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Garmin nuvi 205 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator
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Product Description

With easy-to-use Touchscreen displays, the nuvi 205 can route to addresses, restaurants, hotels and more with turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance. nuvi 205 will say "Turn right in 500 feet." New appealing features include MSN Direct compatibility, HotFix, Garmin Connect Photos, digital elevation maps, automatic time zone updates and smoother map updates. nuvi 205 is compatible with an optional MSN Direct receiver (GDB 55). This optional MSN Direct receiver provides premium content such as traffic updates, weather, gas prices, enhanced movie listings, stock info, news, local events and a send-to-GPS feature for trip planning. nuvi 205 is the most affordable option, with mapping coverage of the lower 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. It offers five million points of interest, including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and attractions. The map data is provided by NAVTEQ, a world leader in premium-quality mapping. Bright 3.5 diagonal color display, 320 x 240 pixels, QVGA TFT display, with white backlight High-sensitivity GPS receiver for improved performance and reception Trip computer records mileage, max speed, total time and more Built-in travel kit includes features such as picture viewer, world clock, currency and measurement converters and calculator Configurable vehicle icons - allows users to select a fun, customized car-shaped icon; users can download additional choices Offers a three-dimensional mapping perspective or 2D overhead view Built-in lithium-ion battery - lasts up to four hours depending on usage Dimensions - Width 3.8 x Height 2.8 x Depth 0.8 Weight - 5.2 ounces

Garmin's nĘ╣vi 2x5 models improve upon their 200-series predecessors by adding top-of-the-line features such as FM traffic updates or MSN Direct content capability to an entry-level line. But Garmin is also introducing some significant improvements with this new series, like a predictive technology that provides faster satellite lock, a redesigned screen with more information, terrain maps, and an exciting new photo navigation feature.

The nĘ╣vi 2x5 models sport the slim design that Garmin introduced with the 200-series last year, so they all fit comfortably in your pocket or purse, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that makes them convenient for navigation by car or foot.All of the models include useful travel tools like a JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more.

Key Features/Benefits for all 2x5 Series Navigators

  • New -- HotFix (Long Term Ephemeris Prediction) finds satellites faster (Learn more)
  • New -- Digital Elevation Model (DEM) Basemap shows 3D shaded terrain features (Learn more)
  • New -- Faster 333 Mhz processor offers faster, smoother map drawing and vehicle icon motion through turns
  • New -- Redesigned user interface offers more information (Learn more)
  • New -- Photo Navigation lets you upload geo-coded photos from a phone, geo-coding camera or photo site and navigate to them. (Learn more)
  • New -- Add Dynamic MSN Traffic and Content with the optional GDB 55 antenna and charger (Learn more)
  • New -- Send addresses directly to your Garmin from Google Maps or Mapquest (Learn more)
  • New -- Automatic Time Zone Transition
  • Memory Card Slots so you can add maps and travel guides, or store photos (MicroSD card slot on 3.5-inch units; SD card slot on 4.3-inch units)
  • Preloaded Maps with Navteq data of the Lower 48 States + Hawaii + Puerto Rico
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery for easy portability (up to 4 hours per charge)
  • Custom Vehicle Icons let you personalize your navigator (Learn more)
  • Integrated Antenna for a slim form factor
  • Where Am I? -- instantly shows you all of the emergency services nearby (Learn More)

Which nĘ╣vi is Best for You?:
Click here to see a quick, simple comparison of features for all Garmin nuvi GPS navigators

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New -- Improved Interface

One of Garmin's key product philosophies is to make extremely complex technology easy to use for anyone right out of the box, and perhaps nowhere is that better exemplified than in the user interface for Garmin's portable navigation devices.

Garmin's interface is a key to their success part of what makes their devices such a pleasure to use. Simple controls and sub-screens make it easy to enter or search for destinations and get data about your trip. Simply touch the color screen to enter a destination, and nĘ╣vi takes you there with turn-by-turn voice directions, 2-D or 3-D maps and smooth map updates as you navigate.

This year, Garmin has redesigned its interface to include much more useful information.

Old Interface

200 series ui

New Interface

2x5 Series UI


New -- HotFix™ - aka: Satellite Ephemeris Data Prediction

hotfix
Your GPS device locks onto transmissions from a dedicated network of Satellites in order to determine its position. Until the device gets a "lock" on three satellites, it can't effectively navigate, so decreasing the time it takes for your device to get "satellite lock" is always a goal of GPS manufacturers. With Garmin's new HotFix technology, your Garmin GPS remembers the position of all satellites it is tracking when you turn it off, and calculates their movements in order to predict where they should be the next time you turn it on. This gives the device an idea of where it should look for satellites, and dramatically decreases the time it takes for your Garmin to get its position and start navigating. HotFix can predict satellite positions for up to 3 days after the device was last turned off.

Using Garmin's unique Web site — Garmin Connect Photos — users can choose from millions of geo-located photos provided by Google's Panoramio photo sharing community and download them to the nĘ╣vi for a richer navigation experience using pictures as a guide.

