Summary: The Garmin I purchased was advertised as being in good working order. I purchased it because it had voice commands, but that does not work. The battery does not hold a charge very long, and at time it did not know where I was. It kept giving me directions to make a right turn at every intersection to get back to the road I was traveling on because it thought I was on the next road north of wher I was.
The GPS is not what I expected but somthing one would sell to update.
6 June 2012
Summary: The GPS is no stranger to me since I do a lot of driving and have had a gps of many years. This GPS has a battery that should not be almost dead if the GPS as described was only used a FEW times. The music in the device is NOT what I would download. The GPS does not perform without mistakes. The bag container to hold all parts is not what Garmin sells.
Summary: This was a very good GPS unit, when it was working right. It had a lot of features that I liked (I won't list them, since the product description already does). If not for the problems I list below, I would have rated it 5 stars. Problem 1: It would occasionally freeze up while in use. This started happening a few months after I bought it. If I was using it's integrated music player when this happened, I would know right away because it would go silent.
Summary: Bought this mainly for voice recognition. It was not good. The android google voice recognition beats any standalone GPS as it harnesses Google's cluster of highly distributed machines. I still have Garmon Nuvi 350 which works after 6 years. The newer Garmin with voice recognition are better, but unless you need a standalone GPS, the phone GPS does the job best.
Summary: From Garmin, a GPS that allows speech recognition. The unit works well as a GPS; however, I would not recommend this model if you are looking for voice command features. We have elected to use only the touch screen because the speech recognition is too much like talking into a fast food intercom.
Summary: This has been a piece of junk. It always freezes up on me and I have to restart it. It also leads me to the wrong places even though it seems to "recognize" the places I put in. I wish I would have bought a cheaper one, they seem to work better than this one. I'm contacting customer service, after hearing back I'll update.
Summary: We purchased the Nuvi 855 as a replacement for an older Magellan unit (which has a broken power cord and needs a map update). We also wanted a voice command system that worked as the Magellan's was not usable. Unfortunately, while the voice command feature does work--and works fairly well--other and more critical features are not so good. Menus and command structure--compared to our old Magellan, this thing is a Chinese puzzle.
Summary: Terribly buggy, now I understand why garmin made it easy to replace the battery. You need to take it out often to reset this piece of junk. Extremely slow and laggy, sometimes it won't recognize the taps and some other times it would reboot automatically while entering an address. It freezes while indicating a route....terrible GPS. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because for the first two or three weeks it worked pretty well.