Garmin Nuvi 660
Manufacturer: Garmin Part number: 010-00540-00
- Bottom Line:
- If you can afford the hefty price tag, the Garmin Nuvi 660 is a solid-performing and versatile GPS device that offers all the navigation basics, tools for the world traveler, Bluetooth, and more.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $329.00
- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 11/20/2006
The good: The Garmin Nuvi 660 offers an accurate GPS receiver, text-to-speech functionality, and traffic capabilities. The versatile system also features a gorgeous display, integrated Bluetooth, travel tools, and multimedia functions.
The bad: The device is expensive, and there are no external volume controls. The system also doesn't support multidestination route creation.
The bottom line: If you can afford the hefty price tag, the Garmin Nuvi 660 is a solid-performing and versatile GPS device that offers all the navigation basics, tools for the world traveler, Bluetooth, and more.
The "Apple iPod" of GPS units...No Regrets
by james_t_boyd on October 14, 2006
Pros: Tiny form factor, intuitive interface, responsive satellite tracking, gorgeous bright wide screen display, includes integrated FM traffic receiver, excellent Bluetooth integration
Cons: Tinny speakers, lackluster battery life, **expensive**,
Summary: HINT: Thieves LOVE this. Be sure to remove it from your window (inluding the suction mount) and take it with you or hide it in your vehicle when parked. I'...
Summary: HINT: Thieves LOVE this. Be sure to remove it from your window (inluding the suction mount) and take it with you or hide it in your vehicle when parked. I've had TWO Garmin Nuvi units stolen from my car this year.
Based on what is out there, this is the ROLLS ROYCE of portable GPS units, with a price tag to match. That being said, don't pay more than $750 for it new, anywhere. Many places on the web, including eBay, sell this item new for that price often with free shipping.
I've owned the Garmin Nuvi 350, and had it stolen twice. It was my favorite gadget of all time, hands down. When Garmin announced the upcoming widescreen Nuvi 660 with integrated Bluetooth, FM transmitter, and included FM traffic reciver, I ordered one. I have not regretted it. The overall appearance, design, form factor, and usability of this device is only rivaled by Apple's iPod, in my opinion.
To be blunt, I prefer the smaller form factor of the Nuvi 350 and 360 units. The 660 is a widescreen unit and is slightly thicker as well, which goes against the industry-leadnig portability established by its predecessors. However, the screen seems to have been revamped and is VERY bright and easy to see. As a matter of fact, it handles direct sunlight without washing out any of the display. At night, I keep it at only 20% brightness. This makes it less visible in my peripheral vision as I am driving, as well as saving the short battery life. So far the unit averages about three hours of battery life after a full charge, with the WAAS/Egnos feature turned off and the display dimmed somewhat to conserve on power.
The user interface is the best out there: simple, robust, and responsive. The mapping is excellent, and the Google Map-style drawings are both beautiful and functional. It powers up and very quickly picks up the GPS satellites. You can load your custom points of interest as well. One of the neatest features I have seen is that it will display your Bluetooth-enabled phone's contacts right on the Nuvi display screen as if you were looking at your own phone.
As far as durability and quality, there are no concerns. Garmin makes excellent, well-tested products and the Nuvi is no exception. I've dropped my device several times already without any damage to it.
BOTTOM LINE: Very highly recommended.
HINT: If you want to avoid highways, you can go into the Navigation options under "avoidances" and tell the unit to avoid major highways. I do wish that Garmin would make this option easier to set instead of having it embedded in three levels of menus, but at least it has it.
55 out of 58 users found this user opinion helpful.
I Returned Mine. This Is Why...
by Mahler12x on January 15, 2007
Pros: Beautiful, high-res display. Easy to use interface. Great menu system for finding POIs.
Cons: Flimsy case. Lousy speaker. Pointless Mp3 player. POI database is at least 3 years behind even after recent update. Very few navigation preference options.
Summary: I was given a TomTom One for Christmas and I thought I loved it. Navigation was clear and direct. However, I quickly discovered that it lacked a database for common ...
Summary: I was given a TomTom One for Christmas and I thought I loved it. Navigation was clear and direct. However, I quickly discovered that it lacked a database for common stores such as Wal-mart or Best Buy. I could find the shopping center they were in but of course that would be useless if you're visiting a new area you're unfamiliar with and just wanted to find the nearest Wal-Mart. So, I decided to "upgrade" to the "latest" and "greatest" which is what the Nuvi 660 was supposed to be.