New -- Navigate by Photo


Using Garmin's unique Web site — Garmin Connect Photos — users can choose from millions of geo-located photos provided by Google's Panoramio photo sharing community and download them to the nĘ╣vi for a richer navigation experience using pictures as a guide.
  • Choose from Panoramio's collection of photos from around the world.
  • Easy to use interface displays photos on Google Maps.
  • Search for photos by location name or map area boundary.
  • Transfer photos directly from Garmin Connect to device with the Garmin Communicator.
  • View photos in Google Earth.
  • Supports Internet Explorer 6+, Firefox 2+, Safari 3+ on Windows and Mac.



New -- 3D Terrain Maps

Shaded relief terrain maps show you when to expect hills, mountains, forests and other natural features. Topographic terrain maps are viewable when using the 2D "birds-eye" view.




New -- Send Addresses Directly from Google Maps or Mapquest

tching to try out a new restaurant, or setting off on a road trip to locate the best toffee apples on the east coast? Now, it's easy to search for locations on Google Maps or Mapquest, then transfer the addresses directly to your Garmin GPS navigator.
  1. Hook up your Garmin to the computer via it's USB port
  2. Search for the location you want
  3. Click the Send link in the info window for the address. That will bring up a popup "Send to" form.
  4. Pick GPS, then pick Garmin and hit the "Send" button.
The address will instantly transfer to your Garmin device, The point will be saved as one of your favorites, and you can navigate to it or view it on a map just like with any other favorite.

The process does require a small plugin, which you can get at Garmin's website at http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=3739. You can send business addresses to your Garmin device from these countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.

Search for the location you want.


Pick "Send to GPS".


Go!



Traffic-Capable for Either FM Traffic or Enhanced MSN Direct Content

MSN Direct Enhanced Traffic and Content

traffic reports With an optional receiver, you can access enhanced dynamic content from the MSN Direct service. Check the weather, avoid traffic backups, compare local gas prices, get enhanced movie listings, stock information, news and local events when you travel with your unit. Even plan trips from the convenience of your computer, via Windows Live Local, and wirelessly send custom to your nĘ╣vi.

Check out a full description of MSN Direct content features, or a coverage map for MSN Direct services.

A 3-month subscription to MSN Direct is included with the receiver. After that, subscription fees are $49.95 per year, or $129.95 for a lifetime subscription.

FM Traffic
TMC traffic service coverage map
With an optional receiver, you can get alerts from TMC Clear Channel about traffic tie-ups and road construction that might lie ahead on your route. All you have to do is simply touch the screen to view traffic details and you'll be ready to detour around any problem area. And if you end up missing a turn, or you're forced into a detour that is not relayed through the traffic receiver, the nĘ╣vi's sophisticated automatic routing will get you back on track in no time.

In most areas, TMC Clear Channel traffic broadcasts are continuous — there's no waiting for scheduled traffic news updates or random alerts. Because traffic broadcasts are received via a "silent" FM data channel, you can still listen to music or news programming on your car radio without interference from incoming FM traffic data transmissions.

A 3-month subscription to TMC Clear Channel's Total Traffic Network is included with the receiver. For more information on subscription fees, coverage in individual cities, and traffic data networks in the United Kingdom and Europe, check the Garmin website.


Where Am I?

On any nĘ╣vi, just tap "Where Am I?" to find the closest hospitals, police stations, fuel stations, nearest address and intersection. Also see your exact latitude and longitude coordinates.


First-Rate Map Data


nĘ╣vi accepts custom points of interest (POIs). View larger.
The nĘ╣vi comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator NT street maps for the continental United States, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, including a hefty POI database with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. Simply touch the color screen to enter a destination, and nĘ╣vi takes you there with 2D or 3D maps and turn-by-turn voice directions. Garmin gets its map data from NAVTEQ, a world leader in premium-quality mapping.

In addition, nĘ╣vi accepts custom points of interest (POIs), such as school zones and safety cameras and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs

Important note about map updates: Due to our high volume of sales, almost every Garmin portable GPS navigator sold by Amazon.com will come with the most recent map version. If you ever do need a map update, you can purchase one from Amazon.com at our Garmin Store.

Garmin Lock

Garmin's patent pending theft prevention system that disables the unit from performing any functions until the user types in a specific 4-digit PIN or takes the unit to a predetermined secure location


Beyond Navigation

Browse your stored pictures with an easy-to-use JPEG viewer.


Navigation is just the beginning. The nĘ╣vi 2x5 models features travel tools including a JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more.

This device is compatible with optional content plug-ins available via microSD card, such as the Garmin Travel Guides and Garmin SaversGuide provide detailed data for attractions and information on nearby merchants offering discounts, so you can customize nĘ╣vi for your travel needs. For Accessory Map Cards and Travel Guides the Units Feature: a MicroSD Card Slot on the 3.5 inch Units, and an SD Card Slot on the 4.3 inch Units.

