A good basic GPS
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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