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Garmin Nuvi 205

Garmin Nuvi 205
alaScore 78

1480 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1480 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the voice guidance and screen. The performance and value for money are also mentioned favorably.

usability, value for money, performance, screen, voice guidance

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 78/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 1480 reviews)

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Bet none of the expert reviewers tried to update the maps


The ETA on this machine is an utter joke. Utterly inaccurate can be out by half an hour on a 10 minute journey. Terrible at finding street names and the worst about Garmin is trying to update the maps. The GArmin site is probably the worst site I have ever visited in 20 years. You can waist days and get nowhere. You can speak to their IT people and get nowhere. And now many of their links don't work either if you try and upload their softwared. Save your money buy any brand expect a GARMIN.

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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...

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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


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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,...

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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...

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Garmin 205 GPS Navigator


Maxell’s Encore EN-5 offer a rich, full sound for an affordable price, beating out nearly all of the headphones in the test. However, our testers didn’t think they were very comfortable, nor did this pair do a good job staying put during use....

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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...

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Great gps for the buck.


Unless you want to spend a few hundred bucks i don't think you will find a better gps on the market. I highly recommend this.

If you get this device you must get the adapter that lets you use the msn direct service if your city enables it. I was amazed how right on it was. I loved the vibrant colors on the screen so easy to see in direct sunlight. It hasn't failed me yet

There are only two flaws I see with the device. First I wish the screen was a little bigger although it does the job, and second the battery life doesn't last long when brightness is all the way turned up. But no biggie cause it can stay plugged in

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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

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Great GPS for the money


I like the NUVI 205, it is easy to configure and use on the road and is also easy to read in daylight and darkness.

Easy to use and see in different lighting conditions

Wasn't packaged with USB computer interface cable

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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

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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