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Garmin Nuvi 850

Garmin Nuvi 850
alaScore 74

268 reviews

Aug, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 268 reviews of Garmin Nuvi 850. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers really like the maps and screen. The price and performance are also appreciated.

usability, performance, price, screen, maps

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 850 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Garmin Nuvi 850


alaTest has collected and analyzed 239 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 850 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on People are impressed by the maps and screen. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, price, performance, screen, maps


78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Garmin nuvi 850 review


The Garmin nuvi 850 is a member of the 800 series nuvi family, the first Garmin products to feature voice recognition. I covered that feature thoroughly in my hands on review of the Garmin nuvi 880, so this review will primarily cover the differences...

Jun, 2008

Consumer review by: ryan (



garmin add back your truck feature, in NY i have to avoid parkways. i can sit there and add in every parkway as a custom avoidance but that is a pain. you could easily add a filter that would allow us to filter by road name and allow us to filter out...

speed signs on screen. turns on very quicklly with battery in (compared to nuvi 350). program a custom avoidance road or area. speach recogonition (allthough i haven't played with it that much). battery is replaceable. usb 2 for faster map updates...

no truck mode. no bluetooth, it appears only *60 models have bluetooth. haven't played them, but games are only demos. traffic reciever is optional as well as a pay service (is this the same for other gps's?). you have to pay for map updates (is this...

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: BrainByte (

I am replacing this one soon ”


Well well well. What can I say about this GPS. I bought this one after selling my 750. Wish I didn't this GPS is very similar to the 750. The only problem is the volume. I often like to drive listening to the radio on the hard rock station. I also...

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: nursemary (



"Oh, my, I love this GPS! It is finally one that is loud enough , and I love the voice recognition also. Lot of features and easily understood points of interest, and highly visible screen. It even mounts easily to my sloped wnldshield.Highly...

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: (

Garmin nuvi 850


According to many people's ideas on 880 after 86 seems to be taken for granted, and from the judgment of this nuvi 850 belongs to nuvi 880 simplified version of the design in appearance, nuvi 850 continuing 880 style, black body and sedate atmosphere...



Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: (

Garmin nuvi 850


 At the CES exhibition various manufacturers the product which hits the host manifest the demonstration on the light gorgeous booth, Garmin Corporation promotes newest 800 series flagship type nuvi in the GPS new product 880, may say that has attracted...

Believes the price to be very higher than, is worth trusting

The route demonstration is not very detailed

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: willawheat (

Doesn't work all the time ”


This is my second Garmin Nuvi 850.  I first tried tis product out when renting a car out in LA.  Let me tell you, it was invaluable.  We loved the ease of use so much that when we returned to Fl., I purchased one.  It worked at first and then you...

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: dc9mm (

Works great


The Garmins operate somewhat differant than what i was used to(maggellan). Once i got used to it it was easy. Had my home address off by about 70 feet and also a freind of mines house off by about the same(:. Compared to my maggellan i had it is a...

Acquires Satellites Quickly, Compact, Easy Menus, Easy To Read, Easy To Set Up, Large Screen, Reliable Performance, Voice control works very

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: (

Works great


Acquires Satellites Quickly, Compact, Easy Menus, Easy To Read, Easy To Set Up, Large Screen, Reliable Performance, Voice control works very

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: cchapman35 (

Garmin 850 is the best GPS there. ”


I went to Best Buy to look at GPS systems and the salesman told me that he would recommend this one over any other brand, that he had purchased another brand and ended up giving it to his mother because it did not have features this one had.  My...

Apr, 2009

Product Specifications

KIT INCLUDES: 1- Garmin Nuvi 850 Portable GPS Navigation Unit1- 2GB MicroSD Memory Card (Extra Storage Space for your MP3s, Pictures and Additional Maps and Software!)1- USB 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 Unit: It features speech recognition (SR), a widescreen display, preloaded maps, an FM transmitter and more. Like the rest of the wide nuvi 800-series, just speak a menu option and nuvi obeys your command. nuvi 850 not only tells you where to turn but listens to your spoken commands. With nuvi's innovative speech recognition, you safely control nuvi's interface with your voice - allowing you to keep both hands on the wheel. Simply press the button on the remote (which attaches to the steering wheel) to activate speech recognition and begin speaking menu options. nuvi even recognizes shortcut phrases for popular functions. Tell nuvi "Find Address" and speak an address to start navigating. A GPS that helps you keep your concentration on the road, where it should be. Manufacturer Supplied Accessories:Preloaded City Navigator® NT for North America, Remote for voice activation, Vehicle suction cup mount, Vehicle power cable, USB cable, Dashboard disc, Quick start manual, Maufacturer's USA Warranty.


Run Time (Up To):4hour(s)

Built-in Display

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

Digital Player (PF)

Digital Player: Yes

Dimensions & Weight


GPS Software

Maps Included:North America

GPS System

GPS Functions / Services:Distance / Time/date
Recommended Use:Automotive
Type:GPS receiver


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n


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