Garmin Nuvi 360
At a Glance
Garmin nuvi 360 GPS (City/Vehicle, 3.5" LCD)
This tiny, affordable GPS device offers high-end features such as travel information.
The Nuvi 360 is compact--about the size and weight of a deck of cards--but a capable navigator. Besides offering first-rate maps and an intuitive interface (with features like 3D maps and pronunciation of street names), the diminutive GPS lets you choose a voice from among several different English ac
The device's long battery life enhances its portability: It ran for 4 hours, 6 minutes in my test--more than 30 minutes longer than any of the other four devices I tested for "GPS Devices: Road-Tested and Reviewed." Unfortunately, the Nuvi 360 lacks a pedestrian mode for obtaining information on pathways that a car can't travel, though you can use it outside a vehicle; the device does not provide speed warnings or school-zone alerts, either. You can use it to listen to music and audio-book files stored on an SD or MMC card while navigating, but you can't stream the sound or the voiced navigation instructions through your car's FM radio. You can also buy an optional ($75) SD card with a language guide for six languages.
The Nuvi's SiRF Star III GPS transceiver latches onto satellite signals quickly, and the routes the device suggested were timely and accurate. The device's smallish (3.5-inch diagonal) display can't fit in the amount of information shown on de
The compact Nuvi's accuracy, features, and battery life make it the best value among the five GPS devices I tested for our February 2008 print issue.