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Garmin Nuvi 780

Garmin Nuvi 780
alaScore 78

523 reviews

Aug, 2018

We have collected and analyzed 5 expert reviews and 518 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 85/100 and users rate it 81/100. The average review date is Aug 9, 2009. We have compared these reviews to 496712 reviews from other GPS. The alaScore™ for this product is 78/100 = Good. Last update: Aug 14, 2018.

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Garmin nuvi 780


If you're someone who really uses a GPS navigator, then the nuvi 780 definitely belongs on your short list. It's advanced features, excellent user interface and slim, sleek design make it one of the best values available in a high-end GPS. You can...

4.3 in. widescreen LCD touchscreenUser-friendly touchscreen interfaceBuilt-in receiver for MSN Direct serviceAdvanced route planning featuresFM transmitter, MP3 player, Bluetooth capability

The Garmin nuvi 780 is Garmin's latest entry in their high-end nuvi line o

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Fletch (

Garmin nuvi 780 GPS Review


A widescreen display, preloaded maps, bluetooth, an FM transmitter, hands-free calling, and Enhanced MSN Direct service put Garmin's new nuvi 780 squarely into the premium GPS category. Sure, other GPS manufacturers offer similar features on some of...

Just like the nuvi 760, with MSN Direct

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Scott Martin (

Garmin Nuvi 780 Full Review - MSN Direct 2


UPDATE: MSN Direct will stop service January 1, 2012 - buyer beware that the traffic and other information services will not work after that date.

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : Rich Owings (

Garmin nuvi 780 review


UPDATE: MSN Direct is ceasing operations on January 1, 2012. UPDATE 2: This model has been discontinued. For current recommendations, please refer to our auto GPS buyers guide. The Garmin nuvi 780 is the top of the line member of Garmin's nuvi 700...

Feb, 2008

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Garmin Nuvi 780 Car GPS Satellite Navigation Device Review


The Garmin Nuvi 780 shares all features of the Garmin Nuvi 680 Auto GPS navigator. Additional features include: Qwerty or ABC keyboard choose your preferred on-screen keyboard layout Car locater feature - notes the position of your car when...

Feb, 2008

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Garmin 780 Pathetic for a GPS


This is like the worst GPS. Takes forever to lock on, and then forgets position very easily ; Phone and Radio transmitter features dont work so well either. Extremely disappointed

Everything except the look

Jun, 2013

Consumer review (

Deprecated and Obsolete


It would be nice if Garmin would face up to their error in striking a deal with MSN direct, which it apparantly no longer honors. I sure would like a replacement device for one that no longer does what it was designed to do. I own three other Garmin...

Got this unit to replace a stolen 755T. Works OK

I had expected the traffic receiver from the previous unit to work with this one as well - No Dice! Only the MSN receiver would work. Traffic algorithm was somewhat flawed. The unit would frequently advise the driver to use the right-hand exit lane to...

Jan, 2011

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nuvi 780


nice wide display

starts up a little slower then my older c330 and seems to take longer to navigate. The speaker phone on the device is horrible, almost to the point where its not worth it

Apr, 2010

Consumer review (

Garmin Nuvi 780


Updated by Garmin at purchase ; Operation intuitive ; FM works great ; Satellite reception excellent ; MSN direct

Only got 90 days of MSN direct with purchase

Mar, 2010

Consumer review (

i love it


I was nervous to buy with no reviews, but I am not disappointed. I am not having video issues reported in the other review. The computer is set to go to sleep in 15 minutes; this could be what is happening to the other reviewer. Pressing the power...

software and product itself function is great, i had a little problem with connecting with satellite, after speaking to a customer service it was fixed, and now works perfect. although customer service was an half an hour waiting before being answered

great and love it the best GPS

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications

The nuvi 780 4.3" GPS Personal Travel Assistant has advanced navigation features, a widescreen display, preloaded maps, an FM transmitter and hands-free calling, plus real-time local weather, traffic, movie times, stock information, gas prices, news and local events. Its premium navigation capabilities, like route planning and a handy locator, give you peace of mind on the go. With next-generation dynamic content from MSN Direct, nuvi 780 is one resourceful personal travel assistant. You'll always get the big picture with nuvi 780's widescreen display. View map detail, driving directions, photos and more in bright, brilliant color. Its sunlight-readable, 4.3" display is easy to read from any direction. In addition, nuvi 780 accepts custom points of interest, such as school zones and safety cameras, and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs. nuvi 780 includes advanced navigational features to take the worry out of traveling. It also comes with Garmin Lock, an anti-theft feature, and configurable vehicle icons that let you select car-shaped graphics to show your location on the map. High-sensitivity receiver Built-in memory - Internal solid state with optional SD Card Slot Voice prompts Speaks street names Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route) Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation) Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road) Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest) MSN Direct for U.S. compatible MP3 player Audio book player Configurable vehicle icons (select car-shaped icons for map navigation) World travel clock, currency & measurement converter, and calculator Headphone jack/audio lineout Unit Dimensions - Width 4.8 x Height 3.0 x Depth 0.8 (12.2x7.6x2.0cm) Weight - 6.2 ounces (176 grams)


Run Time (Up To):5hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:4.3"
Diagonal Size (metric):10.9 cm
Resolution:480 x 272


Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Fixed

Digital Player (PF)

Digital Player: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:4.3
Display Resolution:480 x 272
Display size (HxV):3.81 x 2.25
Display size (HxV) (imperial):3.81 x 2.25
Touch screen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery life (max):5
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power supply:10

GPS Performance

Acquisition times - cold:38
Acquisition times - warm:1

GPS Software

Maps Included:North America

GPS System

Recommended Use:Automotive
Type:GPS receiver

GPS Type

Auto: Yes
Aviation: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking): No
Sport (fitness, running): No


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n


Map storage:Internal storage
Map view options:2D, 3D
Voice maps: Yes


Routes quantity:10
Waypoints per route:10


Bluetooth: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 60
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 60

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Windows 2000+,Mac OS X 10.4+
Keyboard type:QWERTY


Battery life (max):5
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power supply:10

Technical Details

Anti-theft function: Yes
Color of product:Black
FM Transmitter: Yes
Form Factor:Fixed
Image viewer: Yes
Interface Type:Touch Screen
MP3-player: Yes
Number of Waypoints:500

Weight & Dimensions