First, a little history: Garmin has been steadily updating its popular nuvi product, rolling out new units complete with updated map screens, lane guidance, improved GPS chipsets, free traffic, and more. First to receive the update was the entry-level nuvi 200 line, which has now been replaced by the nuvi 2x5 models. For example, the nuvi 200 has been replaced by the nuvi 205, and the 260 has been replaced by the 265, and so on.
Now Garmin is completing the update to its nuvi catalog, replacing the high-end nuvi 800 series with the new nuvi 8x5 series. The nuvi 885T replaces the nuvi 880.
The most noticeable physical difference between the nuvi 885T and other Garmin nuvis are the two front-facing speakers, located on either side of the LCD display.
Also new to the nuvi 885T is the move from a non-serviceable internal battery to a user-removable, lithium-ion battery.
|Physical & Performance:|
|Unit dimensions, WxHxD:||4.9"W x 3.1"H x .7"D (12.5 x 7.8 x 1.8 cm)|
|Display size, WxH:||3.81"W x 2.25"H (9.7 x 5.7 cm); 4.3" diag (10.9 cm)|
|Display resolution, WxH:||480 x 272 pixels|
|Display type:||WQVGA color TFT with white backlight|
|Weight:||6.2 ounces (176 g)|
|Battery:||removable, rechargeable lithium-ion|
|Battery life:||up to 4 hours|
|RoHS version available:||yes|
|Maps & Memory:|
|Ability to add maps:||yes|
|Built-in memory:||internal solid state|
|Accepts data cards:||microSD card (not included)|
|Voice prompts (e.g. "Turn right in 500 ft."):||yes (internal dual speakers)|
|Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.") :||yes|
|Speech recognition (navigate with voice commands):||yes|
|3D map view:||yes|
|Lane assist (guides you to the proper lane for navigation):||yes|
|3-D building view (displays buildings in 3-D):||no|
|Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route):||yes|
|Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation):||yes|
|Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road):||yes|
|Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.):||yes|
|Bluetooth® wireless technology (connect to your phone for hands-free calling):||yes|
|MSN® Direct compatible:||yes (receiver included)|
|FM traffic compatible:||yes|
|XM® Navtraffic (includes basic weather) & Radio for U.S. compatible:||no|
|Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads):||yes|
|Where Am I? feature (find closest hospitals, police & gas stations, nearest address & intersection):||yes|
|Garmin Locate (marks position when removed from windshield mount):||yes|
|Qwerty or ABC keyboard (choose keyboard layout):||yes|
|Multimode (switches modes to drive, hike, bike or boat):||no|
|Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest):||yes|
|Garmin Garage™ vehicles compatible (download car-shaped icons to your device):||yes|
|Garmin Garage™ voices compatible (download custom voices to your device):||yes|
|Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos):||yes|
|World travel clock, currency & unit converter, calculator:||yes|
|Audio book player||yes|
|Headphone jack/audio line-out:||yes|
|Garmin Lock™ (anti-theft feature):||yes|
Figure 1: What's in the Box
Figure 2: Garmin nuvi 885T, Front
The nuvi 885T has a bronze/gray border around the display, and an all-black plastic case. Except for the power switch on the top of the case, there are no visible controls on the nuvi 885T. All operations are performed either via the 4.3" color touch screen, or by voice commands.
Two front-firing speakers are located on the left and right of the LCD display.
The nuvi 885T feels solid and well built.
Figure 3: Garmin nuvi 885T, Rear
The nuvi 885T has a user-replaceable, lithium-ion battery. The battery compartment door slides open, and the battery can be removed/replaced.
Figure 4: Garmin nuvi 885T, Top
The power key is located on the top of the nuvi 885T. Sliding the power switch to the left turns the unit on or off. Sliding the switch to the right locks the screen (so that no keys can be accidentally pressed).
Figure 5: Garmin nuvi 885T, Left Side
The left side of the nuvi 885T is home to a headphone/audio out jack, micro SD card slot, and USB port for connecting the 885T to a PC/Mac. The USB port can also be used to charge the nuvi's battery outside the vehicle.
Note that all the maps and POI (Points of Interest) information is stored internally on the nuvi 885T, so you'll only need a Micro SD card if you intent to load additional maps, or make use of the multi-media capabilities, such as the mp3 player or audio book player.
Figure 6: Garmin nuvi 885T, Right Side
Figure 7: Garmin nuvi 885T, Bottom
An external antenna connector is located on the bottom of the nuvi 880, as is the 34-pin docking connector. The external antenna connector is protected by a rubber cap, which I have removed here in the photo for illustrative purposes.
Figure 8: Removing the Battery Cover
Many customers will rejoice at Garmin's decision to switch from an internal battery to a user-replaceable, lithium-ion battery on the nuvi 885T. In the event you continue to use the nuvi 885T beyond the life of the rechargeable battery, a battery replacement can be purchased for around $25.
Figure 9: Insert the Battery into the nuvi 885T
The lithium-ion battery only fits into the nuvi 885T the correct way, thanks to plastic guides on the battery that prevent you from accidentally inserting the battery the wrong way around.
Once the battery is installed, slide the battery cover back on until it snaps into place.