Garmin’s nuvi 5000, with a 5.2-inch screen one of the largest widescreen GPS devices currently available is built specifically for drivers of larger vehicles such as truck drivers. Meant to stand-out on a sizable windshield, the nuvi 5000 is pretty hefty and not really suitable for portable use thanks to its size and lack of internal battery. This one has to be hooked up to an external power source such as your vehicle’s cigarette ligther. The 5.2-inch display has an auto-dimming feature and has a pretty fine 800 x 480 pixels displaying an interface pretty well ubiquitous among Garmin devices. The unit comes with an easy-to-use suction cup mount through which data and power connections are run, keeping that whole wire mess at a minimum. It comes preloaded with Navteq maps of the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, but you’re SOL for live traffic unless you decide to spend the extra coin on a separate FM TMC or MSN Direct receiver. Other features though are largely disappointing. While the Garmin nuvi 5000 does have text-to-speech, it’s missing Bluetooth for hands-free calls, but manages to fit in some multimedia features such as a photo viewer, mp3 player and audible ebook reader.
If you do like what you see, the Garmin nuvi 5000 is available at Amazon as of this article’s writing for $300 off its regular price meaning you’ll pay $556.94.