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GARMIN Nüvi 550

Compact, rugged GPS receiver with fast auto-routing, voice guidance including announcement of street names, color display with touchscreen, worldwide base map, pre-loaded detailed maps of all of Europe plus USB interface. Multi purpose device with waterproof housing and therefore well suited as navigation system in vehicles but also for all kinds of outdoor activities (hiking, biking etc.).

The model GARMIN Nüvi 550 provides fast automatic route calculation - including multiple intermediate destinations if required - plus visual and voice guidance, is easy to use, has a large, easy to read color display with touch screen, an extremely sensitive antenna and an integrated worldwide base map. It is very well suited as a navigation system in cars, but thanks to its waterproof housing also for outdoor activities. You can easily switch between the three modes car, bike and pedestrian.
It has 1.85 GB built-in memory to store detailed maps with even more information, such as local roads, hotels, restaurants, public buildings and points of interest. This model comes with pre-loaded maps of all of Europe which occupy approximately 1.7 GB of memory including various language files. The remaining 140 MB memory is available to store additional detailed maps, waypoint files and pictures.
This model also has a speech computer to announce the names of the roads. In addition, the GPS has a slot for an optional microSD memory module to store additional maps or data and an USB connector to exchange data with a computer. The device is powered by a user replaceable, rechargeable battery. It supports a TMC receiver to incorporate traffic news (TMC receiver available as an option). The Nüvi 550 provides navigation information outdoors, in a car, in a train or even in an airplane (see MapSource examples).


Contents: Features - Navigation - Overview - Main Pages - Price - Options - Maps - Downloads - Order


Features:

GARMIN Nuvi 550

¹) TTFF: Time To First Fix, time until the first information about the local position is acquired.

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Information for navigation:

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Overview of the GARMIN Nüvi 550:

Overview GARMIN Nuvi 550

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Main pages of the GARMIN Nüvi 550:

Main Menu Text Entry Select Destination
GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Main Menu GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Text Entry GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Select Destination
  • Status bar with GPS signal strength, navigation mode (car, bike, pedestrian), status of the battery (only shown when running on battery), current time
  • Search destination
  • View map
  • Stop navigation (only shown if there is an active route)
  • Compute a detour (only shown if there is an active route)
  • Adjust volume
  • Tools (system settings, information about current position, manage data, image viewer, world clock, calculator etc., see Tools 1..3 below)
  • Field for text entry
  • Delete last character
  • Keyboard
  • Back to previous page
  • Keyboard mode (language)
  • Switch to numbers
  • Finish text entry
  • Selected address
  • Current navigation mode, distance from current position to address, estimated travel time from current position to address
  • Start navigation to this address
  • Back to previous page
  • Show current address on map
  • Save current address as waypoint

 

Tools (1 of 3) Tools (2 of 3) Tools (3 of 3)
GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Tools 1 of 3 GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Tools 2 of 3 GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Tools 3 of 3
  • Settings (system, navigation, display, time, languages (text and speech), map, safety and alarms)
  • Current position (coordinates and elevation, nearest address, nearest intersection, find nearest hospitals, police stations, gas stations and road side assistances, save current position as waypoint)
  • Wherigo (see www.wherigo.com)
  • Help about using your Nüvi 550
  • Back to previous page
  • To next Tools page
  • Image viewer with various features such as enlarging or rotating images and slide show
  • Route management
  • Show compass page
  • Manage your own data ("Home", erase track, manage your own waypoints)
  • Back to previous page
  • To previous Tools page
  • To next Tools page
  • World clock showing current time at different locations
  • Calculator with four basic operations
  • Unit converter to convert units such as distances, areas, volumes, speed, weight etc. in metric and american units.
  • Back to previous page
  • To previous Tools page

 

Map (day mode) Map (night mode) Map (topographic)
GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Map in day mode GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Map in night mode GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Topographic map
  • GPS status
  • Map in 3D view in day mode with current position (blue car)
  • Current speed
  • To main menu
  • Current heading
  • GPS status
  • Map in 3D view in night mode with current position (blue car)
  • Current speed
  • To main menu
  • Current heading
  • GPS status
  • Topographic map in with current position (blue triangle) and travelled path (track*, blue line)
  • Current speed
  • To main menu
  • Current heading

*) The current track is not only shown on topographic maps, but also on road maps, depending on the current settings.

Requires an optional map, such as topographic map of Switzerland

 

Route on road map Route on topographic map Autozoom
GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Route on road map GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Route on topographic map GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Autozoom
  • Direction with distance to next turn and type of turn
  • Name of the road onto which you will turn
  • Road map with current position (blue car), planned route (pink line), next turn (white arrow) and current speed limit (sign with red circle)
  • Current speed
  • To main menu
  • Estimated arrival time at final destination
  • Direction with distance to next turn and type of turn
  • Name of the road onto which you will turn
  • Topographic map with current position (blue car), planned route (pink line), next turn (white arrow) and current speed limit (sign with red circle)
  • Current speed
  • To main menu
  • Estimated arrival time at final destination

Explanation: If you install a topographic map in addition to the already installed road map, then the topographic map will overlay the road map. However, if the topographic map does not support auto routing, then the GPS will compute the route based on the road map, but it will be shown on the topographic map.

