"Excellent product, but there are oversights . . ."4.0 starson by abmcgoey
Pros: Easy-to-use; plug in and go; quick start-up; clear screen; xlnt reputation of circuitry/software; small & lightweight
Cons: Car plug does not fit cigarette lighter socket; car plug shld be coiled; no case included; newest version of map software not included; no text-to-speech; no AC plug included
Summary: I just bought the Nuvi 200 a few days ago, and though I've only used it a few times, I've found its performance to be excellent. Just plug it in and go. Picks up satellite signals in seconds. Screen is clear even in sunlight. Software -- so far -- has proven accurate and well-thought out, though it is not Garmin's newest version (it's version 7 instead of 8). The unit itself is small and lightweight and is therefore easily stowed in a briefcase or even a jacket pocket. I purchased it at Buydig.com for $239, wch is a good deal compared w/ the price of some of Garmin's other products (the Nuvi 350, f'rinstance). Downsides: the cigarette lighter plug that is included does not fit my vehicle (a Saab 900)! Very annoying. I thought cigarette lighter plugs were standardized? I contacted Garmin about this, but no response yet. The plug does not "click" into the socket and just pops out, forcing me to hold it in, wch is ridiculous. Also, the plug itself should be coiled, not straight. Garmin "cheaped out" on that one. Also, it does not include an AC plug. For the $, the AC plug should be included, as should a vinyl case to hold the unit. Both are penny-pinching oversights that are annoying. Overall, it looks like an excellent product, though the above oversights shld be addressed by Garmin -- even if they add a few dollars to the purchase price.Updated
I contacted Garmin via e-mail about my Nuvi's cigarette lighter not fitting properly into my Saab's cigarette lighter receptacle. They responded quickly and sent me a replacement plug that fits fine. Huge "thumbs up" to Garmin for its excellent customer service response time and quick shipment of the replacement plug (all done free of charge).