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Garmin nüvi 255W 4.3" GPS - Text To Speech, Where Am I? - 010-00718-20

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4.5
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4.6
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4.4
Ease of Use
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I bought this Nuvi 255W last Thursday from buy.com and got it on Monday. I checked the price again today and it's dropped $10 less. I've used the GPS during the pass 2 days. So far I like it. <br><br> Many reviews on other sites said that the TTS(text-to-speech) isn't as good as other models. I found it is acceptable to me. Although it is not as good as the regular American-English one. I've heard that there is an update on the voice but I've not tried the update yet. <br><br> Here are the pros I've noticed so far. I'm sure as I used it more I will find more things.<br><br> 1)Fast acquired satellite signals. <br> 2)Hotfix (re-route)is fast.<br> 3)Sensitive. It can get signal inside house near window.<br> 4)The speed limit changed right where the speed limit signs are located. <br><br> However, I've also noticed 4 main cons.<br><br> 1)When I drove pass streets the streets shown on the GPS lack by about 1 second. <br><br> 2)Garmin doesn't include a USB-miniUSB cable in the box. Garmin USB-miniUSB cable is different from the regular camera cable(internally). Using Garmin USB cable will allow you to charge and work on the GPS at the same time. If you use a standard camera USB-miniUSB cable, the unit will turn into a mass storage mode (like a flash drive). You will be able to charge the battery only. You won't be able use your GPS at all. Talking about how to make money. If you do some research online, there is a way to get by this without buying a Garmin cable. <br><br> I've tried the cigarette-usb cable (included in the box). It can be used to charge the battery while operate the GPS in your car at the same time.<br><br> 3)The quick manual is pretty much useless. They could have save trees and not print it. Garmin needs to spend more time into developing a better detail manual. Example, there is no instruction or icon show you which direction to insert the SD card. Not on the GPS case or in the manual. I've to trial and error. <br><br>To insert a SD card. Holding the GPS face up. The SD card's contacts face down and insert it in.<br><br> No instruction on how to copy photos into what folder on the unit. If you are a computer literate, I guess this feature would be useless to you.<br><br> 4)No backup CD. If you accidentally delete files or a folder on the unit, you are out of luck. So, the first thing I did with my unit was creating a backup disk right away. (copy files from the GPS unit on to my PC and burn them into a disk.) All files and folder ~ 1.22GB. Make sure to back up your files/folders.<br><br> Disprite of the cons, so far, I enjoy using this GPS over the emap I own. I used to hesitate to go out of my directions but not any more. Today, it brought me home through a route I've never drove through before. The route has less traffic than one I normally used.

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I bought this NUVI 255W from buy.com. It got here 5 days later in good condition. I've used it to navigate to a few known and unknown places. So far it works great. <br><br> I picked this NUVI 255W over 260W after did some reading from many websites. The unit has all features I need. I don't need other premium features. No GPS is perfect and they all last about 4-5 yrs any way. Why pay more? So, here are some Pros and Cons I've noticed so far. <br><br> <b>PROS:</b> Fast satellite pick up, fast recalculate route, TTS voice is not bad but could be better, screen is bright enough to see in the sun, The unit will zoom in when approching a turn so you can see direction better then it will zoom back out. <br><br> <b>CONS:</b> A much better user manual is needed. It only comes with a quick manual. I can do without it. It only come with a vehicle power cable. No USB to mini cable. Using a regular camera USB-mini will only allowed you to charge the unit. You won't be able to operate the unit while it is being charged. You have to buy "Garmin" special USB-mini cable to be able to charge and operate the unit from your PC. However, there is a way to by pass this if you do some research online. Battery only last 3-4 hrs. depends on the volumn and brightness levels. The unit seems to be 1 second lack the real time movement. <br><br> <b>OVERALL:</b> It is a good GPS. Not perfect by any mean. I normally have to plan directions from mapquest before I go some where I'm not familiar with. Not any more. The unit helps me getting to places with a peace of mind and it's performing for what I paid for. I'd recommend this unit.

