Garmin nuvi 255W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator
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Garmin nuvi 255W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator
For peace of mind on the go, n?vi 255 leads the way with voice-prompted turn-by-turn and optional MSN Direct to get you there on time and keep you informed. It's
packed with millions of destinations and maps for North America or Europe. Like the rest of the compact n?vi 2x5-series, this portable navigator is priced right and
ultra-easy to use.n?vi 255 comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator NT street maps, including a hefty points of interest (POIs) database
with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. It even announces the name of exits and streets so you never have to take your eyes off the road. Simply touch the color
screen to enter a destination, and n?vi takes you there with turn-by-turn voice directions, 2-D or 3-D maps and and smooth map updates as you navigate. Its digital
elevation maps show you shaded contours at higher zoom levels, giving you a big picture of the surrounding terrain. In addition, n?vi 255 accepts custom points of
interest (POIs), such as school zones and safety cameras and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs. With HotFix satellite prediction, n?vi
calculates your position faster to get you there quicker.Like the rest of the n?vi 2x5-series, n?vi 255 sports a sleek, slim design and fits comfortably in your pocket or
purse. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot. With its "Where Am I? " emergency locator, you always know your
location. Simply tap the screen to get your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and
fuel stations.eft feature. Enhance your travel experience with optional plug-in microSD cards such as Garmin Travel Guides for detailed data on attractions.
The 255W features predictive technology that provides faster satellite lock, a redesigned screen with more information, terrain maps, and an exciting new photo
navigation feature. The 255W adds complete maps for North America and Text-to-Speech, so you get turn by turn spoken directions with the real names of streets
(e.g. "turn left in 50 feet at Nebraska Way", rather than merely "turn left in 50 feet"). The 255W also offers a wide 4.3-inch (diagonal) screen that displays 70% more
of the road around you.
The nÃ¼vi 2x5 models all sport the slim design that Garmin introduced with the 200-series last year, so they all fit comfortably in your
pocket or purse, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that makes them convenient for navigation by car or foot.All of the models include
useful travel tools like a JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and
Important Product Information: This device features a "screen lock" feature. This is a standard feature on all nÃ¼vi 2x5 and 7x5 Garmin
units. If you slide the "Power" key to the right, it will lock the screen and prevent any accidental touches. Once the screen lock feature is
engaged, the screen will go black/gray after about 15 seconds to save power on the device. To unlock the screen, just slide the "Power" key
to the center position. This feature is really targeted for "Pedestrian" mode so that a user can put the device in his or her pocket/purse and
quickly unlock the screen instead of powering on/off continuously. For more information, see page 5 of the product manual.
Key Features/Benefits for all 2x5 Series Navigators
l HotFix (Long Term Ephemeris Prediction) finds satellites faster (Learn more)
l Digital Elevation Model (DEM) Basemap shows 3D shaded terrain features (Learn more)
l Faster 333 Mhz processor offers faster, smoother map drawing and vehicle icon motion through turns
l Redesigned user interface offers more information (Learn more)
l Photo Navigation lets you upload geo-coded photos from a phone, geo-coding camera or photo site and navigate to them. (Learn
l Send addresses directly to your Garmin from Google Maps or Mapquest (Learn more)
l Automatic Time Zone Transition
l Text-to-Speech gives directions with real street names
l 4.3-inch Widescreen shows you more of what's around you as you drive (Learn more)
l Memory Card Slots so you can add maps and travel guides, or store photos (MicroSD card slot on 3.5-inch units; SD card slot on 4.3-inch units)
l Preloaded Maps with Navteq data of North America + Hawaii + Puerto Rico, including 6.5 million searchable points of interest (Learn more)
l Rechargeable lithium-ion battery for easy portability (up to 4 hours per charge)
l Custom Vehicle Icons let you personalize your navigator (Learn more)
l Integrated Antenna for a slim form factor
l Where Am I? -- instantly shows you all of the emergency services nearby (Learn More)
What's in the Box
nÃ¼vi 255W, Preloaded City Navigator NT for North America or Europe (full coverage), Vehicle suction cup mount, Vehicle power cable, Dashboard disc, Quick
Which nÃ¼vi is Best for You?:
Click here to see a quick, simple comparison of features for all Garmin nuvi GPS navigators
One of Garmin's key product philosophies is to make extremely complex technology easy to use for anyone right out of the box, and perhaps nowhere is that better
exemplified than in the user interface for Garmin's portable navigation devices.
Garmin's interface is a key to their success part of what makes their devices such a pleasure to use. Simple controls and sub-screens make it easy to enter or
search for destinations and get data about your trip. Simply touch the color screen to enter a destination, and nÃ¼vi takes you there with turn-by-turn voice
directions, 2-D or 3-D maps and smooth map updates as you navigate.
This year, Garmin has redesigned its interface to include much more useful information.
Old Interface New Interface
HotFixâ ¢ – aka: Satellite Ephemeris Data Prediction
Your GPS device locks onto transmissions from a dedicated network of Satellites in order to
determine its position. Until the device gets a "lock" on three satellites, it can't effectively navigate, so
decreasing the time it takes for your device to get "satellite lock" is always a goal of GPS
manufacturers. With Garmin's new HotFix technology, your Garmin GPS remembers the position of all
satellites it is tracking when you turn it off, and calculates their movements in order to predict where
they should be the next time you turn it on. This gives the device an idea of where it should look for
satellites, and dramatically decreases the time it takes for your Garmin to get its position and start
navigating. HotFix can predict satellite positions for up to 3 days after the device was last turned off.
