Garmin - nüvi 350 Portable GPS
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Points of interest (POIs) include hotels, restaurants and attractions; add custom POIs for a personalized experience
Proximity alert feature warns you of upcoming custom POIs so you won't miss them
Turn-by-turn, voice-prompted navigation and text-to-speech functionality allow the unit to audibly announce the name of upcoming streets and addresses so you can keep your eyes on the road while navigating
Route calculator saves you time by finding the most efficient route between multiple destinations and can be programmed to avoid specific areas or road segments
View maps in either a 3D perspective or a 2D overhead view
Built-in flip-up antenna provides excellent reception; MCX-type connector for external GPS antenna connection (not included)
Integrated dash mounting system provides easy adjustment and quick release
Optional FM RDS-TMC traffic receiver GTM10 receives digital traffic information, shows drivers congested areas on a color-coded map and allows the StreetPilot to automatically calculate alternate routes (not included; only available in select cities)
Other features include MP3 and audiobook playback, JPEG viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more
Includes 12-24V adapter cable, USB cable, dash mount, suction cup mount, sample language guide content, sample MP3s, quick-start guide and carrying case
- MP3 PlaybackYes
- Bluetooth Built-inNo
- Text to SpeechYes
- Voice PromptsYes
- Battery LifeUp to 8 hours
- Battery IncludedYes
- 3D Map ViewYes
- Auto Sort Multiple DestinationsNo
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
AWESOME product!! Worth every penny!!Posted .
This is an amazing little gadget! We first tried another product that we got elsewhere and it lasted all of maybe 2 to 3 hours and wasn't nearly as helpful as this Garmin even when it was working... Our kid travels all summer for sports, and our Garmin was the envy of all the other parents who, also traveling in strange cities, were so happy they could follow someone who "knew" where they were going. It gave us freedom to leave our hotel rooms and locate restaurants, shopping, entertainment, etc. and feel comfortable that we'd find our way back and in time to venture much further than we typically do when traveling in strange cities. Our favorite features are: (1) the voice telling us to "turn right on such-and-such road" (keeps us from having to look while driving), (2) the clock that tells us our estimated arrival time (we used that feature to know what time we needed to leave to make sure we weren't late to any games, which also re-calculates itself the entire time so you can see if you're losing or gaining time), (3) and the fact that if you skip/miss a turn or have to go around an accident/construction, it recalculates and still gets you where you need to be without making you turn around. We also loved being able to locate favorite restaurants, stores, our tournament locations, etc. often by only typing in their names (WHICH saved us from driving nearly 17 miles out of our way when we realized there was a closer same chain restaurant near our hotel.) Even my hubby, who is NOT a techie guy and thought he didn't "need" someone giving him directions, loves it! Our use of it this past summer alone makes it worth every penny we paid! :)I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Easy to set up, accurate, full-featured GPSPosted .
The Garmin Nuvi 350 was an easy choice after I compared it side by side to several other units. I got the chance to actually use them and see how well they track outside. The Garmin was consistently faster at accurately displaying my position. The interface is fluid and easy to use. Since my purchase, everyone who has tried to use my GPS has had zero learning curve in operating it. You simply hit "Where to" and you're good to go. It really is that simple. MP3 playback is very convenient. You can fill the SD card of your choice with your favorite songs and easily play them via the Travel Kit option. You can connect it to your stereo through a mini jack cable, FM modulator, or tape adapter depending on the type of head unit your vehicle has. I definitely appreciate that when it's time to give you some instructions it automatically turns of the music, gives you directions, then resumes the music playback. You also have the option to let the screen display your JPEG pictures in a slideshow. Updates for the maps are provided every two years, and I believe if you do the direct update from Garmin, it costs somewhere around $75. I was thankful to have the 4-year service plan from Best Buy because after a few months of owning it my power adapter fried and would no longer power the unit. Best Buy promptly provided a replacement, and it's still going strong working great even today. There are units of other brands that boast similar features at a lower price, but their interface is not nearly as polished. It took me several minutes to learn to operate some of the other brands' GPSs that I tested. Garmin is so intuitive with their user interface that it took a few seconds for me to program where I was going and start receiving turn-by-turn instructions. The Nuvi 350 also has text-to-speech, and it's quite good at reading aloud the names of the streets. Instead of just saying, "turn right in 100 feet" it says, "in 500 feet turn right on Jones Avenue." If you miss a turn, it's very quick to redirect. You can program in a pit stop along the way for food or gas. You can customize whether it optimizes the trip for saving time or miles. After using it for some months now, I've seen that there is even more than meets the eye. There are lots of capabilities you will learn to take advantage of to get even more out of this great unit. As for value, it's worth every penny. The fluid interface, the excellent accuracy of Garmin's new antenna (I believe they released it last year), and the reliability will give you peace of mind and keep you from getting lost for years to come. Battery life is good (close to what's advertised), and the screen is usually very easy to read. This is a purchase that you will be glad you have, especially if you travel a lot like I do.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Interface, Amazing DatabasePosted .
