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Garmin Nuvi 850

Garmin Nuvi 850
alaScore 74

273 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 273 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the reliability and screen. The performance and voice guidance are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the price.

usability, voice guidance, performance, screen, reliability

price

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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Amazon.com review summary for Garmin Nuvi 850

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 239 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 850 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com.

usability, voice guidance, performance, screen, route planning

price

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

This summary is based on the products: Garmin nüvi 850 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator with Voice Command and FM Transmitter (Soft Black)Garmin nüvi 850 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS NavigatorGarmin nüvi 850 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator

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Garmin nüvi 850 ( gray)

 

Ever since the Garmin Nuvi 880 was announced at CES 2008 , we've been excited to get our hands on this portable navigation system. Given the good track record of the other Nuvi series devices , we expected more of the same, solid feature list and good...

The Garmin Nuvi 880 crams in a number of features, including text-to-speech functionality, MSN Direct services, and Bluetooth, into a compact design. The portable navigation system offers the best and most accurate speech recognition capabilities we've...

The Nuvi 880 is expensive, and route calculations can be sluggish.

As we've come to expect from the Nuvi line, the Garmin Nuvi 880 offers an impressive feature list and solid performance, but it's the accurate speech recognition that really pushes the Nuvi 880 over the edge and makes it one of the best GPS we've...

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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...

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If your getting it for voice recognition...Forget it!!!

 

The screen is fantastic. Great deep colors and easy to read display. As with most Garmin's it is as easy to use as other units. 1st trip I took it on it froze in the first two hours. You have to take it off it's stand and completely remove the battery...

The screen is fantastic. Great deep colors and easy to read display. As with most Garmin's it is as easy to use as other units

Useless voice recognition ; unit freezes up (check Amazon reviews...others have the same problem)

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If your getting it for voice recognition...Forget it!!!

 

The screen is fantastic. Great deep colors and easy to read display. As with most Garmin's it is as easy to use as other units.

The screen is fantastic. Great deep colors and easy to read display. As with most Garmin's it is as easy to use as other units

Useless voice recognition ; unit freezes up (check Amazon reviews...others have the same problem)

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A useful tool, but with a few shortcomings.

 

Overall I do not think the voice instruction feature was worth the extra money because it misunderstands me often enough that I have to program it using the touch screen anyway. If I had it to do over again, I would pay less and get, say, the Nuvi 260W...

Easy setup and use. Microphone attaches inobtrusively to steering wheel; convenient to use. Finds satellites and sets up routes quickly. Voice instructions clear. Quickly recalibrates if you pass your turn

Sometimes misunderstands voice instructions, e.g., thinks I'm saying "Oshawa" when I mean "Ottawa". Mispronounces street names. Sometimes chooses abnormal routes. Better to pull over to assign destination rather than doing it while driving

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Garmin nüvi 850 (gray)

 

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better

 

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...

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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...

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Wonderful!

 

"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...

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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...

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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.

Battery

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

Depth:0.7in
Height:3.1in
Weight:6.2oz
Width:4.9in

GPS Software

Maps Included:North America

GPS System

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

Header

Manufacturer:Garmin
Model:850
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n

Navigation

Routes:10
Tracklog Points:10000
Waypoints:500
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