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Pharos Drive GPS 250

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 reviews of Pharos Drive GPS 250. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and maps. The screen and price are also appreciated, but many are critical about the memory and size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Pharos Drive GPS 250 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Pharos Drive GPS 250 from The average user rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Reviewers really like the screen and maps. The usability and durability also get good feedback, but there are some mixed comments about the design. Some have doubts about the size and performance.

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50% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Pharos 250 Drive 4.3-Inch Touchscreen Portable GPS Navigator (Black)

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Craig Ellison (

Pharos Drive GPS 250


At $299.99 (list), the Pharos Drive GPS 250 is quite a bargain, especially since it hardly seems like an entry-level model. This inexpensive device comes with many of the features found in premium, higher-priced personal navigators, such a large,...

Large, 4.3-inch screen. 20-channel SiRFstarIII receiver. Text-to-speech functionality. Easy-to-navigate menus.

Small, outdated POI database. Limited language support.

The easy-to-use Pharos Drive GPS 250 offers a surprising number of premium features for the price.

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Bonnie Cha (

Pharos Drive GPS 250 review: Pharos Drive GPS 250


Test. Sometimes less is more, and that seems to be the approach Pharos is taking with its Pharos Drive GPS 250. The entry-level in-car GPS offers simplicity and ease of use with a minimalist design and interface, and all the basic navigation features...

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: (

Pharos Drive GPS 250


Relatively inexpensive GPS device lacks extras and doesn't always by default select the fastest route.

4.3-inch-diagonal screen ; Straightforward navigation

No media player ; Lacks Bluetooth connectivity

Unfortunately, like the LG LN790, the Drive 250 plunges you into the heart of urban traffic rather than finding ways around it. On several occasions, the Drive GPS 250 recommended routes that may have been shorter as the crow flies, but that took much...

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: (

Pharos Drive GPS 250 - Review of the Pharos Drive GPS 250


This navigator has some features typically found on more expensive units, but it doesn't take full advantage of them.

Large 4.3-inch screen, • Street name pronunciation

Slow processor, • Small POI database, • No Bluetooth, media player, or live traffic option, Operating System: Windows CE .Net 4.2, Processor: 266-MHz Freescale MX21, , , , , , , , , , , Hands-On With Garmin-ASUS nuvifone G60 and nuvifone M20, Garmin...

Expert review by: Tim Hillebrand (

Review : Pharos Drive GPS 250 Navigation System


At the Pharos booth at CES the sleek design of this navigation system attracted me like the A-dog in a litter. It stood out and beckoned to me. I couldn't

This is a handsomely designed unit with a crystal clear viewing screen for navigation with great maps. The navigation prompts, both visual and audio, are excellent and easy to follow. As a navigation tool, it performs well except for the paucity of POIs.

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: leevvvvvvvvvi (

Exellent GPS Navigation


Its price is reasonable. It has all the features I need.

The respond speed kinda gets slow , after weeks of use.

Jun, 2008

Consumer review by: Skenjovi (

Not Bad


Has all the features you need and works quite well.

Voice sounds like a computer and can't pronounce certain syllable's.

Jun, 2008

Consumer review by: Kneeholio (

Pharos Drive 250 is easy to use, and a great value


I bought one of these for my "directionally challenged" wife who has a hard time with complicated electronic devices. She can navigate throught the menus, no problem. We like it so much, I plan to get one for my car too!

Large screen with easy to see icons

Cannot input way-points, it navigates to one selected destination at a time

Jun, 2008

Consumer review by: enjoy1983 (

great portable GPS at a bargain


Does it come with different colors? My girl friend likes brighter color.

Clear and large screen

It would be nice if this device could provide gas prices and traffic alerts. Need to hold power button for a while to turn on the device.

Jun, 2008

Consumer review by: pcwrd (

top of line at the price of entry level


If you're looking for an affordable GPS with a very readable screen, the Pharos Drive GPS 250 is worth considering.

text to speech driving directions ; 4.3" large screen ; have pedestrian modes ; accurate enough to use in unfamiliar locales ; easy to use ; relatively inexpensive

no bluetooth ; no MP3 player

Jun, 2008

Product Specifications

The Pharos Drive GPS 250n (US) makes it easy to keep your eyes on the road when looking for a specific address with voice prompts and turn-by-turn spoken instructions that include the name of the street or highway (text-to-speech technology). The large 4.3" color touch screen LCD clearly displays the preloaded U. S. street level maps and navigation routing (Contiguous United States). In addition, you can choose from four languages-English, Spanish, French, or Traditional Chinese, for the on-screen displays. Pharos is the recognized GPS technology leader and you can feel confident that the Pharos Drive GPS 250n (US) is an excellent choice to suit your navigational needs.


Run Time (Up To):3hour(s)/7hour(s)

Built-in Display

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

Dimensions & Weight


GPS Software

Maps Included:Canada / USA/USA

GPS System

Receiver:20 channel
Recommended Use:Automotive
Type:GPS receiver


Manufacturer:Pharos Science & Applications
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pharos Drive GPS