Garmin NuLink 1695
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Excellent unit, with Local Google search option make this GPS unique. Love it
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Imagine you're traveling in an unfamiliar area and you suddenly remember you need to fill a prescription. With most portable navigators, you'd have to wade through several menu screens to locate a pharmacy. Garmin's nüLink! 1695 portable navigator offers local real-time search results that help you find what you're looking for just type "pharmacy" into the search field and it'll show you results for your location. The nüLink! 1695 also offers built-in Bluetooth® connectivity, a big 5" screen, and Garmin's trademark user-friendly guidance.
Get more with Garmin nüLink! Services
With your 1-year free trial subscription to nüLink! Services (a $60 value), you can access Google Local Search results for just about any type of destination in your area, from gas stations and hospitals to tobacco shops, vegan coffeehouses, party supply stores, and other off-the-beaten-path locations. You'll get instant results for your search, whether it's for "the best barbecue in Memphis" or "veterinary clinic." Once you've found a spot, just hit "Go" and you'll be routed there straightaway. nüLink! Services are available in most areas of the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including parts of Alaska and Hawaii.
Real-time traffic updates
The nüLink! Services give you real-time traffic updates on congestion along your route. You can also see area fuel prices, weather reports, movie and local events listings, or even check flight times at the nearby airport. With premium content available for an additional cost, you can add advanced weather reports (including radar and severe alerts) and safety camera warnings. You can send a location from your office computer, smartphone, or other Internet-enabled device to the nüLink! 1695 for further reference once you hit the road.
Garmin's myTrends feature works with your favorite destinations to predict when you'll arrive at a location without having to enter a route. Over time, the nüLink! 1695 learns your driving habits, tracking when you'll be heading to the office, the softball field, or another preferred spot. The trafficTrends feature monitors traffic flow along your most-traveled paths; it'll pick a better route and predict your arrival time based on the time and day of the week.
Garmin's route planning capabilities let you save 10 routes, specify via points, and preview simulated turns onscreen. The navigator also sorts multiple stopping points in the same trip so you take the most efficient route when you're running errands. It can also display posted speed limits along highways and interstates.
Ideal for any kind of trip
You'll have access to detailed maps of Canada, Puerto Rico, and the entire U.S. on the 5" touchscreen, with text-to-speech voice prompts that announce actual street names leading the way. Lane guidance puts you in the right spot for upcoming turns, and you'll find photo-realistic views of many complicated intersections for added reliability. Garmin's ecoRoute feature saves you gas and money by calculating the most fuel-efficient route.
Extras for the road
Bluetooth connectivity allows you to make and receive hands-free calls with your compatible phone. The navigator also includes a built-in digital picture viewer that lets you enjoy all the photos on your personal microSD memory cards. You can also purchase SD cards from Garmin with travel guides and coupons to aid you on your journeys.
Excellent unit, with Local Google search option make this GPS unique. Love it
JuliuszT, Charlotte, NC
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Excellent unit, with Local Google search option make this GPS unique. Love it
I bought this with the intent of using it along with the Garmin GTu10 tracking device. When the product was fist released Garmin apparently intended to add a follow feature to the nuLink devices but this feature never materialized. Garmin has since done a smartphone app (that works pretty well actually) but this requires you to buy into the much much higher priced smartphone data plans. The changes and true requirements not made clear on Garmin's website and even list the 1695 as being supported a device - despite this absolutely not being the case currently. Calling customer services leads me to believe this will never be the case as development for the nuLink / Gtu10 follow feature has apparently stopped in favor of the smartphone approach. Don't waste your money on features that are not there, in fact your are likely better off with a smartphone as even Garmin's own devices appear to require them now. A shame really, because other than missing that one key feature, the 1695 is a nice device and I did end up keeping as a backup (my job calls for a ton of travel). I just can't say I'm happy with how the purchased has turned out. A 2 and 1/2 stars would have been a more accurate rating.
