Garmin Nuvi 250 Satellite Navigation System : A quick comparison with TomTom

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I have never previously owned or even used a sat nav, but i’d read good reviews for this model on amazon and elsewhere and, at the current amazon price (that includes delivery), i felt that it was time to act. Despite my very limited knowledge, this unit proved very easy to use straight from the box and, so far, has really impressed me with its speed of operation and accuracy. For instance, we’ve recently used it to help navigate right into manchester (from nottingham), and it did an excellent job. I have since bought a mains charger, screen protector and leather case for when its not actually in use. Although these are items that are not provided in the box, they can be bought quite cheaply on places like ebay – there are a lot of people selling various associated bits and pieces for this garmin model on there. I would certainly recommend this unit to anyone.

I’ve been considering getting a satnav for a while and probably like most people have been confused by the array of devices available and confused further by the various reviews given – some good, some bad. With a limited budget in mind and having read largely very good reviews i took the plunge with the nuvi 250. Any doubts i had have completely gone – it’s brilliant.It really is that easy and that good. Ok, so it doesn’t have loads of features (you’ll get those on more expensive machines) but if you simply want a satnav to tell you how to get to a destination that you’ve not been to before then it’s perfect. The instruction manual is surprisingly basic, but it still tells you what you need to know to get started (most other features can be worked by trial and error). Satellites are acquired quickly (when you’re outside), the route calculated quickly and then it’s ready to go with clear instructions both on screen and spoken. If you go wrong either by mistake or because you know better than it (which you will from time to time) it very quickly recalculates the route.

I’m satisfied with the product but not so satisfied at the £60 required to update the maps a year later. Here are the specifications for the Garmin Nuvi 250 Satellite Navigation System:

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  • High-sensitive GPS receiver
  • 3.5 inch widescreen display
  • Pre-loaded with Western & Eastern European mapping
  • Pre-loaded saftey cameras

Like the first reviewer, i’m a fresh convert to sat nav. I’ve been using garmin 250 for 2 months now and feel rather satisfied with it. – it’s got uk and western europe as well as some eastern europe- search is by street name or zip code or name of a place- directions by both voice and notes on the screen work very well- extensive database of locations: petrol stations, restaurants, hospitals, museums, etc- it does seem to have ‘local knowledge’ of routes. For example, it shown me a route thru dundee which was faster and more convinient than what i had known from road signs and maps. – i rate it as 4 and not 5 starts because (a) once or twice it’s verbal instructions differed form arrows/notes on the screen and (b)it doesn’t always have the precision with house numbers (but the difference is never more than 100-150 yards).

A quick comparison with tomtom. Firstly let me say that at the price amazon are charging it’s hard to fault the product. If you need europe mapping i would buy now before the product is discontinued, which is imminent. Now a quick comparison with a tomtom one, also owned by me. It’s basically swings and roundabouts. The ideal product would be a combination of the two. Pros for the tomtom one:a) graphics with a wow factor. The tomtom looks terrific with ‘floaty’ 3d graphics and totally wowed me when i first saw it. The garmin 250 looks fine, but to be fair isn’t as good. B) the tomtom is more flexible and has more menus.

Reviews from purchasers :

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Received this as a present recently and did a trip returning from midlands to gatwick, down the m40. On the bad side, it flagged 1 exit on the a38 and 2 exits on the m40 needlessly. This seems to happen when the left hand lane becomes the turn off without a slip road). The voice said to ‘keep right’, so it kept us on route. On the good side :-it found the route i expected. When we went off route (for a reason i won’t specify and wasn’t related to the unit) and i wasn’t sure where to go, it got us back to the m25 perfectly. It never lost satellite lock, but then i wasn’t in a built up area. I found the user interface ok. In general, it made the drive much more relaxing, knowing that if i got lost, it would get me back on track.

Great little device, perfect for eu including poland. Normally i buy the more expensive items, thinking the cheaper ones won’t do the trick. But, i bought this and it is fabulous (the eu maps are really well done). It took a while to get locked on for the first couple of days, but after that, quite quick. Polish navigation is very good, handling little places such as kurki near dzialdowo (mazury) etc. I’m not sure the wide screen would add any value. Battery life is good – if not doing much work, i. Reasonably straight path and no recalculations etc it seems to last about 4 hours.

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Old school now but at the time really was a great sat nav with the huge added bonus that it was suitable for use geocaching too.
Old school now but at the time really was a great sat nav with the huge added bonus that it was suitable for use geocaching too.
Easy to use , wife would be lost without it(pardon the pun) and a lifetime of maps to update.

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Easy to use , wife would be lost without it(pardon the pun) and a lifetime of maps to update.
This satnav annoyingly takes a long time to locate satellites. This satnav annoyingly takes a long time to locate satellites but sometimes it provides more pleasant routes than google maps. However overall i prefer google maps as it is easier to operate and seems to have more route options.
This satnav annoyingly takes a long time to locate satellites. This satnav annoyingly takes a long time to locate satellites but sometimes it provides more pleasant routes than google maps. However overall i prefer google maps as it is easier to operate and seems to have more route options.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 250 Satellite Navigation System with Full EU Mapping

Fabulous, never get lost in europe and makes travelling so easy.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 250 Satellite Navigation System with Full EU Mapping

Fabulous, never get lost in europe and makes travelling so easy.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 250 Satellite Navigation System with Full EU Mapping

I find it the best satellite navigation system presently. I find it the best satellite navigation system presently, one can’t go wrong with it. I have used the popular tom tom but garmin brand is by far better.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 250 Satellite Navigation System with Full EU Mapping

I find it the best satellite navigation system presently. I find it the best satellite navigation system presently, one can’t go wrong with it. I have used the popular tom tom but garmin brand is by far better.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 250 Satellite Navigation System with Full EU Mapping

Great device – good battery life ( better than some new models). Mine is 8 years old works very well. Batteries last about 4 hours so good for walking or without cables in the car. Compact, reliable and easy to read and i have used it all over europe. Garmin are mean with maps though and charge far too much for updates so check map deals before buying if you want to have up to date maps that do not end up costing as much as the satnav is worth. Can be a bit slow to find satellite sometimes up to 10 mins and inexplicably does not work in paris.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 250 Satellite Navigation System with Full EU Mapping

Great device – good battery life ( better than some new models). Mine is 8 years old works very well. Batteries last about 4 hours so good for walking or without cables in the car. Compact, reliable and easy to read and i have used it all over europe. Garmin are mean with maps though and charge far too much for updates so check map deals before buying if you want to have up to date maps that do not end up costing as much as the satnav is worth. Can be a bit slow to find satellite sometimes up to 10 mins and inexplicably does not work in paris.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 250 Satellite Navigation System with Full EU Mapping

All went as well as it could go with this order. No delay, item arrived in condition as described and i have no reason for complaint.
All went as well as it could go with this order. No delay, item arrived in condition as described and i have no reason for complaint.
I’ve had my one for over four years now i think and i’m very pleased with it. I would not go far without it. Needs an update but can still use it well.
I’ve had my one for over four years now i think and i’m very pleased with it. I would not go far without it. Needs an update but can still use it well.
Brilliant item works exactly as described the colouring is beutiful and the clarity of the screen is unmatched compared to others.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 250 Satellite Navigation System with Full EU Mapping

Brilliant item works exactly as described the colouring is beutiful and the clarity of the screen is unmatched compared to others.
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