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Garmin Nuvi 205W


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  1. Took a trip as a 1st time user of any GPS.. This baby had 2x were it did not announce a turn inroute….Other than that it was a real help & start up was quick w/nowaiting time…. Scale 1 to 10, I give it a 10..Your sight is very helpful..

    BOB - September 10th, 2008
  2. Hi,

    I have a nuvi 200 and it is ok but I do not want to look at the screen all the time to see what street to turn onto so I would like for the unit to speak the streets, etc… Also I have a 2008 Toyota Avalon with blue tooth in the car that pairs up now with my Verizon Venus LG phone. What I don’t understand about the blue tooth GPS features, is would this work if my phone pairs to my car too? I would not want this to interfere with my phone so I think it looks like I should get the 255w but would like your suggestion. Of all the ones Garmin has which one do you think would be best for my needs?

    LISA - November 1st, 2008
  3. Bluetooth would just duplicate what it sounds like you already have in your car and since the sound quality would not be as good, I’d agree, you don’t need Bluetooth in your GPS. So yes, the Garmin Nuvi 255w has Text-to-Speech and would probably be the best match for you.

    Tim - November 1st, 2008
  4. Tim – I recently purchased the nuvi 660 and you recommended to me that I buy the nuvi 255w. Since price is a consideration, and I don’t believe the additional features are that important, would you recommend this unit to someone in my situation?

    I’ll be using the unit for two trips coming up during the holidays, so I want to ensure I make the right purchasing decision.

    Thanks in advance.

    Bill - November 11th, 2008
  5. Bill, I like the 255w because it has Text To Speech which is perhaps the most useful upgrade over a bare bones GPS.

    Tim - November 11th, 2008
  6. What is the difference between the 205w and the 205wbl? Is the 205wbl better?

    Frank - November 27th, 2008
  7. Frank, I haven’t heard of that model suffix before. Often with strange suffixes like that the difference is simply a difference in the packaging style. The GPS and contents of the box are often exactly the same but sometimes it is a plastic box and sometimes a cardboard box.

    Tim - November 29th, 2008
  8. Tim,
    You were right. The BL is to do with packaging, in this case it is for the color “BLACK”. Thank you for responding.

    Frank - November 30th, 2008
  9. I need a GPS for a trip from Texas to Michigan where I am traveling alone. No one to read the map in traffic of big cities along the way. I need something that “talks” to me telling me when and where to turn. We bought a nuvi 205 for a great price. I’m reading the specs and I’m not sure this meets my needs. What is right for me?

    Joanie - December 1st, 2008
  10. Sorry, it is a Garmin nuvi 205W (widescreen) if that makes a difference. Also I read some have bluetooth, I don’t have that in my car so that might be something I would like based on the cost of a unit with that included. Help, what is it I should have bought his not this one? Thanks

    Joanie - December 1st, 2008
  11. Joaine – On the top left corner of our homepage is a box that says ‘Find A GPS’ There are a few popular features listed you can use to help find a list of devices. Hover your mouse over the feature to get a quick overview of that feature, or click on the link to see a more detailed description. Then you can build a list of devices that match what you are looking for, see current prices, user ratings, and compare the devices side by side. Clicking on the name of the GPS will give you user reviews and current store prices to find the best deal.

    Tim - December 1st, 2008
  12. We are first time buyers of a gps device and I am getting very confused. We will be basic users. I want to hear where I am going and see where I am going. We have looked at the 205W, 255W, and the 750. We have found good prices for each of these at reliable stores. Which one would your recommend for easy, basic use. We don’t want to under buy but we don’t need all the bells and whistles.

    Helen - December 22nd, 2008
  13. Helen, I had posted a result that I had made With use of the 205w on Sept. 10,2008. You really must research the features on Garmin’s website or this site which is very,very informitive. For simple operation I still reccomend the 205w. My wife has a hard time reading instructions, was able to master this unit. Research your needed wants in a unit…..

