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Garmin Nuvi 785T

alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 reviews of Garmin Nuvi 785T. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and screen. The price and performance are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the durability.

usability, performance, price, screen, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 785T is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 785T from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on People really like the route planning and size. The price and performance also get good feedback, but many are critical about the reliability.

usability, performance, price, size, route planning


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

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Nuvi 785T Vehicle GPS W/4.3" LCD Touchscreen - 8GB SDHC Memory Card - Bean Bag Dashboard Mount - GPS Screen Protectors - 0100071500 BigVALUEIncGarmin Nuvi 785T Vehicle GPS W/4.3" LCD Touchscreen - 8GB SDHC Memory Card - Bean Bag Dashboard Mount - GPS Screen Protectors - 0100071500 BigVALUEInc

May, 2018

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Garmin nuvi 785T reviewed


Garmin launched its updated 7x5 series of nuvi navigators back in August, but the high-end MSN Direct-equipped 785T is just hitting stores, and GPS Magazine sa...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Rich Owings (

Garmin nuvi 785T review


The Garmin nüvi 785T differs from the other units in the new 7x5T series in that it doesn't offer lifetime traffic. Instead, it comes with a three month trial subscription to MSN Direct. The advantages are that traffic coverage is offered for more...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Fletch (

Garmin nuvi 785T Review


The nuvi 785T introduces 3-D lane assist, 3-D building view, faster screen redraws, route planning, and host of other new enhancements to Garmin's already top-notch nuvi product line. A few grievances aside, the new 7x5T series is a major update from...

Inches closer to navigation perfection

Oct, 2008

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Great GPS...even if it's discontinued.


This is a nice device and I have recommended it to others. I had hoped that the Bluetooth would have allowed me to use my Blackberry hands free, but the sound quality at both ends was poor.

Large screen. Speedy calculation and map rendering. MP3 with FM transmitter. Extra capacity with SD memory card. MSN Direct has some nice features

The Bluetooth Speakerphone is barely useable. MSN Direct is going away

Apr, 2010

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getting it at discount for being last year's model helped alot, worked much better than my previous GPS, made it all the way across the country (north to south) with no problems

works quickly, very little lag, tracks satellites quickly and had an abundance of points-of-interest, comes with mount that is strong and handy

had trouble setting via points along the destination, might be user error, but seemed simple enough

Mar, 2010

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Garmin Nuvi 785T 4.3" GPS Navigation with lane assist w/ 3D view


Just a clarification from a happy owner of a 765T: This 785T doesn't just add MSN (and BlueTooth) to the impressive features of the 765T, it also SUBTRACTS the free lifetime traffic! Garmin's website says this unit is "compatible" with the normal...

Most of the features should be excellent

Can't get free Traffic

Mar, 2010

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Best GPS I Have Owned


Buy It

Despite the poor reviews I still ordered this unit. I have to say it is awesome. I love it!!! The unit is fast accurate and right to the point. All the features are perfect. If you want a great GPS packed with features this is it. I use the Bluetooth...

Have to pay for MSN after 3 month free trial

Apr, 2009

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garmin nuvi 785t


for the money garmin charges they should clean up their act. the thing is painfully slow to calculate anything such as routes or finding points of interest. sitting in a parking lot all day waiting for the gps is no fun. for a hundred bucks it would be...

its hard to get lost with even the worst of gps units

this unit is expensive, and slow. many points of interest such as staples or stickley & ; audi stores are not included. when looking for favorites it shows you what is closest to you, not particularly handy- we usually know how to get from a to b if...

Mar, 2009

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Oh yeah!


5 th Garmin I've owned, wish all companies handled their business like Garmin. Here we go; -love the mp3 player- perfect for in office stereo, hook-up to stereo for loud tunes- pauses for driving directions-little icon pops up outta the way so u can...

features, screen, msn, everything

fm transmitter is weak, weak, weak

Mar, 2009

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Very slick device, but...


Easily the coolest navigation device I've used or seen, but there are two problems related to MSN Direct services that are not spelled out in the product description. The description says you get "real-time local weather, traffic, movie times, stock...

Feb, 2010

Product Specifications

This Kit Includes: 1- Garmin Nuvi 785T Vehicle GPS W/4.3" LCD Touchscreen1- 8GB SDHC Memory Card (Extra Storage Space for your MP3s, Pictures and Additional Maps and Software!)1- USB SD/HC Memory Card Reader (Transfer Your MP3s, Pictures and Additional Maps and Software Faster!)1- Bean Bag Dashboard Mount (Mount Your GPS Unit Without Adhesives or Windshield Mounts, Simple Beanbag Mount Stays In Place and Works for Any GPS Unit!)1- Pack of GPS Screen Protectors (Protect Your Screen from Dust & Scratches!)More about this GPS:Stay ahead of the curve and connected with nuvi 785T, featuring lane assist and MSN Direct® content. The 785T guides you to the proper lane for navigation while delivering real-time local weather, traffic, movie times, stock information, gas prices, news and local events. It also includes lifetime traffic, hands-free calling, preloaded maps and turn-by-turn directions that call out street names. Like the rest of the nuvi 705-series, this advanced navigator comes with premium features including 3-D building view, photo navigation, faster screen redraws, route planning, emergency and car locators and much more.Know the Lane Before It's Too Late nuvi 785T takes navigation to the next level with lane assist. No more guessing which lane you need to be in to make an upcoming turn. Lane assist guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate.


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

Built-in Display

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


RoHS compliance: Yes


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):3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

GPS Software

Maps Included:North America

GPS System

GPS Functions / Services:Lane Assistant
Recommended Use:Automotive / Hiking
Traffic Services:MSN Direct / TMC (Traffic Message Channel)
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 view options:3D


Compatible memory cards:SD


Auto re-route: Yes
Choice of route setup: Yes
FM traffic compatible: Yes
Photo navigation: Yes
Route avoidance: Yes
Routes quantity:10
Speed limits: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes

Other Features

Basemap: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows 2000/XP/7\nMac X
Keyboard type:Qwerty, ABC

Ports & interfaces

Headphone outputs:1


Battery life (max):3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Technical Details

Anti-theft function: Yes
Calculator: Yes
FM Transmitter: Yes
Form Factor:Fixed
Image viewer: Yes
MP3-player: Yes
Number of Waypoints:1000
World travel clock: Yes

Weight & Dimensions