Pros: Reasonably nice GPS, Pleasant enough customer support
Cons: Missing feature that is still being advertised
I have two weeks of time on this unit driving through the D/FW metroplex and environs. The nuLink! traffic feature is outstanding. I am also very pleased that they finally added an elevation read out. The down side is that it retains the aging and non-intuitive Garmin interface which buries often-changed critical functions under multiple layers of menus, sub-menus, and sub-sub menus. Happily, they they have finally added a shortcut key for backing out of the menu tree, but even that only takes you to a useless opening screen (Where To & View Map choice) requiring yet one more selection to get back to the map. The speaker is very loud. Not revolutionary, but the superb nuLink! traffic feature is almost enough to force a purchase all by itself.
Portable navigator with 5" screen and nüLink! Services Crutchfield - the price was best I could find anywhere and they even sent me a hand written thank you note for placing my order - it was really hand written... cool and nice touch. Got it shipped super fast. GPS, so far I really like it. google search is very cool and useful. Larger size is very nice. Traffic works great and weather works great. weather radar is very nice - will have to pay $2 per month for this addon after grace period but well worth it for me.
Excellent routing. Traffic information is as good as I've seen- and it's useful. Google is very nice to have as POI information can be incomplete. Google info works well. Screen is big. New color ORANGE for freeways is appreciated as the prior red color was the same as heavy traffic. Calculation has been very fast in my use. I love being able to check movie info on the road and take my kids to the movie- of course most people can do this in many other ways but I use this on the GPS frequently. Weather, traffic cameras, all works very well. Con: One time the screen froze and I had to restart the unit which took approximately 30 sec. and no other problems. Lifetime maps are fantastic, but this has to be purchased. Google connectivity for 1 year only is included- additional years are $60/ year. Overall- terrific GPS for the driver who wants lots of info. relatively expensive option, but worth it for me. great price from Crutchfield, and great delivery.
First, I give props to Crutchfield... the price was amazing as was the service!!! As for the GPS, so far I really like it. Love the google search as my old GPS had very old and limited Points of Service. This is a very useful feature. The gas prices are cool. Larger size is a plus. I also love having the speed limit as well as my speed blinking red when I am going too fast. The real reason I bought this one was the live traffic. Not sure it is doing what it is supposed to OR maybe I just have not figured it out yet as it missed a 45 minute delay at the Lincoln Tunnel and 90 at the Holland last weekend. Overall, I really like it. Would have been 5 out of 5 if the traffic was more user friendly (again, may be user error).
I have owned four Garmins. I have like all of them. The Garmin nuLink! 1695 has many new features the older models did not offer.That makes the1695 fun because I get to learn how to make those features work.I really like the Google Local Search which adds much more information on smaller buisnesses you would like to find on out of area trips.The only negitive about the 1695 is the colors on the screen are not as distinct and crisp as my older models. They seem to have faded colors which makes viewing more difficult with more light in the daylight hours. After dark it is fine. Over all I really like the Gamin nuLink! 1695.
A little expensive, but "great"! Love the new safety camera feature I purchased. I also love the fact when you drive over the speed limit, the milage shows up in red. Two things this unit is missing .... it needs to be voice activated/constrolled, and stock prices listed ... just like the 885T. Stock prices were originally available thru MSN, who will no longer support this feature after 2013. I would recommed this unit to anyone that wants the latest gas prices, etc. This can really save you alot of money. P.S. Crutchfield's shipping and customer service has been outstanding!!!
I started a new sales position in Kansas City. As an Iowa native I have been down to Kansas City a few times without a GPS system and gotten lost every time. I reviewed various GPS systems in Consumer Reports and the Garmin 1690 was a top pick. I saw the 1695 had everything the 1690 had plus live weather updates, live RADAR and a bigger screen. With a 3 hr drive back and forth weekly and winter just around the corner, I decided to get the 1695. I love this unit! I've used the Google search for phone numbers, addresses and it hasn't failed to deliver. I have been totally impressed with the performance of this unit. If you're a road warrior and need the to be able to find everything, go with this system. You won't be disappointed!
This Garmin product uses NuLinks which enables location-aware shopping for gas (cheapest price in area). This plus other features make this product GREAT, but it does cost a lot. It has a 5 inch screen; I wish it were even bigger. Also, a suction-cup device to attach it comes with the unit, but I wish a clamp device were also included. I would attach it to my dashboard rather than the window. I recommend the product and the company...good products.
