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Garmin nvi 660 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator
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Product Description

nuvi 650 With a gorgeous widescreen display, the Garmin n??vi 660 GPS Personal Travel Assistant is your answer to the call of adventure. A sleek navigator and a keen travel assistant, the n??vi 660 is preloaded with highly detailed City Navigator NT road maps for the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. This map database features nearly six million points of interest (POIs), including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, and attractions, and the data is provided by NAVTEQ, a world leader in premium-quality mapping.This preloaded navigator brings all this fantastic map data to your fingertips with a super-bright, 4.3-inch widescreen display for improved map viewing, day or night. Use the touch screen interface to select destinations, look up POIs, and play your favorite MP3s and audio books. The display also helps you control hands-free calling, traffic alerts, and the FM transmitter, all from the screen of your personal travel assistant.

Which n??vi is Best for You?: Click here to see a quick, simple comparison of features for all Garmin nuvi GPS navigators



Wider screen lets you see more of what's around. Compare these actual size views of a 3-inch (diagonal) screen
3-inch screen


and a 4.3-inch diagonal widescreen
4.3-inch screen
Widescreen -- See Better, See More
The widescreen format gives you 70% more actual screen area than a 3.5-inch screen. Primarily this translates into a better view of the area through which you are driving. This is especially useful in showing you what parks, restaurants, ATM, gas stations, etc. are nearby, or in letting you know whether a detour is a good idea. Also, the device itself is larger, meaning controls on the screen are more widely spaced and somewhat easier to push.

FM Transmitter -- Hear Better, Hear More
Instead of straining your ears to hear turn-by-turn directions or your favorite MP3s, you can enjoy wireless FM audio transmission via the n??vi 660's wireless FM transmitter. Tune your car's radio to the appropriate station and you'll hear all the n??vi's audio, including voice prompts, MP3s, audio books, and more, directly through your vehicle's stereo system. The n??vi 660 includes many "must-have" entertainment and travel tools, including digital music and audio book playback, JPEG picture viewer, currency converters, and more. All these great features make the n??vi 660 a complete Personal Travel Assistant.

First Rate Map Data
The n??vi 660 comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator NT street maps, including a hefty POI database with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. Simply touch the color screen to enter a destination, and n??vi takes you there with 2D or 3D maps and turn-by-turn voice directions. Garmin gets its map data from NAVTEQ, a world leader in premium-quality mapping.

In addition, the n??vi 660 accepts custom points of interest (POIs), such as school zones and safety cameras and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs

Important note about map updates: Due to our high volume of sales, almost every Garmin portable GPS navigator sold by Amazon.com will come with the most recent map version. If you ever do need a map update, you can purchase one from Amazon.com at our Garmin Store.

Hands-Free Calling
In more and more places, it is becoming illegal to use cell phones while driving without a hands-free kit. The n??vi 660's Bluetooth capability, microphone and speaker lets match it to any bluetooth-capable phone to make hands-free mobile phone calls. Simply dial the phone number with the n??vi's touch screen keypad to make a call on a compatible phone. To answer an incoming call, just tap the screen and speak into the built-in microphone. Making and taking calls on the road has never been easier, or safer. In addition, Garmin makes it a breeze to look-up and dial numbers from your personalized phone book or even tap into your cell phone's call history log.

Integrated FM Traffic Receiver

TMC traffic service coverage map
Steer clear of traffic with an integrated FM traffic receiver designed to receive alerts from TMC Clear Channel about traffic tie-ups and road construction that might lie ahead on your route. All you have to do is simply touch the screen to view traffic details and you'll be ready to detour around any problem area. And if you end up missing a turn, or you're forced into a detour that is not relayed through the traffic receiver, the n??vi's sophisticated automatic routing will get you back on track in no time.

In most areas, TMC Clear Channel traffic broadcasts are continuous a?? there's no waiting for scheduled traffic news updates or random alerts. Because traffic broadcasts are received via a "silent" FM data channel, you can still listen to music or news programming on your car radio without interference from incoming FM traffic data transmissions.

A 3-month subscription to TMC Clear Channel's Total Traffic Network is included with purchase of this device. For more information on subscription fees, coverage in individual cities, and traffic data networks in the United Kingdom and Europe, check the Garmin website.


Easy To Use Interface
Garmin's interface is a key to their success and one of the things that makes their devices such a pleasure to use. Simple controls and sub-screens make it easy to enter or search for destinations and get data about your trip.

