Garmin might be moving into new waters with the announcement of its nüvifone, but it's still a navigation company at heart. And with its latest nüvi 760 coming in at a fiver shy of £250 it shows it's not afraid of tackling the (very good) competition - TomTom's Go 720 - head on.
Rather than attempting this challenging feat equipped with new and different features, as the Mio C620 does with its 3D landscape features, the 760 attempts to outdo the Go 720 on pure features count. It's an arms race, but with the 720 stuffed with about as many useful features you could possibly want in a sat-nav, it's hard to see the Garmin finding a weapon with which to strike the killer blow.
Scanning through the nüvi's specifications shows that Garmin has made a decent stab at it. Alongside the core stuff - full European maps, 4.3in WQVGA widescreen (480 x 272) and Bluetooth for hands-free phone operation - the 760 is also equipped with the more-serious ammunition that you'd expect of a premium sat-nav.
First up, there's an FM tuner, so you can pipe the 760's audio output through your radio, iTrip-style. This works well, especially if you want to use the nüvi's music player facility in conjunction with its SD card slot; the 760 interrupts the music to issue driving instructions, then resumes the music once it's done. It's not practical in urban areas, however, where pirate radio stations can blot out the frequency you've chosen without warning, and you'll want to disable the speed camera warnings too. Instead of sounding a warning over the music, the 760 abruptly interrupts what you're listening to each time it pings, resulting in a broken listening experience.
Matching another of the Go 720's features is a full text-to-speech facility, which reads road names out to you as part of the driving instructions it issues. Instead of "turn left in 100 metres", you get the more informative "drive 100 metres and turn left on North Street", which is especially helpful in town when it might not be precisely clear which turning of three or four you should take. The computerised voice does sound a bit like having a female version of Stephen Hawking in the passenger seat, but it's loud, reasonably clear and it doesn't grate on the nerves too much.