Pros Text-to speech, lightning fast route calculations, shows speed limit on many roads, customizable, extremely easy to use right out of the box, extremely easy and fast to enter/save/find destinations.. could go on and on
Cons none so far... the 255w is very clean, fast, and straightforward
Summary This is an exceptionally well-designed, easy to use GPS with an awesome user interface that makes entering locations a breeze. I love that the color scheme can automatically change depending on the lighting conditions and I love the text to speech, meaning that it can speak street names. I have used it on several trips and It does a great job letting you know that turns are coming up and which specific exit to take etc, especially on difficult interchanges where you might not be clear on where to turn. The only feature I wish it included was advanced lane guidance, as that seems like a really useful extra but the 255W does a great job without it anyway. There are several ways to enter a destination which is also a plus. You can choose a POI which are broken down really cleverly into sub-menus and sorted by distance which means that I can enter just about any place I want to go with just a few taps of the screen, and you can search by place name as well if you don't know the address or anything else. Generally, it is very predictive and does a great job at guessing where you're trying to make it go so that you don't have to enter in every letter of the place, a big time saver. You can avoid certain streets if you want and do many other things, but basically it comes with just about all of the extras you could possibly want. It is extremely fast with route calculations and recalculations if you miss a turn, and there is practically no wait time. Overall, this is a great GPS and I did a lot of looking around before I bought it. I managed to get a really good deal on it as well, so it was a no brainer when I decided to buy it. If you are unsure whether to go for it or not, the best advice I can give you is to go for it unless you want lane assist and 3D building view, which really are over-hyped features anyway and are generally only found on much more expensive units. This is the best GPS I have ever used for the price.
Pros Spoken turns
Cons I have found one yet.
Summary I have had GPS' for the last six years. I have had the Garmin PDA versions and the laptop versions. The 200W was ok but then the wife wanted one. I figured I would upgrade to the 255W. It was the best money spent. I keep my GPS simple. I adjust claims and the street function is fantastic. The maps are really an updated. I will be using it for a very long time. I stay away from the units with too many functions. I believe in keeping the GPS simple.
Pros Easy to use, and use right out of the box....no nothing needed, just grab and go. No matter what the light is like, screen is easy to view. it is a smart little bugger, has great name recognition when entering an address.
Cons havent found anything i dislike yet...easy to use... ok well the suction cup is a little difficult to get off the windshield when un hooking.
Summary product ready to use out of box, turn it on and let it find a satellite. easy to read screen, easy to enter address, town etc. easy to find locations, gas, shopping, fun places to go. all you need is an address and garmin nuvi 255w will get you there.
Pros It very easy to use. The maps are more are better than the TomTom's that I have owned. Do your research on TeleAtlas vs Navteq maps.
Cons I really can't think of anything.
Summary This is a good gps. Some people that have used the older Nuvis might not like the speech on the newer models. They have compressed the audio so they don't sound as rich as they used to. Other than that, its awsome. If you buy the unit, register it right away and get the latest maps. If the my.garmin.com says you have to pay for the maps, call tech support and complain that you shouldn't have to pay for a map update on a new GPS. They will add the map on your account for free. I recomend buying it from a place that has a good return policy like Radio Shack without a restocking fee. This is my second one because the other one got stolen. I notice a few changes to the newer software like the ecoDrive option.
Pros Best GPS in its class & price. Buy it now you will thank me later
Cons Garmin 255W does not come with USB cable, charger or even the user manual - shame on you Garmin
Summary Voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions that speak street names, widescreen display and ultra-easy to use what else you can want from GPS.