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Garmin nüvi 255W 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 4.3 Inch Auto Navigator with Anti Theft Feature
- Voice Prompted Turn by Turn Directions
- With HotFix, It Calculates Your Position Faster to Get You There Quicker
- Compatible with Optional Enhanced MSN Direct Content
- JPEG Picture Viewer, World Travel Clock, Currency Converter, Calculator and More
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The nüvi 255W is a widescreen navigator comes with voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions that speak street names and optional MSN Direct® services. It includes many travel tools including JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter and calculator.
Go wide and get peace of mind with nüvi 255W. This affordable, widescreen navigator leads the way with voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions that speak street names 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 North America or Europe. Like the rest of the sleek nüvi 2x5-series, this portable navigator is priced right and ultra-easy to use.
See More With nüvi 255W's widescreen display, you'll always get the big picture. View map detail, driving directions, photos and more in bright, brilliant color. Its sunlight-readable, 4.3" (10.9 cm) display is easy to read, from any direction.
With the nüvi 255W's widescreen display, you'll alwasys get the big picture
nüvi 255W comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator® NT street maps, including a hefty points of interest (POIs) database with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. It even announces the name of exits and streets so you never have to take your eyes off the road.Simply touch the color screen to enter a destination, and nüvi takes you there
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Like the rest of the nüvi 2x5-series, nüvi 255W 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 255W 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 255W is compatible with 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 255W, preloaded City Navigator® NT North America (U.S. and Canada), vehicle suction cup mount, vehicle power cable, and quick start manual.
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Another feature on the 255w is a display of the posted speed limit on the road which you are currently on right above your current displayed speed. I found myself not even looking at my car speedometer as I could easily see my current speed and the speed limit of my route at a glance. The 750 doesn't have this feature. I also like how they moved the zoom in (+) and zoom out (-) buttons on the 255w to the same side of the screen which makes it a bit easier. On the 750 the zoom buttons are on opposite sides of the screen.
Now there are some features on the 750 that the 255w does not have. The 750 can broadcast it's sound over your FM radio with the supplied cigarette lighter cable, and it has a headphone jack, which I found to be nice features. The 750 also has an MP3 player and an Audio-book player, which the 255w does not. Another really nice feature of the 750 is the car locater. This is a great feature if you are parking in a really big lot, such as at an amusement park or a fair. The 750 marks your location when you remove it from the car, then you take it with you and it remembers where you parked and takes you right back to your car. The 255w doesn't have the car locater.
I also thought the the voice prompts of the 750 where more pleasant sounding than the 255w's. The 750 sounds more like a real female voice, where the 255w sounds more robotic.
Another thing to consider was that I paid $50 less for the 750 and it came with the FM transmitter cable and a USB cord to connect it to your computer for updates and downloads.
My final decision was to keep the 255w and return the 750 because I really liked the graphic turn indicator and the posted speed limit and current speed indicators. I didn't find a need for the 750's MP3 player and Audio book player, but that is up to personal preference. Since the USB cable was not included with the 255w, I purchased it on this site for $10. I also intend to purchase the MSN direct cable when it is available in August 2008.
But the most important note I have to share with people has to do with purchasing extra maps for the unit.
Since we will be travelling in the UK, I purchased the UK map for $100. You have your choice to download the map, or have it shipped on an SD card. Not thinking there was any difference I figured I'd get it quicker and save a few bucks by downloading the map. It then occurred to me that in the future I might want to upgrade the unit, and would want to keep using the extra maps I'd purchased on a different nuvi. I emailed tech support and asked if it would be possible to 'de-activate' the map on my current unit and then 'activate' it to work with a different unit. Here is the reply I got from tech support and I have to say I'm not happy, as it turns out there is a huge difference between the purchased SD card and the downloaded data. This should be explained on the website, and as far as I can see this is not documented anywhere on Garmin's site. If it is, it sure isn't obvious.
Here's the email:
Thank you for contacting Garmin International. It depends on the format that you get those maps in. If you get them on a DVD or direct download, they will be locked to the device and there would not be a way to transfer them over to the new unit. However, if you got the maps on a preloaded SD card, you can put that card in any unit you want and the maps will work, since the unlock code is embedded in the card itself and is not dedicated to any specific unit.
With Best Regards,
So my advice to anyone purchasing extra maps is to make sure you get the SD card if you want to use the data with a different unit!
I'm blind as a bat without reading glasses, but my vision is perfectly fine for driving. I was afraid the screen on one of these things would be too small for me to see, and the last thing I need would be futzing around with a GPS screen when I'm on the road (if I wanted to do that, I could drive and read a map!)
I also thought this was going to be too complicated. I'm not a moron, and my husband prides himself as Mr. Gadget, but getting an easy-to-use GPS was the idea for the same reason I use a Mac laptop: if I wanted to be a computer wiz, I'd have majored in computer science.
I use computers to do work on, not to BE worked on. I want a GPS that just works. No games, no hassles, no 75 page webpages giving me 3 point text instructions. Just WORK.
Naturally because of these issues, I've been comparing pros and cons of GPS units for eternity. I took the plunge with the Garmin.
It fulfilled everything I dreamed of with a GPS. It just works great. The screen is huge next to some of the units I saw. I have no problems reading it in bright sunlight, but with the voice to text, the screen is almost unnecessary.
It has performed flawlessly. Granted, I'm hardly hopping around to holes-in-the-wall joints; most of my trips are pretty much on the beaten path. But not one mistake, not one error. What a joy!
My husband finds thing thing fascinating (and he's known for his map-reading skills.) So we're off for a weekend jaunt with Garmin in control. We'll see how the unit performs on backwoods country roads.
My husband's great. But for this trial, my money's on the Garmin.
I highly, highly recommend this unit for anyone like me, who is a newbie to GPS, a little intimidated by it, and who doesn't want to waste eternity having to become an expert before you can even use it!
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