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Recent reviews for this item:
Lorne, July 7, 2011 I bought this gps mostly for use in USA and Europe. Bought
the $100 additional chip for europe (micro-SD with adapter
for SD slot). It worked great in Romania, Hungary, Austria
and Germany with only one hiccup (confused by a new
interchange east of Munich). Very quick to recalculate when
a deviation from its recommended route became necessary and
impressively accurate. I don't use it much where I live
(northern BC, Canada) since I know where I'm going most of
the time but it seems good there too. Had it on on the
flight from Frankfurt to Vancouver and it accurately
depicted the coast of Greenland and Baffin Island. I was
able to identify several features as we flew over -- neat!
Only downside so far is laughable pronunciation of European
street names and its inability to say "U-turn" which comes
out as "U-Gurn". Most European street names cannot be found
at the intersections in time to be useful so we just
ignored that announcement and relied on the "turn left in
200 metres" type of info which worked very well.
Karl, March 15, 2011 Found item unreliable in giving directions, takes one on a
wild goose chase using sideroads vice more direct routes.
When recalculating it points one in the opposite direction.
Very confusing and a waste of time. Not recommended.
Marvin S, December 24, 2010 Like Bill Bob said, I bought the 255W as an upgrade to my
older Garmin C330 StreetPilot and in fact it was a down
grade. Specifically when driving or navigating, the C330
displayed every street within its 4.3" screen and this was
a great feature when trying to find streets near you. The
255W picks and chooses what street names to display and
that hinders my ability to find side streets near me. I
tried a Tom Tom thinking it was better that Garmin but
sadly not, so does anyone know of a modern GPS that
displays all streets names near my car when driving let me
know please (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll go check it
out. One last thing about the 255W, when you are in
navigate mode and make a wrong turn and it has to
recalculate it has a 80% freeze up rate and this I cannot
live with using this GPS, only thing to fix it is recycle
the power and reploy your route, I'm thinking I might have
a defective unit but does any other 255W owner experience
Bill Bob, December 23, 2010 Does not display street names. Maybe 2 or three at best. I
like to see the name of streets coming up but good luck
with this brand.
Had a Harman Karden that I thought was not so good but it
had almost every street connected to your current route
Also, not so good with routing. Takes me straneg places and
I have tried every setting.