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November 25, 2008

Garmin nuvi 765T Review

GPSmagazine Rating: 4.5 of 5
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Verdict: The Most Advanced nuvi Yet

Garmin nuvi 765T Review

Map Screen 3D Buildings 3-D Lane Guidance


  • New nuvi 705 series replaces the older nuvi 700 series
  • New map screen enhancements, features, & HotFix GPS technology, make the 765T a significant improvement over the nuvi 760
  • nuvi 765T is a better bargain than the 785T
  • FM Transmitter still underpowered
  • Slowness when manually panning/zooming the map
  • The best all around nuvi available today. If you don't need Bluetooth, get the nuvi 755T instead

The nuvi 765T introduces 3-D lane assist, 3-D building view, faster screen redraws, route planning, and host of other new enhancements to Garmin's already top-notch nuvi product line. A few grievances aside, the new 7x5T series is a major update from previous nuvi models, and ups the ante in GPS navigation. Physically identical to the nuvi 785T, the 765T uses an included FM traffic receiver instead of the MSN Direct service used on the more expensive 785T.

Note: Some sections of this review are taken directly from the Garmin nuvi 785T review, as in most respects the two units are functionally identical.

Table of Contents

  1. Garmin's Growing nuvi Product Line: Meet the 7x5
  2. Specifications
  3. What's in the Box
  4. Mounting the Garmin nuvi 765T in the Car
  5. Navigating With The nuvi 765T
  6. Entering A Street Address
  7. Finding A Restaurant
  8. Setting the Home Address
  9. Favorites
  10. Traffic
  11. Night Mode
  12. Navigating to A Set of Coordinates
  13. Using the nuvi 765T In Pedestrian Mode
  14. Canceling A Route
  15. Where Am I? / Saving Your Current Location
  16. GPS Reception Performance
  17. Routing Engine Performance
  18. Screen Readability
  19. Speaker Volume & Quality
  20. Bluetooth & Hands Free Calling
  21. Playing Audio Through Your Vehicle's Speakers
  22. Media Player
  23. Pros
  24. Cons
  25. Conclusion

1. Garmin's Growing nuvi Product Line: Meet the 7x5

Garmin continues to expand it's popular nuvi product line, adding four new 7x5 series models to choose from. The 755T, 765T, 775T, and 785T all include text-to-speech, a 4.3-inch widescreen display, preloaded maps of the US and Canada, 3-D buildings view, 3-D lane guidance, photo navigation, faster screen redraws, route planning, and Garmin Locate.

All four new models include traffic receivers, but service varies between the models, as does the traffic receiver each model includes: the 785T includes an MSN Direct receiver (GDB 50), and requires an annual subscription ($50/year). The 755T, 765T and 775T ship with an FM traffic receiver (GTM 20), and include free lifetime traffic service.

Below is a more detailed breakdown of the differences between the new models

nuvi 7x5 Series Feature Matrix

nuvi 755T nuvi 765T nuvi 775T nuvi 785T
Diag. Screen Size 4.3" 4.3" 4.3" 4.3"
Text-to-Speech Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maps of U.S. & Canada Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maps of Europe No No Yes No
Bluetooth No Yes Yes Yes
Live Traffic Included Included Included MSN Direct
Traffic Receiver GTM 20 GTM 20 GTM 20 GDB 50
MSN Direct Accessory Accessory Accessory Included
Retail Price $499.99 $599.99 $799.99 $699.99

2. Specifications

Physical size (WxHxD) 121.7 x 75.2 x 19.5 mm (4.79 x 2.96 x 0.77)
Weight 175 g (6.17 oz.)
Display 4.3 in. diagonal, 480 x 272 pixels; WQVGA TFT landscape display with white backlight and touchscreen
Operating Temperature range from 32 to 140 degrees F (0 to 60 C)
Charging Temperature range From 32 to 113 F (0 to 45 C)
Data storage Internal memory (4GB, 1.7 GB free space) and SD memory card slot
Computer interface USB
Headphone jack Standard 3.5 mm
Charge time Approximately 4 hours
Power input DC vehicle power using included 12 vehicle power cable, or AC power using optional adapter
Usage 10 W max.
Battery life 3 to 7 hours, depending on usage and settings
Battery type Non-replaceable lithium-ion
GPS receiver: High Sensitivity (Garmin won't disclose which GPS chipset the 765T is using, but my test model used a MediaTek chipset)
Acquisition times Warm: <1 sec.
Cold: <38 sec.
Factory Reset: <45 sec.
(Average time for a stationary receiver with a clear view of the sky)
Maps Pre-loaded maps of the US and Canada (City Navigator North America NT + City Navigator North America NT 3D)

3. What's in the Box

Garmin nuvi 765T, Retail Box
Figure 1: Garmin nuvi 765T, Retail Box