I went into its POI menu and found that restaurants, shops, gas stations, and even golf courses, were all organized into very well designed menus and submenus; something the TomTom was lacking. Everything looked great until I discovered that any store built as recently as 3 years ago wasn't to be found. This, mind you, is after a very recent update. You can load custom POI's in but it's a VERY cumbersome process that only very computer savy folks could do. Consumers beware: There is no way to update your POI database. You must wait for the updates that come out only once a year or every two years for $150+.
In addition, you have very few options for navigation preferences. The TomTom seemed much more intelligent in chosing routes. For instance, I live in Hayward, CA. My parents live in Sacramento. When I go up to visit, the Garmin wants me to take I-680 because it's slightly faster by maybe 15 minutes overall. I hate going through 680 because of traffic and so I take 80 all the way. When I'm driving though, and pass the turnoff to go to 680, the Garmin recalculates and tries to take me off onto sideroads for the next 9 exits so I can backtrack and get back to 680. With the TomTom, it simply recalculates and has me continue on 80 because that's the next logical route.
In short, the TomTom wasn't the complete package and neither was the Garmin. They both have major drawbacks, and when you're spending more than $500 (or $899 in the case of the Garmin) you should expect it to be full featured. Especially when these are the only products your company makes. So, as for me, I took mine back. I expect these companies to make a more well thought out product before I spend the loads of money their asking.
55 out of 62 users found this user opinion helpful.
NOT worth the money!!!!
by dentalrep on November 18, 2006
Pros: Small size, bluetooth, FM traffic alerts, FM transmitter, large screen size, battery powered
Cons: No remote, FM transmitter is unusable for me with antennae in front on my 2006 Tacoma, limited Bluetooth, built in speaker strained at full volume
Summary: I wanted to make this GPS work so bad. I have been using Garmin for a long time now and was between the 2820 and the Uvi 660. Due to ...
Summary: I wanted to make this GPS work so bad. I have been using Garmin for a long time now and was between the 2820 and the Uvi 660. Due to the size and the built ins I went for the Nuvi 660. Sams Club was having a sale on them and I could not resist.
So I bring home my new 660 and charge it up. I then try to turn it on and it locks up. So I call Garmin, which has the best customer service, and they told me to take it back and get an exchange. This stuff happens so I went back and got a new one.
This one started up thank goodness but I was unable to find a FM channel to use so I can have handsfree over the radio. Even then I was OK, the 2820 can't go through the radio either so there is no reason to get that one instead. I use my cell phone a lot so I was looking forward to the handsfree feature. The problem is that the speaker is a little weak and I had complaints from people I was talking to about noise and them hearing themselves talk. Then I found out that you can't use a bluetooth earpiece with this system but you can on the 2820.
Since I drive a lot I use my GPS more than most people. When you frive that often you find that there are certain roads or areas that you NEVER want to drive on and avoid forever. The 2820 and the 2720 allow you to make cutom avoidances so the GPS always makes your route around that area. For example, I live in Houston, and if I wanted to go to North Houston the GPA will take me through the center of Downtown Houston to get there. If you do that you will wan to drive your vehicle off a bridge after sitting through that nightmare of a route. I would rather take one of the loops that goes around instead. With my 2720 it would avoid that area and just route me around it without me having to detour every time.
The other thing is the lack of remote. The remotes come in so handy when driving. If you haven't used a remote you don't know what you are missing. Volume control is easier and bluetooth functions are easier.
Another feature lacking is the categories under "favorites" This way you can have diferent categories for finding fanorites easier, like: restaurants, work, personal, vacation, etc
For this price of unit it should have better if not as good of options as the same priced 2820. I do like the battery powered function and how small the unit is but those pluses don't make up for all the minuses!!!!
I returned mine yesterday and now have a 2820 on order. The 660 is sexy but it is more of an entry level unit at a upper end price level.
48 out of 65 users found this user opinion helpful.
My friends are all trading in their own GPS units for this one after seeing mine in action.
by the2600 on October 17, 2006
Pros: Great unit, compact, user-friendly, useful outside of the car, good screen.
Cons: It's expensive.
