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Garmin nüvi 255 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator Review

Garmin nüvi 255 3.5-Inch Portable GPS NavigatorGarmin nüvi 255 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator is a simple slim-designed navigation device at an affordable price. It has a 3.5-inch backlit touch screen which makes you see surroundings while you hit the road.

It reliably sends you to your desired direction with efficacy and style. Like all nüvi navigators, this is a reliable Garmin road gadget with fast satellite lock of an integrated receiver which is highly sensitive.

It contains detailed NAVTEQ maps. Through its intuitive interface, it becomes possible for you to easily search for millions of points of interest (POI) such as restaurants, stores or hospitals by name.

This device lets you download pictures from Garmin Connect Photos and easily navigate to them through photo navigation.

It has enhanced MSN direct content compatibility (with required subscription and receiver). The free Garmin Garage allows you to download animated vehicles which show your location in the map.

Display
Garmin’s nüvi 255 has 3.5-inch backlit touch screen which displays the nearby restaurants, parks, gas stations, ATM machines and the like. It also alerts you when there’s a detour ahead and it has 2D or 3D display. The digital elevation maps display higher zoom level of shaded contours which gives you a big picture of surrounding terrain.

HotFix™ Technology
For a device to navigate effectively, it needs to get a ‘lock’ on three satellites. With Garmin’s HotFix technology, GPS becomes capable of remembering the position of all satellites it is tracking when it is turned off. Upon turning it on, it easily locates the satellites that it previously tracked.

Map Data
Garmin’s nüvi 255 is preloaded with City Navigator NT North America which covers map data. It contains millions of points of interest such as restaurants, hospitals, gas stations, etc. The map data is powered by NAVTEQ, a renowned maker of premium-quality digital map data. The City North America NT provides the necessary road data to travel North America as it provides the most detailed street maps which enable you to navigate with accurate road directions.

Text-To-Speech Feature
This device has Text-to-speech feature which automatically calls out specific name of streets. Instead of saying the usual ‘turn right in 200 feet’ alert, it specifically says ‘turn right on Main Street’. This awesome feature allows drivers to have their eyes focused on the road while they are navigating through tricky roadways and heavy traffic.

“Where Am I?”
Just a single tap on the unit’s screen allows it to display the exact latitude and longitude coordinates of the user’s location and shows the nearest hospitals, restaurants, nearest address and intersections.

Garmin Lock
This device has theft prevention system. When a non-owner attempts to use it, the screen asks for 4-digit PIN number which was previously programmed by the owner. Pressing the wrong PIN temporarily disables the device from performing its functions.

Designed For Ease
This device is made with a GPS receiver that is highly sensitive for ideal accuracy. It has 3.5-inch screen for better display and provides ease of operation by controlling the device through its sensitive touch screen with your fingers. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery is capable of up to 4 hours of power. The microSD card slot is great for storing media and additional navigation tools. Aside from navigation tools, Garmin’s nüvi 255 has JPEG picture viewer, measurement converter, calculator and world travel clock with time zones, currency converter and more.

Below are the pros and cons of the Garmin nüvi 255 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator as experienced by its users.

Users’ Positive Comments

  • This is a fast and small device that can be carried with you whether you in the car or on foot. It gives you the option to navigate in car or as pedestrian so it won’t be stolen.
  • It is fast in recalculating routes. It recalculates in seconds and you’re back on track.
  • The screen displays speed limit directly above the actual speed which helps to avoid tickets and reminds you of safe driving.
  • It has brighter and clearer display, enhanced graphics and helpful arrow indicating direction of your next turn.
  • It provides very fast menu searches interaction and refreshes without delay.
  • This unit displays packs of information including speed limits and net turn without being cramped.

Users’ Negative Comments

  • This unit doesn’t show a progress bar on the screen as to when the charge is complete.
  • The speed display is erroneous as it shows constant speed of 45 though the actual speed is shifted from 50 to 25 which warn you of speed trap.
  • It doesn’t let you avoid specific parts of the route until you’re actually at the part of the route which you wanted to avoid.
  • It loses satellite signal about every 10 minutes in areas that other GPS units have no problem with.

Customers’ Ratings
5 Stars 61%, 4 Stars 31%, 3 Stars 6%, 2 Stars 1%, 1 Star 1%

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