By default, at the top is your next manoeuvre, at the bottom on the left is your current speed and on the right the estimated arrival time. Clicking on the top displays a turn-by-turn list and clicking on the speed icon gives you a complete trip readout. This tells you useful details like average speed, maximum speed, average moving speed, and how long you spent stationary (in traffic jams…).
The right-hand readout can be switched to distance to destination, estimated time to destination, direction of travel and elevation. So there’s plenty of information readily accessible, but the overall map view is clean. Menus are also intuitively laid out and easy for the novice to comprehend.
The 765T comes with a speed camera database pre-installed. As with the rest of the interface, alerts pop-up rather aesthetically, with a bar showing whether it’s a fixed, mobile, or average speed camera, plus a symbol to the right showing what the current speed limit should be. However, we found the alerts rather overzealous, warning of mobile cameras even on routes where we have never seen one in many years of driving. Safe is better than sorry, but considering that these warnings appear at even 1mph over the limit with an intrusive ‘Ping!’ and you can only turn them off, not adjust the warning margin, this is a tad wearisome.
The stand design is also very well thought out. With most sat-navs you need to pop them on the stand, then plug in power and traffic modules separately. But Garmin has created a system whereby these both plug into the stand, with contacts routed to the device. So all you need to do is slot the 765T in place and it’s ready to go. There’s still a standard mini-USB plug available for connecting to a computer, although no management software is included in the box.
You can pair the 765 with a mobile phone via Bluetooth and then use it as a hands-free device. Microphones are situated either side of the screen, so you can pick up calls and use the Garmin as a speakerphone. It’s also possible to dial calls via the touchscreen. However, unlike TomTom’s Go there is no speech recognition option available for inputting destination addresses verbally.