Garmin Nuvi 205W
Among the basic entry-level GPS auto navigation systems, the Garmin Nuvi 205W stands out for its compactness, large touch screen, a neat and simple interface, and power.
The Nuvi 205W measures 4.8" x 2.9" x 0.8" and weighs 6.33 oounces. The sleek design enhances appearance and portability. A 480x272 pixel WQVGA touch screen takes up almost the entire front panel. The interface is basic, but nevertheless simple, easy to navigate and understand.
The biggest strength of the Nuvi 205 is performance. The HotFix satellite prediction captures position and the GPS refreshes pages faster than competitor products do.
One major drawback is limited features compared to its competitors. The Nuvi 205 is a base model that offers the minimum required for a person to navigate from one point to another, and little else. The standout feature is "Where am I?" that identifies the nearest hospitals, police, gas stations, and intersections, very useful when lost or in trouble in an unfamiliar area. The device nevertheless comes with standard features available in most Garmin GPS systems, such as:
- City Navigator NT map data for U.S and Canada, or for Europe
- Speed limit icon for major highways
- Route avoidance to avoid highways, tolls, and other obstacles, and ability to calculate most fuel efficient route
- Option of QWERTY or ABC keyboard
- Voice prompt recognition
- Ability to add custom Points of Interests (PoI), such as school zones, safety cameras, and more, and set up proximity alerts
- World travel clock, currency and unit converter, and calculator:
- Anti-theft lock feature
The product is available at Amazon for $99.52.
An improvement on the 205W is the Nuvi 255W that provides all these features, plus text-to-speech, or verbal prompts.