Garmin nüvi 885T
Manufacturer: Garmin Part number: 010-00577-30
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- Average user rating: 2.5 stars out of 3 reviews
- Stay connected and ahead of the curve with nüvi 885T. This premium navigator features voice-activated navigation, lane assist with junction view, MSN Direct and hands-free calling capability. You can keep both hands on the wheel, tell nüvi where to go and maneuver complicated interchanges with ease. It comes with a widescreen display, preloaded maps and more.
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Pricey, but great voice recognition capability
by joeybennet on February 28, 2009
Pros: Excellent voice recognition
Is supposed to be able to be hooked up to a back up camera
Better detouring control
Now lists the road you are actually travelling on, instead of the upcoming road
customization is available
User replaceable battery
Track up view background makes seeing roads difficult
Docking station is not as good as the Nuvi 760's
Doesn't display enough street name information as you are travelling your route.
You need to buy "micro-SD" cards now
Summary: I decided to upgrade my Nuvi 760 for the Nuvi 885T for purely the "want it" factor; but stick with the Nuvi 700 series if cost is a large factor. ...
Summary: I decided to upgrade my Nuvi 760 for the Nuvi 885T for purely the "want it" factor; but stick with the Nuvi 700 series if cost is a large factor. That being said, the unit is still the best GPS when it comes to performance. Stick with the newer Garmins. Friends who had Tom Tom's, Magellen's, etc. eventually bought Garmin's. They just seem to have the fastest satellite acquisition and accurate routing engine.
Now for some more description of this unit. First the bad stuff in no particular order. 1.) Why did Garmin eliminate the lead in chamfer on the unit for the docking
station? This made docking the 760 so easy and fast after doing it a few times. Now you have to closely align the unit to get it to engage. 2.) Garmin changed track up and north up view from the light tan background to a green contour map. This looks neat at first, until you have to strain to see the roads. They used a dark gray, poorly contrasting color. Fortunately it does not do this in the 3D view. 3.)As was a complaint on the 700 series, when you are nearing a programmed destination, the side roads are sometimes named, sometimes not, they just show as roads. This may seem like a trivial detail, but seeing the names of the upcoming roads on the display and then seeing the street sign match is a great way to orient and prepare
when to expect the road you want. The 885t seems to show the names of the roads even less now. 4.)The lane assist feature only works in areas where the service is available. This was my fault for making the assumption that the unit is able to take the road information and convert it to a 3D rendered view. I guess there's more to it than that. 5.) Why does Garmin have such a tough time with the voice quality with the text to speech? As with the 760, you need select Karen, the Australian English accent to sound the most pleasant and human. The 760 had some tough times with words such as "recalculating", but sounded fine with "traffic alert, slow straffic". With the 885t, the opposite is true, words that sounded strange before are now fine, and words that sounded fine before, are now strange. There is no reason for this.
But now for the good stuff. 1.) All that was great about the 760 from a GPS standpoint and touch screen interaction applies to the 885t. Thank goodness. 2.) The voice recognition is unbelievable. Even in my noisy car, the unit rapidly understands and complies. All commands can be controlled by voice...all of them. From "zoom in, zoom out" to changing the device settings. The unit comes with a remote control to activate the voice command and de-activate command. At first this may not seem as high tech as being able to wake the unit up just by speaking to it, but when other people are in your car trying to command it to do other things when you don't want it to, it's nice to be able to shut voice command off yourself. The voice command tones and timing was well thought out. When you activate voice, it sounds a tone when it's ready to accept a command. If it understood what you said, it sounds a certain tone and quicky executes the command. If not, it
sounds a different tone. You can activate interactive voice command, so that the unit asks you questions about what you want to do without looking at the unit. As is the direct jump to traffic and other MSN options that required diving through menus to activate them. These features are very important to safety. After you give a command, voice command stays active for about 5 or so seconds after executing the command, then it shuts off automatically. Again, this may seem like a trivial thing, but it would be a pain to have to shut it off with the remote every time. Like I said, the voice command was well thought out. 3.) Although I have yet to figure out how to do this, the manual indicates I'm supposed to be able to hook a back-up camera to the device so that it switches to that view when I shift into reverse. The manual indicates I need a VIB 10 controller (~100) and an appropriate camera, but they
are very cryptic about doing this. i.e. the settings I'm supposed to see are not on this unit, and they don't indicate that the commands show up only after adding this
functionality....like the POI's on the 760 didn't show up until you downloaded the POI loader to your computer and then stored them on the device. 4.) There is more customization available. It's not much more, but it is there. For instance you can turn on and off certain POI's (Fuels, stores etc.). Also, the detouring has more
options. I can set certain roads and even whole areas to avoid.
