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24 Days of Gadgets - Day 11

December 14, 2009 - Dave Hecei
One of the hottest gadgets last season was the car GPS. This year is no exception. GPS units come in all shapes and sizes. You can get a very good unit for under $100, but when you get up a little bit higher in price you get many more interesting and useful features. The Garmin nuvi series is my favorite GPS.

The nuvi 765T is definitely a step above most GPS units. Most all GPS units have maps of the US and speak to the driver. What sets this nuvi apart from the rest are features like: 4.3-inch color LCD touchscreen, text-to-speech that announces actual street names, built-in media player for MP3s or audio books, FM transmitter to send the sound to your car’s stereo system, Bluetooth wireless system allowing you to use your Bluetooth cell phone hands free, and something Garmin calls Junction View, which shows photo-realistic 3D views of upcoming turns or lane changes.

Other niceties include: 3D building views, automatic time-zone transitions, JPEG photo viewer, SD memory card slot for media and Garmin Travel Guides/Savers Guides, and Travel Tools – a world travel clock, currency converter, measurements converter, calculator, and more. The list of features is amazing. The 765T is also a nice size. The 4.3-inch widescreen is easy to see and the unit is less than an inch thick weighing only 6.4 ounces. The 765T comes preloaded with maps for North America.

The 765T includes some advanced technologies. One impressive one is called Hotfix. This allows the 765T to calculate and store satellite positions, which is said to greatly reduce the amount of time it takes for it to lock in your position. The Garmin specs say that it can save this data for up to three days.

Yes you can get a GPS for under $100. For a few dollars more, ok about another $100, you can get so much more. The Garmin nuvi 765T is a premiere GPS.


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