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The Garmin Nuvi 550 is a waterproof, multi-mode GPS navigator designed for use in the car, in the boat, on a bicycle or on foot.

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waterproof

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replaceable battery with up to 8 hours of battery life

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custom routes and waypoints can be saved

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supports FM traffic alerts

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a good trade-off between a ruggedized hand held and regular car GPS

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small and light

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MicroSD card for expansion

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Works for driving, bicycling, walking, and boating (boating with marine maps only)

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The 550 is a waterproof, multi-mode GPS navigator designed for use in the car, in the boat, on a bicycle or on foot. It provides spoken directions, including spoken street names, via an internal speaker and can accept maps using its MicroSD card slot as well as already coming preloaded with detailed street maps for North America. Also preloaded are millions of points of interest (POI's) but you can upload your own, and you can upload geo-tagged photos. Other features include an emergency locator, HotFix satellite prediction, support for FM traffic alerts and MSN content, picture viewer and anti-theft. You can also add topographic off-road maps and BlueChart g2 Vision and Inland Lakes Vision marine maps.

Features
  • Speaks street names
  • MicroSD slot
  • Geocaching-friendly
  • 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 (switch 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)
  • 6-8 hour battery life
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