Thursday, February 7, 2008

Garmin Nuvi 250 GPS is Beginner-Friendly

Not only is the 200 series great for beginner's, it is affordable. Targeted at the budget conscious buyer, the Nuvi 250 lacks all the slick bells and whistles, but it performs best at what it should - navigation. After all, that is what a global positioning system was intended to do. Some of the common specifications of the Garmin Nuvi 250 GPS are:

  • Pre-loaded NAVTEQ maps for the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
  • 3.5" color touch display
  • Turn-by-turn instructions
  • Approximately 6 million Points of Interest
  • Photo viewer
  • Calculator
  • World clock
  • Currency and Unit converter
Here are some features that you might want, but the Garmin Nuvi 250 lacks:

  • Text to Speech
  • Bluetooth
  • Traffic Updates
  • MP3 Player
  • Headphone or Audio outlet
Here is what comes in the box when you buy the 250:

  • Nuvi 250
  • Windshield suction cup
  • 12V cigarette lighter power adapter
  • Dashboard disk for mounting
  • Setup Guide
There are two main groups that provide mapping data: NAVTEQ and TeleAtlas. Fortunately for Nuvi fans, NAVTEQ is far superior to TeleAtlas. The bad news is that Garmin does not offer free map updates to its buyers. You will likely have to shell out over $100 to get a current map update for your GPS unit.

The routing engine in the Garmin Nuvi 250 GPS is also very solid. The routing engine is what helps make decisions in the route that it suggests to get from one point to another. This Garmin unit tested better than the TomTom ONE and the Magellan Maestro. This coupled with the excellent NAVTEQ mapping data provides a very solid performer at navigation tasks. Let's also not forget the best part of the Nuvi 250 and that is its unrivaled ease of use. Your tech-challenged grandmother should be able to operate this GPS unit.

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