Firoze Provides Nuvi 660 Comments
(Firoze and I exchanged emails a couple months ago as he was figuring out which GPS would best meet his needs. He ended up purchasing a Nuvi 660 and here are his comments after using it for a couple of weeks. In some places I’ve added my own comments in block/quote form. Thanks for the comments, Firoze!)
Based on our e-mails from late September, I purchased a Nuvi 660.
For what its worth; I thought I might give you a few thoughts from having used it extensively since September 30. I like the unit a lot.
On the positive side:
- The big bright display
- The ease of use
- The graphical input interface
- The new aerial views
- The Bluetooth features
But more importantly there are a few negatives that Garmin could perhaps improve on. Does not have a time to turn (mm:SSS) counter on the display. This is a big omission. My wife, who uses her Garmin Streetpilot every day, will not upgrade to the Nuvi 660 because of that.
(You can get to this information on the ‘Next Turn’ page, however I agree some of it would be better served on the main navigation screen.)
Lacks the directional arrow that the Streetpilot shows to tell you which way the upcoming turn should be in. Not as big as the lack of ‘time to turn’ counter but is a helpful overlay feature. These items should be user configurable.
The MP3 player is cute but not a major selling feature. The downloads from Audible.com are expensive and you still need to use your laptop to complete the steps. One should be able to do it via the Bluetooth phone hookup.
(I’ve yet to use a GPS where the speaker quality was good enough to seriously listen to music through the internal speaker.)
The voice quality is not as good as the Streetpilot or the Quest 2, I have used both.
The Traffic feature has limited advantages with a lot of false positive readings; at least in the DC, MD, and VA area.
The Bluetooth works off you cell phone in reverse, when you call up a list of recently received or dialed calls the list is presented in reverse order that the phone would display them. The oldest on top and most recent on the bottom which forces you to have to scroll down the list to call the last dialed or received number.
I wonder if Garmin will address these issues in the next Nuvi that comes out? My wife will not give up her Streetpilot unless the replacement has the ‘time till turn’ feature. Which in urban/city driving is very useful. When you come to an intersection with two or three exits feeding off a single main branch she uses the time till turn to confirm which exist she should take.