Summary: I own a Nuvi-780 and this Nuvi-885T. I got this, because, I find, I need to mess with it while driving. And well, that's not, that good of an idea... Mostly, I'm happy with it. In general, its better than my 780. Pro's: Voice command. Has mp3 player. Music player, works seamlessly between the BT and the direction (while playing music, the direction, interrupt, the music resumes). Faster screen draw. Better overall feel (GUI). Easy replaceable battery. Boots faster.
Summary: Garmin GPS's are by far the easiest to operate. I have tried TOM TOMs, the Navigon and lots of others and I always come back to the Garmin. Now for the 885t. It is the best GPS you can buy, however since it has so many features built in it, it will lock up from time to time, and you have to take the battery out to un freeze it. I think due to this problem it is hard to find these for sale at like a Fry's or Best Buy because of this flaw.
Summary: Bought this unit for the hands free bluetooth function and MSN Direct. Hands free phone calls are barely usable, even through the FM radio. Was not aware that MSN is discontinuing service at the end of 2011 when purchasing unit. This was one of the main reasons that I purchased the unit. The Voice recognition works excellent. It is even more useful once one learns the shortcuts. Your are able to do virtually anything without taking your hands off the wheel.
Summary: I've read good and bad reviews for this product, so I was a little hesitant to buy it, but it was the only one I could find that had bluetooth and the ability to output to my stereo aux input (I didn't want to use an FM transmitter). I've had this for about a month, and the only problem I've had is that it kept trying to take me off the highway early and route me through town.
Larry Loo "design engineer, family physician,..., Amazon
8 November 2009
Summary: I found Garmin's Nuvi 885T to be an excellent gps unit - once I got one that performed well and worked the kinks out ot it! I purchased my 885T about a month and a half before a planned trip with my in-laws. Out of the box the first unit performed flawlessly. It was a joy to use compared to my previous Garmin gps unit, a Color StreetPilot III, that required a lot of key strokes to input data.
Summary: Love the unit. Over bought for my needs. The Lane Assist is only used when you are in high congested areas. I was not aware of that when I purchased. The voice activated features...isn't as user friendly as I'd like. Doesn't recognize that well. Battery is not holding a charge. Contacted Garmin and two emails later they are sending me a new battery under warranty. They have great customer service.
Summary: I would have given the 885t five stars, but, it is disappointing that the 885t (flagship) is not really the top of the line as its name may insinuate. I considered many reviews and reluctantly, for the voice-recognition feature, decided on the 885t. Looking back I am pleased with the decision, but still troubled about some of the futures of the 7X5t series not included with the 885t. Hence, it gets only four stars.
Summary: This is a well nigh excellent device. I compared it against the Infiniti G35's built in unit which I'm still currently using Zenrin maps. They were outstanding in the beginning but their updated maps are deplorable. Perhaps that's why Infiniti now uses NavTeq the same people that provide map information for Garmin. The Garmin has a few shortcomings, but none for it's prime purpose as a navigation unit.
Summary: I researched everywhere for many months to find the right GPS for us. We are in our 60's, so hearing is a problem and we need as few distractions as possible. This GPS has 2 speakers and you can hear it very clearly. When the window is open, radio on or air conditioner...it's not as bad as many that I've heard but we automatically listen harder or correct he problem. The voice activation works very well when you get the hang of it.