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The Best Bang for your $$$ GPS - The Garmin Nuvi 205

Updated on July 15, 2010

What's the point of a GPS when i have a $5 paper map that does the same thing.

Ever gotten lost while driving? Just going round and round, totally clueless about your location. What a waste of fuel, you must have wondered. Waste of money, waste of time, waste of natural resources. To make matters worse, the small fonts on your paper map is impossible to read and you spilled coffee on it when you swerved to avoid the cow crossing the road.

I have just the solution for you without burning your jeans a huge hole. Check out the Garmin Nuvi 205.

Introducing the Garmin Nuvi 205

The Garmin Nuvi 205 is an excellent Global Positioning System (GPS), Costing just USD$119.99, it is a great buy for a GPS that runs at a decent speed. Make a wrong turn and you get a re-route path within 5 seconds. Startup takes around 10 seconds with a lock on not taking more than a minute.

Operating the system is actually pretty simple. My wife who is horrible with tech stuff managed to operate it fine. With the map of the country purchased from included, the Nuvi 205 is good-to-go once out-of-the-box. A voice will direct you on your turns, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road. For more experienced drivers, glances can be stolen from the Nuvi 205 which displays 2D and 3D maps. You only need key in the address and off you go. In addition, the Nuvi 205 is able to search by points of interest, such as shopping centres, hospitals, police centres, to name a few.

However, there is one downside to the Nuvi 205. The system displays the virtual keyboard as a-b-c-d-e instead of the q-w-e-r-t-y format we are so comfortable with on our keyboards. It will take some getting used to.

It small, its light, its good!

The Nuvi 205 is made of excellent quality materials. With a 3.5 inch 320 x 240 screen, the display is vibrant and clear. The outer casing is of tough high quality plastic with a grey finish that does not gets scratches easily and seems to be able to absorb some impact. In addition, the system is pretty slim and light at 0.8 inch and 147 grams, allowing you to carry it around in your pocket.

In addition to its main function of navigation, the Nuvi 205 also has a couple of useful features such as a picture viewer, currency converter, a calculator and even a measurement converter. Files may be stored onto the Nuvi 205 internal memory. Should you require more space, the system supports MicroSD card. The MicroSD card will also be useful to store maps of other countries should there be a need to. A map file of a large country such as the USA is pretty huge and there won't be sufficient memory to store another country without external memory sources.

Should i get the Nuvi 205?

The Garmin Nuvi 205 is priced extremely reasonable at USD$119.99. Although is does not contain special features such as the lane assist in other Garmin GPS models, the Nuvi 205 is sufficient for the daily use.If you happen to own a money printing machine and cash is of no issue, by all means get the Nuvi 3790T at USD $449.99.

One point to note is that the Nuvi 205 does not speak out road names but merely says turn left/right at 100/200/X00 metres. It might be difficult for some to identify the road that you should be turning to, especially in the city. This issue can be solved by taking glances of the road names on the screen of the Nuvi 205.

If you are on a tight budget or looking for something simple that does the job sufficiently, the Garmin Nuvi 205 will undoubtedly deliver. No more getting lost, ever! (I Hope...)

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