Garmin Street Pilot C550 SatNav
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By D Dunbar in GPS. November 21, 2006
The StreetPilot C550 is Garmin's answer to TomTom's top of the range 910 model and has all the same features, although C550 does have a slightly smaller screen, along with additional free traffic alerts.
The StreetPiolt c550 includes Bluetooth integrated with a microphone and dual speakers that lets you to make hands-free mobile phone calls on a compatible Bluetooth mobile phone. Any incoming calls are displayed on-screen allowing you to just tap the screen to answer. In addition, retrieve and dial numbers from your personalized phone book or the phone’s call history log. You can also make calls from the c550's points of interest database – that is if they include a phone number.
The Garmin StreetPilot C550
The free traffic alerts make use of the FM TMC (Traffic Message Channel) RDS receiver, much like the Sony Nav-u. The TomTom equivalent on the 910 costs £60 a year. The traffic alerts work brilliantly, any jams ahead are displayed on screen allowing you the option to re-route.
The C550 contains a 2.2GB hard drive, filled with UK, Ireland and European maps with around 700MB free space for your own stuff. That stuff could be more POIs or even MP3s as the c550 will play through its stereo speakers.