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: 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: 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: I tried two of these with similar, less than stellar results. I have the nuvi 350 and love it. Only gripe is it takes a 2-5 minutes to lock onto your position, but then it never loses you. The 255 finds you much quicker than the 350. This unit, however, often loses track of where you are. On a trip from Maryland to NY, it correctly shows me on the highway, then suddenly, it thinks I'm on the side roads and trying to direct me back onto the highway.
Summary: Very unimpressive considering how long this GPS technology has been around, I would have expected a lot more. The unit is basic for the price, although the mapping does include the whole of Europe, apparently... I updated the mapping software to 2009 and have, to date, found major trunk route improvements which are open already (pre-November 2008) but are not on the updated 2009 maps, this could be very tricky if you didn't know the roads.
Geräte gut, Kartenupdate und Anleitung leider nicht
27 September 2010
Summary: Haben das Gerät nun schon seit einigen Monaten in Gebrauch und das Gerät ist direkt aus der Verpackung erst einmal prima. Die Grundfunktionen begreift man sehr schnell, die Anzeige ist gut und am Anfang ist man auch recht zufrieden. Ich muss dazu sagen, das ist unser erstes Navi. Daher können wir nicht auf Erfahrungswerte zurückgreifen und sind somit auf eine gute Anleitung angewiesen. Und hier hapert es ganz gewaltig. Die Anleitung ist "grottenschlecht".