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Garmin nüvi 205 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

by Garmin
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  • 3.5-inch Touch Screen Navigation with Turn by Turn spoken Directions
  • Pre-loaded Maps for continental U.S., Hawaii, and Puerto Rico with 6.5 million searchable points of interest
  • FM Traffic or MSN Direct Traffic/Content compatible (with optional GDB 55 receiver)
  • Easy to Use Interface; slim, pocket-sized form factor; 4-hour rechargeable battery
  • 3D terrain views, navigate to photo, and automatic time zone adjustment
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Product Information

Color: Standard
Technical Details
Item Weight5.3 ounces
Product Dimensions3.8 x 2.8 x 0.8 inches
Item model number010-00717-40
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Display Size3.5 inches
Display Resolution320 x 240
Warranty365 Days (Parts) / 365 Days (Labor)
Battery Life5 hours
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #22,429 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight11.2 ounces
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableNovember 26, 2008

Technical Details

Color: Standard
  • Brand Name: Garmin
  • Model: 010-00717-40
  • Receiver Description: 12 channel
  • Connectivity Technology: USB
  • Display Size: 3.5 inches
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Product Description

Color: Standard

Product Description

  • Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 3.8"W x 2.8"H x .8"D (9.7 x 7.1 x 2 cm)
  • Display size, WxH: 2.8"W x 2.1"H (7.2 x 5.4 cm); 3.5" diag (8.9 cm)
  • Display resolution, WxH: 320 x 240 pixels
  • Display type: QVGA color antiglare TFT with white backlight
  • Weight: 5.2 ounces (147.42 g)
  • Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Battery life: up to 4 hours
  • Waterproof: no
  • High-sensitivity receiver: yes
  • RoHS version available: yes
  • Basemap: yes
  • Preloaded maps: yes (regional)
  • Ability to add maps: yes
  • Built-in memory: internal solid state
  • Accepts data cards: microSD card (not included)
  • Waypoints/favorites/locations: 1000
  • Voice prompts (e.g. "Turn right in 500 ft."): yes (internal speaker)
  • Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.") : no
  • Speech recognition (n

    Portable and affordable, nüvi 205 is your personal travel assistant for life on the go. This navigator leads the way with turn-by-turn directions and optional MSN® Direct services to get you there on time and keep you informed. It's packed with millions of destinations and maps for the contiguous U.S. or regional sections of Europe. Like the rest of the compact nüvi 2x5-series, the 205 is priced right and ultra-easy to use.

    Navigate With Ease
    nüvi 205 comes preloaded with City Navigator® NT map data for the contiguous U.S. or one European region or country (click versions tab to view all). Simply touch the color screen to enter a destination, and nüvi takes you there with turn-by-turn voice directions, 2-D or 3-D maps and smooth map redraw rates as you navigate. Its digital elevation maps show you shaded contours at higher zoom levels, giving you a big picture of the surrounding terrain. In addition, nüvi 205 accepts custom points of interest (POIs), such as school zones and safety cameras and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs. With HotFix® satellite prediction, nüvi calculates your position faster to get you there quicker.

    Take It With You
    Like the rest of the nüvi 2x5-series, nüvi 205 sports a sleek, slim design and fits comfortably in your pocket or purse. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot. With its "Where Am I?" emergency locator, you always know your location. Simply tap the screen to get your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations.

    Go Beyond Navigation
    Navigation is just the beginning. nüvi 205 includes many travel tools, including JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. With photo navigation, you can download pictures from Garmin Connect™ Photos and navigate to them. The 205 is compatible with optional enhanced MSN® Direct content (subscription and receiver required) and our free Garmin Garage™ where you can download animated vehicles that show your location on the map. It also comes with Garmin Lock™, an anti-theft feature. Enhance your travel experience with optional plug-in microSD™ cards such as Garmin Travel Guides for detailed data on attractions.

    What's in the Box
    nüvi 205, preloaded City Navigator® NT data for the lower 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico (no Alaska or Canada detail), vehicle suction cup mount, vehicle power cable, and quick start manual.

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    All nüvis come with detailed NAVTEQ maps containing more than 6 million pre-loaded point of interest locations.

    Customer Reviews

    It works very well and is very easy to use.
    Bonnie Fleming
    Love it , love it - if you don't have a GPS - get one - helps with travel and getting around town.
    The Garmin Nuvi 205 portable GPS does great job.
    John Smart

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    329 of 337 people found the following review helpful By Mika on July 22, 2008
    Color Name: Standard I feel morally obliged to offer my review after reading so many other reviews to base my buying decision. The inner voice kept asking me to post a review even though it is boring like mowing somebody elses lawn.

    I have used nuvi 205 couple of times and find it really well designed. Garmin has tweaked the screen-interface and I must say that it really works in favour of the users.
    Users care less about mp3 and other cosmetic stuff provided in nuvi 350. All we care about is a smart GPS that guides us through the best route. 205 has all those ingredients!!

    Nuvi 205 does not have spoken street names but it does have voice guidance that says something like " turn right in next 1 mile". Users who typically find guidance through one of those green-freeway-signs are smart enough to figure the street name. Moreover, the street name is right on top of the screen. In my view, it is a waste of $$ to pay 100 bucks more for just yelling street names when it is right in front of you. Satellite acquisition and Route recalculation also seemed to have improved a bit. I have not used the traffic support and POI to offer any good comments. One little feature I find cool is the speed limit mentioned on the screen. This way user doesnt have to be on lookout for signs showing the limit. Of course, this is of little use to people who drive in left lane @ >70...

    And for those of you who think that GPS should offer more..205 does have photo navigation, customized car-shaped icons, world travel clock, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator.....I wouldnt really give big grades for having them..

    Hope that this review helps navigate to the best GPS!!
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    155 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Spinolio on January 4, 2009
    Color Name: Standard Verified Purchase
    I've had the Nuvi 205 for about six weeks and use it several times a week. I also have a Nuvi 200 that I've owned for a little more than a year. I opted to buy the new 205 instead of upgrading the maps in the 200 because the 205 was available for only $118. Since I have both units, this will be something of a comparison review.

    For the most part I like the Garmin interface, and they've made a few improvements in the 205. The speed limit information is very handy, and it's nice that the zoom in/out "buttons" are now placed next to each other. I love having a constant display of the street I am currently on. It also finds satellites faster than does the Nuvi 200. The suction cup mount is much improved, with the rubber cup itself being softer and tackier. The mount for my 200 would often lose suction and fall off the windshield.

    The Garmin literature touts the 205's new faster processor as being able to redraw the map more smoothly. This appears to be true, but this also appears to be a case of technology for technology's sake, and it has actually made the unit more difficult to use. This applies primarily to situations where a destination has been entered. Anytime the car approaches a turn along the calculated route, the display begins to zoom in, presumably in order to show more detail. Unfortunately the zooming is done in such a way that the upcoming turn remains at a fixed distance out ahead of the current position (on the screen). It almost appears as though the car has stopped moving, especially when there are few details on the map to provide a visual cue that the display is zooming. Once the zooming in stops, the map rapidly rushes by.
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    103 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Mark #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2008
    Color Name: Standard
    The Garmin nüvi 205 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator is one of several updated models in the 200 series. It's funny to admit this, but using some of the higher end versions has actually made me like this model more. Sure, this doesn't have the 4.3 inch widescreen of the 600 series, or the W models like the Garmin nuvi 205W and Garmin Nuvi 255W. And it doesn't give you Bluetooth like the 600 series and others. But what it does give you is a GPS unit that covers the basics very well, is very affordable, and has been updated with a LOT more features than entry level models from the competition. So if you need a starter GPS, this is probably the daddy of them all right now.Read more ›
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