Sleek, ultra-slim design fits in a pocket; High-sensitivity GPS receiver for fast satellite lock * Pre-loaded with City Navigtor NT maps for North America, including more than 6-million name-searchable points of interest * Speech recognition--speak menu options and keep your eyes on the road * Multi-destination routing--enter several destinations and get the best route to all of them; "Where am I?" and "Where's my car?" features * Full feature set--text to speech for spoken directions with real street names; MP3 player, and Photo viewer
I bought the 855 as an upgrade to my StreetPilot C550. I was reluctant to buy it, based on the less-than-stellar reviews on here, but after using it for a week, I have no complaints at all. Maybe that's due to the fact that I'm upgrading from the ancient 550, and not the 7X5 series. The other reviewers are right, the on/off switch can be awkward, and you need a fingernail to push it over to the left. But that is such a minor complaint, in my opinion. Also, some people say they like the smoother refresh..
If you assume the 8x5 models are automatically better than the 7x5 models, you may be surprised depending on what features are important to you.The most impressive feature of the 855 is the voice command. Many voice commands, such as "volume up", can be done from any screen. Doing "volume up" on the touch screen would have involved 5 presses: "menu", "volume", " ", "back", & "view map". You do have to keep an eye on the screen and speak only after you see the green symbol on the upper right corner. You ..
This is an unusually long product review, but I just couldn't help but brag about the Nuvi 855, as well as express several complaints about Garmin shortcomings.Pros and Cons of the Garmin Nuvi 855PROs: Custom routing; ease of setting unit options; responsiveness to my spoken commands; quick map scrolling via finger movement; Lane Assistance arrows are helpful; map detail is better than on the 755/765; place names appear on screen as you drive; extensive and easy use-to-use Points of Interest database, and P..