August 27, 2008

Garmin Nuvi 265T, 265WT, 275T - Lifetime Traffic and More


Today Garmin announced an update to the Nuvi 200 series, that is aligned with the Nuvi 2X5 set (205, 255), that were announced earlier this year, and that add a couple of highly sought after features to the entry level line: Bluetooth and Traffic.

Garmin is getting on the bandwagon with the Nuvi 265T, 265WT and 275T models and offering Lifetime Traffic with these new models, a departure from the older 3-month free trial and a monthly subscription after that. Interesting little feature that is mentioned is the "patented auto time zone feature", which will set the correct time while navigating. I always wondered why a GPS couldn't do this, now it can. (A GPS is a very sophisticated calculation device that calculates the time it takes to get a signal from a satellite and triangulates its position on a known map. The satellites send their signals with time stamps, so the nav unit should be able to tell you what time it is!)

The new Nuvi 2x5 models come with the enhancements that you get with the rest of the 2x5 line, including:

  • 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.

With all of these features, the Garmin Nuvi 265T, and 265WT seem to be a very well appointed and well targeted to the masses. The Nuvi 265T, will have standard screen, Bluetooth and Traffic, Nuvi 265WT will expand to a 4.3-inch screen, while the Nuvi 275T will come with North American and Euro maps, plus traffic. They all have text to speech turn directions; "Turn left on Main Street."
Full press release after the jump....

The Nuvi 265T ($299 SRP), Nuvi 265WT ($349 SRP), and Nuvi 275T ($349 SRP) will be available in October, just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the next evolution of the popular nüvi 2x5 series, adding top-of-the-line features to this family of affordable navigators. The nüvi 265T, 265WT and 275T enhance upon their 2x5-series predecessors with Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling and provide free traffic alerts.

"Many customers want a simple-to-use, low-cost personal navigator, but find themselves in need of premium add-ons along the way," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "These devices add two of the most popular premium features - traffic alerts and hands-free calling - to an affordable, yet powerful navigator."

In addition to features offered by other members of the nüvi 2x5 family, these new navigators boast lifetime traffic alerts from NAVTEQ Traffic that allow drivers to steer clear of traffic accidents, road closures and construction. These devices come standard with a traffic receiver that will provide alerts in the coverage areas, and no subscription fee is required. Thanks to Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, these nüvis make it possible for drivers to make and receive calls using the unit's built-in microphone and speaker. For states which prohibit the use of handheld cell phones while driving, the Bluetooth hands-free option is ideal. With the patented auto time zone feature, these nüvis will automatically adjust your time zone while navigating. All nüvis in the 2x5 series include Garmin's new HotFix™ feature which automatically calculates and stores critical satellite information for fast satellite reception. For the ultimate in awareness, these compact nüvis will also display the speed limit for major roadways.

The nüvi 265T and 265WT will be available with preloaded comprehensive coverage of North America. For transatlantic travel, the nüvi 275T comes standard with mapping for North America and Europe. These nüvis are available in vibrant 4.3" or 3.5" screens that display shaded digital elevation mapping. All models will announce street names in their voice prompts, advising drivers to "Turn right on Elm Street," rather than "Turn right in 500 feet."

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 nüvi, for a photo-rich navigation guide. With Garmin's "Where Am I?" feature, nüvi is always aware of a driver's surroundings. At any time, drivers can look up their exact location including nearest hospitals, police stations, fuel stations, nearest address and intersection.

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Posted by Scott Martin at August 27, 2008 7:10 AM

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