|Garmin nuvi 265WT 4.3-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Integrated Traffic Receiver
|List Price: $349.99
Our Price: Too low to display
Garmin n¨¹vi 265WT 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Text-to-Speech, Bluetooth, and Free Traffic
- Bright 4.3-inch diagonal color touchscreen; 480x272 pixels, WQVGA TFT display with white backlight
- Sleek, ultra-thin design fits easily in pocket
- Preloaded with City Navigator North America NT
- Supports Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling when paired with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones
- NOTE: Model number is 265WT; however, the model number on the product itself is 265W
- Good unit, but not without quirks
After reading reviews I decided on the Nuvi 265WT. I will say it does lock onto a GPS signal rather quickly, has very intuitive controls and a good display. I have an integrated navigation system in my other vehicle that I thought offered so-so perfromance, but in retrospect, and in comparision to the Nuvi, I realize what a good system that is afterall. My gripes with the 26WT - voices are very electronic sounding, sometimes to the point of not being easily understood; it appears that the accuracy of the GPS postion is somewhat poor (as in .1-.2 miles off at times), rural areas (where I spend much of my navigating time) seem to be more problematic (refuses to accept certain addresses; does not always distinguish between N vs. S street numbers; does not recognize the existence of certain towns; gets easily confused by frontage roads vs. highway; and gets it's left and right confused when it comes to announcing turns.)
Overall, it's proven to be very handy and may still be one of the best options out there, but it appears that the map data and operating sofware is rather buggy and incomplete. I find that particuarly surprising for such a mainstream/consumer product from such a well-known brand. Good platfrom and interface- if Garmin can get the bugs worked out of the software it'll be much more robust.
- All Defective Items
Sent back 2 of these GPS, 265WT, Wouldnt stay on but a few seconds, and then shut off. Im really surprised, at the customer service dept. I requested a call back and they never, had the common decency, to return my call....more info
a good improvement over the previous model. the traffic routing feature has saved me time on a couple of occasions. I would like the ability to move the touch screen map without having to go to a sub menu....
- one of the best purchases I've made!
I love my Garmin 265WT GPS, it exceeds my expectations. The customer support was extremely helpful. I wish I had bought it sooner!...more info
Navigation function is great, no issues there. I think you get a lot for your money. The suction cup works better than i thought. Touch screen works well doesn't lag too badly. Almost what i wanted.
Traffic function could use just 1 more level of detail. 3 colors isnt good enough for me, because it's always red and a couple of miles an hour determines whether i stay on the side streets or attempt the freeway =\.
Screenshot + speedo function :). Didn't know about this feature until i bought it. Verified that i can actually press the button while going 160 on my ZX6R =D.
I thought it would feed audio/directions/voice into my bluetooth headset(s), but it doesn't. It only acts as a speakerphone to be paired with cell phone; works good for caging it though. Wont pair with cardo or chatterbox =(*.
I think the security function messes with the USB connection to a computer. I think the computer wont recognize it unless the unit is actually on while connected. It should just be simply plug and play (it almost is). This annoys me a lot, but i dont connect it to the computer often.
Overall im not sure the Nuvi765 wouldve got me the features that i wanted for more than double the price. I guess i cant complain....more info
- Very happy owner of nuvi 265WT
This is an excellent product for the money. Voice clear and lound enough to hear while driving. Bluetooth works like a charm. It's nice to hear the street name spoken from the unit. Overall very satisfied with unit so far....more info
- Good entry level GPS
I'm having a hard time deciding whether or not this is a 4 or 5 star item. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and rated it 5.
I got this GPS for my dad for christmas, and I'm happy to say that this unit has worked great since christmas. It worked so well, in fact, that a visiting friend decided to get the same model as the one currently in use.
I've used this unit quite a bit and I can tell you that it really delivers on the navigation. This unit shines in a lot of ways: Satelite aquisition is fairly quick (quickest aquisition has been a few seconds. Typical is about 5 minutes or less), directions are great, and the Text To Speech feature works nearly flawlessly (it misprounces some street names). It's quite easy to drive without looking at the GPS help.
Additionally, there are a lot of neat features that come with the GPS as well, including an spedometer, odometer, travel time vs stopped time, various points of interest (including restaurants, gas, hotels, etc, etc) and the distance to those, and way more.
Probably the nicest extra is the traffic meter, but that's never quite worked right for me, and as I understand it, it really only works for certain areas as well (so, your millage may vary here).
