Pros Totally intuitive interface; clear, bright screen; effortless satellite acquistion, pinpoint accuracy, instant map refresh even at highest detail, automatic switching between day/night mode
Cons Wish it had a battery level / charging indicator
Summary I've tried many different GPS nav aids, all with some level of disappointment, inconvenience or sheer exasperation, but at last I'm totally content, GPS-wise. This inexpensive, tiny device worked perfectly every time, with no learning curve and an elegant, bright, clear display (easily readable in daylight even at 30 % brightness) and interface. One unexpected pleasure: the relatively small size isn't a problem, in fact it's an advantage, because when mounted on windshield or dash, the map is at the perfect size to be read without having to refocus from the road, and it blocks very little of the driver's field of vision; its graphics end up ideal for switching back and forth from road to map, like a heads-up display. Add a very pleasant voice, and surprisingly good speakers on a device smaller than an iPod Classic. Data entry is greatly enhanced by an AutoFill that covered every address and location I tried; I never had to hit more than 3 letters. Just a delight, and at around $200, an amazing value.
Pros Very easy to master, Quick satellite acquisition
Cons Wish it had the AC adapter standard
Summary Very impressed with this prodcut right out of the box. Amazed how quick it aquired the satellite signal. I have a factory installed Nav system in my Nissan Mirano and the Nuvi 200 was quicker. The unit is a "no brainer" to use. You'll spend more time learning how to make microwave popcorn
then how to use this unit. I wear hearing aids and the voice command were plenty loud.
I even have to turn it down to about 70% volume. The screen is very crisp, the keys are plenty big to press. Garmin really has another winner with the 200.
Pros Small sleek design
Cons Satellite connection is an issue
Summary I would think twice before buying another Garmin product. I have returned my NUVI200W twice because it fails to acquire a satellite connection. It may take as long as 45 min. to acquire a signal, sometimes never.
Soon I will be on my third unit. I hope it perform flawlessly. Out of all the options and functions a GPS devise has no matter what brand, satellite reception should not be an issue, otherwise the device is useless.
Pros Compact; user friendly
Cons Kept losing satellite signal
Summary We were initially very excited to use this GPS device. However, we were very unhappy with its habitually poor signal reception. Sometimes it wouldn't pick up the satellite connection until we were almost at our destination! While this may have been due to the overcast weather we have been experiencing, it is of little use to have a device that only works in sunny weather. Maybe this one was just a lemon; we're going to try either exchanging it for a replacement, or trying a different make of auto GPS device.
Pros Size, speed, and Sound
Cons SLOW map update, no TTS, Access to support
Summary This is a great lil gps, it comes ready right out of the box. It's basic, has no text-to-speech, and does some quirky things with mapping, (I used it to go to my home as a test from three blocks away, it had me travel away, round a block, then head back to my house.. weird).
Anyway, it supports SD and does exactly what it is supposed to do. Walmart has this thing on sale right now and I couldn't pass it up. It also has a free update to 2009 Map Until July 2008 but beware.. This process can take FOREVER (2-3 hours) and in my case I had to tether the device, delete content (non-English voice files, included jpegs, and vehicle images) to get the necessary additional 32 mb needed for the update. I also deleted my old map image file upon the recommendation of several wikis. Once I did that, I was able the 2 Gb file I'd downloaded from Garmin and update to the latest maps. DEFINITELY register first thing on Garmin if you buy this device and download the Web Updater and see if you qualify for the map update.
In closing, I'd say this gps is best for minimalists like me, it does what it is supposed to do, and after comparing it to the TomTom One 3rd edition, the voice is much louder and distinctive. I would have rated it higher if the update process hadn't gone so klunky.