Garmin nuvi 660 Portable Bluetooth Automotive GPS System
NOTE: This item has been discontinued by Garmin. It is replaced by the nuvi 760 (click here), with a new slimmer design and more advanced routing features.
The hottest little number in automotive GPS navigation has grown up. The Garmin nuvi 660 at Tiger GPS has the same great features of the nuvi 360 but with three major improvements: an FM transmitter feature, an integrated GTM 20 Traffic Receiver, and, most noticably, a 4.3" diagonal color touch-screen. The nuvi 660 at Tiger GPS is still sleek enough to fit in your pocket, albeit a slightly deeper one. It also features a Bluetooth chip for hands-free calling and dial-a-POI services, as well as plug-and-play compatibility with the same software as its cousins, the nuvi 350 and nuvi 360.
Place hands-free calls with Bluetooth wireless technology
The nüvi 660 integrates wireless technology with a microphone and speaker that lets you make hands-free mobile phone calls. Simply dial numbers with the nüvi's touch screen keypad to make a call on a compatible Bluetooth phone. To answer calls, just tap nüvi's screen and speak directly into its built in microphone.
In addition, easily look-up and dial numbers from your personalized phone book or from your phone's call history log. Don't know the phone number for your destination? Simply find and dial it from nüvi's extensive points of interest database - including hotels, restaurants, stores, and attractions. To see if your phone is compatible, click here.
Sound from your Stereo
The nuvi 660 at Tiger GPS has an FM Transmitter feature, which allows the nuvi to "broadcast" navigation commands and mp3s over your car's stereo system without hard-wiring it. Simply tune the radio to an empty bandwidth and the nuvi takes care of the rest.
Navigate with Ease
The nüvi 660 comes with preloaded maps of North America, and includes automatic routing, 2D or 3D map perspective, turn-by-turn voice directions that speak street names ("text-to-speech"), and a fingertip touch screen interface - making navigation easy. It accepts customized points of interest (POIs) such as school zones and safety cameras. In addition, with Garmin's included GTM 20 FM TMC traffic receiver, you can avoid traffic tie-ups by simply pushing a button to calculate a new route. (Traffic services available only in select cities where RDS-TMC coverage exists. Traffic receiver requires subscription fee once trial period ends.)
Enjoy Travel Kit full of entertainment and useful tools
Navigation is just the beginning. Nüvi includes many "must have" entertainment and travel tools including MP3 player, audio book player, JPEG picture viewer, travel alarm, currency converters, and more. In addition, optional software packages such as the Language Guide and Travel Guides can be added for language and content support.
Customize with Optional Software
Optional software available on plug-in SD cards, lets you instantly add new features to your nüvi - without connecting to your computer.
Language Guide - contains five bilingual dictionaries and a multilingual word bank and phrase bank that support nine languages and dialects. Even get a spoken pronunciation of each word or phrase. Click here for more.
Travel Guide - gives you helpful and thorough reviews and recommendations for restaurants, hotels, shopping, nightlife, sporting events and tourist attractions. Travel Guide for Europe currently available for purchase. Travel Guide for United States coming soon.
Savers Guide - a "geo-coded" coupon book that notifies you of nearby discounts on restaurants, hotels, shopping, and more at thousands of participating Entertainment businesses throughout North America
Nüvi 660 Features:
- Receiver: high-sensitivity WAAS-capable GPS receiver by SiRF
- Display: 4.3" diagonal, 480 x 272 pixels; bright, TFT display, 64K colors, with white backlight and touch screen
- Battery: built-in lithium ion battery - between 4-8 hours of battery life depending on use
- Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling
- Supports FM TMC traffic alerting
- Includes Garmin Lock, an anti-theft feature
- Voice announces streets by name
- Preloaded maps for all of North America
- Fingertip touch-screen interface
- Look up addresses and points of interest
- Choose 2D or 3D map perspective
- Upload custom POIs, including alerts for speed zones and safety cams
- Built in Travel Kit includes MP3 player with sample MPs, audio books, picture viewer, world clock, currency and measurement converters, calculator and more
- Add optional software such as Travel and Language Guides to personalize nüvi
- SD memory card expansion slot
- USB interface for loading data (Please note: Like most USB Mass Storage Devices, the nüvi is not compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Me.)