Garmin has also added the ability for customers to add custom points of interest (POI's) from third parties such as school zones and safety cameras.



Trick Your GPS Ride

custom vehicle icons
Custom vehicle icons let you ride in style, at least inside your GPS.
See more icon option
All Garmin nĘ╣vis support configurable vehicle icons. These fun, customized car-shaped icons come in a variety of colors to add a personal touch to your vehicle's position on the map.


Notes

  • Optional software for language translation, detailed travel guides, and savings programs allow you to customize your nĘ╣vi to fit your travel needs
  • Like most USB Mass Storage Devices, the nĘ╣vi is not compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Me.

Which nĘ╣vi is Best for You?

Note: All nĘ╣vis come with detailed NAVTEQ maps containing more than 6 million pre-loaded point of interest locations.



Screen
Size
inches
(w x h)
Included Maps
Text-to-Speech
(Directions in
Real Street
Names)

Traffic
Bluetooth
Media

3D Terrain
Maps
Photo
Navigation
FM Transmitter
(audio through
car stereo
system)
Multi-
Point
Routing

Battery
life
(hours)
Cont. U.S.,
Hawaii, and
Puerto Rico

AK and
Canada

Europe
nĘ╣vi 200 2.8 x 2.1
check




Photos




up to 5
nĘ╣vi 200w 3.81 x 2.25
check




Photos




up to 5
nĘ╣vi 250 2.8 x 2.1
check check



Photos



up to 5
nĘ╣vi 250w 3.81 x 2.25
check check



Photos



up to 5
nĘ╣vi 260 2.8 x 2.1
check check
check

Photos



up to 5
nĘ╣vi 260w 3.81 x 2.25 check check
check

Photos



up to 5
nĘ╣vi 270 2.8 x 2.1
check check check


Photos



up to 5
nĘ╣vi 205 2.8 x 2.1 check


MSN-enhanced
(with optional
receiver);
FM (with opt.
receiver)

Photos check check

up to 4
nĘ╣vi 205W 3.81 x 2.25 check


MSN-enhanced
(with optional
receiver);
FM (with opt.
receiver)

Photos check check

up to 4
nĘ╣vi 255 2.8 x 2.1 check check
check MSN-enhanced
(with optional
receiver);
FM (with opt.
receiver)

Photos check check

up to 4
nĘ╣vi 255W
3.81 x 2.25 check check
check MSN-enhanced
(with optional
receiver);
FM (with opt.
receiver)

Photos check check

up to 4
nĘ╣vi 350 2.8 x 2.1
check check
check FM (with opt.
receiver)

Photos, MP3s




up to 8
nĘ╣vi 360 2.8 x 2.1
check check
check FM (with opt.
receiver)
check Photos, MP3s



up to 8
nĘ╣vi 370 2.8 x 2.1 check check check check FM (receiver
included)
check Photos, MP3s



up to 8
nĘ╣vi 650 3.81 x 2.25
check check
check FM (with opt.
receiver)

Photos, MP3s



up to 7
nĘ╣vi 660
3.81 x 2.25
check check
check FM (receiver
included)
check Photos, MP3s

check
up to 7
nĘ╣vi 670
3.81 x 2.25
check check check check FM (receiver
included)
check Photos, MP3s

check
up to 7
nĘ╣vi 680 3.81 x 2.25
check check
check MSN (receiver
included;
1-year free);
FM (with opt.
receiver)
check Photos, MP3s

check
up to 7
nĘ╣vi 750
3.81 x 2.25
check check
check MSN-enhanced
(with optional
receiver);
FM (with opt.
receiver)

Photos, MP3s

check check up to 5
nĘ╣vi 760 3.81 x 2.25
check check
check MSN-enhanced
(with optional
receiver);
FM (with opt.
receiver)
check Photos, MP3s

check check up to 5
nĘ╣vi 770 3.81 x 2.25
check check check check MSN-enhanced
(with optional
receiver);
FM (with opt.
receiver)
check Photos, MP3s

check check up to 5
nĘ╣vi 780 3.81 x 2.25 check check

MSN-enhanced
(receiver inc.;
3 months free)
receiver);
FM (with opt.
receiver)
check Photos, MP3s

check check up to 5
nĘ╣vi 850
3.81 x 2.25 check check

MSN-enhanced
(with optional
receiver);
FM (with opt.
receiver)

