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The Garmin Nuvi 855T is a voice activated GPS unit which falls near the top of Garmins top of the line nuvi 800 series.

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FM radio transmitter - amplifies the units prompts through your car stereo system

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large 4.3" touchscreen

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removable Li-ion battery

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Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling

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voice recognition - eliminates dangerous interaction while driving

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lane assist

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MSN Direct - live traffic/weather updates, gas prices, etc...

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I've only had the unit a couple of days, but I have been using both outdoor and car-based GPS for years. This is a top flight unit.

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MSN Direct service is not free

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MSN Direct should be free and extend further from cities

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The Garmin Nuvi 855T is a voice activated GPS unit which falls near the top of Garmins top of the line nuvi 800 series.  Innovative speech recognition allows the driver to not only hear driving instructions, but also give voice commands to control the unit without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel. The lane assist feature helps you choose which lane is best to be in when approaching an exit removing the guesswork.  The 4.3" widescreen display is readable in all directions giving bright and brilliant colour even in sunlight.  Navigation features include turn-by-turn directions to services, addresses or custom / preloaded points of interest, and the "Where am I?" feature will direct you to the closest intersection, police station or gas station and it will automatically recognize where you have parked your car when it is removed from the windshield mount to be used as a personal GPS device. 

When planning a travel route, this will save up to 10 routes and will automatically figure out the most efficient path between errands and will also display speed limits on roads and highways. The enhanced dynamic content from MSN Direct allows the user to check flight status, avoid traffic, compare gas prices, get weather updates, see movie listings or keep up to date with news and local events.  The MSN Direct also allows you do plan trips from the convinience of your computer via Windows Live Local, which is wirelessly sent to the device. On top of navigation, the Nuve 855T has several other features.  The entertainment and travel tools included are MP3 playback, audio book player, JPEG viewer, currency converter, alarm clock and Garmin Games, to name a few.  The included FM transmitter allows playback throught a vehicle's stereo for features like MP3 and audio book player.  The integrated Bluetooth wireless technology allows handfree calling with built in microphone and speaker. Optional upgrades include custom voices and vehicles, and plug-in microSD cards such as garmin travel guides for detailted data on attractions.

Physical & Performance:
  • Unit dimensions, WxHxD:  4.9"W x 3.1"H x .7"D (12.5 x 7.8 x 1.8 cm) 
  • Display size, WxH:  3.81"W x 2.25"H (9.7 x 5.7 cm); 4.3" diag (10.9 cm) 
  • Display resolution, WxH:  480 x 272 pixels 
  • Display type:  WQVGA color TFT with white backlight 
  • Weight:  6.2 ounces (176 g) 
  • Battery:  removable, rechargeable lithium-ion 
  • Battery life:  up to 4 hours   
  • High-sensitivity receiver
  • RoHS version available
Maps & Memory:
  • Basemap
  • Preloaded maps 
  • Ability to add maps
  • Built-in memory:  internal solid state 
  • Accepts data cards:  microSD™ card (not included) 
  • Waypoints/favorites/locations:  500 
  • Routes:  10 
  • Voice prompts (e.g. "Turn right in 500 ft.")(internal dual speakers) 
  • Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.") 
  • Voice-activated navigation (operate device with spoken commands)
  • Lane assist (guides you to the proper lane for navigation)
  • Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route)
  • Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation) 
  • Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road)
  • Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.)
  • Bluetooth wireless technology (connect to your phone for hands-free calling)
  • MSN Direct compatible (receiver included) 
  • FM traffic compatible 
  • Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads) 
  • Where Am I? (find closest hospitals, police & gas stations, nearest address & intersection) 
  • Garmin Locate (marks position when removed from windshield mount) 
  • Qwerty or ABC keyboard (choose keyboard layout) 
  • Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest) 
  • Garmin Garage vehicles compatible (download car-shaped icons to your device)
  • Garmin Garage voices compatible (download custom voices to your device) 
  • Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos) 
  • World travel clock, currency & unit converter, calculator 
  • Picture viewer 
  • MP3 player 
  • Audio book player 
  • FM transmitter
  • Headphone jack/audio line-out 
  • Remote control 
  • Garmin Lock (anti-theft feature)
  • Touchscreen 
  • Additional:  This USB mass storage device is compatible with Windows 2000 or later and Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
What's in the Box:
  • nüvi 885
  • Preloaded City Navigator NT for North America
  • MSN Direct receiver with integrated vehicle power cable
  • 3 months free MSN Direct service
  • Speech recognition remote
  • Vehicle suction cup mount
  • USB cable
  • Dashboard disc
  • Quick start manual
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