Excerpt: I got the Garmin Nuvi 295W GPS a while ago as a birthday gift. Finally, I was about to join the group of Americans that would never touch a map as long as I live. Of course, I was thrilled but I first sighed a sigh of apprehension.
Summary: The Garmin nuvi 295W is a nuvifone but without the phone so the same accessories work with it. It has GPS, maps and navigation, lots of information about urban points of interest from ATMs to parking garages, plus wi-fi for web-browsing and email as well as music and widgets. I use it primarily while walking around in Manhattan and it certainly seems to be intended to be used as a handheld device rather than for driving.
Summary: Overview: The GPS is really good. It connects fast, redirects nimbly, and is Garmin, so it is reliable. The battery life seems really good, and the other apps are also very nice to have. It plays music, checks your email, and has a calendar. Basically, it is akin to a smart phone without the phone aspect (and without data charges!). If this sounds like something that you might be intrigued by, I suggest you check one of these out. I very much enjoy mine.
Summary: WARNING! I am not technologically advanced and I am not normally a GPS user. There are already some fantastic reviews from people that know what they are talking about on this product, so if you are an advanced user, check those out first. I have never used GPS - I live in a city that is built on a grid system and I have lived here for 30 years, so I have never really had a need. When I travel I use the Google Maps on my Blackberry Pearl and now my iPhone.
Summary: The Garmin Nüvi has an impressive array of features, and I wanted to try a variety of them out before posting a review. For clarity's sake, I'll break this review down into categories that address the specific functions I tested. First off, navigation: The screen is nice and clear and it's very easy to follow the directions. I really like how the screen will show posted speed limits.
Summary: The Garmin Nuvi 295W is a mid-range navigator with built-in wireless. It features the well-known and reliable Garmin navigation with the added benefit of a slightly updated UI. The icons for navigation within the UI are easier to see and access and are accessed through a touch screen scroll screen on the main screen. Fit/finish The unit feels very sturdy in the hand. It's solid feel makes it feel like a useful instrument instead of a toy that many other units feel like.
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15 September 2011
Summary: Update: September 17, 2010 After a few months of regular use, I still like this unit fine. My biggest problem with it is that the battery drains so fast when it's turned off. Even if I disable wi-fi and gps, it drains a full charge after one or two days of no use. The battery also takes a long time to charge compared to a phone, camera, or mp3 player. Update: August 4, 2010 Just returned from a 1,400 mile trip thru KY, TN, NC, & SC.
Summary: I purchased this because of the features, I love all the things it can do. Now for the bad, can't hear it at highway speeds, display could be a little larger, takes forever to acquire satellites sometimes. I wish Garmin would come out with a new improved version then I would buy another one.