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Garmin Nüvi 310 vitals

Product
   Garmin Nüvi 310
Manufacturer
   Garmin
Price
   £349.99
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Published
   14 September 2006
Author
   Wayne Brooker


Groovy Nüvi
There's no doubting that since their creation back in 1989 Garmin have become one of the SatNav world's super powers. Although TomTom currently rule the roost with a 50% market share here in Europe, Garmin have increased their own market share from just over 8% last year (2005) to 16.7% this.

Bolstered by the success of the their StreetPilot automotive range Garmin announced their new Nüvi line of in-car SatNav back in September 2005 claiming it represented the "pinnacle in integrated consumer electronics for travellers". Today I want to see how much truth lies behind that statement.

The Nüvi 310 is an ultra compact unit with integrated Bluetooth functionality, built in "Travel Kit" software suite and pre-installed UK and European maps. Retailing at around £350 it sits somewhere between the budget and high-end models currently available though it sits at the slightly more expensive end of that segment in fairness.


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Nüvi 310 Features:

Receiver:
high-sensitivity WAAS-capable GPS receiver by SiRF
Display:
2.8” W x 2.1” H (3.5” diag.), 320 x 240 pixels; bright, TFT display, 64K colors, with white backlight and touch screen
Unit dimensions:
3.87" W x 2.91" H x 0.87" D (98.3 mm x 73.9 mm x 22.1 mm)
Weight:
5.1 ounces (144.6 grams)
Battery:
built-in lithium ion battery — between 4-8 hours of battery life depending on use
Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling
Includes Garmin Lock™, an anti-theft feature
Supports FM TMC traffic alerting
Preloaded maps for one European region
Fingertip touch-screen interface
Look up addresses and points of interest
Choose 2D or 3D map perspective
Upload custom POIs, including alerts for speed zones and safety cams with POI Loader
Built in Travel Kit includes MP3 player with sample MP3s, audio books, picture viewer, world clock, currency and measurement converters, calculator and more
SD memory card expansion slot
USB interface for loading data
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