Garmin's own navigation is easy to use

Beyond Navigation

Browse your stored pictures with an easy-to-use JPEG viewer.
MP3 PlayerA handy MP3 player lets you play songs stored on SD memory cards. n??vi 250W accepts custom points of interest (POIs). View larger.

Navigation is just the beginning. The n??vi 660 features travel tools including JPEG picture viewer, MP3 player, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. It also comes with Garmin Lock, an anti-theft feature, and configurable vehicle icons that let you select car-shaped graphics to show your location on the map.

This device is compatible with optional content plug-ins available via SD card, such as the Garmin Travel Guides and Garmin SaversGuide provide detailed data for attractions and information on nearby merchants offering discounts, so you can customize n??vi for your travel needs

Garmin has also added the ability for customers to add custom points of interest (POI’s) from third parties such as school zones and safety cameras.

Trick Your GPS Ride

custom vehicle icons
Custom vehicle icons let you ride in style, at least inside your GPS.
See more icon options
All Garmin n??vis support configurable vehicle icons. These fun, customized car-shaped icons come in a variety of colors to add a personal touch to your vehicle's position on the map.

With this GPS system on board you'll be prepared to steer clear of traffic with the integrated FM TMC traffic receiver. The n??vi 770 is designed to receive alerts about traffic tie-ups and road construction that might lie ahead on your route. All you have to do is simply touch the screen to view traffic details and you'll be ready to detour around any problem area. And if you end up missing a turn, or you're forced into a detour that is not relayed through the traffic receiver, the n??vi's sophisticated automatic routing will get you back on track in no time.


What's in the Box
n??vi 660 GPS navigation system, preloaded City Navigator North, America NT data, vehicle suction cup mount, A/C charger, carrying case, FM traffic receiver/12-volt adapter with 3-month free trial subscription, dashboard disk, USB interface cable, sample language guide content (preloaded), sample travel guide, sample MP3s (preloaded), sample audio books (preloaded), owner's manual, and a quick reference guide.

Notes

  • Optional software for language translation, detailed travel guides, and savings programs allow you to customize your n??vi to fit your travel needs
  • The FM transmitter feature is only available in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
  • Like most USB Mass Storage Devices, the n??vi is not compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Me.
Which n??vi is Best for You?
Note: All n??vis come with detailed NAVTEQ maps containing more than 6 million pre-loaded point of interest locations.



Screen
Size
inches
(w x h)
Included Maps
Text-to-Speech
(Directions in
Real Street
Names)

Traffic
Bluetooth
Media

FM Transmitter
(audio through
car stereo
system)
Multi-
Point
Routing

Battery
life
(hours)
Cont. U.S.,
Hawaii, and
Puerto Rico

AK and
Canada

Europe
n??vi 200 2.8 x 2.1
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Photos


up to 5
n??vi 200w 3.81 x 2.25
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Photos


up to 5
n??vi 250 2.8 x 2.1
check check



Photos

up to 5
n??vi 250w 3.81 x 2.25
check check



Photos

up to 5
n??vi 260 2.8 x 2.1
check check
check

Photos

up to 5
n??vi 260w 3.81 x 2.25 check check
check

Photos

up to 5
n??vi 270 2.8 x 2.1
check check check


Photos

up to 5
n??vi 350 2.8 x 2.1
check check
check FM (with opt.
receiver)

Photos, MP3s


up to 8
n??vi 360 2.8 x 2.1
check check
check FM (with opt.
receiver)
check Photos, MP3s

up to 8
n??vi 370 2.8 x 2.1 check check check check FM (receiver
included)
check Photos, MP3s

up to 8
n??vi 650 3.81 x 2.25
check check
check FM (with opt.
receiver)

Photos, MP3s

up to 7
n??vi 660
3.81 x 2.25
check check
check FM (receiver
included)
check Photos, MP3s check
up to 7
n??vi 670
3.81 x 2.25
check check check check FM (receiver
included)
check Photos, MP3s check
up to 7
n??vi 680 3.81 x 2.25
check check
check MSN (receiver
included;
1-year free);
FM (with opt.
receiver)
check Photos, MP3s check
up to 7
n??vi 750
3.81 x 2.25
check check
check FM (with opt.
receiver);
MSN-enhanced
(with optional
receiver)

Photos, MP3s check check up to 5
n??vi 755T
3.81 x 2.25
check check
check Integrated FM
receiver with
lifetime traffic

