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Garmin Nuvi 865T

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 reviews of Garmin Nuvi 865T. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and route planning. The screen and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive reviews about the maps and design, and views are divided on the performance.

usability, price, screen, route planning, durability

size, design, maps

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 865T is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Carrie-Ann Skinner (

Garmin nüvi 865T review


At £399 the Garmin nüvi 865T is not cheap but it comes with loads of features including a traffic antenna and support for voice-dialling and navigation via its Bluetooth integration.

The Garmin nüvi 865T of plenty of functions but wit a hefty price tag, you’ll need to ensure you’ll use them regularly to get value for money from the device.

May, 2009

Expert review by : Macworld staff (

Garmin Nüvi 865T review


The Nüvi 865T, being towards the top of Garmin's range, has an impressive feature set that performs well - but comes at a price.

Voice control, customisable display, ‘Where am I?’ function

Expensive, voice-control function not quite sensitive enough

Other features include a music player, calculator, currency converter, alarm clock and games.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Carrie-Ann Skinner (

Garmin nüvi 865T satnav


The Garmin nüvi 865T is top of the Garmin satnav range.

The Garmin nüvi 865T of plenty of functions but wit a hefty price tag, you’ll need to ensure you’ll use them regularly to get value for money from the device.

May, 2009

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Garmin nuvi 860T - Garmin Sat Nav


Garmin nuvi 865T features a 4.3-inch display with maps for Europe and North America. Garmin 865T features a FM transmitter, Bluetooth interface and TMC for traffic alerts.

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Garmin Nuvi 865T


Instant re calculating for routes a lot faster than tom tom/ voice activation on most applications great feature. good battery life / garmin after sales service excellent 5 star / far more back up than tom tom and other manufactures lots of extras for...

Have problems with speed cameras locking the unit out but garmin are working on a fix and will put right by giving me credit on speed camera database for the time without it / it does not happen on all cameras just a few local yellow ones.

Aug, 2009

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Garmin Nuvi 865T


Very accurate and easy to use. FM transmitter is a great function especially when combined with a micro SD card for the MP3 player. The voice cuts the music and is exceptionally clear. The only downside is having to retune when on a long journey. Also...

Music player defaults to off. FM transmitter does not go below 88.1

Jul, 2009

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Garmin Nuvi 865T


Does everything it says on the box you cant get lost with this one with all the extras on it.

It doesnt make a cup of tea no matter how often you ask it!!!!!!!!

Jul, 2009

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Garmin Nuvi 865T


We read loads of reviews and this sat nav was meant to be one of the best, but it's really not as good as some cheaper ones we've used. The design is bad in the fact that to recharge it you have to plug the lead into the actual suction cup holder that...

Jul, 2009

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Garmin Nuvi 865T


excellent clear view screen ,on route up to date traffic reports with alternative routes,hands free operation and phone call handling.

Great difficulty down loading initial free update as broadband is very very slow in the area I live. a disc would have served much better.

Jun, 2009

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Garmin Nuvi 865T


easy to use

screen position lags the actual position with risk of missing junctions etc. Ability of software to download to update maps to latest version is abysmal. Lane advice and actual view very limited, mainly motorway junctions.

Jun, 2009

Product Specifications


Form Factor:Fixed


Display Resolution:480 x 272
Display size (HxV):3.81 x 2.25
Display size (HxV) (imperial):3.81 x 2.25
Touch screen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery life (max):4
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

GPS Type

Auto: Yes
Aviation: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking): No
Sport (fitness, running): No


Map storage:Internal storage
Voice maps: Yes


Routes quantity:10
Speed limits: Yes


Bluetooth: No

Other Features

Basemap: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows 2000, Mac OS X 10.4
I/O ports:1 x Headphone jack/audio line-out


Battery life (max):4
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Technical Details

Anti-theft function: Yes
FM Transmitter: Yes
Form Factor:Fixed
Image viewer: Yes
MP3-player: Yes
Number of Waypoints:500

Weight & Dimensions