Pros small, convienent
Cons needs updated maps
Summary many,many calls and emails to customer service/tech support -unable to download map online. they responded in a timely fashion, only not with an answer. good product-needs better software support
Pros Great features and good directions (when it works)
Cons Always difficulties in picking up a satellite signal.
Summary Finally returned it after 4 months. Wanted very badly to keep it but just got really fed up after a trip to PA.
I accepted the fact that it took 15-20 mins to pick up a signal (I would turn the device on a half hour earlier)but when I need it most (on a road trip with the family), it couldn't pick up a signal for nearly 2 hours
What a piece of junk!!
Pros User friendly, light , nice screen, good features
Cons Not as loaded with extras as more expensive GPS systems
Summary I started my quest for a GPS system with the TomTom one 3rd edition. This is the comparable model for Garmin. This GPS system worked right out of the box with great ease. After using the tomtom (and returning two for being worthless and breaking within a week) I can say that this GPS is hands down better for a low end GPS system. It comes loaded with recent US maps, but you need to buy others (Alaska Canada Europe ect) That’s fine with me, when I go to Europe Ill buy a map, right now I just needed the US ones any way.
It also has up to date POI (points of interest) such as lodging , food, bars, entertainment venues ect something that the TomTom doesn’t really have. (it sais it does but they are limited to the point of frustration)
I cant begin to explain the user friendly program in comparison to the TomTom. It is easy to enter addresses and search for places, and easy to save them. It works accurate too. I have had my GPS for a few weeks now and used it on a few trips and I have no complaints.
It doesn’t offer online upgrades though like tomtom but that’s ok you can still purchase the SD map cards and other applications for it in much the same way. It didn’t come with a home charger which I found odd but that’s ok, it has the car charger and you can purchase the home charger for a decent price.
All in all if this is the price range you are looking at you cant beat this GPS. I got mine at WalMart for 150 dollars. Please if you are considering a GPS device and are torn between this and the TomTom, give this one a shot, you will be happy I promise. Also Garmin customer support is easy to deal with and contact, TomTom is UK based and transversely nearly impossible to get ahold of via their web site. I sent in a request for help after not seeing a US number to call, and received a generic pre written email reply that said nothing remotely associated to my question.
Pros Touch Screen Works, Wide Screen, Easy to Read, Accurate, POI database, Trip Calculator
Cons Wish the Entry Keyboard was QWERTY
Summary I recently bought the 200W at Circuit City for $249.99. I recommend the extra $50 for the widescreen model. It displays more info and just looks sleeker, too. I use Garmin GPS in aviation and it's the best there, but very expensive. The amount of information and accuracy of this unit is incredible and it's very easy to use with the touch screen. I found the price to be a bargain. It has all the features I am looking for in a GPS. Other models have MP3, etc, but this works for me. Most of my travel is within 300 miles of home and the installed map works fine, even on Seattle's crazy one-way streets. For comparison, my dad bought a Garmin Street Pilot in 2004. It cost over $1,000 and except for the slightly bigger screen, doesn't do anything more than my Nuvi.
Pros screen size, ease of use, speed
Cons None that I have found yet!
Summary I got the Nuvi 200W as a birthday gift. I wasn't really sure that I even needed a GPS, so an entry level one was more than I needed. Wow, this thing is amazing! Not only does it calculate routes quickly and easily, but it's nice to have just to tell you where you are at, and what streets are near you. For an entry level device, this thing does everything I could want and more. I wasn't interested in one that had bluetooth for phone compatibility or advanced speech, etc. Just clear, simple directions that make sense and get me to my destination. Overall, I am very impressed with this device. The only thing I would advise is to get the 200W since the widescreen makes typing a bit easier.
Overall, an amazing driving companion!!!!!