Costco dropped the price of the Nuvi 855 $200 to $299.99. The prices keep falling.
I had a coworker interested in that one. How is the Bluetooth? Is it worth the extra $50 over the $249 254WT that has lifetime traffic?
Yeah, I was thinking of upgrading my Nuvi 650, but not sure it's worth it.
The 855 does not support Bluetooth.
No included traffic receiver also means no traffic, free or otherwise.
No such model number as the 254WT. Do you mean the Nuvi 265WT?
I am in the same position. What will this new one do and is it as sturdy as the 650. The 700 series looked flimsy and although I have dropped my 650 a few times [blushing], it has kept on ticking.
My grandson just got a NUVI 780 with blue-tooth and says it is awful...sounds tinny and static. Don't know why anyone would want a gps with blue-tooth unless it is a part of a car navigation system. Buy a blue-tooth earpiece you can take with you....the only real feature the 855 has is speech commands and I am not sure how well that works. I think it is a poor design and that is why they are blowing them out. Personal opinion of course....
Bought one for my mom and dad for Christmas. As a lot of older folks, they're a little technology-challenged and didn't quite understand the keystrokes when I showed them how my 680 worked. The voice-activation feature on the 855 has worked very well for them, but they're only using the GPS for very simple directions (go to the store, gas, entering single address, etc), and they don't have any need for Bluetooth or traffic.
Wow Costco get these Nüvi®'s almost as fast as 1st line retailers, the difference is, they have them longer.
At least we all have a good measurement tool for the Nüvi® line using Costco as way of knowing when Garmin is bailing on and obsoleting a model,then clearing their warehouses of inventory.
Gotta love Costco!
Ended up ordering one of these from Costco. I wish it had Bluetooth but the sale price this month was just too good to pass up, plus Costco's lifetime return policy on it is a nice perk also.
It will work with my present 760's traffic receiver with lifetime traffic which is another added plus.
I have the 885T, with lifetime MSN. If I bought the 855 from Costco, could I switch the receiver that I am using, over to the 855 and then have the same lifetime MSN on the 855. In other words, is it interchangeable?
The subscription is tied to the MSN GDB receiver, not the GPS unit. If you have Lifetime MSN on your receiver as I do, you can use that receiver on any compatible Garmin unit, as long as the unit is MSN compatible and the plug either fits the cradle (GDB-50) or the plug fits the unit (GDB-55). I use my MSN GDB-50 with my 750, 760 and 765T.
Do the 800 series Nuvis (and the 13xx, 14xx) use the same cradle as the 750/760/765T? I have a GDB50, was waiting for the price to drop on something newer before I upgrade, and would like to move my lifetime sub to the new unit.
The nuvi 7xx & 8xx cradles themselves are NOT compatible nor interchangable with each other and have different latching mechanisms to hold the GPS unit to the cradle. However, the cable connector from the GDB-50 to either the 7xx or the 8xx cradle is identical. So yes, you will be able to do what you plan to do.
The 1xxx series does NOT use an integrated cradle like the 7xx/8xx units so the GDB-50 will not work with those units. Those units will likely be compatible with the MSN GDB-55 receiver since it connects to the GPS via the mini-USB connector.
One reason is that people do forget their Bluetooth headset and some states/provinces have laws regarding cellphone usage (require hands free). The Nuvi is a short term stop gap IF you forgot your headset. Better than a few $$$ fine!
I tried the Bluetooth ONCE on my 660 - it was absolutely horrible! I have a headset that works great with my cell, so I've opted to just use that instead of the speaker. I can't imagine the speaker is *that* much better on the new models.
the only real feature the 855 has is speech commands and I am not sure how well that works. I think it is a poor design and that is why they are blowing them out. Personal opinion of course....
This is from a good review site with info on how the voice recognition works and includes a video.
The newer Bluetooth chipset (Texas Instruments) that Garmin is using seems to have worse compatibility than the 360/660/760's Parrot BT chipset. Sound quality is really no better than on previous units as the speaker volume has actually gotten lower on even the high-end 7x5 series. According to many reports, even the front-firing speakers of the 8xx series are no better than the single rear-firing speaker of the other nuvis.
Anyone know if the 680 plug will fit the 855 GPS (so I can use my 680 MSN receiver with an 855 GPS)?
According to Garmin's site it is the same. Here are the units that use the same MSN Receiver model:
This is my 1st GPS. Seems good so far.
I only wish I could figure out how to charge it from the USB without it having the screen on.
Costco dropped the price of the nuvi 855 to $249 for June orders.
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