Summary: This is my second Garmin, and I am disappointed at the voices used, they are all very hard to understand, sometimes I have no idea what they said, which makes it frustrating. Fortunately I bought it on Ebay for a fraction of the retail price, so I'm not crying too much.
Summary: We recently returned (8/2012) from New Zealand. We purchased the Garmin nuvi 1350 sd card for New Zealand just prior to leaving the US. The card was "generally" OK but there were some annoying inaccuracies. On the North Island (most larger cities and more population) we expected better directions.
Summary: A decent entry level gps. You get what you pay for. The routes that it sometimes gives you are not current or provides you with the obvious routes. The unit does not come with a ac cord so you have to either use the cigarette lighter charger or usb charger
Summary: Reading the lousy reviews here, I decided to just rent a GPS from Avis while visiting New Zealand. Guess what? Avis provides at $10 a day/$99 maximum the same Garmin Unit with the same maps! I don't know whether the maps are just outdated or whether Garmin did a poor job in the first place.
Summary: My last two GPS were Tom Tom the "one" and a 540, but because I gave my Tom Tom 540 to my Brother, I decided to buy a Garmin 255 because my Son told me they were very good. Honesty I was very unhappy with it in the next two minutes after I connected the GPS to my car, everything look to be inferior...
Summary: Wasn't a bad deal, especially with the lifetime maps...I may just use the map part of it for my widescreen now though.
Pros: It seems more quick than my widescreen/slightly earlier more.
Cons: Small screen size is a bit difficult and the non-qwerty keyboard makes field-filling quite difficult for me. The Garmin UI still needs a lot of help. Also, no voice selection as other models have.
Summary: I bought this for group use to save money when renting cars. The first one worked for about three days and then did not work at all. An email to Garmin gave me three things to do. None worked so I emailed back. Time lag 3 working days.
Summary: The Garmin Nuvi 255 is a decent GPS unit for its price. It will get you to your destination in most cases. It doesn't list the route, though, it just gives you the turn by turn route as you travel along. So you don't know the route prior to driving it. I find this a disappointment.