Summary: Having compared the iWay 250c to a TomTom, a Garmin, a Magellan and a couple of other comparably priced units, I found this little GPS to be the most for the money. It is ready to go right out of the box with mapping data already installed on the 2gig SD card included. The most striking feature of the iWay line of GPS's is the mapping display. It's like looking at a real map and not like looking at a crayon drawing of the streets and roads.
Summary: I like the Iway 250c because it does a very good job as a GPS and has an Ipod built in also. It is also easy to use, I have bought two of them for my grand sons and they are very happy with them.
Summary: I've owned Lowrance aviation gps units, so I already knew they build high quality units, with lots of features, at prices much lower than Garmin units. Lowrance is definitely not a no name nav sysgem, as they pretty own the marine matket.. Mostly same concluson for the 250c, Works great out of the box, using default settings, all US maps on a SD card, don't have to select or load map for current position.
Summary: Pros: Cost -- I could have spent twice as much for a better unit but this meets my needs just fine. Size -- Small size fits fine over one of my A/C vents. Much better than using the included suction window/dashboard mount. Memory -- I purchased a low cost 2GB SD memory - works just fine as a backup. Antenna -- This GPS has a connector for an external antenna. I purchased an external active antenna (not the expensive Lowrance brand).
Summary: Have had the Iway 250C for almost a year and it does all that I ask. However, upgrade required directly from manufacturer was difficult to perform. Needed help from a computer geek. Compared it to this year's models and found no reason to change.
Summary: This GPS has worked well for me. I like the 3D mapping better than others I have seen. It has all the features that I need. You can find any point of interest you are looking for. The user interface was easy for me to figure out, I didn't have to read any instructions. I would recommend this product to anyone looking to buy a GPS for there vehicle.
Summary: I bought this unit to use on trips where we get a rental car. I discovered that the car rental companies charge up to $11/day to rent them. In the past, this was still considerably cheaper than buying one but with the advent of inexpensive units like the i250C, I decided the tide had turned and it made more sense to buy. Having experience with a much more expensive factory GPS unit in my own car, I was expecting to have to consideraly lower my expectations.
Summary: I always marvel at the 'love-hate' variations from user to user on product reviews. In my case, the 250C has performed quite well with functionality and features comparable to the last Garmin I owned (passed down to my daughter). Trying to be realistic and balanced there are things I like more and less about this GPS: Pro: *Excellent 2D display w/ variable map scaling. At freeway speeds, the display extends about 11 miles; as you slow, the scale shrinks down to 200'.
Summary: Unit received in good condition, Works pretty good. Gets confused occasionally, usually around town, I can really confuse "Miss Patience" which is what I call the women in the box because she does not get upset if I ignore her. We have rear garages with alleys if I am in the alley across from my home to make sure I am facing the correct way when I park. She tries to tell me I am in front of my house when i am still in the ally.