The tiny Garmin Nuvi 360 is an affordable GPS device that offers high-end features such as travel information.

The Garmin Nuvi 360 is compact - about the size and weight of a deck of cards - but a capable navigator.

Besides offering first-rate maps and an intuitive interface (with features like 3D maps and pronunciation of street names), the diminutive Garmin Nuvi 360 lets you choose a voice from among several different English ac­­cents.

The Garmin Nuvi 360 also features a media player for viewing images and listening to audio, language guides from Oxford University Press, and travel information (including restaurants, hotels, and points of interest).

Long battery life enhances the Garmin Nuvi 360's portability: it ran for 4 hours, 6 minutes in our test - more than 30 minutes longer than any of the other four devices we tested at the same time.

Unfortunately, the Garmin Nuvi 360 lacks a pedestrian mode for obtaining information on pathways that a car can't travel, although you can use it outside a vehicle; the device does not provide speed warnings, either. It does feature FM TMC traffic alerting, however.

You can use the Garmin Nuvi 360 to listen to music and audio-book files stored on an SD or MMC card while navigating, but you can't stream the sound or the voiced navigation instructions through your car's FM radio. You can also buy an optional SD card with a language guide for six languages.

The Garmin Nuvi 360's SiRF Star III GPS transceiver latches onto satellite signals quickly, and the routes the device suggested were timely and accurate. The device's smallish (3.5in diagonal) display can't fit in the amount of information shown on de­­vices with 4.3in screens; it is easy to read even in bright sunlight, however, and the touchscreen controls make entering street addresses and changing settings quick and simple.

The unit's Safe mode (off by de­­fault) prevents you from changing certain settings, to help you avoid getting distracted while driving. You can enter a code to prevent unauthorised use, too.

Garmin Nuvi 360: Specs

  • 983x739x221mm
  • 3.5in screen, 320 x 240 pixels, QVGA color antiglare TFT with white backlight
  • 144.6g
  • rechargeable lithium-ion battery, up to 8 hours
  • high-sensitivity receiver
  • RoHS version available
  • internal solid state memory
  • accepts SD card (not included)
  • 500 waypoints
  • voice prompts speaks street names
  • 3D map view
  • auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation)
  • 983x739x221mm
  • 3.5in screen, 320 x 240 pixels, QVGA color antiglare TFT with white backlight
  • 144.6g
  • rechargeable lithium-ion battery, up to 8 hours
  • high-sensitivity receiver
  • RoHS version available
  • internal solid state memory
  • accepts SD card (not included)
  • 500 waypoints
  • voice prompts speaks street names
  • 3D map view
  • auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation)

OUR VERDICT

The tiny Garmin Nuvi 360 is an affordable GPS device that offers high-end features such as travel information. It lacks some features, but is well priced and stylish.

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