Garmin Nuvi 300 Review

The Garmin Nuvi 300 is a slim designed GPS device that packs many extras. Firstly, the slim design makes it a perfect fit for your purse or pocket. It’s compact and can be taken anywhere easily. Perfect for on the go business trips or vacations. It’s even small enough to take with you on walks thru new cities or vacation spots.

It comes preloaded with map data for US and Europe, and includes many points of interest, such as school zones and safety cameras. You can also set alerts to warn you of upcoming speed zones, etc.

Navigation is quick and easy with the destination data being displayed in under 15 seconds on most trips. You simply touch the anti-glare color screen and enter your required destination, and your results are given in 2D or 3D maps, along with turn by turn voice instructions. You get a countdown to the next turn, and directions are loud and very clear. Instead of “turn right in 100 yards”, you hear “turn right in 100 yards, on Samson Blvd”. There is also a feature that zooms in as you approach your next turn, or directions change. If you veer off your course, the Nuvi 300 will attempt 3 times to steer you back in the right direction, often having you take a side road turn, or a U turn. On the 4th try, if you’re still not where you need to be, it will give up and plot a complete new route to your destination from where you currently are. It’s re-navigation loads quickly and easily, so there’s no need to fear being “lost forever”.

The ease of use is such that even a complete newbie to the GPS device family can use it. Instructions, although not necessarily needed, are included. It comes ready to use straight from the box.

Besides the dependable navigation, the Nuvi 300 also comes with handy travel tools including a JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, and a measurement converter, among many more. It has has an MP3 player and audio book player. A subscription to is required for this to operate, however. Just one small set back.

Another small problem for some may be the lack of a multi destination mode, and the lack of an extra odometer plug, which can keep the map in step during a brief loss of satellite connection.

Power choices can be either the rechargeable lithium ion battery, which holds up to 8 hours of life, or the included vehicle power cable.

The Garmin Nuvi 300 is a great GPS device, if you want to go a little farther from the smaller series, and add the MP3 player, and other features. It’s still compact enough for use wherever you intend to travel. Reliable, dependable, and with so many extra features packed in, the Nuvi 300 is a good choice in a personal GPS device.

Product Description

Garmin’s nüvi 300 is a portable GPS navigator, traveler’s reference and digital entertainment system, all in one. It is your pocket-sized personal travel assistant ready for adventure. Sold outside of North America, nüvi 300 comes with detailed street-level mapping for a specific European region or country.

Navigate With Ease

nüvi 300 comes preloaded with City Navigator® NT map data for one European region or country outside of North America (click versions tab to view all). Simply touch the color screen to enter a destination, and nüvi takes you there with 2D or 3D maps and turn-by-turn voice directions. In addition, nüvi 300 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. Some versions even include a preloaded safety camera database.

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. Select nüvi 300 models also include an integrated traffic receiver and services (click versions tab to view all).

Take It With You

Like the rest of the nüvi series, nüvi 300 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 300 includes many “must have” entertainment and travel tools including MP3 player, audio book player (subscription to 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 configurable vehicle icons that let you select car-shaped graphics to show your location on the map. Optional software on plug-and-play SD cards for language translation, detailed travel guide and savings program allows you to customize nüvi for your travel needs.

Unit dimensions, WxHxD:3.87″W x 2.91″H x .87″D (9.83 x 7.39 x 2.21 cm)
Display size, WxH:2.8″W x 2.1″H (7.2 x 5.4 cm); 3.5″ diag (8.9 cm)
Display resolution, WxH:320 x 240 pixels
Display type:QVGA color antiglare TFT with white backlight
Weight:5.1 ounces (144.6 g)
Battery:rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life:up to 8 hours
High-sensitivity receiver:yes
RoHS version available:yes
Maps & Memory: 
Preloaded maps:yes (regional)
Ability to add maps:yes
Built-in memory:internal solid state
Accepts data cards:SD card (not included)
Voice prompts (e.g. “Turn right in 500 ft.”):yes (internal speaker)
Speaks street names (e.g. “Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.”) :no
3D map view:yes
Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route):no
Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation):yes
Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road):yes
Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.):yes
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest):yes
Hands-free calling with Bluetooth® wireless technology:no
FM traffic compatible:yes
XM Navtraffic (includes basic weather) & Radio for U.S. compatible:no
MSN® Direct for U.S. compatible:no
MP3 player:yes
Audio book player:yes
Picture viewer:yes
Configurable vehicle icons (select car-shaped icons for map navigation):yes
World travel clock, currency & measurement converter, calculator:yes
Remote control:no
FM transmitter:no
Headphone jack/audio line-out:yes
Dead reckoning:no
Garmin Lock™ (anti-theft feature):yes
Additional:This USB Mass Storage device is compatible with Windows® 2000 or later and Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

What’s in the Box: 

  • nüvi 300
  • Preloaded City Navigator® NT data for one European region or country (click versions tab to view all)
  • Vehicle suction cup mount
  • Vehicle power cable
  • Dashboard disk
  • USB cable
  • Carrying case
  • Quick reference guide

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