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Garmin nuvi 500 Personal Travel Assistant

Condition: Brand new, USA Warranty
Drive, hike, bike or boat. With the rugged, waterproof, multi-mode n?vi 500, you can do it all. Packed with detailed street and topographic maps, n?vi 500 is ready for adventure both on and off the beaten path.

Drive, hike, bike or boat. With the rugged, waterproof, multi-mode n?vi 500, you can do it all. Packed with detailed street and topographic maps, n?vi 500 is ready for adventure both on and off the beaten path. Like the 550, n?vi 500 switches modes to navigate your active lifestyle and provides spoken turn-by-turn directions to your destination.

Take It Anywhere

n?vi 500 features driving, walking, bicycling and boating modes which customize your n?vi specifically for your method of travel. This portable hybrid combines the advanced navigation features and large, color display found in automotive units with the durability of an outdoor handheld. Sleek and slim, you can slip n?vi 500 into your pocket or backpack. The user-replaceable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery lets n?vi navigate you on roads or off.

Get Turn-by-Turn Directions

n?vi 500's intuitive interface greets you with two simple questions: "Where to?" and "View Map." Touch the color screen to easily look up addresses and services and get voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions to your destination. It comes preloaded with City Navigator NT map data for the lower 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico or one European region or country (click Versions tab to view all). It's packed with millions of points of interest (POIs) and features digital elevation maps that show you shaded terrain contours at higher zoom levels. With n?vi 500, you can upload custom points of interest (POIs) and navigate to geo-tagged photos. If you're lost, use the Where Am I? emergency locator to view your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations.

Navigate Off-Road

n?vi 500 also includes preloaded U.S. topographic maps and accepts optional mapping for all of your outdoor adventures (see Maps tab for compatible maps). Conveniently plug in BlueChart g2 Vision and Inland Lakes Vision marine maps on a microSD card for a great day on the water. The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet. With its high-sensitivity GPS receiver and HotFix satellite prediction, n?vi 500 locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover, deep canyons and near tall building and trees.

Expand Your GPS

Navigation is just the beginning. n?vi 500 includes many travel tools, including world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. Show off photos of your excursions with n?vi's picture viewer. Even download geocaches and instructions from straight to your unit. n?vi 500 comes preloaded with a free MAD Maps scenic road trip for Historic Route 66. Get turn-by-turn directions on motorcycle-friendly roads and insider tips for an unforgettable ride across America. It supports optional FM traffic alerts or optional MSN Direct content. The 500 also features Garmin Lock, an anti-theft feature, and is compatible with our free Garmin Garage, where you can download custom vehicles that show your location on the map.


  • Text-to-Speech
  • Display resolution, WxH:    320 x 240 pixels
  • Display type:  QVGA color antiglare TFT with white backlight
  • Weight:  7.6 ounces (215 g)
  • Battery:  user-replaceable, rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Battery life:  up to 8 hours
  • Waterproof:  yes (IPX7)
  • High-sensitivity receiver:  yes
  • RoHS version available:  yes
  • Basemap:  yes
  • Preloaded maps:  yes (regional or 48 states)
  • Ability to add maps:  yes
  • Built-in memory:  internal solid state
  • Accepts data cards:  microSD card (not included)
  • Waypoints/favorites/locations:  1000
  • Routes:  10
  • Voice prompts:  yes (internal speaker)

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4 out of 5 stars   Great product needs current maps.
By Big Wayne (ozarks) May 26, 2010
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Pros: Acquires Satellites Quickly, Compact, Easy To Set Up, Easy To Read, Easy Menus
Cons: Short Battery Life
Other Comments: Use it for speedo in my jeep and navgation. Very impressed but not all maps are current on highways that were redone 5 yrs ago.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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