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Garmin Nuvi 770


This is a placeholder only. The Garmin Nuvi 770 is basically the same as the Nuvi 760 we reviewed except that North America plus European mapping is included.

22 Responses

  1. Since my purchase of the Nuvi 770, I have had to send the product back twice at the cost of $26.46 to me. The same problems occured with both devices. Without warning the device will have the following message “can’t unlock maps” which is then followed by “enabling bluetooth.” The first device was fixed via a “sharing session” on the computer and about a 2 hour wait on the phone. This fix lasted two days after which the device would not turn on at all. I waited only 3 working days to recieve my new nuvi 770. the device worked great for about a month then the same messages “can’t unlock maps & enabling bluetooth” returned. After 91.42 minutes on the phone and yet another “sharing session” I was told to return the device. The worst part is the actual wait time to speak with a “product support specialist” no matter the time of day is 15-20 minutes. They do however tell you this up front with each call. They do not tell you that if you need to speak with a “product software support specialist” you will have yet annother 15-20 minute wait. Other than this the product is great.

    Giovanna Buford - July 28th, 2008
  2. Just received my 770. Smaller than the 920 I just returned. Menu setup is more to my liking. Speaker is not as clear (tinny). The 770 has a little trouble navigating out of areas like shopping and apt. parking areas. Never experienced that with the TT.

    Searching locations and POI’s is much nicer…it does it the way I expect it to. I’ve not noticed an appreciable difference with the bird detection time.

    I do miss being able to manipulate my device via my PC (typing is so much easier for me).

    Basic navigation hasn’t proven to be much different.

    The Garmin mount is superior. Unit fits in my pocket nicely. So far, so good. No lockups!!!

    Don - September 16th, 2008
  3. I have owned a Streetpilot for years, received a 770 and have been pleased with most features. However two of the Street Pilot features seem to be missing, the miles per hour and the shortest and fastest options. Are they there and I can not find them or were they not included in this model?

    Steve - September 17th, 2008
  4. MPH isn’t visible on the map display while navigating a route. Tools -> Settings -> Navigation -> Route Preference, will give you Faster Time or Shortest Distance options.

    Tim - September 17th, 2008
  5. I was about to order a Nuvi 770 from an online dealer, until they told me that its 2007 maps were out of date and I’d have to order 2008 maps. Is this true or were they just trying to sell me something I really didn’t need? I cancelled the order and still don’t have a GPS!

    Kathrin - November 20th, 2008
  6. Kathrin, sounds like you were trying to order from techondigital or 86th street photo & video– or one of the other various names they operate under. It is a scam.

    Tim - November 20th, 2008
  7. Thank you, Tim! That’s what I thought. For everyone’s info, I was ordering from PrestigeCamera. com. They advertise the lowest price for this item (and others, I’m sure), then require that you call to ‘verify’ your order, and try to sell you extras you don’t need! BEWARE BAIT & SWITCH.

    Kathrin - November 20th, 2008
  8. Yup, that is the same company as the other two sites I mentioned. I hear from people that get scammed by them almost daily these days. 🙁

    Tim - November 20th, 2008
  9. I’ve had my 770 for about 3 mos. Ordered the 760 but the seller shipped the 770. OK with me. Unit works great. Sent back a 600 series due to only 1 route, via. The 700 series allows me to make up rides for next summer and save the routes, up to 10 with 50 vias. Bluetooth works good with most phones. FM transmitter doesn’t work with antenna in back glass.

    Great unit and well recommended for intended use. POIs are good. I can find a Taco Time whenever I want a greasy burrito. Yum…

    Bob - November 21st, 2008
  10. I’d like to purchase the Garmen but have two important questions before doing so:

    First, does the traffic receiver work in Europe?

    Second, can the device be set up to avoid a specific street or highway when selecting a route?

    Robert - December 20th, 2008
  11. Robert, no to both questions.

    Tim - December 20th, 2008
  12. One of the comparision charts says the 770
    (and a bunch of others) are not ‘pocketable’

    What is meant by that and is there a model with
    Euro maps that is made for your pocket.
    I mostly walk there, no car.

    Rich - February 16th, 2009
    • Rich, “pocketable” is simply a reference to the physical size of the device. Devices less than 1 inch thick and less than about 4 inches wide are considered “pocketable”. Most widescreen GPS models like the Nuvi 700 series won’t fit that definition.

      Tim - February 17th, 2009
  13. Dear Tim

    I have garvin nuvi 760 and I’m in the process of buying a refurbished Garvin nuvi 770. My questions: 1) because the 770 has Europe included does this mean there are fewer POI on it; 2)is buying a refurbished unit with a one year full warrenty a good idea.

    Please reply


    Larry - March 7th, 2009
  14. I am considering the purchase of the Garmin Nuvi 760 GPS unit as a gift. My question to you is this a user friendly unit that will provide easy navigation and to various points of interest. Also, is the real-time traffic updates (i.e. accidents, construction, etc.) included in the purchase prices for both the Nuvi 760 and the 770?



    Robin - April 28th, 2009
  15. If I purchase a refurb 770 with a 1 year factory warranty, does the dealer have to be an authorized Garmin dealer for the warranty to be effective? Thanks.

    Phylliss - July 13th, 2009
    • I believe they do need to be an authorized dealer.

      Tim - July 14th, 2009
  16. I have been comparing the GPS units on your web-site. I have decided to purchase the 760,770, or the 780. Which do you recommend to someone who has never had a GPS unit? I also noticed that the 780 is no longer being made. Is this correct? I also realize that the 770 has the same features as the 760, exception: the 770 has the Europe traffic receiver. I will go with your recommendation.

    Steven Ansolabehere - August 11th, 2009
  17. I’ve had my Nuvi 770 since last December and the experience overall has been good. It’s my first one so I have nothing to compare it to, but there haven’t been any problems.

    Kathrin - August 11th, 2009
  18. I believe the Garmin 770 is the model for me as European maps is one of my required features. Will this model also accept marine map cards so I can use it as a back-up GPS while boating?

    Suzanne - November 24th, 2009
  19. The Garmin 770 model is the best for N.America & Europe?
    Is this correct? Thanks…

    Atti - March 23rd, 2011

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