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Garmin Nuvi 205

Garmin Nuvi 205
alaScore 81

1380 reviews

Dec, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1380 reviews of Garmin Nuvi 205. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People really like the maps and screen. The price and performance also get good views.

usability, performance, price, screen, maps

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Nuvi 205 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 275 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 205 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on People are impressed by the reliability and maps. The performance and price also get good feedback.

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92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Nuvi 205 Satellite Navigation System - Newly OverhauledGarmin Nuvi 205 Satellite Navigation System - Newly Overhauled Garmin Nuvi 205T 3.5" Sat Nav with UK and Ireland Maps and Free Lifetime Traffic

Dec, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 647 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 205 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Opinions about the screen and size are on the whole positive. The performance and price also get good feedback, but there are some mixed comments about the reliability. There are some negative reviews about the durability.

usability, price, performance, size, screen


91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin nüvi 205 3.5-Inch Portable GPS NavigatorGarmin nüvi 205 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Piano Black)Garmin nüvi 205 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: Troy Dreier (

Garmin nuvi 205 - A Review of the Garmin nuvi 205 GPS navigator


Simple menu, Photo viewer works with geotagged photos, microSD Card slot, SOS locator

Doesn't pronounce street names, Rerouting can be slow, Maps lack refinement

Rerouting on the nüvi 205 was strangely inconsistent: On one occasion, creating an updated route after a missed turn took six seconds, and another time it took well over 30 seconds. Results could be anywhere in between, but were usually less than 10...

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Fletch (

Garmin nuvi 205 Review


Garmin's nüvi 205 replaces the nüvi 200, adding niceties like an improved GPS receiver, faster screen redraws, support for traffic receivers, and, perhaps the most significant improvement, an upcoming turn arrow on the map. After thoroughly testing the...

The Best Recession-Friendly GPS You Can Buy

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Scott Martin (

Garmin Nuvi 205/255 Full Review


The Garmin Nuvi 205/255 were announced earlier this year and are quickly taking their place as solid entry level units in the Garmin line-up. The Nuvi 205/255 offer a series of new features and upgrades that improve on an already top notch interface,...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Garmin nuvi 205 review


The Garmin nuvi 205 is one of Garmin's popular entry level navigators. Like the rest of the 2×5 series, it comes with features previously unavailable in the nuvi line or found only in high-end models. Before we get into the details, let's look at the...

Sep, 2008

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Garmin 205 GPS Navigator


For an affordable price, this nüvi offers turn-by-turn, voice-guided directions and 2D and 3D maps, and is compatible with MSN Direct for receiving news, weather, traffic, local events updates, and more (the first three months are free; after...

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Garmin Nuvi 205


The Garmin Nuvi 205 could be a smart choice for someone looking for an entry level Personal Navigation Device. It's easy to use and like other Garmin devices the touchscreen is responsive and easy to understand so first time GPS users should find it...

Extreme portability is a plus for this unit. It's small enough that you could pop it off of the windshield and into your shirt pocket without difficulty. The diminutive size is also what limits the screen size but it's still of adequate size for most...

Expert review by: Andrew Gould (

Garmin Nuvi 205


The nüvi 205 is both portable and affordable, so it can go from your car into your bag or briefcase. This navigator gives you voice-guided turn by turn navigation to get you to where you want to go.

Another brilliant feature of the 205 is photo navigation. This feature allows you to download Google Panoramio pictures via Garmin's Connect Photos website and navigate to them.

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: nonousa1970 (

Garmin nüvi 205 Automobile Navigator


Great unit, compact, easy to use.Battery life is good for several hours without having to recharge.Maps and diretions are easy to read and follow.Search function is very easy.Definitely a great buy for the price.

Compact, good battery life, practical

None so far

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: mrego (

Garmin nüvi 205 Automobile Navigator


Garmin's reluctance to use decent speakers on the Nuvi line puzzles me. So far I've had two different Nuvi models and they both had terrible sounding speakers.

Fast processor, quick recalculation, good screen, easy to use, good battery

POOR QUALITY SPEAKER, nowhere near as configurable as TomTom units

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: ajacks2009 (

Garmin nüvi 205 Automobile Navigator


found this unit to do just what was needed get you to the spot need to be at. yes some improvement could be made not many if i ever need to get another one i would buy it. great buy would recommend to friends& family. just make it easier to program .

very portable easy to stach away


Jan, 2006

Product Specifications

Portable and affordable, nuvi 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
nuvi 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 nuvi 2x5-series, nuvi 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. nuvi 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 Google Panoramio pictures via our Gar


Run Time (Up To):4hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:3.5 / 3.5"/3.5"
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9 cm
Resolution:320 x 240

Dimensions & Weight

Height:2.8in/2.8in / 2.9in
Width:3.8in/3.8in / 3.9in

GPS Software

Maps Included:48 United States / Hawaii / Puerto Rico/Benelux / France/Canada/Greece / Italy/Ireland / United Kingdom/Nordic Countries

GPS System

GPS Functions / Services:Distance / Speed / Time/date/Elevation / Time/date/Elevation / Time/date
Receiver:12 channel
Recommended Use:Automotive/Automotive / Hiking/Hiking / Automotive
Speed Camera Warning: Yes
Traffic Services:MSN Direct
Type:GPS receiver


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n


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