updated 08:35 am EDT, Wed August 27, 2008
Garmin nuvi 7x5 and 2x5
Garmin today revamped both the high- and low-ends of its nuvi GPS mappers with new features as standard that were previously just options. Competing with similar updates from NAVIGON, upgrades to both the 7x5 and 2x5 series now have traffic receivers as standard that provide alerts to road congestion and accidents for the lifetime of the device. Customers no longer need to pay a yearly subscription fee, the company is keen to note.
Each line also has additional stock features depending on the line. Garmin touts the 7x5 line's addition of lane assist, which as suggested by the name tells them which lane to use ahead of an important exit or in urban areas where some lanes may be reserved for parking or other uses. The 2x5 series lacks the feature but responds with Bluetooth as standard for hands-free phone calls.
The 7x5 series is considered the flagship with a 4.3-inch touchscreen and faster map rendering across all of the navigators in the range. In addition to a base 755T with North American maps, the 765T on up includes Bluetooth; the 775T adds European maps, while the 785T receives MSN Direct data for gas prices and other local data through a subscription service.
Three new 2x5 units are available. The 265T and 275T both use 3.5-inch screens, while the 265WT opts for a 4.3-inch widescreen; the 275T adds European maps.
Garmin has yet to reveal either pricing or ship dates for either of its nuvi updates, though both are expected to arrive soon.
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