A new Nuvi
The Nuvi 765 adds 3D buildings, lane assist and Bluetooth on top of the standard feature set of Garmin car navigation units.
The Nuvi 765 is actually one of the higher-end models in the Garmin Nuvi line and offers a Bluetooth handsfree connection to your mobile phone, junction view with lane assist and 3D buildings on the map.
These features aren’t new if you look at the other brands on the market, but it is new on a Garmin, which until this model, only supported junction view.
As far as handling goes, the Nuvi 765 is much the same as its other siblings — about the same size and shape (but heavier) and now comes with a non-slip coating on the back so it’s more secure when you’re holding it in your hand.
You also get a generous 4.3in LCD screen which is bright and easy to read even in bright light.
The biggest change is that the Nuvi 765 comes with an all new connector at the bottom and a new suction cup windshield mount, which means accessories meant for the lower-end models probably won’t work with the Nuvi 765.
The 3.5mm stereo minijack port is a hint of one of the new software features present in the Nuvi 765 — yes, it comes with a music player which supports MP3 files and Audible.com audio book files.
There is however, no video file support, so music is all that you’re going to get on this device.
Photo viewing is also carried over from the previous Nuvi devices and allows you to store JPEG photos on the device or in an SD card and view them on the Nuvi 765.
Last but not least, the Nuvi 765 comes with Bluetooth A2DP support, which means the GPS can also act as a speakerphone for your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone.
As far as navigation goes, there are no surprises here — like all Nuvis, the interface is familiar, uncluttered and it works.
I quite like the Garmin interface as the icons are large and easy-to-understand and there’s no confusion when accessing the various features.
GPS lock was pretty quick at under a minute from cold start, and typically only a few seconds if you’ve turned it on recently.
There wasn’t any surprises for navigation either although in the time that I used it, there weren’t that many 3D buildings and junctions that I could see — some buildings, like the KLCC and major junctions were represented, but I find it still a little lacking compared with some other brands.
Standalone GPS car navigation unit
GPS chipset: SiRF Star III
Memory: 4GB ROM
Storage: SD expansion slot
Display: 4.3in (480 x 272-pixels
Other features: A2DP Bluetooth
Dimensions: 12.2 x 7.6 x 2.0cm
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