Photos, MP3s

check check up to 4
nĘ╣vi 880
3.81 x 2.25 check check check
MSN-enhanced
(receiver inc.;
3 months free);
FM (with opt.
receiver)
check Photos, MP3s

check check up to 4
nĘ╣vi 5000
4.5 x 2.7 check check
check MSN-enhanced
(with optional
receiver);
FM (with opt.
receiver)




check check external
battery
only

Basic MSN Direct Content Features
traffic reports Traffic Reports
  • Find the best route through traffic. Your GPS device uses MSN Direct traffic data to select the best route for you to avoid traffic congestion.
  • Check traffic flow. Know at a glance where to expect slowdowns in traffic.
  • Get accident warnings. Receive warnings about accidents, road closures, and construction in the area that may affect you.
Gas Prices Gas Prices
  • Compare local gas prices. See a list of recent gas prices in your area and an indication of how recently the prices were reported.
  • Find your way to the savings. Once you find the best price in your area, use your navigation system to guide you to the gas station.
Weather Reports Weather Reports
  • Stay on top of current conditions. View the current weather conditions in your area, including today's high and low temperatures, chances of precipitation, and more.
  • View the three-day forecast, Plan ahead by checking the three-day weather forecast for your area.
  • Check weather in other cities. See current weather conditions in major cities across the country.
movie times Movie Times
  • Search for a movie. Find the theaters in your coverage area that are showing the movie you want to see.
  • See which movies are playing. View which movies are playing in your coverage area or at your favorite theater.
  • See show times and get directions. Once you find a show you want to see, check the show times and use your GPS device to guide you to the theater.
Enhanced MSN Direct Content
Web Favorites Web Favorites (Send custom destinations to your GPS with Live Search Maps)
  • Powerful trip planning: Use Live Search Maps on your computer to look up an address, search for a business, or plan a trip
  • Choose your favorite location, and then MSN Direct delivers the address, phone number, and more straight to your navigation system.
  • Visit Live Search Maps at http://maps.live.com.
Local Events Local Events
  • See what's happening near you. Find nearby events to see what's happening in your area.
  • Find the events that interest you. Browse events sorted by category.
  • Search for an event. Get details about a particular event.
Stock Quotes Stock Quotes
  • Watch the stocks that interest you. Select stocks that you want to keep an eye on, and then see regularly updated stock prices and daily changes.
  • Get a little more detail. Touch a stock in your list to see daily highs, lows, and trading volume.
News Headlines News Headlines
  • Browse the headlines at a glance. See breaking news and other major news stories of the day.
  • Read more details. Select a headline to read all the details about the news story on your navigation system.


MSN Direct Coverage Map

Get detailed info for your Zip Code at the MSN Direct website
.

MSN Direct Coverage Map
Features:
  • 3.5-inch Touch Screen Navigation with Turn by Turn spoken Directions
  • Pre-loaded Maps for continental U.S., Hawaii, and Puerto Rico with 6.5 million searchable points of interest
  • FM Traffic or MSN Direct Traffic/Content compatible (with optional GDB 55 receiver)
  • Easy to Use Interface; slim, pocket-sized form factor; 4-hour rechargeable battery
  • 3D terrain views, navigate to photo, and automatic time zone adjustment

Customer Reviews:

  • A must have for the Directionally Impaired on a Budget.
    I have one and bought another for my daughter.

    This is a must for me since I have no sense of direction whatsoever. I love how you can change the colors of the cars and the voices. By the time I'm done I'll know how to say "turn left" and "turn right" in several languages....more info
  • Highly recommended product
    The Garmin Nuvi 205 is easy to use, the screen is bright and clear and it fulfilled my expectations.
    Since this is not the "W" version it only comes with an ABC keyboard (this is supposed to be the major drawback). Keep reading for a tip on how to change it.

    If you want to change it to a QWERTY keyboard just copy the British_English*.* files in the "Text" folder as Qwerty*.*, then using notepad edit the Qwerty.gtt file changing "lang" and "desc" texts for "QWERTY" and reorder the keyboard distribution (you can also extend the keyboard to 9 characters per line by adding more characters). You would have to put one character of the first line in the last line, since there's not enough room on the first line, but it's an "almost" QWERTY.

    It's a nice product, easy to carry in your pocket and big enough if you don't have vision problems. Otherwise choose the "W" model....more info
  • unit not charged
    This is the 2nd Garmin Nuvi 205 we've purchased. My husband likes his so much he didn't want to share so I purchased a 2nd one for myself. My only complaint is that the unit's battery was completely discharged when I received it. Since I already had the cord to hook it to the computer that's how I got it recharged. It did take a couple of hours. If I hadn't had that cord I would have had to use the car charger and drive around for awhile until it charged. The Garmin did save me about 60 miles on a recent trip. I have always traveled on the Interstates (70 to 77 to 64) on my trips from central Ohio to Virginia. The Garmin sent me to Route 33 which cuts across Ohio to WV. The state route was much shorter and only had a couple of small towns to drive thru. On one trip it told my husband to turn at an exit on the Interstate that was closed. He used the next exit and the unit recalculated the route to his destination. All in all, we are pleased with the Garmin Nuvi 205s. ...more info
  • GPS
    This was my first puchase of a portable GPS system and I found it to be very easy to use. The display screen is easy to read and the voice is very clear. We like it so much, that we want to purchase another one for our kids.I recommend this model for first time purchasers....more info
  • Beware
    The seller sent me 2 of these units and I sent them an email immediately to get it corrected. They sent me an RMA form that I filled out and then I never heard from them again. Nobody answers the 800 number they provided. I had to sell the extra one that i got at a 10 dollar loss and eat the extra shipping and handling.

