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Garmin Nuvi 780: Advanced Navigation Plus MSN Direct

Garmin Nuvi 780: Advanced Navigation Plus MSN Direct

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Garmin Nuvi 780

Garmin Nuvi 780

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Other Features of Note

Hands-free calling with a Bluetooth-compatible phone.
I was able to pair my phone with the Nuvi 780 easily. The Nuvi 780 supports many phones (see compatibility list link below). The 780 automatically imports your phone's address book. When you are on the phone, voice directions are suspended.

Where Am I?
In case of emergency, touch "Where Am I?" and you will be shown your precise coordinates, the address nearest you, street names of the nearest intersection, and menu selections for hospitals, police stations, and fuel. A terrific safety feature that provided accurate information in my tests.

Hands-free calling with a Bluetooth-compatible phone.

Other features include: MP3 media player, Audible Books player (reviewed here), optional SD card, picture viewer, world clock, calculator, currency converter, optional global map sets.


In the Box:

  • Nuvi 780
  • Preloaded City Navigator NT for North America
  • MSN Direct receiver with integrated vehicle power cable
  • 3 months free MSN Direct service
  • Vehicle suction cup mount
  • Dashboard disc
  • USB cable
  • Quick start manual

Physical & Performance:
Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 4.8"W x 3.0"H x .8"D (12.2 x 7.6 x 2.0 cm)
Display size, WxH: 3.81"W x 2.25"H (9.7 x 5.7 cm); 4.3" diag (10.9 cm)
Display resolution, WxH: 480 x 272 pixels
Display type: WQVGA color TFT with white backlight
Weight: 6.2 ounces (176 g)
Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life: up to 5 hours
Waterproof: no
High-sensitivity receiver: yes

Maps & Memory:
Basemap: yes
Preloaded maps: yes
Ability to add maps: yes
Built-in memory: internal solid state
Accepts data cards: SD card (not included)
Waypoints/favorites/locations: 500
Routes: 10

Specifications (continued)

Voice prompts (e.g. "Turn right in 500 ft.") (internal speaker)
Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.")
3D map view
Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route)
Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation)
Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road)
Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.)
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest)
Hands-free calling with Bluetooth wireless technology
FM traffic compatible
MSN Direct for U.S. compatible
Where Am I? feature (find closest hospitals, police & gas stations, nearest address & intersection)
Car locator feature (marks position when removed from windshield mount)
MP3 player
Audio book player
Picture viewer
Configurable vehicle icons (select car-shaped icons for map navigation)
World travel clock, currency & measurement converter, calculator
Qwerty or ABC keyboard (choose keyboard layout)
FM transmitter
Headphone jack/audio line-out
Garmin Lock (anti-theft feature)
User Reviews

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 1 out of 5
Oh My What a Mistake, Member Jimbellow

It does not give you routes that go around toll roads for 1. 2nd it keeps saying Updating Bluetooth and I leave it in the car all day and still at 0 percent at the end of the day. Only if the stupid thing would work it would be nice. I don't use it that much but when I do use it I would like it to work and work properly.

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