Garmin Nuvi 865T reviews

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This sat nav is a good all rounder.

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8.6 out of 10 based on 9 reviews.
Garmin Nuvi 865T: Covers Europe Bluetooth In Car sat nav See full product description
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Norman, Bournemouth Always use sat nav

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Instant re calculating for routes a lot faster than tom tom/ voice activation on most applications great feature.
good battery life / garmin after sales service excellent 5 star / far more back up than tom tom and other manufactures lots of extras for all different countries 000/000sof point of interest easy downloads
Bad points:
Have problems with speed cameras locking the unit out but garmin are working on a fix and will put right by
giving me credit on speed camera database for the time without it / it does not happen on all cameras just a few local yellow ones.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Accuracy 9.0
Design 8.0
Size 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Jun 2009

John, Norwich NR12 Occasional user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
excellent clear view screen ,on route up to date traffic reports with alternative routes,hands free operation
and phone call handling.
Bad points:

Great difficulty down loading initial free update as broadband is very very slow in the area I live.
a disc would have served much better.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Accuracy 9.0
Design 10.0
Size 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 May 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
easy to use
Bad points:
screen position lags the actual position with risk of missing junctions etc. Ability of software to download to update maps to latest version is abysmal. Lane advice and actual view very limited, mainly motorway junctions.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 8.0
Accuracy 7.0
Design 7.0
Size 7.0
Value for money 6.0
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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 May 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I have not used a SATNAV before I bought this product and I can say that I am completely satisfied with it. It's very easy to use. The graphics and the voice commands are excellent. When driving at speed and lose direction or take the wrong route it responds very quickly for alternative routes so you don't waste time. It's very light and easy to fix on the windscreen. The screen is big enough even for the rear passangers to read why you are headed.
Bad points:
I have not experiecened any bad points about it yet.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Accuracy 10.0
Design 10.0
Size 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Apr 2009

Steve, Haverhill

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very accurate and easy to use. FM transmitter is a great function especially when combined with a micro SD card for the MP3 player. The voice cuts the music and is exceptionally clear. The only downside is having to retune when on a long journey. Also when you turn the unit off you have to continually go back to the music player to turn it on again. It would be nice if it defaulted to automatic play rather than the other way round. Web site interface is user friendly and has lots of add ons. All in all I am very pleasd with the unit.
Bad points:
Music player defaults to off. FM transmitter does not go below 88.1
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Accuracy 10.0
Design 10.0
Size 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 07 Jun 2009

jill, solihull west midlands

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Does everything it says on the box you cant get lost with this one with all the extras on it.
Bad points:
It doesnt make a cup of tea no matter how often you ask it!!!!!!!!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Accuracy 10.0
Design 10.0
Size 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 Jun 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
We read loads of reviews and this sat nav was meant to be one of the best, but it's really not as good as some cheaper ones we've used. The design is bad in the fact that to recharge it you have to plug the lead into the actual suction cup holder that goes on the window (not the actual sat nav unit). Also, when you know part of the way and go slightly off route it keeps telling you to turn around and then it keeps saying "recalculating" out load (it would drive you mad!), you can't switch the voice command "recalculating" off you have to mute the whole thing so you can't hear directions. The cable is very large and cumbersome and the separate mic cable that runs off the lead has a suction cup on it and the whole thing gets in the way when you plug it in the cigarette lighter in the car. You can only choose from a male and female voice (no fun voices) and the hands free control has to go around the steering wheel which just gets in the way. I am very disappointed in this product and wish we'd bought a TOM TOM.
Overall rating 4.0
Ease of use 4.0
Accuracy 4.0
Design 4.0
Size 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Jun 2009

This Garmin Nuvi 865T is reviewed on PC Advisor

Product Features

Type of satellite navigation Car Radio Navigation System (1 Din)
Map storage medium On board Flash Memory
Monitor type Fixed Monitor
Connections Full voice control
Connections Integrated telephone
Connections Reality view
Connections Pedestrian mode
Connections FM transmitter
Connections Bluetooth
Screen size (Inches) 4.3
Touchscreen Yes
Map Coverage Europe
FM tuner No
Monitor format 16:9
Playback formats MP3
Release date 2009-02-18

Also known as: Garmin 865t, nüvi 865T, Garmin n�vi 865T

Satellite Navigation Buyers Guide  

Manufacturer's Description

nüvi 865T combines two of Garmin’s most popular sat-nav features; full-menu voice-controlled navigation and Lane Assist. Simply speak your destination and nüvi recognises and guides you turn-by-turn to your destination. Enjoy a new perspective on navigation with Lane Assist, which shows you the correct choice for approaching exits and junctions. With detailed street maps for Europe, smart route planning and premium features including Bluetooth® wireless connectivity, traffic avoidance and photo navigation, this premium navigator combines superior navigation with intuitively simple operation.

