Garmin nuvi 255W Automotive Mountable Reviews

Garmin nuvi 255W Automotive Mountable

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  • This popular GPS can do more than I expected

    Jan 31, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very intuitive interface, simple yet many useful features, points of interest, clear screen, pleasant voice.
    Cons: Slightly too wide, power plug in back. Microsoft Streets and Trips feature problematic.

    Summary: I bought the Nüvi 255W GPS a little bit more than a month ago. I am pretty good with directions and maps and I like to know the entire route before I go and therefore I have never had a big interest in GPS devices. I typically use google/yahoo/bing ... read more

  • The Future of Maps

    Apr 24, 2011 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: FeaturesCostLookSpeakerBluetoothRoutes
    Cons: Battery LifeKeyboard is kinda confusing

    Summary: I got my Garmin Nuvi for Christmas of 2010. MY parents got it for me for less than $100 at best buy. The second I opened the box I was shocked at how slim the device was and at how stylish it looked. I mean no one wants to drive around with a weird ... read more

  • Garmin nuvi 255W - An Electronic Compass

    May 3, 2010 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The unit gives clear instructions well in advance of any turns, etc.
    Cons: Insufficient written instructions and poor website.  No USB cable provided.

    Summary: One of the outstanding features of the Garmin nuvi 255w is the clarity of the voice response.  While the directions given are not always the most direct, the unit is capable of redirecting the user to the destination.  The written instructions ... read more

  • Garmin Nuvi 255W - My Semi-Helpful Co-Pilot

    Mar 18, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A fun, little toy
    Cons: No easy way to preview or customize routes

    Summary: I had wanted a GPS device for sometime, but really could not justify spending money on something I didn't really need. So I was thrilled when I received the Garmin Nuvi 255W as a gift. We have affectionately dubbed her Annie. What ... read more

  • No more fighting

    Jan 8, 2010 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: cheap, easy to use, very convienient
    Cons: The ladies voice is a little anoying.

    Summary: I bought this for my husband last fathers day. I bought this because every time we travel somewhere new we always end up in a fight because we both know the best way to get there (which is never the same way). With this handy little system that attaches ... read more

  • A Garmin for where your going. A good GPS for the money

    Dec 20, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Where am I function. Cost, Flexibility, Speaker Volume
    Cons: Can't program while charging off USB.  Route may not be the best way to go.

    Summary: The Background   Recently after getting lost with some directions printed out from MapQuest or Google, we decided that it might be a good time to join the rest of the 21st century and purchase a GPS.  Within the past ... read more

  • Looking for the Best Navigation System for a Beginner? Try the Garmin Nuvi 255W GPS.

    Dec 7, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: cheap, easy to use, decent battery life
    Cons: Nuvi talks a lot sometimes.  Directions are occasionally wrong. 

    Summary: Before I begin writing this review, I'd like you to know that I'm not really tech savvy.  If you're looking for a detailed review of the specifications and special features that the Garmin Nuvi 255W has to offer, this is not the review for ... read more

  • Great combo, low cost - high performance

    Dec 3, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast start up locating satellites
    Recalculates promptly
    Nice size, compact feel despite wider screen
    Competitively priced
    Cons: Poor speaker, sometimes voices are muffled
    Keypad letters easily muffed
    May get confused when searching

    Summary: This is my second GPS, my first was a TomTom that did its job but this is oh so much better and definitely priced right at $119.00. The Nuvi 255W is considered to be an entry level model, I suppose because it doesn't make your bed or do dishes. In this ... read more

  • Mostly usable, but a few design flaws.

    Nov 29, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: TTS, fast startup, free traffic reports,
    speaks 60 languages, loud, bright.
    Cons: Outdated POI and road updates, mistakes, no mute, ads, robotic voice, clamshell.

    Summary: The unit does the job- spoken street names are accurate but robotic sounding,  Free lifetime traffic reports are ad-sponsored but this isn't indicated on the package.My street is a small street and doesn't seem to be on the Garmin or TomTom ... read more

  • Garmin 255W, gets lost, loses satellites

    Oct 2, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: pretty display, easy to see in sunlight, adjusts to darkness
    Cons: Gets lost easily, loses satellites,

    Summary: I bought this unit and used it locally for a few days before taking a major trip from the Bay Area to Grand Teton/Yellowstone park.  It performed just fine around the local area.  However, it got lost in Twin Falls ID and kept taking us around ... read more

  • Bad Suction Cup on Nuvi 255W-Here we go again!