Photos, MP3s check check up to 5
n??vi 760 3.81 x 2.25
check check
check FM (receiver
included
);
MSN-enhanced
(with optional
receiver)
check Photos, MP3s check check up to 5
n??vi 765T 3.81 x 2.25
check check
check Integrated FM
receiver with
lifetime traffic
check Photos, MP3s check check up to 5
n??vi 770 3.81 x 2.25
check check check check FM (receiver
included
);
MSN-enhanced
(with optional
receiver)
check Photos, MP3s check check up to 5
n??vi 775T 3.81 x 2.25
check check check check Integrated FM
receiver with
lifetime traffic
check Photos, MP3s check check up to 5
n??vi 780 3.81 x 2.25 check check

MSN-enhanced
(receiver inc.;
3 months free)
receiver);
FM (with opt.
receiver)
check Photos, MP3s check check up to 5
n??vi 785T 3.81 x 2.25
check check
check MSN-enhanced
(receiver inc.;
3 months free)
receiver);
FM (with opt.
receiver)
check Photos, MP3s check check up to 5
n??vi 850 3.81 x 2.25 check check

MSN-enhanced
(with optional
receiver);
FM (with opt.
receiver)

Photos, MP3s check check up to 4
n??vi 880
3.81 x 2.25 check check check
MSN-enhanced
(receiver inc.;
3 months free);
FM (with opt.
receiver)
check Photos, MP3s check check up to 4
n??vi 5000
4.5 x 2.7 check check
check MSN-enhanced
(with optional
receiver);
FM (with opt.
receiver)


check check external
battery
only



See more and explore with nvi 660. This widescreen travel companion and navigator features preloaded maps, hands-free calling, traffic alerts, FM transmitter and more. Like the rest of the wide nvi 600-series, its large touchscreen display puts the world at your fingertips.
Features:
  • Dimensions WxDxH - 4.9" x .9" x 2.9"
  • Weight - 6.2 oz
  • Display - 4.3" WQVGA

Customer Reviews:

  • Good
    It arrivled pretty quickly. And it speaks street name. But I'll expect the volume could be louder b/c I turn all the way down the volume of my music that is not loud at all. And it don't include a FM transmitter line. But over all it's awesome. ...more info
  • Even in 2009, my Nuvi 660 is a valuable GPS, Guide & Friend!
    My Nuvi 660 and I just celebrated our 2nd anniversary together a few days ago, and after 2 years of constant everyday use I find there's no reason to upgrade to a "more modern GPS." I am somewhat envious of people who own the Nuvi 880, for example, but that's about it as far as having any "urge" to upgrade my Nuvi 660 and just say, "Good by, old friend, it's been fun but it's over now."

    In late October, 2007, my wife and I loaded up our sports SUV with food and provisions for 10 days of travel, and headed off with the Nuvi 660 providing all our directions to a 2700-mile tour of the desert SouthWest through Arizona's landmarks including Sedona, the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert National Park, up through Canyon City via train out of Williams, AZ for a "different view" of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in all its splendor. We spent 2 days at Utah's Monument Valley, an unbelievable and beautiful adventure off-road through some of the most amazing giant reddish brown, and sunset-black/purple rock formations on planet earth, staying in Kayenta, AZ as our "home base" for the trek to The Valley those two days.

    That is literally in the middle of "nowhere" in Northern AZ, and we really appreciated the Nuvi's directions in that part of the SouthWest so very much! Just going out to eat became an "adventure" itself, as we'd just punch up "All Food Types" in the Nuvi, and it would list a huge array of places to eat that we'd have never found without it. So the Nuvi 660 is truly a "smart" GPS, and knows things in really out of the way places, extreme locations so to speak, along with knowing everything there is to know about your home turf.

    Other than the train-based tour of the Grand Canyon's South Rim/Canyon City, where we weren't driving our SUV, the Nuvi 660 kept us on the right roads in places like the expansive Navajo Indian Reservation, through central AZ, where there's a "highway" through it, but there are so many unmarked roads, and trails, intersecting the "highway" that without the Nuvi directing our way we'd have probably been lost, and having a very bad time of it.

    I have been in downtown San Francisco's financial district, where there's nothing but skyscraper after skyscraper, all crowded next to one another like apartment buildings that are 40 to 80 story's high, where you'd think that the Nuvi 660, or any other GPS couldn't possibly work. I mean it's literally dark at 3PM or later every day of the year because the buildings are so invasive and act as sun-blocking mechanisms, and you'd think that a GPS would fail to find a satellite signal in such a place.

    But no, the Nuvi 660 got me through there without fail, with no issues, up alleys and byways that were narrow and foreign to even myself, who lived and worked in San Francisco for more than 15 years and knows the City well.