I am really impressed with my Garmin Nuvi 350! It has helped me find quicker routes to places I have been to hundreds of times and makes cross country travel very convenient. The maps are impressive and can be updated by linking the Nuvi to a computer and running the free downloadable updater program. I have only seen it stumped twice so far, once on an obviously very new road (concrete dry yet?) and once in an apartment complex. Both times it knew exactly, to the foot, where I was, just didn't know there was a road there. The database of places is nothing short of amazing. We have used this on the road to find specific restaurants, gas, stadiums and other attractions. Far from being a "ad" or fee for placement type of thing, they really seem to have included everything the could. We have located favorite privately owned restaurants, chains and parks we didn't know about and would never had found without it. The touchscreen interface is very simple and quick to navigate. A child or technophobe can easily master this device in minutes and travel will never be the same. I also really like the built in battery. I get about 5 hours of use without having to plug it in and the small size and included leather-like case makes it convenient to carry it on walking journeys.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great help in needPosted .
I had never owned a GPS unit before, but on a shuttle trip to the airport the driver had a Garmin unit, and I was surprised to find that even from a couple rows back I could still see the screen clearly. So I did a little research and got the Nuvi 350 for two reasons in particular: (1) it reads street names aloud, and (2) the Bluetooth connection to the phone (here in California, it's about to become state law that drivers must use a hands-free device with their cellphones, and I didn't have one). It doesn't take long to learn that probably any GPS unit is going to have certain problems. For example, with LA's horrible freeway traffic I have the Nuvi set to avoid freeways; but certain streets that I consider surface roads are considered highways by the Nuvi (Santa Monica Blvd. is part of Route 66, for example). The better I know the area I'm driving in, the more often I see how the Nuvi isn't terribly smart about finding a really optimal route. But of course that's the sort of situation where I don't really need a GPS unit because I already know my way around; and if I don't know my way around, I don't much care if my route isn't optimal, so long as it gets me there. What I really love is how simple it is. The screen is easy to read, and the Bluetooth connection works wonderfully--once the cellphone is paired with the Nuvi, they simply find each other without your having to do anything ever again. It's easy to unhook the Nuvi and stash it in the glove compartment or wherever, out of sight; and I connect it even for short trips to familiar destinations, just for the Bluetooth connection. I don't really use it to find points of interest, though I'm happy to find that my local grocery store is in there, and so was Universal when I had to go to a concert.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I'll be blind without this one!!!Posted .
After kicking myself for not having purchased my vehicle with a navigation system, I picked up the Garmin Nuvi 350. And I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase. It packs a huge punch in a small pocket-sized gadget, which means that unlike car-based systems, you can pick it up and take it with you whenever you travel across the country (or even in Europe, apparently, with the purchase of additional maps). I usually just set the unit right down next to my arm rest or in a cup holder, and it's able to pick up an accurate signal with remarkable speed. The fact that it pronounces street names is a fantastic feature, and the included voices are mostly clear sounding. It almost never loses its signal, even when accidentally buried under a jacket, and there's no real need to mount it on your windshield unless you really want to. The navigation system is very intuitive to use. Unlike the kind built into Mercedes Benz and other cars, anyone (even the least technically inclined) can pick up this unit and start using it right out of the box. It literally needs no manual, and doesn't really come with one. The touch sensitive screen is bright and friendly. The only feedback I'd give is that they should give you the option to type in street names with a QWERTY keyboard. The ABCDEF keyboard is easy enough to use, but it takes a moment to get used to. Finally, as with any GPS device, always do a common sense check on the directions it provides. I've found a few times when it has given me inaccurate ramp information or a slightly illogical instruction. That said, the Nuvi's ability to calculate fast, efficient, and accurate directions is quite impressive more than 95% of the time. I now don't understand how I got along without it for such a long time!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A great product.Posted .
