Summary: I like all the features it has. Many of them I won't even use. I had occassion to use a Garmin Nuvi255W a while back & found it to be a lot louder than this one. Even at full volume I have to strain to hear the voice commands and I don't dare have a radio on or I'll miss them. But the directions given have been right on & the points of interest very useful. I will be taking it on a road trip in a few weeks then I will know better how it performs.
Summary: Let me preface this by saying I'm not new to GPS, and have used an old reliable Garmin GPS-V on long road trips for several years with excellent results. Being "early" technology from Garmin, my good 'ol GPS-V suffered from some drawbacks such as slow RS-232 data transfer (no USB), small monochrome display, limited and non-expandable internal map memory (only 19 MB), and a tedious method of data entry.
Summary: I have been in the market for an automotive GPS for a year or so. I have an old Garmin handheld unit that has been fantastic with many useful features. I put off buying an automotive GPS because the manufacturers are so obsessed with the dainty little 3.5 inch displays. That's great if you want to put it in your pocket, or for pedestrian use, but it's woefully inadequate for automotive use.
Summary: The pros and cons of this Garmin 650 model have been well spelled out in other reviews. The following has been our experience with the unit so far: Neither the "Quick Reference Guide" nor the online manual explain details about charging the unit. We took along the vehicle power cable on our first long trip, but discovered that this cable's USB connector did not attach to the GPS unit. Therefore, once the battery gave out we could not use the unit.
Summary: I've had the 650 for over a month, it works right out of the box, navigation seems to be accurate. Here're some features that needed improvement: 1. slow in picking up sat signal 2. interface is on the weak side, the menu items are not very intuitive, e.g. there is no address book, you have to save your address in favourite; the "state" is mistakenly labeled as "county", 3. use propietary plugs to charge.
Summary: This will be used all over the country as I travel for a living. I know I will never ever get lost while using this system, yet I may not be getting there the best and fastest way possable. Just using around my home town. I've found it gives me very questionable directions and certainly not the most direct.
Summary: The unit was defective when received. The MP3 and Audio Book player would not operate. I had to return the product. I have not received the unit back from Garmin but they were very responsive and did not charge for shipping. I feel they will ensure I am OK, customer service was great. If you have the money and need a cell phone, I would recommend purchasing a phone with navigation instead of just a navigation system.
Summary: I bought my first GPS-Garmin 650 this thanksgiving. I am using it for almost a week now. Here are my first impressions. Good 1. Text to speech. GPS speaks street names in a natural voice. No need to keep looking at the screen. 2. Bright screen. Even in bright sunny day, the screen is bright enough and easy to read. 3. Ease of use. Anyone with little bit interest/knowledge of gadgets can use this. No need to go through manuals for most of the stuff. You just get it. 4.
Summary: Had this GPS exactly one month, so I'm still learning about it. However, it's an extremely convenient, easy-to-see, great sized navigation tool. Can easily fit in a jacket pocket to take with me anywhere. I find it helpful just about every time I use it, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. But it's not the perfect answer, just a tool. You have to be aware of what it's telling you, and make decisions based on your knowledge and common sense.
POI db is way out of date and where is the routing planner
7 July 2007
Summary: I just bought this Nuvi 650 based on all the positive reviews from the GPS sites. Decided to plan a long trip with it and guess what? You can only put 1 way point in the route? 500 way points is a little misleading. 500 favorites are more like it. Plus, a lot of the POI that have been around for 5 years in my area isn't in the database.