UPDATE: This model has been discontinued. For current recommendations, please refer to our auto GPS buyers guide.
The Garmin nuvi 200W is a wide screen version of the entry-level nuvi 200. This is still a very basic unit, albeit with a 4.3″ touch screen instead of the 3.5″ screen found on the 200. Like all 200-series nuvis, this GPS navigator has an internal antenna, for a sleeker design than older nuvis that bore the flip-up antenna.
UPDATE: A similar but newer model, the nuvi 205W, adds quite a few features, and has occasionally been selling for a little less than the 200W.
200-series units also include 6 million points of interest (POIs), voice-prompted directions, picture viewer, calculator, currency converter, unit converter and world clock. The Garmin Lock security feature is provided as well.
The Garmin nuvi 200W comes with preloaded maps of the 48 contiguous United States, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico; stepping up to the nuvi 250W adds Alaska and Canada to the map set.
There are (of course) some things missing from the 200 series that you’ll get with more advanced nuvis — an MP3 player, the option of adding live traffic info, and the ability to call out upcoming street names. With the nuvi 200W you’ll get “turn left in 500 feet” rather than “turn left on Highway One.” If you want that, a good choice might be the nuvi 350 or the nuvi 260, though neither of those are wide-screen models. To compare other nuvis, check out our Garmin nuvi comparison chart.
More Garmin nuvi 200W reviews
- Consumer-written Garmin nuvi 200W reviews have been posted at GPSNow.
- And consumer-authored Garmin nuvi 200W reviews are also being posted at Amazon.
- GPS Lodge has posted a great nuvi 200W / 250W review.
- Trusted Reviews has posted the first hands-on Garmin nuvi 200W review, giving it an 8 out of 10 overall rating.
- The first consumer-authored Garmin nuvi 200W reviews have been posted at CNet.
- GpsPasSion has a user review Garmin nuvi 200W series thread.
- Adam Parker’s Garmin nuvi 200W review includes a couple of video clips.
- Here’s a Garmin nuvi 200W review at the EpicSki.com forums, where the author gave it a 4-1/2 out of 5 star rating.
- Lovable Lyle reviews the nuvi 200W.
- Investing Happily gives the unit an A in his Garmin nuvi 200W review.
- A consumer-authored Garmin nuvi 200W review at ReviewStream.
I’ll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some…
Other Garmin nuvi 200W resources
- Confused about so many models and choices? Use this Garmin auto GPS comparison tool or check out my own Garmin nuvi comparison chart.
- A PDF version of the Garmin nuvi 200W owners manual.
- There is a dedicated Garmin nuvi message forum at GpsPasSion.
- A Garmin nuvi 200W demo.
- The official Garmin nuvi 200W web page.
- Five tips for nuvi newbies
- Here’s a Garmin nuvi 200W video walk-through…
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