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Garmin Nuvi 205

Garmin Nuvi 205
alaScore 81

1367 reviews

Feb, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1367 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. Views about the maps and screen are generally positive. The price and performance are also appreciated.

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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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Garmin Nuvi 205

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 275 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 205 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Views about the reliability and maps are on the whole positive. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably.

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92% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk 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

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Garmin Nuvi 205

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 647 user reviews of Garmin Nuvi 205 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Comments about the screen and size are on the whole positive. The performance and price are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the durability. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

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91% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Troy Dreier (laptopmag.com)

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 (gpsmagazine.com)

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 (gpslodge.com)

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 (gpstracklog.com)

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

Expert review by: (goodhousekeeping.com)

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...

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

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 (techsmart.co.za)

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: gonefortheday (newegg.com)

OK unit - Update issue

 

I really don't want to spend all that money to upgrade the map.

Bought this unit to replace older 250 Nuvi. Worked better and used twice on trip through NY/NJ. Prompts at right times for turns, etc. 3 egs for performance ; Unit sale price better than cost to upgrade map

Garmin doesn't do very well in saying it up front. You must register and update 60 days from registration/acquiring satellite. Sad to say I didn't understand/update in time and now I have two Nuvi's with out of date maps. Contacted Garmin, not much...

Sep, 2010

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

GARMIN nüvi 205 3.5" GPS Navigation

 

its small. some people don't think of this but i can just stuff it in my back back and i would never know it was there ; sturdy build. i have dropped it a bunch of times

its small. the suction cup doesn't always stick sometimes i find it falling off my window. i can not get the sticky part to stick to my dash ; abc key board ; slow map refresh. doesn't really matter

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: Joan in NC (newegg.com)

Poor Fit for Road Warrior

 

This is a good little very basic GPS for tooling around for short periods of time or distances. It is not for the professional on the road or the road warrior or trucker or any person needing a GPS while traveling for long periods of time or distances....

I realize now that I've been spoiled w/ my little Garmin nuvi 350. It's served me well having been a little work horse for the past few years. But it's starting to glitch a little once in a while so I thought I'd better begin looking for a replacement....

There are a no. of "Cons" I could list here but suffice it to say that this is a stripped down GPS w/ few if any useful bells and whistles ; The real deal breaker for me was not being able to use the GPS while it's charging. I tried it out for the 1st...

Jun, 2010

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

Battery

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

Depth:0.8in
Height:2.8in/2.8in / 2.9in
Weight:5.2oz
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

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

Header

Manufacturer:Garmin
Model:205
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n

Navigation

Routes:0
Tracklog Points:10000
Waypoints:1000