    I remember entering "Monument Valley, UT" into the Nuvi 660's touch-screen controls, and sure enough, it "knew" where that was, and gave us directions there from Kayenta, AZ, no problems at all. It's such a "smart" GPS, and the updates from Garmin online kept its firmware and map database up to date since new. I recall updating the map to 2009's street index with the Garmin Updater on DVD-ROM, and I could not believe how much data got imported into the Nuvi 660, as it was close to 2GB of data, and the update process went smooth, and easy, as usual, no glitches or problems to report at all.

    Support for Macintosh computers was great to discover, when I first got the Nuvi back in January 2007, and the Garmin updater has always been kept current by the software wizards at [...] through all the Mac OS updates, all the way to where we are right now, at Mac OS 10.5.6. So Garmin Support for the Mac users is very much appreciated, and welcome by myself and all the other Mac users who own the various Garmin GPS's.

    The best feature of all about the Nuvi 660 is the "kit" itself, as there's nothing left to buy, which is XTRA Nice.

    The OEM "Nuvi 660 Kit" comes with everything that the other Nuvi's lack, including an AC/DC converter/charger for using the Nuvi indoors; the nice svelte leather case, which has come in very handy during the many times that the Nuvi 660 was pulled out of my vehicles for security reasons, or reprogramming, whatever...it's a virtual necessity for any Garmin GPS owner to have, and it's so nice that the Nuvi 660 comes with one.

    Of course the "kit" comes with everything you need to mount the Nuvi 660 on your vehicle's windshield; it also comes with the proper Mini-USB to USB 2.0 cable with dongle for PC/Mac interface; and last but not least, the "GM20" Traffic Monitor/FM modulator is standard issue also.

    I can't tell you how important having the Clear Channel's FM broadcasts available to me anytime I'm traveling in major metropolitan areas, where there's always a likelihood of a traffic snarl-up, snafu, accident, or weather anomaly affecting your trip. You can rest assured that if any of the above is happening that the "Yellow Triangular 'Hello Traffic' Indicator" will pop-up on your Nuvi 660's screen, and a simple touch will bring up the anomaly onscreen and give alternative routes, and progress reports, and make it easy to avoid problems, no matter how serious or casual they might be.

    I have been using my Nuvi's FM broadcasting/Bluetooth access lately to play music from an SDHC card that I program with up to 8GB of tunes and music in MP3 format, and the Nuvi 660's FM transmitter "finds" my SUV's radio really easy, and quick, and it's "mission accomplished" in just a few seconds. I've found that the FM transmitter works well in terms of broadcasting SDHC card music, and it's a very viable option that the Nuvi 660 has, that is to listen to your own music instead of the radio's or a CD or DVD-ROM's music. I have found that this feature works incredibly well, versus reports to the contrary by other Nuvi 660 users, so I can only encourage people who own the Nuvi 660 to try it out, and see if it in fact does work with your particular vehicle's unique, special FM system, as mine does with my OEM stereo system.

    The Bluetooth system the Nuvi 660 has is XLNT! I find that it syncs with my Samsung A737 "Smart Phone" for work quickly, and works quite well with the SUV's stereo to "play" my phone messages, and my calls with plenty of clarity, and volume, so I don't have to worry about wearing a "headpiece" or "earpiece" for use of my cell phone in the Nuvi 660-equipped SUV.

    If there's anything that the Nuvi 660 lacks, it's the voice recognition thing that the newer Nuvi GPS's like the 880 have, but short of having that this Nuvi is the best there is, the best equipped "kit" available, and it's certainly an effective weapon when it's needed. I honestly don't know what I'd do without the Nuvi 660 in my SUV, doing its usual reliable, honest, day's work with no complaints, no excuses, no issues, just getting the job done right as rain the 1st time.

    If there's anything to be said about the Nuvi 660 it's this: "If you want the best GPS there is for the almighty $$, look no further than your local Garmin dealer, and get him to hook you up with the Nuvi 660, because it just simply works seamlessly with anything you throw at it."

    For the $$ the Nuvi 660 is still a Garmin "Best Buy" GPS. You may want a GPS that's radically different than what the Garmin Nuvi 660 represents, but then again you might just be amongst the thousands and thousands of satisfied Nuvi 660 owners who are constantly saying to buy the 660 now, and for the rest, well, we'll definitely consider you. But the Nuvi 660 has it all, and flaunts itself in the face of newly-formed competitors.

    The Nuvi 660 is the best GPS there is for my purposes.

