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I bought this GPS for when I was travelling up north not meet family, I am glad I choose this particular one as it has so many features, it is easy to use, and it is from a reputable brand. I do not use the satellite navigation since purchasing my new smart phone as it has maps built in, so i have it with me all the time.
The Garmin Nuvi 205wt is a nice looking GPS, but looks a bit out dated since it is one of the older ones. This being an older model does not hold back on the features, there is so man and they are very easy to use.
The GPS device can take an SD card, which music, videos, and pictures can be stored on if you would like to listen to these whilst driving, this can also be dangerous as you need to concentrate on the road.
The screen is touch which is good, it is not very sensitive which can sometimes be hard to type on, such as entering location data for your destination. This can get rather frustrating if you are trying to get the address in fast because you are in a hurry. The screen is a large 4.3 inch screen which makes navigation very easy as a quick glance at the screen and you can see easily.
Like I have mentioned above in the screen section above the sat nav has a very large touch screen which makes typing easy with the spaced out letters a numbers.
The sound quality on this sat nav is excellent, it is very loud which can be heard over the radio which is great on long journeys whilst driving, as you do not need to worry about not hearing the instructions. When the sat nav is a full volume it is still very clear.
This sat nav has been subject to a lot of use and has done very well. The screen is still in very good condition and so is its windscreen holder. There is your general wear and tear which is hardly surprising given the length of time that this has been used for.
This sat nav has Bluetooth to connect your phone to so you can make and receive calls while driving, which is a great feature to have. I'm sure you can hook this up to your cars speakers but I am not sure how to do it, and have never done it before, I think the built in speaker is enough, you can plug this into a computer to do map updating, and you can obviously plug this into your cars cigarette lighter socket to charge while driving.
This sat nav comes at a very low price now which is much cheaper than what I paid for it when I first got it, it is truly value for money if you regularly go on long drives which you are unsure of how to get there, or if you have to drive for your work and you are unfamiliar with the location.
I've had this for about 2 years now and throughout that time this sat nav has done me well, it has gotten me where I need to go, and do what I need to do. I am very happy with my purchase and would
I decided to treat myself to this GPS device last year. I had bought my mother a Garmin sat nav for christmas a few years ago and was familiar with the brand. I was beginning to get sick of having to ask her to borrow the GPS everytime I wanted to go some where I was unsure of. I have only been driving for a few years and lack confidence when driving to places I dont know but with the sat nav on my windscreen I felt I was able to go wherever I wanted to go because there was no way of getting lost or going the wrong way!
I bought this Garmin online for about 200 euro early last year. They seem to release new sat navs on a regular basis so the prices also drop quickly as a result. I have seen the same model for about £100 on Amazon. So its best to shop around. This model comes packed with features but to be honest I just use it to get me from A to B and that is all!
It came in a neat little box with the GPS itself, a cradle to attach it to the windscreen, a USB lead to plug into the computer, a charger for the car and a manual. I was disappointed that a charger with a plug wasnt included. This comes as an extra accessory so if you want to charge the GPS before you set off on your travels it will cost you extra.
The screen is about a 4 inch touch screen that you select your route by entering the address. I like this as if you are unsure about the exact address it will give you a list of similar street names to choose from. It then shows you on a map the time you should arrive at your destination and also the speed limit of the current area you are in. Sometimes this was out of place, such as new roads were 120km and it said 100km but this is only minor and could be fixed by updating the device on your computer. You can store your favorite spots for use again which I liked because it can take a while to sort through the address sometimes.
If you're driving at night the light is changed in such a way to highlight the roads better which I thought was excellent and a lot easier to use while dark. It announces the directions in a clear precise voice. This can be changed to an American accent, English accent and male or female.
Included in the menu is a calculator, measurement converter, clock, and a photo viewer. You can plug a memory stick into this to show a slideshow of pictures instead of using the sat nav. It is only to be used in Ireland and England though so you cannot take this on any European adventure. Also the device does not include bluetooth so you cannot connect your mobile phone to it. I found this a real disadvantage because it seems standard in all other navigation systems.
