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Garmin nüvi 295W 3.5-Inch Widescreen Wi-Fi Portable GPS Navigator
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- Spoken street names (e.g. "Turn right on Elm street in 500 ft.")
- Dual-orientation automatically switches between portrait and landscape view
- 3 MP camera with auto-focus
- Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity
- MP3 player with 2.5mm headphone jack/audio line-out
- 1-step navigation from contacts, e-mail, and local search results
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Garmin's nuvi 295W offers a new take on an old favorite with Wi-Fi connectivity, a 3 MP camera with auto-focus, dual orientation capability and much more.
Wi-Fi connectivity on the nuvi 295W provides a full desktop experience with an HTML browser so you can surf the web whenever and wherever you choose. Check and send e-mail, including Hotmail, G-mail, AOL mail, POP3 and IMAP, and view email attachments of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and JPG files. You can also search an abundance of customer-rated points of interest (POIs), such as restaurants, hotels and more, using Google Local Search.
With a single tap on the dual-oriented screen, you can avoid writing down addresses and go straight to your destination. nuvi 295W offers a 1-touch navigation from your e-mail, address book and local search results. Additionally, the unique 3MP camera geotags pictures so you can create routes to them. You can also send the picture to a friend to route to or upload to the web to auto-locate on a map.
Get Turn-By-Turn Directions
With an intuitive interface that greets you with simple icons and a scrollable menu, nuvi 295W is the perfect travel companion for getting around town. With a quick tap on an icon or flick of the menu, you can easily look up addresses and services and get voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names to your destination. It comes preloaded with detailed City Navigtor NT street maps for the US and Canada with nearly 6 million points of interest (POIs) such as stores, restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues, gas stations, ATMs and more, and speed limits for the most major roads. cityXplorer maps are also available for your nuvi 295W. cityXplorer maps provide the latest detailed roads and points of interest for metroploitan areas.
Go Beyond Navigation
nuvi 295W isn't just for navigation. A quick tap provides access to the lengthy f
nüvi 295W offers a new take on an old favorite with Wi-Fi® connectivity, a 3 MP camera with auto-focus, dual orientation capability and much more.
Dual-orientation with 1-touch navigation
Wi-Fi connectivity on the nuvi 295W provides a full desktop web experience with an HTML browser so you can surf the web whenever and wherever you choose. Check your e-mail, including Hotmail, G-mail, AOL mail, POP3 and IMAP, and view email attachments in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and JPG. You can also search an abundance of customer-rated points of interest (POIs), such as restaurants, hotels and more, using Google™ Local Search.
With a single tap on the dual-oriented screen, you can avoid writing down addresses and go straight to your destination. nüvi 295W offers 1-touch navigation from your e-mail, address book (with up to 5,000 contacts) and local search results. Additionally, the unique 3 MP camera geotags pictures so you can create routes to them. You can also send the picture to a friend to route to or upload to the web to auto-locate on a map.
The slim, sleek design is
With an intuitive interface that greets you with simple, familiar icons and a scrollable menu, nüvi 295W is the perfect travel companion for getting around town. With a quick tap on an icon or flick of the menu, you can easily look up addresses and services and get voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names to your destination. It comes preloaded with detailed City Navigator® NT street maps for the U.S. and Canada with nearly 6 million points of interest (POIs) such as stores, restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues, gas stations, ATMs and more, and speed limits for most major roads. cityXplorer maps are also available for your nüvi 295W. cityXplorer™ maps provide the latest detailed roads and points of interest for metropolitan areas.
Go Beyond Navigation
nüvi 295W isn't just for navigation. A quick tap provides access to the lengthy feature set, including a calculator, stop watch, calendar, check lists and more. Also included are travel tools such as a JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter and current and 5-day weather forecasts. With photo navigation, you can download pictures from Garmin Connect™ Photos and navigate to them. Garmin Locate™ automatically marks your position when you remove nüvi from your car so you'll never forget where you parked again, and nüvi 295W is compatible with the free Garmin Garage where you can download custom voices and vehicles. Enhance your travel experience with optional microSD™ cards.
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What's in the Box
nüvi 295W, preloaded City Navigator® NT for North America, vehicle suction cup mount, vehicle power cable, USB cable, dashboard disc, and quick start manual
Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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Top customer reviews
Just received the 295W today to replace the 755T that was unfortunately stolen. I was thinking about waiting for the 3790T or 3760T, but needed something before that becomes available.
** UNIT DIMENSIONS / FEEL / RESPONSE **
First impressions of the 295W are pretty good. Good fit and finish, has the right heft to it to where it does not have a "toy" feel. Fit and finish is nicer than the 755T I had. All functions process more quickly than the 755T did, and the touch screen is much more responsive. On my old unit, either the processor bogged down a bit, or the screen sensitivity was not quite there, but it did not respond like the 295W does. Scrolling with the touch screen is nice both in the menus, and in map view mode.
** ROUTING / DIRECTIONS **
The routing seemed faster than the 755T. I will miss the lane assist when I travel to larger cities like L.A. and Atlanta, but for the vast amount of time, it won't be a big deal. I did purposely take some wrong turns to check the rerouting capabilities, and found that to be very quick.
That said, it did have one hiccup already. ( i.e.- when chose Lowe's from the POI list, it showed it in two different directions, same address, 5 miles apart. There is only one Lowe's in my town, and it is not a divided highway or anything).
** UPLOADS **
I have not yet updated the map. It seems strange to have JUST released the unit, and the website suggests there is an updated map set available? I am going to see if I can figure out the version, and when the last one was released. Since I can upload over 60 days from initial use, I may wait a bit.
