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Garmin nüvi 285W/285WT 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic Review

Garmin nüvi 285W/285WT 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with TrafficGarmin nüvi 285W/285WT Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic has both the slim design and reasonable price just like the other nüvi 200 series GPS. It has a 4.3-inch wide backlit touchscreen which makes you see more of your surroundings while you hit the road.

It has the most sought-after navigation features while the premium add-ons are being eliminated. 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 285W. The letter ‘T’ refers to the additional Traffic Receiver component which is included thus naming the device ‘285WT’.


Bluetooth Technology
Nüvi 285WT 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 touchscreen to make a call. Simply tapping the nüvi’s screen let’s you answer incoming calls.

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.

Traffic Receiver Capabilty
A 3-month trial subscription to MSN Direct Service is offered by nüvi 285WT for free and is compatible with Garmin’s Lifeline Traffic update receiver. With MSN Direct, the device becomes a very helpful tool to carry along when you’re on the go. By accessing MSN Direct, it becomes possible for the user to avoid traffic backups, check flight status, compare local gas prices, check movie listings and have access to advanced weather information. If you want to get a lifetime traffic update nüvi 285WT without monthly fees or maintenance cost, you can purchase the GTM 25 cable.

Wider Display
Garmin’s nüvi 285WT has 4.3-inch backlit wide touchscreen. It displays 70% more screen area than a navigator with only 3.5 inches of screen. The wide screen is beneficial in showing 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.

Garmin Lock
This device has theft prevention system (Garmin’s patent pending). 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.

Map Data
Garmin’s nüvi 285WT 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 enables 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 wide 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 SD 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 285WT has JPEG picture viewer, measurement converter, calculator, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter and more. This device is compatible with free Garmin Garage where animated vehicles can be downloaded.

Despite all the great features above, the Garmin nüvi 285W/285WT has its downsides as described below:

Users’ Complaints

  • Nüvi 285WT’s piano black housing is elegant but fingerprints can be left on the housing making it look untidy at times.
  • The sound of recorded voice alert is unnatural and artificial.
  • It’s hard to turn off (or can be turned off?) the annoying beep sound when touching the screen menu.
  • It sometimes brings you 1 or 2 blocks near your destination and the GPS tells you “arriving at destination”.

Find out more comments and details of the Garmin nüvi 285W/285WT 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic here.

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