UPDATE: This model has been discontinued. For current recommendations, please refer to our auto GPS buyers guide.
The slim Garmin nuvi 250, one of the entry level nuvi models, has preloaded maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. It sports a 3.5 inch color touch-screen display and, as with other nuvis, includes voice-prompted directions, picture viewer, calculator, currency converter, unit converter, world clock and 6 million points of interest. The Garmin Lock security feature is provided as well.
UPDATE: A newer model, the nuvi 255, offers these features and more.
Drop down to the nuvi 200 and you lose the maps of Alaska and Canada. Otherwise the units are identical. The nuvi 260 goes the other direction, adding one feature — the ability to call out upcoming street names, also known as text-to-speech, so you’ll get “turn left on Highway One in 500 feet” rather than “turn left in 500 feet.”
A newer model, the nuvi 255, adds text-to-speech and a range of new features to the 250.
To compare other nuvi models, check out our Garmin nuvi comparison chart.
More Garmin nuvi 250 reviews
- Consumer-authored Garmin nuvi 250 reviews have been posted at Amazon.
- GPS Magazine posts a nuvi 250 review, in their typically comprehensive manner.
- GPSLodge has posted their own Garmin nuvi 250 review,
- PC Magazine has posted a nuvi 250 review, giving it a 3 out of 5 star rating. I have to say, I think its a little unfair, since their harshest criticism is that it “lost satellite lock indoors more easily than the 350.”
- GpsPasSion has posted a nuvi 250 review thread.
- Consumer-authored reviews of the nuvi 250 are being posted at CNet.
- PC Mechanic has also posted a nuvi 250 review.
- The Tech Zone reviews the nuvi 250.
- A.P. Lawrence posts his own Garmin nuvi 250 review.
- A video review:
Other Garmin nuvi 250 resources
- Here is a nuvi 200 series mini-site.
- Confused about so many models of GPS receivers? Try the Garmin auto GPS comparison tool or check out our own comparison chart.
- There is a dedicated Garmin nuvi message forum at GpsPasSion.
- A PDF version of the Garmin nuvi 250 owners manual.
- Five tips for nuvi newbies
- The official Garmin nuvi 250 web page.
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