    The actual unit itself work well, the seller is not reputable though. Save yourself the headache and buy somewhere else. ...more info
  • Nuvi 205 is a great performer
    The Nuvi 205 is a great improvement over the Nuvi 200. It has a faster processor and more capability. With the 200, speed does not show when navigating, but it does show on the 205, and the speed limit shows for regular highways. Also favorite places are grouped into folders like food so you don't have to search through all the favorites. You can even create a folder such as friends or parks. It works as good as the 255, except the street name is not spoken. You have to glance at the top of the screen to see the street name, but the 205 is cheaper. Satellite lock-on is quick, and the battery lasts well when not plugged in....more info
  • Great GPS
    I really like this GPS. I am a Realtor and I use it all the time and it has yet to let me down. I would recommend this product to anyone that is looking for a great priced GPS. ...more info
  • does the job perfectly!
    This GPS system is everything we need. Bought it after extensive review of reviews. Great for the person who likes simple efficiency or first-time GPS owners. Only worry is my husband watches it more than the road! Also love that you can replace the car icon with giant marching footsteps. Can't wait for upcoming versions to tell us WHY we want to go where we want to go......more info
  • Great entry level GPS
    When researching a new GPS, you have to concentrate on what features you want, and then pay attention to how the unit functions as a whole. The maps will occasionally be wrong with any unit, and locals will likely disagree with some of the routing in areas they are highly familiar with. But you aren't buying this to help you navigate your neighborhood. In my research I've found Tomtom, Magellan, and Garmin all share similarly high reviews depending on the product.

    That said, the Garmin Nuvi 205 is a fantastic entry level unit. It is incredibly easy to use, very quick to acquire a signal, immediate re-calculation, and accurate placement and position updates. This unit does not speak street names, but I find the verbal updates adequate enough. "In one mile, turn left" etc. gives plenty of notice on what you need to do without continually harassing you. Enterting destinations is easy. It will guess the city / street names after only a few letters, and it has a large preloaded database of locations to search.

    In addition to the map, during your drive it will display your current speed, the local speed limit (most of the time), distance to destination, ETA, and your next turn and which direction it will be. If there are no other turns prior to your destination, it will display which side of the road you need to be on and mark the spot with a checked flag. So far it has been 100% accurate on "side of street" placement.

    It has multiple settings if you need to adjust any part of the programming or features. You can have it avoid tolls, highways, u-turns, etc. You cannot edit the main interface, or what it shows you where, I would not make any changes even if I could though. This unit is compatible with the optional traffic receivers, however I have not used any of them. I love the small size as well, it fits well on the windshield with the included mount but does not get in the way, and is still very easy to read.

    Updating your maps online seems easy enough, I was able to connect to my computer with a standard mini-usb cable (not included) and load the website quickly. I also downloaded voices and icons directly to the device with no trouble.

    If you are looking for a low price GPS for casual use, and can live without bluetooth, spoken street names, and multi point routing (you can have 1 destination + 1 extra stop at once) then the nuvi 205 is perfect, and a great price. I am very satisfied with my purchase. ...more info
  • Excellent value for money.
    The Nuvi 205 is a compact, economy Garmin GPS system. The maps are accurate (or as accurate as maps can be through constantly changing cities. The screen is just large enough to be usable and the directions are spoken very clearly and loudly. This model is not compatible with the MSN Direct traffic/weather service. An accurate GPS system that does one thing and does it well. In the end, I returned it and purchased a Garmin Nuvi 255w and I am satisfied with THAT purchase completely....more info
  • My GPS got me lost!
    I just recently started geocaching (if you're saying "Huh?" check out geocaching.com), and when my parents came to town, I got them into it also. They already have a GPS (they use it for driving) so I decided to get one for myself. I had a different one ordered on Amazon.com but for some reason, it wasn't going to be shipped out for a few more days! So I gave up and went to Wal-Mart after work and looked at their (very small) selection. I chose the Nuvi 205 and when I got home I checked out the reviews. Mostly good reviews (sorry to lower the average!) so I was happy. My geocaching wasn't the greatest and I figured it was because I wasn't used to it yet. I picked the British accent and named it Lady Victoria. My parents call theirs Betsy.

    Today at work, I really tested it out. On my 30 minute lunchbreak, I went to look for a nearby cache. Just me and my GPS. No parents and no Betsy. Didn't find the loot but I thought part of the problem was because I was trying to rush (ended up being late from my lunch anyway! Oops). When it was time to go home, I told Lady to "Take me home". I normally get right on the interstate. Very easy. Not for Lady! "Turn left here!" O..k... Down into a residental area. She kept wanting me to go left....right away. Who cares if I wasn't in the correct lane and if there was traffic behind me (it was late at night so I didn't have to worry about that). So I was kinda lost and trying to compromise with her. Got to where I knew exactly where I was but I gave her one more chance. Bad mistake. "Turn left here!" WHY???? Then I was too busy trying to figure it out that I got totally lost...in the wrong part of town. I shut Lady off and finally found myself. I could read maps better than the GPS!

