Over the years, I've migrated from a Magellan receiver hooked to my old Palm m505 to a Garmin eTrex Vista to a Garmin GPSMAP60CS to the Garmin Nuvi 660.
Everytime I get a new unit, I use it for a while and think "This is much better than the last unit, but now I wish it had......"
About the only thing I wish the Nuvi 660 had was voice command capability and a better FM transmitter (or take it out and charge me less). Weather radar overlays would be pretty cool too Built in traffic receiver would be nice, I don't like having to have the cord in use to get the traffic info.
What is on your "I wish my Nuvi did this...." list?
Multiple waypoints, and the ability to make routes on MapSource and upload them to the Nuvi, and download tracks from the Nuvi.
I forgot about that. I was surprised to see that you can't download routes from MapSource to the Nuvi.
It seems as if there are not as many "buttons, knobs and switches" to play around with on my Nuvi as compared to the 60CS. I guess they wanted to keep the interface simple so non-technical folks could use it easier. Being a techie, gadget oriented person, I like more knobs etc.
First time poster. Nice to have found this site. I just hate the DC power cord that comes standard with the Nuvi 350. Garmin should provide these cords coiled. Like a telephone cord is.
I had the same issue with the cord at first, I wished it was coiled. But now that I am going to do more of a permanent install in my truck, it is much easier to run and hide a cord that is not coiled.
Exactly...because what happens to a telephone cord after using it for a while...it get's all tangled up. Then it's a big pain. This way you can at least route it and align it so that it stays out of the way. JMHO.
I wish my 350 had a wristcord so that when walking around with it I wasn't affraid of dropping it. It seems like this would be logical on a small device intended to be carried around.
I've a 350 and I miss a lot the dual volume settings for Voice and for Music!
The volume controls would be nice.
I'd like an icon displaying the next indicated maneuver (IE: left or right turn). Rather than having to tap the lower right portion of the screen to see/hear it.
For those who hate the standard DC line cord. Here is a link to e-Bay for a couled cord.
Wish you could mark a point in it while you're driving by just shouting at it, "nuvi, mark this point" instead of pushing buttons... I just got done watching a Startrek episode so that's where that came from heh.
Might be better if you can put in multiple waypoints instead of just one.
I would be willing to pay for a voice interface, and drop the bluetooth and FM interface due to inferior performance. The Traffic receiver is also of little use to me.
The remote control from the 2720 was a nice touch. The variable dimming of the display and automatic speed sensitive volume adjustment were also nice features.
I wish on my 660 that instead of just showing me when the next turn was comming up (bottom right) it would also show me left or right. Here in Atlanta it is nice to know which side of the road to be on. Also, along those lines mabe a split screen to show current position on one side and on the other (at a designated distance) a view of the upcomming turn (ala Toyotas Nav system).
I know you can view these things by tapping the screen but it would be nice to have the option to have them just popping up.
Since this is my first GPS ever, I like the way nuvi 360 made compared to those I have used in the car rental one
My Nuvi is missing the ability to delete "Recently Found" one at a time, instead of "Clearing" all of them at once.
This is kind of far off, but I wish I was able to watch videos and play games on my nuvi. But I THINK my Nuvi is worth it.
I believe all GPSrs are missing the ability to have 2-3 alternative routes, which you can chose from while driving to your destination. The reasons -- traffic (congestion), selecting specific stop points, etc.
I use my Nuvi on both of my cars and my motorcycle. There's not an easy way to tether it on the motorcycle in case it comes loose from the mount.
So far I love my Nuvi 350 (2 days) However, since I bought it instead of an ipod for my car, I have one main gripe with music playback. It seems the unit's output has a default eq setting that is optimized for the voice prompts. i.e When listening to music on the Nuvi versus my other devices, the Nuvi has reduced bass output. I'm not looking for extra bass, just what is originally in the recording. It would be great for Garmin to release a firmware update that has a digital eq option for the mp3 player (separate from the navigation audio) that you could store settings in or at least simply adjust the audio strictly for mp3 playback. It doesn't sound bad at all as is but it's a real bummer that the bass is lacking in all audio played from the device. Whatcha think, Garmin? Quick fix or brutal code mire?
Is it possible for you to use a FM transmitter or a cassette player to connect to the headphone jack? Then use the settings on your stereo to change the bass, treble, etc.
Just remembered another item that would be helpful.
If it would have an option of previous "city" when you are entering a new "Address". Rather than having to re-enter the city everytime.
Nice if you can create a route with multiple stops like those desktop software. That way you can design your tour route and with voice.
Loading them in a POI is also nice, as long as you don't forget to number them, so I can still follow a specific rout.
I wish, I wish, I wish....
I second the vote from viger6, there being separate volumes for the MP3 and Navigation sounds. I had to hack the voice file to increase its volume to match the MP3's.
Great thread. Hope Garmin Product Management is reading it. Here goes...
My number one request would allow you to add/define a new road (not part of the Navteq database)having just driven over it. Then you can connect your devise to a PC and upload the new route info to Garmin/Navteq. This upload can be used to provide free (low cost) updates between major database releases.
