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Garmin nvi 250 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator
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Simple navigation at an affordable price--that's nvi 250. This entry-level Personal Travel Assistant comes with preloaded maps for North America, including all of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. For added flexibility, choose nvi 270 with preloaded maps for both continents or save more with nvi 200 which offers less map coverage at a lower price. Like all nvi 200-series members, the 250 features an easy-to-use colorful touchscreen and ultra-slim design--perfect for everyday navigation.Smart, Powerful Design! The nvi 250 is built with a high-sensitivity WAAS-enabled GPS receiver for extreme accuracy, as well as an SD card slot for storing your media and additional navigation tools, and a USB interface for loading data. All this is wrapped up in a package that measures 3.8 x 2.8 x .8 inches (W x H x D) and weighs just 5.2 ounces. The nvi 250's 3.5-inch (diagonal) display is touchscreen-enabled, making it a cinch to control the device with your fingertips. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to five hours of battery life depending on use.Navigate with Ease! nvi 250 comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator NT street maps, including a hefty points of interest (POIs) database with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more.

Customer Reviews:

  • Love it!
    I use my VZ navigator that is on my cell phone normally. I needed something i can have in the car and see better. one negative, it doesn't say the street name you should turn onto it just says turn right. one cool thing while your on your route you can touch a side street or something in the area and it will show you what is down that way and how to get there. pre-loaded voices are awesome, very loud, and distinct. Battery charges very quickly. bad side no USB cable or house charger, you can get one, just have to order from Garmin or try and find one at a store. and last i looked they were 25-30 dollars per cable. very first time using it, satellites seemed slow, but each time since then they take maybe three minutes and i am up and running. Overall great little machine, maps are extremely accurate and its so slim, i just disconnect it and put it in my pocket or purse so its not stolen. Also Garmin is one of the ONLY ones that make software for Macs. I had a lot of trouble trying to read specs on all the different brands to see if they were Mac friendly. Thank god Garmin puts it right on their web site. easy to use, graphics are very nice and great color on screen, can literally plug and play, no more entering your coordinates! Happy trails!!!...more info
  • big problems with recharing
    We have a TomTom One and a Nuvi 250. The TomTom is much better! When the Garmin needs to be recharged, it becomes useless. There is a glitch that keeps us from using the Nuvi 250 while it is recharging, whether it is plugged into the wall, the PC, or the car. So, we can use it only when fully charged, and then have to stop using it when it needs to be recharged. Visits to the Garmin website have not resolved the problem. Also, the TomTom allows more customization, such as a choice between an alphabetical or qwerty keyboard. Who uses an alphabetical keyboard? The ability to change a route when there is a need for a detour is another shortcoming of the Garmin. Finally, the cost of upgrades negates what looked like a good price at the outset....more info
  • Garmin Nuvi VS TomTom ONE
    I have owned a TomTom ONE, and this Nuvi 250, and I prefer the TomTom, however there are SOME features the Nuvi has which I would prefer. When you get to your destination, the Nuvi tells you it is on the "Left", or "Right". The TomTom does not, so you are left to wonder which side of the street your address is on at night when it is difficult to see house numbers.. The voice on the Nuvi sounds "tinny" as opposed to the TomTom. There are more display items on the screen on the TomTom. I don't need to see my speed, as I have a speedometer to show me my speed. I'd rather have a compass on the main screen instead. IF I were purchasing another, I would definitely get the TomTom. Additionally, the Nuvi announces my next turn in tenths of a mile, which is easier to understand than so many feet as the TomTom announces....more info
  • never to be lost again
    I love my nuvi garmin gps. Even if I make a wrong turn, the "lady" is always there refiguring the route. No more trying to read signs in the dark, she does it all for me. So glad I purchased it....more info
  • GREAT
    It doesn't have a lot of bell's and whistles but it does the job it is interned for and does it well.
    I am very pleased with my purchase....more info
  • Good GPS
    Plus: I had a garmin C330 which got stolen and hence decided to buy a GPS. This is exactly a Garmin C330 packaged in a more compact and sleek case. I was happy with the C330, hence am happy with this also.

    Minus: The device takes a lil longer than I would like to startup and load maps - which is not a big deal, its a one time thing.

    My old c330 used to take a really long time to "acquire satellites", and this one seems to have exactly the same problem. It takes a nice 10 to 15 minutes to "acquire" satellites (in open space) - its might be something to do with some area affinity of the gps because in some places it acquires really fast.

    Overall I think its a good device worth the money....more info
  • Everything you need, at a great price.
    First off let me say that this is my 3rd Garmin product. My 1st Garmin (C330) I sold when I got a car with built-in Navigation and the second belongs to my brother, but I borrowed it a lot (Nuvi 350). None of the previous Garmins ever broke or had any problems. With that knowledge, I wanted to buy a really cheap new navigation for another vehicle I had purchased. Something cheap enough to leave in the glove box and not have to worry about it. The Nuvi 250 is perfect for that.

