Summary: I took two GPS(s) to Italy for my trip from Venice, Florence,Tuscanny, and Rome. Besides the Garmin 275T I also took the TomTom 930 Live. These devices were both up-to-date with all patches and upgrades. I found there was not one review of which GPS was best for Italy.
Summary: Nice and compact and can fit nicely in a shirt or jacket pocket. I used the unit in Fla. and found that the unit would often say turn left on a street when the correct way was to turn right. I relied more on the map and the arrows for directions then the voice commands.
Works OK but maps are not as good as my old Magellan
2 November 2008
Summary: I have an old Magellan 800. This Nuvi 275 is faster, better on batteries and smaller, BUT the maps are simply not very good. It often drives me 1/4 mile from destination and some parts of the maps don't even show shopping malls decades old.
Summary: Pros: 1. Excellent satellite reception. I don't like sticking things on the windshield and this just sits down out of view and picks up the satellites well. Since this is important, I thought it should be mentioned first. It uses a Cartesio chip instead of Sirf III, which I have liked in the past.
Summary: My nuvi 360 died after about 2 1/2 years, so wanted a feature upgrade in a new unit. The 275t fit the bill, some improvements, still some issues. The 275t boots up much faster, and locks the satellites faster. No more tedious 'loading map data' messages on powerup.