Product Type: Garmin in GPS Navigation
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Excellent hardware, Rubbish Software
Garmin nuvi 250
Member Name: Seven17
Garmin nuvi 250
Advantages: Good build quality
Disadvantages: Poor software
I got this sat nav over a year ago, i bought it at £100 and it was definitely worth the value considering the amount of use it gets!
When I first installed this sat nav, I needed the manual, and I'm the sort of person that doesn't need a manual to install anything. The things that got me with this were, pardon the pun, navigation and layout of the menus. The icons were suitable, but everything is where you least expect it. Instillation took about 10 minutes, and bearing in mind this is a basic sat nav!
A good point though is the charging time and battery life, for me it lasts 4 hours without charge and then takes a couple hours to get back up to full charge again. This for a small budget sat nav really isn't that bad, and you have options to use even less charge by dimming the brightness, volume, and putting it on standby.
The sat nav is not 100% accurate however, I did once get sent round in a complete circle and to this day it has asked me to perform more u-turns across junctions that don't exist than I can remember. It also takes a good 2-3 minutes of valuable time before work, picking out a route around a road I've told It is closed, and then still takes me the longest route possible around it.
For durability, well it easily passes a harsh conditions test. It's been left in the car on days when it hit 31*C (and much more inside the car) and even when it got to -11*C overnight, it still worked the next morning. This then is a durable little thing, and for this kind of money, is most certainly a well built piece of kit for the money.
Overall, I think the hardware is top notch quality, but the software is rubbish, hard to navigate, and doesn't do a good job of getting satellites and routes. It's another 50/50 product, so I can only say three stars.
Summary: Its a 50/50 sat nav