    The Nuvi 250 is about the size of a deck of playing cards, and does not have any antennas to extend which is nice (see my included photo). There is only one button on the unit to turn it on or lock the display. The 3.5" touch-screen is very bright and easily viewable day or night. Additionally, based on the time of day it can automatically switch into night mode. Included in the box are a car charger, suction mount, and a plastic disc to stick to your dashboard if you can't suction it on the window. It's a very well constructed device and feels solid belying its low price tag.

    The built in maps include the USA and Canada, with plenty of points-of-interest (gas stations, banks, shopping, and the like). You can set your route by shortest distance or shortest time, and the map can be viewed in 3D or flat. The top of the map shows how far to your next turn and which way to turn, the bottom right displays your arrival time, and is actually pretty accurate (see my other photo). Moreover, you can find places along your route and navigate to them and then your destination. While the voice prompts are nice and loud, the Nuvi 250 does not say street names. If you miss your turn it's quick to re-route you, and takes very little time to calculate your route initially.

    The only negatives I have are: 1) I'm not fond of the way it automatically zooms in and out as your drive, I guess I'll get used to it, but I like to be zoomed in all the way, all the time. 2) Sometimes I'd rather not have the voice prompts on, but my C330 used to offer an option to just make a chime noise instead of talking which I liked better. 3) It does not come with a case or a home charging cable, which would have been nice.

    All in all... I does not have a lot of features (no traffic, no big screen, no Bluetooth) but it navigates very well, is easy to use, and is well worth the price....more info
  • Garmin GPS 250
    Works great purchased for my daughter, I have a 260 model it works great. However the voice for english needs changed to a younger voice and even a choice of voices to use would be nice....more info
  • My first GPS
    I use GPS oftenly, mostly from rental car - from the early phone type with operator assist, the Megellan unit comes with most Hertz, and Garmin GPS from Alamo/National. I find Garmin GPS is the most user friendly GPS. I brought the unit I purchase to Vegas, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon. And now I am back in Malaysia and I travel to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. I also got a Australia map for my 2009/5 trip to Melbourne -> Gold Coast.

    What I like:
    1. Touch Screen
    2. Abundance of Maps
    3. Easy to use - I never read the manual

    What I don't like:
    1. No qwerty keyboard like input
    2. Locating the satellite can take up to 5-10 minutes half of the time....more info
  • Great buy! No regrets!
    I needed this to help me get to and from my new job. Im in my mid to late 20s living in the Chicago suburbs my whole life and still dont know the expressway layout.

    This thing gets me where I need to be with no questions of how to operate it AND I still have never even touched the owners manual.

    Ive had it about 3+ weeks so far and love it....more info
  • Excellent budget GPS from Garmin
    The latest Nuvi 250 gets a refreshed hardware platform that is similar to the nuvi 205 but the 250 has the added advantage of having Alaska and Canada map coverage. Everything about the interface and usage is exactly the same the 205 except the 250 doesn't get the new eco-route feature that is only available for 2x5 or 7x5 units. Other that that I can't tell the difference between the two. Same familiar & excellent navigation features, loud and clear voice. If you don't need the frills like MP3 player, bluetooth and FM transmitter, then this budget model is the one for you!...more info
  • Love my Nuvi
    I purchased this model in silver for myself a few months back. I found it to be invaluable and dont know how I lived without it. My daughter expressed an interest in having one so I purchased one for her birthday in the pink color. She loves it, especially the pink color. Very quick delivery with this seller....more info
  • Garmin GPS
    I love my Garmin GPS it was very easy to use. I will tell a friend about it. Two thumb up. ...more info
  • Garmin nuvi
    I have a new gadget that has turned into a tool. I was running late because of traffic. I called the friends I was to meet and met them at the church. I had never been to the place before, punched in the name of the church, and was there with out a hitch. At that point the money I spent on the gadget was well worth it. I have purchased a second for my daughter. I think this is a great product....more info
  • Kim in Austin Texas
    Perfect for getting to my sales calls without wasting gas and time trying to navigate from directions or trying to read your mapquest while driving!

    Just don't order the car charger it comes with it.... :)...more info
  • Garmin Nuvi
    I have been very pleased with this purchase. I have not had the chance to use it as planned but with the tests I have done locally it serves all that I wanted and more. A good product and a good price....more info
  • no battery life, tech support are idiots
    You can't register it w/o downloading a browser plugin. Said plugin won't install. FAQ says you need new drivers. New drivers don't install. Tech support looks for a familiar word in your complaint and emails a cut and paste response based on that one word.

    Oh, and the battery is only good for a few minutes....more info