Garmin rolled out its new GPS navigation flagship, the nüvi 885T. This unit packs a 4.3" touchscreen with 480 x 272 pixel resolution and costs a whopping $799. There's also the $699.99 nüvi 885, that difference is that this model lacks MSN Direct services and Bluetooth. MSN Direct access is available for free for three months, afterwards it will cost you $49.95 a year, or a one-time charge of $129.95.
“Combining two of Garmin’s most popular features – speech recognition and lane assist with junction view – the nüvi 885T lets drivers keep both hands on the wheel and takes the guesswork out of navigation,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “And with enhanced MSN Direct services, the nüvi 885T provides much-needed travel information like traffic updates, flight status, Doppler radar, gas prices, news and business headlines and a wireless ‘send to GPS’ capability.”
Critically acclaimed for its accuracy and clarity, Garmin’s speech recognition technology has set the industry standard and is considered the ultimate safety and convenience feature. After mounting a push-to-talk wireless remote to their steering wheel, users can effortlessly program the nüvi by speaking words that correspond to the buttons on the touchscreen display. Drivers can keep their eyes on the road – almost any common task can be performed without ever touching the unit. Speech recognition is available for American English, British English, European French, European Spanish, German, Italian and Netherlands Dutch languages.
For a clear picture of the road ahead, the nüvi 885T features lane assist with junction view that details upcoming maneuvers and specific driving directions, including road sign detail and arrows indicating the proper lane for navigation. At any time, drivers can also speak the phrase, “where am I?” and their device will display its exact latitude and longitude coordinates, closest hospitals, police stations, gas stations and nearest address and intersection. Drivers can also associate their favorite images with saved locations using Garmin Connect Photos – where users can choose from millions of geo-located photos provided by Google’s Panoramio photo sharing community.
Drivers will also benefit from receiving next-generation dynamic content from the MSN Direct network that’s faster than before.