But it is also my wifes Birthday and we are on our way out to dinner. I will report more ASAP
Took it for a short cruise.
Brought it home, hooked it up to MapSource - and was able to download the tracklog. Way cool.
Loaded favorites and pois from the 660 with ease.
Will get a good work-out when traveling a lot for work in a couple weeks.
So far, I like what I've seen of it.
do you like your 750?
Take a look at my first impressions of the 750. When you d/l the track log into Mapsource, is there some way to convert it to a route (that you know of)? Otherwise, I view it as "nice" rather than essential. I LOVE the route feature!
When I had my old Streetpilot 2720, I saved the tracks onto my PC. When I would like to go back to some place that I been to, I just research my old track to pinpoint the exact location and made a POI.
I also used it when there were more then one way to get to a location, I was able to analyze which was better after driving the routes several times and compared the tracts' information.
There's no function in MapSource to convert tracks to routes no matter where they came from.
You could trace the track and make a route.
In some units (the Zumo for instance), you can convert a track to a route on the unit. I don't know if the nuvi 750 has this ability.
Thanks MM... I don't believe (from having digested the users manual) that the 750 is capable of conversion. It just shows it to you on the screen, or gives you the opportunity to delete it. Good idea though about tracing it in Mapsource.
I have only used my 750 a couple of times for short errands in comparison to my old 350 I am less than impressed with it's basic functions. At least 3 times it has told me turn in 120ft while I was already stopped at the intersection. The volume is also lacking, you can only adjust it in 10% increments and there is a big difference in both loudness and sound quality between 80% and 90%. Hoping that the new features will offset these shortcomings
Have a day trip for work...will see how it goes, and post my experiences and observations.
Well, it's only a day old, but I would give the Nuvi 750 VERY favorable reviews. When I turned it on and took it outside, it took almost 5 minutes to acquire satellite reception, and my first thought was "well, this ain't gonna be no Nuvi 350" (which always acquired in less than a minute). After that first acquisition, however, it now acquires in about 90 seconds. Was also surprised that (like the 350) it will acquire from inside my house (when close to a window). On the road, it displays the same level of accuracy as the 350 did (right on - 99% of the time). I love the routing feature! You can either build routes on the device (to work a "salesman solution") or develop it in mapsource and upload it to the device. I have digested the user guide, and have yet to figure out the value of the track log. It recorded it, I viewed it, I was impressed, I deleted it. The user guide is weak on the purpose of the track log, and I was left wondering if it can be uploaded to Mapsource and converted to a route. Anybody know? Screen is also a very nice, and perfectly readable in sunlight. I turned the backlight down to 60%, and it is still readable in direct sunlight. Also, unlike the 350 I had, finger prints don't show up as readily on this screen. I've used it for a full day (lots of poking at the screen), and I don't see any finger prints on the screen.
So much for now. With further use, I'm sure I'll have more comments......... Joel
I can't get the 750 to "see" MP3s on the SD card. When there are custom POIs on the card, the device starts up and wants to know if I want to load them to the device. BUT - they never show up on the device as custom POIs. It does see the pictures on the card (odd), but will not recognize any MP3 in the media player. I have e-mailed Garmin, so we'll see what they have to say. Still acquires quickly and navigates very well.......
Do you have them in a folder on the SD card, or in the root directory? Mine are in a folder called "MP3" (creative, aren't I??)...
They're in the root. When I plug the card into the computer, it displays all of the MP3s (and pictures) on the card. Odd that the pictures will show up, but not the MP3s. I'll try putting them all into a folder, and see if the Nuvi will recognize that........ Just tried it - it doesn't work either.
I preordered mine frorm MegaGPS. All they tell me is that "Garmin says that they'll ship next week."
OK, does that mean ship to the dealer, or drop ship to me? hmmmmmmm.
Has anybody had any delaings with this outfit? Hope I didn't make a bad choice in ordering... the price sure was right, though. I'll gladly wait a couple of weeks to save $300.
Shipped Monday, Arrived Wednesday.
