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New Garmin Nuvi 700 Series In-Car GPS Sat Nav Buyers Guide - The 710, 750, 760, 770, 780...

We Explain Which Units Do What, And Which One Is Best For You

Garmin Nuvi 760

 

Garmin Nuvi 760 Side View

Garmin are entering the Guinness book of records this year as the GPS Sat Nav manufacturer with the most number of models. There are 26 different models to choose from in the current range, so we're here to help you sort them out!

Today we'll be concentrating on the new Garmin Nuvi 700 series - the 710, 750, 760, 770 and 780. First we'll look at the great features that are common to all the units, then break down the differences in the individual models so you can decide which one is best for you and your needs.

Ok, first lets look at the common features that are the same across the whole of the 700 range.

The Nuvi 700's are a true slim line, widescreen GPS Sat Nav. Garmin have removed the pop-out GPS aerial as seen on the 600 series units and replaced it with one that is built in to the top of the unit - so they're easy to slip into your pocket for when you leave the vehicle. The display is a 4.3" colour widescreen, and it's bright enough to be seen in all but the most dazzling sunlight. Garmin have some of the best screens of any Sat Nav's - it's almost like a silk screen print, very easy to see.

All the 700's use Garmin's great windscreen mount, which operates on a lever to "suck" it onto the windscreen. None of the dodgy TomTom type brackets here. When you stick the Garmin on, it stays stuck. It powers off your cigar lighter socket or the internal battery. Expect up to 5 hours use if used on battery power alone - but you won't be able to use the TMC or MSN features of the more expensive models if it isn't plugged in.

Entering destinations is simple and intuitive. You use the on-screen touch sensitive keyboard (in ABCD or QWERTY layout) to enter towns, streets, road numbers or Post Codes. The Nuvi's will remember your recent destinations, you can store favourites, or ask it to find POI's. POI's are Points of Interest such as petrol stations, hotels, restaurants, car parks, cinema's, airports etc. You can choose to find the nearest POI, POI's on your route, so there' no worrying about finding a gas station when you're somewhere you don't know.

Every Nuvi 700 includes a FM Modulator or transmitter. This means that voice instructions or music can be sent to your car's stereo speakers instead of through the units built in speaker. This is great for noisy cars, convertibles or loud kids. Just remember that in big cities there may not be enough free frequency space to use this effectively, so you'll be back to using the internal speaker.

The 700 series include two new very useful features. They all have the ability to sort a list of destinations into the quickest routes, a first for in-car Sat Nav and a boon to any professional drivers, sales people or multi-drop delivery people. The next is the "where am I feature". This, when tapped gives you a description of where you are, including lat / long, in case of phoning emergency services, friends etc. Coupled with the fact that the Nuvi automatically records the position of your car when you take it off the bracket, means that you'll never lose your car in a big car park again!

Other features common across the range are mp3 players, picture viewers, currency converters, optional travel guides, audio-book player and Garmin Lock, their PIN based security system.

So you can see that all the 700's are very competent navigators are a step up from the previous versions, so let's now look at the specific extras that come with each version.

Model
Description
Garmin Nuvi 710

 

Sold in Europe only, the 710 comes pre-installed with the maps of the country of where you bought it.

The Nuvi 710 has Bluetooth for hands-free calling with compatible mobile phones.

It also comes bundled with a TMC traffic aerial to pick up congestion information to guide you around queues.

The 710 does not read out road names.

 

Garmin Nuvi 750

 

The 750 comes pre-installed with the maps of either North America (if you buy in the USA) or the Whole of Europe (if bought in UK)

The 750 will read out road names as you approach - Great Feature!

The Nuvi 750 does not have Bluetooth for hands-free.

 

Garmin Nuvi 760 or 760t

 

The 760 comes pre-installed with the maps of either North America (if you buy in the USA) or the Whole of Europe (if bought in UK)

The 760 will read out road names as you approach - Great Feature!

The Nuvi 760 has Bluetooth for hands-free calling with compatible mobile phones.

It also comes bundled with a TMC traffic aerial to pick up congestion information to guide you around queues.

 

Garmin 770 or 770t

 

The 770 comes pre-installed with the maps North America AND Europe.

The 770 will read out road names as you approach - Great Feature!

The Nuvi 770 has Bluetooth for hands-free calling with compatible mobile phones.

It also comes bundled with a TMC traffic aerial to pick up congestion information to guide you around queues.

 

Garmin Nuvi 780

 

Sold in America Only, the 780 comes bundled with maps of North America.

The 780 will read out road names as you approach - Great Feature!

The Nuvi 780 has Bluetooth for hands-free calling with compatible mobile phones.

It also comes bundled with an MSN Direct aerial to pick up congestion information, weather, cinema listings and loads more data. This is a paid subscription service after a 3 month free trial.

 

Extra notes:

  • UK supplied Garmin's come pre-installed with Speed Camera warnings. To update these you need to pay a subscription.
  • TMC traffic information is free in the UK, but a paid subscription service in the USA.
  • Data services, such as TMC and MSN Direct are not available everywhere.

Prices:

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Phew! So that's our guide to the new Garmin 700 series, I hope it helps you choose which one is right for you.

Although there are lots of different options, remember that the process are often dictated by how many units a particular supplier (eg Amazon, Wal-Mart) buy, so you can often find high-specification units at a similar price to their lower specified cousins. Just make sure you get the unit that's got the maps you need!

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Comments / Questions:

ineed a satnav for multidrop deliveries mainly for private addresses to route plan as many as possible. Peter.

Any of the 700 series, depending on budget.

I want a Road sat/Nav that enables me to enter a Lat/Long destination and navigate to it? Derek.

The Garmin Nuvi's all do that.

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