UPDATE: The nuvi 2×5 series has been officially discontinued. For current recommendations, see our auto GPS buyers guide.
The Garmin nuvi 205 is one of Garmin’s popular entry level navigators. Like the rest of the 2×5 series, it comes with features previously unavailable in the nuvi line or found only in high-end models. Before we get into the details, let’s look at the basics.
The 205 sports a 3.5″ touch screen and includes pre-loaded maps of the entire U.S. except Alaska. It does not feature text-to-speech, so you’ll hear “drive one-half mile, then turn left” instead of “drive one-half mile, then turn left on Oak Street.”
Step up to the nuvi 205W, and you’ll get the same feature set on a wider 4.3″ screen. Another model, the nuvi 255 keeps the 3.5″ screen, but adds text-to-speech and maps of Alaska and Canada, while the 255W offers these same features in a wide screen model. To see how the nuvi 205 stacks up against other models, check out my Garmin nuvi 205 comparison chart.
I’ve been very impressed with the nuvi 2×5 series, which I dubbed the best entry-level GPS on the market in my hands-on review of the nuvi 205W. Check it out for a full list of the features found on the 2×5 series, including the nuvi 205.
More Garmin nuvi 205 reviews
- Consumer-authored Garmin nuvi 205 reviews are being posted at GPS Now
- Owners have also posted Garmin nuvi 205 reviews at Amazon
- GPS Lodge has posted a nuvi 205 review
- GPS Magazine has posted a thorough review of the Garmin nuvi 205
- PowerPage.org has posted their own Garmin nuvi 205 review
- A Malaysian site reviews the nuvi 205
- PCMech.com has posted their own Garmin nuvi 205 review
I’ll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some…
Other Garmin nuvi 205 resources
- A PDF version of the nuvi 205 owners manual
- Confused about so many models and choices? Use this Garmin nuvi comparison tool or check out my own Garmin nuvi comparison chart.
- There is a dedicated Garmin nuvi message forum at GpsPasSion.
- The official Garmin nuvi 205 web page.
- Five tips for nuvi newbies
- A Garmin nuvi 205 video demo:
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