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Garmin nuvi 255W (nüvi® 255W, MPN: 010-00718-20) R/B

4.3" Touchscreen LCD Plug-N-Play GPS Navigation Personal Travel Assistant with 3D Mapping

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Garmin nuvi 255W (nüvi® 255W, MPN: 010-00718-20) R/B

4.3" Touchscreen LCD Plug-N-Play GPS Navigation Personal Travel Assistant with 3D Mapping

$139.99

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Product Features:
  • 4.3" Widescreen portable navigation system with voice guidance and optional MSN Direct services
  • View map detail, driving directions and photos in bright, brilliant color
  • Preloaded City Navigator NT street maps, including points of interest (POIs) database with hotels, restaurants, fuel and ATMs
  • Announces street names so you will never miss a turn or take your eyes off the road
  • 2D or 3D Mapping for your convenience
  • Digital elevation maps show you shaded contours at higher zoom levels
  • Accepts custom points of interest such as school zones and safety cameras
  • HotFix satellite prediction calculates your position faster to get you there quicker
  • "Where Am I" button so you always know where you are
  • JPEG Photo viewer
  • World travel clock with time zones
  • Currency converter
  • Measurement converter
  • Photo navigation allows you to download Google Panoramio Pictures and navigate to them
  • Compatible with optional enhanced MSN Direct content
  • Free Garmin Garage where you can download animated vehicles that show your location on the map
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty
Product Specifications:
  • Display resolution: 480 x 272
  • WQVGA Color TFT with white backlight display
  • Battery life: Up to 4 hours
  • Basemap, preloaded maps and the ability to add maps
  • Accepts SD Data cards
  • 1000 Waypoints/favorites/locations
  • Voice prompts and speaks street names
  • Voice-activated navigation (operate device with spoken commands)
  • Lane assist guides you to the proper lane
  • Choice of route setup and route avoidance
  • Speed limit indicator
  • Garmin Lock (anti-theft feature)
  • Dimensions: .8"D x 4.8"W x 2.25"H

Portable GPS Features

Screen Size
The screen size dimension is measured diagonally in inches.
4.3"
Touchscreen
If a unit is touchscreen capable, you can control a majority of it's functions by touching the screen.
Yes
Resolution (pixels)
A display's pixel resolution defines its ability to resolve fine details. Digital TVs and projectors measure screen resolution in pixels. The higher the resolution, the more detailed the picture will be.
480 x 272 
Waterproof
Does not allow water to pass through the device keeping it dry.
No
Built-In Antenna
Provides superior reception and can provide position accuracy.
No
Built-In Compass
This means that the device has a compass built into it. The compass can make traveling and finding your destination easier.
No
Built-In Altimeter
This means that the device has a barometric altimeter integrated into it. This is used to determine your current elevation and altitude.
No
MP3 Playback
If "Yes", MP3 files can be played back on the car stereo either on a memory card or loaded directly from your computer using a USB cable. We recommend reading the item description to see how MP3 files are loaded to the unit.
No
WMA Playback
If "Yes", WMA files can be played back on the navigation unit either on a memory card or loaded directly from your computer using a USB cable. We recommend reading the item description to see how WMA files are loaded to the unit.
No
3.5mm Stereo Jack
Uses a 3.5mm stereo jack to connect to an audio source. This is the common size found on most CD and Mp3 players, as well as most home computers.
No
A/V Input
A/V (Audio/Video) inputs allow the unit to playback external audio and/or video sources typically using common, composite RCA connections. For example, you could connect an external DVD player, XBox360 or other audio or video device if the unit has an audio and video input. 1 A/V Input refers to 1 set of audio and video inputs. Other inputs may be included on the unit and we recommend you read the product description to find what type the unit has.
No
USB Port
This means that the item has a USB port. The port can be used to provide the unit with updates or to transfer data on to it.
No
Bluetooth Connectivity
Bluetooth® technology allows two or more electronic devices to communicate with each other wirelessly, such as using your cell phones "hands-free" or transmitting music to Bluetooth enabled receiver. If a unit is Bluetooth capable, it typically can allow you to connect to your Bluetooth cell phone to make and receive calls. Others can access your phone and address book too via Bluetooth. Other Bluetooth capable units offer even more services, such as live traffic information and map upgrades.

