I recently purchased a Garmin 250W... yesterday, in fact, from Best Buy up here in the Great White North.
I chose this model for a few reasons... great $299 price, wide screen, ease of use. I looked at the dizzying array of Garmin models but quickly realized I didn't need all those bells and whistles. The only feature that would've been nice is text-to-speech for it to announce street names.
But what use is the 250W if it doesn't know where I am?
All it ever seems to say is Locating Satellites. I realize I live a city full of skyscrapers but it's very frustrating. I even exchanged it last night for another unit which does the same thing.
Sigh. I'll head down to the park later this morning... maybe it'll figure out where it is.
Sometimes it can take a while for it to find the sats. How long have you tried before you gave up and cut it off? Here is what I have found about locating the sats.
1) If you cut it off and then cut it on somewhere other then where you cut it off, it takes longer
2) Sometimes after updates, it takes awhile
3) Hitting the reset button sometimes help
Nuv 650 is the same price 299 at costco and it had all the feature of 250w had and more like TTS and so on....
I also noticed that antenna orientation makes a difference when getting initial lock. Point the antenna in an southerly direction and have the antenna parallel to the ground.
I couldn't pass up the Costco offer. Even though I live in Canada I ordered it online and picked it up at a parcel receiving service just across the line. It was ordered on a Friday and arrived two Mondays later, in eight days.
Luckily it did prove to be better than the 250W... noticeably so... and back to Best Buy the 250W went.
The 650 has much better reception and acquires satellites very quickly compared to the 250W. It seems to recalculate directions faster when a turn is missed, too.
I'm very happy with it.
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