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Garmin Nuvi 885

Garmin Nuvi 885
alaScore 75

497 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 497 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the screen and voice guidance. The value for money and performance also get good reviews.

usability, performance, value for money, voice guidance, screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 885 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 497 reviews)

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Garmin n?vi 885T

 

What a difference a year makes in the GPS market. Early in 2008, Garmin introduced its top-of-the-line nüvi 880. With a list price of $999.99, the 880 was the first portable GPS to feature voice-recognition capabilities for virtually all commands. Now,...

Voice recognition. Text-to-speech conversion. Enhanced MSN Direct services. Lane view and Junction View. Maps for U.S. and Canada. Solid Bluetooth phone support

Expensive. Flight Status function caused the system to crash during testing

Garmin's top-of-the-line nüvi 885T replaces the excellent 880 but adds more features, and comes at a lower price.

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Garmin 885T

 

The only thing thats good is the Blue Tooth.

The Blue tooth only

MSN, turn by turn directions could KILL you !!!! If followed you could turn into a house, on coming traffic the woods or a lake

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Garmin nuvi 885T GPS

 

This is the second unit that I purchased form Buydig.com. The first one would repeatedly freeze while navigating for no reason requiring removal of the battery to reset it. I thought it was defective so I returned it for another. The second one had the...

Voice recognition, lane assist, but the best feature was the ability to selectively detour by excluding specific roads on the route, a feature which has been missing on Garmin GPS units for a while

Unit repeatedly froze for no apparent reason during navigation requiring removal of the battery to restart

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Garmin nuvi 885T GPS

 

Garmin fails to tell you their Lane assist does not Work.When I contacted them about this they said it only currently worked in a few cities. They did say would would be adding more cities in the future. When they are added you will have to purchase a...

MSN Direct

Non Working Features

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Garmin nuvi 885T GPS

 

Overall, I am delighted with the Garmin 885T. There is nothing on the horizon that is a feature/price/quality equivalent. The voice recognition is not a gimmick; it works splendidly, and is the only safe way to alter programming or switch modes or...

Garmin 885T Excellent Map Set and Display, Lane Assist of real value, High Sensitivity Receiver, Voice Recognition works Splendidly, Blue Tooth for Cellphone excellent. Intuitive and fun

FM transmitter somewhat underpowered in crowded FM band regions; adequate on quiet frequency. Less important as you would not likely keep tuned to your GPS for long periods of time

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Garmin Nüvi 885T

 

So you get the MSN Direct cable ($120 if bought separately). You still have to pay for the MSN Direct subscription (another $120 for a five year subscription). I have used the FM Traffic before, and while not perfect, it seemed to work reasonably well....

Nice graphics

Don't buy this if you think you will get real-time traffic data. The "traffic" feature is only on MSN Direct. I felt stupid when my new GPS arrived and it didn't have the FM Traffic cable, which I was expecting, but this MSN Direct cable instead

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Garmin nuvi 885T GPS

 

I did extensive research before buying this. I also own a Garmin 760 and a Streetpilot 2820 (broke). My priority for a GPS unit was to have WAAS, Junction view, audio out, and specific road avoidances (so that the routing engine doesn't force me on a...

WAAS enabled, excellent voice recognition and remote, one of ONLY TWO Garmins that support Avoidances by road name (the other is the 855), beats the 1xxx series with its audio jack; removable battery

Froze once while navigating but returned within 10 seconds; Favorites menu displays "None Found" very often; can't hear loudly it in noisy situations if not using audio out/fm transmitter

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Pricey, but great voice recognition capability

 

I decided to upgrade my Nuvi 760 for the Nuvi 885T for purely the "want it" factor; but stick with the Nuvi 700 series if cost is a large factor. That being said, the unit is still the best GPS when it comes to performance. Stick with the newer...

Excellent voice recognition ; Is supposed to be able to be hooked up to a back up camera ; Better detouring control ; Now lists the road you are actually travelling on, instead of the upcoming road ; customization is available ; User replaceable battery

Pricey ; Track up view background makes seeing roads difficult ; Docking station is not as good as the Nuvi 760's ; Doesn't display enough street name information as you are travelling your route ; You need to buy "micro-SD" cards now

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Amazon review summary for Garmin Nuvi 885

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 441 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 885 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

performance, usability, value for money, voice guidance, route planning

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

This summary is based on the products: Garmin nüvi 885/885T 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Speech RecognitionGarmin nüvi 885/885T 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Speech RecognitionGarmin Nuvi 850 855 860 880 885T Cradle Replacement

Product Specifications

4.3-Inch nüvi with full North American mapping, voice-activated navigation, lane assist with junction view, three free months of MSN Direct dynamic content, bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling, and spoken street names

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:Lane Assistant / Time/date
Recommended Use:Automotive
Traffic Services:MSN Direct
Type:GPS receiver

Header

Manufacturer:Garmin
Model:885T
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n

Navigation

Routes:10
Tracklog Points:10000
Waypoints:500
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