    I think I'll return it and get another type. Today I received my charging at home adapter in the mail (forgot to buy one when I bought Lady). I might just return it to Amazon, unless I purchase another GPS that I could use it on.

    ...more info
  • No U-Turns Please
    I love my Garmin, but I think there are some glitches in the system. For example,If there are two roads that are in close proximity, running parallel (Delaware Ave & I-95, in Philadelphia, PA) My Garmin sees them as one road. It can get quite dangerous when one is a "one way"road. I have never experienced any other type of GPS, but I figure this gets me where I want to be, and is usually right on time with the ETA....more info
  • Not all changes are improvements
    I've had the Nuvi 205 for about six weeks and use it several times a week. I also have a Nuvi 200 that I've owned for a little more than a year. I opted to buy the new 205 instead of upgrading the maps in the 200 because the 205 was available for only $118. Since I have both units, this will be something of a comparison review.

    For the most part I like the Garmin interface, and they've made a few improvements in the 205. The speed limit information is very handy, and it's nice that the zoom in/out "buttons" are now placed next to each other. I love having a constant display of the street I am currently on. It also finds satellites faster than does the Nuvi 200. The suction cup mount is much improved, with the rubber cup itself being softer and tackier. The mount for my 200 would often lose suction and fall off the windshield.

    The Garmin literature touts the 205's new faster processor as being able to redraw the map more smoothly. This appears to be true, but this also appears to be a case of technology for technology's sake, and it has actually made the unit more difficult to use. This applies primarily to situations where a destination has been entered. Anytime the car approaches a turn along the calculated route, the display begins to zoom in, presumably in order to show more detail. Unfortunately the zooming is done in such a way that the upcoming turn remains at a fixed distance out ahead of the current position (on the screen). It almost appears as though the car has stopped moving, especially when there are few details on the map to provide a visual cue that the display is zooming. Once the zooming in stops, the map rapidly rushes by. When I first used the 205 I missed several turns because I thought I wasn't very close to the intersection and then suddenly the intersection was behind me. Even now that I've grown accustomed to it, I still find myself double checking the map with the distance-until-turn reading. I never had to do this with the Nuvi 200.

    Other nit-picks
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    * The Nuvi 205 gets lost more often when I'm downtown. The buildings seem to confuse it whereas the 200 has no problem.

    * The rerouting is sometimes baffling after I've missed a turn. It once sent me two miles along a couple of roads to turn around in a cul-de-sac and then retrace my route. I don't know if this is the case with the 200 because I didn't miss turns with it.

    * The LCD display is not as good as the Nuvi 200's, with lower contrast and viewing angles.

    * Battery life is not quite as good as the Nuvi 200's, presumably because it now has a faster processor.

    * It does not display the compass heading when following a calculated route. It displays the current speed instead. Every car has a speedometer, but not that many have compasses. I really don't need validation of my speed, but I would like to know my current direction.

    * Searching the POI database is often so slow that it's unusable. This is not new to the 205. As an example, yesterday I had some extra time after running an errand and wanted to find a Toyota dealer to look at a new car. There are quite a few Toyota dealers in KC, but I didn't know what dealers were in the immediate area, so I just entered 'Toyota'. After five minutes it had returned no results. If you know the exact name (Superior Toyota, for example), the search speed is reasonable, but that limits the usefulness.

    My feedback to Garmin:
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    * When displaying turns on calculated routes, just zoom in once or twice when approaching a turn rather than in a longer continuous zoom that sometimes makes it appear that the vehicle is not getting closer to the upcoming turn.

    * Use a better LCD screen.

    * Improve the POI searching or make more categories.

    * When displaying a calculated route, make the bottom left button/readout user configurable. It currently displays the speed, and when you touch that area of the screen it displays all sorts of navigation info (including the compass heading). The user should be able to touch any item on that screen and have that be the new value displayed in the lower left corner of the main screen.

    * Draw major roads with thinner lines. Sometimes the highways are drawn with such thick lines that useful details are obscured....more info
  • So easy to use
    This is the only GPS system I've ever owned. The teenage girl at Circuit City showed me how to use it in the store in about 8 minutes. You won't even need the manual. You'll wonder how you got along without one of these. I'm not sure what features you get with more expensive units, but I have yet to want a feature that this unit doesn't have. ...more info
  • A great entry level GPS
    For my first auto GPS, this is a great unit. It gives clear directions and advanced notice but with no road names. It updated using the Garmin software perfectly and arrived with all the 2009 maps already installed (thanks Amazon). You can use it right out of the box (comes with mounts, vehicle cable, and small guide). Major roadways were correct but some local roads were not. My home address and roadway is in the wrong place but that's consistent with mapquest and google maps. It also doesn't shout at you when you miss a turn; it just recalculates the best alternative. Routing was a bit quirky in some cases (A-B route was different than B-A route) but this is a new technology and still not where it needs to be yet. It takes less than 5-6 sec to acquire satellites every time I start it up and I even got full strength inside my house. DEM maps are practically useless except when zoomed way out. Speed limits on major roadways are fairly accurate. Haven't tried navigating to photos or downloading points from google maps yet.