More uses of Bluetooth technology include transmitting music to a compatible receiver, printing wirelessly from a computer, and many other wireless uses. Please see the item description for more specific information regarding what features the unit includes.

No
Traffic Tuner
In-dash navigation units with satellite radio have the option for a traffic tuner, also called a Traffic Message Channel. A Traffic Message Channel (TMC) is used to deliver traffic and travel information directly to the driver. When the TMC is built-in a navigation unit, it can help direct the driver to take alternative routes when traffic is bad.
No
Languages
These are the different options for language. If you are looking for a specific language, please verify that the unit will be compatible with that language.
English
Spanish
French
Albanian
Dutch
German
Italian
Portuguese
Russian
Swedish
Battery Life
The average capacity of the battery when fully charged. This value is provided by the manufacturer and is an average, not a guarantee.
4 hours

Navigation Features

Portable Navigation Use
This is the intended use of the navigation device.

Road: These navigation devices assist in driving.

Sports: These navigation devices are used primarily for sports such as golf, cycling, and other fitness sports.

Trail: These navigation devices are used for off road and trail applications.

Water: These navigation devices are used on boats and for marine applications.

Road
Maps
These are the maps that come with the navigation unit.
Complete 50 USA
Canada
Map Database
This is the map database that the system uses. The map database provider supplies the digital map, as well as the Points-of-Interests, map updates, fastest routes, and many other features.
NAVTEQ
Map Source
Maps are typically built into the navigation unit or they can be uploaded from a disc or memory card. They usually cover the United States and all or parts of Canada. Built-in flash memory maps typically respond faster than disc loaded maps.
Built-In Flash Memory
Map Dimensional Display
This is the manner in which the navigation maps are displayed. The majority of navigation units have either a 2D or a 3D map display, however some have options for both.
2D
3D
Basemap Includes
These are the types of data that is preinstalled on the navigation devices basemaps.

City and Road Data: This includes all the maps, road, and street data that are commonly used. They are designed for use in cars, trucks, and most vehicles that travel on the road.

Rivers, Lakes, and Coastline Data: This includes all the necessary data that is used for marine and boat applications.

City and Road Data
Traffic Lane Guidance
Traffic Lane guidance is a convenient feature among navigation units. It enabled the navigation unit to tell the driver which lane that they should be in at any given time. This becomes quite useful when a particular lane is needed to exit the freeway or make a necessary turn.
No
Customizable POI
Customizable Points Of Interest (POI) allow the user to customize, select favorites, and add their own points of interest. This enabled the driver to get directions quickly to previously visited destination.
Yes
Search Options
Search options are the many different ways that the navigation unit is able to find your destination. Below are the definitions of what these mean.

Address: The user is able to enter a specific address and the unit will navigate there.

City: The unit is able to navigate to a city, without a specific address needed. A great feature when traveling across several states or provinces.

Coordinates: This is a convenient feature for when you have specific longitude and latitude values.

Favorites: These are shortcuts that you can set for easy access to commonly traveled locations. Examples could include your home, office, favorite restaurant, movie theater, or any other frequently traveled location.

Home: Program and save your home address for fast and simple navigation to your home.

Intersection: Searches for specific cross-streets rather than a specific address.

Map Browsing: This feature enables the user to point to a location on the navigation screen and choose to navigate there. A great feature for when you visually know where you want to go, but are not sure of the address or intersection.

Phone Number: Search for locations by their phone number. Perfect for when you know the phone number of a restaurant or similar locations, but do not have the address. Also convenient when a store has many locations and you need to go to the one that you have previously called.

Point-of-Interest (POI) Name: Search by name for Points-of-Interst such as restaurants, ATMS, banks, hotels, recreation, hospitals, shopping, and more!

