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Garmin Nuvi 205W / 205WT

Garmin Nuvi 205W / 205WT
alaScore 78

1412 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1412 reviews from magazines and websites. People 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 205W / 205WT is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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(Based on 1412 reviews)

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Love it!!! Great Buy!


I bought this at Wal-Mart for $94-- what a steal!!! It is great, don't hesitate to buy it. I originally bought a Tom Tom which was $40 higher than this one, but it did not work AT ALL. I deliver Meals on Wheels in my community, and out of 20 addresses, the Tom Tom maybe found 5. This one found ALL 20! The Garmin is more user friendly, less complicated, and it loads very quickly. It is accurate, easy to read, and to me the best feature is that it allows you to put in an address, then it will give you all of the city/ states in the United States (or elsewhere, I assume) to choose from-- in case you don't know the exact city. I cannot say enough great things about this GPS-- it is worth every penny, and it far surpasses Tom Tom's GPS!

Simple controls, Acquires satellites quickly, Compact, Easy menus, Easy to read, Easy to set up, Large screen, Reliable performance

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Garmin Nuvi 205W


When most people think GPS device, the first name that pops into mind is Garmin Nuvi. Garmin's Nuvi 200 line of navigators was an excellent blend of ease of use and value. The new Nuvi 2x5 line of GPS navigation devices seeks to build on that...

The Garmin Nuvi 205W features a large touch screen and an easy to understand interface. Start-up, destination entry, and trip routing/rerouting times are slightly faster than the competition. "Where am I?" feature is very useful for emergencies.

The Nuvi 205W's feature set is rather limited. Mounting cradle is bulkier than competing models and not very portable.

As entry-level GPS navigators go, the Garmin Nuvi 205W is still one of the best choices available for users who want speedy performance without breaking the bank.

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Garmin Nuvi 205W GPS Review


The Garmin Nuvi 205W GPS Receiver is one of the better GPS systems you can buy because...


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Garmin Nuvi 205W GPS


For many shoppers interested in purchasing a GPS for their car or travel needs, there sometimes lies the dilemma: do I go cheap, or risk it and pay a lot for a GPS that does more than what I really need, which is navigation? Not everyone needs a GPS...

Such is not the case with the Garmin 205W GPS. The 205W is not only easy to use, but also performs well despite its rather basic overall package. It lacks many "fancy" features that more high end GPS devices may have, but when it comes to its main...

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Garmin nüvi 205W


The  nüvi 205W is a well liked GPS and an entry level price. It doesn't come with all the bells and whistles as the more expensive GPS devices, such as recommended lanes, photo viewers, bluetooth etc. Specifications: 4.3 in Touch …

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Garmin Nuvi 205 / 2X5 Series | nuvi 265T, 265WT and 275T with Hands-free Bluetooth and Lifetime Traffic Alerts Review


Garmin's nuvi 205 / 2X5 (both designations have been used by Garmin) series has been expanded from just the 205 and 255W to include the Garmin nuvi 265T, 265WT and 275T. Garmin advertise the 205 series as their simple-to-use, low-cost personal...

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Garmin Nuvi 25 Models | Nuvi 3.5 inch 205, 4.3 inch 205W | Nuvi 3.5 inch 255 and 4.3 inch 255W Auto GPS Navigators with Navigation by Photos Review


The Garmin 3.5 inch touch screen 205 and 255 and the 4.3 inch screen 205 W and 255W are what Garmin refer to as their 25 model auto GPS navigators. All have improved features over earlier models including improved mapping and routing features, faster...

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Garmin nuvi 205W review


The Garmin nuvi 205W is one of Garmin's entry level navigators and, as part of the nuvi 2×5 series, it's loaded with features previously unavailable in the nuvi line or found only in high-end models. More about that in a moment; first the basics. The...

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Garmin Nuvi 205W


The Nuvi 205W is the most basic of Garmin's wide screen Nuvi 2x5W line but it still features many of the most important features of the rest of the line. Most noticeable is the 4.3-inch, diagonally measured, touchscreen. It has the same 480 x 272 pixel...

The Garmin Nuvi 205W has the ability to receive real time traffic information but only with the addition of an optional FM receiver and subscription to a traffic service. Its preloaded maps are limited to the contiguous United States, Hawaii and Puerto...

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I love the Machine


I love the Machine so much

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Product Specifications

Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Navigation System Portable, affordable and wide, Garmins nuvi 205W is your personal travel assistant for life on the go. Its streamlined design creates a slimmer, more refined shape while the 4.3 display is ideal for navigation. This navigator also 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., Canada or regional sections of Europe. The 205W is priced right and ultra-easy to use. Go anywhere with this amazing offering! Features 4.3 WQVGA color TFT display with white backlight Resolution: 480 x 272 Base maps Pre-loaded regional maps Ability to add maps Memory: Built-in internal solid state Accepts data cards Voice prompt internal speaker 3D map view Auto en-route Choice of route setup Route avoidance Custom POIs FM traffic compatible Photo navigation Picture viewer Garmin Garage World travel clock Currency and unit converter Calculator Qwerty or ABC keyboard option Garmin lock Rechargable lithium ion battery Connections SD card in USB in Includes nuvi 205 Preloaded City Navigator NT data for lower 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico Vehicle suction cup mount Vehicle power cable Dashboard disk Quick Start menu USB storage compatible w/ Windows 2000 or later and Mac OS X 10.4 or later. Dimensions: 2.9H x 0.8D x 4.8W Weight: 6.1 oz. 12 months parts and labor warranty


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

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:4.3"
Diagonal Size (metric):10.9 cm
Resolution:480 x 272

Dimensions & Weight


GPS Software

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

GPS System

Recommended Use:Automotive
Type:GPS receiver


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n