Anybody want to share what they like or don't like about their Garmin Nuvi 200?
What I like about my Garmin Nuvi 200?
I got all the features I need in a navigation unit at a low price.
What I do not like?
I believe the POI files are based on co-ordinates instead of address since it, just like my old system, directed me to the wrong location, not even on the right street. I then redid the route using the address listed in the POI file and it took me straight to the store. It would work better if it used the address for routing but I am guessing all do itthat way.
I chose the 200 because it was the least expensive model available.
I didn't need Canada, Europe, an MP3 player, or traffic alerts. TTS for road names would have been nice, but I suspect the mispronunciations would have annoyed me.
I added Canada and Alaska when the 2008 North America map DVD came out (free update) and can add the latest Europe maps the next time I travel there.
I think the 200 was a good choice for me.
I believe the POI files are based on co-ordinates instead of address since it, just like my old system, directed me to the wrong location, not even on the right street.
All POIs are based on coordinates. None are based on StreetName. Even when you look something up by streetname it is still going by coordinates.
I just got my 200 and I LOVE it. i had a tomotom one 3rd edition that blew up as soon as I plugged it in so I exchanged it for the Garmin because they had no TOMTOM's left. Lucky for me I did this because now I have Garmin accuracy, and an SD card slot!
I love this unit got it on black friday and look forward to taking with me to the beach especially that I have beach poi's in Oregon...the only thing is the custom poi's understanding and figuring out of how I can get the proximty alerts ugh but I am new to the gps world so it takes time... the 200w did go down in price at best buy and actually bigger screen would be nice but really when you look at the money and what you get this is a heck of a gps unit for $169.00...and its a GARMIN!!!
I like the simplicity and the simple to use aspect. It is the best unit I have ever owned for being able to read in bright daylight situations. It has the least bells and whistles of any I have ever owned. I don't need TTS or mp3 playing capabilities, but I think I might miss the guided tour PoI because of the now mp3 features. I think it is a great deal.
Likes: Ease of use; good price; Garmin reputation for customer service; compatible with map software I already had with my Garmin handheld.*
Dislikes: Lack of a good, detailed user's manual. Plugging it into a USB port puts it into "mass storage unit" mode - I'd like the choice of having it in GPS mode even though it's plugged into the USB port. Few choices in voice files.
Overall, I'm extremely pleased with the unit.
*The 200 only comes with a map of the "lower 48" states. But I was able to add maps of Canada, Alaska, and Hawaii from my Metroguide maps (which are not locked), on the SD card. Not that I'm planning to go to Canada, and the 200 probably wouldn't auto-route with those maps anyway, but I like having them available.
well the best part is the price of course.. fairly accurate and works well
but I would like the text to speach the higher end garmins have (although some of the no-names have it dirt cheap)
biggest problem I have had is it locks up when doing a long detour (forced) after driving for 15 plus minutes, have to turn it off and back on to get it un froze, hmmm, I wonder if windows helped with the software, hehehe, just kidding
I like it overall
Well, all Garmins suffer in the good detailed user's manual.
You can eject the usb port after it goes into "mass storage" and then use the GPSr. I do it all the time to charge it, but not have it on (cause the light bothers the wife at night)
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