Using Garmin’s unique Web site â Garmin Connect Photos â users can choose from millions of
geo-located photos provided by Google’s Panoramio photo sharing community and download them to
the nÃ¼vi for a richer navigation experience using pictures as a guide.
Navigate by Photo
Using Garmin’s unique Web site â Garmin Connect Photos â users can
choose from millions of geo-located photos provided by Google’s Panoramio
photo sharing community and download them to the nÃ¼vi for a richer
navigation experience using pictures as a guide.
l Choose from Panoramio's collection of photos from around the world.
l Easy to use interface displays photos on Google Maps.
l Search for photos by location name or map area boundary.
l Transfer photos directly from Garmin Connect to device with the Garmin
l View photos in Google Earth.
l Supports Internet Explorer 6+, Firefox 2+, Safari 3+ on Windows and
3D Terrain Maps
Shaded relief terrain maps show you when to expect hills, mountains, forests and other natural features. Topographic terrain maps are viewable when using the 2D
Send Addresses Directly from Google Maps or Mapquest
tching to try out a new restaurant, or setting off on a road trip to locate the best toffee apples on the east coast? Now, it's easy to search for locations on Google Maps
Mapquest, then transfer the addresses directly to your Garmin GPS navigator.
1. Hook up your Garmin to the computer via it's USB port
2. Search for the location you want
3. Click the Send link in the info window for the address. That will bring up a popup "Send to" form.
4. Pick GPS, then pick Garmin and hit the "Send" button.
The address will instantly transfer to your Garmin device, The point will be saved as one of your favorites, and you can navigate to it or view it on a map just like with an
The process does require a small plugin, which you can get at Garmin's website at http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=3739. You can send
business addresses to your Garmin device from these countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands,
Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
Search for the location you want. Pick "Send to GPS". Go!
Traffic-Capable for Either FM Traffic or Enhanced MSN Direct Content
With an optional receiver, you can get alerts from TMC Clear Channel about traffic tie-ups and road
construction that might lie ahead on your route. All you have to do is simply touch the screen to view traffic
details and you'll be ready to detour around any problem area. And if you end up missing a turn, or you're
forced into a detour that is not relayed through the traffic receiver, the nÃ¼vi's sophisticated automatic routing
will get you back on track in no time.
In most areas, TMC Clear Channel traffic broadcasts are continuous â there's no waiting for scheduled
traffic news updates or random alerts. Because traffic broadcasts are received via a "silent" FM data channel,
you can still listen to music or news programming on your car radio without interference from incoming FM
traffic data transmissions.
Widescreen -- See More of What's Around
The super-bright, 4.3-inch (diagonal) touchscreen display gives is anti-glare for ease of viewing during the day and automatically changes its color profile for easy
viewing at night or in dim light. It offers 2d or 3D perspective views.
The widescreen format gives you 70% more actual screen area than a 3.5-inch screen. Primarily this translates into a better view of the area through which you are
driving. This is especially useful in showing you what parks, restaurants, ATM, gas stations, etc. are nearby, or in letting you know whether a detour is a good idea.
Also, the device itself is larger, meaning controls on the screen are more widely spaced and somewhat easier to push.
Wider screen lets you see more of what's around. Compare these actual size views of a and a 4.3-inch diagonal widescreen
3-inch (diagonal) screen
Where Am I?
On any nÃ¼vi (including this one), you can just tap "Where Am I?" to find the closest hospitals, police stations, fuel stations, nearest address and intersection. Also see
your exact latitude and longitude coordinates.
First-Rate Map Data
The nÃ¼vi comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator NT street maps for all of North
America, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, including a hefty POI database with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. Simply
touch the color screen to enter a destination, and nÃ¼vi takes you there with 2D or 3D maps and turn-by-turn voice
directions. Garmin gets its map data from NAVTEQ, a world leader in premium-quality mapping.
In addition, nÃ¼vi accepts custom points of interest (POIs), such as school zones and safety cameras and lets you set
nÃ¼vi accepts custom points of interest proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs
(POIs). View larger.
Garmin's patent pending theft prevention system that disables the unit from performing any functions until the user types in a specific 4-digit PIN or takes the unit to a
predetermined secure location
Browse your stored pictures with an easy-to- Navigation is just the beginning. The nÃ¼vi 2x5 models features travel tools including a JPEG picture viewer, world
use JPEG viewer. travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more.
This device is compatible with optional content plug-ins available via microSD card, such as the Garmin Travel
Guides and Garmin SaversGuide provide detailed data for attractions and information on nearby merchants offering
discounts, so you can customize nÃ¼vi for your travel needs. For Accessory Map Cards and Travel Guides the
Units Feature: a MicroSD Card Slot on the 3.5 inch Units, and an SD Card Slot on the 4.3 inch Units.
Garmin has also added the ability for customers to add custom points of interest (POI’s) from third parties such as
school zones and safety cameras.
Trick Your GPS Ride
All Garmin nÃ¼vis support configurable vehicle icons. These fun, customized car-shaped
icons come in a variety of colors to add a personal touch to your vehicle's position on the
Custom vehicle icons let you ride in style, at least inside your GPS.
See more icon option
l Optional software for language translation, detailed travel guides, and savings programs allow you to customize your nÃ¼vi to fit your travel needs
l Like most USB Mass Storage Devices, the nÃ¼vi is not compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Me
l Visit Garmin.com to get the latest firmware updates for your nÃ¼vi to keep it current and performing at its best
Garmin nuvi 255W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator