Don't expect up-to-date maps - expect to pay to update them!
Amazon Customer "VPM", Amazon
20 June 2009
Summary: I just bought a Garmin Nuvi 270, with US and Europe maps (I'm going to be traveling in Europe soon). When I registered the device, I was informed that both maps needed to be updated, and I could update either of them for free, but not both. Given that I paid more to get 2 maps (the Nuvi 260 with only US maps is cheaper) I'm astounded that (a) the device was shipped with out of date maps, and (b) I have to pay to get one of the maps updated.
Summary: I retired a couple years ago as a commercial pilot who dealt with GPS's on a daily basis and have a factory installed unit in my Acura TL. I bought this unit to use as a pedestrian sight-seeing in France and Switzerland. This review is only my experience trying to use the Garmin Nuvi 270 as a pedestrian in European cities. I make no supposition how it would work in a car in the USA nor in a car through the narrow streets of Europe or as a pedestrian in US cities..
Summary: I bought a Nuvi 270 for a trip to Italy and brought my 4 year old Magellan Roadmate 700 as a backup. The Magellan took 1 -3 minutes to find satellites. The Nuvi 3 -15 minutes. Accuracy and ease of input was far better with the Magellan. The Nuvi got lost easily, has no manual to speak of, and is way too expensive for what you get. Garmin a great company, but don't buy this model until at least 3 more software revisions and a $[...] drop in price.