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The Garmin Nuvi 500 is a portable, waterproof, multi-mode crossover GPS navigator that can be used either in the car, boat, ...

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Pros

waterproof

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battery is removable and user replaceable

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supports multi-destination routing with route optimization

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8 hour long battery life

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MicroSD card slot for adding maps

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great for hikers, campers or people that love fishing

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emergency locator

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elevation maps

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great driving navigation - fast routes and detailed navigation

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Cons

not the nicest user interface

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no text-to-speech

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no way to exclude specific roads from a route

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build isn't very rugged

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The Garmin Nuvi 500 is a portable, waterproof, multi-mode crossover GPS navigator that can be used either in the car, boat, on two wheels or on foot. It comes preloaded with City Navigator NT maps for the lower 48 states, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and one European country or region. Other features include millions of points of interest, elevation maps, an emergency locator, support for FM traffic alerts and MSN content, and is capable of uploading geo-tagged photos and points of interest(POI's). Also preloaded are U.S. topographic maps for off road travel and the unit has a MicroSD card slot so you can add cards containing maps such as BlueChart g2 Vision and Inland Lakes Vision marine maps. Among many other features, Nuvi 500 is equipped with HotFix satellite prediction as well as the ability to download geocaches from Geocaching.com straight to the unit.

Features
  • MicroSD slot
  • Voice prompts via internal speaker (e.g. 'turn left on Charles Street in 400 ft.')
  • 3-D map view
  • Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation)
  • Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route)
  • Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road)
  • Multimode (switches modes to drive, hike, bike or boat)
  • Where Am I? (find closest hospitals, police & gas stations, nearest address & intersection)
  • Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos)
  • Picture viewer
  • Garmin Garage (select car-shaped icons for map navigation)
  • World travel clock, currency & unit converter, calculator
  • Garmin Lock (anti-theft feature)
  • USB mass storage device compatible with Windows 2000 or later and Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • Waterproof (IPX7)
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