Pros The wide screen is easy to read, the system is 99.9% accurate right out of the box, and the price is reasonable. The website offers free customization to include voices and vehicle icons.
Cons This particular system does not have bluetooth capabilities, but there are more expensive models that offer this feature.
Summary I really like this product and have even named it Dr. Nightmare! Cheesy, but with downloadable voices, it's really fun to use. This model allows for customization, so family pictures can be added. When the system is not in use you can run a slideshow of all your family pictures! The screen color changes based on the lighting so it is really easy to read day or night. The most important reason I like the system so much is because it's accurate. Right out of the box without downloading the system update, it provided great directions. The system also has an SD slot which allows for supplementary maps etc. Without a doubt I recommend this system.
Pros Reliable, dependable signal, sleek design, easy to use interface. Nice text to speech feature. Decent display graphics, nice wide screen, SD slot a plus. Fast recalculations even on the road. easy to use system.
Cons You have to fork out an extra 50$ for a map of Mexico when other comparable brand models include it. Bluetooth would be nice, but it is available on more expensive models.
Summary This is my first car gps that I got as a gift. Comes ready to use right out of the box, it was even charged. I have used other friends gps devices and the map accuracy is pretty good and the design is superior to most for the price. Being a tech guy I would have liked some more features, but I can't complain because the few that this device does have seem to be very solid and work flawlessly. I really like that it detects light and automatically changes map colors for day and night. Text to speech is great to have. (It reads you the street names) Does have a SD card slot for memory expansion. I have yet to extensively test this bad boy, but all n all it is a smart simple to use well designed device that you can now bargain buy pretty much anywhere. Recommended for first time users who can see over features like bluetooth.
Pros Clear voice directions; will state the name of the street, not just when to turn.
Cons Very poor battery life and charging capability (see below); directions not always accurate.
Summary FYI, I bought a Garmin Nuvi 250W about 6 mos. ago; this is my second Garmin. I have been quite disappointed with it - for one, the car charger will not charge this unit sufficiently to keep it going while it's turned on, while traveling. Remarkable, I know, for a car GPS, but, according to the Garmin rep. that I complained to over the phone, that's how the unit works (or doesn't work). Why would you buy a GPS that will only get you half way to your destination on an 8 hour trip? I wouldn't buy it again. As if that weren't enough, the maps also weren't as accurate, for some reason, as the older model that I had, which I never updated, and it will occasionally not be able to find a location that the older unit would, or, as it happens, will tell me I have reached my destination, when I'm a .5 mile or more away from it. My next GPS will not be a Garmin.
"Do not buy"on by Bommer1
Pros It was relatively inexpensive
Cons Cons to numerous to mention in space provided. See bottom line summary.
Summary A.) The street I live on shows on the map, but is not available to select as a driving destination.
B.) Choosing destination is complex compared to Tom-Tom. Need to verify the country of Origin and the language you prefer each time. Then you need to spell the city. What a pain!!!! Have they not heard of ZIP CODES. I have owned this only several hours and barring a remarkable change in the experience, I would not recommend that anyone buy this. Garmin may be reliable, but the experience of using this makes me long for my old GPS.
Pros economical routes well just like the $400.00 Garmin GPS. it's fast also.
Cons limited feature set but then again it can be a blessing.
Summary I have owned the Nuvi 350, 660 775T 765T, 1690 with Nuvi-link and now this one the 255W. Why you may ask? The bells and whistles stink. On all of them they all route the same, the interface is the same. But on the 660 and up the traffic never worked propertly with MSN Direct, RDS, or even Nuvi-link. On the more expensive ones with the 3d maps the refresh rates were slow slow slow. Now the worst one of all the Nuvi 1690 I owned 4 of them costed me $487.00. on three of them it froze on the bootup and on the current one I have the hardware for the google search, weather and traffic does not work. So I said just get the cheapest one and to my suprise its great for my business.
I would like the Say Garmin is a good company to deal with as so far as business ethics is concerned. They are giving me back my money for the 1690 even though it's brought the unit from best buy and there customer service is good. Thats why with so many messed products they come out with I still have faith in the company.