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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 147 reviews

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    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
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Easy to set up, accurate, full-featured GPS

    Posted .

    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
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Interface, Amazing Database

    Posted .

    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
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great help in need

    Posted .

    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
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    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
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    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
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    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
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Simply Amazing

    Posted .

    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
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Awesome GPS, Easy To Use

    Posted .

    I love this GPS unit. My husband and I purchased it a while ago as we were taking a road trip to California. It is awesome and has many great features. My husband likes the "trip" feature which keeps track of traveling time, max speed, average speed, etc. I love that it speaks street names and locations. The only disappointment I've had is that we live in Las Vegas and roads and new areas are CONSTANTLY being built. I think it is difficult for the GPS to keep up to date with all the new roads and locations. I find myself often entering an address only to find that the GPS unit cannot locate the address. Other than that is has been a great unit and well worth the money spent.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great GPS!! A must have for the road!!

    Posted .

    My girlfriend and I recently went to Chicago to visit some friends and we would have been so lost without this GPS System! It got us right to our hotel which was about 30 minutes out of the city all the way from Pittsburgh. It got us to our friends hotel and my other friend's apartment in the city. We also tried my friends TomTom a few times driving into the city and it always took us a lot longer to get there and the TomTom changed it's mind a lot and didn't recalculate very fast. One time, while we were sitting in the same spot the TomTom changed it's mind about where to go about 7 times. We used my Garmin Nuvi 350 the next day and it got us right into the city without any problems. The one morning we wanted to find a nearby grocery store so I searched for surrounding stores and it found a lot of them. I picked one and clicked 'go' and it took us right to the store. This GPS is also very accurate. It tells you the arrival time to your destination and so far it's been dead on. This is also one of the few that comes with all of the adapters you'll need, the AC adapter, DC adapter, etc.... and has all the capabilities like downloading new maps from the Garmin website. If you're looking for a great GPS, do yourself a favor and buy this one!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Save Time and Not Be Frustrated

    Posted .

    I purchased the Garmin nuvi 350 just one week prior to taking a motor home trip with my wife and 13 yr old grandson. We left Florida and went to Niagra Falls NY and then to Custer South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore and the badlands. We came back to Fl. via St. Louis where we toured the gateway arch. I had never used a GPS unit but had no problems learning how to use because of the excellent instruction manual I printed from my home PC. My wife and I both were amazed at how well the unit worked and how much less stressful the entire trip was when just following the directions given by the GPS instead of having to read maps and decide which roads to take. The unit worked flawlessly and really paid for itself many times over the 17 days we were on the road. It was very accurate, even when we were in the middle of major cities and took us on side trips that we would have never attempted without it. For instance, from the RV park outside of St. Louis to the Gateway Arch. I just entered gateway arch into the unit as where I wanted to go and away we went with no concern as to how to get there. I also like the capability of getting weather reports and traffic conditions in the major cities, using the optional antenna and special services offered in most major cities.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    My Daughter loved her Garmin 350 & I love mine!

    Posted .

    My daughter moved from NJ to CT last year with 2-year old twins and a 1-month old baby. She and her husband decided that it would be nice to have a GPS when she had a car-full of diaper-wearers. They did some research and she bought a Garmin 350. At 1st I thought it was a pretty expensive toy, but when I was visiting her, and saw how easy it was to use that I bought one for myself. And, I love it!!! No more missed turns when I am on a long trip and consuming large quantities of caffine to avoid being hypnotized by the road. It is very easy to use. The voice speaks turn-by-turn directions clearly. It offers the option of saving directions to entered locations. You can add stops along the way with the "via" feature. Easy to add new locations. Display shows how far to the next turn. Display shows estimated arrival time. Display adjusts from night to day screen for easy reading. Small and very lightweight - fits in my purse! It has a searchable data base of restaurants, gas stations & stores.....even tells you how far away they are! What's not to love?

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Handy little gadget

    Posted .

    I purchased a GPS because I am tired of my wife's navigational inabilities. She always tells me that she knows where a particular place is, only to get us lost on the way there. I purchased this particular GPS brand and model because it was the #1 rated by the latest Consumer Reports review on GPS's. Of course, I cannot compare it to different brands, and other models, as this is my first and only one. However, its top features includes: (1) Navigational voices promts (2) Touchscreen (3) Windshield suction mount (4) Outlet and car chargers included I have now had this GPS for several months and have used while navigating in new cities. First of all, it felt great when I rented a car and I did not need a map. I had previously set the locations (restaurants, hotels, places of interest) into the GPS at home, getting the addresses in the internet. All I had to do was to press the location where I wanted to go, and the GPS would calculate and configure the route. I used it in the Washington DC area, and it worked flawlessly.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Navigation System

    Posted .

