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Garmin nuvi 550 Portable Multifunction GPS Receiver with North America Road Maps

Garmin nuvi 550 Portable MF GPS Receiver with North America Road Maps
Garmin nuvi 550 Portable MF GPS Receiver with North America Road MapsGarmin nuvi 550 Portable MF GPS Receiver with North America Road MapsGarmin nuvi 550 Portable MF GPS Receiver with North America Road MapsGarmin nuvi 550 Portable MF GPS Receiver with North America Road MapsGarmin nuvi 550 Portable MF GPS Receiver with North America Road Maps
Item No.010-00700-01
Retail Price:$299.99
Our Price:$279.99
ConditionNew Retail Box (NOT Refurbished)
ReturnableYes (See our Return Policy)
WarrantyTiger 30 Day, Manufacturer 1 Year


Do it all with the rugged, waterproof, multi-mode Garmin nüvi 550. Drive, hike, bike or boat - this dynamic device switches modes to navigate your active lifestyle. It's packed with detailed street maps for North America or Europe and millions of places. Like the nuvi 500, nuvi 550 provides spoken turn-by-turn directions to your destination and accepts optional maps for any adventure.

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

Get Turn-by-Turn Directions

nuvi 550's intuitive interface greets you with two simple questions: "Where To?" and "View Maps." Touch the color screen to easily look up addresses and services and get voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions to your destination. It comes preloaded with detailed City Navigator NT street maps, millions of points of interest (POIs) and features digital elevation maps that show you shaded terrain contours at higher zoom levels. With nuvi 550, you can upload custom points of interest (POIs) and navigate to geo-tagged photos. If you're lost, use the Where Am I? emergency locator to view your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations.

Navigate Off-Road

Conveniently plug in optional maps on preloaded microSD cards for all your off-road adventures (see "Accessories" 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

Navigation is just the beginning. nuvi 550 includes many travel tools, including world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. Show off photos of your excursions with nuvi's picture viewer. Even download geocaches and instructions from Geocaching.com straight to your unit. It also supports optional FM traffic alerts or optional MSN Direct content. The 550 features Garmin Lock, an anti-theft feature, and is compatible with free Garmin Garage, where you can download custom vehicles that show your location on the map.

Get the newest maps available and navigate with confidence with Garmin's nüMaps Guarantee. Simply register your new Garmin nüvi or zumo at my.garmin.com (click here) within 60 days of first using your device, and if there is a new map version available, you'll be able to download it for free! Or if you prefer, you can have a map DVD mailed to you for $10. With the Garmin nuMaps Guarantee, you'll be up-to-date when you hit the road.

Garmin nuvi 500/550 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the Garmin nuvi 500 and nuvi 550?
A: The nuvi 500 and nuvi 550 at Tiger GPS represent the ultimate in portable multifunction navigation tools. They are similar in design to a nuvi 200 series models, but with ruggedized cases and screens that make them waterproof and therefore able to handle jobs on the trail or on the water. The interface lets you choose between driving, walking, bicycling and boating modes, so that whatever activity you do, you can take your nuvi with you.

Q: What's the difference between the nuvi 500 and nuvi 550?
A: The difference is in the pre-loaded data. The nuvi 500 contains City Navigator NT for the lower 48 United States, plus Hawaii and Puerto Rico; the nuvi 550 adds City Navigator NT maps for Alaska and Canada as well. City Navigator NT provides detailed road maps and a robust points-of-interest database; it also enables the nuvi 5x0 to give simple voice directions on the road. Though the nuvi 500 doesn't have northern road data, it does have pre-loaded topographical data for the lower 48 United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. This data is 1:100,000 scale and equivalent to what one would find on Garmin MapSource Topo 2008. For help comparing the map types, see our Garmin Software Guide (click here).

