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By Andrew Gould 26 November 2008

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The Garmin nüvi 500 ­features driving, walking, cycling and boating modes which customise your nüvi specifically for your method of travel.

This portable hybrid combines the advanced ­navigation features and large, colour display found in ­automotive units with the durability of an outdoor ­handheld. Sleek and slim, you can slip the nüvi 500 into your pocket or backpack. The user-replaceable, ­rechargeable lithium-ion ­battery lets the nüvi ­navigate you on roads or off.

The nüvi 500’s intuitive ­interface greets you with two simple questions: “Where to?” and “View Map?”. Touch the colour screen to easily look up ­addresses and ­services and get voice-prompted turn-by-turn ­directions to your ­destination. It’s packed with tons of points of interest (POIs) and features digital ­elevation maps that show you shaded terrain ­contours at higher zoom ­levels. With the nüvi 500, you can upload custom points of interest (POIs) and navigate to ­­geo-tagged photos.

PROS
The 500 is a multi-purpose device suitable for in-car and mobile use and features a waterproof casing.
CONS
It lacks text-to-speech functionality and there is not USB cable included.
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