    Sep 19, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The unit is compact and easy to read.
    Cons: Don't buy Garmin's GPS products-customer service is horrible  phone support is non-existent.

    Summary: I currrently own 4 garmin GPS systems. 3 C330's and 1 new Nuvi 255W. In the past, the old Garmin Street Pilots C330's had major design flaws such as a connected power cord that flexed and eventually broke off. They redesigned the system to use ... read more

  • Easy to Use Travel

    Sep 15, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use, Small Size, Voice Prompt, Battery Life, Affordable
    Cons: Basic

    Summary: I bought this GPS for Christmas last year and have been more than pleased with it. I have found that it is very easy to use and has many great navigation features. Here are some of the many benefits of using the Garmin:     ; ... read more

  • Garmin 255W

    Apr 4, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use, slim,
    Cons: Maps and points of interest out of date

    Summary: I bought the 255W a few weeks ago in the UK and find it very easy to set up and helpful for getting around towns in the UK. It is slim enough to fit into your pocket, but I would suggest purchasing a case. I am amazed at the technology but it does have ... read more

  • Excellent navigation aid

    Jan 25, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use
    Voice commands
    Normally accurate
    Locates specific things (restaurants, parks, etc)
    Cons: Sometimes sends you to wrong place
    Map occassionally innaccurate
    Speedometer/odometer a bit off

    Summary: I bought my Garmin Nuvi 255w in August, 2008; my first car GPS. It has been an invaluable tool in getting me through unfamiliar territory. It's easy to use (I'm not the swiftest with technology, so that's saying something) and the screen menus are fairly ... read more

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  • Great GPS for the money

    Sep 28, 2011 by
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    Pros: Ready to go out of the box.  Easy to use and understand.  
    Cons: Some roads are out of date and it expensive to by a lifetime update.

    Summary: When I purchased this GPS, I based my decision off of other's reviews and I am not disappointed.  Is it the most technologically advanced GPS system out there... no.  But for what I needed it does the job. ... read more

  • the garmin 255w review

    Jan 26, 2011 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Has a Big screen ,its easy to use , has text to speech .
    Cons: No free traffic reports or bluetooth . it also has trouble acquiring satellites in N.Y.C

    Summary: The garmin 255w is simply said a great gps , its very easy to use and has great features like the "were am i" feature that tells you your exact location with near by hospitals , police and gas stations it also has great POI (points of ... read more


    Aug 27, 2010 by
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    Pros: Gets me everywhere I want to go!
    Cons: The updates are kind of expensive.

    Summary: I love this GPS.  I purchased it because I travel around for work and it's exactly what what I need!  It's much more than I expected.  I also bought the lifetime updates for $119.00.  I've had this gps for more than 2 years now and ... read more

  • Returning "IT"

    Jul 5, 2010 by
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    Pros: Easy to use and understand.

    Summary: Purchased my Garmin 255w in May of '10.  It seemed to work fine.  Garmin allows you ONE free download, if done within two months of the purchase date.I did so.After that, the unit "misbehaved" badly.  Got me lost (intentionally I think) ... read more

  • Cable required to register??

    Jan 7, 2010 by
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    Pros: It's compact. It works
    Cons: Unacceptable: You must buy a cable to register it!

    Summary: Overall, I like the 255. The large negative of this product is that if you wish to register it for warranty purposes, you must buy a cable! In my view, that's totally unacceptable. Sell it with the cable and build the price in; or, at ... read more

  • Garmin Nuvi 255-W Car GPS Chargeable Mobile System Don't Get Lost!

    Jan 2, 2010 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Talks, shows wide view, highlites route, easy to add destination and store favorites, 'night' view.
    Cons: does not hold charge, cannot navigate 'shortest route', gets you lost more times than not.

    Summary: If you want a device that doesn't charge well, takes at least 3-5 minutes to set up for each use, and you take the chance of getting lost, well...this is the device for you!  We did all our homework on all the GPS devices and found that ... read more

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