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Garmin Nuvi 250

Garmin Nuvi 250
alaScore 78

1399 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1399 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the voice guidance and screen are generally positive. The performance and value for money also get good feedback.

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 250 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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(Based on 1399 reviews)

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Garmin Nuvi 250 (silver)


The Garmin Nuvi series of GPS devices enjoys a fair number of fans. The Nuvi 660 and the Nuvi 350 have earned an average of 7.5 and 8.6 user ratings, respectively. And it's not hard to see why. These ultraportable gadgets not only serve as navigation...

The Garmin Nuvi 200 boasts a compact design and is easy to use. It offers accurate directions and some nice tools for the traveler.

Though the Nuvi 200 is more affordable than other models in the series, we wish the price was slightly lower based on the included feature set.

The Garmin Nuvi 200 series offers drivers and travelers a more budget-friendly version of the popular portable navigation devices, but we think the price is still slightly high for what you get.

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Garmin nuvi 250


The groundbreaking Garmin nüvi 350 practically created the shirt-pocket travel companion category. It also had a price befitting new technology from a leader in the compact GPS space. Garmin is now offering a cheaper model, the nüvi 250, which sells...

Familiar Garmin menu system. Preloaded with maps. Includes some travel kit features

No text-to-speech conversion. Less-sensitive GPS receiver than the 300 series

Even for $100 less than the much more capable nüvi 350, the nüvi 250 may not be that great a value.

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Garmin pink nuvi 250 review


The Garmin pink nuvi 250 is a special edition version of a popular entry-level nuvi GPS. It sports a 3.5 inch color touch-screen display, has preloaded maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and 6 million points of interest.


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Garmin nuvi 250 Review


This week I put the nuvi 250 through GPSmagazine's rigorous testing criteria and found out how the newest, budget-friendly nuvi stacks up against the competition (and other nuvi's!).

Great Entry Level GPS (But Kinda Pricey)

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Garmin nuvi 250 review


UPDATE: A newer model, the nuvi 255, offers these features and more.

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Garmin Nuvi 250 Review


When my old gps guidance unit broke, I immediately turned on my computer and went shopping for a new one, because as a business man I cannot afford to waste time getting lost trying to figure out the correct way to my destination. As I was shopping for...

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"Great buy for $129 canadian funds"


we bought this and it works great. hasent got us lost at all. the voice is nice and clear. and some have said you cant see in the day light. I can see fine. a few said that they are told to get off at the wrong exit? maby they put the wrong map down,...

quick map upload, easy to hear, easy to see in sunlight, Nice size. can recharge from your pc(you can buy a ubs cord)

None at all

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I see the Garmin's have the highest ratings. If this is the best then none are of much value. It seems to think that one busy city thoroughfare is faster than another just because of a state Hwy. designation, so ignores other faster streets. It is slow...

Can find addresses 95% of the time. Small and easy to use when it works.

It gets lost a lot. Doesn't take fastest routes when on fastest route setting. Has roads that don' exist in database. Slow to capture satellites.

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"'searching for satellite'"


One of the most unreliable pieces of electronic equipment I have ever purchased. Got a 'deal', only to find out that the maps included were old... upgrading to the newer maps required a lot of $ and was a pain to do... had to delete the majority of its...

portable, has extensive information about restaurants, hotels, etc

Ohhh, where to begin. When the unit works, it works really well, which makes this such a frustrating product... it spends a TON of time trying to locate a satellite, and loses reception easily. More often than not it jams up....

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"Great and valuable instrument for your vehicle."


Small, compact and easy to use. Tells you in clear and precise language where you need to turn and how far you need to go before your next move or turn. Large and clear picture, nice clear volume. Recieved this gift from a senator while driving for him...

never get lost or delayedd anymore. Takes me to where I need to go in the shortest and fastest time.

So far, nothing.

Product Specifications

With its powerful sonar, high-resolution screens, abundant features and affordable price, the Garmin Fishfinder 250 will excite fishermen of all skill levels. The Garmin Fishfinder 250's high-performance sonar and high-resolution screens make fishing easy. Its single or dual-frequency sonar is dependable and intuitive to use. The Fishfinder 250 features a 320 x 320 pixel, 10-level grayscale FSTN, 4.5-inch diagonal screen - similar to those normally found in higher-priced units. Suitable for both fresh water and saltwater, the Fishfinder 250 is available with either a dual-frequency 50/200 kHz transducer for deep-water applications, or a single-frequency 200 kHz transducer for shallow inland lakes and bays. The Fishfinder 250's slim profile also makes it ideal for mounting in-dash or on the bow. The unique quick-release, one-knob tilt swivel-mount allows for easy viewing at any angle.


Run Time (Up To):5hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:3.5"
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9 cm
Display Diagonal:4.5in
Display Diagonal (metric):11.4cm
Resolution:320 x 240

Dimensions & Weight


GPS Compatibility

Compatible GPS Receivers:Garmin n / Garmin StreetPilot c330 / Garmin StreetPilot c340 / Garmin StreetPilot c550 / Garmin zumo 400 / Garmin zumo 450 / Garmin zumo 500 / Garmin zumo 550 / Garmin zumo 660

GPS Software

Distribution Media:DVD
Maps Included:Hawaii / North America / Puerto Rico/North America
Product Type:Map/application update/Maps (update)

GPS System

Recommended Use:Automotive/Automotive / Hiking
Type:GPS receiver


Localization:English / French
Model:250/DVD Update 2009/Map Update 2008 Europe/Onetime City Navigator Europe NT 2010 Map Update
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin Fishfinder/Garmin n/MapSource City Europe NT/MapSource City Navigator NT





PC System Requirements for GPS

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.4.11 or later / Microsoft Windows XP SP2/Microsoft Windows 2000


Device Type:Fishfinder


Transducer Presence:Included transducer