Sunday, March 18, 2012

Garmin nuvi 270 review


UPDATE: A newer 3.5″ trans-Atlantic unit, the Garmin nuvi 275T, has recently been introduced.

UPDATE 2: This model has been discontinued. For current recommendations, please refer to our auto GPS buyers guide.

UPDATE 3: The latest trans-Atlantic navigators to be introduced are the Garmin nuvi 2475LT and nuvi 2370LT.

The Garmin nuvi 270 is the transatlantic offering in Garmin’s new entry-level nuvi lineup. Equipped with a 3.5″ screen, the nuvi 270 includes pre-loaded maps of the U.S., Canada and Europe (see coverage map below). Other units in the 200 series have less extensive coverage; the nuvi 200 has maps of all 49 continental United States, while the nuvi 250 offers all 50 states and Canada.

Garmin continues to improve its nuvis; the 200 series units are a little thinner, thanks to an internal antenna, rather than the flip-up type found on previous nuvis.

Garmin nuvi 270 European map coverage

Assuming that you’re after European maps, you have a couple of other options. Step up to the nuvi 370 and you’ll get Bluetooth for hands free cell phone use, an MP3 player, live traffic info and a unit that calls out the street names on upcoming turns – so you’ll get “turn left on North Main Street in 500 feet” rather
than just “turn left in 500 feet.” Garmin’s other transatlantic model, the nuvi 670, adds an FM transmitter to stream directions, music and cell phone conversations over your car stereo, and bumps the screen size to a wide 4.3″. The latest, the nuvi 770, adds even more features. To compare other nuvi models, check out our Garmin nuvi comparison chart.


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  1. Peter Unold says:

    I bought a nuvi 250 the other day as my Nokia smartphone with Tomtom mobile died a week ago.
    One thing I really miss from Tomtom is the advance planning feature. The hack you have to go through to simulate this feature is mind boggling.
    As for typing in addresses both Tomtom and Garmin lacks behind Navicore.
    Apart from that my Nuvi works fine.
    I did consider buying one of the 6xx or 3xx Nuvis as I’d liked to sync contacts with my phone – but decided the extra price wasn’t worth it.
    Just my two cents.

  2. Thanks Peter. Comments like that help other people make the right decision. I appreciate you taking the time. Have fun with the nuvi 250.

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