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Garmin Nuvi 860

Garmin Nuvi 860
alaScore 79

49 reviews

Apr, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the memory and screen. The voice guidance and usability also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the value for money, while there are some mixed views about the design.

usability, voice guidance, screen, memory

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 860 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 49 reviews)

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Garmin Nuvi 860 Vehicle Navigation Device Review


The Garmin nuvi 860 has exactly the same specification as the recently reviewed Garmin nuvi 880 except for the preloaded City Navigator NT maps which are for Europe (full coverage) rather than the US. The premium feature of both the Garmin nuvi 860 and...

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this is the best one out there!

Acquires Satellites Quickly, Easy Menus, Easy To Read, Easy To Set Up, Large Screen


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for almost 1100 dollars id rather walk with the directions this thing gave me 8 mio 500's before you think about using this item

Simple Controls

Acquires Satellites Slowly, Bulky, Difficult Menus, Flimsy Mounting, Short Battery Life


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Garmin Nuvi 860T


We found the menus of the Garmin Nüvi 860T easy to navigate, with large finger-friendly buttons

Great display ; Useful range of features ; Easy to use menus ; Voice control is an interesting idea

Not as stylish as some rivals

Although it's not the most desirable device, the Garmin Nüvi 860T is packed with features, and its comprehensive mapping, lifetime traffic updates and voice activation is sure to appeal.

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Garmin nuvi 860 Sat-Nav


Garmin's nuvi 860 sat-nav isn't cheap but its voice-activated navigation is the best we've used so far.

Although the voice recognition is the main feature of the 860, it is a premium device and has numerous other extra facilities. The maps cover the entirety of Western Europe in detail, plus major roads in some nearby countries in Eastern Europe. The...

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Garmin nüvi 860 Sat-Nav Review - Mobile Device Reviews


Garmin's n-vi 860 sat-nav isn't cheap but its voice-activated navigation is the best we've used so far.

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Garmin nuvi 860T


TomTom and Garmin are like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Every time the chasing pack thinks they've caught up, TomTom and Garmin unleash a smarter model that makes the others look like Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski put together. The Garmin nuvi 860T,...

Innovative new features. Speedy mapping

Voice control can be a bit laborious. Pricey

With innovative features such as voice control, the Garmin nuvi 860T is breaking new ground. It doesn't forget its routes, though. Arf.

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Garmin Nuvi 860T


Speech recognition that's something to talk about with nuvi 860. This advanced navigator features speech recognition (SR), a widescreen display, preloaded maps, hands-free calling, traffic alerts, an FM transmitter and more. Like the rest of the wide...

Touted as the 'first (satnav) with full menu voice activation', you can control the 860T completely by speech. Perfect (and potentially life saving), for situations where you can't remove your hands from the wheel. Garmin’s packed the 860T with...

While clever, controlling the 860T by voice isn’t overly convenient. As well as strapping a small remote control to the steering wheel, inputting commands by voice takes far longer than simply tapping the screen, so it’s best used in emergencies. We're...

Breaking new ground with features such as voice activation, the Garmin 860T is an exceptionally advanced satnav. It is expensive, but you get a lot for your money.

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Amazon review summary for Garmin Nuvi 860


alaTest has collected and analysed 17 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 860 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other GPS on

usability, value for money, voice guidance

76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Garmin Nuvi 860T Satellite Navigation System - Voice Activated

Product Specifications

Get speech recognition that's something to talk about with n


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 System

GPS Functions / Services:Time/date
Recommended Use:Automotive / Hiking
Speed Camera Warning: Yes
Traffic Services:MSN Direct / TMC (Traffic Message Channel)
Type:GPS receiver


Model:860/Vehicle Suction Cup Mount
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin/Garmin n


CE Product Type:GPS receiver mount
Compatible Mobile Devices:Garmin n


Tracklog Points:10000