Garmin Nuvi-660 Review

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The Garmin Nuvi 660 is a shirt pocket sized widescreen leader of the pack. Similar to others in the Nuvi line, the 660 takes all the good features that make the Nuvi so great, and adds a few new features, as well.

The overall dimensions  of the Nuvi 660 measure 4.9 inches by 2.9 inches, and only .9 inches thick,  and it still weighs in at only 6.2 ounces, making it one of the best personal GPS devices in its class. The widescreen display is 4.3 inches and has a resolution of 480 by 272 pixels.

The 660 features an MP3 player and audio book player, as well as Bluetooth technology, making it compatible with your Bluetooth cell phone. If you happen to be navigating during a call, the voice directions are muted automatically until your call is finished. The sound quality with the Nuvi 660 is good, compared to others in the Nuvi line. There is also an FM transmitter so you can play music and receive navigation voice directions through your car radio.

As with all Nuvi’s the 660 comes preloaded with street maps, and points of interest, including hotels, restaurants, fuel stations, etc. You simply enter in your destination, and you get results in 2D or 3D maps with voice directions for turn by turn. It will even announce the exit and street names, so you can spend more time driving, and less time looking for street signs.

You can load custom points of interest, also, including school zones and safety cameras, and set alerts to warn you of upcoming speed traps. You also get three months of traffic data included. When there is a traffic incident on your route, you will be notified by an alert on the menu screen. If there is a traffic problem in your path, you can simply have the Nuvi 660 re-route you to go around it.

The satellite pick up is fast and accurate. Even if you miss your route, you can re-navigate within seconds and be back on the road in no time.

Rounding up the features is a rechargeable lithium ion battery that will last for up to 7 hours on one charge. Great for longer trips and vacations. And its ease of use and compact design make it perfect for any business or pleasure trip.

Overall, users are very satisfied with Garmin’s Nuvi 660. With its Bluetooth technology, slim design, MP3 player, and on the mark navigation, it’s a great GPS for the price.

Product Description

Answer the call to adventure with nüvi 660, a sleek navigator and personal travel assistant. This preloaded navigator brings a colorful widescreen display to the nüvi family and features hands-free calling, included traffic alerts, an FM transmitter and more.

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nüvi 660 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.

Navigate With Ease

nüvi 660 comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator® NT street maps, 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 660 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.

Make Hands-free Calls

Talk about worry-free driving. nüvi 660 integrates Bluetooth® wireless technology with a built-in microphone and speaker, so you can pair it with your compatible Bluetooth phone and talk hands-free through the 660 while staying focused on the road. Simply dial numbers with nüvi’s touch screen 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 nuvi 660’s integrated FM TMC traffic receiver. Receive alerts about traffic tie-ups and road construction that lie ahead on your route. Next, 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 660 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 660 includes many “must have” entertainment and travel tools including MP3 player, audio book player (subscription to Audible.com required), JPEG picture viewer, currency converters and more. With nüvi 660’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.

nüvi 660: It’s a whole nü way to travel.

* FM transmitter feature is only available in North America, Europe FM, France FM, Australia and New Zealand versions. Notice to customers in the European Union

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
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.