Garmin Nuvi 760

Overall Score

I have had nearly a month now with the Garmin NUVI model 760. During that time, again I have to say that the experience was very very pleasant.

 

I personally own the Nuvi model 360.

 

Please see the review here

Xcpus.com Garmin NUVI 360 Review

I have also spent time with the Nuvi model 260

 

Please see the review for the NUVI 260 here:

Xcpus.com GARMIN NUVI 260 Review

 

I have also spent time with the Nuvi model 260

Please see the review for the NUVI 260 here:

Xcpus.com GARMIN Rhino 520HCx

I have to admit that when Garmin sent this item to me for review I did not expect to see much of a difference between the two smaller products and the larger more expensive brethren. I was both right and wrong. I’ll explain in more detail later in the review.

The "Million Dollar Question", is the 760 worth the extra money?

Read on to find out!!

Garmin Product information:
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=10624#

Pictures of the Garmin NUVI 760 courtesy of Garmin.com:
Front View:

Side View:

Expanded Product View:

Equipment Setup:

For this review the setup is nearly identical to the setup for the NUVI 360 and 260 reviews. I did this to validate the performance of this device versus the known performance of the other two devices. The 760 was installed in the best possible location in my 2007 Chevy Silverado, to the right of the rear view mirror. I wanted the best location that provided the best possible signal/lock.

I also tried this mounted in several lower locations where others might attempt to install the device. The 760 was connected to my vehicles stereo system via the side mounted 3.5mm output jack and my trucks input auxiliary jack. This is not as important of a feature when considering the FM capabilities of the 760. With the FM feature enabled the device easily integrates with just about any factory and or aftermarket stereo.

Ease of Use:

I am starting this review off with the category of "Ease of Use" for a reason. As with the 260 and 360 the model 760 was a wonderful device to use and navigate right out of the box.
The user interface is easy to use and intuitive in nearly ALL aspects. I think nearly anyone could explore nearly all the features of this device in a very short time. A little more time is needed with this device as there are more options available than with the 360. Although I do have to mention one exception to this rule for the Model 760. The FM transmitter controls for enable/disable and the channel selection are just not that intuitive to find. The are hidden within the volume menu as yet another navigation level of the setup menus. Once found it is easily found again but at first this is not the easiest option to enable.

Most of the features will be usable in minutes without the need to read the manual. This is a real testament to the usability of this device. Setup from open box to installed (not permanently) was under 10 minutes including adding my home address to the device. Please remember that I have set up two similar items before so I am a little quicker with it than before. I also used my existing dash pad for an install location.

Address Entry:

Address entry was easy with the inclusion of the touch screen QWERTY keyboard layout unlike that of the (younger/smaller siblings the 260/360s which have the alphabetical only layout). The input is easy with the device first asking for the city, the street number and then switching to street name. All of which is using predictive text for the area which you are entering (more on this later).

Features:
This is a feature rich mid to high level device (~$460.00 – $570.00 USD for internet pricing and sometimes north of $600.00 USD for the brick and mortar pricing) . Lets look at some of the features.

MP3: The 760 does offer MP3 playback. This is a nice touch but the implementation is still rudimentary. It plays MP3s, there are no canned EQ or any EQ for that matter. This is where I had hoped the model 760 would drastically depart from the 360 series. The device can be connected to your vehicle through the auxiliary jack and the standard 3.5mm audio jack on the side or through the use of the integrated internal FM broadcast device. This is a nice touch as its makes integration with older vehicles without the aux jack a breeze. Music plays until either a call comes in (more on this later) or a direction is given. When either of these two happen the audio is paused the call is taken or the direction given and the music immediately starts again where it left off. This is really a nice feature as you can still listen to music (your music) and not miss the directions because your vehicles stereo was too loud and drown out the speaker on the back of the device. MP3s are loaded to the device via the side located SD memory card slot. There is a small amount of memory available on the device itself for storage of MP3s. I think there was about 768MB left on the device. Be advised that this storage space is mainly for use in GPS features but can be used for the MP3 playback and digital picture storage. MP3 is so far the only format supported as I have not tried any others. My 2gb SD card was easily read and all music found and made available for playback. The MP3 player is part of the travel kit and as stated is rudimentary in its implementation. Shuffle and repeat are supported and yes there is album art displayed.

