Garmin Nuvi 205W Review: Portable GPS Navigator

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After several family members moved, we realized road trips were inevitable. My husband and I both have older vehicles because we have learned to buy with cash. Since our vehicles have no navigational devices, we needed to purchase a portable GPS. It had to be a device that was affordable and simple to use. The Garmin Nuvi 205W 4.2 inch widescreen portable GPS navigator (a mouthful to say 🙂 ) definitely took us there.

The Basics About the Garmin Nuvi 205W

Believe it or not, my husband is just starting to learn to use computers and cell phones. He is from another generation and was resistant to technology. Now he is realizing the benefits of modern electronics but they need to have ease of operation for this novice. The Garmin Nuvi 205W portable GPS navigator was a breeze for both of us to use with absolutely no learning curve.

We were also pleased the navigator costs under $80. It offers the features we want without confusing and unnecessary extras. Turn-by-turn directions helped us get through the mountains and winding roads of the country once we left our familiar suburbs.

With a family member living close to Canada, we were concerned about what could happen if we got lost. But this GPS navigator has optional maps for Canada and regional sections of Europe as well as for the contiguous United States. It also have optional MSN® Direct services to keep you informed wherever you travel.

The touch screen lets you enter a destination and the Garmin Nuvi takes you there. You can use a turn-by-turn voice option or get 3-D or 2-D maps and smooth map redraw rates to help you navigate strange terrain. Digital elevation maps let us know what to expect as we headed toward the Adirondacks. We also appreciated the POIs (points of interest) so we were prepared for speed zones such as schools.

When my husband is driving, he often forgets to bring his reading glasses. Since he dislikes bifocals, he frequently struggles to read. The widescreen is clear and readable even when he leaves his reading glasses behind. Even in bright light, the screen is sunlight-readable so you can clearly see photos, driving directions and details on the map.

Portability of the Garmin Nuvi 205W

With older vehicles, one might be in the shop while we use the other. We can take the Garmin Nuvi with us in any vehicle. It is slim and sleek enough to slide in his pocket or my handbag. You can even use it when on foot thanks to a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It was amazing when we took a short hike during our journey through upstate New York. The kids needed to stretch their legs and we had no fears of getting lost.

As frequent travelers, we wanted a few conveniences along the way that weren’t a hassle to use. The photo navigation let us download Garmin Connect™ Photos to navigate to and a JPEG pic viewer. A calculator helped us figure out tips when we stopped for roadside cuisine. The anti-theft Garmin Lock™ made us less anxious about losing the device. We didn’t go for the optional plug-in microSD™ cards such as travel guides because our family told us about the local attractions. If we were traveling to unknown territory, these would be a great feature to enhance to trip.

The unit in the box includes the Nuvi, preloaded City Navigator® NT data for the lower 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico (no Canada or Alaska detail), quick start manual, vehicle suction cup mount and vehicle power cable.

The Bottom Line About the Garmin Nuvi 205W

The bottom line is the Garmin Nuvi 205W is a handy, portable device that helps you successfully reach your destination. It offers optimum efficiency for under $80 with realistic options for additional maps and travel guides. There are no extra bells and whistles, which minimizes the learning curve for this highly operational navigator. It’s one of the best deals around for a full-featured navigator at an affordable price.

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