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The Nuvi 205W is a mid-range GPS device released by Garmin in June 2008.

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rechargeable battery for 4-5 hours of use

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free ad-supported live FM traffic updates

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affordable price

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4.3" touchscreen display

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compatible with MSN Direct (live traffic, weather, gas prices, etc...)

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2D and 3D map views

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fast satellite acquisition

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.

tinny speaker

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comes with a 12V car charger only, no AC adaptor (sold separately)

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lacks the advanced features of more expensive units (Bluetooth compatbility, text to speech, FM transmitter, etc...)

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touchscreen is not sensitive enough

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.


The Nuvi 205W is a mid-range GPS device released by Garmin in June 2008. This product is relatively similar to its 2007 predecessor, the Nuvi 200W. While the 205W retains the same form-factor and many of the same features, it does introduce several new technologies as seen throughout the majority of 2008’s Nuvi product line. The 205W can save a total of 1000 custom locations and waypoints, 500 more than its predecessor. This GPS also features free (ad-supported) lifetime FM traffic updates, as well as MSN Direct support for traffic and content services. The 205W can also find the closest essential services (hospitals, police and gas stations) as well as the nearest addresses and intersections. Compared to the older 2007 Nuvi models, the 205W also features photo navigation so one can use landmarks for added confidence when navigating. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery should suffice for the average trip, lasting approximately 4 hours.


  • 4.3” touch screen color display, 480 x 272 resolution

  • preloaded with American or Canadian maps

  • QWERTY or ABC keyboard

  • USB 2.0 connection for additional map updates

  • Integrated FM traffic receiver

  • 2D and 3D map interface

  • compatible with MSN Direct for traffic and content services

  • find closest hospitals, police & gas stations, addresses & intersections

  • data cards: SD Card

  • dimensions & weight: 4.8" x 2.9" x .8" in, 6.1 oz

  • battery: rechargeable lithium-ion, 4 hours

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