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Default Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa is a tiny smart GPS unit for your car

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If you think it looks like a miniature Echo Dot for your car, you're basically spot on. The Garmin Speak is a GPS navigation unit with Amazon Alexa built-in. It was announced yesterday and is the first in-car device of its kind to add Alexa capabilities. At just an inch and a half, it's tiny, and yet it offers the same turn-by-turn GPS navigation as Garmin's other products while also including Amazon's smart assistant.

Garmin Speak will hook up to your car stereo speakers, giving a voice to the device and allowing you to ask Alexa to stream music, tell you the weather, or read you the news. And to get directions, you just have to say "Alexa, ask Garmin for directions to..." There are also interactive games if you need to entertain the family on a long trip. Another useful application is the control of smart home devices remotely. If you forgot to turn your lights off, no problem, just ask Alexa to turn them off.


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Anything you already do with Alexa on an Amazon Echo can be done with the Garmin Speak. Hands-free operation also extends to phone calls, so you can leave your phone in your pocket while driving. The device has a small 114 x 64 pixel OLED display surrounded by an LED light ring, and it comes with a power cable and magnetic mount. It also has a built-in speaker if you don't want to connect it to your car stereo via Bluetooth or an AUX cable (not included).

The Garmin Speak is available today from Amazon or Best Buy and retails for $149.99. You'll also need to download and sync with the app below to get the device up and running.
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Might be a cool device for $50, but $150?!
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Might be a cool device for $50, but $150?!
I was just talking with my coworker about this. I'd say it has legs up to $100, tops. $150 is pretty expensive for what it is.
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going to price one through my wife and see
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I do like how small it is and how the screen looks. I feel like it would do well at night and in general stay nice and tucked out of the way. That's one of the biggest problems with aftermarket GPS units to me is that it's hard to tuck them somewhere that's useful but not intrusive or gaudy.
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It doesn't do a whole lot. It's basically a Bluetooth accessory. Honestly if it had a real screen and map navigation, $100 would probably be worth it.
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It doesn't do a whole lot. It's basically a Bluetooth accessory. Honestly if it had a real screen and map navigation, $100 would probably be worth it.
It's Alexa in your car that also provides visual directions.

I agree $150 is pretty steep for what it is, but I actually like that there isn't a real screen on it. Keeps it a little smaller, out of the way. Hopefully it's not very bright and will be less intrusive at night.
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Garmin's Alexa-Powered Navigation Device Gets the Built-in Dash Cam It Should Have Had From the Start [Update]





I really liked Garminís bare-bones Speak navigation device when I tried it out a few months ago. Instead of a touchscreen, the $130 device relies on voice commands, processed by Amazonís Alexa smart assistant, to get you where you want to go. A few months later, Garmin is already introducing a new version that adds a built-in dash cam for documenting accidents, but itís a feature I wish the unit had had from day one.
As a result of the added camera, which continually records the road ahead and automatically saves a clip when it detects an incident, the new Garmin Speak Plus has a $230 price tag, which is $100 more expensive than the original Speak. But $100 for a dash cam from a company like Garmin is a good deal, and given the Speak is designed to sit smack dab in the middle of your windshield, you probably wouldnít want to stick a second device up there anyways.


Both versions of the tiny nav unit will still be available once the Speak Plus goes on sale starting on January 22nd, but I donít think you should even bother considering the original model, even if itís cheaper. The Garmin Speak Plus is by and large a far more useful device to have in your vehicle, and the added insurance of being able to prove you werenít at fault in an accident (assuming you werenít) is worth far more than that extra $100 youíre coughing up for the upgrade.
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Update, 2:16 p.m. EST/EDT: Garmin has reached out to us with an update on the Speak Plusí availability, which has been moved from January 22 to mid-February of 2018.
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