Summary: Pros: none Cons: Bad routing, price, screen I bought this to replace a dead TomTom. I used it once and threw it in a basket to never be touched. The routing is plan crap. The one time I used it, it tried to route me though mountains going 55, instead of the freeway. It would have added on 5 hours drive time and who knows how many miles.
Summary: II purchased and recieved this gps system...and within 2 weeks it has completely stopped working....it has read "loading maps" for the pass week...ive tried resetting to no avail...so now it simply set in the glove dept.
Summary: Got this about a month ago. At first my impression was pretty positive, but I soon encountered a bunch of flaws that are making me crave a different model. Chief flaws: 1 - I live in LA, and it seems like it takes much longer to find locations or get traffic or directions at travel times when there's lots of cars on the road. Not a little longer, much longer - often a minute or several minutes.
Summary: Upgrading from my old gps for the features of spoken streets and traffic was a waste of time & money. No matter which speaker is chosen, understanding is VERY difficult until one returns to the basic speaker with NO spoken streets. Traffic setup has eluded my efforts so far too. Very disappointed.
Summary: After I borrowed a TomTom GPS from a friend for a trip to Florida, I decided to buy my own. I researched numerous models, and decided on the Garmin Nuvi 255WT, with free lifetime traffic, but not free map updates. I paid $79.99. I figured that there wasn't going to be much of a difference between Garmin and TomTom since they were both respected brands. When I received the Nuvi, the first thing I noticed is that it felt kind of cheaply constructed.
Summary: I've used this product daily for a week now mainly for commute to work in NYC area (rt 9A, FDR, 95, 87, 287). Overall, this system works really well when it comes to giving directions. The voice announcements come at the right times, and are structured non ambiguously in tricky situations (such as an exit that immediately forks off). The map is really up to date for the area I've tested it (NYC, Connecticut).
Summary: don't make mistake by spending much money for traffic report feature, there is no real traffic report in this model. I just bought it 2 months ago and thought that it would be much better than the simple GPS model and would be great to tell you which way is less traffic. but it was not like that! it will tell you that 405 freeway has heavy traffic when you are in the middle of that...! so just go for the simple one and save about $100.
Summary: Unit is almost useless. Constantly freezes when doing recalculations. In contact with Garmin but so far no fix. Speaker is tinny but discernible. Going back to Best Buy if the situation doesn't improve. When it works, it works well. When it's frozen...
Summary: I am going to compare this GPS to the most basic Tomtom (an old One 3rd generation) because this is the one I had before and, in a way, it makes some sense... I just got a Garmin 255WT yesterday and had the chance to play with it extensively. In some aspects it is not a bad GPS, but in others it is lagging considerably behind Tomtom's simplest's and cheapest models.