    The Nuvi 350 does it all: spot on accuracy in its directions, great voice prompts, a favorites function for one touch directions to your favorite destinations, mp3 player, jpeg viewer, world clock, even a currency converter. You can customize your start screen with personal pictures and even pick the voice you'd like to prompt you from a variety of male or female voices. One of my favorite features is the trip data screen that gives you your average speed, high speed, travel time, stop time, and miles-to-go to your destination. It's a must have for anyone who does a great deal of driving or even for those of us who like to drive until we get lost and find our way back home with ease. Updates online from the Garmin website are easy to find and install and I haven't had a single problem with mine in the year I've had it. It's a definite smart buy and while it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of some of other other Nuvi systems (i.e. the 600 and 700 series) like bluetooth, it'll still get the job done and then some.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    You're Never Lost

    Posted .

    I received this GPS as a graduation gift so I could navigate the streets of Austin when I went off to college 2 years ago. STILL WORKS! ... The crazy, one way, confusing streets were no match for this Nuvi. ... This product was so easy to use, my dad who has an in-dash navigation system for his GMC Denali bought a Nuvi to use instead. ... The battery life is pretty good, lasting 2 and a half hours (long enough for a decent road trip) and if the trip is longer, just plug it in the DC outlet. No problemo. ... Nice and small. Good style/shape. Fits really well with the suction cup attached to the front window. ... The only problem I see is that sometimes it takes a while to capture the satellites when you haven't used it for a couple of hours. This may be an issue with all of the portable navigation systems though. I wouldn't credit this problem only to the Nuvi. ... Overall, great portable navigation system. I would reccomend this one over other brand's models with comparable features.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Time Saver

    Posted .

    I purchased this Garmin several months ago and this was the best item I could ever get myself. I was the designated driver for a road trip for my friends to a Garden tour which meant that either you knew where you were going or you did not. I belong to the 2nd category and am bad with directions, even Mapquest directions. Well, the trip was a success, our Garmin gave us perfect directions in Cold Springs, NY and we hope to do this trip this year again. Several things I would suggest to new users: register your product right away. If your software is not current, update your software on the Garmin website, and the rep suggested for me to get City Navigation North America NT2009 which is about $60-70 dollars and she mentioned I could get a traffic receiver if I so wanted. Other than my Garmin not recognizing a few routes (my software is out of date) she has been pretty reliable. I used several other GPS units and found Garmin so far the easiest to use and would buy Garmin again.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Worth every penny...

    Posted .

    I bought this product about a month ago, and it is by far the best GPS system out on the market. It incredibly easy to use and has a really good POIs database. This GPS system really demonstrates the type of quality found within Garmin products. I would recommend for someone who really wants this system to shop around for a good deal bceause this system is way better than Tom Tom, Magellan, Nectar, or any of the other GPS makers. It is worth every penny that I paid for it. I guess I can understand why some people pay over $400 even as much as $700 for this system. It is the BEST GPS SYSTEM ON THE MARKET RIGHT NOW.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Love my Nuvi

    Posted .

    I love this Nuvi. I have an earlier model at work, but this one is far superior. It's small, yet easy to use and read. It actually says the names of the streets. And it's portable. I love the restaurant feature. I only had time to type in a few letters of the restaurant before traffic started moving again and it came up with what I was looking for. And it's pretty cool to be able to choose the opening screen. There are a few drawbacks. The voice isn't as natural sounding as the early model, but I think that's because it says the names of the streets and the software has to manage that. There are a few streets that it mispronounces and I don't know if that can be corrected. There were a couple of times on our last roadtrip that we did what Nuvi told us to, but then she had to recaculate because we ended up where we shouldn't have. It's a bit naggy. Sounds exasperated when we don't follow directions. That is actually part of why I like it. It tends to be self-destructive. It leapt off my windshield a few times.... and yes, I cleaned my windshield before attaching it. I would highly recommend the Nuvi.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good GPS

    Posted .

    This GPS is pretty good in that it does everything a GPS is suppose to and more. One of the main things you'll notice is the user interface; it's clean and easy to use, really user-friendly. When you access the map you can view it in either 2D or 3D perspectives and also the Points of Interest (POIs) option is another good feature for those days where you want to go clubbing but don't know where the closest one is (you can also have custom POIs). Another nice feature is the built in MP3 player, even though most people would say, "why you use a GPS as a music player?"...well the MP3 player is just there if you ever want one. This GPS also has a JPEG viewer, world clock, currency converter, etc.. almost everything you need when you go traveling. Another nice feature is the traffic reciever which shows you areas that has bad traffic and it re-routes you to a less congested area and gets you to your destination with no problems. All in all this GPS has been more useful then other GPS' that I have used in the past. I highly recommend buying this GPS for family or friends or even yourself. Enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best Technological Advance in Years!

    Posted .

    I will never travel without a Garmin EVER again. I work in the field for business and drive on average of 1000 miles a week. This is the only thing that gets me there every time and faster than on my own. This device is so versatile, it's hard to find an application you can't use it in. You can use it in your car, truck, motorhome, boat, motorcycle, bicycle and even walking. It's an excellent tool for touring new cities by foot (worked very well in NYC). This is a new piece of technology that does require some patience with. It takes some getting used to the turn in "x" feet and discerning between between exact road names. I have lived in Iowa, Houston, Fort Worth and now Oklahoma. This has been the best tool I have ever purchased. I have also used and interacted with users of Magellan and Tom Tom. They are far more impressed by and jealous of my Nuvi.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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