Summary: Having owned a lesser Garmin model (which I gave to my dad when I bought this), I am very familiar with the wonderful functionality of the Garmin Nüvi. I decided to upgrade to this model because I wanted to have "hands-free" cellphone capability (bluetooth) with on-screen caller ID. Voice-Recognition also sounded like an AWESOME safety feature (not to mention 'cool').
Summary: I'm giving the 885 a 3 star rating (only because of the random freezing), but I'm giving Amazon a 5 star rating (because that's the highest I can choose here) for their service. I treated myself to the 885 at the beginning of Dec. 09. It immediately froze while playing with it the first day (with fully charged battery). I used Garmin's WebUpdater and loaded the latest 4.6 software, did the hard reset and it still randomly freezes.
Summary: This garmin is my first nuvi product. I have had handhelds and marine models in the past. I also have a factory installed gps in my other vehicle. We took this nuvi on our last vacation to the rockies and it gave us mixed results. It was sometimes slow to give turning instructions. For instance, there were 2 exits in front of me within 200yds of each other. The nuvi said turn right just as I was beside the first exit. This one or the next one?
Summary: This is my third Garmin GPS. I wished I loved it but I don't. Regardless, I won't return it. I mainly bought this unit for two reasons: I wanted the voice recognition and the lane display. I've found myself too often both not knowing which lane to take (I am thinking Seven Corners in DC) or looking for a restaurant in the middle of a drive and having to just take an exit only to search for the place in my GPS. I'll comment on those features first.
Summary: I write this review based on my experiences on Garmin 885T, 780, 765T, C320, TomTom 930T, and Mio C310. I purchased different units to compare their performance and their traffic services. I returned those units which freeze me up during navigation and sold those which work fine. I travel very frequently between Central New Jersey (close to NYC) and North Virginia (close to Washington, DC).
Summary: Pro: large screen, bluetooth, voice commands Con: doesn't automatically change time zones Great gps receiver but was disappointed that it will not recognize when you change time zones and adjust automatically. Come on! It's GPS - it knows where you are so why not change time zone. I was told by a Garmin representative when I was comparison shopping that any series over 700 had this feature and when I found it didn't I asked and I think almost every other series (minus...
Summary: This GPS is one of 4 that I have owned and I do like the ability to use the voice commands to direct the GPS, however it is not very intuitive so some study is required. The voice activation button that mounts on the steering wheel can get in the way also. It would be nice to have some other mounting options that come with the unit.
Summary: We decided to buy this unit base on reviews and easy to read screen. Ease of use is great. Only drawback is the database is way outdated and basically wrong for our area, even with the update. It may be better for large cities, but for our rural area, the street names are inaccurate and stores are nonexistent even though they have been in the community for over 10 years (ie Walmart).
Summary: I have had my 885t for about a month and found it have very impressive features. MSN traffic works great, use it every morning going to work to avoid jams. Bluetooth also works very well, even though it has a weak fm transmission it does have the jack you can plug directly into your cars MP3 input if equipt. The one major probem that makes this almost not worth the price is the street detail.