Garmin Nuvi 670 Review

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The Garmin Nuvi 670 uses the same Bluetooth technology that is famous in other Nuvi models. Pair it with your Bluetooth compatible cell phone, and you have hands free calling from your GPS device.

Another great feature, besides the obvious small size and practically weightless design, is the unbelievably fast load time. It’s practically ready to go straight out of the box. Just pull it out and plug it in, and you get a screen saying that it’s already loading the maps. Within seconds, the Nuvi 670 has all the information loaded, and you’re ready to go. Satellite connection speed and reliability is great. You can even pick up inside a building. No need to wait for a clear sky, as with other models, the 670 can pick up a signal practically anywhere.

It also has a larger screen than some of the other Nuvi models. At 4.3 inches and 480 by 272 pixels, this one is as easy to see as it is to use. And the ease of use is what makes it really great.

The option to avoid dirt roads is great for keeping off the unbeaten path. Just set it to avoid, and you don’t have to worry about where you’ll end up. It’s reliable in it’s navigation, and gets you there by the quickest and most efficient route. You’ll get directions in 2D or 3D maps, and even voice directions for turn by turn.

There are points of interest such as hotels, restaurants, etc., and you can load custom points of interest such as school zones and safety cameras. There is even an option to load proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming traffic stops, etc.

Some flaws are present, such as searches for some points of interest never show a return. But these are minor gliches. All in all the Nuvi 670 is reliable and accurate.

You can power it up with the lithium ion rechargeable battery that hold up to 7 hours of charging. And its so slim that you can mount it right on your windshield with no worries of view obstruction.

Users of the Nuvi 670, overall, are satisfied. Aside from the few minor glitches, such as the searched for points of interest not loading, and it sometimes shows a complete different route from point A to point B, than it does from point B to point A. However, with the features included in the device, and the slim design, as well as the load time of merely seconds, the Nuvi 670 is definitely in the running.

Product Description

Go from North America to Europe without loading more maps with the transatlantic nüvi 670. This pocket sized personal travel assistant comes with built-in street maps for both continents, making traveling abroad so easy. Similar to the 660, nüvi 670 also includes a colorful widescreen, hands-free calling, traffic alerts and FM transmitter.

Navigate With Ease

nüvi 670 comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator® NT street maps for both North America and Europe, including a hefty points of interest (POIs) database with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. Simply touch the sunlight-readable color screen to enter a destination, and nüvi takes you there with 2D or 3D maps and turn-by-turn voice directions. It even announces the name of exits and streets so you never have to take your eyes off the road. In addition, nüvi 670 accepts custom points of interest, such as school zones and safety cameras and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs. The European version even includes a preloaded safety camera database containing the location of safety cameras for parts of Europe.

See More

nüvi 670 features a super-bright 4.3″ widescreen display for improved map viewing, POI lookup and MP3/audio book playback. This landscape display has white backlight and a touchscreen for easy use.

Make Hands-free Calls

Talk about worry-free driving. nüvi 670 integrates Bluetooth® wireless technology with a built-in microphone and speaker, so you can pair it with your compatible Bluetooth phone. Then talk hands-free through the 670 while staying focused on the road. Simply dial numbers with nüvi’s touchscreen keypad to make a call. To answer calls, just tap nüvi’s screen and speak directly into its built-in microphone. You can also easily look up and dial numbers from your personalized phone book or from your phone’s call history log. With 1-touch dialing for points of interest (POIs), you can conveniently call ahead for reservations or information.

Avoid Traffic Tie-Ups

Steer clear of traffic with nüvi 670’s integrated FM TMC traffic receiver. Receive alerts about traffic tie-ups and road construction that lie ahead on your route. Then simply touch nuvi’s screen to view traffic details or detour around the problem area.

Take It With You

Like the rest of the nüvi series, nüvi 670 sports a sleek, slim design and fits comfortably in your pocket or purse. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot.

Go Beyond Navigation

Navigation is just the beginning. nüvi 670 includes many “must have” entertainment and travel tools including an MP3 player, audio book player (subscription to Audible.com required), JPEG picture viewer, currency converters and more. With nüvi 670’s wireless FM transmitter*, you can hear audio, including voice prompts, MP3s and audio books, through your vehicle’s stereo. It also comes with Garmin Lock™, an anti-theft feature, and configurable vehicle icons that let you select car-shaped graphics to show your location on the map. Optional software on plug-and-play SD cards for language translation, detailed travel guide and savings program allows you to customize your nüvi for your travel needs.

Physical & Performance:
Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 4.9″W x 2.9″H x .9″D (12.4 x 7.4 x 2.3 cm)
Display size, WxH: 3.81″W x 2.25″H (9.7 x 5.7 cm); 4.3″ diag (10.9 cm)
Display resolution, WxH: 480 x 272 pixels
Display type: WQVGA color TFT with white backlight
Weight: 6.2 ounces (190 g)
Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life: up to 7 hours
Waterproof: no
High-sensitivity receiver: yes
RoHS version available: yes

 

 

Maps & Memory:
Basemap: yes
Preloaded maps: yes (transatlantic)
Ability to add maps: yes
Built-in memory: internal solid state
Accepts data cards: SD card (not included)
Waypoints: 500
Routes: 0

 

Features:
Voice prompts (e.g. “Turn right in 500 ft.”): yes (internal speaker)
Speaks street names (e.g. “Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.”) : yes
3D map view: yes
Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route): no
Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation): yes
Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road): yes
Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.): yes
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest): yes
Hands-free calling with Bluetooth® wireless technology: yes
FM traffic compatible: yes
XM Navtraffic (includes basic weather) & Radio for U.S. compatible: no
MSN® Direct for U.S. compatible: no
MP3 player: yes
Audio book player: yes
Picture viewer: yes
Configurable vehicle icons (select car-shaped icons for map navigation): yes
World travel clock, currency & measurement converter, calculator: yes
Touchscreen: yes
Remote control: no
FM transmitter: yes
Headphone jack/audio line-out: yes
Dead reckoning: no
Garmin Lock™ (anti-theft feature): yes
Motorcycle-friendly: no
Additional: This USB Mass Storage device is compatible with Windows® 2000 or later and Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

 

What’s in the Box:

  • nüvi 670
  • Preloaded City Navigator® NT for North America and Europe (full coverage)
  • FM traffic receiver with vehicle power cable
  • Real-time traffic services*
  • Vehicle suction cup mount**
  • AC charger
  • Dashboard disk
  • USB cable
  • Leather carrying case
  • Owner’s manual on disk
  • Quick reference guide

*3-month free trial subscription included in North American version; lifetime subscription for UK and 3-month trial subscription for France included in European version. Traffic information service available in most countries of Western Europe, however certain countries may require paid subscription.

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