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Hi everybody , i bought this idem on i think Nov 21 . a few days before black Friday i payed 275 so i was p***ed maybe thats why i haven't wrote a review , but it deserves one , it works flawlessly for me i live in Miami , i just wish i had saved the money & bought the 255 , the bluetooth is pretty useless no fault of the garmin , you cant really have a conversation on it when your driving i would always transfer the call to my phone & almost have an accident doing so , & the traffic well i haven't found it to be very reliable , but thats a nice thing to have i don't drive to work during rush hour , i had looked at the 760 but liked the turn signal on this one , also the 760 has a DOCK no unplugging USB , i park in the sun a lot so i have to take it off the windshield a lot , i thought the advertisements would be a problem but they don't show there ugly face much & i never notice it any more & thats how u get the free traffic , hell now you can probably get the 765 for what i paid , M
Great product, works well, as expected.
-Bluetooth connects to phone (works well, too)
-Ability to touch and drag the map around the screen to view other map areas
-night mode turns the screen darker so it doesn't blind you at night
-traffic feature works sometimes (depending on if that service is available in the area you're driving in, and also if the traffic delays are up to date from the provider)
-speed sign tells you the speed of the current road you're on (not for all roads, but most)
-fast connection to satellites and getting map data
-Speaker is a little 'tinny' sounding at 100%, but at 80% is not too bad
-power cord is somewhat bulky because of the traffic receiver, but not a big deal
As a owner of the Garmin ique3600,which I think is great, I was expecting something outstanding with the new 265wt. After owning it for a week, I was so disappointed in its performance and feathers that was going to return it the next. To put it buntly, I thought it to be junk. That night I re-evaluated by needs. I bought the 265wt as a GPS device, not a bluetooth device. So that night I did two important things. One, I turned the bluetooth function off. I had noticed during the week that when it was on it loaded down the processor and some GPS feathers may or may not work. Two, I downloaded the new maps. Since then I have been very pleased with my Garmin 265wt. I bought a Motorola 505 for the car bluetooth device, which is outstanding. I have also find some POI websites to make using the 265wt even more enjoyable. It's a keeper after I made the adjustments. I hope this helps you. I know I when through one fustrating week when I first got the device.
Enjoy it - I am.
This GPS unit really works as described. I purchased this as a gift; however before wrapping it I gave it a thorough test. The traffic tool is great, it notifies you of pending slowdowns and provides a detour if conditions warrant. I did encounter an exit that was closed and not listed, yet the unit compensated for this by redirecting me after I had to pass the exit. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the unit before you go driving as it is easy to get involved in screen tapping and not look where you are driving. Overall this unit is solid, I would have given it a 5 star rating but nothing is perfect.
This is my second auto GPS, having purchased a Mio Moov 200 from Radio Shack in Sept 2008. I've used the Moov extensively, and as a pure navigator, at less cost, I'd rank it higher (re POI name search) than the Garmin 265WT for the simple reason that its database for POI's appear more complete and recent than Garmin's, which I spent hours downloading yesterday (one-time free update-Thanks, Garmin-but you must do so within 60 days of GPS navigation!).
Mio Moov 200 will also instruct you to turn-around via a U-turn if you've missed your turn rather than take you 'around the block' to get back on course as with the Garmin. Even when I unchecked 'U-turn' to be avoided it (Garmin) still would not give me instruction to do one in my local area.
I was told by a very reliable source this is inherent in the database unless there is no other alternative, but it will take you on an alternative route in which you will indeed lose some time and mileage. I would speculate this is safer and may be a motivating reason for its inclusion but, again, this is speculation on my part. Update: It will indeed suggest you make a U-turn in accordance with the above, if it appears there is no alternative. The cool thing about it is that it tells you how far up to make the turn, avoiding midpoint islands or intersections where it is not possible.
Here's the problem in re the POI NAME SEARCH database - I entered a SPELL NAME SEARCH for 'Smart & Final' and for 'Bed Bath & Beyond' in my local area of San Marcos and environ and the Moov had no problem pulling them up (purchased in 2008 with no update!) whereas the 265WT posted nearest of each MANY miles away and by-passed my local area!. This is NOT GOOD.
And also it's not much fun having the hourglass rotating around for an inordinate period of time (sometimes five minutes or more) in order to find your spelled POI only to find, on many occasions, NO MATCH, and when it does, many times a distant one. Yeeeccchhh..VERY frustrating.
I purchased the Garmin from Amazon because it had the Free Traffic Reporting, larger screen, a good price, and a high rating from a well-known consumer reporting organization. In my view, they OVERRATED it, and did not even bother to test the Mio Moov 200.
So, a bit of advice, if you KNOW THE ADDRESS or can obtain it in advance just enter it and make your own FAVORITE out of it, and stop wasting time using this POI database for purposes of the Search Spell Name function-it is too much 'hit n miss'. I hate to say this but it's true, at least for this poster.
This is not to confuse with having the unit display local and not so-local POI's according to Category selection-that is nearly instantaneous and quite impressive!
If you have the address that you want to navigate to, that's fine, and, in other respects, I certainly like the unit. It seems to operate well in the short time I've had it but I'm not going to sell my used Moov 200 at this time and will not be returning this Garmin 265WT due to its other fine features, including the free Liftetime Traffic Reporting (a major reason for buying), display, Bluetooth, and customer support.
Yet I have this sensation (after only a day or two of use with the 265WT) that the Moov 200, which indeed has text-to-speech and quite accurate ETA's (unlike the Garmin which bears little resemblance to reality re ETA's, IMHO) may be my preferred unit, excepting the Traffic and Bluetooth functions, nicer display and more user-friendly Garmin attributes. It's really a toss-up for me and if you want to save some money and traffic reporting is not important go with the Mio Moov 200.
Garmin nüvi 265WT 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Text-to-Speech, Bluetooth, and Free Traffic
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