Nuvi 550 Features

Do it all with the rugged, waterproof, multi-mode nüvi 550. Drive, hike, bike or boat — this dynamic device switches modes to navigate your active lifestyle. It's packed with detailed street maps for North America or Europe and millions of places. Like the 500, nüvi 550 provides spoken turn-by-turn directions to your destination and accepts optional maps for any adventure.

Take It Anywhere

nüvi 550 features driving, walking, bicycling and boating modes which customize your nüvi specifically for your method of travel. This portable hybrid combines the advanced navigation features and large, color display found in automotive units with the durability of an outdoor handheld. Sleek and slim, you can slip nüvi 550 into your pocket or backpack. The user-replaceable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery lets nüvi navigate you on roads or off.

Get Turn-by-Turn Directions

nüvi 550's intuitive interface greets you with two simple questions: "Where to?" and "View Map." Touch the color screen to easily look up addresses and services and get voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names to your destination. It comes preloaded with detailed City Navigator® NT street maps, millions of points of interest (POIs) and features digital elevation maps that show you shaded terrain contours at higher zoom levels. With nüvi 550, you can upload custom points of interest (POIs) and navigate to geo-tagged photos. If you're lost, use the Where Am I? emergency locator to view your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations.

Navigate Off-Road

Conveniently plug in optional maps on preloaded microSD™ cards for all your off-road adventures (see Maps tab for compatible maps). Add topographic maps to explore the backcountry or load BlueChart® g2 and Inland Lakes marine maps for a great day on the water. The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet. With its high-sensitivity GPS receiver and HotFix™ satellite prediction, nüvi 550 locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover, deep canyons and near tall building and trees.

Expand Your GPS

Navigation is just the beginning. nüvi 550 includes many travel tools, including world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. Show off photos of your excursions with nüvi's picture viewer. Even download geocaches and instructions from Geocaching.com straight to your unit. It also supports optional FM traffic alerts or optional MSN® Direct content. The 550 features 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.

NOTICE TO DRIVERS IN CALIFORNIA AND MINNESOTA: State law prohibits drivers in California and Minnesota from using suction mounts on their windshields while operating motor vehicles. Other Garmin dashboard or friction mounting options should be used. Garmin does not take any responsibility for any fines, penalties, or damages that may be incurred as a result of disregarding this notice. (See California Vehicle Code Section 26708(a); Minnesota Statutes 2005, Section 169.71)

Frequently Asked Questions For Garmin® nuvi 500/550

Q: Garmin nuvi 500 and nuvi 550 What is that?
A: Nuvi 500 and 550 models are multifunctional, portable and ultimate gps systems. Having a similar exterior design as nuvi 200 series GPS, those devices are excellent to cope with jobs at tuff conditions due to the ruggedized screen and case, that make nuvi 5X0 mud and waterproof. The user-friendly menu lets you choose between walking, boating, bicycling and driving modes. It does not mater what type of traveling you will choose, just take the nuvi 5x0 series with you.

Q: What's the difference between the nuvi 500 and nuvi 550?
A: The basic difference is in inside data as the 500 model has City Navigator NT for the lower 48 United States, Puerto Rico & Hawaii, while the 550 one include NT maps for Canada and Alaska. The main benefits of such technology as City Navigator NT are robust points-of-interest database, etailed road maps and simple voice tips that help you find the directions on the road. Though the nuvi 500 lacks of northern road data, it distinguishes itself due to the pre-loaded topographical maps for the 48 United States, Puerto Rico & Hawaii that are 1:100,000 scale.

Q: What are the differences of the nuvi 500 and nuvi 5000?
A: The nuvi 5000 is an automotive navigator with huge 5" diagonal screen, that is designed for trucks and vehicles with large dashboards. Despite of such dimensions it can not to handle all outdoors functions like the nuvi 500 and nuvi 550 can.

Q: What are the differences of the nuvi 5x0 series and the new Garmin Oregon series?
A: Please view the comparison snapshot below:

Feature nuvi 500/nuvi 550 Oregon series
Unit Size 4.21" x 3.35" x .9" 2.3" x 4.5" x 1.4"
Screen Size 3.5" diag. 3.0" diag.
Touch-screen Yes Yes
Pre-Loaded City Navigator Maps Yes no
3-D Street Views Yes no
Voice prompts Yes no
Pre-Loaded U.S. Topo Maps nuvi 500 only Oregon 400t only
3-D Topographical Views no Oregon 400t only
Pre-Loaded U.S. Coastal Charts no Oregon 400c only
Pre-Loaded U.S. Inland Lakes no Oregon 400i only
Barometric Altimeter no Yes
Electronic Compass no Yes
Battery Type Rechargeable Li-ion included 2 AA (not included) or rechargeable (not included)
Battery Life 8 hours 16 hours
Waterproof Yes Yes
High-sensitivity receiver Yes Yes
Expandable memory microSD slot microSD slot
Waypoint storage 1000 1000
Routes 10 50
Tracklog no 10,000 points, 20 saved tracks
FM Traffic compatible Yes, with GDB 55 no
Picture viewer Yes no
Geocaching mode Yes Yes
Rubberized seal no Yes
Available at Tiger GPS Yes Yes
Kicks butt Yes Yes

Q: Are other maps available for the nuvi 500 & 550?
A: The nuvi 500 and 550 supports all forms of City Navigator NT. Topographical accessory mapping is available as well. These GPS systems also work with Vision Inland Lakes & BlueChart g2 Vision software, but aerial photography and satellite overlay are not accessible for those models.

Nuvi 5XX Series Feature Matrix

nuvi 500 nuvi 550
Diag. Screen Size 3.5" 3.5"
Voice-activated navigation No No
Pre-loaded road maps of the lower 48 United States, Hawaii & Puerto Rico Yes Yes
Pre-loaded road maps of Alaska & Canada No Yes
Pre-loaded topographical maps of the lower 48 United States, Hawaii & Puerto Rico Yes No
Bluetooth No No
MSN Direct Yes Yes
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