Another TomTom imitation is a shortcut on the menu that groups together important emergency information. Click the ‘Where Am I?’ button and the nearest hospitals, police stations and petrol stations are displayed in a list for you to navigate to – extremely useful, especially when travelling abroad. It doesn’t, however, tell you where the nearest pharmacies are as the Go 720 does.
And, of course, the 760 also boasts Garmin’s ever-excellent map display. It looks a little cartoon-like with its chunky, colourful graphics, but I’ve found it to be among the most readable displays on any sat-nav I’ve tested. The route and turnings are so clearly indicated that you don’t need an overview icon and in 3D mode the display slightly warps the perspective so you can see further down the road to the next turning and beyond. It’s a big improvement over the Go 720’s flat-angled 3D and icon-based turning display.
Ease of use is likewise superb – arguably better than the TomTom’s, which is excellent anyway – with destination entry simple and straightforward, essential features such as route overview and road-block avoidance close to hand, and very little unnecessary information cluttering the map view. There are other nice features too, including the ability to quickly display a detailed overview of the next turning simply by tapping in the bottom right hand corner, and a trip summary screen (showing information on average speed, distance travelled and so on) which can be called up by tapping the screen in the same place on the left-hand side.
It all works to provide excellent driving instructions. Not once during testing was I confused by the instructions, and I had no complaints with the 760’s routing choices either. Calculation, even of long routes, is swift with recalculations carried out quickly and automatically when you stray off track.
All good so far, but there’s still nothing here to scare TomTom into submission. Fortunately, not every feature is merely a “me too” and there are a number of small, but useful extras that you don’t get with the market-leading device. First on the list is a car location tool that takes note when you remove the 760 from its cradle – a boon if you forgot where you parked, but not much use if you happen to leave your car in a multi-storey, or underground, car park.
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