April 9, 2007

Review: Garmin Nuvi 250

Craig Ellison of PC Mag has posted his review of the new Garmin Nuvi 250, and he is not overly thrilled with it. He does complain about the unconfirmed but likely switch out of the SiRF star III chip for another “High Sensitive” GPS receiver in the Nuvi 200 series. So, it’s baffling to me to make a big deal over the potential loss of sensitivity indoors when he plainly says about the chipset change; “That might be why the 250 displayed fewer signal-strength bars and lost satellite lock indoors more easily than the 350. That said, I didn't experience reception problems on my road tests.” Huh, if it doesn’t matter in use, then why make a big deal of it?

He does comment accurately on the lack of Text to Speech (TTS) capability on the Nuvi 200/250/270 line and indicates that it is a must have feature in his book. I’m less rigid, and think that while non-TTS models will eventually disappear from the market, a quality device like the Nuvi 200 is a good choice if that’s what you can afford. A lot of his comments on value are based on street prices for the Nuvi 250 and list (or guesstimated street prices) prices of the Nuvi 200 series, so you’ll need to wait until the Nuvi 200 series to hit the street to see what type of value it will offer you. He may be right, and he may not.

You can read my Review of the Nuvi 250, and then read PC Mag’s Review of the Nuvi 250 for comparison.

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Posted by Scott Martin at April 9, 2007 8:50 AM

Recent Comments


I stand by my deferred judgment on the value equation between the Nuvi 200 series and the Nuvi 350 until the Nuvi 200 hits the street and "real" prices can be seen to evaluate the relative value. So, I still question the logic of comparing apples and oranges; "List Prices" and "Street Prices". But, yes when the street prices come out on the Nuvi 200 series and if the Nuvi 350 is $25 more than the Nuvi 250, I would urge people to buy the Nuvi 350 too. No brainer there.

As far as the comment about me being "Given" a Nuvi 250 for my review, please see my statement on how I do reviews and the simple fact that we NEVER keep our review units.


Just like PC Mag, companies loan GPSLodge units for review. We return them to those companies after a review period with no expectation of positive reviews or comments, just like PC Mag. I don’t take payment for reviews either, which is sometimes the practice in the blogging space. I call it like I see it and I don't see it like Craig Ellison on the value call, at this time. Like I wrote above, I also question his conclusion about the sensitivity and if it really is consumer noticeable.

Finally, I hope this answers your question about “Fessing Up” as I take the business of my reviews very seriously. Unlike a lot of other sites, I attempt to get my hands on a lot of the new GPS models that my readers are interested in and take a first hand look at their capabilities, reporting back what I find in a way that is consumer focused and helpful as possible.

Hope this helps clarify my position, sorry I wasn’t more clear in the first place.

-Scott Martin

Posted by: Scott Martin at April 11, 2007 3:14 PM

I think he makes a lot of valid points, especially in his conclusion, why bother with a 250 when you can get a 350 ? On the other hand it seems you were given a 250 and are trying not to say too many bad things about it in you (so-called) review...time to fess up, dude !

Posted by: gps4u at April 11, 2007 1:56 PM
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