    Kindest regards,
    Wavey Davey-01/2009

    ...more info
  • Poor Customer Service. Poor product quality--unreliable.
    I purchased this unit Feb 2007 at a cost of $700 (now selling for $249). Yesterday while traveling and depending on guidance from my Garmin nuvi 660, it suddenly lost power. Long story short: After turning it on and off many times, it would remain on for about 15 seconds, then power off again. I finally gave up. I called Garmin and, based upon my description of the problem, the rep told me, without hesitation, that it was a "hardware problem," and would have to be returned to the factory and exchanged for a refurbished unit. Cost to me: $106, plus shipping. Costco sells an almost identical unit (the nuvi 260T) for $170; so for another 40 or 50 bucks I get a brand new one along with the warranty. Had Garmin been more customer service oriented, they would have offered to send me a replacement, charging only shipping and handling. When I brought this to the attention to Amazon, the rep offered a $50 gift certificate to help compensate for the added expense....more info
  • Garmin nuvi 660
    I am very pleased with the nuvi 660. It has met most of my expectation. My only complaint is some times its routing in cities is not always the most logical. ...more info
  • Excellent Product
    I am very happy with my Garmin. It is simple and easy to use while at the same time being very accurate and effective - I don't think I will be able to drive without one again.

    I recently used it to look for a place to live in an area I had never been to before - in seconds it will find nearby towns and once you select one it gives you the quickest way there (the best part is you don't even need to know where you are or how you got there). Once I was done driving around I just went to my favorites where I had my hotel saved (so I didn't need to remember any of the details) and before I knew it I was back in my hotel room.

    The bluetooth function works perfectly - once I set it up (which was very easy) every time I get in the car it automatically connects to my phone. The sound quality is good and I have never been able to hear someone nor has anyone I was speaking speaking to not been able to hear me.

    I would recommend this product to anyone and everyone who has driven with me from my wife to family and friends have all been impressed with how well it works....more info
  • A great GPS for the money
    Easy to use, speaks street names and generally gets you where you want to go in the fastest way. I've used on my motorcycle in and my delivery truck and it has proven itself to be a great gas saver by plotting the most efficient ways to get somewhere and then on how to get back. The bluetooth interface for my cell phone (makes the phone hands free) is great. I have factory GPS in both my cars, but will just use this Garmin in my next car because it's better....more info
  • Love it!
    I bought this unit, but was a little skeptical of its quality because it was refurbished. It arrived in new packaging, with all the accessories and paperwork. I registered it with Garmin for the one-year warranty. I also registered it with MSN Direct for a free one-year subscription. This feature is pretty good with up-to-the-minute highway traffic conditions. I use the unit regularly with my cell phone, through the Bluetooth connection. I have a lot of songs on an SD card in the GPS, that play through the stereo over whatever frequency I set it at. There are many other features, too many to write about, but I highly recommend this unit. It works great and has all the maps pre-loaded. ...more info
  • Garmin nuvi 660

