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Image Gallery: Garmin StreetPilot c580

Portable GPS and navigation units are becoming more mainstream and common, but Garmin is taking it a step further with MSN Direct integration. With the StreetPilot c580 you can now get weather, traffic, movie time, and gas price information when you travel.
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Portable GPS and navigation units are becoming more mainstream and common, but Garmin is taking it a step further with MSN Direct integration. With the StreetPilot c580 you can now get weather, traffic, movie time, and gas price information when you travel.

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The suction cup mounting bracket is very stable and rock solid.

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The receiver for the MSN Direct service is integrated into the cable that plugs into your cigarette lighter/DC adapter.

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The unit even had a blue truck icon preloaded that matches my rig.

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The right side has the power button, USB connector, volume scroll and speaker.

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The left side contains the Secure Digital slot, the external antenna connector, and speaker.

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You can connect an external microphone or a cable to output the audio to your car stereo speakers.

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The cable plugs into your DC power outlet and provides battery power and MSN Direct FM radio service.

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The back connector snaps easily and securely onto the windshield mounting bracket.

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The "home" screen lets you quickly start navigation or switch to phone, MSN Direct, or MP3 player modes. Buttons also let you access the settings and brightness controls.

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After tapping Where to? on the main "home" page these options are presented to you.

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Where do you want to travel?

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It is easy to tap on the keys with your finger and the nice touch screen.

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Do you want to check the weather, find movie times, find the local gas prices, or check traffic?

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Green is good news for the commuter

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The forecast is clear and readable on the Garmin c580.

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...calls for rain in the next couple of days.

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Checking local gas prices is easy. The display even lets you know the last time the price was updated.

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You can quickly select a gas station and be routed there in seconds.

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You can search by movie title or by theater location with MSN Direct on the c580.

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Tap on the movie you want to see for more details.

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The location, movie times, and quick button to get directions appears on this display. How much easier could it get?

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You may see this display when you change your location or power off the unit for an extended period of time.

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While not that useful for some of us with lots of mobile devices, others may want to take their music on the road with a SD card.

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You can change many of the default settings for your personal preferences. Notice how bright the display can be?

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The Garmin lock will prevent others from stealing and using your device. You need to enter a PIN or place the receiver in the designated location to unlock it.

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You can change the language, time format, and units on the Garmin c580.

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The color mode and splash screen can be changed.

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Do you want short or faster routes? What is your vehicle type? Do you want to avoid construction and accidents? And do you want the c580 to get your attention?

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Here is where you enable Bluetooth and manage your connections to other devices.

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Driving my truck around the local area. Notice the estimated arrival time and time to turn? You can also easily and quickly zoom in and out by tapping the display.

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All sorts of data can be viewed on the Garmin c580. The stats can be reset for designated trips too. My wife must have been driving at that top speed ;)

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These options exist when you pair with your Bluetooth phone. Some phones also support reading of text messages over the c580. None of my phones support this feature.

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When you are paired with your phone options appear for making phone calls too. As you can see MSN Direct brings in the local weather too.

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The keyboard is big and easy to use.

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A phone icon appears on the display when a call comes in. You can tap the icon to answer or use your phone answer button too.

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You have a few options you can make during phone calls.

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You carrier, RF reception, phone name, and even your phone battery life appears on the status display.

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The large red button makes hanging up a breeze.

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You can dial by voice command if your phone supports it.

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