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A good basic GPS

by Ben on 9/18/2008

I bought this Nuvi 255W last Thursday from buy.com and got it on Monday. I checked the price again today and it's dropped $10 less. I've used the GPS during the pass 2 days. So far I like it. <br><br> Many reviews on other sites said that the TTS(text-to-speech) isn't as good as other models. I found it is acceptable to me. Although it is not as good as the regular American-English one. I've heard that there is an update on the voice but I've not tried the update yet. <br><br> Here are the pros I've noticed so far. I'm sure as I used it more I will find more things.<br><br> 1)Fast acquired satellite signals. <br> 2)Hotfix (re-route)is fast.<br> 3)Sensitive. It can get signal inside house near window.<br> 4)The speed limit changed right where the speed limit signs are located. <br><br> However, I've also noticed 4 main cons.<br><br> 1)When I drove pass streets the streets shown on the GPS lack by about 1 second. <br><br> 2)Garmin doesn't include a USB-miniUSB cable in the box. Garmin USB-miniUSB cable is different from the regular camera cable(internally). Using Garmin USB cable will allow you to charge and work on the GPS at the same time. If you use a standard camera USB-miniUSB cable, the unit will turn into a mass storage mode (like a flash drive). You will be able to charge the battery only. You won't be able use your GPS at all. Talking about how to make money. If you do some research online, there is a way to get by this without buying a Garmin cable. <br><br> I've tried the cigarette-usb cable (included in the box). It can be used to charge the battery while operate the GPS in your car at the same time.<br><br> 3)The quick manual is pretty much useless. They could have save trees and not print it. Garmin needs to spend more time into developing a better detail manual. Example, there is no instruction or icon show you which direction to insert the SD card. Not on the GPS case or in the manual. I've to trial and error. <br><br>To insert a SD card. Holding the GPS face up. The SD card's contacts face down and insert it in.<br><br> No instruction on how to copy photos into what folder on the unit. If you are a computer literate, I guess this feature would be useless to you.<br><br> 4)No backup CD. If you accidentally delete files or a folder on the unit, you are out of luck. So, the first thing I did with my unit was creating a backup disk right away. (copy files from the GPS unit on to my PC and burn them into a disk.) All files and folder ~ 1.22GB. Make sure to back up your files/folders.<br><br> Disprite of the cons, so far, I enjoy using this GPS over the emap I own. I used to hesitate to go out of my directions but not any more. Today, it brought me home through a route I've never drove through before. The route has less traffic than one I normally used.

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A goog wide screen GPS

by Ben on 10/1/2008

I bought this NUVI 255W from buy.com. It got here 5 days later in good condition. I've used it to navigate to a few known and unknown places. So far it works great. <br><br> I picked this NUVI 255W over 260W after did some reading from many websites. The unit has all features I need. I don't need other premium features. No GPS is perfect and they all last about 4-5 yrs any way. Why pay more? So, here are some Pros and Cons I've noticed so far. <br><br> <b>PROS:</b> Fast satellite pick up, fast recalculate route, TTS voice is not bad but could be better, screen is bright enough to see in the sun, The unit will zoom in when approching a turn so you can see direction better then it will zoom back out. <br><br> <b>CONS:</b> A much better user manual is needed. It only comes with a quick manual. I can do without it. It only come with a vehicle power cable. No USB to mini cable. Using a regular camera USB-mini will only allowed you to charge the unit. You won't be able to operate the unit while it is being charged. You have to buy "Garmin" special USB-mini cable to be able to charge and operate the unit from your PC. However, there is a way to by pass this if you do some research online. Battery only last 3-4 hrs. depends on the volumn and brightness levels. The unit seems to be 1 second lack the real time movement. <br><br> <b>OVERALL:</b> It is a good GPS. Not perfect by any mean. I normally have to plan directions from mapquest before I go some where I'm not familiar with. Not any more. The unit helps me getting to places with a peace of mind and it's performing for what I paid for. I'd recommend this unit.

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Product Overview

Go wide and get peace of mind with nüvi 255W. This affordable, widescreen navigator leads the way with voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions that speak street names 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 North America or Europe. Like the rest of the sleek nüvi 2x5-series, this portable navigator is priced right and ultra-easy to use.

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  • With nüvi 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

  • nüvi 255W comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator® 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, nüvi 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 HotFix™ satellite prediction, nüvi calculates your position faster to get you there quicker.

    Take It With You

  • Like the rest of the nüvi 2x5-series, nüvi 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 closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations.

    Go Beyond Navigation

  • Navigation is just the beginning. nüvi 255W includes many travel tools including JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. With photo navigation, you can download Google™ Panoramio™ pictures via our Garmin Connect Photos website and navigate to them. The 255W is compatible with optional enhanced MSN® Direct content and our free Garmin Garage where you can download animated vehicles that show your location on the map. It also comes with Garmin Lock™, an anti-theft feature. Enhance your travel experience with optional plug-in microSD cards such as Garmin Travel Guides for detailed data on attractions.
  • Specifications

    Manufacturer Garmin
    Mfg Part# 010-00718-20
    SKU 207536225
    UPC 753759077600
    UPC 14 00753759077600
    Features
    Package Contents nüvi 255W Automobile Navigator Vehicle Suction Cup Mount Vehicle Power Cable Dashboard Disc Quick Start Manual
    Tech Specs
    Physical & Performance
    Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 4.8"W x 2.9"H x .8"D
    Display size, WxH: 3.81"W x 2.25"H; 4.3" diag
    Display resolution, WxH: 480 x 272 pixels
    Display type: WQVGA color TFT with white backlight
    Weight: 5.2 ounces (147.42 g)
    Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
    Battery life: up to 4 hours
    Waterproof: no
    High-sensitivity receiver: yes
    RoHS version available: yes
    Maps & Memory
    Basemap: yes
    Preloaded maps: yes
    Ability to add maps: yes
    Built-in memory: internal solid state
    Accepts data cards: SD™ card (not included)
    Waypoints/favorites/locations: 1000
    Routes: 0
    Product Attributes
    Color One Color
    GPS Type Automobile
    Product Line nuvi
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