That said, I did upload some of the extra voices and vehicles that you can get from the Garmin site. It was quick, and seems to be just fine. ( By the way, I did have the problem upload with my prior 755T that made it a brick, and I had to send back and forth with Garmin.)
** WEB / WIRELESS **
Set up with my wireless network. Security settings were easy. The auto download weather is a neat feature, but I don't see myself carrying this around every day in and out of the house the way I probably would with GarminPhone. The Google Local Search worked well though. The pre-loaded POIs were very good I thought, but there were a couple places I figured it wouldn't know, and it didn't. Connected through the web though, it found them in 5 seconds, and then they were added to the unit saved places.
** OVERALL FIRST IMPRESSION **
After being used to the larger 755T screen, this seems a little bit small. Seems like I can't just glance as quickly at it as the prior unit, but maybe that will change with some time. The spoken directions seem a little bit clearer than the 755 was The response of the unit is very good in my opinion. Not sure how much I will really use the wireless, but I can see it handy traveling when I head to the hotel and might be looking for all the food options locally that the bas POI may not have, etc....
I am headed on a couple hundred mile drive over the next weekend and will see what other opinions arise. I know it's an initial review, but at least I don't have any buyer's remorse at this point. I may still wind up with a 7300 series after those arrive, and put this in the other vehicle, but we'll see.
**As for the packaging issues mentioned by the first poster, (who may just have wanted to be the first poster, since it certainly was not a PRODUCT review), I can say that while everything did arrive in fine shape, the stuff did just kind of seem tossed in the box. I felt it actually cheapened the Garmin brand to send it this way.
Well it is the size of most 3.5" cellphone with average depth. The bottom and top are rubber surrounded by a metal rim. I had no issues with the buttons layout. Camera button is correct on the upper right, volume on the upper left in landscape mode. Cold boot is actually very slow 1-2 minutes, but most of the time it is on standby which is instant and is just one click verse the hold click. This device does get warm when I played with it in my hand via mp3, wi-fi etc. similar to a cellphone when you been calling for awhile. I cannot read word document nor excel file as it stated. I even sent it through my email and it doesn't open the attachment. Internal HD is 3gb with about 1.5gb is free. Touch screen is as sensitive as my sister Garmin nüvi 1300 4.3 and a lot better than 255w. The screen is as bright as any Garmin except the newer Garmin nüvi 3750
GPS - 4 out of 5
This GPS interface is almost everything like most Garmin, which easy to use like the 2008 255w and 2009 1300. The Favorite, home, recent folder, speedometer, is all the same. I didn't really see any new feature, I didn't have before. My biggest question was how would the 3.5" screen do, compare to the typical 4.3" screen? From my experience with this, it works fine. I drove with both 295 and 255 gps on. The map screens were exactly the same, except the scale, some speed number maybe moved a little, but nothing much different. So a smaller screen is less of a luxury then the 4.3 but it will work. (See my pic of the screens size difference in the user images) Two major bugs I have was the small voice/ speaker, is very weak. When you max the volume and do sound boost the voice crack a little and is hard to hear compared to the bigger 255w. Put on the British's accent and you won't be able to understand anything. FM traffic is the other bug, it is not compatible on this device. For an average to big city with traffic issues, I would prefer to have this feature and sadly there isn't any. A minor thing is there is no lane assist for some people with higher end Garmin. I haven't gotten the city Navigator and if I do I will update that. GPS search is as fast as my 255, but seem a tad slower than the 1300.
Wi-Fi for email and web: 3/5
Yeah 3.5" is just way too small, zooming and scrolling is a painful experience. At least it is a full feature browser, but without flash support. Big site like ESPN takes like 1.5-2 minutes to load. Amazon takes like 40sec and so do CNet. MSN is reasonable. Facebook is instant with it mobile page version. I found my finger hitting the wrong icon all the time here, to add to that layer of frustration. It can saved your cookies for the site you login to and you can change your homepage and delete cookie, in the setting area.
Email is actually good, I have two accounts on it via hotmail and Gmail. They put all emails together in the inbox. It is default to text, but you can upgrade it to web browser view. I connected to my home network fine as so I did at public wifi, no issues there.
Camera. 3.5 out of 5
Well it takes 3.0 megapixel pictures as is. For indoor and no light it is terrible, lack of flash. Outdoor it looks fine. I compared it to my old Canon Powershot SD400 5MP (see user pic also)and it looked a little sharper, but the color range was off with a bluish tint, and two much contrast between light and dark area. Geo-tagging is the great feature. Turn on GPS when you take picture, it will save the coordinates. This is a luxury feature that I most have on my next DSLR aka Nikon D90.
It works like my last ipod. Only issues is I had to get a 2,5-3.5 headphone converter. Sound good, not anything like your PC can do. Artist, Album, playlist, etc. are all here. You can dump the music onto the spare internal 1.5gb document folder of the Garmin or add a 8gb micro SD card which I did. I threw mp3 under a few folders and it found it all. What it didn't find or can't play are movies files: mp4, flv. The Micro SD transfer rate (via usb cable) is 1.-1.5mbps which is slower than typical SD cards.
This device to me is a toy that I can't do anything very well with, except the GPS. I really can't recommend it unless you need a GPS and don't have a data plan smartphone in one. For me, I will use it mainly as a gps unit and feel good that I have a portable email/web browser if I need it. Most public area like malls, restaurants, coffee shops offer free wifi. I think the screen is tad small and would hold out on a 4-4.3" screen or just get a media player like an Archos 5 32 GB Internet Tablet with Android. This is my first gps unit that came with an usb cord so that is nice.