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Garmin Nuvi 885

alaTest has collected and analyzed 494 reviews of Garmin Nuvi 885. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Opinions about the screen and maps are on the whole positive. The price and performance are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the size. The durability and reliability get critical views.

usability, performance, price, maps, screen

reliability, durability

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 76/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Garmin Nuvi 885

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 442 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 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the design and maps. The price and performance are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the size, and many are critical about the durability and reliability.

usability, performance, price, maps, design

reliability, durability

79% 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

Aug, 2015

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Craig Ellison (pcmag.com)

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.

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: (pcworld.com)

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

Sep, 2009
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Consumer review by: ddukes57 (pcworld.com)

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

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: (pcworld.com)

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

May, 2009

Consumer review by: (pcworld.com)

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

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: OZCAN (buydig.com)

My first GPS device!

 

I live in Turkey. Garmin NUVI 885T on 10\/04\/2010 I got here. Turkey opened the box. I used a day. Now the screen is completely white. I can not use. : (

Compact","Easy Menus","Easy To Read","Easy To Set Up","Large Screen

Flimsy Mounting","Short Battery Life

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: Mark (buydig.com)

Bluetooth sucks

 

The sound through the built-in speakers is very tinny and unclear. Getting sound through the FM speakers is better, but the static makes doing that unreliable

Acquires Satellites Quickly","Compact","Easy Menus","Easy To Read","Easy To Set Up","Reliable Performance","Simple Controls

Bluetooth Sound

Oct, 2010

Consumer review by: Lori (buydig.com)

Great GPS!!

 

I have an older Garmin and love it, but wanted to get something less bulky and operates on battery. Purchesed this one and love it too.

Acquires Satellites Quickly","Compact","Easy Menus","Easy To Read","Easy To Set Up","Large Screen","Reliable Performance","Simple Controls

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: Jackie (buydig.com)

This Garmin is loaded with features

 

I had a TomTom I felt was not as intuitive to program as the Garmin.

Acquires Satellites Quickly","Compact","Easy Menus","Easy To Read","Easy To Set Up","Large Screen","Reliable Performance","Simple Controls

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: Len (buydig.com)

A Truly Elegant Product

 

I go to a party at night and when I leave I just push a button and say find, home, yes, and I am on my way.

Acquires Satellites Quickly","Easy Menus","Easy To Read","Easy To Set Up","Large Screen","Reliable Performance","Simple Controls

Aug, 2010

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