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Garmin nüvi 265/265T 3.5-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic Review

Garmin nüvi 265/265T 3.5-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with TrafficGarmin nüvi 265/265T 3.5-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic has both the slim design and reasonable price just like the other nüvi 200 series GPS. It has Bluetooth Technology which allows you to make or receive a phone call hands-free and be updated with traffic that may lie ahead.

It has a redesigned 3.5-inch backlit screen. It has the most sought-after navigation features. 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 about 6 million points of interest (POI) such as restaurants, stores or hospitals by name.

The model number of the unit itself is 265. The letter ‘T’ refers to the additional Traffic Receiver component which is included in the box thus naming the device ‘265T’

Integrated Traffic Receiver
Avoid the traffic with nuvi 265T’s integrated GTM 20 FM traffic receiver which is designed to receive alerts about road construction and traffic tie-ups that might lie ahead on your route.

This feature doesn’t need additional hardware to be installed nor does it need subscriptions. Simply open the box, turn it on and immediately get access to traffic updates for free.

Touching the screen to view traffic details, you’ll be ready to detour around any possible problem area. Should you end up missing a turn, or if you’re forced into an unrelayed detour, the unit’s sophisticated automatic routing will get you back on your route.

The traffic broadcast is received through silent FM data channel so it doesn’t interfere with music or news programs on car radio.

Bluetooth Technology
Nüvi 265T has Bluetooth wireless technology with built-in microphone and speaker for hands-free calling. It makes phone conversation comfortable by pairing the device with a Bluetooth-compatible phone and dialing the numbers from nüvi’s screen to make a call. Simply tapping the nüvi’s screen let’s you answer incoming calls.

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.

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.

Screen-Lock
This GPS Navigator has a ‘Screen lock’ feature which prevents the unit from unintentional touches. Sliding the ‘power’ key to the right locks the screen and the screen goes gray/black after 15 seconds. This also helps in saving battery life. Sliding the ‘power’ key to the center unlocks the screen. This feature is beneficial when the user is in pedestrian mode because the unit doesn’t react to accidental touches when it is in the user’s pocket or purse while in motion.

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.

Garmin Connect Photos
By using Garmin Connect Photos from Garmin website, you can choose from millions of geo-located photos which are provided by Google Panoramio photo sharing community. These photos are downloadable to nüvi 265T. By using these pictures as a guide, you can enjoy richer navigation.

Plan a Trip with Google Maps or Mapquest
While nüvi 265T is hooked up to the computer, you can search the location that you want in Google Maps or Mapquest. Simply click the ‘Send’ link in the info window for the address that you searched which brings up a pop up ‘Send To’ form. Click GPS, click Garmin, hit the ‘Send’ button and the address is transferred to your nüvi 265T.

“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. You can find the nearest restaurants, hospitals, gas stations, nearest addresses and intersections.

Map Data
Garmin’s nüvi 265T is preloaded with City Navigator NT North America which covers map data. It contains almost 6 million 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.

Designed For Ease
This device is made with a GPS receiver that is highly sensitive for ideal accuracy. It has redesigned screen for better display and provides ease of operation by controlling the device through its sensitive touchscreen 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. It also has USB interface for loading data. Aside from navigation tools, Garmin’s nüvi 265T 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 265/265T as experienced by its users.

Users’ Positive Comments

  • Any GPS must lock on in seconds, have a display that doesn’t confuse, give accurate directions and have simple navigating menu. This device provides it all.
  • Traffic feature works well. The traffic alerts pop up right away during rush hours. It shows you problems and how far they are away. It also shows yellow or colored line if you’re in traffic jam and when it will end.
  • It has very good traffic options, good directions, very fast response time, nice responsive touch screen and a very affordable price.
  • When panning around the screen, this unit is very responsive. It has a fairly accurate mouse pointer function if you want to get to a particular place in the map.
  • The tracking is smooth and the icons are clear.
  • It’s a fun little GPS, pocketable, not too gimmicky, functional and has more POI.
  • It’s organized and it has outstanding search capability.

Users’ Negative Comments

  • It takes 10-15 minutes to acquire satellite signal. You could have reached the destination by the time it acquires signal.
  • Selecting POI is horrible. Most GPS allow you to search the POI from subcategories and instantly come up with the results. If you type something that doesn’t exist or spelled wrong, they don’t let you continue typing so you know the POI you searched doesn’t exist. However this GPS allows you to type non-existent establishments and it just sits there with an hourglass while you wait for nothing.
  • You can’t search for POI in a particular zip code. It makes you type the entire name of city instead.
  • Garmin fills this GPS with horrible advertisements.

Customers’ Ratings
5 Stars 38%, 4 Stars 43%, 3 Stars 9%, 2 Stars 6%, 1 Star 4%

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