Audio Book Reader:This feature is supported and seems like it could be alot of fun for a longer trip. Books are offered for download via audible.com.

Picture Viewer: Given the anti-glare screen which has a very nice resolution, picture viewing is handled nicely as individual pictures or slide shows are presented in a full screen (mostly) layout and look very nice. This is a nice feature for those traveling with a digital camera which uses mini or full size SD cards. Once placed into the included full size SD card slot the Nuvi 760 will find all available *.jpg files and present them for individual review or for slide show. No direction is necessary as it finds all that are available on the card.

Text to Speech: TTS or Text To Speech is fully supported in this device as would be expected in this price point. The text to speech is spoken well in either male or female voices (your choice). Devices which do not implement TTS only tell you that you to "Turn right in .02 miles". Where as the Nuvi 760 will tell you to "turn right in .02 miles on South Broadway". Using the text to speech engine the device relays full instructions that are clear and easy to understand. I have found two things in my time with this device and the 360 model. First is the instructions seem to be speed sensitive. What I mean by that is more time will be given to turn if you are moving faster. In essence the 760 will notify you of the upcoming turn earlier if you are moving faster and later if you are moving slower. This gives ample reaction times to the turn notifications. The second thing I have noticed is there seems to be two separate pieces of code for the speaking back on the street names. It would seem that the TTS engine will speak back the street name "Uintah" as "UN-TA" when giving the further out directions. Then it seems to switch gears and pronunciate it correctly when the short term goal is being spoken "U-IN_TA". We found this same issue with many streets. So please be aware that you may at times recieve advice to turn on streets that are spoken MOSTLY correct. This feature can NOT be under rated on any device. I will say the crisp and clear at most times.

Route Recalculation: Route recalculation happens very quickly and the new routes so far make very good sense. These reroute selections take into account your route preferences/avoidances. I have not yet been taken on an odd route and when tasked with rerouting (passing that exit you know you do NOT want to take) it has recalculated very fast sometimes in time for the very next exit on the highway.

FM Transmitter: The FM option is installed on this model. This option allows the device to transmit instructions to an oft used channel on your FM frequency range which when tuned speaks turn by turn instructions through your cars speaker system (a nice touch and no cables). This is one of the items that differentiates the 760 from the lower models. They require the 3.5mm male to male cable to integrate to the cars stereo system.

Bluetooth Transceiver: Bluetooth is implemented on this model. Operation is enabled via the service/settings menus and instructions for pairing with a phone are quick and concise. My UT-Starcom XV-6700 paired easily with the NUVI 760. Bluetooth is well implemented here as the device allows for voice or touch dialing via the 360. Simply select voice dial and speak after hearing the beep. Your number connects and the hands free microphone works very well. Since my 760 was attached to my stereo system with speed sensitive volume I could easily hear callers and they could easily hear me. You do have to enter a new phone book to the device if you have Verizon service. However other services (not tested) are believed to be able to download phone book directly to the NUVI.

FM TMC Traffic Compatibility: This option "is" available on this model. It is available via a subscribed FM service. Signals sent to the vehicle contain current traffic information for the area you are traveling within. This allows the device to route you effortlessly around traffic congestion and construction. (where locally supported). This is enabled via an internal FM receiver. This is a nice touch as well since no external antenna or wires are needed. With the 360 this option is only available via an external mounted antenna.

Configurable Vehicle Icon: This is purely an aesthetics item but is fun none the less. You can select a vehicle for the on screen display that looks similar to yours. I of course selected the truck, but others are available like an RC car, paper airplane, motorcycle and others that are downloadable from multiple web locations.

