It has a 3.5mm audio output jack, too, for use with standard headphones if you want to make it your part-time MP3 player. Furthermore, there’s a TMC receiver built-in with a lifetime subscription to the TrafficMaster RDS system. Finally, there’s another nice-to-have-but-not-essential feature: track logs are recorded of your journeys and these are compatible with Google Earth, so you can track exactly where you’ve been.
All good stuff, but alas, it’s still not quite enough to elevate the nüvi 760 above the Go 720. The nüvi 760 does automatically switch into night and day mode, but it bases this on the time of day – the TomTom has a light sensor for this task. The Garmin doesn’t have the volume auto-adjust of the 720, nor the facility to read incoming text messages using its text-to-speech engine, and neither does it have speech recognition for address entry.
Another issue is that maps update in jerky steps rather than animating smoothly. Both of the leading sat-navs in this price bracket do better here – the TomTom Go 720 and recently reviewed Mio C620. And POI alarms aren’t very flexible either. You can set the nüvi to alert you whenever you’re approaching a custom POI, or the included speed camera database, but you can’t do the same with other types of POI, such as petrol stations, cash machines, or hotels.
The nüvi 760 is certainly a highly competent sat-nav, and one that’s especially good for novices and sat-nav newbies with its excellent ease-of-use. However, the small shortcomings detailed above mean its armoury just isn’t quite as well-stocked as its main competitors.
It does have TMC traffic in the box, which neither the standard C620 nor TomTom Go 720 do, but I’d rather forgo this in favour of the former’s sleeker, smoother map display or the latter’s superior features.
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