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(based on 2 ratings)
Brand: Garmin
Located in: Automotive GPS
nuvi 550 3.5" Waterproof Auto GPS Navigation Unit

Do it all with the rugged, waterproof, multi-mode nuvi 550. Drive, hike, bike or boat - this dynamic device switches modes to navigate your active lifestyle. It's packed with detailed street maps for North America or Europe and millions of places. Like the 500, nuvi 550 provides spoken turn-by-turn directions to your destination and accepts optional maps for any adventure.

Take It Anywhere
nuvi 550 features driving, walking, bicycling and boating modes which customize your nuvi specifically for your method of travel. This portable hybrid combines the advanced navigation features and large, color display found in automotive units with the durability of an outdoor handheld. Sleek and slim, you can slip nuvi 550 into your pocket or backpack. The user-replaceable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery lets nuvi navigate you on roads or off.

Get Turn-by-Turn Directions
nuvi 550's intuitive interface greets you with two simple questions: "Where To?" and "View Maps." Touch the color screen to easily look up addresses and services and get voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions to your destination. It comes preloaded with detailed City Navigator NT street maps, millions of points of interest (POIs) and features digital elevation maps that show you shaded terrain contours at higher zoom levels. With nuvi 550, you can upload custom points of interest (POIs) and navigate to geo-tagged photos. If you're lost, use the Where Am I? emergency locator to view your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations.

Navigate Off-Road
Conveniently plug in optional maps on preloaded microSD cards for all your off-road adventures (see Maps tab for compatible maps). Add topographic maps to explore the backcountry or load BlueChart g2 Vision and Inland Lakes Vision marine maps for a great day on the water. The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet. With its high-sensitivity GPS receiver and HotFix satellite prediction, n?vi 550 locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover, deep canyons and near tall building and trees.

Expand Your GPS
Navigation is just the beginning. nuvi 550 includes many travel tools, including world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. Show off photos of your excursions with nuvi's picture viewer. Even download geocaches and instructions from Geocaching.com straight to your unit. It also supports optional FM traffic alerts or optional MSN Direct content. The 550 features Garmin Lock, an anti-theft feature, and is compatible with our free Garmin Garage, where you can download custom vehicles that show your location on the map.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
5 stars
(based on 2 reviews)

[4 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

 
A go anywhere GPS unit
By HetchVerified Purchaser from Flint, MI on 4/13/2009
Pros:
Acquires Satellites Quickly, A user changeable battery, Compact, Easy Menus, Easy To Read, Easy To Set Up, Multiple uses, Reliable Performance, Simple Controls
Best Uses:
Faster Routes, Finding Specific Address, For hiking and driving, Rural Navigation, Urban Navigation
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
How are you with directions:
Great w/Directions
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Garmin Garmin nuvi 550 3.5" Auto Waterproof GPS Navigator:

I really like the ability to use this item for not only driving but hiking and biking.
I find the ability to change or purchase a new battery especially attractive as I find most GPS units have a sealed battery and one must pay a large service fee plus battery cost to change it.

[11 of 12 customers found this review helpful]

 
An auto GPS with TracBack.
By Sailor.204Verified Purchaser from Morden MB on 2/18/2009
Pros:
Acquires Satellites Quickly, Compact, Easy Menus, Easy To Read, Easy To Set Up, Large Screen, Reliable Performance, Simple Controls
Best Uses:
Finding Specific Address, Planning Trips, Rural Navigation, Urban Navigation
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
How are you with directions:
Great w/Directions
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Garmin Garmin nuvi 550 3.5" Auto Waterproof GPS Navigator:

Using it for snowmobiling, motorcycling on and off roads, boating and for my truck. I like the TracBack on the Nuvi 550.

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