UPDATE: Though still available and supported, Garmin has discontinued the nuvi 350. For newer models, check out my Garmin nuvi comparison chart.
The Garmin nuvi 350 has proven to be an incredibly popular touch-screen GPS navigator. Garmin bills the nuvi as a "a Personal Travel Assistant™ that combines a GPS navigator, language translator and travel guide capability, an MP3 player, an audio book player, a currency and measurement converter, a world clock, and a digital photo organizer." The nuvi has the newest generation of GPS chipsets, the SiRFSTAR III, resulting in fast satellite lock and improved reception. It also speaks street names, so you'll get "turn left on Highway 128" instead of "turn left in 200 feet."
Stepping up to the nuvi 360 adds Bluetooth for hands free cell phone use.
To see how the nuvi 350 compares to other models, check out my Garmin nuvi comparison chart.
Before we hear from other reviewers, here's a brief excerpt from Amazon's Garmin nuvi 350 page:
The nüvi 350 is first and foremost a personal GPS device. Wherever you go -- in your car or on foot-- the device offers extremely accurate position data, thanks to a high-sensitivity integrated GPS receiver by SiRF and WAAS-enabled, 12-satellite reception. Combined with detailed maps of the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico the nüvi 350 provides automatic routing, turn-by-turn voice directions, and touchscreen control-- making it easy to find your way anywhere. Plus, the unique "text-to-speech" feature calls out turns by street name, and you can choose from either 2D or 3D mapping perspectives when you're viewing your route on the display.
More Garmin nuvi 350 reviews
- The nuvi is garnering raves from Amazon readers in their Garmin nuvi 350 reviews.
- Consumer-authored nuvi 350 reviews have been posted at GPSNow.
- Signal vs. noise has a simple title to their Garmin nuvi 350 review -- Insanely recommended!
- PC Mag.com gave 4-1/2 stars in their Garmin Nuvi 350 review.
- CNet's Garmin nuvi 350 review rates it an 8.3 out of 10. Over 100 consumers have rated it there as well.
- GPS Information.net has now posted their Garmin Nuvi 350 review.
- Women's Health even gets in the game, posting a nuvi 350 review.
- Naga of RPV Blogster offers this great Garmin nuvi 350 review, complete with lots of screenshots.
- Gabriel Jones gives 4.5 out of 5 stars in his Garmin nuvi 350 review.
- This, That and the Other Thing reviews the Garmin nuvi 350.
- WizbangTech has posted a Garmin nuvi 350 review.
- Great2Buy has also posted a Garmin nuvi 350 review.
- TopSpeed reviews the nuvi 350.
- The GPS Guy's Garmin nuvi 350 review gives it a near-perfect 4.9 out of 5.0 rating
- Crutchfield has posted a review of the nuvi 350.
- GPS Magazine has posted their typically thorough review of the nuvi 350.
- Associated Content gives 4 out of 5 stars in their Garmin nuvi 350 review.
- Raanan.com reviews the Garmin nuvi 350.
- CanadianDriver has posted a Garmin nuvi 350 review.
- NewsRoute reviews the Garmin nuvi 350.
- Stream Clips has posted a brief Garmin nuvi 350 review as well.
- Digital Trends reviews the nuvi 350.
- The Oklahoma Outdoorsman compares the Garmin nuvi 350 to two other GPS receivers.
- Here's a brief Garmin nuvi 350 review on Flixya.
- Nudjit has also posted a Garmin nuvi 350 review.
- I4U News gives an 8.5 out of 10 rating in their Garmin nuvi 350 review.
- Another consumer-authored Garmin nuvi 350 review.
- Geeks to Go has also posted a review of the nuvi 350.
- Yet another nuvi 350 review.
- A comparison of the Garmin nuvi 350 and the Mio C230.
More Garmin nuvi 350 resources
- A PDF version of the nuvi owners manual.
- Want to compare the nuvi 350 to other models? Check out this Garmin nuvi comparison chart tool.
- There is a dedicated Garmin nuvi message forum at GpsPasSion.
- Finally, before we get to price comparisons, here is a Garmin nuvi 350 video demo:
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From the official Garmin nuvi 350 web page:
The sleek, portable nüvi 350 is a GPS navigator, traveler’s reference and digital entertainment system, all in one. It is your pocket-sized personal travel assistant ready for adventure. Like the rest of the nüvi 300-series, you’re just a few screen taps away from anywhere.
Navigate With Ease
nüvi 350 comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator® NT street maps, including a hefty points of interest (POIs) database with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. Simply touch the color screen to enter a destination, and nüvi takes you there with 2-D or 3-D maps and turn-by-turn voice directions. It even announces the name of exits and streets so you never have to take your eyes off the road. In addition, nüvi 350 accepts custom points of interest (POIs), such as school zones and safety cameras and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs. The European version even includes a preloaded safety camera database containing the location of safety cameras for parts of Europe.
Add Traffic Alerts
Avoid traffic jams with the addition of an optional FM TMC traffic receiver and traffic services. By adding these to your nüvi, you are notified of accidents or road construction ahead on your route. Simply touch the screen to view traffic details or recalculate your route to avoid traffic.
Take It With You
Like the rest of the nüvi series, nüvi 350 sports a sleek, slim design and fits comfortably in your pocket or purse. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot.
Go Beyond Navigation
Navigation is just the beginning. nüvi 350 includes many “must have” entertainment and travel tools including MP3 player, audio book player (subscription to Audible.com required), JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. It also comes with Garmin Lock™, an anti-theft feature, and is compatible with our free Garmin Garage where you can download custom vehicles that show your location on the map. Optional plug-in SD cards let you add additional features to enhance your travel experience including language translation and detailed travel guides. Our SaversGuide® provides information on nearby merchants offering discounts to customize your nüvi whether you’re traveling or close to home.
nüvi 350: It's a whole nü way to travel.