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Garmin nuvi FAQs
Q: What are the differences between the nuvi 350, nuvi 360 and nuvi 660?
A: The nuvi 350 is the base model, with a 3.5" diagonal touch-screen, pre-loaded maps, SD card expanability, and all the travel and multimedia features. The nuvi 360 adds Bluetooth support for hands-free calls, dial-a-POI, and more. The nuvi 660 features an extra-wide 4.3" diagonal touch-screen, Bluetooth support, FM Transmitter and includes a GTM 20 traffic receiver. The traffic receiver must be purchased separately for the nuvi 350 and 360.
Q: What are the differences between the nuvis and StreetPilot c550?
A: The Garmin nuvi and StreetPilot c550 are both part of Garmin's "compact and simple" line. While both the nuvi and c550 are automotive units, the nuvi is designed to be pocket-friendly as well, which is reflected in the shape and feel. The nuvis only will take the Language Guide, audible book player, picture viewer, world clock, currency converter, measurement converter, and a calculator. The nuvi also has a screen where you can view and enter in lat/long coordinates. Otherwise, the navigation detail is the same: the nuvi and c550 will provide the same routes, with the same abilities to detour and add a single stop on the way. The c550 also has Bluetooth like the nuvi 360 and 660 and includes the traffic receiver, same as the nuvi 660.
Q: What is the difference between the nuvi and the StreetPilot 27x0/2820?
A: The StreetPilot 2720/2730/2820 are larger, bulkier units than the nuvi, and are not designed to be used out of the car (although you can easily switch them from one vehicle to another). The 27x0/2820 have larger screens than the nuvi 350/360 and are less susceptible to glare in bright sunlight. The 27x0/2820 also allow detailed PC planning of a route, and have the ability to plot over 250 stops per route, making it a better choice for drivers with multiple places to visit. The interface isn't as user-friendly as that of the nuvi, however, and the nuvi is pocket-friendly and takes extra software such as Language Guide, Travel Guide and Savers Guide.
Q: What "extra software" is available for the nuvi for North America?
A: For North America, there's the Savers Guide and Travel Guide. The Savers Guide includes an FV Entertainment card and shows you onscreen where you can use it to get discounts. The Travel Guide contains Fodor's information, such as restaurant and hotel ratings, so that when you look up a Point-of-Interest, you'll get a detailed description and rating of it, not just an address and phone number.
Q: What "extra software" is available for the nuvi for Europe?
A: First off, you'll need City Navigator Europe for detailed street maps. This is available on DVD-ROM, on a pre-programmed card with all of Europe, or on pre-programmed regional cards. You can put the DVD-ROM data on the nuvi's free memory or on a blank SD card. Then you can add Travel Guide (contains no maps), with information provided by Marco Polo such as restaurant and hotel ratings, so that when you look up a Point-of-Interest, you'll get a detailed description and rating of it, not just an address and phone number. There's also Language Guide software, which turns your nuvi into a pocket translator in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese. To use all of them, your best bet is to transfer the Language Guide and Travel Guide to the nuvi's internal memory (there's plenty of room for that) and then to pop in an SD card with the City Navigator Europe maps (there's not as much room for that).
Q: The nuvi is handheld - can I go hiking or camping with it? How about boating?
A: Nu! Despite its convenient size, the nuvi is not rugged, waterproof, or capable of taking topographical or marine software. The trip computer is for automotive routes only, and pedestrian routes on streets. For a Garmin unit that can do both, try a Quest or Quest 2, GPSMAP 276C, or see the Tiger GPS Handheld GPS section.
Q: Is there a monthly fee for using the nuvi?
A: GPS Navigation is always free of monthly charges. The live traffic, however, is a subscription service, and you must purchase it separately after an initial trial period. After the trial, subscription costs will be roughly $5 per month.
Q: Can I mount the nuvi on top of my dash, instead of with the windshield suction mount?
A: The nuvi box contains an adhesive disk, which sticks on to your dashboard and lets you turn the suction cup on its head. There's also the Dash Mount for nuvi 350/360 and Dash Mount for nuvi 660. These are sturdier solutions due to their design, and are also adhesive. If you don't want to clean up your mount, you can snap the dash mounts to the Portable Bean Bag Mount, which features a rubberized flexible base that keeps your unit secure on the dash without pasting anything down.