Summary: After having tried the Magellan 3050T, I returned it for this model. My primary reason for returning the Magellan was because of a design flaw with the buttons (as I ...
Summary: After having tried the Magellan 3050T, I returned it for this model. My primary reason for returning the Magellan was because of a design flaw with the buttons (as I documented in another review), however once I discovered the importance of ‘size’, I wouldn’t purchase another GPS larger than the Nuvi 660. After having experienced the joys of riding with me and seeing how small this unit is in the dash or window compared to their bulkier models, several of my friends have resorted to selling their own units to purchase either a 660 or the even smaller 350 or 360 models. I think the greatest rating of all a product could receive is when all your friends start trading in their own models for yours after seeing it in action. I would have preferred the size of the 360, but I have large fingers and was worried about trying to press the tinier interface screen buttons on the smaller model.
The 660 is extremely easy to use, has a perfect screen, and catches the satellites in seconds after turn on. The voice commands are a bit robotic, but it uses text to speech conversion (announces street names on guidance instead of feet/miles), so I doubt at this point there is anything better on the market. I tried a GPS that did not use the text to speech conversion, and was occasionally missing turns when two turn offs were so close together that the GPS announcement was worthless. This isn’t an issue with the 660 because the street names are announced.
I haven’t had a great deal of luck with the FM transmitter, but I believe this is because I have a rear mount antenna on my car. I’ve read other reviews that the FM transmitter wasn’t worth using, and yet other reviews that claim perfect reception. I think it is an issue of antenna proximity and the availability of clear frequencies.
The 660 comes with both a 110 adapter and a 12V vehicle adapter, however the 12V vehicle power adapter does not plug directly into the unit, but rather the suction cup vehicle mount. The mount has a small power interface connector that links to the 660 when the unit is placed into the mount. This might be ideal for certain situations, such as when the power and mount are permanently affixed in the vehicle, but I find it to be a bit of a nuisance because I have to stick the GPS in the mount even when I am just trying to charge it on the passenger seat. It’s a very small issue. I wouldn’t image leaving the mount in view even if the 660 was not in the car, because thieves could assume a gps unit is hidden in the glove compartment or under the seat when noticing the mount, and might break your window to find out.
Battery life could be a little better, but 3 hours is fair considering it charges quickly, and comes with a 110 adapter for use at home. One thing I really like about the unit is that the GPS automatically turns off when the antenna is folded back, so you can play with the unit (add addresses, browse maps, etc) while at home. I’ve tried other models that wouldn’t quit prompting for gps coverage, which made them useless for indoor use. The Points of Interest menu is very comprehensive, and includes phone numbers with addresses. While traveling, twice now I have chosen to search “closest”, and “Pizza”, to grab a phone number to the closest pizza delivery guys from my hotel room, which makes the 660 a bit of a virtual yellow pages as well. I think Garmin hit it on the mark by calling this a travel assistant, because it is small enough to take with you while walking or riding public transportation, and this model fits comfortably in a jacket pocket. I’ve been able to use it to find bus routes and predict the closest stops in unfamiliar areas to tourist spots while on vacation.
You can purchase this unit for $750.00 or less as of 17Oct06 at several online vendors. You pay for quality, but this one has it.
17 out of 18 users found this user opinion helpful.
No QWERTY key board choice on any Nuvi model!
by REDLINE2K on December 11, 2006
Pros: NIce layout, great size and screen
Cons: Why only A-Z keyboard -- not on any computer or smartphone
Summary: This is a really nice unit but how can anyone in this "modern" age not provide an interface that is inline with what is the standard for data entry - ...
Summary: This is a really nice unit but how can anyone in this "modern" age not provide an interface that is inline with what is the standard for data entry - a QWERTY keyboard. Tomtom does in all its models. It offers you a choice of A-Z, QWERTY or AZERTY in the preferences menu. I am sure there is not one employee of GARMIN that has an A-Z keyboard, at their computer or on their smartphone, so how could they make such a grave error in judgement. If your out in the field holding the nuvi in your hands thumbing is the most common method for entry like on your Blackberry, Treo or smartphone. Using an A-Z keyboard is a tedious non-intuitive task. It is as though Garmin had no idea who the end user was going to be. The solution to this problem is to have the software team code in these other keyboard choices in the preferences section and provide it in a downloadable software patch. As this is only a virtual keypad on the screen anything can be accomplished with software. Seemless evolution of a product is vital to its utility and success.Updated
Garmin Tech Support says Garmin are now reviewing the inclusion of the QWERTY keybord into the Nuvi. Email them at this address email@example.com. They thought most data entry was in the hunt and peck style and didn't really didn't realize that their primary user base already QWERTY literate.
