28th Jul 2007

Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS Review

Global Positioning Systems have come a long way. Just take a look at the Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS. It’s hardly bigger than a deck of cards. Considering how bulky most GPS systems have been over the years this is certainly no small feat and one of the many advantages of the Garmin Nuvi 350. Its small size means it feats easily on your dashboard, not taking up all the room that older models eat up.

Like most GPS units the Garmin Nuvi 350 plugs into your lighter for power, however there is also a battery installed with 4 – 8 hours of battery life, meaning you can take this unit with you. Its small size adds to the portability. And despite its small size the screen is fairly large: pretty much the whole face of the unit is the screen, meaning that you can always see where you’re going.

The SiRF chipset inside the Garmin Nuvi 350 makes it exceedingly accurate and reliable. No signal worries here. No matter where you are this little device will pick up your location and display it on the screen. Its voice system will tell you everything you need to go. One advantage over older models is the fact that it doesn’t just tell you when to turn, it tells you the street name to turn on.

The User Interface is exceedingly simple. There is practically no learning curve: you just plug it in and the GPS is running. Since there are no external buttons whatsoever, everything appears on the screen when you need it. There are not a whole lot of confusing buttons that you have to be able to figure out whenever you want something; it is all there right in front of you when you need it.

One downside of this is the fact that there is no external volume control. This is somewhat of an annoyance; you have to go through the menus in order to get to the volume control within the device. Everything else is so sleek and so fine, however, that this is only a minor annoyance, and when you’ve got it at a good volume control you’re set.

Like a lot of GPS devices the UI is a touch screen, adding to its ease of use. It is also upgradeable. You can add in Points of Interest, for example, downloaded from other users online. This is a great way to keep yourself up to date on all of the interesting places you can find while using your Garmin Nuvi GPS. It also has MP3 player functionality: you can load up music or audiobooks for you to listen to on those long drives all with the Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS.

The worst thing about the Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS is the price. It is an incredible device with plenty of functionality, but it has a $900 retail price, and this is not even considering the add-ons (which only make it more and more expensive). You can get it for much cheaper through many stores these days, but it is still fairly expensive. However if you want one of the best GPS systems on the market it is certainly worth the price.

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