    Bob Palumbo - December 23rd, 2008
  14. I’ve had a Nuvi 205W for about two weeks now after selling a Nuvi 200 (my first ever GPS) that I had for about a week. I knew absolutely nothing about GPS when I bought the Nuvi 200 and just really liked the widescreen models much better after seeing them. I thought about a Nuvi 255W but found the text to speech feature kinda silly when I can just look at the top of the screen for the road names. That was the only difference I could really find between the two? Neither had the 3D buildings which I confess would be kinda cool to have. Big $$$ for that feature though. This thing has a few cool features that my Nuvi 200 didn’t have though. It shows the actual speed limit on many roads I travel. A pretty neat little feature I think. It will also accept MSN Direct, which I use. It also seems a little faster and not as choppy. Maybe a better/newer processor? Both my Nuvi 200 and this newer Nuvi 205W do very well at what they’re made to do though. Get you from point A to point B. As far as construction goes I couldn’t help but notice how rugged these little Garmins are made. Granted I’ve never had another brand before, so they might all be like this, but that’s some pretty tough plastic they use on these things. I’ve already dropped mine twice and it didn’t even get so much as a nick or anything. In closing if I’d of known that these things were as cool and cheap as they are I would’ve gotten one a long time ago. Maybe, just maybe, one day I’ll even get those 3D buildings.

    ERiC - January 8th, 2009
  15. I’ve been doing some research on the nuvi 205w and the nuvi 260w. I’ve noticed that the 205w model seems to be the favorite of the two. I’m not sure why. They both appear to be very similar except for a few minor details. Are these minor details pushing the 205w ahead of the 260w? Personally, these differences aren’t that big of a deal to me when choosing one to buy over the other.

    Jordan - January 10th, 2009
  16. When I got my nuvi 205W I went to the Garmin website and downloaded the maps as recommended. It took 10 hours to
    download. Now my question is what do you do with these maps?
    The unit comes with pre-loaded maps, what are these other
    maps used for?

    Jim - April 6th, 2009
    • The maps you downloaded are newer than the ones you had installed. So the provide the same coverage area, just newer updates.

      Tim - April 10th, 2009
      • where will i get an usb to fit my garmin 205w as need to download updated maps have only had it two weeks bought in uk i found it was helpful getting me from a to b

        sandra - October 27th, 2009
        • also how do i register my new garmin 205w

          sandra - October 27th, 2009
  17. Just purchased the Nuvi205W. I haven’t been able to test it out yet. It’s currently charging. I got it from Walmart because best buy was trying to charge me double because of the bundle pkg. I will write more once I get on the road and try it out. So far, everything looks good. By the way, thanks to this site I was able to make my mind up. Very helpful.

    JERRY - July 3rd, 2009
  18. Ok, I’m back and the Nuvi205W was not what I wanted. It did not have name of streets I was turning to or about to turn into. In the search area it was way too slow. It just seemed generic for a Garmin. But I got what I paid for. So, I exchanged it for the Nuvi265T and I hope this is what I’m looking for.

    JERRY - July 3rd, 2009
  19. After much research on your site, I recently purchased a 255W for a trip from Texas to Chicago. As a first-time user, it was a great GPS. However, there are a few features that I wished that it had. Maybe you can help me.

    I would like to retain all of the features of the 255W, plus

    1. I would like it to show me the lane that I should be in. Many times I missed my exit because I was not in the correct lane.

    2. I would also like to be able to plan my trip on my computer and download it to my GPS.

    3. I need a multi-destinational unit. We’re retired and we want to plan a trip with many stops.

    4. Blue Tooth capability.

    I know that this will cost me more, but I’m willing to upgrade monetarily.

    Thank you so much for your site it has been very helpful.

    Rose - August 3rd, 2009
  20. Does the nuvi205W have the capability to show where you are going all the time, without a destination input? Can that be set up to be on all the time when your just driving around town? I just bought one and havent installed it yet.

    RogerD - August 17th, 2009
  21. The only problem we had with the new Garmin 205W was at the Indianapolis airport. Apparently, they have recently redone the roads in and out of the airport and the new configuration wasn’t in our unit’s memory. It was actually kind of funny because the screen showed us 4-wheeling in the grass when we were actually driving toward the parking building. We even experimented with the different languages! The voice sounds so disappointed when we don’t do what she wants us to do. It was a running gag during our vacation, every time we got lost or turned around we would look at each other and imitate the Garmin lady … “recalculating.”

