Garmin Nuvi 255W
Manufacturer: Garmin Part number: 010-00718-20
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CNET editors' review
price range: $199.98
- Reviewed by: Antuan Goodwin
- Reviewed on: 07/20/2009
The good: The Garmin Nuvi 255W features a large touch screen and an easy-to-understand interface. Start-up, destination entry, and trip routing and rerouting times are slightly faster than the competition. "Where am I?" feature is very useful for emergencies. Text-to-speech reads street and points of interest names aloud.
The bad: The Nuvi 255W's feature set is rather limited. Mounting cradle is bulkier than competing models and not very portable.
The bottom line: As entry-level GPS navigators go, the Garmin Nuvi 255W is still one of the best choices available for anyone who wants speedy performance without breaking the bank.
Good price and size, it takes you there but...
by Nadja00 on August 19, 2010
Pros: Good price, good size
Cons: It took me to the first very easy address in S instead of straight to the point.
Summary: The on and off switch was defective
Could not find an easy address as Route 3 East, instead it has Highway 3
Delay in redirecting me, it makes me turn ...
Summary: The on and off switch was defective
Could not find an easy address as Route 3 East, instead it has Highway 3
Delay in redirecting me, it makes me turn before the turning point because the arrow and voice confuse me.
You have to buy all the extras, the battery charger etc.
Crashed after software update !
by Willasb on July 27, 2010
Pros: None ! Do not buy it, you are going to waste your money !!!!
Cons: Does not work anymore ! Had to send to technical service !!!!
As usual too many picky reviewers.
by johnnyh14 on July 21, 2010
Pros: Size, screen, touch, features.
Cons: None Yet except would have enjoyed Bluetooth.
Summary: Too many whiners bad mouthed this little unit. I up-graded from a c330 which was a fine gps. The 255w is half the price with added features and works better ...
Summary: Too many whiners bad mouthed this little unit. I up-graded from a c330 which was a fine gps. The 255w is half the price with added features and works better then my tried and true 330. I also did the software upgrade without a hitch and think anyone who can't download the upgrade should take the bus. The unit is on sale at Costco warehouses for $99.00.
Ancient maps bad sound irritating voices lowBatteryLife
by megatransect on July 5, 2010
Pros: easy to get it going out of the box
Cons: Some information on the display is annoyingly small.
Sound distorts badly.
Maps included are uselessly out of date.
Map update costs more than the machine itself.
Can't change the voice.
Insensitive touch screen.
Low battery life.
Summary: The most annoying thing by far was the fact that the maps were uselessly out of date. You're not entitled to an update even when it's new. You ...
Summary: The most annoying thing by far was the fact that the maps were uselessly out of date. You're not entitled to an update even when it's new. You have to buy it but the update costs more than the machine itself. I felt really ripped-off when I discovered this. It fairly regularly loses the plot by not being able to distinguish roads and footpaths in some areas.
The sound on it is pretty distorted if you turn it up. The voice in general is irritating and there is no option to change it (unlike TomTom). Why is this? It's only a couple of megabytes of sound files.
The touch screen is just a bit too insensitive and you often find yourself having to poke things two or three times until you get it right.
I was unimpressed by how much time it took to acquire the satellites. If you start driving before it has done this it can be a 5 minute operation.
In general the Garmin Nuvi 255 was a choice I regretted. It had so many things that bugged me which could easily have been avoided I put Garmin on my list of companys to be avoided.
IT WORKS OK, WHEN IT DECIDES TO START WORKING.
by amclaussen on July 2, 2010
Pros: Esay of use, when it finally achieves satellite reception, that is.
Cons: SLOW to get satellite reception. If it continues to be so slow in starting to work, I will trash it and go for another brand. Notreally recommended.
Summary: By all means, test the unit BEFORE buying it. IF as slow as mine, get a different model or brand. With my unit, Garmin has lost a customer.
Updated on ...
