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- skyl1Nov 11, 2010by
Garmin nuvi 255W saved my girlfriend!
I recently started dating a girl who moved here from Florida and not only does she not know the area, she's also gets nervous easily when following directions and has gotten lost. I figured a GPS would help but she's also not the biggest techno-geek and I knew I had to get her one that wouldn't be to difficult to use but still do everything she would need.<br><br>The Garmin 255W was exactly what the doctor ordered. After giving it to her she's been feeling so much more confident about driving around the area and wanted to explore more than ever before. She loves the unit!<br><br>This GPS is in one word: polished. It has all the major functions that you need in a GPS unit with a simple, easy to use interface, all thrown together with a large wide-screen and excellent response time. Garmin is quality. Really I can't see a reason to buy a more expensive unit unless you desperately need the advanced functionality.Read full review
- anubisthanatosJul 19, 2010by
Garmin 255w Falling short.
I picked up this Garmin 255W as it has high ratings across the Web and is a recommended unit for the price.<br><br>Now I know some units feature this and that and so forth, and that this unit is more of an entry level unit with missing bells and whistles.<br><br>The sound is not 100% clear... Who cares.<br>It doesnt have Blue tooth.. Meh..<br>You can't talk to it to enter routes... Pfftt..<br><br>using it as an electronic map is almost impossible.... Wait what..?<br>This unit when using it without a route.. will only display 50% of street names, making this unit an electronic mapping device.. useless.<br><br>Sure I can add routes and get to my destination.. sure it makes a few mistakes.. blah blah it's an electronic device it will have some mistakes and you should have some common sense before beleiveing a GPS blindly..<br><br>IT CANNOT LIST ALL NAMES WHEN USING IT AS AN ELECTRONIC MAP.. Really WTF..<br>this is a defective product line.<br><br>I don't need it to display it on the title bar and all this.. it should show on the map at all times when driving as a map mode only unit.<br><br>My CHEAPER TOM TOM does this without a hitch.. yet the best of the best brand Garmin can't get this simple and needed feature in an electronic map to work..<br><br>Not impressed at all.. Also my street of 7 years is still in the middle of the field.. sure its a 3rd party company responisble for it, yet Garmin as there major user should push them to update the maps.<br><br>If you have one of the Handheld units for Geocashing and mapping in the wild.. yes they are the best.. as a car device.. I know this is the entry level model but still there is no reason that this unit can not list street names.<br>not having every single POI i can see and accept but street names come on..<br><br>I do security work and travel alot in places im not 100% familiar with, alot of times for my rounds and destination I don't have reall addresses.. so I can use the GPS to drive around and see the street names at night so I don't get confused with the "Was Evergreen this street or 2 down". It's helpful to use even on days where you are pretty sure but not 100% I used to use this on my tom tom until it was stolen, I saw this here at a good price and figure hey it's garmin.. it has to be better.. Truly dissapointed..<br><br>I can't give it lower marks really as the main part of the GPS.. Routing and directions and so forth works fine and is a decent unit.. yet not having street names as you approch them is just stupid.. a guy in your passenger seat can do a better job.. and a GPS is an electronic map.. it should be able to outperform the guy int he passenger side on all aspects of navigation... maybe not keeping you awake or singing badly at tunes.. but names of streets.. basic basic function..<br><br>My typing is bad and my text is not in a real review form.. Meh who cares.<br>Point stays that this unit needs to list names of streets and get some upgraded maps.. and not the unit but Garmin as a whole.. 2-3 years missing sure happens almost 10 years and the maps are still missing streets.. not really great.Read full review
- stanc314Jan 13, 2011by
Garmin Nuvi 255W and 265WT Are Great Products
Garmin makes the most reliable, accurate, and convenient GPS units on the market.<br>They are also the best value for the price, and an even better value here on eBay.<br><br>We have 10 drivers (including parents, aunts, children, and grandchildren) in our family; plus 4 friends; that all use Garmin GPS units. They include a 6 yr old C330, 1 Nuvi 255Ws, 2 Nuvi 265WTs, 4 Nuvi 1490Ts, 3 Nuvi 765Ts, 1 Nuvi 2597 & 1 2797.<br><br>The 7xx series, 1490Ts, 2597 & 2797 are great for trips … they support multiple stops en-route, and they store up to 10 different routes - that you can create at your desk … while you plan your trip.<br><br>The only bad review I saw on eBay included a comment that Google Maps route was I-5 to “the 610” to Whittier,CA; while Garmen used I-5 Exit 120.<br><br>One omission and one problem: Google said the Exit 120 route was 20 minutes faster in traffic … and “the 610?” may be I-610 - the Houston, TX Loop, I-605 goes past Whittier, CA.<br><br>This same reviewer claimed they couldn’t send Google Maps to either Garmin they tried.