The Garmin nuvi 855 can be controlled almost entirely by voice, so you won't have to take your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel. Experts and users say the voice commands work well, unlike some competing models from TomTom and Magellan. The nuvi 855 also offers most of Garmin's most advanced features, such as the ability to sort several destinations into one efficient route, but it lacks Bluetooth for hands-free calling, and traffic information costs extra. A pricier voice-command model, the Garmin nuvi 885T (Discontinued) includes Bluetooth and an MSN Direct traffic receiver (the service itself costs extra), but reviews say these aren't big advantages; phone calls can be hard to hear through the GPS device's speaker, and Microsoft has announced it will discontinue MSN Direct on Jan. 1, 2012, due to lack of subscriptions. If you don't need voice commands, reviews point out that the Garmin nuvi 765T (Discontinued) offers free FM traffic information for the life of the unit.
Experts at GPSTracklog.com and PCMag.com both recommend the Garmin nuvi 855 as a money-saving alternative to the Garmin nuvi 885T. Users at Amazon.com and GPSCity.com find a few things to criticize, but overall they like the nuvi 855 very much.
1. GPS Tracklog
GPS blogger Rich Owings recommends the Garmin nuvi 855 in his latest buying guide. He says the nuvi 855 is "without doubt the best voice command navigator on the market."
Review: Garmin Nuvi 855 Review, Rich Owings, April 5, 2009
PCMag.com names the Garmin nuvi 885T an Editors' Choice, but notes that the cheaper Garmin nuvi 855 is nearly identical, if the nuvi 885T's "price tag is a bit too rich for your blood."
Review: Garmin Nuvi 885T, Craig Ellison, Feb. 4, 2009
The Garmin nuvi 855 earns an average of four stars out of five from more than 70 users. Most give the unit very high ratings and say the voice commands really work.
Review: Garmin Nuvi 855 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator with Speech, Contributors to Amazon.com
Sixteen users had rated the Garmin nuvi 855 here when we checked, giving it an average of 4.3 out of five stars. Reviews tend to be short but helpful, with a good mix of positive and negative comments.
Review: Garmin Nuvi 855 Reviews, Contributors to GPSCity.com