World Clock: As this device is meant to be portable and the maps are user replaceable for the area that you are flying to. This feature is part of the hardwares "Tools Menu" A grouping of programs to make traveling abroad easier. The world clock being one of them. This item is notable only because the GPS satellite system can pass time to the clock that is very accurate and very local.

Additional Tool Kit applications: The Tool Kit for the 760 contains a few more applications for use while traveling. A currency converter and calculator is provided. An English to multiple languages "Language Guide", and back, dictionary/word converter is provided as a sample only but may be purchased via the Garmin website https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=1280.

Multiple language Support: The 760 allows you to change languages to the appropriate region. This is a nice touch as you can have a local enter the location/destination into the system via their native language and then convert back to English to follow the instructions.

Keyboard: Address entry was easy with the use of the very familiar QWERTY keyboard layout (you can select an ABCD layout if you wish but most will feel comfortable with the defaulted QWERTY layout). Using the alphabetical layout of the keyboard does take some getting used to. The input is easy with the device first asking for the city, the street number and then switching to street name. All of which is using predictive text for the area which you are entering (more on this later).

Points of Interest: Points of Interest are a nice feature of this and many other devices. Item such as hospitals, hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and … are preloaded into the navigation system and placed into similar categories. These are easily navigated and there is even a misc. section for some of course miscellaneous locations. The best feature of all is the capability to load custom POIs using Garmin’s Freeware application "POI loader". This feature allows the loading of a Point of Interest with items such as location, audio if supported on the device, pictures of the POI, and they can even be set as an alert upon approaching the POI. This is nice when locating/reminding of all the school zones/speed traps in your area. But this feature lends itself well to what Garmin calls Guided Tours. These are special .gpx file formats that take you on a guided tour of cities/towns/mountains. Please see the many sites with free pre-made guided tours ready for download to your NUVI 760. The NUVI 760 does allow for route planning with Garmin provided mapping products.

Route Planning:

Unlike the 260/360 the 760 model does allow for Route planning. You can plan up to 10 specific routes. This is a nice touch as it adds the capability to plan your trip in full and just ask it for directions for the whole trip..

Predictive Text: The Predictive Text is very well implemented. The software will ask for City and as you are typing DEN it will recognize that you may be talking about Denver Colorado or Denmark Idaho (does that exist?) and displays both options for selection. Now that the search has been narrowed your follow on address entry is again made easier by typing "sto" it will post an option for "Stout Street" since it now knows a smaller area of search such as Denver. A very nice touch. The same happens for POIs as well.

Accuracy: As far as navigation accuracy goes the Nuvi 760 does show the fact that you are traveling down the right side of a two lane road (unless passing of course ). When you pass intersections the on screen vehicle is on the same intersection. As this is mainly for use in Automobiles (not necessary though as options for bus, walking, biking and others are available) its accuracy when mounted within the vehicle is was very good.

Form Factor: At (4.8"W x 3.0"H x .8"D (12.2 x 7.6 x 2.0 cm) the device is very small and very portable. This allows for easy use in multiple vehicles. This also allows for easy travel via plane for use in a remote location/rental vehicle. Be advised that this is a slightly larger device than the the NUVI 260 and 360 as it is a widescreen implementation. Although the weight seems to be very similar.

Batteries: The Garmin Nuvi 760 comes with a rechargeable internal battery which is said to last for up to 5 hours of navigation/mp3/Bluetooth hands free calling operations. This is down from the 8 hours of available use the 360 batteries provide. I would think that the FM transmitter would have much to do with the shortened battery life.

User upgradeable maps: The Garmin Nuvi 760 is user upgradeable via the SD card slot on the side of the device. This allows the customer to load maps for other regions available for purchase on the Garmin web site.

Touch Screen: The touch screen is a bright 3.81"W x 2.25"H (9.7 x 5.7 cm); 4.3" diag (10.9 cm) backlit screen with anti-glare coating. The touch screen is responsive, accurate and easy to use. The maps can change from an easy to read whitish background to a darker blackish background for very good evening viewing (automatically). Since this is the Widescreen version the pixels are a little different on this screen measuring 480 x 272 pixels.