From mwhat my retailer told me; Garmin sent each retailer a small shipment and they sent them out based on first come first serve, so be patient. I was fortunate enough to be among the first.
Here are a few issues i found with the nuvi 750:
When routing in the city it warns of upcoming turn every 100 meters. Very annoying
Fm stereo transmitter is VERY weak
Satellite receiver is way not as strong as street pilot 550
Does not always talk when routing. Have to hit upcoming turn button to make it talk
Thats all i found for now which i thing is not bad for a unit just being released
Garmin makes them as powerful as allowed by law...and I'm actually pleased with its performance compared to my experience with built-in and the 'plug in the headphone port' versions of FM transmitters.
So far, other performance items I've noticed are crisper graphics on the user interface function buttons, etc. - and the routing and such is similar to my 660 - I get the same voice notices on the 750 that I did on the 660 - at least I'm not noticing less talk...
I have yet to see a 'posted speed limit' pop-up...I'm guessing the map data will display it on certain roads in areas where they(Naveteq) have collected the data, and I'm guessing they only have data in more densely populated areas than I have been to thus far.
maybe i got a faulty unit. i addressed it to garmin. will se what they have to say
Unlike the Nuvi 350 that I sold, the Nuvi 750 has a button on the Media Player that says "source". By pressing this button, you switch between the Audio Book Player (which on mine was the default) and MP3s. Once I was smart enough to press source, and let it select MP3s - BINGO - they all showed up and played without any problem. So, I guess that the addage READ THE DIRECTIONS applies in this case. To this point, I'm very happy with my decision to abandon my 350 for the 750. I have not had any of the problems some people are indicating with volume, the FM Transmitter, or errant navigation instructions. So much for now...
The speed limit indicator on the Nuvi 7XX series is only for interstate highways. That is the only place that I can get it to show up. Value added? Something a little less than zero.........
Same issue with my 760. Stopped to make a left the the 760 sometimes shows me still moving goring straight and then recaculates. Strange. Also, It can be navigating, tell me to turn left and is still telling me to turn left when I am already turned about a 100' or so down the road. I look at the GPS and it things I am going the other direction and then suddenly it will snap me into position on the map. Not impressive.
The new features are great however. I just wish they had made the basic ones work correctly before releaseing this unit.
I've just received my 750 and I've loaded some POIs, etc. I new to GPS and have a question regarding MapSource. I have installed MapSource on my computer, and have connected the Garmin 750, but when I run MapSource it says I have no MapSource products. What do I need to download tracklog, etc.?
Your post said, "I have yet to see a 'posted speed limit' pop-up...I'm guessing the map data will display it on certain roads in areas where they(Naveteq) have collected the data, and I'm guessing they only have data in more densely populated areas than I have been to thus far."
I've seen it pop up on my new 750, so I guess they have collected SOME speed limit data.
I have converted track before, but not road routes and not in Mapsource. After a hike with my 60CSx I can import my tracks into Topo! and it gives me a choice of creating a waypoint from each track point or a route from a continuous track. Great way to compile all of the routes I have hiked. However I don't see myself hiking with my Nuvi , but I imagine if Topo! would do it there must be other software that will also.
I've only seen it on interstates so far.
I just received my Nuvi 750 about a week ago (my first GPS) and have been very impressed so far. I had researched several brands and models and finally decided on the 750 (although it took them longer then expeceted to be released).
While thinking of updating my POIs I found this website and am just starting to see what the site has to offer.
Let me know if anyone has found any problems or issues with the 750. I haven't found any yet but hope to do more traveling in the near future to test it out. It already found a quicker way for me to get to work...which is a bonus!
With the 750 or anything garmin makes there is no problem. they might have a mistake which they correct but you will never find no problems .
Did you get the Mapsource program from Garmin? Not the update that can be downloaded, but the actual program?
If not, you can call (30+ minute hold time) or email and request the program. They will send it to you for free.
- E-mailed on 11/20, got the free Mapsource dvd - City Navigator North America 2008 NT - on 11/26;
- Now I need to figure out how to use it...
