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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
Take It With You
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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All nüvis come with detailed NAVTEQ maps containing more than 6 million pre-loaded point of interest locations.
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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.
I use this for everyday driving in areas I don't know, for travel, and for 4x4-ing in remote areas. I've never lost a signal, and never gotten lost for any fault of the GPS. It's just a solid, workable unit.
Many times, I've thought of "upgrading" to a newer version, just to see if there are newer features I would enjoy...but if it ain't broke, why fix it?
First, to touch on some other things mentioned by other reviewers: One thing to realize with GPS devices, is they are not 100% full-proof. I've used a few GPS units in the past--they all have their quirks. For example, I was driving in unknown territory the other night and it told me the destination was on my right when it was really on my left. This is not a huge deal to me because it got me to where I was going. Aside from that, every destination I've thrown at has been 100% accurate. Furthermore, the purpose of a GPS is to 'get you there.' If you know your own area, and you're testing it, it may not take you the quickest, fastest route (that you would normally drive) even with 'fastest route' being selected for the routing option. However, it WILL get you there. A GPS does not take into account back, windy roads, red lights, and stop signs. I used it to go to a friends house the other night--a newly built house and fresh address I might add. It routed me a route I've never taken before because it was a shorter distance. It was not a faster route than they way I usually go, but it DID pinpoint the address right to their driveway. Remember, you don't need a GPS when you know where you're going, you need it when you don't--the Nuvi 255w will get you there.
Next, the GPS: Satellite acquisition time is very fast, as is re-routing. I've intentionally missed turns, and it immediately re-routes. The text-to-speech is very good, with very clear voices. As others have mentioned, the map detail can be low at times when it comes to labeling 'side' streets while on your route. I don't really need to know every street name near me, as long as this GPS get me to where I need to go--and it does. The POI are quite nice, and in my opinion, very thorough. Again, as others have mentioned, the included user manual could be better. Honestly, though, you do not need a IT degree to figure this thing out. The device is very straight forward and easy to use. You have your choice of several languages and voices. The display is great, and is very clear.
Next, the software: There is no huge software install, only a small web plug-in for your Internet browser. Upon plugging my Nuvi 255w in the PC for the first time, it immediately informed me of both a software update and a map update. The map update(s) are free for the first 60 days after registering. Be warned though: The map update was about 2GB in size. I have Comcast cable Internet and a quad-core PC with 4gb of ram and the map update took a little over an hour to download and install. The GPS is USB 2.0 so data transfer is faster than other models on the market. If you don't have a fast Internet connection the update will take some time. Also, for no extra charge, you are able to download several voices and vehicles from the Garmin site. I was surprised they were free, as this sounds like something that would be typically charged for. IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED THAT I AM RUNNING WINDOWS 7 32-BIT AND THE SOFTWARE AND GPS ARE FULLY COMPATIBLE.
The battery and accessories: I've read some negative reviews for the battery life. It is very important that the battery fully discharge a few times, then charge fully without being interrupted for optimal performance. I've killed mine about three times, and then charged overnight. In my opinion, the battery life is fantastic. As you may know, this only comes with a windshield mount and a DC adapter for the car. In my opinion, it should come with at least a USB cable and a case. DO NOT BUY GARMIN ACCESSORIES! You can pick up a USB cable quite cheap--and far less expensive than what Garmin offers them for. Also, you can pick up a nice case from Amazon or eBay. I got one for around $6.00 and it's really nice.
What to know about A/C adapters: Your iPod, your Zune, your GPS, your radar detector and your cell phone all run on direct current (DC) voltage. Do not buy the Garmin A/C adapter unless you plan on charging it somewhere other than the U.S. Any A/C adapter needs to convert your 110 house (alternating) current into direct current. That being said, almost any quality adapter (that you might already have) will charge your Garmin as long as the end plug is mini-USB. I use my old Motorola Razr charger and it works great! You will want something with overcharge protection built-in and something with a fuse built in. Pretty much any cell phone charger will do as long as the plug matches. $30 for the Garmin charger is insane! Alternatively, the Nuvi 255w will also charge when plugged into your PC via USB.
In closing, this is a fantastic GPS with some very nice features and is very accurate in directions. I would highly recommend this to anyone (just don't pay $200 for it from Best Buy). The map detail could be a little better at times (not important to me) and it could come with more accessories. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS GPS WILL GET YOU TO WHERE YOU NEED TO GO.
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