Q: What's the deal with Bluetooth?
A: Bluetooth is a short-range communications technology that allows pieces of electronics to send data to and from each other without cables, i.e. wirelessly. Many new cell phones and smartphones have Bluetooth technology, which allow them to connect to your nuvi 360/660. You can make and receive calls through the nuvi, automatically dial up a point-of-interest, and with a software patch (free at www8.garmin.com) receive text messages, which the nuvi can then read aloud. To see if your phone is compatible, click here.
Garmin nuvi Feature Matrix
|nuvi 350||nuvi 360||nuvi 370||nuvi 650||nuvi 660||nuvi 670||nuvi 680|
|Pre-Loaded Maps of North America||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Pre-Loaded Maps of Europe||No||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||No|
|Live Traffic||GTM 12||GTM 12||Included||GTM 20||Included||MSN Direct||MSN Direct|
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"Garmin nuvi FAQs" Copyright © 2006 TigerGPS.com, Ltd. All rights reserved.
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- Nüvi 660
- Preloaded City Navigator NT North America (full coverage)
- GTM 20 Integrated FM Traffic Receiver and 12/24 volt power adapter and three-month trial traffic subscription
- Vehicle suction cup mount
- AC charger
- Dashboard disk
- USB interface cable
- Carrying case
- Owner's manual
- Quick reference guide
Garmin nuvi 660 Specifications
Moving map features
- Storage: 2 GB internal storage media, pre-programmed with City Navigator NT for street-level detail and addresses, plus listings of nearest restaurants, hotels, ATMs, etc., throughout the U.S.,Canada and Puerto Rico. This leaves roughly 700MB free for additional storage.
- Map Scale: Screen-width scale 640 feet to 4,000 miles
- Routes: Automatically calculated with turn-by-turn instructions; custom road preference allows user to prioritize choice of back roads or major highways; automatic offroute recalc shows how to get back on track if you miss a turn or exit; a detour function enables routing around traffic problems or road construction
- Voice: Navigation instructions and warnings; Text-to-speech (TTS) feature identifies turns by street name
- Waypoints: 500 with name and graphic symbol
- Trip computer: Resettable odometer, timers, average and maximum speeds
- Bluetooth features: Bluetooth wireless technology allows hands-free calling capability; Just speak contact names and phone numbers into the nüvi 660's built-in microphone for hands-free use with cellphones that support voice tags and Bluetooth.
Travel Kit Utilities
- Features: The nüvi 660 offers built-in support for an array of useful travel-enjoyment tools, including: an MP3 player, audio book player (for Audible.com media), JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator, card game, and travel alarm clock with automatic wake-up. Additional audio and content support is provided for optional Garmin Travel Guide and Garmin Language Guide software packages (sold separately).
GPS PerformanceTravel Kit Utilities Features: Built-in support for travel and enjoyment tools, including: an MP3 player, audio book player (for Audible.com media), JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator, card game, and travel alarm clock with automatic wake-up. Additional audio and content support is provided for optional Garmin Travel Guide™,Garmin Language Guide™ and SaversGuide® plug-ins (sold separately).
- Receiver: SiRF Star III high-sensitivity GPS receiver
- Interfaces: Proprietary Garmin through USB interface; USB mass storage, plug-and-play
- Antenna: Flip up patch; MCX-type connector for optional external GPS antenna connection
- Size: 4.9" W x 2.9" x 0.9" D (12.4 x 7.4 x 2.3 cm)
- Weight: 6.2 oz. (190 g)
- Display: 4.3" diagonal, 480 x 272 pixels; WQVGA TFT landscape display, with white back-light and touch screen
- Case: Not waterproof or IPX0
- Temp. range: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
- Headphone jack: standard 3.5 mm
- Input: 12/24 Vdc
- Usage: 10w
- Battery life: 3 to 7 hours
The unit is great! I travel quite a bit for business and this unit keeps me on track so I can think about the up coming meeting I'm trying to get to.
All of the options add a nice touch and even the bluetooth works great. I think I'll have to add a separate mic. to the unit because people say that I sound like I'm in a drum.
Otherwise I have highly recommended this unit to fellow friends.
June Brine, Realtor
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