Spoken Commands, Safer Hands-free Control

nüvi 865T not only tells you where to turn, but also listens to your spoken commands. There’s no need to touch the screen – simply speak your instruction and nüvi responds, making operating the sat-nav quicker, less distracting and safer to use on the move. Just tap the ‘push-to-talk’ steering wheel remote, say the address, point of interest or a shortcut instruction like ‘find the nearest cash point’ or ‘play MP3’ and navigate confident you will keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel. You don’t even have to remember a set of commands, Garmin understands everyday speech to guide you completely hands-free from departure to destination.

Know The Right Lane

As you drive, nüvi 865T clearly points out the correct choice for approaching turns and exits with an accurate depiction of road signs up ahead. Lane Assist gives prior warning of the right lane for your onward journey, helping to avoid confusion or hesitation on motorways and at multi-lane junctions. With added Lane Guidance to preview up to nine lanes, nüvi 865T is your local expert wherever you travel.

Touch-free Phone Calls

Stay in touch on the drive. nüvi 865T’s built-in Bluetooth wireless technology and integrated microphone and speaker are set up for voice-controlled, hands-free mobile phone calls. Sync the sat-nav with your compatible Bluetooth phone to dial and accept calls through the device. Use together with contacts in your mobile phone address book and make calls to points of interest destinations on command. nuvi’s built-in FM transmitter¹ broadcasts phone calls, turn-by-turn navigation and MP3s all through your car stereo to keep you in complete control of your journey.

Smart Traffic Avoidance

Steer clear of traffic with dependable delay information from nüvi 865T’s integrated traffic receiver. Stay aware of jams, accidents and roadworks on your journey, with real-time alerts using live data from cameras every two miles along major routes and trust Garmin’s turn-by-turn navigation to find a better way around the tailbacks.

Enhanced Navigation

Park position recall automatically marks your location as a point on the map when you remove the sat-nav from the windscreen to make sure you never lose your car, When you want to return, ask Garmin to find your ‘Last Position’ and it guides you back there on foot.

Photo navigation redefines sightseeing by guiding you to the scene in a location-tagged photograph. Plan trips to landmarks and attractions simply and easily before you set off. Just choose and save Google Panoramio pictures from Garmin Connect Photos and transfer to nüvi 865T’s Favourites menu for directions there at your leisure.

Advanced route-planning features help make sense of a longer or more complicated journey. Save up to ten routes, specify via points and preview simulated turns. Garmin automatically sorts multiple destinations into the most efficient route for errands, deliveries or sales calls and wherever you go, it builds up a Track Log of up to 10,000 points to download and view in Google Earth.

Simple And Safety-Minded

Garmin’s built-in Cyclops safety camera database contains details of hundreds of fixed, mobile and temporary safety cameras, variable limit and red light speed cameras across Europe. The sat-nav compares your journey against a daily-updated log of safety camera locations and uses a patented ‘corridor technique’ of camera validation to ensure alerts are relevant to your route and direction of travel.

If you need to know your precise location or find a local emergency service at any point on your journey, simply say ‘Where am I?’ or tap the car icon and nüvi 865T will give you details of your coordinates, with the nearest address and junction and the local hospital, police or petrol station.

The Garmin Lock™ anti-theft protection system uses GPS to lock the sat-nav to a secure location of your choice.

Entertained And Customised

Personalise nüvi 865T with your favourite photo wallpaper and a new vehicle icon from the Garmin Garage. With a wide range of wheels including off-road vehicles, motorbikes and classic cars, your sat-nav can be customised to suit your style.

Enhance your travel experience with optional plug-in microSD cards such as Garmin Travel Guides and tailored content from independent providers including The Good Pub Guide.

nüvi 865T comes with built-in entertainment and travel tools including an MP3 player, Garmin Games, a currency converter, alarm clock and more.


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