Sunday, March 18, 2012

Garmin nuvi 295W review

Garmin nuvi 295W

Hands on with the Garmin nuvi 295W

UPDATE: The nuvi 2×5 series has been officially discontinued. For current recommendations, see our auto GPS buyers guide.

The Garmin nüvi 295W is the first nuvi to include WiFi, giving you Internet and email access on the go – well, as long as you’re in range of a WiFi hotspot. At a sure to be discounted list price of $279.99, the 295W looks like a pretty good solution for someone who would like a smartphone, but doesn’t want to shell out $30 a month for a data plan.

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Garmin nuvi 295W with WiFi

Garmin nuvi 295W H

UPDATE: Read my hands on review of the Garmin nuvi 295W.

Well, well, what have we here? A nuvi with WiFi scheduled to hit store shelves in just a few days. The Garmin nüvi 295W is quite the surprise. Dropping parts of the familiar nuvi interface, in places this thing looks and acts more like a nuvifone. The nuvi 295W has a 3.5” screen, Google Local search, email access, and text-to-speech. It can automatically switch from portrait to landscape view and comes with a 3 MP camera and MP3 player with a headphone/audio out jack. Basically, it’s a reasonably priced ($279.99 MSRP) piece of pocket goodness for folks who don’t want to shell out for a smartphone data plan and contract. We’ve got video after the break.

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