Requires an optional map, such as topographic map of Switzerland

  • Highly zoomed map with detailed view of next turn (will be display automatically when approaching a turn)
  • Change scale ("-" and "+")
  • Direction
  • Distance to next turn
  • Estimated time to next turn
  • Massstab ändern ("-" und "+")
  • Back to previous page
  • To previous turn
  • To next turn

 

Route Vias Directions
GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Route GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Vias GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Directions
  • Planned route (pink line) with current position (blue triangle), start (green flag), vias (orange flags) and final destination (black and white flag)
  • Back to previous page
  • Length of the planned route
  • Estimated travel time for the complete route
  • Start of the route
  • Vias (you may move or delete each via point)
  • Insert new via point
  • Back to previous page
  • Re-calculate the route, the GPS may optimize the order of the vias to find the shortest route
  • To the next vias
  • Type of and distance to next turn
  • Direction
  • Back to previous page
  • Show route on map
  • To the previous directions
  • To the next directions

 

Trip Computer Traffic Messages Current Position
GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Trip Computer GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Traffic Messages GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Current Position
  • Current moving direction
  • Current speed
  • Distance to final destination
  • Travelled distance (odometer)
  • Average speed including stopped time
  • Average speed without stopped time
  • Maximum speed
  • Total time since last reset
  • Total moving time
  • Total stopped time
  • Back to previous page
  • Reset trip data (odometer, average speed, time)
  • Reset maximum speed
  • Color code (green = traffic still flowing, yellow = traffic partially congested, red = traffic is heavily congested or stopped)
  • Name of affected road (touch to display traffic incident on the map)
  • Distance from current location to traffic incident
  • Direction from current location to traffic incident
  • Back to previous page
  • Previous traffic incidents
  • Next traffic incidents

Requires optional TMC receiver

  • Current position (coordinates and elevation)
  • Nearest address
  • Nearest intersection
  • Find nearest hospitals
  • Find nearest police stations
  • Find nearest gas stations
  • Find nearest road side assistances
  • Back to previous page
  • Save current position as waypoint

 

Compass World Clock Unit Converter
GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Compass GARMIN Nuvi 550 - World Clock GARMIN Nuvi 550 - Unit Converter
  • Compass with current heading
  • Current speed
  • Current elevation
  • Current time
  • Distance to destination
  • Back to previous page
  • Cities with time and day of week (choose cities from list)
  • Time and date at current position
  • Back to previous page
  • Show world map with daylight and night
  • Type of convertion
  • Input (amount and unit)
  • Result (amount and unit)
  • Back to previous page
  • Choose unit (distance, area, volume, speed, weight, temperature, currency)
  • Clear input field

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Price:

This model has been discontinued; however, you can still order options for the Nüvi 550.

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Options:

Mounting kit with suction cup including adhesive disk to be fixed on the dashboard
(One such mounting kit comes with the Nüvi 550)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 29 / EUR 25 [Picture and details]
Mounting kit with suction cup including adhesive disk to be fixed on the dashboard
(Does not include mounting bracket)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 18 / EUR 16 [Picture and details]
Adjustable mounting kit with suction cup including adhesive disk to be fixed on the dashboard (does not include unit mount) Add item to shopping basket CHF 21 / EUR 18 [Picture and details]
Portable friction mount (new design; does not include unit mount) Add item to shopping basket CHF 45 / EUR 39 [Picture and details]
Handlebar mounting kit ("scooter mount") Add item to shopping basket CHF 49 / EUR 43 [Picture and details]
Mounting kit for universal mounting bracket Add item to shopping basket CHF 79 / EUR 69 [Picture and details]
Power cord for car cigarette lighter
(One such cable comes with the Nüvi 550)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 29 / EUR 25 [Picture and details]
Power supply without USB cable Add item to shopping basket CHF 22 / EUR 19 [Picture and details]
USB cable for data exchange and power supply
(One such cable comes with the Nüvi 550-Pack, but not with the Nüvi 550)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 15 / EUR 13 [Picture and details]
Rechargeable battery (Li-ion)
(One such battery comes with the Nüvi 550)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 49 / EUR 43 [Picture and details]
Case Add item to shopping basket CHF 22 / EUR 19 [Picture and details]
4.0 GB micro SDHC memory card including µSD to SD adapter
(One such memory card comes with the Nüvi 550-Pack, but not with the Nüvi 550)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 9 / EUR 8 [Picture and details]
8.0 GB micro SDHC memory card including µSD to SD adapter Add item to shopping basket CHF 16 / EUR 14 [Picture and details]
16.0 GB micro SDHC memory card including µSD to SD adapter Add item to shopping basket CHF 19 / EUR 17 [Picture and details]

All options for the GARMIN Nüvi 550 in detail, find maps here.

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Downloads:

Quick start manuals, owner's manuals and firmware upgrade for GARMIN Nüvi 550:

Quick start manuals:


Owner's manuals:


Firmware Upgrade:
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Order:

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