"Really good GPS, but has some minor faults."4.0 starson by Acuttersedge
Pros: The Garmin 880 is very smooth black case with 2 speakers on each side of the 4.3" screen. One of the coolest features is Voice Recognition. Of course the Nuvi 880 also has very easy menu's, and a really great mounting system.
Cons: The Garmin Nuvi does have some Cons also,....it is very hard to think of any off the top of my head. If I had to come up with some minor cons I would have to say there are some problems with street names either on the map or text to speach.
Summary: I have owned about 15 differant GPS units in the last 20 years or so and this Garmin Nuvi 880 is by far the best one yet. Like I said before in my cons, all GPS makers always have problems with mapping. The differance is Garmin has a way to fix there mapping problems. On Garmin.com there is a page where you can explain the problems and submit them to Garmin and they will send there mapping people to investigate and they say they will fix the problems,....we will see. Besides some minor mapping problems this GPS is AWESOME!!!!. The menu is very easy to get around on and the speech recognition is incredible. You do have to learn the GPS's words and phrases that it likes to hear and when you learn it's language you reap the benefits. No more taking your hands off the steering wheel to adjust the GPS. You can adjust things like volume, to detour's and almost everything in between. The Garmin security feature is pretty cool also, just remember to remember your unlockling code. If you activate the security, in lets say your driveway at home then when you turn on your Garmin GPS you don't have to punch in your unlocking code. It does it automatically for you. I still don't really care about the security feature. Because if it is stolen the thief can't use it, and then he goes out a steals another one and it may be yours or mine just to get one that works. I would rather it take a picture of him as he is stealing my GPS and then transmits his photo to the satelite and then zaps him with a 1,000,000 volt charge so he will learn his lesson. LOLI just wanted to make you aware of some other plus's about the Garmin Nuvi 880. Last night a friend called me to tell me he bought a new TomTom 930 with voice recognition and wanted to see how it matched up against my 880. I thought I would make it interesting so I took my wife's Nuvi 750 and one of my older Magellan hand held GPS units (Platnum) and stuck them all to the windshield of my work truck. I have to tell you my 880 completley obliterated all the other units. The TomTom 930 did a nice job with most tasks but fell way short on Voice Recognition tasks compared to the 880. The 930 also has a lot more mapping problems like not giving both names of side streets as we approached and a lot of wrong street names in general. The one thing that really bothered me was the TomTom couldn't find my friends home, where the other 3 gps units couls find my home. Of course the Nuvi 880 is the most expensive GPS in the bunch, but if you shop you can get a great deal. I paid $510.00
Updated on Sep 24, 2008