Just doing some reading on the Garmin site about the new 800 series, those are going to be so nice, to bad i just got a Nuvi 650, You tell it where you want to go and it tells you how to get there.
I know. I just got a 760 for Christmas and added the MSN Direct. If I would have only known. That's my luck
I just got the 760, and was like damn.... I though like the new 5,000 that big screen would be awesome in the Avalanche.
It will be interesting to see how fast the street price will go down from the $850.00 range. It would be real nice to have voice recognition on the 8xx series. I wish money was not an option!
Man I didn't even look. And I was upset 7 months ago when the 700's were announced a month and a half after getting my 650. Guess I'll go see what the 800's offer, maybe that will be the next one.
I wouldn't be too quick to think your luck is bad. Now if you meant unlucky in that you would have preferred the 800 well then you can at least think how great it is you have your GPS now while people are waiting for an 800. I personally think you might be lucky. I think Garmin might provide the update for existing 7xx owners via the webdater so check back on Monday so at least you will be getting something out of this unlike the 6xx owners.
After reading the posts, I checked out the Garmin site and read about the 8xx series. Does anyone know anymore about the enhanced MSN Direct? I have the plain jane MSN Direct on my 680.
It's possible to get the same new MSN features from the 8xx for your 680 but GARMIN need to release a firmware update for that. I don't think they will.
We must start some pressure on Garmin TO GET the same new MSN features.
I am not longer interested in dealing with Garmin in the future for any product due to their lack of feature attitude with the Nuvi 660. At least when I bought the 660 it had a map scale, they even took that away. I would rather buy a TomTom even if it uses TeleAtlas. At least then, I can configure the unit to suite my needs.
I am happy to see the new units. The future is bright for this type of device. Competition between the companies that make these will push prices down and feature sets up. I bought my Nuvi 650 at Costco clearance prices and when I see the new features, I have to remember that I paid clearance prices for last year's model. While some features are tempting, there is nothing there that would justify the price difference for this consumer.
I too am waiting for the 8xx. I think the voice recognition and the routing would be the deal maker for me. It's like computers, I have spent tens of thousands on upgrades over the last twenty years or so and I expect I will spent thousands more on GPS devices over the next few years. My name is Doug and I am an electronics junkie. I am so amazed at my Nuvi 670.
Just got the wife a 750 for $435 for the next six months until the new stuff comes out from http://www.tvnav.com/
She'll get an 880 after the first shake out...
I am waitng for the new 800s. Was going to get a 700 for Christmas but desided on a graphic pad.
I just downloaded a new firmware for the MSN update which said it should add the new topics (depending on model) and refured me to a MSN web site but it did not explain.
It did not add the new topics to my 680 but should provid quicker downloading of information as you enter new areas.
PS. PaulChristenson, nice flag.
Let us not get too excited until we see if Garmin can deliver what it promises. I have found that features like voice recognition are overhyped and underdelivered (also MSN service in some areas), often times it would have been quicker to go through the speed dial on the nuvi rather than do the voice dial. Also for the folks who feel that they should have waited for the 800 series or 5000 instead of purchasing their 600 or 700 series, I say "don't be so hard on yourself"....because in due time (sooner rather than later) Garmin will likely have the 900 series or some other contraption that promises to be the latest and greatest. For me I've jumped off the "got to have the latest and greatest tech toy bandwagon" and am still happy with my nuvi 660; it is reliable and has many cool features. Since I don't have unlimited funds in my tech toy budget I will keep my 660 until it "kicks the bucket" and then I will go buy another GPSr unit which will meet my needs.
I just got a 660. Hopefully I can start saving for a 800 series model. I do like some of the features on them.
As far as the voice recognition is concerned. If you have to enter the numbers one by one it definately will not be worth it. Now if you had Zoom In Zoom out, next turn, and the all the other capabilities of menu options and play options for the MP3, that would be a big improvement for safety. I don't think it will be that encompassing.
Although not unhappy with the past two GPS models, I like the added features and the other family members like to have a 'new to them' model also. I hope it is available in time to enhance the summer driving adventures.
Ok, so what does the remote do?
Although it can be done with just a few clicks on other models, the car locator is sorta cool
Here is the Garmin video demo of the voice activation.
thanx but no thanx......Nuvi 200 is all i need!!! lol....
I got a 760 and then bought the MSN, so I basically have the 780. I got the 760 at Best Buy. They had a price of $629.99 on the web, so they matched that, then I had a 10% coupon, so I came out alright.
I guess it would have been nice to wait for the voice activated, but I am happy.
Yeah, I saw that awhile back, but it doesn't show the remote control.
waiting on the 990. Now that is going to be a wing-ding of a gps. Things on it that's not even considered yet. It'll put all the others to sleep.
waiting on the 990. Now that is going to be a wing-ding of a gps.
Beware of the "HAL" model now in development.
It will lead you out into the wilderness and then strand you there!!!
(Sorry. I just couldn't resist.)
Haha, that's your other choice. It looks awesome too.
The remote control is in his right hand. It attaches to the steering wheel, hand brake or wherever is handy.
Well, all I can tell you that it takes 1 day to download its information the first time you register but after that it keeps downloading information and let me tell you something cool!! it does not need to be connected to the car plugin, I had it on my window inside my house and it downloaded information now that is cool! I own a Garmin 780 which i just got 3 days ago. I will be posting pictures on my Flickr page soon by 2/15/2008. So far I love my Garmin which I changed for the TomTom 920T. You get news, movie times, gas, weather, events and stocks.
You confused me, if you love your Garmin, why did you change it for a TomTom 920T?
Re: the Nuvi 990.....as I was foolish enough to do a Google Search for the dang model:)) After all, what more could it have aboard? A portable rest room?
you wouldn't have felt half as foolish as me if Google had found it.
No, I mistyped! I love the Garmin 780, I purchased the TT920T but didn't like it and returned it for a Garmin 780. I am happy so far but there are some weird things happening with my unit like when I use the Translation option to play around with it turns off my unit after 10 minutes of play. I'll post more about it later!!!
Ditto with my Nuvi 350. These GPSs are like cars... there's Ford and Chevy... then others and then the "mercy" cars... where one looks at the price and says "Mercy!".
Eventually, my 350 will stop working... then maybe I will consider an updated model...
Until then... I'm quite content, thank you very much.
It is more about money. My 350 does everything I need for it to do. I would love the voice reconigition, etc, but don't need it. Therefore I am "Stuck" (happily) with the 350
Now I feel left out with the cool features on the 800 series. Please keep the reviews coming. I at least want to know what I'm missing out on.
I have owned my Nuvi 650 since the beginning of December. Having purchased it through Costco.com for $299 I was very happy with the price vs. the features it came with.
I understand that the upcoming Garmin 1000 Series will have a few new features, one of which is that it will also do your laundry for you every Tuesday.
In other words, be happy with what you already have!
Just a thought.
If all you guys that want an 8XX model just save your coming tax "rebate", you'll easily be able to afford the GPS model of your dreams! As for me, I'm going to use the money to take my family on a week long cruise! Might wait a bit though, since Castro is no longer in power, I might take them to Cuba, and we'll all puff those wonderful cigars!
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