I purchased a Nuvi 1490T about 2 months ago and really like the features of the unit. Saturday I ordered a Nuvi 295W. Not for its GPS capabilities but for its WiFi capability. I have looked and looked at smart phones with their many features and realized the Nuvi 295W could meet my needs of on the go email retrieval every few hours by stopping at a McDonald or other site with free WiFi. For $110 it is a lot cheaper then a $200 smart phone and does not require the $30 plus a month extra data plan. I can also check weather and look at internet without taking my computer out of the car trunk. Plus you get a 3MP camera but that is not a killer feature. I debated the 295W over the 1490T but wanted Traffic, Bluetooth, and Lane Assist which the 1490T has. Anxious to get my new 295W. But this is just my thought on the matter.
Although you cannot see or send your email while on the road you shouldn't text while driving, but stopping at a WiFi spot is a better way to go.
in hearing your comments after you have checked it out and used it while traveling.
We loved the new 295w that I had and it's features so much that we now have bought a second one for Sally who wanted one also to replace her aging Garmin c550. A lot of the airline flights now have wifi and you can use the garmin while in flight for web browsing and sending and receiving emails.
If you are traveling on the road around 18 wheelers have your passenger check your wifi because a lot of truckers now have their own wifi hot spot in their truck and you can use it to connect to the web for mail, web and google search while you are near them.
I didn't know truckers could have Wifi. Will try it on the road in a few weeks.
Of course, it would be really sweet to have wi-fi with the 5" screen in your 1490. The puny screen keep me away from the 295W.
Can see now all the cars with wifi staying close to the trucks going down the interstate.
I'd really like to hear if you can connect to it from your computer via WiFi. As in download POIs via WiFi to it, besides the obvious benefits of being able to Google on the GPS and then navigate from the Google page, etc.
I had no problems logging on to my home wireless router, I did have problems at a burger king and at a panera bread. Not sure if I did something wrong or what. I was able to park out front of a local McDonald and connect to the internet, check mail. I needed to go to their homepage, ask to connect and then click on an accept box and then was granted access to the net. Hopefully that will clear me for all future McDonald's but only time will tell. Leaving Wednesday for a long road trip and plan to get several downloads on the unit.
Because of the carriers that Garmin went with. If they had gone with Verizon I would have gotten the Garminfone in a heart beat!
You could download the custom POI's with the 295W but there is no way to run the POI loader to install them.
My new 295W is hard to read, requiring you to wait for a page to refresh at a greater magnification. Free WiFi normally requires you to pick the WiFi site in tools and then goto internet an accept their acceptance agreement before you get access, and then it may not always give you access. Frustrating. It is better than carrying my laptop into a motel at night to check email but checking internet is a bit more trying, making it almost worth taking the laptop into the motel. Just my 2cents worth.
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