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Here's something strange that was just pointed out in a thread at groundspeak; these devices are not compatible with Garmin maps and don't have memory card slots. Kind of surprising - see the fine print at the bottom of the page here: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/561269/pn/010-01735-10#overview
"Preloaded DeLorme TOPO maps are not compatible with other Garmin devices. Other Garmin maps not compatible with this device."
Tim is right, this really isn't a "Garmin like" product. ;)
Not quite clear what you're asking here. What map is currently installed on your Nuvi 55? Is it the United States or Europe?
If you want to add both Europe and Canada to a US device that contains the "Lower 49" map, that will require a lot of space and you will need memory card.
But if you are just trying to add Canada to a device with Europe, it's possible that might fit depending on available memory in your Nuvi. The Canada map is only 775 MB. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/8750#requirements
Regardless, micro SD cards are pretty cheap so it shouldn't be an issue. Just realize that when you purchase additional Garmin maps, they cannot be updated and there is no option to purchase lifetime versions. So if you want a new map in the future, you will have to purchase the full version again at full price.
It is counterintuitive, but in many cases it will actually be about the same price - or even cheaper - to just buy another Nuvi that already contains the map you want, and that will also include lifetime updates.
IMO, Garmin's automotive devices are not a very good deal if you need more than one region. They used to made a model with US and EU lifetime maps pre-loaded, but I don't see it in their current lineup. But the Nuvi 2577LT gives you both US and EU without lifetime updates. I think you would get junction view for everything with one of these, and you could add a lifetime subscription later.
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Comparing Google to Garmin is apples and oranges. The nuvi is a wimpy little computer with very little storage and a processor that's generations behind modern smartphones. Google uses powerful servers and a huge map database that is constantly being updated, your computer or smartphone is merely a terminal to access this powerful system as opposed to a self-contained device like the Nuvi.
Google uses their own proprietary map data (have you ever seen those "Google cars" with cameras on the roof?). Garmin purchases map data from a company called "Here" (formerly known as Navteq).
If you really prefer Google, then a smartphone with their app will be a better solution. Can you still return your Nuvi and get a refund?