Point-of-Interest (POI) Vicinity: Search for Points-of-Interst that are close by to your current location. Points-Of-Interests include restaurants, ATMS, banks, hotels, recreation, hospitals, shopping, and more!

Points-of-Interest (POI) Type: Search for Points-of-Interst by there category. These include restaurants, ATMS, banks, hotels, recreation, hospitals, shopping, and more!

Quick Search: Allows the user to search for specified POI's that are commonly used.

Recent (Previous) Searches: This feature will load the users recent searches for fast navigation back to them.

Route: This allows the user to select a route that has been previously established.

Address
Phone Number
Point-of-Interest (POI) Name
Point-of-Interest (POI) Vicinity
Points-of-Interest (POI) Type
Speed Display
Speed display is a feature that allows the unit to display the speed of the vehicle. Using GPS technology, this feature also assisting in determining the estimated time of arrival on compatible units.
Yes
Text-to-Speech
Text-to-Speech (TTS) converts normal text into speech. Mostly used in navigation units, text-to-speech allow the audible playback of street names, driving directions, and any other text that the driver needs to hear.
Yes

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
67%
4 Star
22%
3 Star
11%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.8
Value
4.8
Features
4.4
Design
4.8
Usability
4.7
Crackerssouth

Canada

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Good enough

August 25, 2010

Re-calculates route quickly... wish it showed POI along your route as you're driving. Very helpful web site. Has some neat features using the Net. We use this as well as TomTom, together they give me what I want.

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Barz

York, Maine

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August 23, 2010

While I have not had occasion to use this GPS often, when I have needed to use it, it has been very impressive. It is accurate, and if the driver misses a turn, it re-plots the course nearly instantly. I would not hesitate to buy this device again.

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moman

Youngsville, NC

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June 16, 2010

I recommend this product because it performs excellently. I reviewed many other units before I purchased the Garmin and it has met all my expectations.
The only issue was loading the new 2010 North American map updates. It was a huge file and took over 7 hours to complete.

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Jhonatan

Rexburg, ID

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good deal

May 28, 2010

Ive had it for 6 months now and for the price i thought it was good deal. When i got mine i couldn't even tell it was refurb. It does what i need it to. It shows me the road, tells me how fast im going, ETC, and you can even input your average economy so it can tell you how much gas you'll pay for the trip. I thought that was neat.I love it.

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Angie

Galloway, New Jersey

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May 14, 2010

I went to Salem with a friend and she used Garmin to get us their. I was so impressed that I had to have one. Now I go nowhere without it. I would recommend it because it's the best! It far surpasses any in the cars I have been in including the one I drive, an Infinity G35 with Nav.

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Rustyfarmer

Gildford, Montana

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Great features for a great price

April 28, 2010

For a navigation system that gets the job done, I enjoy the Garmin 255W. Its wider screen allows more map to show and gives room for the posting of the speed limit for the area you are in- which is nice when you are traveling and miss a speed limit sign, which is easy to do. I liked my unit so much that I bought one for my daughter-in-law who was moving across country and had to travel through many states. She also likes the unit. I really don't have any complaints.

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GAR!man

Elsalbador, PA

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Love it

April 14, 2010

Cant complain about anything. Easy to work but it has a lot more to offer, its just taking the time to figure out the details if you would like too.

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Court

Kalamazoo, MI

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Awesome Buy!

March 24, 2010

The Garmin GPS / Whistler radar detector was one of the best purchases I've ever made! I primarily bought it for the GPS since I had moved into a new area, but the radar detector ended up being more useful than I expected too! It's allowed me to avoid tickets on more than a few occasions. Both products were/are great and I've had no problems.

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RICHARD

NEDERLAND, TX

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Owner of 8 GPS

February 15, 2010

Great for the money. I ordered 4. The maps were locked on one I gave as a Christmas gift. I had to return at my expense to get fixed. I have to wonder how it was refurbished and did not work when I got it. Are the really checked out?

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

010-00718-20

Weight

1.00lb

Internal SKU

LS-nuvi255w-RB

Internal Product ID

19777

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