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Garmin Nuvi 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 318 reviews of Garmin Nuvi 500. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and maps. The price and performance also get good reviews, but some have doubts about the memory and route planning. There are some mixed comments about the reliability.

usability, performance, price, maps, screen

route planning, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Garmin Nuvi 500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 251 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com. Views about the durability and maps are on the whole positive. The price and performance are also appreciated, but there are mixed reviews on the route planning and screen. Some have doubts about the memory and reliability.

usability, performance, price, maps, durability

reliability, memory

83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Bonnie Cha (cnet.com)

Garmin Nuvi 500 review: Garmin Nuvi 500

 

There are many uses for GPS beyond in-car navigation. After all, there are times you could use some route guidance no matter what mode of transportation. Yet, you don't see too many multiuse GPS on the market, and we're beginning to see why. A while...

The Garmin Nuvi 500 is a multiuse GPS that can be used in the car, on foot, on a bike or a boat. It comes loaded with topographic maps and features a waterproof casing.

The Nuvi 500 lacks text-to-speech functionality. Satellite acquisition time was a bit slow. A USB cable is not included in the box, and marine maps are extra.

The Garmin Nuvi 500 is a satisfactory multimode GPS, but serious boaters and outdoor enthusiasts should consider dedicated devices.

Aug, 2008

Expert review by: Craig Ellison (pcmag.com)

Garmin nuvi 500

 

In these competitive times when GPS manufacturers constantly vie to offer features that differentiate their products from all the others, it's hard to believe that the crossover GPS market has remained largely untapped. Well over a year ago, we...

Rechargeable, user-replaceable battery. IPX7-rated waterproof. Integrated with geocaching.com, a Web site that tracks geocaches. Topographic maps are included

Lacks text-to-speech conversion in automotive mode. Poor track log handling. Distance to destination didn't work in compass mode. No Bluetooth phone integration

The Garmin nüvi 500 is good crossover choice for those who don't want or can't afford separate dedicated automotive and outdoor enthusiast GPS devices.

Jul, 2008
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Expert review by: Rich Owings (gpstracklog.com)

Garmin nuvi 500 review

 

Hands on with the Garmin nuvi 500 The Garmin nuvi 500 represents Garmin's foray into the “crossover” GPS market, aiming for a device that functions well whether used for driving, hiking, cycling or boating. This review will take a hard look at how well...

The Garmin nuvi 500 represents Garmin’s foray into the “crossover” GPS market, aiming for a device that functions well whether used for driving, hiking, cycling or boating. This review will take a hard look at how well Garmin pulls that off, but first...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Fletch (gpsmagazine.com)

Garmin nuvi 500 Review

 

Once upon a time you had to buy a GPS for the car, a handheld unit for outdoor hiking and Geocaching, another one for cycling, and yet a different GPS for boating. Enter Garmin's nüvi 500: one GPS, four modes.

The nüvi That Can Go Anywhere. Like Having Three GPS Units In One.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Andrew Gould (techsmart.co.za)

Garmin nuvi 500

 

The Garmin nüvi 500 features driving, walking, cycling and boating modes which customise your nüvi specifically for your method of travel.

The nüvi 500’s intuitive ­interface greets you with two simple questions: “Where to?” and “View Map?”. Touch the colour screen to easily look up ­addresses and ­services and get voice-prompted turn-by-turn ­directions to your ­destination. It's packed...

Nov, 2008

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Battery is user-replaceable.

 

In 12-36 months when the battery dies you will be able to replace it. You can avoid throwing the entire unit into the garbage unlike many other GPS units when their non-user-replaceable batteries die

None

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: kba679 (jr.com)

Works Well on my Motorcycle

 

I bought this primarily for use on motorcycle trips in Western Washington. It works well, altghough I\'d recommend purchasing a cover that blocks out the sun. The optional motorcycle mounting bracket is heavy duty and keeps the unit from excess vibration

Acquires Satellites Quickly","Easy Menus","Easy To Read","Easy To Set Up","Large Screen","Simple Controls

May, 2010

Consumer review by: ATV Rider (jr.com)

Everything I expected

 

My wife is directionly challenged, I had a Gps I used on my four wheeler for years but it finally gave out after 13 years of good service. I wanted someting I could use on the road and on the four wheeler without having to buy two units. The Nuvi 500...

Acquires Satellites Quickly","Compact","Easy To Read","Easy To Set Up","Reliable Performance

May, 2010

Consumer review by: Tony (jr.com)

i would recommend to a friend & Have

 

Good product

Acquires Satellites Quickly","Compact","Easy Menus","Easy To Read","Easy To Set Up","Large Screen","Reliable Performance","Simple Controls

Feb, 2010

Consumer review by: Steve (jr.com)

Great for quading!

 

I bought this for being out on my four wheel quad. It tracks fast and with the off road mode topo map it makes coming and going in unknown terrain a breeze. Being waterproof is also a plus.

Acquires Satellites Quickly","Compact","Easy Menus","Easy To Read","Easy To Set Up","Large Screen","Reliable Performance","Simple Controls

Jan, 2010

Product Specifications

Drive, hike, bike or boat. With the rugged, waterproof, multi-mode n

Battery

Run Time (Up To):8hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:3.5"
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9 cm
Resolution:320 x 240

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:3.3in
Weight:7.6oz
Width:4.2in

GPS Software

Maps Included:48 United States / Hawaii / Puerto Rico

GPS System

Connectivity:USB
Recommended Use:Automotive
Type:GPS receiver

Header

Manufacturer:Garmin
Model:500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n

Miscellaneous

Waterproof: Yes

Navigation

Routes:10
Waypoints:1000