13 out of 15 users found this user opinion helpful.
How it stacks up against Tom Tom
by ms777sd on April 21, 2007
Pros: Nice screen, Solid MP3 Player
Cons: Slow screen refresh small 700 MB disk space
Summary: I work as a Sales Engineer and having a fast reliable GPS is critical. I shelled out $900.00 at radio shack for my 660 and I am very dissapointed. ...
Summary: I work as a Sales Engineer and having a fast reliable GPS is critical. I shelled out $900.00 at radio shack for my 660 and I am very dissapointed. So much so that I felt it neccessary to write this. I bought a TOM TOM 910 before this one and had problems with both(see that review).
The Garmine Nuvi 660 has a great screen, easy to set Favorites, great Point Of Interest database and good routing.. Everywhere else it fails to deliver. The useability compared to a TomTom is abyssmal. It's very difficut to control the volume, the FM radio transmitter is very weak and can't fully lock to the car stereo with majot static., in this case a 2007 Chevy Impala or a 2004 Landrover discovery.
When in route to a destination the screen is so slow and only refreshes every two seconds or so and when driving this is bad news. You can easily pass your turn without seeing your current position updated on the screen and the View of the route is much better on the Tom Tom.
13 out of 16 users found this user opinion helpful.
Navigation features very basic
by marktz on November 19, 2006
Pros: larger screen
Cons: Navigation features very very weak when compared to other cheaper units
Summary: For $850-900 Garmin has left too many navigation features out. For this price you can't even save a route on the unit, you can only enter a single destination, ...
Summary: For $850-900 Garmin has left too many navigation features out. For this price you can't even save a route on the unit, you can only enter a single destination, you can't plan routes, no ability to roadblock out roads or bad neighborhoods, etc. Garmin has dumbed the nuvi line too much. I agree with some of the other posts that only those that haven't used better units are impressed. Thats what Garmin is banking on.
14 out of 21 users found this user opinion helpful.
Returned Nuvi 660 - this is why...
by reviewer321 on March 6, 2007
Pros: Great Features, Larger Screen than Nuvi 350
Cons: Low Sound Volume, Slow Start-up, Outdated Maps/Data
Summary: Cannot adjust sound volume high enough (Nuvi 350 was fine), very slow start-up (well on your way before GPS functional), out-dated maps/database, directing you on roads that have been ...
Summary: Cannot adjust sound volume high enough (Nuvi 350 was fine), very slow start-up (well on your way before GPS functional), out-dated maps/database, directing you on roads that have been changed for 2-3 yrs, to businesses gone 2+ yrs, and cannot find new businesses already present 2-3 yrs; often directs you to turn or go inaccurate places (ie, into a guard rail, where there was an entrance ramp 2-3 yrs ago; enter a roadway that you are already on and has been finished for 2-3 yrs; or to exit when you are not suppose to) whether on "faster time" or "shorter distance", is frustrating and time wasting. Doesn't adequately indicate which direction you will be turning (so you can get in correct lane). Online reporting of errors is time-consuming, cumbersome (apparently designed for Garmin's ease of use) which deters accurate updating/reporting of errors. (Perhaps, a dedicated 800# just for this with specially trained "updaters" before large monitors to quickly identify and verify problem area/data with ability to receive email digital photos from cell phones/cameras, illustrating "at-location" map/database errors. It is CRUCIAL, potentially life-saving, to have up-to-date mapping/data! Nuvi 660 needs more timely info, rather than at 12-18mo stretches, another 6+ mos to disseminate to end-users. Could be continuously updated, for ready accessability online. I waivered about taking it back; Garmin needs to pay close attention to consumer feedback/imput, to improve the Nuvi 660. Good features, but in light of high cost and time wasting, not quite worth it.
9 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
This thing is GREAT!!!
by moe3754 on October 9, 2006
Pros: Very Easy to use and has all the EXTRAS.
Cons: Have had no problems with it yet.
Summary: I purchased mine the day that they were released and have had a great time learning how to use it,the GPS tracking is spot on and shows the map ...