    Angie Wallis - September 14th, 2009
  22. My wife has a nuvi 200 and bought me a nuvi 255wt for my birthday. When I hooked it up and used it the first time just on map view it dont tell you the next road your coming to like the 200 does. Is there any of the newer models that still tells the roads on the top bar as your in map view?

    Gene Bailey - October 14th, 2009
  23. We currently have the garmin e-trex legend and I want to buy a newer model for my husband for Christmas. I am looking at the 205W and the 255W. As far as I can tell, there doesn’t seem to be much difference between the two. I would like one that “talks” to alert upcoming turns, etc. Can you offer any suggestions?

    Jeannie - November 5th, 2009
  24. I recently bought a Nuvi 205w to upgrade my C320.
    The problem is that I’m an international truck driver and need both American and bCanadian maps. I have the flashcard in my c330. will it work in the nuvi205 or how do I put Canadian info in it.

    Don Brown - November 25th, 2009
    • Your maps from the c320 will not work in the Nuvi 205w. Your options are to purchase the 255w (or similar) which has the Canadian maps included, or purchase the maps separately and install them.

      Tim - November 25th, 2009
  25. I just bought a 205W and really want to hook it up to my cell phone through its bluetooth capability. However, when I go through Tools and then Settings on the GPS like the instructions say, but there is no icon to turn on my bluetooth. Is this a malfunction or am I just blind? Please help, this site is great btw.

    Brian - November 28th, 2009
    • The 205w doesn’t have Bluetooth.

      Tim - November 28th, 2009
      • Thanks for the quick reply! Is the help menu just a generic one for all of their GPS systems then? I think that’s what threw me off. I just assumed the help menu was telling me how to do stuff with MY specific GPS.

        Brian - November 28th, 2009
        • I don’t have a non-Bluetooth Nuvi right now to check with, but I’d say that is a likely explanation.

          Tim - November 28th, 2009
  26. I bought Nuvi 205W on black friday, it was cheap. And yesterday I went and download the free map update for it.

    The free map update 2010.30 has an option for me to pick different map to download to the Nuvi 205W. So I thought why not get a full North America map for it?

    I did, and I installed the full North America map on Nuvi 205w with the free update. And everything works perfectly!

    How is that possible? Will there be a problem later on?

    Eddie - December 1st, 2009
  27. Does the Garmin 255W announce distance as well as street name, or just street name? Thanks!

    Laura - December 23rd, 2009
  28. I am attempting to locate a site where I can compare the nuvi 205W with the nuvi 1350, as I received both recently for gifts. Other than the extra width on the 205W, what are the major differences between the two units? Thanks

    Penny - January 25th, 2010
  29. I’d like to get an inexpensive, widescreen GPS. The Garmin 205W, 255W and 260W are all similarly priced and I cannot find the differences between them aside from the fact that Garmin only has the 205W still listed on its web site. Presumably that means it is the newest version, and since they are all priced basically the same, it seems the best pick of the three. Am I mistaken in any regard, and is there reason for me to consider one of the others?

    Marc - April 6th, 2010
    • Marc, the 205w and the 255w are slightly newer (and were released at the same time). The 260w is a little older, but not by much. The 205w is the most basic of the three models and includes maps of the USA. The 255w adds Text To Speech and maps of Canada. The 260w builds on the 255w and adds Bluetooth hands-free calling. So in terms of major features, the 260w is on top, followed by the 255w in the middle, and the 205w at the bottom.

      Tim - April 6th, 2010
  30. I am looking for a basic model, nothing too complicated but one feature I would like is for it to tell me what lane I need to be in when traveling to larger cities. What model would you recommend? Does the Garmin 205W have this?

    Darla - May 27th, 2010
  31. Hi I would like to know the difference between 205w and 1350t. Both are basic model and 4.3 inch widescreen. What is the main difference?

    Raymond Yip - October 15th, 2010

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