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: This device had the specs I neeeded but a couple of flaws forced me to turn it back to Garmin. I love how well it integrates with the phone. You have access to phone stats, phone numbers, and no need to program the numbers - they are queried directly from your phone. It's better than most car bluetooth systems but costs three times less. Some echo complaints, even with an external microphone from Garmin. Echo is Strike 1.
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.
4000 mile road trip and this GPS would not stop freezing.
Mr. Derrick "Vitamin D", Amazon
11 December 2009
Summary: This is my first GPS not including ones found in previous cell phones. I bought it specifically to use during a 4000+ road trip tour. I run my own record label and needed a GPS unit to get us from hotel to venue to hotel etc. Check out the routes here to give you an idea on where this thing was used: tinyurl [dot] com/CBTour1 tinyurl [dot] com/CBTour2 tinyurl [dot] com/CBTour3 I bought it about 1 month prior to the trip in November so I could really get to know it.
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 recently purchased the Garmin 885T GPS and for the most part like it. After reading several comments about the unit locking up or not working I downloaded the most recent update from the Garmin site before even using it. I chose this unit over other units for the hands free operations. The voice activated software works VERY well and I feel will be a valueable tool in helping me stay safe on the road while amending my travel routes (keeps my eyes on the road).
Summary: I have been the owner of this system for about two weeks now. I will say right off that it is not performing as it should. The system doesn't recognize my spoken commands about 50% of the time, and I don't have a bwarney Fwank kind of voice either. This is the biggest problem with the system, I bought it for hands free navigation, and yet when it asks what city and I say San Antonio, it says what street in TOKYO, or what street in San Bernadino etc.
Summary: In a lot of ways, this is a great product. The voice recognition feature works reasonably well, making it possible to interact with the device while driving without fumbling with the touch screen. The biggest drawback for me is that there's no simple way to select mute. On my old Garmin, there was a dial on top of the GPS that allowed for manual volume adjustment.
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).