<br><br>If they had searched on “Google Maps to Garmin” they would have found at least four references that tell you to:<br>Download the FREE “GARMIN COMMUNICATOR PLUGGIN” from Garmin first<br><br>You Can Send Google Maps Data To Your Garmin GPS In Less Than 3 Minutes<br><br>1. Connect your Garmin GPS to your computer with a USB cable<br>2. Open Internet Explorer<br>3. Enter the address or business name, with the city and state, in the Google search window<br>4. Click on the center of the displayed map to enlarge it<br>5. Click on the Icon in the center of the map to display the information<br>6. Click on more (lower right) to open the data options<br>7. Click on Send to select a destination device email, Phone, Car, or GPS<br>8. Click on GPS to display the supported products<br>9. Select Garmin<br>10. Click on the Send box … Garmin Communicator opens automatically and displays your device<br>11. Click in the box next to your device to select it<br>12. Click the “Send To GPS” box to save the information in your Garmin “Favorites”<br><br>When you get in your car:<br><br>1. Connect your Garmin car cable<br>2. Press “Where To?”<br>3. Press “Favorites”<br>4. Scroll down to your destination<br>5. Press your destination to select it and display the name and address, you assigned or the business name, address, and phone number. (You can even press “Show Map” to preview the destination area.)<br>6. Press “Go!” to start getting directions.Read full review
- tybo132000Dec 30, 2010by
Garmin - Nuvi 255W
The good: 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. Text-to-speech reads street and points of interest names aloud. All in all very fast - faster than competition.<br><br>The bad: The Nuvi 255W's feature set is rather limited. Mounting cradle is bulkier than competing models and not as portable. But those are minor issues.<br><br>The bottom line: 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. I love mine.
- topnotchstuffJun 19, 2010by
The LEADER is the LEADER for a reason: THUMBS UP!
We've used a laptop-based GPS program for nearly a decade. We liked the ability to add Via-points and stops, to deviate from the routed path and have it report that it detected we were "Off-route" and "recalulated" a new path based on our real location. We have resisted buying a portable GPS because of the expense and the "missing" features. A few weeks ago, we gave in, and bought the 255W, after returning a TomTom 350XL (that's another review).<br><br>First off, it's a nice, compact unit. There are thinner units on the market, but how important is a quarter-inch? It has a nice-sized screen, simple on-off button, includes a windshield suction cup mount that seems to work (tho we won't know about durability of that until we've moved it a few times). Its screen is readable in all kinds of light conditions except direct reflection, and the mount allows you to tip it to remove reflected glare. We like it in the lower left corner of the windwhield.<br><br>There's a LARGE map update included with the unit, which you must retrieve via PC interface within 60 days of purchase. We executed the 3-hour download from their web site on day-one. If we want continued map updates, we'll have to pay a fee each time, or pay $119 for a "life-time of the product" update subscription. This is a considerable expense that affects the price-performance of the product. We don't know what option we'll choose for map updates, but we know we'll need them.<br><br>We love the menu interface! It's intuitive (for us, maybe not for you). Wherever you are, you can go forward and back in the menu structure. We like that there are (apparently) thousands of points of interest included in the Garmin's database, so we can, for instance, find the nearest Subway with a few touches of the screen.<br><br>We also like its flexibility. One doesn't always follow the prescribed route, either by choice, by road conditions, or by mistakes. We've used a TomTom 350XL, and found that once a route is set, it almost insists that you return to it if you go off-route. The Garmin does what our laptop program does: roll with the flow! We've tried it several times on known local routes, and taken it off-route purposefully to see how well it copes. Happily, it easily "recalculates" and gives us a route that is the shortest to get where we're going from WHERE WE ARE. Yes, it suggests turning around if the total distance is shorter, but once we reach the magical "break-even" mileage point, it does a fine job of getting us where we want to go without fuss.<br><br>If you are at a point where the road is obstructed, say from an accident, you can select "Detour" from the menu, and it will immediately find the best way to avoid the upcoming intersection and get you where you are going. Sometimes, this is NOT the route the roadworks folks have "planned" for you, which can be a nice thing!<br><br>We don't like that we have to purchase the PC interface cord (who wouldn't need it?) and a case (same question) as accessories. On the other hand, we found this $179 retail unit on sale for $119, so total outlay was competitive with other brands and accessories. The 255W does not include real-time traffic consideration. Know what? It's just not that important to us.<br><br>It's compact, it's readable, it's loud enough when needed, it's accurate, it's flexible. It's the company that's been doing consumer GPS the longest time, from 'way back in the 1980's in aircraft. Thay have it down pat! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!Read full review