    One important item lacking though is the usb cable. Without it, you can't register your product (and get latest firmware, software, maps or garmin accessories discount) or take advantage of all the available features (free and pay add-ons, geocaching, etc.). Its too bad this small important piece of the puzzle was left out. Other than that, this GPS does all that Garmin says it will.

    I chose this over the TomTom 250 or Navigon 2100 unit. I highly recommend it. Great amazon price too. 5 stars less 1 for lack of usb cable....more info
  • Great GPS
    This GPS is perfect for me. It's easy to operate and gets me where I want to go. The street names are printed, and the voice clearly says to turn right or left in so many feet. I don't need anything more complicated. Also, when I leave my car I can slip it into my purse for greater security. ...more info
  • Small, Simple, Powerful
    This is a perfect GPS - EXTREMELY EASY TO USE, accurate, powerful database, bright screen, small, slim, rechargable battery built-in. This is probably the best GPS period. The more expensive GPS units have all this stuff most people don't need (MP3 player, etc.) but if it's navigation you need, this thing is it. It's hard to believe you can get this amount of technology for such a great price. I can't say enough about this unit.

    I already have an iPhone (1st gen). It does everything I need since it has an iPod, photo viewer, Internet browsing, and it has Google Maps. However the 1st gen iPhone does not include true GPS technology. It only can approximate your position based on cell tower (and wifi hotspot) locations. The 2nd gen iPhone (plastic case) has a true GPS chip built-in that integrates with Google Maps, but the GPS functionality EATS the battery when you're using it. I just needed a GPS to complement my iPhone when I'm on the road. This unit is perfect.

    I also have a Honda Element, and it's difficult to find a good spot to mount a GPS without blocking the view. This unit is small and it's suction cup mount is so low-profile that it was easy to find a spot on the dash just to the right of the steering wheel to mount it. I thought I might want the larger 205W widescreen, but I'm glad I have the smaller screen since it keeps the unit small but there's still plenty of map area.

    I was surprised at how accurate the Garmin units are, and with their 3d maps with smooth scrolling, they provide a superior navigation experience. The screen is extremely bright and here in the Northwest where there's very little sun, I keep the brightness at 10% and I get over 4 hours of battery life. The speaker is very loud too, if you need it.

    The only drawback is that the unit doesn't come with an AC charger nor a USB cable for updating your maps via computer. But it does come with a DC car charger. The documentation was sparse, but after playing with the unit for about 30 minutes, I figured out all the ways you can get to the different options and views. The touchscreen is not that sensitive, so you have to give a little extra push with your finger. These are all minor inconveniences given the power and simplicity this unit delivers.

    Garmin definitely has studied how people use a GPS and have designed clear screens, simple controls, and useful options. For example, there's a "Car" versus "Walking" mode. Also, the screen background turns a dark blue at night so that the screen isn't glaring in your eyes. If you're using the unit plugged-in via the car charger, the unit turns on and off automatically with your car. That may seem obvious until you realize you can also simply run the unit via it's rechargable battery, and if you don't turn it off manually, it stays on until the batter runs out (useful for hiking/biking, etc.). I thought these were all nice design touches that shows that Garmin knows their users and translated that into a nice product.




