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Garmin Nuvi 300 GPS Navigation System With UK Mapping

by Garmin
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Portable GPS navigator, traveler's reference and digital entertainment system
  • Provides automatic routing and turn-by-turn voice directions
  • Contains useful travel tools to keep any journey fun
  • Optional Garmin Language Guide.
  • Navigate to an address or search points of interest (POIs)

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 2.2 x 7.4 cm ; 145 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: Nuvi 300
  • ASIN: B000CI2OGI
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 Nov 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,172 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Introducing the Nüvi: A versatile travel assistant that's approximately the size of a deck of playing cards.

The Nüvi is a portable GPS navigator, traveler's reference, and digital entertainment system, all in one. Combined with detailed maps, the Nüvi provides automatic routing, turn-by-turn voice directions, and finger-touchscreen control making it easy to find your way anywhere.

The Nüvi also offers a travel kit of useful travel tools to help keep any journey fun: MP3 player, audio book player from Audible.com, JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, and calculator. In addition, optional software packages such as the Language Guide and Travel Guide can be added for language and content support.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
120 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem 11 Sep 2006
Ok, so I'm a satnav newbie - what do I know?

Well, I know enough to work out that I only want to pay for the the features I need and that I should read as many reviews on the net about my shortlisted potential buys.

So now you know what led me to the Garmin 300 - how did it turn out for me?

Well, the unit was actually bought by my daughter who was moving from the Island to Liverpool and wanted the in-car reassurance of knowing where she was going. Out of the box, the unit was everything the reviews promised. Small, portable, and incredibly easy to set up and use.

We trialled the unit for a week and got used to how it works. I even deliberately went off route a few times but calmly and quickly got given new directions to my destination, even if it did sound a little tetchy about recalculating. Some reviews moan about the 3D maps but we had no difficulties. Like everything new, it takes a little getting used to but the effort is minimal.

On the big trip up to Liverpool the unit quickly picked up it's satellites as we emerged from the ferry and took us the 349 odd miles without a hitch. Well yes, we did have one small power down panic ( battery low) but that was our fault in not checking the lighter power lead was plugged in properly. We had been running it on battery for about 4 hours prior to this event without any problems.

As soon as we sorted out the lead and reset the unit, it remembered where we were going and continued on as if nothing had happened. It did direct us to about 10 houses away from the actual address but it was based on a post code entry and what is a few yards inaccuracy over nearly 350 miles. Anyway, buying a satnav doesn't mean switching off your common sense.

A brilliant piece of kit and well worth the price if you are looking for a basic satnav unit. I was wondering why less and less visitors are getting lost on our Island these days!
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250 of 256 people found the following review helpful
This sat nav is about the size of one of those slimline digital cameras and, it is therefore, genuinely pocketable. This is a great advantage now that criminals seem to be picking on sat nav owners who leave their units or mounting hardware on display.
The touchscreen is large, clear and responsive and the operation is so intuitive that you don't really need a manual to get going. I have had it a week or so now and have found the navigation to be precise and on the one occasion it led us astray I discovered the "include unmade roads" option was engaged. Once adjusted it was fine. Also, if you deviate from the suggested route it recalculates an alternative in seconds.Compared to other devices it is also equally quick at "cold fixes" e.g. finding enough satellites to get up and running from switch on - many of my friends tell me their units can take several minutes - the Nuvi is "locked on" in less than half a minute.
Battery life on internal batteries is around 3-4 hours and the quality of both the maps and the voice is good - although no doubt a bigger unit would probably have a more "mellow voice" (but of course wouldn't be pocketable). The volume is adequate even at speed.
I was sceptical of the quality of the other functions such as the picture viewer etc. - my thinking being - "jack of all trades and master of none" - don't be fooled, this is a top flight product. Yes, to meaningfully replay MP3s the internal speaker is no good but you can get lots of solutions to connect it to your car audio. The unit also accepts speed camera databases that can be downloaded from the internet - they work really well.
It comes complete with quality mountings, leads including a cigarette lighter adapter and a neat little leather case (although I decided to buy a Lowe Pro Rezo 15 case which could have been made for it).
Truly, you won't regret buying this small, perfectly formed, versatile and high performing device. Well done Garmin!
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133 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 12 Feb 2006
Well, where do I start. I will keep this short as Ive never felt the need to do this before but I was sooo impressed with this device (and so is my husband who bought this for me) I had to share this.
It is simple to use, dynamic, will correct a course automatically if you decide to go a different route, instructions are clear... again 'simple to use, your granny could get it to work'.
My husband is a courier and he though he knew most routes in and out of London, until now. He was using this for a trip to a place he kinda knows but the Nuvi took him a different route, he was tempted to not take that route and follow his instincts but gave it a go... it only found him a dual carriageway past all the traffic he didn't know about. He has since used this for other more remote drops and cant praise this enough.
Reason I am impressed, its easy and quick to use, I can get lost at the drop of a hat OR I go the longest route as its the only one I know, using this for a recent shopping trip took at least an hour off my journey as I found a parking space outside the shop I wanted to visit and it took me home from there, Im just so please and can honestly say, it has changed my driving life, I wont worry about travelling to any unknown place ever again.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stress Gone 14 Mar 2007
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Being of an age when directions no longer stay in my head for any length of time I thought I would treat myself to the Garmin Nuvi 300.This was one of the best purchases I have ever made.Easy to set up,if I can do it anyone can,I did not even look at the instructions.The Garmin maps and Verbal directions are a breeze to follow.It has also stopped the wife and I arguing who's fault it was we were going in the wrong direction.If you are looking for a Sat Nav system dont hesitate, this is a great system.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars recommended, thank you
Arrived quickly,item as described, recommended, thank you !!!
Published 1 month ago by Debra Hercules
5.0 out of 5 stars No nonsense works well never lost
No gimmicks sat nav, accurate, easy load in. I use as back up as in car Audi sat nav does not always find from address location. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Chimaera49
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Sat Nav
Clear instructions, could do with a bit more warning about junctions at times especially a big roundabouts and busy roads
Published 18 months ago by valerie
4.0 out of 5 stars Map updates
I purchased a Garmin nuvi 300 about two years ago and recently was advised on the item that I should update the maps. Read more
Published on 25 April 2010 by David B. Chalmers
5.0 out of 5 stars garmin nuvi 300
Fantastic product not let me down yet,i use it every day.Well worth the money,would recomend to a friend.
Published on 24 Jan 2010 by Mr. S. Lever
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied!
As a convicted map lover, it is an excellent 'basic' sat nav, it does what it is supposed to do, swiftly finds the satellites and navigates reliably. Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2009 by JonG
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sat Nav
Excellent product, perfect directions even in the most narrow country lanes. First class sat nav at its best
Published on 25 Aug 2009 by Anthony
4.0 out of 5 stars Garmin Nuvi 300
I bought this myself after buying my partner the Garmin Nuvi 350... It is a great little gadget but does tend not to be up to date with road traffic works or newer roads. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2009 by H. K. Wheatley
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Can't fault this! Easy to use, quick to set up. First satnav I've had so nothing to compare with but can't honestly see how it could be improved on! Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2008 by Geoffrey H. Norfolk
4.0 out of 5 stars Is the Nuvi 300 Mac OSX compatible?
In case it helps anyone considering purchasing a Nuvi 300 - they have a Mac specific support section, specific Mac firmware and map update routines as well as full support for a... Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2008 by J. Cooper
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