There also an SD card slot, which is the format on which language and travel guide add-ons are sold. If you’re using the nüvi 350 as a USB mass storage device you can access SD memory as well as the internal storage. You also get a USB PC cable and a carrying case, as well as a small sucker style vehicle mount which works very well.
The extras integrate well. Choosing a word in the sample translating dictionary provided resulted in the opportunity to listen to the spoken word, though I can’t see why the spoken word is offered in the originating language and not the one you want to translate to. You can use the Travel Guide to find a place and view it on a map and then tap the ‘Go’ button and get directed to it immediately.
All your interaction with the software is done via the touch sensitive screen, with icons that are large and easy to prod. Most importantly you can enter full postcodes for navigation. A postcode and a building number are usually all that’s needed to get a trip underway. The SiRFstar III GPS antenna worked perfectly during test, and we even managed to use the nüvi 350, while sitting indoors by a window.
Spoken directions are loud and clear – in fact, I had to turn the volume down, as at its highest level it was too loud. Bizarrely, if you would like it, you can get the nüvi 350 to ‘beep’ at you before an instruction is announced –just to make sure it has your attention.
Routing round traffic problems was a breeze. A quick tap on a button marked ‘menu’ on the main navigation screen offers the option to ‘detour’ at which point a new route is quickly calculated.
The main map screen itself has little clutter. As on the TomTom GO, transparent ‘-‘ and ‘+’ markers enable you to zoom in and out, while the menu button is flanked by left and right icons displaying travel information. You don’t get a diagrammatic representation of the next turn, but if you hit the right button, which tells you how far it is to the next turn, you get a repeat of the spoken instruction and the screen changes so that half of it shows the turn in map detail and half of it gives a written description of what to do. This means that a quick glance is all you need.