Garmin nuvi 550 Waterproof Multi-Mode Portable GPS at GPS Central

By: Gps Central  09-12-2011
Keywords: Maps, Gps Receiver

The Garmin nuvi 550 comes preloaded with highly detailed City Navigator North America NT maps including the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The preloaded map data features millions of points of interest, including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and attractions. The map data is provided by NAVTEQ™, a world leader in premium-quality mapping.

This new model's features include:

• Waterproof
• Garmin Connect Photos - associate your favourite images with saved locations and visit Garmin Connect at to download new images with included coordinates
• Wherigo player
• Voice Guidance (e.g. "Turn right in 500 feet")
• Easy-to-use, touchscreen interface
• Usage modes - Driving, Boating, Bicycling and Walking
• microSD™ card slot for optional mapping and data storage
• Built-in DEM Basemap (Digital Elevation Model)
• Unit dimensions: 4.21”W x 3.35”H x .9”D (10.7 x 8.5 x 2.3 cm)
• Display size: 3.5” QVGA color antiglare TFT with white backlight touchscreen
• Pixels (H x W): 320 x 240
• Battery type: user replaceable lithium-ion
• Battery life: up to 8 hours depending on use
• Weight: 7.6 oz (215 g)
• Supports Geoching.com GPX files for complete cache descriptions and hints

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 500 into your pocket or backpack. The user-replaceable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery lets nuvi navigate you on roads or off.

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, nuvi 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

Physical & Performance

Unit dimensions, WxHxD:

4.21"W x 3.35"H x .9"D (10.7 x 8.5 x 2.3 cm)

Display size, WxH:

2.8"W x 2.1"H (7.2 x 5.4 cm); 3.5" diag (8.9 cm)

Display resolution, WxH:

320 x 240 pixels

Display type:

QVGA colour antiglare TFT with white backlight

Weight:

7.6 ounces (215 g)

Battery:

removable, rechargeable lithium-ion

Battery life:

up to 8 hours

Waterproof:

yes (IPX7)

High-sensitivity receiver:

yes

RoHS version available:

yes

Maps & Memory

Basemap:

yes

Preloaded maps:

yes

Ability to add maps:

yes

Built-in memory:

internal solid state

Accepts data cards:

microSD card (not included)

Waypoints/favorites/locations:

1000

Routes:

10

Features

Voice prompts (e.g. "Turn right in 500 ft."):

yes (internal speaker)

Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft."):

yes

Voice-activated navigation (operate device with spoken commands):

no

Lane assist (guides you to the proper lane for navigation):

no

3-D building view (displays buildings in 3-D):

no

Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route):

yes

Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation):

yes

Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road):

yes

Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.):

yes

Bluetooth® wireless technology (connect to your phone for hands-free calling):

no

MSN® Direct compatible:

yes

FM traffic compatible:

yes

XM® Navtraffic & Radio for U.S. compatible:

no

Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads):

yes

Where Am I? (find closest hospitals, police & gas stations, nearest address & intersection):

yes

Garmin Locate™ (marks position when removed from windshield mount):

no

ecoRoute™ (calculates a more fuel-efficient route) :

no

Qwerty or ABC keyboard (choose keyboard layout):

no

Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest):

yes

Garmin Garage™ vehicles compatible (download car-shaped icons to your device):

yes

Garmin Garage™ voices compatible (download custom voices to your device):

yes

Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos):

yes

World travel clock, currency & unit converter, calculator:

yes

Picture viewer:

yes

MP3 player:

no

Audio book player:

no

FM transmitter:

no

Headphone jack/audio line-out:

no

Remote control:

no

Garmin Lock™ (anti-theft feature):

yes

Touchscreen:

yes

Dead reckoning:

no

Motorcycle-friendly:

yes

Geocaching-friendly:

yes

Marine-friendly:

yes

Keywords: Gps Receiver, Maps

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