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 I don't know whether the maps are just outdated or whether Garmin did a poor job in the first place. It's very good for major cities, but not so accurate in the country. It did well enough for us, but do not expect USA quality. Garmin should be embarrased - do it right or not at all.
great if someone gives you one but DO NOT actually pay money for one
19 August 2011
Summary: nice screen like the fact that it speaks street names. however all that means nothing when it is so slow to update that it tells you to turn down a street you passed half a block ago. its okay i guess if you have absolutely no idea where you are but if you even slightly know the area your in the directions this thing gives you are obviously running you in circles.
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 to my old Tom Tom (I thing is "one" series and still working after years).
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 can't recommend you purchase this map for a trip to Australia. We visited Australia for 3 weeks and traveled in Sydney, Alice Springs and Cairns. The maps were not too accurate and sometimes directed you to make turns where there was no road. We found ourselves plugging the GPS in,but mostly having to rely on using the tourist maps provided by just about every place we went.
Summary: I previously had a TomTom and decided to try a Garmin. While the Garmin is good, I was disappointed with the size. It was smaller than I prefer. Therefore, it became an early birthday gift for my son. My main reason for purchasing it at that time was the price.