Summary: It works well. I did not realize that it does not have an internal battery and that Garmin discontinued selling this product. However they do support it and I was able update the software and map. You can only use it while plugged in a car. You cannot use it by plugging it to your computer.
Summary: Why does there seem to be no one product that offers the complete suite of features available? The 5000 is a well-made piece of hardware that feels robust and its 800 x 480 display resolution makes possible detail not commonly available elsewhere. Of course, it really only matters if it's used to its maximum potential, and this seems to be the 5000's Achilles heel.
Summary: This is the second Garmin nuvi I purchased. The first one is nuvi 660 which serves me really well. I bought this nuvi 5000 since it is the only portable GPS unit able to connect a back up camera (and it is a Garmin). It came with a large LCD screen which I find that easy to read. The menu is simple to navigate and customization is a breeze. Navigation performance is roughly in par with nuvi 660 which I am accustomed to. Now the down side of this unit.
Summary: I am an outside sales rep covering Calif, Nevada and Arizona. I have approx 2000 accounts I need to log. I use this product everyday and extensively. The Nuvi 5000 looks great but does not contain a battery. This prevents a couple of extras I was use to with my Garmin Streetpilot. First, you cannot add Points of Interest when it's attached to the PC. The 5000 screen will not open but simply shows it's connected to the computer.
Summary: I would probably rate the Nuvi 5000 somewhere between a 2 and a 3. I love the additional features over a standard gps, namely the bigger screen, mp3 player and a/v input, but it seems to have come at the cost of a quality stand alone GPS. Prior to this I had (and still have) a streetpiolot c340 which has never let me down.
Summary: Garmin could have made this an outstanding GPS but chose to cut corners. They did not include a battery but then this unit isn't really portable. It would have prevented it from rebooting every time the car was restarted. The most annoying feature is the speed limit display which is fixed and cannot be removed. This large white box on the left map display is much too big and should be transparent, a simple number in a small box and user selectable.
Pros: Large bright screen, great POI database, automatic screen brightness, multiple map displays 3D and flat, good point to point directions, compact size for having large screen display, good sound from 2 speakers, finds GPS satellites quickly.
Cons: Major flaw is the speed limit feature which takes up 5% of the map space, is often incorrect, extremely annoying because if its size and brightness (white) and cannot be turned off, screen very reflective in daylight, no battery, touch screen not very responsive even after calibration, only suction cup mount, no AC plug included, cannot be used off of USB power, no on-off switch.
excellent product, but Mac computer interface needs refinement
Benjamin "Ben", Amazon
8 June 2008
Summary: This being my first gps unit I cannot compare it to previous devices, but I can say that I love this unit and have been very pleased with the navigation and features. I have one big issue and one small issue to mention though: BIG ISSUE: Although I'm told I can use my Macintosh computer to update the unit I am finding that software updates don't work and the computer has trouble properly reading the contents of the memory.