Pros Easy to use.
Cons No wall charger and no case.
Summary I purchased this item at Best Buy on Black Friday and only paid $169. However I would pay the current price for this model. Gives all the features you need. I have a built in GPS in my Lexus and the Garmin performs just as well. I would recommend this model to anyone interested.
Pros Super-fast detour recalculation; Accurate and latest map; Lowest price Nuvi;
Cons No Canada map; No Street-To-Text;
Summary I was torn between Tom Tom One (3rd Edition) and the Garmin Nuvi 200. My friend has an old Tom Tom One. I found that the calculation is a little bit slow, both during the start and detour calculation, but their low price is really attractive (USD149 in Nov 2007). I want to buy a basic Garmin Nuvi model after reading many Internet reviews, but the high price tag stopped me from taking any action. When I found that BestBuy is offering Garmin Nuvi 200 at US$169.99 (reg. 299 in other chain stores) during the Thanksgiving 2007, I bought it without much hesitation since it is even cheaper than the Garmin StreetPilot.
This is a gift for my wife so that she can drive by herself to shopping malls in other township (a very good investment for any husband). What she need is an accurate GPS with fast calculation (you don’t want to hear any complaint from your wife) and easy to use menu (women can spend hours to shop but cannot spend two minutes to read the user manual). The Garmin Nuvi 200 fully meets these requirements.
We bought it this morning and use it today. The menu is intuitive and we entered the destination without any problem. The unit received the satellite signal and calculated the route within 10 seconds. We used it to guide the way to two shopping malls and one restaurant before going back home. The selected routes are good. We tried several time to detour from the original route and the recalculation is very fast (talking about a few seconds). On highway, it prompts the voice signal about 1 mile before the turning point, and it gives the second prompts at about 100 feet. On city streets, it prompts the voice signal about 300 to 200 feet, and gives the second signal at about 20 to 50 feet. The positioning is very accurate and the prompt is giving at good intervals.
1. Extremely fast recalculation. It recalculates the new route within a few seconds when we drove away from the normal route.
2. Better and newer Map than Tom Tom One.
3. Simple to use menu.
4. Fast respond on the menu, there are no delay on selection and map. But the POI search is rather slow.
5. Many POIs to select. Especially the selection of restaurant by cuisine.
6. Lowest price in Garmin Nuvi series
1. No Canada map built in. (Nuvi 260 which contains Canada)
2. No Zip code selection. (Little bit inconvenient)
3. Slow POI search. (especially when you want to search locations beyond the 5 miles radius)
4. No Street-To-Text function. (Nuvi higher end models have it at higher price tag)
5. No fancy features like the MP3 player or Bluetooth. (who needs these added features for a basic GPS)
Compare with Tom Tom One (3rd Ed):
1. Nuvi 200 has better map and faster calculation. Tom Tom One (3rd) compensate this weakness with the user group uploaded correction on map, this is a very good feature using the users group power. Yet I prefer the out-of-the-box ready to use one and try to avoid the trouble to do the loading of correction.
2. Tom Tom One has more flexible way to plan the alternative route (e.g. road block aheads). Nuvi 200 cannot beat Tom Tom One here.
3. Tom Tom One has more flexible way to selection destination (e.g. by zip code; by crosss road; by road name). Nuvi 200 is restricted to boring State-City-Street.
4. Tom Tom One includes both USA and Canada. Nuvi 200 has USA 50 only, buying additional map SD Card is rather expensive for this beginner model.
Initially, the great user interface of Tom Tome One on destination and POI selection looks very attractive. But after weight in the lack of selection of restaurant by cuisine and the slow detour recalculation in Tom Tome One, I still feel that Garmin Nuvi 200 is a better choice for me.
Both me and my wife like Garmin Nuvi 200's fast and accurate detour recalculation. The simple menu is very easy to use without looking at the menu. Best value for the money especially when the price is lowered in this holiday season to US$ 169.99.
Pros Better Screen-Bigger Screen
Cons Just read my review
Summary I needed a new GPS after my Lowrance iWay 500c just died on me (it was a gift so I am not crying about the lost that much). Let me tell you DO NOT BUY an iWay 500c. It is a piece of crap! In July, 2007 I bought the TomTom Go 720 for my wife. I wanted a GPS for myself and after having my Lowrance iWay 500c stop working on me I did some shopping for another GPS. I came across the Garmin Nuvi 5000. Wow, this unit has a huge 5.2 inch screen but is so light and thin. If you like Garmin products but want a bigger screen then this is it. It has the latest maps, POI’s, and features already install and ready to go! The routes (directions) are perfect every time unlike the iWay 500c. Go to www.garmin.com and read up on this bad boy. It is worth ever dime that it is selling for. All GPS’s have their pros and cons. NONE OF THEM ARE PERFECT. What I like and dislike about the Garmin Nuvi 5000 and the TomTom Go 720 are the following:
Likes (Garmin Nuvi 5000):
1.) Nice, bright, big screen
2.) Directions are accurate
3.) Speaks the street names often and clearly
4.) Great POI’s database (maybe the best I have seen in a GPS)
5.) MSN DIRECT-Excellent!!!! (Traffic, Move Times, Weather, Local Events, Gas Prices, News, and Stocks-WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
6.) Great looking maps. I think people are jealous when they ride by me and see my GPS or may be they want to steal it-I don’t know
7.) GPS is very light and non-bulky for its size.
Dislikes (Garmin Nuvi 5000):
1.) Routing and re-routing calculations are not as fast as the TomTom Go 720. It needs to be a little faster for my taste, because it can be a little bit slow.
Likes (TomTom Go 720):
1.) FAST routing and re-routing (the fastest I have ever seen in a GPS).
2.) Very easy to pick alternate routs.
3.) Good to some what great directions, but sometimes screwy.
Dislikes (TomTom Go 720):
1.) TERRBLE mount!!! I had to buy a 3rd-party mount because the one that it came with it didn’t hold the GPS well. The GPS kept falling off the windshield.
2.) The screen washes out to much in bright sunlight.
3.) Though the GO 720 speaks the street names, but it doesn’t speak them as often or clearly as the Garmin Nuvi 5000.
4.) The screen could be bigger for my taste.
5.) Traffic capability is expensive and the coverage is not as big as the MSN Direct with Garmin.
6.) No Move Times, Weather, Local Events, Gas Prices, News, and Stocks features like the Garmin Nuvi 5000 with MSN Direct.
So you make your choice, but what ever you do DON’T BUY THE LOWRANCE IWAY 500C!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pros Easy to use, good extras
Cons Price not competitive compared to TomTom, PPC
Summary I have tested two of those, bought by friends, one of them is still very happy with it, the other returned it.
In my opinion it is easy to use, far better than many higher priced in-car older generation products that are inferior in all respects except for the screen (larger).
The trouble is that as a car/city gps device, TomTom products are even better.
It's beyond me that CNet is giving this 400$ device the same rating as TomTom One that can be had for 300$.
For non-waterproof devices, the best deals are cheap PocketPCs gps bundles that can be had for a couple of hundred dollars.
Or a Nokia phone with gps (free software from Nokia).
Pros I have had my GPS for three years now and I love it. Don't want to leave home without it.
Cons Nothing for now.
Summary I enjoy the way it helps me get to point A and to point B. I have no nothing negative to say.