System is not very accurate in distinguishing streets. As a result, the routes it selects are not always the most efficient. The "google" points of interest is a valuable feature
|Map Coverage||USA (50), CA, PR, MX|
|Points of Interest||6,000,000|
|Multiple Destination Routing||Yes|
|Digital Audio Playback||No|
|Text To Speech||Yes|
|Traffic Information||nüLink (NAVTEQ)|
|Dynamic Content Services||Garmin nüLink|
|Removable Memory Type||microSD card|
|Battery Life||3 Hours|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
GPS Receiver: The Garmin nüLink 1695 is equipped with a high-sensitivity WAAS-enabled GPS receiver with HotFix which enables faster GPS performance. It must acquire a GPS (Global Positioning System) satellite signal in order to navigate. If you are indoors, near tall buildings or trees, or in a parking garage, the nüLink 1695 cannot acquire satellites. Go outside to an area free from tall obstructions to use the nüLink 1695.
Built-in GPS Antenna: The unit has a built-in antenna in its top panel. In order to obtain an optimal signal, the unit must have a clear, unobstructed view of the sky. It the unit is mounted in a vehicle with a coated windshield or an in-screen heating system, there may be difficulty in obtaining a good signal.
Pre-loaded NAVTEQ Maps: The Garmin nüLink 1695 comes pre-programmed with NAVTEQ's City Navigator North America NT 2011 maps. Detailed road maps of the entire United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico are included. Over 500,000 additional miles of road coverage and nearly 6,000,000 Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, attractions, and ATMs are included to help you find the destination you desire.
Note: You can purchase additional MapSource map data from Garmin and load the maps to the nüLink 1695's internal memory or inserted microSD card (via USB connection).
nuMaps Updates: If you register the nüLink 1695 online within 60 days of acquiring satellites and driving with the unit, you may be eligible for a free map update, if available. Additional maps can be purchased for the Garmin nüLink device at any time.
Note: For a one-time payment (150NULIFE, sold separately), you can receive up to four map update each year for the life of the unit.
Touchscreen Display: The unit features a bright, 5.0" (diagonal) WQVGA color TFT LCD with touchscreen controls. The display has a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels, with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and 64,000 colors. The screen has a manual brightness adjustment. You can select one of three color modes for the display screen:
Note: The screen will automatically shut off if the device in inactive for the selected length of time.
Information Pages: The information provided by the nüLink 1695 is found on various display screens called pages. The pages give you the following information:
Navigation Map: The Garmin nüLink 1695 displays a real-time moving map illustrating your current position and intended route. It will show map scale and geographic details such as lakes, rivers, highways and towns. Your route is marked with a magenta line. A checkered flag marks your destination. As you travel the nüLink 1695 guides to your destination with arrows on the map and directions at the top of the screen. During your calculated route, your arrival time is displayed in the lower left corner, your current speed is shown in the lower right corner. The posted speed limit for most major roads is displayed near the lower right corner as well. The unit allows you to zoom, pan, and point using the touchscreen during navigation. You can select one of three map orientation displays:
Text-to-Speech Audible Directions: In addition to the visual map, you get voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names to your destination; allowing you to keep your eyes more comfortably on the road. The nüLink 1695 offers male and female voices of various languages. You can also download custom voices from the "Garmin Garage" website.
Lane Assist with Junction View: Lane assist with junction view guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate. It realistically displays road signs and junctions on your route along with arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation. As you navigate your route, the unit will provide detailed diagrams of the proper lane to travel when maneuvering a complex interchange. The Junction View page will display what the actual approaching junction looks like, and arrows indicating the lane in which you should be driving.
Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant access to important information in case of an emergency. When you select "Where Am I?" from the menu, you get the coordinates (including elevation) of your current position, plus the nearest address and intersections. There are also buttons to help you locate the nearest hospitals, police stations, gas stations, and roadside assistance. You can also save the location for future reference.