    I find the Garmin nuvi very easy to use. Such a pleasure to be able to drive and not worry about getting lost. Being a bad map reader this GPS navigator has been a blessing. Could not be happier....more info
  • Bad power adaptor
    The GPS itself is great. Make sure you update the map before the time expires (1 year?) otherwise you will have to pay big time for map updates.
    The car power adapter is a joke. One time testing and it broke to pieces (the plug). Other brands are sold at much cheaper and more reliable....more info
  • Nice GPS
    I looked at a few GPS navigators before chosing the Nuvi 660. I am glad I got the larger screen and found it easy to use, this is the first GPS I have used. My phone connection with the Nuvi was easy, but the volume of the calls received was lower than I had hoped. I actually disconnected the bluetooth and opted to use the handset during the first call. It was a little better with the second call, but not as good as I had hoped. Overall I am pleased with this purchase....more info
  • Prompt delivery good service
    We experienced prompt delivery and excellent service. The Garmin is working great and we are enjoying it as we travel.
    ...more info
  • Garmin 660
    I bought the Garmin 660 and my son liked it so much.That I bought a second one for him, for Christmas.As I am 70 years old and found it very easy to use I think any one can use it.There is not a steep learning curve or a large book to read.And if you get tired of the lady giving directions you can pull the plug....more info
  • DISAPPOINTED
    Some times you think this thing is great and some features are. Pros are the ease of loading MP3's and blue tooth. Cons which are more numerious - You get 1 map update free then you have to pay 80 to $100's Mine has been updated once to January 2009 Some times it will find your address some times not. Went to Panama city Fl and set it for shortest route at Troy Al it failed to make the proper directions and was constantly trying to put me on hwy 231 or 331. My wife wanted me to turn the darn thing off. Not sure I would recommend a Garmin, seems to me life time updates should come with the unit....more info
  • deceiving
    This is not a new product even though it is described a such on the listing. It is a "used product" and this seller is not truthful enough to state the real condition of it....more info
  • Mediocre directions and poor interface
    About 1/4 of the time, it gives you some ridiculous route that is not the shortest or the fastest. It's not as good as Google maps by a long shot. The interface is lame - it's easy to use but it's missing many features. For example, you can't easily change the route the GPS has selected for you by dragging the route lines like you can in Google maps. I wouldn't recommend this device....more info
  • Not bad
    Bought this at a much higher price but at this price it is worth the features. Works very well but streets where not showing up even though they had been there for a few years. There are also some businesses missing or not updated that have gotten me lost or had me drive WAY out of my way so there is that..otherwise I really like it for finding most addresses....more info
  • Garmin660 My Co-pilot
    The Garmin 660 rates a 9.5 on the 10 scale. Since there is no need anymore, throw away those travel maps, fuel station locations and lodging brochures.We just returned from a 3,000 mile door to door, address to address vacation while testing our new GPS Nuvi and the results are in. WOW! The 660 does everthing but make coffee. The 660 with voice command alerts traffic and road work ahead with the ability to seek alternate routes 100 miles in advance. Because the 660 is so accurate the only glitch is in down town high density multi-ramp areas like D.C. where 30 feet is critical at 50 mph. Because of driver error, the 660 will guide the driver back to the key route with little loss of time. Our 660 found specific fuel brand stations,specific lodging and restaurants of our liking. While the GPS unit is but an electronic tool, it is by far the most innovative instrument for the common driver. Thank you, GARMIN....more info
  • A great value for a great GPS!
    There are already a ton of reviews for this, so let me just give you a quick rundown of the pros and cons I've experienced:

    Pros:
    -It gives surprisingly accurate ETAs after you've been using it regularly for a few weeks. At first, it's terrible, but it learns your driving speed on roads and on freeways and uses that to provide estimates that are typically accurate within a minute or two (unless there's heavy traffic on local roads).
    -I'd say that 9 times out of 10, it gives me the best route. In fact, it's provided me with a better route than Google Maps on more than one occasion. Sometimes, I happened to know a better route based on my knowledge of the traffic lights, but other than that it's amazingly good.
    -It routes around traffic very well. I think this feature alone is worth the price of the device, and $60 gets you a lifetime FM traffic subscription. It has saved me from going down a closed road more than once, which is something I've never found a good source of for free online (even Google Maps traffic isn't always very accurate).
    -Having bluetooth and the FM transmitter makes it so easy to integrate your phone with your GPS with your car. You can talk to people through your GPS and hear them through your speakers. It doesn't work on my Treo 650 anymore because it's a terrible phone, but it does work on other phones and for the period of time I got it to work it was wonderful. (I'm getting a new phone this year)
    -It supports mp3s and audiobooks. The mp3 player interface isn't good, but it is ideal for audiobooks and podcasts since you can play them through your car speakers using the FM transmitter, which works quite well.
    -The speaker is fairly loud and can easily be controlled with a single button push (the only button on the device). So you can easily listen to your radio or CD and use the built-in speaker and still understand it.
    -It doesn't have waypoints, but it allows you to add a point in your route as a "via point", which is effectively the same as allowing one waypoint. I find this very handy for fine tuning your route to get gas on your way home or something like that.
    -There are lots of Points of Interest (POI) on board and it's pretty easy to add more. You can enter in the address or coordinates on the device and then save it, or go online to one of the site with tons of them and upload them to the device using the USB cord (included in the box). Plus, Google Maps has a feature to send it to your GPS if you install a free plug-in from Garmin and plug in your GPS. So if you're too lazy to put in an address, you can just plug in your nuvi.
    -The screen is very bright and always easy to see in the brightest and darkest of environments.
    -It's quite responsive to touch. It's rare that I have trouble hitting on-screen buttons.
    -Making a detour can be done in two touches - it's very easy. You can even route around traffic (it may put you in traffic if it finds it to still be faster than taking another route, but you can force it to avoid this).
    -You have one touch access on the screen to stats on your journey and to the whole route with maps for each turn. So when you don't feel quite oriented on the map, you can always use that to gain context on where it's routing you.

