It has various and interesting features, but those are not really practical.
8 January 2012
Summary: Nuvi 295w has a lot of features: camera, music player, memo pad, calendar, Wi-Fi, stop watch and so on. However, all features are not really cool except camera function. Most people have a cell phone, so nobody needs memo pad and calendar features. Web browser installed in Nuvi 295w is really slow and isn't compatible with many many web sites: for example, YouTube and Facebook. Furthermore, it is impossible to upgrade any software through the Nuvi 295w web browser.
Summary: Once it gets going, this navigator works well. It has great graphics that clearly show you where to turn. The map is very easy to read and the voice prompts are timely. However, it takes a long time for it to acquire satellites. It has taken 10 minutes at times and can be very frustrating when you don't know where you're going. I usually try to get it started before I even get in the car but often forget and feel annoyed that I even have to do that.
I got this for the WiFi, but screen is hard to utilize. GPS is typical.
17 July 2011
Summary: Voice clarity isn't great. Touch keys are small & you often enter the wrong letter/number. The WiFi is a great feature, however tough to use the keys. The pre-programmed city & street names make entering addresses a cinch. Small size has good & bad points. Easy to read, hard to enter onto. Easily tucked on pocket.
Summary: I bought this device to replace my Nuvi 200. Normally I don't fall for all-in-one devices like this, finding that they perform a number of functions equally poorly. I ignored my better judgement in this case and went for the Nuvi 295w. As a navigator, it's comparable to the Nuvi 200. There's not much new aside from the digital compass and the speed limit readout in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
Summary: I bought it b/c amazon had a great deal going on it. I'd consider it a cross between a GPS, a low end phone, and a PDA (personal digital assistant, aka a smart phone without the phone portion)... I got it thinking I could bring it on business travel. Turns out the battery never lasts and the functionality wasn't that simple. I found the simple maps application on my iphone more reliable.
Summary: The only problem I have with this GPS is it is small and I can't hear any of the directions. It does OK other than that. WiFi is about like a smartphone with the same size screen. I have 4 other Garmin GPS units and this one works about as good as the others for navigation.
Summary: This GPS works well and performs all tasks with ease, however the touch screen can be wonky at times and the volume is VERY low. If you plan on using this on a street with more than one lane, you will not be able to hear the spoken directions even after it is set to the loudest speaker setting over any external noises. A little sparrow's chirp outside is like a rocket blasting off compared to this thing. Very strange.