As for why I decided on this GPS unit, I had heard that Text to Speech was a very useful feature (this would be akin to "in 200 feet turn right at Rose St" rather than "in 200 feet turn right"), so that put me in the new models, and I wanted to make sure I had a wide screen version as when you do need to look at the screen, it helps provide a context for the area. The real battle for me came down to the 255w vs the 265wt, and I would say both are very useful GPS units. I'd probably recommend the 255 over the 265 unless traffic is a really important feature to you, but if the 255 is sold out (like it was in my case), then the 265 is also definately viable....more info
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This was a gift. I haven't used it personally. As far as I know it is fine. ...more info
- Great navigation tool
I bought this due to the size and portability, I'm on the road every week and was running a mapping program on my computer. This is easy to learn without using the manual if you are somewhat familiar with similar products. The only thing I would like is customizable map features, like selectable compass on the display screen for example....more info
- Superb Product - Great Price
The Garmin nuvi 265T is a perfect compromise between performance and price. It's great! I business travel extensively in the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas, it gets me to my destinations with near-flawless accuracy. After 5 years of previous Garmin ownership, I decided it was time to upgrade to a nuvi. I am more impressed by the speed with which the nuvi locates satellites and overall route accuracy, than I am with the new whistles and bells (Bluetooth, Eco-Challenge, etc.)it features. I'm convinced Garmin makes the best GPS units on the market, and would not hesitate to recommend this one. ...more info
- Good Navi with Free Traffic
I'm happy with this purchase. I usually read up on specs and reviews a whole lot before I buy and this is a nice unit. The fm traffic tuner works great except for once and the same with finding addresses. Overall pleased with this model and FREE TRAFFIC FOR LIFE!...more info
- Nav page does not display distance remaining
Unit works OK, traffic is nice. However, I am surprised that there is no way to display the distance remaining in your trip on the main nav page. You get speed, arrival time, and distance to the next turn. I have a speedometer in my car already (duh) and the arrival time changes with stoplights and traffic. I contacted customer service and they said there's no way to show trip distance on the main nav display in the 2_5 series. The 7_5 series allows distance display on the main nav page, but is overpriced. If I'd known I couldn't display distance, I'd have kept looking....more info
- Roundabout gps
This gps seems to have a different sense of where you need to go than the 650 I also own. On a trip to Branson, MO I decided to follow where it led me, rather than go the tried and true course I normally take. From I-44 (well west of Springfield), it took us south on narrow winding 2-lane highways, once even taking me past a highway, only to turn me 2 blocks later, rounding the block, and coming back to the road we had just passed. Ir did, however, end up where it was supposed to. Don't know yet if the traffic function works, as we never needed it. Pro: it eventually gets you there. Con: Garmin's maps are at least 5 years out of date. This unit does not follow the fastest route, as the 650 does.
Garmin techs need to do some traveling using their own products. Maybe then they could straighten out their routes. ...more info
- Good Mid-Range GPS with Free Lifetime Traffic
I bought this Garmin unit to replace my GPSMAP 60CSx, and a GPS V that I have been using for several years. I wanted a decent touchscreen device, that already had the maps and Points of Interest loaded into it. The 60CSx and the GPS V both had internal memory you had to load maps into. After much research, I decided to purchase the 265WT. It was a Widescreen newer midrange model, and included Free Lifetime Traffic. A feature, I was sure I would like. The price at Amazon was the best I could find, after browsing through many other online stores, including some that only sold GPS units. The traffic seems to work well, for the limited cities it supports. I am strongly considering adding the GDB 55 with MSN service, for better traffic coverage in more cities, as well as news and weather options. It can be found online for around $80. The GPS works well, whether in the mountains or in downtown areas with many buildings. I do wish it had an exit information option, for when driving on the Interstate, something both the GPS V and 60CSx, had but I cannot seem to find on this one. Instead, you have to go into POI, and choose which item you are looking for, (gas, food, etc.) The widescreen is nice, and zooming out when driving major roads and interstates, will actually show you the turns coming ahead. You can select a variety of icons to show for your vehicle, and the display can perform auto day/night color changes, to be easier to read dependent upon time of day. I updated the GPS through my computer as soon as I received it, and it downloaded a new map set, as well as operating software for the device. I wish for the price it included lifetime map updates, but Garmin does have the numaps option, for $100 for lifetime map updates. Going on what I have learned from Garmin in the past, there are usually not enough road changes year to year to justify paying the update cost. I will probably purchase the numaps option in 1.5-2 yrs, which is usually when enough map changes justify the cost of upgrading the mapset. All in all, a good GPS unit. I most recently used it on a trip from Cincinnati, OH to Washington, DC. It worked perfectly the way there, and they way back. I really enjoy the touchscreen features and ease of use. The Bluetooth is definitely a plus, allowing me to access contacts on my phone through the GPS, and use it as a speakerphone. It is also nice to be able to tell the GPS to transfer the call back to my handset, when I am leaving the vehicle. Occasionally, the voice through either the speakerphone or the voice in the GPS gets messed up, and high pitched. I suspect this is a firmware problem, and from what I understand, one Garmin knows about and is working on a fix for. It is easy to fix, by just turning the unit off, and then restarting it. It doesn't happen all the time. It seems to happen most often, when the device is trying to give voice directions while on a Bluetooth call. Other than that, I haven't had any problems with the device. ...more info
- Garmin nuvi 265WT
One concerned is the box states it is model 265WT, but all the paper work that come with the GPS only states the 265W??? ...more info
- nuvi 265wt
The product is seems to be a good product on first inspection. this is the second one I received after the first one went insolvent after 1 week.