Where To?: During navigation, you can search for places by pressing "Menu", then "Where To?" You can select an Address, Go Home, Points of Interest (6,000,000), Recently Found (up to 50), Favorites (up to 1,000), Parking (saves last parking spot), Extras (custom POIs), Intersections, Cities, Browse Map, and Coordinates (latitude/longitude). You can also access Spell Name for direct entry of your new destination, or browse the map. You can search for locations near your present location (default), or select a different city, your current route, or your destination.
|Browse Map||Search for a destination by scrolling the map display|
|Go Home||Store and easily recall your home address|
|Address||Enter a specific address; state, city, street number, street|
|Cities||Search For a city (central location)|
|Intersections||Search for the intersection of two roads|
|POIs||Search for points of interest (POIs) by name or category; search near your current location, in a specific city, along your current route, or near your destination|
|Parking||Find parking-lots and parking garages near you; the device also saves your parking spot when your remove the device from the mount so you can find your vehicle easier when you return|
|Trip Planner||You can use Trip Planner to create and save a trip with multiple destinations|
|Favorites||Store up to 1,000 of your favorite locations|
|Recently Found||Stores the last 50 places found|
|Coordinates||Enter geographic coordinates (latitude & longitude)|
|Extras||Add extra information via a microSD card; custom points of interest, Garmin Travel Guide, Safety Camera information, TourGuide, Language Guide, and SaversGuide available on Garmin's website|
Keyboard Options: The nüLink 1695 gives you two options for keyboard layouts. When you are entering an address or other data, you can choose between a standard QWERTY keyboard layout or an ABCDE alphabetical layout.
Transportation Modes: The Garmin nüLink 1695 offers several transportation modes for navigation methods. It can be used in any of two transportation modes: automotive and pedestrian. Routing is calculated differently based on your mode.
Vehicle Icons: The default on-screen icon representing your vehicle is a blue sports car. In the menu, you can select a blue 4WD pickup truck, a blue compact car, a blue 3D arrow, a pair of boots, a large bird, or a rolling beach ball. You can also download other vehicle icons from the "Garmin Garage" website.
Route Preferences: When calculating a route, you can select the following preferences: faster time, shorter distance, less fuel, Off road, or Prompted. The Prompted mode calculates the Faster Time, Shorter Distance, and Less Fuel routes and allows you to view them all on the map prior to selecting the route.
Avoidances: You can program the unit to avoid certain things that may be undesirable on your route. Examples of things that can be avoided include U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes, Unpaved Roads, and Ferries.
Waypoints: You can manually mark and name any map position as a waypoint for later recall. Up to 1000 waypoints can be saved into memory.
Custom Routes: The nüLink 1695 allows you to create custom routes for errands, deliveries, or sales calls, and automatically sort the destinations in the most efficient order. You can save up to 100 routes, specify via points, and preview simulated turns on the unit's display. In addition, a trip log provides an electronic breadcrumb trail of up to 10,000 points, so you can see where you've traveled on the map.
Custom Points of Interest: The nüLink 1695 will accept custom points of interest (POI) databases, available from various companies on the Internet. Some custom POI databases contain alert information for points such as safety cameras and school zones, and the unit can notify you as you approach one of these points. To download custom POIs, you will need the Garmin POI Loader software, available on Garmin's website.
ecoRoute: The ecoRoute feature calculates your vehicle's fuel economy, carbon footprint, and the fuel price of navigating to a destination. It also offers tools for improving fuel efficiency. Through ecoRoute's Fuel report and Mileage Report, you can track fuel usage and gas mileage during each trip. There is also a driving challenge to help you maximize your fuel economy by scoring your driving habits.
Auto Reroute: If you deviate from the original route, the nüLink 1695 recalculates the route and provides new directions.
Detour: If a road ahead is closed or congested with traffic, you can take a detour using the nüLink 1695. The nüLink 1695 attempts to find an alternate route that avoids the current road or the next road on your turn list, and then returns to your original route. If the route you are currently navigating is the only reasonable option, the nüLink 1695 might not calculate a detour.
Indoor Use: When indoors, you can activate the built-in simulator and practice using the unit. This turns off the GPS receiver so it's not searching for satellites.
