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The Garmin Nuvi 255W is the 4.3" widescreen version of the Garmin Nuvi 255.

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Pros

Option to change voices

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Text-to-speech system for reading street names

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Easy to read display while driving

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Excellent USB connectivity with your computer

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Turns on and off automatically with car using cigarrette adapter

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affordable price

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Has the latest 2009 maps out of the box

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intuitive, easy to use user interface

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nice screen

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Reroutes missed turns very quickly

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compatible with msn direct services with the purchase of an adaptor (live traffic, weather, gas prices etc...)

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widescreen display makes it easier to input data

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Map can be updated.

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

Typing is laggy; if you don't type carefully, it's easy to miss a letter or two.

14 agree

Doesn't include lifetime map updates

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Can't adjust road preferences that much. Doesn't learn from your habits in any way

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You can only set one waypoint for a trip

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Tough to select a particular point on the map using touch screen

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Buggy for some street names: "Dr." gets read as "doctor" not "drive", "South Shore Rd." will get read/displayed as "Shore Rd."

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Doesn't include USB cable or external AC power adapter

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American voices are extremely annoying

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Somewhat "tinny" sound out of the speaker

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Can have trouble saying a few common words: "North", "Boulevard"

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If you're driving too fast, it may not display the current road you're driving on, because it will zoom to far out

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No line/headphone output

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Very poor sound out of the speaker even on high.

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Direction gets overriden if you put a via point at an intersection where you need to make a turn (bug)

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If zoomed in map redraws very slowly.

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Can get confused in more dense urban areas. It thinks you're on an adjacent, parallel street

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Proximity alert keeps beeping if more than one waypoint, even when set for single beep.

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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The Garmin Nuvi 255W is the 4.3" widescreen version of the Garmin Nuvi 255 released in March, 2008 with retail price of $299.99. The 255W is the successor to the Garmin Nuvi 250W released in 2005. The 255W features several minor software updates over the predecessor including a QWERTY keyboard interface, detour routing, text-to-speech reading of street name, and updated 2009 North American maps. It also features compatibility the MSN Direct service.

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Dakalvia
10/23/2008 03:10

Just got this unit as a bday gift, but have used similar one before. I agree that the american voices are totally annoying: "RECALCULATING....RECALCULATING--IF PAH-SAW-BAL MAKE A U-TURN." It is somewhat amusing at first to hear a robo-voice with a Chicago accent...but turns into an annoyance after a hour or two. Overall this is a sweet GPS unit to have on the road though.

Erik
10/20/2008 04:54

I've been driving around with this unit for a while, and I am very pleased. It's easy to read, the directions are simple to follow, and the overall experience is pleasant. I set my voice to British Serena speaking American English because I found the American female or male voice obnoxious (it's kill-oh-mee-ters, not kill-aw-meh-ters). That and it sounds cooler. I think it's my love affair with the original Knight Rider kicking in.

My main gripe with the unit, and pretty much all automotive GPS units is that they don't learn from my driving habits. They make approximations of road speeds based of speed limits and things, and there suggested routes are thus not often the fastest in reality. I'd love to see a GPS that keeps track of how fast each road "really" is based on my (and others if connected via Web) actual driving on those roads. That way, the unit could always tell me the true fastest way to get to my location based on historical data. And, yes, I speed.

Erik
10/18/2008 12:35

There's a common comparison between the 255W and the 260W. I say go for the 255W since it has the newer interface, and updated maps right out of the box. You'll see them price similarly in stores.

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