I love the routing feature! You can either build routes on the device (to work a "salesman solution") or develop it in mapsource and upload it to the device. I have digested the user guide, and have yet to figure out the value of the track log. It recorded it, I viewed it, I was impressed, I deleted it. The user guide is weak on the purpose of the track log, and I was left wondering if it can be uploaded to Mapsource and converted to a route. Anybody know?
I have yet to see anyone answer the track to route question. Does anybody know if it can be done in Mapsource and if so how??????
Are you asking if you can convert a track to a route in MapSource?
The answer is no. Some units (namely the Zumo) can do this on the unit.
You can use the routing tool in MapSource to trace over the track to create route.
I don't know whether or not the 7xx series can create route from a track on the unit, but my guess is no.
Edited to add: Near the top of this thread, I posted nearly this same answer.
Well it is better than nothing. I had a Navigon that you can set to give you an alarm when you are 5 or 10 MPH above the limit which is a nice feature. My 750 displays speed limit on US highways. On the interstates in Cities the speed limit changes several times so this at least tells you what it is where you are at the time. It would be nice to give you a warning when you are over the limit.
I am not as a happy with my 650 anymore and might consider a 750 myself
The 750 is a great little unit
Ok, I am a bit confused, what is the difference between a track and a route. I thought they were the same, obviously not.
Tracks represent where you've been.
Routes represent where you want to go.
wow, that doesn't take a genius to figure out...geess, sorry for being a dunce, that makes perfect sense, thanks!
No, lots of people ask that question.
Only a few units support recording and displaying the tracklog and even fewer support working with and importing the tracks.
I'm using my new 750 for about a week now and I did notice that it recaulates faster than my C530. Also I get the Sat. in about 30 seconds.
I really like this GPS over my C530. Guess I'll give the 530 to my wife,LOL.
Don't you think the c530 has better sound?
I think so. I just up my 750 volumn from 80% to 90%. Didn't try it out yet, but it seems to almost match the 530 when I'm indoors. Have to try it in the car to see if I could hear it over the raidor without lowing the volumn.
I found that my c530 had a much clearer sound. If I put my volume up on the 350, it distorts pretty bad, even after the volume update. I see that the new 8xx series have dual speakers. Perhaps they will be better.
Track feature: I like it. Shows where you have been. It might really be useful when my son starts driving.
FM Transmitter: Pretty useless. Moving the power cable around improved the signal somewhat, but was never static free and was annoying when playing MP3 files. I ended up using a cable to connect the sound output directly to the stereo.
The built in speaker is not as good as the speakers in the c530 or c580. Also, I prefer the volume control on the c5xx (physical knob) to the volume control on the 750 (touch screen).
I have not had the problem with the voice prompts. They seem to occur at the same time as my wife's c580.
Satellite acquisition is about the same as the c580. The 750 will get a signal inside my house. Sometimes the acquisition will take a few minutes. I've noticed the acquisition is always quick (few seconds) if it has been off for less than an hour or so.
MP3 files play fine on mine. I put different albums into different subdirectories so it is easier for me to manage them that way.
I've had no problems with custom POIs. I use the POI loader to put them in the internal memory and not on the memory card. However, they show up under the "Extras" and not under "POIs". This is a subtle difference from the c5xx series.
Destinations can be entered as lat/long coords. Also, the "where am I" feature will show the present lat/long coords as well as nearest intersection, address, fuel, hospital and police station. It wasn't too long ago that I was in a situation when that feature would have been GREAT to have! Once you have selected the "where am I" function, you can save the present position as a favorite. (like where you parked your car!!).
I have also used the MSN Direct cable with it. So far I have not had to travel through an area with a traffic alert so I am not sure how well that works. The fuel price data is useful when driving around in the local area, but recently I traveled to an adjacent coverage area and it took a long time to get data for the new zone. I drove by several low-price stations and never received data for them. I'm not sure how useful the gas price data will be when traveling on a long trip.
Overall I really like the 750 and am glad I bought it.
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