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Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver

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Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver
The StreetPilot c550 comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator NT street maps, including a hefty points of interest (POIs) database with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs, and more. Simply touch the super-bright sunlight-readable color screen to enter a destination, and the c550 takes you there with 2D or 3D maps and turn-by-turn voice directions. It even announces the name of exits and streets so you never have to take your eyes off the road. In addition, the c550 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. The c550 integrates Bluetooth wireless technology with a built-in microphone and speaker, so you can pair it with your compatible Bluetooth phone and talk hands-free through the c550 while staying focused on the road. Maps can be updated from Garmin's website after the product is registered. Comes with 12v cigarette power adapter.
  • 4.4"W x 3.2"H x 2.25"D, 9oz
  • Display size: 2.8"W x 2.1"H; 3.5" Diagonal
  • Display resolution: 320 x 240 pixels
  • Display type: 16-bit antiglare TFT LCD with white backlight
  • Comes with suction cup mount and 12v power adapter and USB interface cable
  • Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Battery life: up to 8 hours
  • Waterproof: no
  • High-sensitivity receiver: yes
  • RoHS version available: yes
  • Basemap: yes
  • Preloaded maps: yes
  • Ability to add maps: yes
  • Built-in memory: internal solid state
  • Accepts data cards: SD card (not included)
  • Waypoints/favorites/locations: 500
  • Voice prompts: yes
  • Internal speaker: yes
  • Please see Additional Info tab for technical specifications.
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Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver
 
4.6

(based on 100 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (92)
  • Easy to read (91)
  • Simple controls (88)
  • Easy menus (87)
  • Reliable (85)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (18)
  • Acquires satellites slowly (8)
  • Flimsy mounting (6)
  • Short battery life (6)

Best Uses

  • Finding specific address (88)
  • Urban navigation (68)
  • Rural navigation (66)
  • Planning trips (65)
  • Faster routes (60)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (25), Traveler (25), Bad with directions (20), Enthusiast (18), Gearhead (8)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (41), Business (8)
    • How are you with directions:
    • Great w/directions (32), Bad w/directions (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome multifunctional GPS

There are lots of cool things about this GPS unit! A few of my favorites are that you can remove all of the languages and accents that you don't want, which will free up...Read complete review

There are lots of cool things about this GPS unit! A few of my favorites are that you can remove all of the languages and accents that you don't want, which will free up disk space for MP3s. I actually freed up about 300MB of space by removing (backed them up on my computer) all non-English languages and the male voices for American, Australian, and British English. (Karen from Australia is my favorite text to speech (TTS) voice. Though I do switch between Karen and Jill(American English)) So, I play MP3 music files through my car stereo, via the 3.5mm (stereo headphone) audio out jack on the GPS unit. The built in speakers work well, but playing through the cars audio system is better. When it's time to turn or even when the road forks or if the exit is on the right or left, the music stops, the instructions are given, then the music resumes. The same is true when using the phone via Bluetooth. Note: phone calls take priority over navigation prompting. So, if you are talking, you will need to monitor the display for the directions. When the phone call ends then the music resumes (if you were playing music when the call started, either by you or the call was received) and navigation prompts pipe in when necessary.
The text to speech settings are great, as the GPS pronounces the street names and also the name of the destination, if it is stored as a favorite. The non text to speech (TTS) voices do not tell you the street names, however.
When you pass a turn it quickly recalculates the route and tells how to get back on track. If you set it to avoid U-Turns, it will not tell you to turn around, but will add the turns into the recalculated route to get you back on track.
The text to speech voice will speak text messages to you (or you can read/send them via the GPS).
I used this GPS as a make-shift speaker phone, which worked out very well. I also use it to access my cell phone when in my apartment, as there are dead spots. So, I can place the phone by the window and take the GPS with me to my desk. It works great!!!
When in hotels, I use the unit to play music. The speakers are plenty loud enough. Even when rental cars don't have an MP3/Auxiliary input, the built-in speakers are adequate, when mounted next to (on the right side of) the rearview mirror. It's out of the way, and highly functional. In my car, I put it under the stereo, in front of the gear shifter, mounted on a locker mirror.
This is the same unit used by a popular rental car company, though the retail software (StreetPilot) is better, in my opinion.
When used indoors, for entertainment purposes or trip planning, if the satellite signal is lost, it will ask you if you are indoors, if so it will turn the GPS signaling off. When this happens, the unit "forgets" the current time. When the satellite signal is restored, the current time it displayed accurately. I can say that time issue is the only thing that I have found that I don't like about this GPS.
I let my wife use it once and now I will have to get her one, as mine was a birthday gift.
Oh yeah, when using the phone via Bluetooth, if the GPS is connected to you car system, then the phone call plays through your car speakers. It's nice when you are alone in the car or want to share the call with all of the passengers in the car. If you want to make the call private, you can disconnect from the phone via the GPS or the phone. Cool!
When searching for a place you can enter just part of the name and it will return a list of all options with the search name as part of the name. The results are listed according to distance from your current location. It even displays an arrow showing the general direction of the place. (e.g. 3.6mi NW). Also you can search for a place that near you current location, a different city, your current route, or your destination.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

No stopping to ask for directions.

I will use the product on vacation. I like the fact it speaks to you. It is not up to date on some data, which I will have to pay to download. It...Read complete review

I will use the product on vacation. I like the fact it speaks to you. It is not up to date on some data, which I will have to pay to download. It does not always take me in the shortest directions or know all roads that are not considered main roads. I used it around town to see how it would direct me.

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5.0

the garmin says street names .

