Product Type: Garmin in GPS Navigation
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Garmin Nuvi 215: An OK Budget GPS
Garmin nuvi 215
Member Name: LauraHannan
Garmin nuvi 215
Date: 15/07/12, updated on 17/07/12 (13 review reads)
Advantages: Portable, relatively cheap
Disadvantages: Too slow to locate satelites
==Garmin Nuvi 215==
The display provides a number of useful features, such a estimated time of arrival (which I always found to be accurate give or take a minute both when walking and driving), written as well as visual and voice instructions about what to do next, plus your speed. It also beeps constantly if you are accidentally over the speed limit in a car, which could be either a plus or a con, depending on the driver.
Since it's a budget GPS it only comes with UK maps and though further maps are available they are a bit expensive to buy. However Garmin updates the maps you already have for free and at regular intervals.
===Ease of Use===
In general it was easy to use and got me where I wanted to go. The screen is clear, visible and easy to read. The touch screen is responsive and entering text is no problem. Voice guidance is clear and easy to follow. It is highly portable and fits nicely into even tight jean pockets. The battery power while on is a few hours, meaning it is equally good for pedestrians as it is for drivers.
The ability to search for nearby restaurants and other locations in order of distance from your current location was also really useful, though its categorisation was sometimes a touch confusing (good luck finding a MacDonalds without having to type it out).
However it took forever to find satellite coverage, sometimes up to ten minutes, even when standing in the middle of the streets of London, so it became frustratingly useless whenever I was in a hurry. It also seemed incapable of dealing with one way systems, especially where there are a lot of them in rapid succession such as Cambridge city centre.
Overall I would only recommend this if your budget doesn't allow for anything else; I suspect there are better quality GPSs on the market. The slowness of the start-up was a bit of a deal-breaker for me personally.
Summary: Wouldn't recommend