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Garmin nuvi 255W

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin nuvi 255W is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Garmin Nuvi 255W


Editors' note: The following review is of the Garmin Nuvi 205W . The 255W is identical to the 205W in nearly every way, except that the 255W features a text-to-speech function that reads street and points of interest (POI) names aloud and is preloaded...

The Garmin Nuvi 255W features a large touch screen and an easy-to-understand interface. Start-up, destination entry, and trip routing and rerouting times are slightly faster than the competition. "Where am I?" feature is very useful for emergencies....

The Nuvi 255W'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 255W is still one of the best choices available for anyone who wants speedy performance without breaking the bank.

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Budget car GPS


In real-life use, owners say the Garmin nuvi 255W is a reliably fast, efficient navigator -- more so than newer, fancier Garmin models. Experts say the nuvi 255W offers the two most important extra features, too: an easy-to-see widescreen and spoken...

Widescreen, speaks street names, fast routing and mapping

No free traffic alerts, no Bluetooth

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Garmin Nuvi 255W GPS Review


Garmin is one of the best-known, leading competitors in the GPS market, and the Garmin Nuvi 255W is the next in the classic Nuvi line. It is a fairly basic, inexpensive model, but functions efficiently - it's good at what it does.


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Garmin nüvi 255W


The nüvi 255W from Garmin is vastly popular GPS and for good reason, it's priced to sell and offers a great user interface. A five hour battery life and smooth 3D or 2D maps. The screen which is one of …

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Garmin Nuvi 205W, 255W Full Review


The Garmin Nuvi 205W/255W were announced earlier this year and are quickly taking their place as solid entry level units in the Garmin line-up. The Nuvi 205W/255W offer a series of new tweaks that I have quickly come to appreciate and enjoy.

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Garmin nuvi 255 review


The Garmin nuvi 255 is one of Garmin's entry level navigators and, like the rest of the nuvi 2×5 series, it is loaded with features previously unavailable in the nuvi line or found only in high-end models. Before we get into those though, let's look at...

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Garmin nuvi 255W review


The Garmin nüvi 255W 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 Garmin nuvi 255W is a joy to use. I recommend it, or any other member of the nuvi 2×5 series, without hesitation. Garmin has set a new standard with this product line; the nuvi 2×5 series is the best entry level GPS on the market.

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Garmin Nuvi 255W


The Garmin Nuvi 255W ranks among the best "Traffic Optional" Personal Navigation Devices being edged out only very slightly by the TomTom GO 730 in overall performance. The Nuvi 255W provides a bigger bang for the buck, however, in that it is...

On the downside, the 255W doesn't allow for excluding certain streets from the route list as many comparable devices do

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Dont last at all


SHould have done some research before purchase to avoid getting the wrong one.

Has traffic update to help me reroute

it last last than 2 year

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It quit when the warranty ran out


If another unit lasted longer than a year, I would buy one of those- but I am very leery of getting another Garmin at this point, unless someone has a simple fix for mine, and how to get it to take a charge and stay on.

It was easy to use while it lasted, but sure as another person wrote- after the first year, it just quit

I had noticed that it sometimes looked for awhile for a satellite, and at times, it thought that I was still someplace else- like at home when I was close to work and vice versa

Product Specifications

Go wide and get peace of mind with nvi 255W. This affordable, widescreen navigator leads the way with voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions that speak street names and optional MSN Directreg services to get you there on time and keep you informed. It's packed with millions of destinations and maps for North America or Europe. Like the rest of the sleek n#252vi 2x5-series, this portable navigator is priced right and ultra-easy to use. See More With nvi 255W's widescreen display, you'll always get the big picture. View map detail, driving directions, photos and more in bright, brilliant color. Its sunlight-readable, 4.3-inch display is easy to read - from any direction. Navigate With Ease nvi 255W comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigatorreg NT street maps, including a hefty points of interest (POIs) database with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. It even announces the name of exits and streets so you never have to take your eyes off the road. 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 updates 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, nvi 255W 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 HotFixtrade satellite prediction, nvi calculates your position faster to get you there quicker. Take It With You Like the rest of the nvi 2x5-series, nvi 255W 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


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

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:4.3"
Diagonal Size (metric):10.9 cm/8.9 cm
Resolution:480 x 272

Dimensions & Weight


GPS Software

Maps Included:Australia/Canada / Puerto Rico / USA/New Zealand/North America

GPS System

GPS Functions / Services:Distance / Time/date
Receiver:12 channel
Recommended Use:Automotive/Automotive / Hiking
Type:GPS receiver


Country Kits:Europe
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin n