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After buying my first car this was my first sat nav. I admit i am not very good with technology, gadgets etc so expected it would be difficult to use, however i have found it very easy! It saves a lot of the post codes you have previously used (these can be deleted if you want) so there is no need to type in a postcode for every journey, only new journeys. It is very helpful in that it tells you which lane to be in etc (great for new drivers who are wary of switching lanes!). It tells me my speed, warns me when i am near a speed camara and will 'ping' at me if i am going too fast if a speed camera is near. The maps appear very up to date and when i bought it the man in the shop explained both Garmin and TomTom are the most reliable to buy as the companies are so big there is les risk of thm going bust during the credit crunch. This means online updates will always be available, unlike smaller companies, such as Navigon and Navman which may be at risk by the credit crunch. Overall very happy with it!
Do it all with the rugged, waterproof, multi-mode nüvi 550. Drive, hike, bike or boat - this dynamic device switches modes to navigate your active lifestyle. It's packed with detailed street maps for millions of places. Like the 500, nüvi 550 provides spoken turn-by-turn directions to your destination and accepts optional maps for any adventure.
nüvi 550 features driving, walking, bicycling and boating modes which customize your nüvi specifically for your method of travel. This portable hybrid combines the advanced navigation features and large, color display found in automotive units with the durability of an outdoor handheld. Sleek and slim, you can slip nüvi 550 into your pocket or backpack. The user-replaceable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery lets nüvi navigate you on roads or off.
nüvi 550's intuitive interface greets you with two simple questions: "Where To?" and "View Maps.". Touch the color screen to easily look up addresses and services and get voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions to your destination. It comes preloaded with detailed City Navigator NT street maps, millions of points of interest (POIs) and features digital elevation maps that show you shaded terrain contours at higher zoom levels. With nüvi 550, you can upload custom points of interest (POIs) and navigate to geo-tagged photos. If you're lost, use the "Where Am I?" emergency locator to view your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations.
The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet. With its high-sensitivity GPS receiver and HotFix satellite prediction, nüvi 550 locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover, deep canyons and near tall building and trees.
Navigation is just the beginning. nüvi 550 includes many travel tools, including world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. The 550 features Garmin Lock, an anti-theft feature.