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Since it was getting discussed in several other threads I decided to toss one here to carosel it here.

I like the new Nuvi 660, but thankfully it's only mine temporarily as the 800$ is rediculous for a device that is quite waifish, yet still so lackluster when it comes to hardcore gps'er features.

Here is my one sided conversation about it....

First some gripes:

-I've never been to audible.com, nor will I because its on your gps, so how can I kill it and enable elevation on my map?

-I have headphones at my desk and an ipod that joins me in the car, I don't care about listening to FM modulated mp3's interrupted by directions. If I delete this, can I get TracBack or some type of breadcrumb feature.

-While I like the jet-setter features built in, you counteract this by not offering the unit with international maps/poi. I dont care that you dont include Intl maps standard really, but dont give me currency calculations and any language translator outside of Spanish if your just going to give me maps of the USA.

-I bet you could delete that 13k of memory that the entertainment catalog/coupons thing is holding - and give me breadcrumbs, notice a theme yet.

- at least give me a way to store breadcrumbs to my SD card even if you dont feel the 700mb resident on the unit isn't sufficient.

- I love Garmin maps, love the UI, but please let me at least change the "ETA at Dest" field to somethng different when routing. I love the feature, but realize I do use the GPS as my speedometer more often then I admit. I like the map too..I'd just like to have a selectable datafield like I do on my lowend 60csx handheld that isn't even really designed for actual auto navigation...yet it still has customizable displays.





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-"less is more" yes, it makes a very good travel companion. You can use many of the features on it besides the GPS in a real world-travel scenario. You have the MP3 player w/headphone jack for a plane, and the FM mod for a rental car, the picture viewer so I dont miss my bike, the translator so I can learn how to ask "does this beach have jellyfish?" in sixteen languages. Pretty nice device you have crammed into a small space there.
But I am willing to bet 70% of your demographic is some dude like me, that travels domestically 90% of the time, and only spend about 30% of my year on the road. The rest of the time my gps is on my bike,car,dirtbike, telling me where I am and how to get elsewhere and keeping track of it for me. I don't need this cluster of a package - however I would LOVE some software to incorporate modules on and off the device as I need to - that is your key to market domination with this GPS. Well that and making a waterproof box for it that includes a bluetooth remote on the face of it ;)

-Love the widescreen. I had a sort of widescreen with my 2720 and it was nice, the 660 one-up's it. Nice touch, lots of data there even if I don't need it - still like to see around me.

-Love the bluetooth integration, AND your UI implementation of it. I can search for phone #'s same way I search for places and without even tinkering with my present route or losing navigation. The speakerphone is REALLY clear, I am stunned - even with the FM modulator I haven't had anyone bitch yet about background noice or anything, nice touch. READING my SMS's to me - now thats amazing, REAL nice work there, good job with the entry too but I wish it was more intuitive with the disctionary.

-The antenna down = off deal. Automatic for the people, keep it simple - way to go. I never like turning it on and off for indoor/outdoor usage and typically just wait till it barks at me and tells me that it cant see anything, then I hit ok. But having the flip antenna actually turn it on and off is nice.

-Softkeys - Noticed your powerbutton does a few different things if pressed in succcession etc. I am digging that this is finally built into some of your stuff, nice work.


Thats all I can think of at the moment for my micro-review of it. My buddy doesent care abour breadcrumbing or anything besides landing and going where he needs to - so for him this is perfect. I just wish it had a few geek features built in for us :)
 

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I always wondered if the newer units have the entire us road system on them?
I haven't dealt with GPS since i helped set up the Dgps system. Yea that was me:patriot:. Any of them have the capability to utilize the Dgps signal (fsk)
 

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I always wondered if the newer units have the entire us road system on them?
:nod: yep, and just about any point of interest therein. All in about 1.5 gigs these days.

I haven't dealt with GPS since i helped set up the Dgps system. Yea that was me:patriot:. Any of them have the capability to utilize the Dgps signal (fsk)
Nah, these are all civil. units, all we get is WAAS and SIRF which helps get it to about 3m though. I understand with dGPS you can get it to ~5mm or so accuracy?
 

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Welp, without consultation of the owner - I ordered the Europe NT DVD and a car mount (non-windshield type) and it's coming to Belgium with me :smilebig:

Unfortunately I'll still be needing the 60csx since it has the breadcrumbs and ability to read elevation :rolleyes:
 

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Welp, without consultation of the owner - I ordered the Europe NT DVD and a car mount (non-windshield type) and it's coming to Belgium with me :smilebig:

Unfortunately I'll still be needing the 60csx since it has the breadcrumbs and ability to read elevation :rolleyes:
Gave my Dad the Nuvi 660 yesterday and while showing him how it works I found the elevation display. It lists it on the satellite page (touch the signal strength bars on the menu page).
 

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Gave my Dad the Nuvi 660 yesterday and while showing him how it works I found the elevation display. It lists it on the satellite page (touch the signal strength bars on the menu page).
Yeah I did notice that too finally, but the lack of trending really got to me. Was nice to be able to get some elevation 'on demand' though.
 

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I got a -350 for under 400 bucks, brand new, and love it. The 660 and 360, with the bluetooth, was unnecessary. I have a bluetooth phone with an ear bud, and I felt the widescreen was too big. I love the small screen, with the good graphics.
 
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