Antenna Performance: The antenna is internally mounted in the smallish device with no external wires needed. Signal Strength while mounted in the window was excellent as it rarely went below five of five bars. While mounted in the lower console area of my truck the Signal Strength rarely went below four of five bars. This makes many mounting locations available within the vehicle. Be advised that although once locked it will keep a signal, the device may need to be held up for a few seconds until lock is gained and can then be returned to its mounting locations. This is important in the lower mounting locations. The 760 the antenna implementation seems to be much more robust. This might be a case of you get what you pay for. The 260/360 while good in their own right could not stay locked inside my home like the 760 is now (it is sitting next to me in the center of a room while I type this review and is locked with a full five bars).

Anti-Theft Deterrence: The Nuvi 760 Like all Garmin Nuvi products comes bundled with the Garmin Lock software. A unique anti-theft method that locks the machine until a four digit pin is entered or a user pre-defined unlock location is reached. This makes the device less desirable to thieves as they may not be able to unlock the device. Garmin Lock stickers are provided in the packaging.

Packaging: The Garmin Nuvi 760 comes packaged with a small swivel mounting arm with suction cup (for easy install on the windshie

These technical spec are provided directly from Garmin. We’ll Take You There.®:

Physical & Performance:
Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 4.8"W x 3.0"H x .8"D (12.2 x 7.6 x 2.0 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 (176 g)
Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life: up to 5 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/favorites/locations: 500
Routes: 10
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
Speech recognition (navigate with voice commands): no
3D map view: yes
Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route): yes
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: yes
Where Am I? feature (find closest hospitals, police & gas stations, nearest address & intersection): yes
Car locator feature (marks position when removed from windshield mount): yes
MP3 player: yes
Audio book player: yes
Picture viewer: yes
Configurable vehicle icons yes
World travel clock, currency & measurement converter, calculator: yes
Touchscreen: yes
Qwerty or ABC keyboard (choose keyboard layout): 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.

In Conclusion:

The Garmin Nuvi 760 is a very feature rich device with many of the capabilities of its more expensive counter parts. All this in quite a small form factor package.

The Garmin NUVI 760 has great portability, text to speech, Bluetooth hands free, MP3 and usability.

If you have been waiting to purchase a portable auto navigation system that does it all look no more. This is an accurate navigation system with an impressive screen and easy to see and hear instructions (especially when configured to run through your cars stereo system).

The widescreen layout is a very nice PLUS as long as you are not a road warrior. I think the extra size albeit not too much larger will be a deterrent for those that carry their office with them while traveling abroad via airplane. This is the only area where the 260/360 will carry an advantage.

The FM transmitter is a nice touch and makes installation much easier (especially if you are mounting in a semi-permanent location).

Route Planning really is what sets this device apart. The ability to plan trips and can not be underestimated. This is sorely lacking on the 260/360.

So — Is it worth the extra cash layout?

I would say yes if you were already thinking of going with the Nuvi 360. Since recently, the 760 can be found for (approximately $100.00 US) more than the 360. Online pricing has nearly equalized these devices. However if you are purchasing from a Brick and Mortar store the pricing differential will be much greater.

If you are on a budget this may not be the device for you. Take a look at the NUVI Models 260 or 360.

Have questions about this review?

Ask them here: Review :: Garmin Nuvi 760 — Big Functionality — Small Package

Full Disclosure: Some of the products reviewed here are provided by Garmin for review purposes only and MUST be returned to Garmin under their review agreement. Only the items purchased by me the reviewer may be kept. Reviewers nor this site are in any way compensated by Garmin for these reviews.

Have other questions about Garmin Products?
Maybe you can find your answer here:
Review :: Garmin Rhino 520HCx — GPS with a twist
Garmin Nuvi 360 — Navigation for the Next Generation
Garmin Nuvi 260 — Navigation for the Next Generation

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