Garmin nüvi 250
Product Code: 010-00621-02
Ireland, UK, Europe maps.
- MapSource® City Navigator NT 2008 (v10) preloaded
- Map data includes: Ireland, UK and Europe
- 3.5" diagonal, QVGA color antiglare TFT display with white backlight
- Intuitive easy-to-use navigation - touchscreen, voice prompts
- 2D/3D map display
- Automatic re-routing
Product Screen Shots
- nüvi 250
- 12-24 volt vehicle power cable
- Vehicle suction cup mount
- Dashboard disk
- Owner's manual & quick reference guide
Physical & Performance:
|Unit dimensions, WxHxD:||3.8"W x 2.8"H x .8"D (9.7 x 7.1 x 2 cm)|
|Display size, WxH:||7.2 x 5.4 cm (2.8"W x 2.1"H); 3.5" diag (8.9 cm)|
|Display resolution, WxH:||320 x 240 pixels|
|Display type:||QVGA color antiglare TFT with white backlight|
|Battery life:||up to 5 hours|
|RoHS version available:||yes|
Maps & Memory:
|Ability to add maps:||yes|
|Built-in memory:||internal solid state|
|Accepts data cards:||SD card (not included)|
|Voice prompts:||yes (internal speaker)|
|Speaks street names:||no|
|3D map view:||yes|
|Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route):||no|
|Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation):||yes|
|Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road):||yes|
|Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.):||yes|
|Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest):||yes|
|Hands-free calling with Bluetooth® wireless technology:||no|
|FM traffic compatible:||no|
|XM Navtraffic (includes basic weather) & Radio for U.S. compatible:||no|
|MSN® Direct for U.S. compatible:||no|
|Audio book player:||no|
|Configurable vehicle icons (select car-shaped icons for map navigation):||yes|
|World travel clock, currency & measurement converter, calculator:||yes|
|Headphone jack/audio line-out:||no|
|Garmin Lock™ (anti-theft feature):||yes|
|Additional:||This USB Mass Storage device is compatible with Windows® 2000 or later and Mac OS X 10.4 or later.|
VerdictFull detailed maps of Ireland, the UK, Western and Eastern Europe.
The GPS is a simple navigator - it does not come with Bluetooth®, a MP3 player or traffic information. The screen size is 3.5" diagonal and the integrated high sensitivity GPS receiver makes the nüvi 250 very portable.
Note that the GPS does not have an option to specify a vehicle type when calculating routes so it is not suitable for trucks and camper vans.
RecommendationWhether you choose the standard pack or deluxe pack, the nüvi 250 is excellent value for money.
The single most important accessory is the Leather Carry Case as this is essential to protect the screen. If you can stretch to it we would highly recommend the AC Home Charger and the Portable Friction Mount along with the Deluxe pack.
Our experience is that the home charger is almost an essential accessory as often the charge from the in-car charger or USB cable is insufficient to keep the nüvi's internal lithium-ion battery fully charged or in tip-top condition.
The portable friction mount is great for detering would-be thieves of your sat nav as it does not leave any indication that the vehicle has a GPS system when the car is unattended.