Summary: By all means, test the unit BEFORE buying it. IF as slow as mine, get a different model or brand. With my unit, Garmin has lost a customer.UPDATE: Thanks to a nice distributor in Mexico City who installed a firmware update to my unit, now mt Nuvi 255W is SLIGHTLY less slooooow... but compared on the road to an inexpensive MIO and a comparably priced Tom-Tom, my unit is still too slow. Maybe the chip was of inferior quality, or the supplied memory is still insufficient, because you can hear the hard drive working busily in a quiet car. Definitely not recommended. Amclaussen.
Updated on Jun 18, 2012
Not as pleased as others.
by crbishop3 on June 29, 2010
Pros: nice features for price, graphics pretty decent
Cons: doesnt pick best routes in many cases
Summary: run this garmin next to my old garmin and my old garmin picks better routes everytime they differ which is often. when this garmin updates a route because you took ...
Summary: run this garmin next to my old garmin and my old garmin picks better routes everytime they differ which is often. when this garmin updates a route because you took a turn you knew would be better, this garmin will always try to get you back on original route even if it means taking you out of the way 30 miles. garmin had me do software updates but it still did not help. other than that i like the features, etc. just not good at picking routes for you.
Garmin 255w What a disappointment!!!
by masseypja on June 25, 2010
Pros: wide screen, small than my old garmin
Cons: Too many to mention. See summary!!!!!
Summary: The Garmin 255W had so many problems. It could not find my home, it told me to turn when no street was even nearby, could not find a major store ...
Summary: The Garmin 255W had so many problems. It could not find my home, it told me to turn when no street was even nearby, could not find a major store that I knew was just about 2 miles away. It said the nearest was 21 miles away. Instructions were in many languages except English and info said it was a 205 instead of a 255. I really believe this was just a faulty one but I returned it to the store and just got a refund. Not sure if I want to try another one. Will just update my maps on my 3 year old one which was great.
Loving the choice in getting this unit
by gamehater92 on May 31, 2010
Pros: It's so very easy to use. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to load up from the first time I turned it on. No confusing configuring to go through. Syncing it to my pc was so easy as well. Great buy at the price.
Cons: It comes with only the power cable for the vehicle. A mini USB cable is needed for syncing to the PC to register it and for upgrades and extras downloads. It doesn't appear that the mini usb charges the unit when attached to the pc.
Summary: Overall I'm loving this unit. It's very easy to use, very affordable, and should get you where you're going without all the frills that other units have ...
Summary: Overall I'm loving this unit. It's very easy to use, very affordable, and should get you where you're going without all the frills that other units have that you probably won't use. It's really a bummer that it doesn't come with all the cables you really need. I would like there to be an option to hear the voice you choose to use when you select it, but you have to wait till you're navigating to hear the voice.
Some of the setting changes seem a little difficult to get to, or to remember "how you did that last time". Most of those settings you might only set once, but for those of us who like to change things up now and then, it could be set up with a little more logic.
All-in-all this is a great device. I've had a couple older GPS units, and played with a few others. I really like this one. While navigating it shows on the bottom of the screen your speed and the time you should arrive, without shrinking the map view or compromising the screen. Another little feature that I really liked is it also shows a little speed limit sign on the lower left of the street you're on. This feature doesn't show up on less important side streets, not a big deal.
I love how it'll keep track of a trips mileage. This is great for work usage if you need to track your mileage.
Quality is deceiving
by winapril2 on May 27, 2010
Pros: It tells you the street names, and it is very user friendly.
Cons: The touch screen does not work at times.
Summary: My boyfriend bought me the Garmin 255W for Christmas in 2009. It abruptly stopped working about a month and a half ago. At first, it would cut off after 5 ...