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  • I love my Garmin 205
    I got this right after Christmas for a trip I was taking, it worked perfectly and was easy to learn. I loaned it to my parents and they loved it so much they went and bought their own!...more info
  • BEST GPS E V E R!!!!!
    This GPS is the most amazing GPS ever! As my first one, I am VERY impressed. I recently went on vacation and forgot to take it out of my vehicle, and it was stolen along with the window being broken. Sad. I bought another one because I am just so happy with my first purchase, but I HAVE TO WARN YOU please take any and all pieces of the GPS OUT OF THE VEHICLE!! GPS are #1 theft's in America as of today. Even if you have the suction piece on the windshield, they will find it...if you have your charger out, ALSO if you dont wipe off the suction cup residue after the GPS has been removed from the vehicle, they will think it's in there and go looking..so be careful! Wonderful product..too many great things to even say! BUY IT! WORTH THE MONEY!...more info
  • First GPS
    This is the first GPS I have owned so don't have anything to compare it with, but it works great. The only problem I have had is in rural areas it has been off a little bit at times, but nothing major and in populated areas it works great. Liked it so much a bought a second one, exactly the same (refurbished and all -- I'm cheap!)...more info
  • Love my Garmin
    Great buy. Great value for $$$ spent. Easy to use and understand. One electronic that is truly plug and play. No instructions needed, just push buttons and go anywhere....more info
  • Awesome!
    This product is awesome. I bought this GPS for several reasons. The frist is because Garmin is a name you can trust. I use Garmins at school for Geocashing and their products are easy to use and can stand the handling of middle schools.
    The second reason is the points of interest. The nuvi 205 can in the box ready to go. The maps are current, the GPS is easy to use, and the picture is great. My husband and I were impressed with the ease of using this technology on the road.
    I can't say anything bad about this product. I love it!!...more info
  • Garmin nuvi 250
    Garmin nuvi 250 is a good unit for the price. It does everything I want it to....more info
  • Great!
    Since I have already owned the Nuvi 200, I will base my review off the improvments I see from the previous model. It is basically the same thing, same size but there are some new features like what the spped limit is, "where am i?" for emergencys & one noticeable ting is the screen animation when driving is more fluid/smooth and not so jerky....Highly recommend it. ...more info
  • Garmin review
    The product is exactly what my husband wanted. The product was not supposed to come until after Christmas but arrived on 12-24-08. ...more info
  • Handi Item
    I had thought of buying a GPS before, but my travels didn't justify the purchase. I received this Garmin 205 as a gift. I was a bit worried that it might be more trouble than it was worth. Trouble as in too technical for my feeble mind, but it is not. It is very simple to navigate the screens, and after a couple of bumbling moments on my part, I got it pretty much down. At least for my use.
    Turn it on, press favorites or points of interest. A list of subjects come up--Food_banks-transportation etc. Touch say--Food. A list comes up like ALL FOOD--FAST FOOD--BBQ--etc- touch that and it will bring up a long list of places from the cosest to the more distant. Touch the one you want and then GO, and it directs you turn by turn. If you try a different way, it say "RECALCULATING" and directs you from that point. Or go to ADDRESSES, and type in the address. It directs you through this, then GO and you are set. To return home, Press HOME and you are told turns and such. It does not verbalize street names, but they are shown on screen.
    They exact distance (proceed .3 miles and turn left) may be off a bit, and change as it is updated, but this is minor and you can see where you are easily.
    Or you can touch MAPS and see where you are on screen.
    More expensive models do a few more things, but this will do nicely for most folks without getting overly complicated.
    You can go online and get different cars, or different voices. I found the one standard okay for me. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" It also offers other doodads if you want. I don't want.(I have had a cell phone for two years and have used 41 minutes so far) This does it's intended purpose well. I like it. You can adjust the volume, or turn it off.
    This device along with a little forethought can be very handi.
    I can't say it is better or worse than thew competition, I can only say I am happy with it so far. Dan...more info
  • Keep it up Garmin
    Excellent product, got it on sale, which is a must. Improved screen layout than the nuvi 200. Doesn't say street names, but they can be easily read off the screen. Tells you on which side your destination is when you arrive. ...more info
  • ONE THING I HATE!
    The Nuvi can only use the Garmin power adapter. The power port is shaped like a standard USB power adapter, but only the Garmin adapter will work. THIS IS A PAIN. When I travel I have to bring the Garmin adapter. The wire is stiff and bulky. The adapter that I carry for by blackberry won't work even though the plug is the same. The same adapter works for my wife's cell phone, but not for the Garmin. Same adapter also works for my iPod (with a special wire), but not for the Garmin.

    Please, Garmin, get with the program and fix this. It will make the 205 much better for people who want to travel light (i.e. everybody).

    Note to Garmin: No doubt you set-up the power plug this way for a reason, but not a great reason. When you try so use a different power adapter the GPS thinks that it is getting connected to a computer: the GPS goes in to "mass storage mode". Surely there's a software fix. When it goes in to mass storage mode just put a button on the screen that lets the user say "no thanks" to mass storage mode and just connect to the power supply.

    That would fix the only thing that I hate about this Garmin unit.

    Happy Navigating. ...more info
  • Great Purchase
    I bought 2 Garmin 205 for the holdiays. I gave it as a gift and I have a really picky friend and son and they are both enjoying it. Very user friendly and they are satisfied with it. Very happy with the purchase I made and would recommend it.Garmin nuvi 205 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator...more info
  • Does the job well.
    It pretty much did all what was needed of it. I am just writing this review to say that the smaller size screen were more useful than the widescreen ones. You don't really need a wide screen in a GPS, if there were even smaller ones I would have got them. This way you can easily put it in the car, in pocket, on the windshield and it would not block the view. There is no point in paying the extra 50 dollars for a wide screen one....more info
  • Great Little Device
    I bought this device because my wife and I are looking to buy a new home and we were getting lost when we were in unfamiliar territory. We just put in the address where we want to go and before you know it you're there. We also use it now to find restaurants and other places of interest. We should have bought this sooner. Great item to have....more info
  • great gps
    The Garmin Nuvi 205 portable GPS does great job. I am well pleased with this unit, and it was very reasonably priced. I would highly recommend it.
    Thanks
    JS...more info