    Cons:
    -There's a bug sometimes where I have a traffic alert and touching the bottom right corner of the screen to see the next turn shows the alert rather than the next turn. This is annoying.
    -It could be faster when trying to recalculate when you miss a turn. It can take anywhere from 3 seconds to like 10 seconds. When you're driving and have no idea where to go, 10 seconds can feel like forever. It's usually not so bad, but sometimes it can suck.
    -There are spots where the GPS goes wacky. To be fair, I think this is probably any GPS device. There are spots that are consistently bad for me where I've discovered the device loses accuracy in pinpointing where I am.
    -It takes a while to initially find satellites if you're not already outside. It can take less than 10 seconds or up to 1-2 minutes in some cases. This can be annoying because the boot up time itself is probably 15 seconds or so already.
    -The keyboard is alphabetical order. Who types on an alphabetical keyboard anymore? I'd prefer a Dvorak keyboard, even.
    -The mp3 player UI could be better.
    -The body is a little bulky (not quite pocket sized, but it may fit in your pocket) and cheap. It's plastic rather than metal. Still, I don't think it's flimsy.

    I want to give this device 4 1/2 stars, but I can't give it a 5 because it's not near perfect and I'm almost at the point of loving it but some of my gripes keep me from totally falling in love with it. It's a great device though and if you can get a good deal on it then you won't regret buying it. My driving has gotten a lot better and less stressful since I got the device, and aside from being very good in traffic it makes road trips much less scary. The investment you make in this GPS will pay you dividends in overall safety, I think.
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  • I am hooked!
    I am a first time buyer of a GPS and the Garmin nuvi 660 is everything and more of what I was hoping to get. I am getting ready to make a cross-country trip and feeling very confident that this little gadget will enable me to travel without any difficulty in reaching my destination. Once is was registered, I was able to use it right out of the box. I am happy that this model comes with the bluetooth capabiltiy as that will allow hands free operation. The touchscreen feature is quick and easy. I am looking forward to having this on my trip as I think it will make for an excellent "co-pilot". ...more info
  • Effective but not necessarily most accurate GPS
    We purchased the Nuvi 660 after we purchased a new car. The cost difference to have the built-in GPS versus buying a portable GPS was pretty high. We are talking several $1,000's. The Nuvi 660 is a discontinued model, but not because it is defective, just that the manufacturer no longer produces the 660. I question the accuracy of the "fastest" route feature, which often takes you routes that are shorter, but on back-roads with lights instead of the interstate.

    The GPS is also sensitive. If you change directions from the course it auto-routes you a new way. We found this when we were out of town traveling and turned into a gas station on our route. The GPS recalculated us completely different way taking us further from the interstate. Granted, when we are traveling in an unfamiliar place, we wouldn't know the difference! That being said, its great to take on foot when you are in a big city to get your bearings.

    Since we do not travel every day, we chose this model because we wanted to get the most value out of the GPS. It has a bluetooth feature so it connects to your cell phone you can talk hands free. It also picks up the contacts list from your phone so when someone calls you can see the caller ID on the GPS screen.

    All-in-all we recommend having a GPS, but not necessarily this model. If you are looking to get the most use out of your GPS, get a model with bluetooth so you can use it in everyday driving and not just for trips....more info
  • does everything i expected it to do!
    I upgraded from a tom-tom one to the garmin nuvi because 1)I wanted a gps that announced the name of the streets and 2) I like the fact that the Garmin emits an "alert tone" just prior to announcing a turn. This tone gets your attention so that you know a turn or announcment is forthcoming. I did purchase an extra 8" "gooseneck" windshield mount for the unit because I have a van and the windshield sets forward quite a bit. The Garmin is quick to recalculate if you should go off course and also can be "bluetoothed" through your FM radio so that the voice comes through the car speakers. Both the alert tone and the bluetooth are options available through the menu, which you may or may not choose to employ. ...more info
  • Love my refurbished Garmin nuvi 660

