlight.

Like we said earlier, the Nuvi 660 features a touch screen LCD which makes navigating through the menus really quick and easy. The menu design of the Nuvi 660's software is also nicely designed and thought out, so everything is right at your fingertips. The Nuvi 660 also sports a SD card slot on the side as well as a flip out antenna and stand. There is also a mini-USB port as well for connecting to your computer to download updates using Garmin's mapping software that comes with the device.

The Nuvi 660 has integrated Bluetooth that it takes to a whole new level. You can now send and receive calls with your Bluetooth cell phone via the Nuvi 660 without using your hands. When calls are coming in or going out, the voice-guided GPS navigation directions are muted. Garmin includes a list of compatible cell phones at their Website.

It's equipped with WAAS-enabled GPS technology which allows for a more accurate position tracking. In fact, the level of sensitivity is amazing, it could tell which way we were holding the device even when we weren't moving. All directions are given turn-by-turn with either voice or text directions. It comes preloaded with North American maps, but you can download more detailed maps for a specific region on the Garmin Website. The device's vehicle-routing profiles also include presets for Car/Motorcycle, Pedestrian, Bicycle, Truck, Bus, Emergency, and Taxi.

When you purchase the Nuvi 660, you are also buying three free months of real-time traffic data provided by Total Traffic Network. After your trial, you can renew your subscription for 15-months for only $60. That's a great deal considering it comes with real-time traffic updates that will tell the Nuvi 660 to reroute your trip around current traffic problems on the fly without your intervention.

The Nuvi 660 also comes with some multimedia functionality as well. You can listen to MP3 music files while you are driving as well as view pictures off of your SD camera card. There is also a FM transmitter so you can play your music and receive direction prompts through your car stereo instead of the Nuvi's built-in speakers (which are not bad either). If you live in a busy metropolitan area, like New York City, it can be hard finding an open FM station to broadcast on and receive through your car stereo, so that can be hit-and-miss at times. 

The Garmin Nuvi 660 is a really solid device that works really well. We were unable to find any flaws in it that would hinder performance or usability. If you're in the market for a car or shirt-pocket GPS navigation device, this is the one to get.





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