Garmin Nuvi 300

The Nuvi 300's sleek, thin lightweight design allows users to the ability to easy carry the device in a pocket or a purse. Measuring 98.3 mm x 73.9 mm x 22.1 mm and weighing 145 grams Garmin describe the Nuvi as a shirt pocket navigator, and is about the size of a pack of playing cards

Not only is the Navi 300 a GPS navigation unit but a travelers' reference guide and a portable digital entertainment system — all in one. The Nuvi 300 offers one of the most powerful GPS systems around as if offers amazingly detailed street mapping of particular countries, towns and regions, turn by turn directions in colorful 3D and 2D maps with its 3.5" touchscreen LCD display. Garmin much like their competitors offer preinstalled maps and their Navigator NT software which has detailed points of interest information, giving users information on hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and other points of interest along your way. Plus unlike their competitors, the Garmin Nuvi 300W allows users the ability to add custom points of interest, adding school zones, parks or anything else you'd want. You can also set how frequently the device will alert you on upcoming points of interest.

But most interesting is the addition of a pre-installed picture viewer, a world traffic clock with tine zones, a currency converter and a measurement converter — all of which are helpful for international drivers. And there's the addition of Garmin Lock, an anti-theft feature that no other manufacturer has produced yet. Plus there's the industry standard voice recognition program, allowing users to speak their destinations into the device. In addition, Garmin has a specialized choice of route program which allows users to program routes for the fastest or shortest route as well as route avoidance which will help drivers avoid traffic, construction and other delays based on real time results. A rechargeable lithium ion battery can get up to five continuous hours of usage on the road.

The travel kit of useful travel tools helps stop the bordeom in a journey by including a MP3 player, JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, and calculator. The 300 also has a new feature where you can play audio books through the unit with a subscription through In addition, optional software packages such as the Language Guide and Travel Guide (sold separately on SD Data cards) can be added for language and content support. This software suite contains a multilingual word bank, phrase bank, and five bilingual dictionaries. The Travel Guide is loaded with information provided by Marco Polo. These guides put in-depth travel information, such as reviews and recommendations for restaurants and tourist attractions.

As with the 2xx series, the Garmin Nuvi 300 allows users to download custom vehicle icons to show your location on your GPS maps and users could download travel guides with more detailed information of points of interest, tourist sites and more information for curious users who want to know their destinations better than ever before. Plus, Garmin offers special information and deals for authorized dealers of Garmin-related products. Certainly, Garmin's newest releases offer a bit of something for everyone from the casual user to the avid professional.