Garmin Nuvi 500
While we certainly didn’t need to add to the already huge lineup in the Garmin Nuvi line, Garmin has introduced a new member– the Nuvi 500. Still, the Garmin Nuvi 500 does fill a huge void in the GPS market providing both auto navigation as well as off-road capabilities yet retaining functionality such as a touch screen. Yes, the ultimate “I just want one GPS, what should I get?” answer might very well be here within a couple of months.
When you get right down to it, you can think of the Nuvi 500 as a waterproof version of the Nuvi 205, but it waterproof and comes with topo maps. It comes with auto maps of the 48 contiguous US States plus Hawaii and Puerto Rico. (The Nuvi 550 includes the USA & Canada, but no topo maps.) Want traffic services too? The Nuvi 500 can be connected to either a TMC traffic cable or the MSN Direct traffic service. As a bonus you also get the Historic Route 66 map guide by by MAD MAPS. The only thing that appears missing from these otherwise fully loaded devices is Text To Speech. Multi Destination Routing with route optimization also appears to be supported.
Waterproof to IPX-7 standards and an 8 hour battery life make the Nuvi 500 series very capable for off-road tasks. Topographic maps are included with the Nuvi 500 so you can tap a switch and move from auto maps to topo maps. All of the basic off-road navigation functions are included– compass, tracklog, removable battery, and connectivity with geocaching.com.
The Garmin 500 Nuvi can also be used for bicycling, walking in pedestrian mode, or loaded with optional marine charts for boating.
“This multi-mode nuvi is the ultimate device for those seeking portable navigation in the car and in the great outdoors,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “This product allows us to combine features from several of our most popular automotive and outdoor navigators into one compact unit. From weekend trips to the lake, to a hike around the trail, nuvi 500 is ideal for people seeking automotive and recreational navigation in one dynamic device.”
We are extremely excited to see this product hit the streets and can’t wait to take one for a spin…
Garmin says you should be able to get your hands on one in Q3, pricing of the Nuvi 500 and 550 is currently displayed as $499.99 for either model.