Trip Planner: You can use the Trip Planner to create and save a trip with multiple destinations. The Trip Planner allows you to set a departure time and trip duration.
Tools: The nüLink 1695 offers several tools you can use as you travel:
Security Settings: The Garmin nüLink 1695 offers two security settings.
Garmin nüLink! Services: You can get accurate real-time information about the area you're traveling in delivered directly to your nüLink 1695 via a built-in wireless module. For a limited time, the nüLink 1695 comes with a 1-year trial subscription. Garmin nüLink! Services include the following applications:
nuRoute Technology: The nüLink 1695 features Garmin's nuRoute Technology with trafficTrends and myTrends.
microSD Memory Slot: The nüLink 1695 has a microSD memory slot for additional map data from optional microSD memory cards. The unit can also display JPEG photo images from a microSD memory card.
Picture Viewer: The nüLink 1695 can display photo images (JPEG files). The image files must be stored on an optional microSD memory card or transferred to the internal memory.
Photo Navigation: You can navigate to photos that included location information, called geotags. The Panoramio (www.panoramio.com) website provides photographs that include location information called geotags. These photos can be downloaded into the nüLink 1695 or microSD memory card, and the unit can route you to the location.
Bluetooth Communication: Many Bluetooth-capable cellular phones are compatible with the nüLink 1695 allowing you to use the GPS device as a hands-free car kit. The nüLink 1695 has both a microphone and speaker, so no additional equipment is necessary to integrate your Bluetooth phone. Available options will vary by phone, however, generally these apply:
Bluetooth Compatibility: Visit http://my.garmin.com/bluetooth/phones.faces for a complete list of Bluetooth compatible mobile phones.
Mounting: The unit should be securely installed when used in a vehicle. The unit comes with a mounting bracket that includes a suction cup. The suction cup can be used to mount the unit to the windshield. Once the nüLink 1695 is mounted, it can be adjusted on the ball-and-socket bracket for best visibility. The unit must be installed where it has a relatively unobstructed view of the sky.
Optional Pro.Fit G3 Vehicle Specific Mounts: The Garmin nüLink GPS units are directly compatible with the optional Pro.Fit G3 series of Vehicle Specific Mounts (VSMs). The G3 Series mounts have a ball-and-socket mechanism that perfectly fits the nüLink mounting cradles, giving you a custom mount designed for your vehicle. Please check the Crutchfield vehicle selector to see if a G3 Series VSM is available for your vehicle. If the original or Legend series Pro.Fit VSM is the only available option for your vehicle, the Garmin nüLink adapter (042TT39) can be purchased and attached to the VSM.
Power Source: The Garmin nüLink 1695 operates on your vehicle's battery using the included 12-volt cigarette lighter power adapter, the built-in Lithium-Ion battery, or household current using an optional AC adapter (sold separately). The integrated Lithium-Ion battery provides up to 3 hours of use after a 4-hour charge.
Note: Stored data, such as waypoints or unit settings, are not lost when the unit is disconnected from a power source.
Battery Charging: The integrated Lithium-Ion battery can be charged using the included 12-volt cigarette lighter power adapter in your vehicle, plugging the supplied USB cable into your computer, or connecting the optional AC power adapter (sold separately).
Sleep Mode: You can use the Sleep Mode to conserve battery power when the device is not in use. Sleep Mode uses very little power, and a battery charge can last for weeks.
Internal Memory: The nüLink 1695 comes with an internal memory for storage of supplemental maps and photos. When the unit is connected to your computer, the nüLink 1695 is recognized as a USB Mass Storage device.
Interface Capability: This unit is connected to a PC via the supplied USB cable for software and navigation updates. This interface allows you to download additional map and software information to the unit's flash memory or inserted microSD card.
Note: The unit's USB port is USB 2.0 Full Speed compatible.
Computer Compatibility: The nüLink 1695 is compatible with Windows XP or newer and Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
Note: The nüLink 1695 is not compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, or Windows NT. It is also not compatible with Mac OS 10.3 and earlier. This is a common limitation of most USB mass storage devices.
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