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      15.04.2009 16:59
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      Lots of features in a well-made Sat Nav.

      Garmin NuVi 770 SatNav.
      I purchased mine 2nd-hand as a replacement for a Mio 269 DigiWalker for witch I could no longer obtain any updates.

      The one thing that made me decide on a 'Garmin' as the replacement was the fact that unlike any other maker, Garmin has no cut-off point for product updates. so in 5 years time, I'll still be able to buy maps for it.

      The 770 has all the bells and whistles, from basic navigation, through to auto-re-reouting based on traffic reports received from the built-in FM receiver. The 770 comes without any mains charger, but you can easily charge it from a USB port, so there's no need to fork-out on a separate charger. Using it is very easy indeed, just hit the 'Where To?' icon, enter in the address, or the Post Code, hit 'Go' and that's it, off you go.
      Take a wrong turn, and the unit re-calculates the route almost instantaniously.

      If you need to find a Hospital, Police Station or garage, the 770 has a built-in 'Where am I?' function. When activated, it tells you exactly where you are, even giving your possition using longitude & latitude. On this screen there are three icons you can press which will automatically locate the nearest 'Hospital', 'Police Station' or 'Fuel Station' to your locality & then guide you to the one you choose.

      One function that may appeal to people who are on holiday is the where did I park? function, un-hook the unit from its holder, and if activated, it automatically locks-in the current position of your vehicle. When you need to find your car again, then you ca the 770 to help you.

      If you want to make use of the advanced features, then you really do need to use the manual. Some of these features include 'MP3 player', 'Picture Viewer' and Bluetooth for connecting with your mobile phone. One feature that will appeal to suspicious spouses is the 'Route logger' function. This allows the unit to automatically store a route as it is being driven, enabling you to see exactly where the vehicle has been.

      'Route pre-programming' is another usefull function, enabling you to pre-program up to 50 routes (complete with photo-navigation) into the unit prior to departing. This could come-in handy if you were using the 770 to go on holiday with. Just set the first 2 routes to get you to your destination and home again, then add-in more pre-set routes to take you on planned excursions and visits. You can even download pictures from Google Maps to include as place-markers.

      The bluetooth function allows you to answer your phone by simply touching the screen, the 770 then handles the call using its built-in mic and speaker.

      Over all, this is a decent little unit and I look forward to really putting it through its paces.

      Cost?, well, I paid £145 2nd-hand, but the new price is close to £300.


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