Garmin Gets Serious With A Real Tomtom Beater
The Garmin Nuvi 660 is going head to head with the TomTom 710 - but can it win in comparison with TomTom's pan-European device? Lets find out!
First the specifications. The Garmin comes with a beautiful 4.3" Widescreen, it's touch sensitive, is pre-loaded with maps of Europe (including Eastern Europe). It's Bluetooth compatible for hands-free mobile calling with the right phone, it's got Speed Camera POI warning files pre-installed, full Post Code for the UK, it comes with a TMC traffic congestion avoidance aerial (no subscription required!), it can read out road names, it's got a high gain Sirf GPS receiver (for excellent GPS reception), it's got an mp3 player, picture viewer, audio book player and optional travel guides, and an SD slot for additional storage of maps, music, pictures, etc. You get a 12/24v car lead, windscreen mount, home charger, usb cable and carry case. Phew! All in a slim case that fits in your shirt pocket. Unbeatable.
I'll admit I'm a big fan of the new Garmin range of in-car Satellite Navigation devices - they're made very well and have just the features I want in a Sat Nav, and the prices are very competative too. I only got to use the Nuvi 660 for a couple of hours when I borrowed a reps device - but I was very impressed.
Don't underestimate how slim the Garmin's case is. The Tomtom range look bulky and old fashioned in comparison. Now the new Tomtom Europe can compete on mapping grounds (except Eastern Europe) but that doesn't have Bluetooth hands-free calling, Speed Camera POI's or a TMC aerial included, so the Garmin is much better.
Navigating and entering destinations into the Nuvi 660 is simple, and the units TMC information kicked in straight away, warning me of potential traffic problems, and also it warned me of a Speed Camera that I was approaching.
So how does the Garmin Nuvi 660 compare with the Tomtom 710? I think it's better. It's smaller, has a better screen mount, can be used in 12 or 24v vehicles, has free TMC info, and it fits into your pocket, what more could you want?
Look out TomTom, Garmin are Back!
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