Feature nuvi 500 nuvi 550
Pre-loaded road maps of the lower 48 United States, Hawaii & Puerto Rico Yes Yes
Pre-loaded road maps of Alaska & Canada no Yes
Pre-loaded topographical maps of the lower 48 United States, Hawaii & Puerto Rico Yes no

Q: How do the nuvi 500 and nuvi 550 compare to the new Garmin Oregon series?
A: The Garmin Oregon series (click here) are new outdoors GPS receivers with a touch-screen interface. Here's a comparison chart:

Feature nuvi 500/nuvi 550 Oregon series
Unit Size 4.21" x 3.35" x .9" 2.3" x 4.5" x 1.4"
Screen Size 3.5" diag. 3.0" diag.
Touch-screen Yes Yes
Pre-Loaded City Navigator Maps Yes no
3-D Street Views Yes no
Voice prompts Yes no
Pre-Loaded U.S. Topo Maps nuvi 500 only Oregon 400t only
3-D Topographical Views no Oregon 400t only
Pre-Loaded U.S. Coastal Charts no Oregon 400c only
Pre-Loaded U.S. Inland Lakes no Oregon 400i only
Barometric Altimeter no Yes
Electronic Compass no Yes
Battery Type Rechargeable Li-ion included 2 AA (not included) or rechargeable (not included)
Battery Life 8 hours 16 hours
Waterproof Yes Yes
High-sensitivity receiver Yes Yes
Expandable memory microSD slot microSD slot
Waypoint storage 1000 1000
Routes 10 50
Tracklog no 10,000 points, 20 saved tracks
FM Traffic compatible Yes, with GDB 55 no
Picture viewer Yes no
Geocaching mode Yes Yes
Rubberized seal no Yes
Available at Tiger GPS Yes Yes
Kicks butt Yes Yes
Listings nuvi 500/nuvi 550 Oregon series

Q: What maps are available for the nuvi 500 & nuvi 550?
A:A: All forms of City Navigator NT will work on these nuvis. In addition, there's BlueChart g2 Vision software and Vision Inland Lakes software for use with these units, though you won't be able to view aerial photography and satellite overlay on the nuvi 500/550. Topographical accessory mapping will be available as well - check back here and Tiger GPS will keep you updated when Garmin announces the specifics.

Q: What's the difference between the nuvi 500 and nuvi 5000?
A: The nuvi 5000 is a large-screen automotive navigator designed for truck drivers and other road vehicles with large dashboards. It boasts a huge 5" diagonal screen, but is not equipped to handle outdoors functions like the nuvi 500 and nuvi 550 are.

"Garmin nuvi FAQs" Copyright © 2008 TigerGPS.com, Ltd. All rights reserved.

Package Includes

What's in the Box:

  • nüvi 550
  • Preloaded City Navigator NT for North America (full coverage of United States & Canada)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Vehicle suction cup mount
  • Vehicle power cable
  • Dashboard disc
  • Quick start manual

Tech Specs

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 color antiglare TFT with white backlight
Weight: 7.6 ounces (215 g)
Battery: user-replaceable, 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


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.") : no
Speech recognition (navigate with voice commands): no
3D map view: yes
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
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest): yes
Hands-free calling with Bluetooth wireless technology: no
FM traffic compatible: yes
XM Navtraffic (includes basic weather) & Radio for U.S. compatible: no
MSN Direct for U.S. compatible: yes
Where Am I? feature (find closest hospitals, police & gas stations, nearest address & intersection): yes
Car locator feature (marks position when removed from windshield mount): no
MP3 player: no
Audio book player: no
Picture viewer: yes
Configurable vehicle icons (select car-shaped icons for map navigation): yes
World travel clock, currency & measurement converter, calculator: yes
Touchscreen: yes
Qwerty or ABC keyboard (choose keyboard layout): no
Remote control: no
FM transmitter: no
Headphone jack/audio line-out: no
Dead reckoning: no
Garmin Lock (anti-theft feature): yes
Motorcycle-friendly: yes

This USB mass storage device is compatible with Windows 2000 or later and Mac OS X 10.4 or later.


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