That's about it for now. The 760 I had for a year worked perfectly every time.....we'll see if the same is true for the 885t. One more thing, no matter what GPS you get, always be mindful of keeping your scan going between the unit and the road. Don't fixate on the GPS!!! I've had a couple of close rear-ending calls.
10 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
WARNING: 885 "T" doesn't do traffic
by jweaks1 on March 28, 2009
Pros: Nice graphics
Cons: Don't buy this if you think you will get real-time traffic data. The "traffic" feature is only on MSN Direct. I felt stupid when my new GPS arrived and it didn't have the FM Traffic cable, which I was expecting, but this MSN Direct cable instead.
Summary: So you get the MSN Direct cable ($120 if bought separately). You still have to pay for the MSN Direct subscription (another $120 for a five year subscription). I have ...
Summary: So you get the MSN Direct cable ($120 if bought separately). You still have to pay for the MSN Direct subscription (another $120 for a five year subscription). I have used the FM Traffic before, and while not perfect, it seemed to work reasonably well. The MSN Direct traffic is a joke. I can understand if you are stuck in traffic because an accident occurred just recently, and the Traffic feature didn't let you know. But yesterday I was driving along and came to a sign saying "Heavy Traffic Ahead". It was one of those temporary construction site signs. Anyway, my MSN Direct Traffic showed "All Clear on your Route" and never even mentioned slow traffic, while showing a totally unrealistic "estimated arrival" time.
Bottom Line: MSN Direct Traffic is useless, the MSN Direct cable you get with the "T" model NUVI is useless, so don't buy a "T" Model unless you want to check your stocks while you are stuck in Traffic!
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
by jifnj08 on November 24, 2009
Pros: The Blue tooth only!!
Cons: MSN, turn by turn directions could KILL you !!!! If followed you could turn into a house, on coming traffic the woods or a lake
Summary: The only thing thats good is the Blue Tooth.
Summary: The only thing thats good is the Blue Tooth.
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Garmin
- Part number: 010-00577-30
- Description: Stay connected and ahead of the curve with nüvi 885T. This premium navigator features voice-activated navigation, lane assist with junction view, MSN Direct and hands-free calling capability. You can keep both hands on the wheel, tell nüvi where to go and maneuver complicated interchanges with ease. It comes with a widescreen display, preloaded maps and more.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type GPS receiver
- Recommended Use Automotive
- Preloaded Maps North America
- Integrated Components Digital player
- Card Reader microSD
- Interface USB
- Functions & Services Time/date,
- Traffic MSN Direct
- Voice Voice command recognition,
Street name announcement,
- Included Software NAVTEQ,
MapSource City Navigator North America NT
- Compatible Software Garmin Travel Guide
- Antenna Built-in
- Features Alarm,
Speed limit warning,
Built-in FM transmitter,
TMC (Traffic Message Channel) ready,
Built-in stereo speakers,
Hands-free calling via Bluetooth,
Optional external GPS antenna connection
- Type TFT - Color - Yes
- Diagonal Size 4.3 in - Widescreen
- Resolution 480 x 272
- Display Illumination Yes
- Features Anti-glare
- Waypoints 500
- Tracklog Points 10000
- Routes 10
- Trip Computer Street address search,
Avoid toll roads,
- Supported Audio Formats MP3
- Supported Image Formats JPG
- Connector Type USB,
Headphones / line-out,
Antenna - MCX
- Type Lithium ion
- Included Qty 1
- Run Time (Up To) 4 hour(s)
- Included Accessories Remote control,
Car power adapter,
Suction cup mount
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.9 in
- Depth 0.7 in
- Height 3.1 in
- Weight 6.2 oz