Best human interface of any electronic device I've ever owned or seen. Far superior to the built-in unit in my fancy Mercedes. The "heads-up" style display (perspective view) is easy to read at a glance. It is bright and clear under all conditions except when sun is shining directly on it... note however that wearing polarized sunglasses diminishes the brightness significantly. The touch screen menu is clear, simple, and user friendly. It takes you to exact street numbers, not to a range. It shows you names of cross streets as you approach. Window mount is well designed and secure. You can buy an extra window mount for ease in cross-decking the unit between vehicles. It knows which streets are one-way. It knows the restricted hours for our HOV commuter lanes in Washington DC area. It is not perfect, however. It occasionally picks a less-than-optimal route (but you still get there, and it recalculates when you know better and ignore an instruction). By all means plot a route with MapQuest also if you are planning a trip before you get into the car and go... no way a little hand-size unit like this will be as intelligent and up-to-date as MapQuest with its massive servers. The Nuvi's built in rechargeable lithium-ion battery is not user replaceable when it eventually dies. Before you can use the map that comes with the unit you have to establish an on-line account to activate it. Nuvi provides regular software updates for functions... not sure how often the maps are updated. Overall there are very few drawbacks. A great product.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Worth The $$ but nothing beat being smart!!Posted .
I travel a lot and decided to buy myself a GPS. I tried Mio but the software suck! So I bought this Garmin 350 and it’s worth the money. I save a lot of time not having to look up directions first before I travel. I can go and find food and gas at any time when I feel hungry or almost out of gas. Best of all I don’t have to leave it in the car and worry about it getting stolen. It’s small enough I can carry it on me and the battery last quite long. The downside is it’s not as accurate like it was advertised. When on routes that has a freeway and access road parallel to each other, it cannot tell the different. Sometimes, the direction given is longer, and sometimes route from A to B is not the same as the route going from B back to A; even though I didn’t change any of its setting. So it’s best you have a paper map and common sense. I usually don’t buy extended warranty but for some reason I brought it for this, and luckily I did it too. I’m not sure if it has to do with the recent map I installed but about 2 months ago (shortly after the map update), my Nuvi started to have problem acquiring satellite. I tried everything but without hope, so I gave up and send it in. Apparently, I wasn’t the only person that has this issue. My roommate has the same one and has the same problem. 2 weeks later they sent me a completely different one. Overall, I still recommend this, it save a lot of time (and gas money) and you can be spontaneous and not worry about looking for food, gas, etc… Here some advices for you people out there. If you have any issue and have to send it in for service; I recommend give them your credit card number and have them immediately send you a different one. That way you don’t have lap time without your GPS. I would have done that but they don’t have any 350 in stock (not sure if that’s a lie). Plus don’t waste a lot of time trying to fix it yourself, like I did. I had no choice because I travel a lot and trying to avoid sending it in.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Simply AmazingPosted .
Having used a Nuvi 200 w/o TTS, the 350 is much more helpful for navigating. Although the screen of the 200 is better and brighter, with TTS you rarely have to look at the screen of the 350. It has an attention tone that prompts you for the next instruction, then you listen for the street name and simply look for the street sign. For me the flip up antenna was a plus since it gave superior reception and can be used as a stand in MP3 mode. Compared to a widescreen GPS the unit fits perfectly in your pocket. The battery life is also excellent when walking with it or taking it from vehicle to vehicle. It is an older unit so the pricing is great and it performs as well as any GPS currently out there. It also comes with an A/C charger, USB cable, case and free 2008 map disc for registering, which was received promptly.I would recommend this to a friend