garmin nuvi 255w – an affordable gps

Posted by Stefan on October 9th, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

You can find many GPS devices available in the market. One of the most popular entry level GPS gadget is Garmin nuvi 255W that is manufactured by the Garmin – a pioneer company in the field of Global Positioning Devices. This Product costs only $120 and is most useful and inexpensive device.


Garmin nuvi 255W comes with a 4.3 inches screen. The screen has resolution of 480×272 WQWVGA that is more than sufficient for the performance of this device for its designed applications. It has size of 4.8xinx2.9 in including fittings. Is is rather a thicker, if you consider it carrying manually. The thickness is 0 .8 inches. But, for mounting the equipment in a car, this thickness is not a constraint.

This GPS works on a sliding type on /off button and the same sliding switch is used for locking of the display touch screen as well. The memory storage is in a SD card, which is inserted in a slot provided for it on the left side of gadget. There is also a tiny speaker fixed at the back of Garmin nuvi 255W. You get a mini USB connector with it. The mini USB connector is used for charging as well as loading g of the data in its SD card.

A 12 V charger comes with this GPS for power supply. Other than these, you get a number of other accessories like those for mounting it to front glass. This device can be rotated around with the help of a ball type rotating device.

There is also another make of GPS sold in the market famous as Tom-tom GPS. This is slender in comparison to Garmin nuvi 255W. The touch screen of Nuvi 255w is very simple to work on. You need not refer to any instruction manual to operate it.

Garmin nuvi 255W is the newer and bigger version of the model Garmin nuvi 205W, which is the basic introductory model of GPS. Even 255W is having only a couple of features but it is still very valuable.

All Garmin nuvi 255W GPS devices sold in the USA are supplied with preloaded maps of complete US. The most useful characteristic in this device is “Where am I” function. If you are lost somewhere and are not able to know your location, you can use this feature and know exactly where you are. In addition, it will help you to find a gas filling station, hospital or a police station nearest to your location in any emergency. The added text to speech feature can tell you in a loud voice about your current position or POI without reading the map.

Though it does not have very sophisticated features, yet is can provide you detailed information instead of giving only selective local information. The device can also be updated for lifelong use to get the FM traffic alarms. Moreover, you can boot it quickly and it will take a very short time for satellite locking. The maps furnished with this device are highly accurate.

It is a very valuable GPS device in an affordable price segment and has adequate features for the common GPS requirements. You can say, you get more from it than what you spent.

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