Garmin Nuvi 270
The Garmin Nuvi 270 is at the upper end of the new “200 series” Nuvis from Garmin. This new series of lower cost Nuvi devices all come with a standard 3.5″ touch screen display and a slim form factor. Like other Nuvis, the Nuvi 270 comes with many of Garmin’s typical “extras” such as a clock, time zone viewer, unit converter, and is compatible with Garmin Travel Guides and SaversGuide products. So what is special about the 270?
The biggest deal about the Nuvi 270 is the pre-installed maps. Not only do you get North American maps, but the European maps are also installed and unlocked on the device. If you are a frequent traveler to Europe and are looking for a simple GPS device, this could be a perfect match.
But don’t forget that this is what I would call an entry level GPS device. Some of the more advanced functions won’t be found on the Nuvi 270 in order to keep the costs low. There is no Bluetooth hands-free calling, no multiple destination routing, no music player, no live traffic reporting. Still, most of those features are not needed for every day travel, so this device can provide a great feature match at a lower price.
The one feature missing you might want to consider is text-to-speech. If you really want text-to-speech you will need to upgrade to the 350 which does not have European maps. To get text-to-speech and the European maps, look to either the 370 (you also get Bluetooth and a traffic receiver) or the 670 where you will also get a widescreen, traffic receiver, Bluetooth, and an FM transmitter.
If you want to compare against other manufacturers who have devices with North America an Europe maps pre-installed, look to the TomTom 910. It isn’t a pocketable device, but has other features such as Bluetooth, a music player, widescreen, and text-to-speech. Therefore about the only similarity is the map coverage.
The retail price of the Nuvi 270 is $643. This seems quite high, but you almost never see Garmin products offered at the retail price. Availability is expected soon.