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Garmin Nuvi 550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 352 reviews of Garmin Nuvi 550. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and durability. The reliability and performance also get good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the memory.

usability, performance, reliability, durability, price


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Garmin Nuvi 550


alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 550 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Comments about the reliability and durability are overall positive. The performance and maps also get good opinions. Many are less positive about the size and memory.

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price, screen, memory, size

81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Nuvi 550 Satellite Navigation - Full EU MappingGarmin Nuvi 550 Satellite Navigation - Full EU Mapping

Jun, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Garmin Nuvi 550


alaTest has collected and analyzed 149 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 550 from 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 People are impressed by the price and performance. The durability and reliability also get good feedback.

usability, reliability, durability, performance, price

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin nüvi 550 3.5-Inch Portable GPS NavigatorGarmin nüvi 550 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Rich Owings (

Garmin nuvi 550 review


The Garmin nuvi 550 represents Garmin's foray into the “crossover” GPS market, aiming for a device that functions well whether used for driving, hiking, cycling or boating. UPDATE: Here's a post I did about dual-use GPS, and how well they work for both...

Nov, 2008

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Garmin Nuvi 550


Garmin is the lead in navigation GPS units because they make quality products that deliver on all ends of the spectrum. The Garmin Nuvi 550 is a perfect example of this; they have taken a navigational GPS and a recreational GPS and combined them into...

The design and waterproofing are standout features on this GPS

There is no Bluetooth option available on this GPS

If you can’t decide between a navigation GPS or a recreational GPS, this is a combination between the two.

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Garmin nuvi 550 - Garmin Sat Nav


Drive, hike, bike, scooter or boat. With the rugged, waterproof and multi-purpose Garmin nuvi 550 sat-nav, you can do it all. Garmin nuvi 550 features an easy-to-use 3.5-inch screen.

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Motorcycle GPS


Hi all. I purchased this to use on my Yamaha Majesty Scooter. Bought the mount from Garmin. Seems to work pretty good. Battery life is decent. I have another Garmin in my car. Have not had a chance to try all the functions yet.

Nov, 2012

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Great allaround Sportsmans GPS unit


The 500 and or the 550 are great bargains in a all around sporting GPS unit. The ability to go from the dash to the boat, or to the field, is extremely useful and efficient. Adding a LakeMaster/Garmin data card of your choice and your all set for road...

Jun, 2010

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Great for Geocaching too! ”


We purchased this GPS for use in our car and discovered it can also be used for Geocaching--an extra bonus! It's reliable for getting you to places you need directions for (perfect screen size and voice commands). We've used it to look up spots to...

Jun, 2011

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Didn't get lost


I love my GPS....I received it for a christmas present and it's been great. I recently took it on a trip and didn't get lost one time.

Easy to Use, Compact

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Apr, 2010

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great device


This Garmin touch screen ZUMO 550 GPS RECEIVER with preloaded maps is good and comfortable device for daily use in car and get directions to go anywhere.Recalcualtes fast if you miss any turn or street.Voice prompts,Speaks street names, 3D map...

Easy to Use, Simple Setup, Compact


Mar, 2010

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Walk, Drive, or Ride, Nuvi 550 has it covered


I purchased my Nuvi 550 in September of 2009 to replace a Mio (another review for another time. Suffice to say, I was NOT happy with it) which refused to power-up. Using some lessons learned from the old GPS, there was certain criteria I was hoping to...

Waterproof!User-replaceable, rechargable batteryEasy to program

Not "glove-friendly"Battery lifeLow volume

Mar, 2010

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its great but pricey


I was going on a work trip, and they gave me this to use... it is great but i would not buy it becuase its soo much money... other wise if the price was less i would buy one for my self...

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Mar, 2010

Product Specifications

Do it all with the rugged, waterproof, multi-mode n


Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


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

Built-in Display

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


Built-in camera: No


Color of product:Grey
Form Factor:Fixed

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:4:3
Display Diagonal:3.5
Display Resolution:320 x 240
Display size (HxV):2.8 x 2.1
Display size (HxV) (imperial):2.8 x 2.1
Native Aspect Ratio:4:3
Touch screen: Yes
Widescreen: No

Energy Management

Battery life (max):8
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:Battery

GPS Software

Maps Included:North America

GPS System

Recommended Use:Automotive
Type:GPS receiver

GPS Type

Auto: Yes
Aviation: No
Bike/Scooter: Yes
Camper/Caravan: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): Yes
Golf: No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): Yes
Outdoor (hiking, trekking):No / Yes
Sport (fitness, running):No / Yes
Truck: Yes

GPS type

Motorcycle:N / Y


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n


Map coverage:Eastern Europe, Western Europe
Map storage:Internal storage
Map view options:3D
Maps included: Yes
Voice maps:No / Yes


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Storage media type:Flash


Waterproof: Yes


3D landmarks: No
Live service: Yes
Live Traffic Message Channel (TMC):N
Routes quantity:10
Traffic Message Channel (TMC): No
Voice commands: Yes


Bluetooth:No / Yes

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Windows 2000, Win XP, Win Vista\nMac OS X 10.4
GPS receiver:Y


Battery life (max):8
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:Battery

Technical Details

Anti-theft function: Yes
Color of product:Grey
FM Transmitter: No
Form Factor:Fixed
Image viewer: Yes
Interface Type:Touch Screen
MP3-player: No
Number of Waypoints:1000
Text-to-speech message reader: No

Weight & Dimensions