By rab

from utica mi

About Me Casual User

Pros

  • Acquires Satellites Quickly
  • Compact
  • Easy Menus
  • Easy To Read
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Large Screen
  • Reliable Performance
  • Says Street Names
  • Simple Controls

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Faster Routes
    • Finding Specific Address
    • Rural Navigation
    • Urban Navigation

    Comments about Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver:

    when the garmin says street names it does away with the driver having to look at the screne. avoiding a dangerous distraction.

    • How are you with directions:
    • Great w/Directions
     
    5.0

    DEPENDABILTY PLUS

    By FAST ED

    from MAUMEE, OHIO

    About Me Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Acquires Satellites Quickly
    • Compact
    • Easy Menus
    • Easy To Read
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Large Screen
    • Reliable Performance
    • Simple Controls

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Faster Routes
    • Finding Specific Address
    • Geocaching
    • Planning Trips
    • Rural Navigation
    • Urban Navigation

    Comments about Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver:

    I USE THIS PRODUCT QUITE FREQUENTLY. IT BEATS GOING TO AAA FOR MAPS.

    • How are you with directions:
    • Great w/Directions
     
    3.0

    No stopping to ask for directions.

    By bear

    from New Castle, IN

    About Me Casual User

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Read
    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

    • Flimsy Mounting

    Best Uses

    • Planning Trips
    • Urban Navigation

    Comments about Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver:

    I will use the product on vacation. I like the fact it speaks to you. It is not up to date on some data, which I will have to pay to download. It does not always take me in the shortest directions or know all roads that are not considered main roads. I used it around town to see how it would direct me.

    • How are you with directions:
    • Great w/Directions
     
    5.0

    I would buy this product again

    By Auntme

    from Haslett, MI

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Acquires Satellites Quickly
    • Can find unknown places
    • Compact
    • Easy Menus
    • Easy To Read
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Large Screen
    • Reliable Performance
    • Simple Controls

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Faster Routes
      • Finding Specific Address
      • Planning Trips
      • Rural Navigation
      • Urban Navigation

      Comments about Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver:

      I use it to go on School Field Trips. When I get to the place I need a place to get something to eat and I can enter food and it will tell me all the eating places in the area.

      • How are you with directions:
      • Bad w/Directions
       
      4.0

      Great product!

      By Stephanie

      from Metro Detroit, Michigan

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Reliable Performance
      • Simple Controls

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

        Comments about Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver:

        Bought as a gift for my Mother-in-law as she often drive across the country. Simple to put together, simple to download the newest maps off of garmin.com - pretty much plug and play.She is older (76) and not techno savvy, and she can operate this with ease. She also has arthritis in her hands but had no trouble operating the touch screen. Thus far she's only used it for navigation, not the mp3 or Bluetooth capabilities, however I didn't expect her to.The Garmin products are nice, but I definitely would buy the more compact ones, This particular model is large. HUGE. I don't even think this is for sale any longer, but realy get the smaller version. That being said it's a great product and I'd totally buy one again.

         
        4.0

        Great for College Students!

        By Becky

        from Comstock Park

        About Me Casual User

        Pros

        • Acquires Satellites Quickly
        • Compact
        • Easy Menus
        • Easy To Read
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Large Screen
        • Reliable Performance
        • Simple Controls

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Faster Routes

          Comments about Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver:

          this was bought for my college student who travels and he would recommend it to anyone.

          • How are you with directions:
          • Great w/Directions
           
          5.0

          Works great from day one!

          By "Wops"

          from Grand Rapids, MI

          About Me Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Acquires Satellites Quickly
          • Compact
          • Easy To Read
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Reliable Performance
          • Simple Controls

          Cons

          • Flimsy Mounting

          Best Uses

          • Finding Specific Address
          • Planning Trips
          • Rural Navigation

          Comments about Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver:

          It seems that we are always going some place new. I used to look on a map where we were going. Now I just enter the address and go.

          • How are you with directions:
          • Great w/Directions
           
          4.0

          Good bang for the buck.

          By RJ

          from Southern California

          About Me Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Acquires Satellites Quickly
          • Compact
          • Easy To Read
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Finding Specific Address
            • Rural Navigation
            • Urban Navigation

            Comments about Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver:

            When I travel it is a constant companion. In new areas it works great to find businesses, shopping and dining.

            • How are you with directions:
            • Great w/Directions
             
            5.0

            This is a great product.

            By PC

            from Cadillac MI

            About Me Casual User

            Pros

            • Acquires Satellites Quickly
            • Compact
            • Easy Menus
            • Easy To Read
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Large Screen
            • Reliable Performance
            • Simple Controls

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Faster Routes
              • Finding Specific Address
              • Geocaching
              • Planning Trips
              • Rural Navigation
              • Urban Navigation

              Comments about Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver:

              I travel out of town about once a month I really like the Garmin. It is accurate and easy to read and I like the fact that it has a voice telling you where you are to turn and exit;

              • How are you with directions:
              • Bad w/Directions
               
              4.0

              Thank goodness for "Blondie"

              By Roli Poli the Michigan Traveller

              from Grand Rapids Michigan

              About Me Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Acquires Satellites Quickly
              • Compact
              • Easy Menus
              • Easy To Read
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Efficient
              • Reliable Performance
              • Simple Controls

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Finding Specific Address
                • Planning Trips
                • Rural Navigation
                • Urban Navigation

                Comments about Garmin StreetPilot c550 GPS Receiver:

                Took our Garmin C55 on the plane to Flordia. Named it "Blondie" and she got us from Tampa/St Pete airport to Sea World Bush Gardens, across the state to Ormand Beach and the Space Center then to back to Orlando and finally to Sandford to catch our plane back to Michigan.
                Would have been lost without "Blondie!"

                • How are you with directions:
                • Great w/Directions

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