    Easy to use, and the screen is easy to view while driving.
    Love have the bluetooth capability....more info
  • Perfect
    This was my first GPS and I am overly pleased. It's nice on the freeway when driving alone and for finding a house in the dark. The MSN Direct is nice for winter storms here in Minn. for finding Alt routes. The Garmin is easy to understand and personalize. A+ for Garmin and the Nuvi 680....more info
  • very logical
    The nuvi is by far the most practical GPS I have worked with!
    the size of the touch screen, functions and the sensibility are ideal!...more info
  • Bluetooth not compatible with Palm phones
    I love my Garmin Nuvi 660 but was disappointed with it once I upgraded my cell phone to a Palm Centro. Apparently the bluetooth in the Garmin is not compatible with the Palm phones, as I was told by the Palm help line. Apparently it is compatible with the Tom Tom so I may give that one a try and transfer my Garmin to my husband's car. One of the features that I liked best about my Garmin in the first place was to be able to answer my cell phone from the unit itself and talk handsfree....more info
  • Nice when it works, but Battery Life is Terrible!
    I actually like the Nuvi 660. Unfortunately, the battery life for me is about 15 minutes. When I use the car charger - No Problems what so ever. I am very disappointed not being able untether the GPS and depend on the battery. The battery appears to be near impossible to change on your own and Garmin support seems to want a lot of money to do it. At the current price of $250 for a new unit, battery replacement for over $200 seems like a waste.

    Good Luck. ...more info
  • Love it
    We use the Garmin nuvi 660 all the time. The wide screen makes a lot of difference and it has all the features we need. It came with a trial for updating the map with traffic alerts that came in very handy....more info
  • Garmin nuvi 660
    Have used this GPS for quite a few trips and it has only got us lost once. We were in the mountains of Tenn, on some roads that were real new and it still put us to where we could see the cabin we were looking for. If you don't take the turn it suggests it will say recalculating and if you do it several times it sounds like a little attitude creeps into the voice but I think it is just imagined. The only suggestion I have for ease of use is to be very specific with where you want to go and always enter your starting point or home....more info
  • Husband loves it!
    I bought this for my husband for Christmas. He loves it! He hasn't had any issues with it. The only thing he said that wasn't 100% was connecting it to the stereo - there's a lot of static. But he was able to rectify that issue - he bought a FM Transmitter that plugs into the earphones plug for a minimal cost....more info
  • Had Mine For Nearly A Year. How Did I Live Without It!
    I won't attempt to rewrite the already excellent reviews of the Garmin nuvi 660 that are posted here. I'm here to lend support to those who have been waiting for high end portable GPS units to drop in price. And even though this is a discontinued model, it was a $700.00 unit now selling for half and still considered a high quality unit.

    I love the 660. I first saw it when a friend pulled it out and showed it to me. He sells them and at the time, it was one of the top models available. But I couldn't afford something so expensive. Then my brother-in-law bought one and showed it to me. It was the same 660 and he let me play with it. I was sold.

    So being the huge internet "search for the best deal" buyer that I am, I found that the best price at the time was here at Amazon.com, at $350.00 during January of 2008. I didn't hesitate and bought the last one at that price, apparently a Christmas special. Three days later with their free shipping, I started using it and haven't stopped. My wife and I used it this summer on our vacation out west and it worked nearly flawlessly, only losing us once into a residential area when we were looking for a specific restaurant. I recently had to take a trip to Los Angeles and drive all around the city on their interstate system. This is the ONLY way to navigate LA! It tells you with plenty of time to spare, what lane to change to. I never got lost or stuck.

    Yes, there are some things I would like to see. You can't put into this model more than one "Via" point, so you can't be very specific on a route. I tend to only use it to find my final destination to a work location after having run the address through Google Maps. So I know pretty much how to get to the general area and then pop this on to bring me into final approach. It's not perfect every single time, but it does get you close even on those times where the address doesn't match the satellite coordinates.

    The Bluetooth handsfree did not work for my Nokia phone so I couldn't use that. The FM wireless link to my FM radio was noisy and poor quality. No big deal since I didn't buy this for that feature.

    Prepping the 660 for a trip inside can be frustrating when it does not connect to a satellite. But my biggest complaint is the poor rechargeable battery life if you want to take a short day trip without taking the cabling out of your primary car. The unit will not last several hours there and back. That's just not acceptable and Garmin should try to improve this if they haven't already.

    All in all, I am very pleased with the Garmin nuvi 660 and would recommend it to anyone looking for a high quality portable GPS that is now at decent prices due to being discontinued.

    Happy traveling!...more info
  • Very good navigator
    Very easy to use. Very helpful on road.

    The car charger is not good though. The one came with the navigator was broken. The provider sent us the second one. It was broken too! I called Garmin and was told the car charger for nuvi 660 was out of stock. Because I was in hurry for a trip so they sent me a car charger for nuvi 650 that works for 660 but with no traffic senser. If I want 660 charger later I have to call and do exchange with Garmin...lots of work to do to fully enjoy it......more info
  • Love my Garmin
    I love this thing! It makes it so easy to travel alone now since my son has gone away to school and he was always my navigator on trips. Like the cell phone...how did we ever live without them?...more info