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Miserable NUVI 350 screen

 

Yesterday I drove east at 9AM on the Belt Parkway, Southern State Pkway, and LIE going to Riverhead. The sun was coming directly into the car through the front windshield and striking me almost head on. The reflection of the sunlight from my close bouncing back onto the NUVI TOTALY washed out the screen and made it impossible to read.

The brightness and readability of this screen in the daylight is so bad as to be totally unusable under many conditions.

I will never buy a portable unit again. The auto mfrs. have designed their units into their cars as to mitigate this problem or not have any kind of washout problem at all. Next time it will be original equipment or no unit at all.

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"Ceterum autem censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam" “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

I noticed a big difference

I noticed a big difference between my nuvi and my c530. The C530's screen is sooooo much better at not washing out then the nuvi, so it isn't all portable units.

However, for the price and features, I much rather have the portable unit, but that is just me.

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

people bitch too much.

people bitch too much. intead of whining, do something about it like getting a screen protector or screen cover for it. cheap, easy to attach and it reduces glare. you got a picture of a handgun and a quote from ben franklin. sound like a get to it kind of person, so get to it instead of complaining

The screen cover doesn't

The screen cover doesn't help a lot with indirect light (ie reflections). I tried it once and I was still able to see myself and arms in the screen. But there are things you can do, such as put it near the RV mirror.

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

Sreen glare on 350

Wearing a dark colored shirt or jacket is a big help.

I am not going to wear

I am not going to wear certain clothes to make my GPS happy...lol. For me, I would have to paint my arms and face to help. That is the reflection that I see.

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

Placing the GPS

Some of these Ideas depend on the layout in your car. IN my Pruis ( no GPS built in) I open the compartment just below the redio/cd player and put the bean bag halfway in. The GPS and mount wind up in the middle just below eye level. This is great at night on a country road with no lighting, where the GPS on the dash would be a distraction. During the day I'm satisfied listening to the voice commands, and glancing down occationally to the see distance remaining for my next turn.

Glare on Nuvi 350

I had the glare problem as well on my 360. I found this sun visor at ebay and it has actually helped. You may want to check it out:

http://item.express.ebay.com/Consumer-Electronics_GPS-Device...

i agree with isaacjd...

i agree with isaacjd... complaining doesn't do anything to resolve the issue. i haven't had any problems with my Nuvi 350 but then again, i don't have mine conveniently at an angle to reflect the sun at me. even if it did, that's what the voice prompts are for.

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Garmin Nuvi 765T

Dealing with glare

I don't think comparing a portable with a built in ($500. to $2000.+) gps'r has anything to do with it. I use a bean bag and if the glare is too much while the unit is on the dash, I move it lower in the vehicle, I deal with it... and I can still walk into the bush Geocaching with my portable (although nuvi 350 is not the best for it).

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Garmin Nuvi360, Nuvi760, eTrex Vista HCx, Oregon 300

Same problem with the #550

Double Tap wrote:

Yesterday I drove east at 9AM on the Belt Parkway, Southern State Pkway, and LIE going to Riverhead. The sun was coming directly into the car through the front windshield and striking me almost head on. The reflection of the sunlight from my close bouncing back onto the NUVI TOTALY washed out the screen and made it impossible to read.

The brightness and readability of this screen in the daylight is so bad as to be totally unusable under many conditions.

I will never buy a portable unit again. The auto mfrs. have designed their units into their cars as to mitigate this problem or not have any kind of washout problem at all. Next time it will be original equipment or no unit at all.

I had the same problem with the street pilot 550. When the morning sun hit it, it was totally unreadable. I bought a Garmin #7200 which has a larger screen which Garmin tech support stated that it compensates for glare.So far I have not had that problem. I remember driving East on the Belt parkway early in the morning with the upcoming Sun And it was brutal even without the GPS. But your right about getting a vehicle GPS, if not for anything the Voice commands are a lot clearer and more understandable then the Portable units.I don,t know about anybody else but I have a hard time understanding a lot of the voice commands, an I tried just about every English & British Voice that Garmin offers. The only trouble is your going to pay thru the nose for the Vehicle GPS!

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Richie

C550 screen

At the time I purchased my C550 it was being touted as having one of the brightest screens with very good anti-glare qualities. It does have a more readable screen than a lot of other GPS units including my Magellan 4040. None of them are very readable with sunlight directly on them.

hey hey hey

this is a new feature that was intentionally built that way. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, It's a portable mirror so you could look at yourself (for the ladies, they can use this to put makeup on, for the gentlemen you can use it to find that dropped nut hidden behind the engine or used as a backup rear view mirror.).

people bitch too much.

isaacjd wrote:

people bitch too much. intead of whining, do something about it like getting a screen protector or screen cover for it. cheap, easy to attach and it reduces glare. you got a picture of a handgun and a quote from ben franklin. sound like a get to it kind of person, so get to it instead of complaining

If you would read my post with a bit more care than you apparently did, you would see that I decided to take positive action. I will purchase a built-in GPS on my next car.

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"Ceterum autem censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam" “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

Is it just the nuvi 3xx's?

Maybe I've just been lucky driving North/South during Dusk/Dawn but I haven't noticed an issue with my 650. I know of a couple occasions driving into the sun from Newark towards NY and could barely see anything but my 650 was still readable. Do the 6xx's have a different screen?

Double Tap wrote: Yesterday

Double Tap wrote:

Yesterday I drove east at 9AM on the Belt Parkway, Southern State Pkway, and LIE going to Riverhead. The sun was coming directly into the car through the front windshield and striking me almost head on. The reflection of the sunlight from my close bouncing back onto the NUVI TOTALY washed out the screen and made it impossible to read.

I’ve had similar problems with my C330. I corrected the problem by placing the mount right under my rear view mirror. I might look into getting one of those vents mounts. But until then, it stays put.smile

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nüvi 3590LMT "always backup your files"

It makes sense to me

bandaid wrote:
Double Tap wrote:

Yesterday I drove east at 9AM on the Belt Parkway, Southern State Pkway, and LIE going to Riverhead. The sun was coming directly into the car through the front windshield and striking me almost head on. The reflection of the sunlight from my close bouncing back onto the NUVI TOTALY washed out the screen and made it impossible to read.

I’ve had similar problems with my C330. I corrected the problem by placing the mount right under my rear view mirror. I might look into getting one of those vents mounts. But until then, it stays put.smile

I think I will move the mount tomorrow and see how I like it there.

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"Ceterum autem censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam" “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

It seems to work for a lot

It seems to work for a lot of ppl. I personally like it right in front of me and the glare, as long as it is a bit above eye level, seems to be tolerable.

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

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