the Nuvi is easy to use and has basically the same functions as other Garmin products. the battery does not last long enough but the information is accurate. the screen is easy to read and the maps are accurate. i still do not see the fuss about the bluetooth as it seems like a feature that is cool but not worth paying extra for....more info
- Everything impresses me except for the Bluetooth Speakerphone
I just purchased this unit for my local costco and have found it to be one of the best GPS units I have ever used. Out of the box, from a full cold start, it found its location accurately within 20 seconds or so (most units I have seen before take a few minutes). Garmin's new HotFix feature actually works as advertised. Whenever I emerge from a signal dead zone (like a parking garage) the unit finds itself almost immediately. My old Magellan would take at least a minute, if not several to do so.
Also this unit has amazingly fast route recalculation response time. I purposefully drove against its directions and it realized and had a new route with a new direction within 5 seconds or less. Again my old Magellan would take about 30 seconds to a minute to recalculate (taking about 10 seconds just to realize I had gone the wrong way).
The user interface is also very intuitive and easy to navigate. The features are great. EcoRoute actually gives me usual information, providing estimates of my fuel consumption and and even costs incurred, all based on my vehicle type, fuel type, gas mileage, and its tracking data.
The only issue I have had so far is that the Bluetooth Speakerphone on this unit has so far been only satisfactory. Most calls have been intelligible, but I often get told that I can just barely be understood. I am working on finding a better placement in my car to mitigate this issue.
For the money, this is probably one of your best bets for GPS at the moment....more info
- good GPS for the price
I like the free traffic on this device, but its not very reliable. I am not sure how it works, but maybe its doing average, or using historical data or something. That's probably not Garmin's fault. There seems to be two competing standards for traffic data. I just returned from a drive, and they were doing construction in the northbound lane, snarling traffic for miles. Fortunately I was driving south. Still the construction was predictable, and long lasting, but the traffic (including traffic.com) shows green. The competing traffic database (ie. google.com/maps ( traffic)) currently shows the traffic in red.
Another issue I have with this device, is that I cannot turn this device off completely without unplugging it. Switch off, turns the device to "charging", and the screen still glows. This probably pulls some amount of my car battery, because Ford auto's keep the cig lighter hot even when the car is off. I tuck this device into a seat corner to hide it from potential thieves, and I suspect this "charging" state generates heat, and helps degrade the lithium battery that much faster....more info
- Nuvi 265w
Easily set up, but did take some time since I'm not so computer literate Great screen. Just watch how you attach to the window. Once you position the holder, it's hard to get it off since it has a bit of tape in addition to the suction. But I think I will be really confident using it. Don't know about the traffic part yet....more info
- A very good GPS
I am a sales person that spend a lot of my time in the car driving to various locations. I had an old Garmin GPS ( Street Pilot) with a remote. When this unit started getting old, I decided that I needed to change it. The only other GPS that I could find with a remote was the Tom Tom One series. I was very disappointed with that unot. The mapping software was inferior, as it would not even say the side of the street my destination would be. The unit itself would take forever to boot up and get a signal. (This started to happen after I did a software update from thier website). Anyway, some unlucky thief broke into my care and stole the Tom Tom. I knew that my next GPS would be a Garmin. What I like about this system is that it gets a signal very quick, the 4.3 inch screen makes it easy to look at, the traffic updates are OK (not alway accurate but what traffic service is?) and of course, it tells me which side of the street my destination is on. I wish I could use a zip code to look up an address and smetimes my fingers seem to be too big when typping in an address. I liked the Tom Tom choiced of voices for the GPS better than Garmins computer generated voice. All in all, this Garmin cost half of the price of my old Tom Tom so it is a better unit and a better value....more info
- power cord problems
When it worked, it was great, however, occasionally the screen would go blank. Also, the power cord would occasionally quit and then the unit would run on battery power until it quit. I was able to return it under the 30 day time frame....more info
- Ben's 265WT review
Great product, fantastic features. Don't even bother reading "GPS for Dummies" because it's intuitive right out of the box! This is my sixth Garmin product in less than two years, good stuff!...more info