Summary: Bought this model for larger screen and rear view hook camera up. The hook up to a Boyo camera was very difficult, as the Boyo plug in different from the female input on the nuvi. Eventually had to craft a plug. Also, the Garmin has to go through all its warm up before it will let the rear view camera to get onto the screen. Takes too long. Somewhat disappointing, but not terrible.
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: 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 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.
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.