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Garmin nüvi 205 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator
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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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|Battery Average Life||5 hours||4 hours||—||3 hours|
|Screen Size||3.5 in||3.5 in||4.3 in||4.3 in|
|Item Dimensions||2.8 x 3.8 x 0.8 in||0.6 x 3.7 x 2.9 in||0.9 x 4.9 x 2.9 in||3.7 x 7 x 3.1 in|
|Item Weight||5.2 ounces||4 ounces||6.7 ounces||0.95 lb|
nuvi205 Vehicle Navigation Unit is a portable GPS navigator, travelers reference, and digital entertainment system. Simply touch the color screen with 320 x 240 pixels to enter a destination, and nuvi takes you there with turn-by-turn voice directions, 2-D or 3-D maps and smooth map updates 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, nuvi 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. Use HotFix satellite prediction to calculate your position faster to get you there quicker. Sleek, slim design fits comfortably in your pocket or purse. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot. Also features JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. Weighs 5.2 oz.
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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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. When I first used the 205 I missed several turns because I thought I wasn't very close to the intersection and then suddenly the intersection was behind me. Even now that I've grown accustomed to it, I still find myself double checking the map with the distance-until-turn reading. I never had to do this with the Nuvi 200.
* The Nuvi 205 gets lost more often when I'm downtown. The buildings seem to confuse it whereas the 200 has no problem.
* The rerouting is sometimes baffling after I've missed a turn. It once sent me two miles along a couple of roads to turn around in a cul-de-sac and then retrace my route. I don't know if this is the case with the 200 because I didn't miss turns with it.
* The LCD display is not as good as the Nuvi 200's, with lower contrast and viewing angles.
* Battery life is not quite as good as the Nuvi 200's, presumably because it now has a faster processor.
* It does not display the compass heading when following a calculated route. It displays the current speed instead. Every car has a speedometer, but not that many have compasses. I really don't need validation of my speed, but I would like to know my current direction.
* Searching the POI database is often so slow that it's unusable. This is not new to the 205. As an example, yesterday I had some extra time after running an errand and wanted to find a Toyota dealer to look at a new car. There are quite a few Toyota dealers in KC, but I didn't know what dealers were in the immediate area, so I just entered 'Toyota'. After five minutes it had returned no results. If you know the exact name (Superior Toyota, for example), the search speed is reasonable, but that limits the usefulness.
My feedback to Garmin:
* When displaying turns on calculated routes, just zoom in once or twice when approaching a turn rather than in a longer continuous zoom that sometimes makes it appear that the vehicle is not getting closer to the upcoming turn.
* Use a better LCD screen.
* Improve the POI searching or make more categories.
* When displaying a calculated route, make the bottom left button/readout user configurable. It currently displays the speed, and when you touch that area of the screen it displays all sorts of navigation info (including the compass heading). The user should be able to touch any item on that screen and have that be the new value displayed in the lower left corner of the main screen.
* Draw major roads with thinner lines. Sometimes the highways are drawn with such thick lines that useful details are obscured.
I haven't found the fact that it doesn't say street names a problem. I used to use my Verizon Navigator, which speaks street names; and I still used to glance at the phone to read the street names myself anyway.
A very small gripe I have is that you can't use this to navigate when all you have is a city name; however, you can use the unit if you have a street name. The unit will pick a street address for you. So when I need to drive to a city center, I just pick "Main" Street if it's available. However, it's not often that I have a need to navigate without an address, so that's not a big deal.
Sometimes, it does lead you astray, to the wrong location; or in once instance, I really needed gas, and it took me to a 7-11 that didn't sell gas. Another small gripe is that the screen washes out when the sun directly shines on it. However, I use the bean bag base on my dashboard, so all I have to do is pick it up and move it to the shadows.
It can be a little slow when syncing up with the satellites, but once it does, I've never had it drop the signals like my cell phone has.
Outside these issues, which I haven't found too inconvenient, it's a fantastic unit. It even accepts and provides GPS coordinates. I love the fact that it comes loaded with the locations of gas stations, restaurants, hospitals, etc.
For the price, it's more than worth it.
The Garmin itself was fine, even though it didn't recognized some new exit and streets so I got lost multiple times. The price was too good for something that works. Please, do a favor to yourself and spend a little more in something that won't stop working on you after 2 weeks.