UPDATE: This model has been discontinued. For current recommendations, please refer to our auto GPS buyers guide.
The Garmin nuvi 260 is the nicest of Garmin’s budget-line nuvi 200 series. This is a basic, no frills unit, but it has Garmin’s intuitive interface and something the other 200 series units don’t have — the ability to call out street names. That way you’ll get “drive one-half mile, then turn left on Oak Street,” instead of just “drive one-half mile, then turn left.” Other than that, it’s identical to the nuvi 250. Both units have a 3.5″ color touch screen, six million points of interest (POIs), and preloaded maps of the U.S. and Canada. The nuvi 260W has the same feature set as the 260, but adds a wider, 4.3″ screen.
UPDATE: A newer model, the nuvi 255, offers these features and more.
The nuvi 260W has the same feature set as the 260, but adds a wider, 4.3″ screen.
If you want more bells and whistles, check out the nuvi 350, which adds an MP3 player and a live traffic option. There are many models in the nuvi line; to help you sort through the differences, check out our Garmin nuvi comparison chart.
More Garmin nuvi 260 reviews
- Hundreds of consumer-authored Garmin nuvi 260 reviews have been posted at Amazon.
- Consumer-authored Garmin nuvi 260 reviews are also being posted at CNet.
- Xtreme CPU has posted a Garmin nuvi 260 review.
- This Epinions review of the Garmin nuvi 260 gives it a 4 out of 5 star rating.
- Noah Coad reviews the Garmin nuvi 260 and compares it to other nuvis.
- Pants in a Can has also posted a Garmin nuvi 260 review.
- Don’t believe the title; this is a nuvi 260 review, not one of the 260W.
- What Not Thought discusses her experiences with the Garmin nuvi 260.
- A doctoral student reviews the nuvi 260.
- A birder has posted a Garmin nuvi 260 review.
- Ontario-geofish reviews the nuvi 260.
- I’ll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some…
Other Garmin nuvi 260 resources
- A PDF version of the Garmin nuvi 260 owners manual.
- Here is a Garmin 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 Garmin nuvi comparison chart.
- There is a dedicated Garmin nuvi message forum at GpsPasSion, and a thread comparing the nuvi 260 with the nuvi 650.
- Take a look inside the Garmin nuvi 260.
- A Garmin nuvi 260 demo.
- The official Garmin nuvi 260 web page
- Five tips for nuvi newbies
- Here’s a YouTube clip of a Garmin nuvi 260 demo:
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