The Garmin Nuvi 760 is nothing, if not impatient. If you miss a turn or turn the wrong direction—the verbal torment begins. RECALCULATING! is the cry that awaits any minor offense and some claim the cry gains malice upon repeated bad behavior. I can’t vouch for the latter, but the former is very true.
My original Garmin was trouble from the start. Garmin support worked on it remotely once and on first seeing the drive, the tech said, “Wow! I’ve never seen anything like this.” I hadn’t either.
He reloaded the OS, and said he would ship a map CD to me. After two months I’m still waiting. I downloaded the map file from their website and loaded it on the GPS myself. It worked twice and broke again.
Good News, Bad News
The second call to Garmin support got a RMA# with instructions to send it back to them for replacement.
The best part, Garmin sent the replacement unit before I sent in the defective one. I used the same box and packing to return the original unit.
The worst part, they sent a refurbished unit to replace my new GPS. I’m still a little miffed about that. I paid good money for a new GPS, and they replaced it with a used unit. Tacky.
But that’s enough back story. I want to tell you how it works, now that I have one that functions properly (even if it is used). Fantastic.
The first question is … how did we ever live without GPS units?
After a few months, I have discovered I depend on it for things I didn’t even know it did.
- Speed limit on current road (center left)
- Traffic delay times (bottom right, yellow diamond)
- Re-routes because of traffic delays
- Arrival time estimates that are extremely accurate (bottom left)
- Full trip meter and current speed (in case you want to check your speedometer and odometer)
- Graphics of the next intersection you will encounter ( you can see how the intersection is laid out)
- It does a good job of locating your destination
The Garmin Nuvi 760 gives audible directions even naming the street names where you turn. This helps keep your eyes on the road and paying attention to traffic. It shows your current location and travel without a destination, too. This is very handy for seeing the names of upcoming streets. The street I need is always the one with a missing street sign.
Overall, I’m very happy with the unit, but it’s not perfect. Here are some of the improvements I would like to see on future units.
The biggest feature missing is for construction. Where I drive, most roads are under construction and the GPS will direct you to take an exit that is closed due to construction and has been for two years. Then it begins is mournful wail “Re-calculating.” This is a constant problem.
There needs to be a service that allows reporting of mistakes while they are fresh. I find inaccurate speed limits, wrong turns, incorrect street names, and directions through parking lots and closed roads every week. With some kind of reporting service, these could be addressed using crowd-source. I’d be happy to call or punch a button on the the unit at the time I discovered a problem. More accuracy would make the units even better.
The other big missing feature is scheduled to be part of upcoming units. Help with lane choice. On freeways, you may have plenty of time to change lanes if you know it is needed. Some exits are more difficult than others to navigate, so lane directions would help a lot.
Faster Address Input
A faster way to input addresses would help. It is tedious if you are working in a town all day and every address requires you to put in the city name first. An option to keep the same city would save a lot of time. Also some addresses don’t lend themselves well to proper input. I have found that putting in I 410, 410, IH 410, can yield different results in searches, many times indicating no matches. When I do find the address, it is a simple formatting problem.
Some addresses have no match
One example is the hotel where the corporate guys stay when in town. I have to pick them up and even though I know how to get there, I enter the address for traffic information and delays. The hotel address get “no match” while using the Points of Interest/Hotels menu goes right to them, displaying the address you put in earlier that didn’t exist.
GPS units are a great addition to your traveling tool kit, making it easy to find restaurants, hotels, and the nearest Starbucks for a quick pick-me-up.