Garmin nüvi 265W/265WT 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic
Garmin's nüvi 265WT improves upon its 200-series predecessors by adding free real-time traffic updates from Navteq (for the life of the device) as well as Bluetooth connectivity to your cell phone. Other significant improvements in the 2x5 series … see full wiki
I wanted to chime in with my own Amazon review about my Garmin even though there are already so many glowing reviews of the Nuvi 265WT model because I am not one of the early adapters of electronics technology and yet I do love my Garmin.
I have to tell you, the first time someone handed me a Garmin in April 2008 to use when I was visiting Santa Monica, I thought it was really sorta superfluous. The Garmin took a few minutes to program to enter my "TO WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO" info, when I was literally only driving 3 blocks and knew how to get there. So, to start, I had this slightly resistant attitude about it.(Me? Resistant to change? You can't relate, right? lol)
And then when I was moving to a new city 18 months later, I became a tremendous fan of the Garmin. In fact, I borrowed my brothers for a few months to get myself grounded with my new city and not get lost, or at least no terribly lost. Now I have my own!
MORE SPECIFIC DRIVING DIRECTIONS THAN EARLIER MODELS: The 265WT model differs from the earlier models in the driving instructions given. Earlier versions would often just tell you to "Turn Right." The 265WT gives more specific driving directions, "Turn Right onto Las Vegas Blvd."
NICE GUI: The level of detail in the maps is really nice when I am driving. I can tell we are getting close, and there are a series of parallel streets. The Image of the Map displays the NAMES of each of the streets, not just an image of a road, and combines it with an arrow image so I can see where I am and that it is at the 3rd consecutive street where I need to turn.
FEATURES FEATURES FEATURES: I have not yet even begun to tap into all the great features on my Garmin. Where I am staying right now, there is a Toll Road area and the tolls are quite high. Generally, I want to avoid the Toll Roads, if at all possible. There is a setting I can select so that my Garmin does some thinking for me to "Avoid Toll Roads," and provides me with an alternative route.
The Garmin also gives me an Expected Arrival Time which helps for travel planning and communicating with others.
Additionally, while I was in Las Vegas recently, I even took my Garmin out for when I was walking along Las Vegas Blvd. The MAP is a touch screen, and I can move it with a touch my finger. I could then see what Stores, Restaurants, Bars, and Casinos were nearby and choose accordingly.
The only challenge I find, and I don't that it could be any better, is that in places like Las Vegas where there is a lot of construction going on, thee maps just aren't current. I really don't expect it to be 100% as of last week's construction update, just that is an issue. Additionally, some intersection and freeway junctures are just incredibly creative designs by some civic engineers and the Garmin expresses the directions only so well when the roads are arranged in a convoluted manner. I have had to go around and reapproach the route I needed to take because the roads were just weird.
All in all, I adore my Garmin.
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