The battery life is supposedly four hours but mine only lasts half of this. I dont mind though because I just have it constantly plugged into the car socket when in use. It has always been reliable and I have used it in built up cities aswell as country roads and it has never gone wrong with its directions.
I'd been looking at sat navs for some time (due to the amount of 3-point turn practice I'd been getting in) and I got this one as a Christmas present. So, 6 months on, here's my verdict:
Display - It's clear with some good features. These include the bar at the top that displays your next instruction (and how far away it is) and the estimated arrival time. It automatically goes to a darker colour scheme for night driving and you can choose whether you want the top of the map to be the way you're going (if you're sensible like me and always turn maps around) or north (if you're a man and insecure about your macho, visuospatial abilities). I do find it a bit confusing that the roads aren't the standard map colours (blue motorways, green A roads etc.) though.
Voice - The woman is clear although can be pretty insistent. She warns you about your next move and then instructs you so she can sometimes just be going "Turn left! Turn left! Turn left!". This is the kind of moment when you find youself talking back to her (worrying!). A few unusual turns of phrase ("Enter the roundabout" ?!?) but you get used to her (we have a love/hate relationship).
Problems - I find it pretty difficult to programme a different route to the one it decides on (I do it using via points) but this might just be my incompetence. I also agree with the other reviewers that it takes ages to load when you turn it on. I did have a problem with my unit as it started automatically turning off. However the garmin people were very helpful (although takes ages to get through to the call centre) and having reloaded the software or something it now works fine. Random point by the way, it doesn't come with a cable to attach it to the computer but you can often use one from another device (e.g. phone).
This is my first satnav (except for the pretty useless app on the Nokia N95)so I have nothing to compare it with. All in all it does what I need it to do. It does take a up to minute to pick up the satellite when you turn it on but unless you are completely lost that is not a problem because you can head off in the right direction and it will catch up with you. The wide screen is easy to read and the graphics are clear. I do find that you have to look at the screen rather than just listen to the voice as she (a bit posh and commanding) will often tell you to turn left or right when in fact the road you are on simply curves away, but the screen is always clear about where you need to go. Similarly the audio will prematurely tell you to exit almost as soon as you enter a roundabout regardless of which exit you need, but again a glance at the screen clears it up. I like the estimated arrival time at the corner of the screen which has, so far turned out to be accurate to within a couple of minutes even on 100 mile plus journeys. I agree with the previous reviewer that the route it chooses may not always be the one you would choose if you know the route, but it will always get you there. The menus are clear and with the wide screen the touch sensitivity works fine for my bloke's fat fingers. The only real problem was downloading the free mapping update on first use which took a couple of attempts but worked in the end. Overall, a decent piece of kit and at £99.99 with full EU mapping a bargain.
The Garmin Nuvi 205WT Sat Nav is a definite improvement on my previous Sat Nav. Before purchasing I wondered why Sat Nav manufacturers were pushing wide screen models. Logically you would expect portrait orientation to be the obvious design. When travelling down a busy trunk road at 70mph your thoughts are about the next turn ahead that you have to make not how pretty the fields are to left and right. In practice I find the screen format quite pleasing. The 205WT is easy to set up but the time it takes to establish satellite connections at the start of each journey is infuriating. Screen clarity is more than adequate but I have to say that the speed limit graphic could do to be a bit bigger. I have tested it on known routes and its choices are sometimes surprising but would have got me to my destination. Downloading maps and speed camera information is straightforward if a little time consuming. A big plus is the speed with which it recalculates your route if you deviate from its original instruction.
Portable, affordable and wide, nüvi 205W is your personal travel assistant for life on the go. This navigator leads the way with turn-by-turn directions and optional MSN Direct services to get you there on time and keep you informed. Like the rest of the sleek nüvi 2x5-series, the 205W is priced right and ultra-easy to use.
|Product Description:||Garmin nüvi 205WT - GPS receiver|
|Product Type:||GPS receiver|
|Display:||4.3" colour - 480 x 272 - widescreen|
|Preloaded Maps:||Ireland, United Kingdom|
|Voice:||Navigation instructions, street name announcement, voice command recognition|
|Included Software:||MapSource City Navigator NT|
|Card Reader:||SD Memory Card|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||12.2 cm x 2 cm x 7.4 cm|