Summary: I purchased mine the day that they were released and have had a great time learning how to use it,the GPS tracking is spot on and shows the map well,the FM transmitter works great with my car stereo and the voice comes through loud and clear,it is easy to program and when it recalculates routes it is done very fast.
There are so many different things that it does well it would take pages to cover it all and all I can say is that I was going to first get the C550 but am glad I waited for this to come out.As for price well if you look on the web you can find it at a good price like I did for $764.00 and free shipping not the $999.00 like most places want for it.
10 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
The 660 runs 360's around all others.
by jamon962 on November 3, 2006
Pros: Razor sharp 4.3" display and all the extras.
Cons: No remote and window mount too far from driver. Price $749.00
Summary: After test driving a Magellan and Tom Tom I decided to try the 660 due to the Garmin reputation and the large high resolution screen. I was not disappointed. The ...
Summary: After test driving a Magellan and Tom Tom I decided to try the 660 due to the Garmin reputation and the large high resolution screen. I was not disappointed. The 660 does everything well and more.
It is faster, more accurate, and easier to use than the others. The bluetooth phone feature works great and seamlessly works with your phone to put all of your phone info onscreen. Incoming calls flash on screen like a large caller ID display.
The FM transmitter puts the 660 on your cars radio easily. I still have the traffic and MP3 player to try out, but I am sure they will work well like the other features.
The 660 is very light and well designed for installing and removing from your dash. There is a lock feature that uses a code or location to unlock the unit.
The GPS part of the unit is fantastic. It locks on quickly and reroutes fast. Loading destinations is easy and fast. The only problem I had with the menus is there are so many features it is confusing with all the selections at first.
The best part of the 660 is the 4.3" crystal clear high res display. It burns through the brightest glare with ease. There are no problems with glare at all with this screen. The display is enough to pick the 660 even without all the extra toys. All the side streets and script are easily readable.
Garmin keeps its lead and continues to bury the competition with the 660.
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Garmin
- Part number: 010-00540-00
- Description: Answer the call to adventure with nüvi 660, a sleek navigator and travel assistant. This preloaded navigator brings a colorful widescreen display to the nüvi family and features hands-free calling and more. nüvi 660 integrates Bluetooth wireless technology with a microphone and speaker that lets you make hands-free mobile phone calls. Simply dial numbers with the nüvi's touch screen keypad to make a call on a compatible Bluetooth phone. To answer calls, just tap nüvi's screen and speak directly into its built in microphone. In addition, easily look-up and dial numbers from your personalized phone book or from your phone's call history log. Don't know the phone number for your destination? Simply find and dial it from nüvi's extensive points of interest database - including hotels, restaurants, stores, and attractions. nüvi 660 comes ready to go with preloaded maps and includes automatic routing, 3D or 2D map perspective, turn-by-turn voice directions that speak street names and a fingertip touch screen interface, making navigation easy. It also supports configurable vehicle icons - fun, customized car-shaped icons in a variety of colors that show your position on the map. nüvi 660 features a super-bright 4.3" widescreen display for improved map viewing, POI lookup and MP3/audio book playback. This landscape display has white backlight and a touchscreen for easy use. Navigation is just the beginning. nüvi 660 includes many "must have" entertainment and travel tools including MP3 player, audio book player, JPEG picture viewer, currency converters, and more.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type GPS receiver
- Recommended Use Automotive
- Preloaded Maps North America
- Integrated Components Digital player
- Card Reader SD Memory Card
- Interface USB
- Traffic TMC (Traffic Message Channel)
- Voice Street name announcement,
- Included Software MapSource City Navigator North America NT
- SBAS WAAS
- Antenna Built-in
- Internal Memory 2 GB Flash
- Features Alarm,
Built-in FM modulator,
2D / 3D map perspective,
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
- Waypoints 500
- Trip Computer Avoid ferrys,
Avoid toll roads,
- Supported Audio Formats MP3
- Supported Image Formats JPG
- Connector Type USB,
Antenna - MCX,
Headphones - Mini-phone 3.5 mm
- Run Time (Up To) 7 hour(s)
- Included Accessories Car power adapter,
AC power adapter,
Automotive windshield mount
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.9 in
- Depth 0.9 in
- Height 2.9 in
- Weight 6.7 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 140 °F
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