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Garmin Nuvi 500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 341 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The screen and price also get good opinions, but many are negative about the reliability.

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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 78/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 253 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Opinions about the durability and maps are generally positive. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed comments about the screen. There are some less positive comments about the memory and reliability.

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

This summary is based on the products: Garmin nuvi 500 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Garmin nuvi 500 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Sep, 2017

Expert review by: Bonnie Cha (

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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 (

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, 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

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

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 (

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 (

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

The 500 is a multi-purpose device suitable for in-car and mobile use and features a waterproof casing.

It lacks text-to-speech functionality and there is not USB cable included.

Nov, 2008

Consumer review by: N/A (

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


Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: N/A (

Does have bluetooth


Works great. Have connected three different types of PDAs to it. Syncs my contacts and is much safer than trying to fumble for phone or even bluetooth handset. Love this convenience

Keep the map in nighttime view mode all the time as day mode is too bright and hard to see. Only downside

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: clowns (

garmin 500c is a very good machine at an affordable price. ”


its a very good machine that is accurate and has a compact design which allows for use on any size vessel large or small.I have been a commercial fisherman for over  twenty-five years and this is one of the best machines that I have used...

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: Safirecat (

Garmin Nuvi 500 is a versile unit. ”


I bought my Garmin Nuvi 500 for two things.  First, I was headed on a cross country road trip and I needed something reliable.  Second, I love to geocache.  Geocaching is basically a treasure hunt with latitude/longitude coordinates.  I was looking for...

Feb, 2010

Consumer review by: Anteater Ohmie (

Great Multi-purpose GPS

Dec, 2009

Product Specifications

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


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



Native Aspect Ratio:4:3

GPS Software

Maps Included:48 United States / Hawaii / Puerto Rico

GPS System

Recommended Use:Automotive
Type:GPS receiver

GPS type

Bicycle: Yes
Motorcycle: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n


Waterproof: Yes