Summary: My boyfriend bought me the Garmin 255W for Christmas in 2009. It abruptly stopped working about a month and a half ago. At first, it would cut off after 5 seconds of being on in my car. I thought that maybe it was not being charged efficiently in my car, so I decided to charge it inside using an adapter I had previously. When I began charging it inside, the GPS did come on, but IT STAYED ON!! And on top of that, the touch screen would not work! I tried to bring it back to Target (because that's where by bf purchased it) and they told me that I could not return it because I did not have a receipt, and it was over 90 days. However, since my GPS cost $170, I could exchange it for one that cost $130. So, I went to take a look at what they had to offer, and found a Garmin 205W for $109 on sale! I was then told that I could not have that one because it was not over $130! All of the other options were $200 or close to it, so I just bought the $109 one, and kept the broken one. This is the SECOND Garmin GPS I have had in my possession, not counting the one I just bought, and all have failed me!! I'm making sure to keep my receipt on this one, and I will definitely bring it back if it starts acting up. So, beware before you buy!
Don't expect this GPS to take you where you want to go!
by datashifter on April 20, 2010
Pros: It has a nice interface, it quickly locks onto satellites, and is easy to use.
Cons: The maps have no clue where things really are. It will say the destination is on the right when it's really on the left, and it thinks addresses are in places they really are NOT. The GPS is directionally challenged!
Summary: Bottom line, this thing will get you to the street you want to go to, but do not count on this thing taking you to the front door of the ...
Summary: Bottom line, this thing will get you to the street you want to go to, but do not count on this thing taking you to the front door of the address you punched in! I tried to find a Starbucks in Chattanooga recently, it said the destination was on the right. Talk about directionally challenged, Starbucks was on the left! What the heck?!? I punched in the address where I got this GPS, and it says the store is about 2 miles further down the road than the store really is. I punched in my parents address and it says their house is about 0.2 miles from where they live. I punched in my girlfriend's address, and it says she lives on the corner when she really lives at the end of the cul-de-sac. It also thinks there are 200 addresses along her short road, when there are less than 20 addresses along that short road. I punched in a friend's address and it says he lives over a quarter mile away from where he really lives. I punched in my address, and it thinks I live down the road about 0.2 miles from where I live.
This GPS is easy to use, but it's maps SUCK, and that's all there is to it. It will get you to the road you want to go to, but it certainly will not take you to the address you wish to go to. If you want that kind of reliability, get a DeLorme GPS. DeLorme has their maps right. Garmin is DIRECTIONALLY CHALLENGED!
- Manufacturer: Garmin
- Part number: 010-00718-20
- Description: For peace of mind on the go, nüvi 255 leads the way with voice-prompted turn-by-turn and optional MSN Direct to get you there on time and keep you informed. It's packed with millions of destinations and maps for North America or Europe. Like the rest of the compact nüvi 2x5-series, this portable navigator is priced right and ultra-easy to use. nüvi 255 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. It even announces the name of exits and streets so you never have to take your eyes off the road. Simply touch the color screen to enter a destination, and nüvi takes you there with turn-by-turn voice directions, 2-D or 3-D maps and and smooth map updates as you navigate. Its digital elevation maps show you shaded contours at higher zoom levels, giving you a big picture of the surrounding terrain. In addition, nüvi 255 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. With HotFix satellite prediction, nüvi calculates your position faster to get you there quicker. Like the rest of the nüvi 2x5-series, nüvi 255 sports a sleek, slim design and fits comfortably in your pocket or purse. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot. With its "Where Am I? " emergency locator, you always know your location. Simply tap the screen to get your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type GPS receiver
- Recommended Use Automotive
- Preloaded Maps North America
- Card Reader SD Memory Card
- Interface USB
- Voice Street name announcement,
- Included Software MapSource City Navigator North America NT
- Antenna Built-in
- Features Calculator,
TMC (Traffic Message Channel) ready,
2D / 3D map perspective,
- Type TFT - Color - Yes
- Diagonal Size 4.3 in - Widescreen
- Width 3.8 in
- Height 2.2 in
- Resolution 480 x 272
- Display Illumination Yes
- Features Anti-glare
- Waypoints 1000
- Trip Computer Fast/short route,
Avoid toll roads,
- Connector Type USB
- Type Lithium ion
- Run Time (Up To) 4 hour(s)
- Included Accessories Power cable,
Suction cup mount
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.8 in
- Depth 0.8 in
- Height 2.9 in
- Weight 6.1 oz
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