#2: Better MP3 player with preset and customizable EQ settings.
#3: Add a < Previous and Next > song havigation on main map screen.
#4: Allow breadcrumbs to be added to all routes
#5: Ability to set custom driving styles including speed based on type of roads.
#6: Ability to specify a particylar road to avoid, example avoid I-495 DC Beltway anytime of day.
#7: Eliminate the hard pause in MP3 playback during a voice instruction. Instead simply lower the volume.
I like my Nuvi 660 and since this is my first GPS, I will take what I get and maybe when I upgrade, some of these new features will be incorporated.
BTW, How did y'all like the Garmin comercials during the Indy 500 ?
You can do it on some GPS models. My nuvi 350 for example can.
You can do it on some GPS models. My nuvi 350 for example can.
I thought the Nuvi 350 could NOT do multiple waypoints?!
I wish my Nuvi 350 had the ability to selectively edit part of a route. For example, I plot a route from point A to point B. I can view all the steps it will use for the calculated route. Then point at a step (i.e., NJ Tpke for 20 miles) and tell it to remove that step and recalculate.
I think the TomTom can do this. Why can't I?
I wish my Nuvi 350 would warn me a little earlier if there is a better route available. I also wish, it would not make so many mistakes
Bummer, I thought maybe I just had to turn it on somewhere and just haven't had a chance to go through it yet. Neverlost from Hertz does that and I've come to really like it. I guess I just like to plan a bit further ahead and having to tap the screen to see it is a bit of a hassle.
That way you can design your tour route and with voice.
That's an interesting idea - which announcement do you get? ... "Arriving at 'via point'" or the mp3 you have associated with the Waypoint.
Or do you get both?
I thought the Nuvi 350 could NOT do multiple waypoints?!
At first I thought the same thing, till I saw "Add a stop" in the nuvi 350 user's manual.
Nuvis can 'add a stop' one by one on an active route. Multiple waypoints are a different kettle of fish.
One can sort of mimic the functionality of multiple waypoints with a custom POI list for a trip, and absent the function on the Nuvis, are a way to "git 'er done"
The question was about stops , that's why I pointed out the "Add a stop" feature.
But yes, you are right. I would like to have also the alternative routes but with a chioce, not like it does automativcally.
Is there a place at Garmin to submit map updates? I have a street that stops for one block as a bicycle path before continuing as a street again. I'd really like them to fix this in the next release.
Garmin buys their map database from Navteq. I would go to the Navteq page:
From there, hit the "Map Reporter" tab on their home screen. There you can submit areas that need updated.
More so the alarm clock, Transmitter would be nice as well
According to the manual you can add only 1 stop to your route. I would like to be able to plan my route with multiple waypoints on my computer and then upload to the Garmin.
I really don't want to be without the ability to have many routes stored on my GPS or the ability to create a custom route on the computer and download it. I've had that on every GPS I'm owned (I'm on my 3rd generation). As a result, I avoided the Nuvi's even though I would like the small size - if it does not have the features I want, the package doesn't much matter.
I wish the Nuvi had the capability to search POI with a phone number. Also I wish the route color would change to a different color to show what you have already traveled. Another thing that would be neat is if the screen would split in half automatically and show you a detail of the next turn instead of having to tap the bottom right corner.
So it looks like the Nuvi's are missing cool stuff like:
North arrow is missing on the map.
Turn arrow missing on "next turn in..." box
No favorites "categories". All my business favorites are mixed with my personal favorites on the 680
Not waterproof, or even resistant
No display brightness dimmer
Sound is not as good.
The Find, Menu, Map and Speak buttons are great. Try to repeat a missed command on the Nuvi.
2720 can automatically increase the volume with increasing speed
keyboard can be a qwerty, and with numbers
2720 can slow down or speed up the speech rate
there are 9 "avoidance" settings plus custom
the 2720 has a "coordinates map" that displays coordinates right off the map
The Nuvi's have other great features, but why not have these original features with the new models too. I am impatiently waiting for the next generation.
hi i got the nuvi 680 and would like to mount on my bike also. how you do it?
Check out RAM mounts.
Also, remember that your nuvi isn't waterproof.
I wish it has ability to connect to wifi
I'd like to be able to alphabetize my favorites - if there's a way to do it, I'm sure missing it. They seem to be completely random right now.
They go by the shortest distance. Whatever is closest your current location, is what comes up first. I wish that you could make them alpha order too.
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Much like searching for a flight ticket in alt airport, it would be nice if the Garmin suggests alternative routes when it makes sense.
ie. If you normally don't go on Toll roads, but if going across one saves you hundred of miles ... you want to know about it.
First, voice-activation is important for the sake of safety.
Second, it would be nice that MP3 display can support multiple languages.
I wish my Nuvi had a calendar / scheduler / planner. It would be useful if you're taking your GPS with you on vacation.
A built in web browser with internet access would be nice. But I think that would cost too much.
The abilility to watch video / movies would be nice too.
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