Garmin Nuvi 2X5 Series - 205, 205W and 255, 255W
Update: See our Full Review of the Nuvi 205/255, and the widescreen version - our Full Review of the Nuvi 205W/255W
Garmin announced an update to the Nuvi line at CeBit today that makes their entry level devices a lot more appealing. As prices fall, and more consumers get into the market with an entry level unit, Garmin is upping the bar in the hyper competitive low end of the market.
The new Models all features some very nice upgraded features:
- New faster processor, making for a faster routing and map drawing.
- New shaded elevation maps.
- Now compatible with optional TMC traffic receivers, or MSN Direct service (Gas prices, traffic, local events, stocks, news, and weather.
- Garmin HotFix capability to automatically calculate and store satellite locations so that you will be able to turn the unit on and go a lot faster greatly reducing satellite acquisition time.
- Geolocated Picture capability - Download geotagged photos to the Garmin to be able to navigate to a loaded picture; works with Google's Panoramio photo sharing community and Garmin Connect Photos website.
It appears from the image that the new Nuvi 255W will also have a slightly enhanced interface with a more rounded display data fields and "+" and "-" zoom buttons that are vertically placed on the right side if the screen instead of in the upper left and right corners.
The Garmin 2x5 model Nuvis will be available sometime in Q2. The list prices should be as follows: Nuvi 205 model will retail for a suggested $199; the widescreen version, the 205W, will retail for a suggested $250. The Nuvi 255 will retail for a suggested $299; the 255W will retail for a suggested $350.
Press release follows....
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced the next evolution of the nuvi 200 series, the entry-level favorites in Garmin's popular nuvi line. The low-priced nuvi 2x5 models, a family of new products introduced at CeBIT, improve upon the features of their 200-series predecessors while providing the opportunity to add top-of-the-line features such as improved mapping and routing features, faster satellite acquisition, navigation by photos, FM traffic updates or dynamic content from MSN Direct.
"The nuvi 2x5 products allow us to meet and exceed the basic needs of the budget-minded consumer while giving them further opportunity to expand," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "By making traffic and MSN Direct content accessible with our most basic nuvi models, the choice is truly in the buyer's hands. Pick a price, and there's your nuvi."
As portable and powerful as ever, the nuvi 2x5 models are available in vibrant 4.3" or 3.5" screens with an all new shaded elevation mapping display. Using Garmin's unique Web site -- Garmin Connect Photos -- users can choose from millions of geo-located photos provided by Google's Panoramio photo sharing community and download them to the nuvi for a richer navigation experience using pictures as a guide. The nuvi 2x5 series features a fast 333 Mhz Microprocessor which greatly enhances the map drawing and routing capability. In addition, satellite reception is even faster than before thanks to Garmin's new HotFix eature which automatically calculates and stores critical satellite information and can use that information to quickly calculate a position without waiting for data collection from the satellites.
The nuvi 255 and 255W will be available in versions that include comprehensive coverage of North America, Europe, Australia or New Zealand. The nuvi 255 and 255W models for North America, Australia or New Zealand announce street names in their voice prompts, advising you to "Turn right on Walnut Street" rather than just saying "Turn right in 500 feet." The nuvi 205 and 205W will be available in versions that offer mapping choices such as the contiguous United States, Canada or regional sections of Europe.
In addition, each nuvi 2x5 comes standard with the popular "Where am I?" feature. At any time, with a single tap of the screen, drivers can display their exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and gas stations.
When used with an optional receiver, each nuvi 2x5 can display important updated information from Traffic Message Channel or MSN Direct. The enhanced dynamic content from the second generation of the MSN Direct network includes updated information about traffic conditions, fuel prices, weather reports, movie listings, headline news items, stock listings, local events and custom locations sent directly from Windows Live Local. After the introductory trial period with MSN Direct, owners can re-subscribe for $49.95 a year, or a one-time charge of $129.95. For more information on MSN Direct services and coverage areas, visit http://garmin.msndirect.com.
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Posted by Scott Martin at March 4, 2008 9:40 PM