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Garmin Nuvi 255 3.5" GPS Navigation With Lifetime Map Update

  • Speaks street names
  • Photo navigation
  • Custom POIs

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The pocket-sized Garmin nüvi 255 gives you turn-by-turn voice directions with spoken street names and a touch-sensitive, full-color 3.5" screen, so it’s easy to stay on course! The nüvi mounts quickly with the included suction cup mount and dash disk, and pops off with a gentle tug, so you can take it with you. The Li-ion battery lets you use nüvi to navigate on foot for up to 4 hours between charges, so you can let it lead the charge when you’re making sales calls or out for a day of shopping conquests.

The unit ships with preloaded regional maps and includes a huge database of Points of Interest (POI), like gas stations, restaurants, attractions and parks, and shopping. You can also use the Garmin POI Loader software (free download) to install custom POI, like traffic camera locations and school zones, and then set proximity alerts to warn you when you’re approaching one.

It also supports an FM traffic receiver (receiver and subscription sold separately) to help you avoid sitting in traffic jams. The Garmin nüvi 255 is a slick entry into the auto GPS market with a great price!

  • newegg 3.5” Touch-screen Display Simply touch and go - the brilliant 3.5-inch TFT color, touch-screen display puts navigation at your fingertips and with an impressive resolution of 320x240, the super-bright, white backlit display provides incredible contrast and detailing even in direct sunlight.
  • newegg Get MSN Direct The Garmin nüvi 255 provides access to enhanced dynamic content from MSN Direct including traffic conditions, fuel prices, weather reports, enhanced movie listings and local events (subscription and receiver required).
  • newegg Preloaded City Navigator NT Maps Preloaded with NAVTEQ City Navigator NT street maps of North America and comprehensive points of interest locations, the Garmin nüvi 255 helps make your travel safer, smarter and more efficient wherever you may go.
  • newegg Voice Prompts The Garmin nüvi 255 delivers turn-by-turn voice navigation instructions, so you can focus on driving without the need to check the GPS’ screen for enhanced driving safety on the go.
  • newegg USB Port and microSD Card Expandability Add more maps, street routing and POIs onto your microSD card! With the USB port, downloading data from your PC is a snap.


Portable Navigation Device


High-sensitivity receiver
Warm Acquisition Times
1 sec
Cold Acquisition Times
38 sec
Voice Guidance
Audio Features
Voice prompts (e.g. "Turn right in 500 ft.")

Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.")
Built-in Speaker
Traffic Alert
FM traffic compatible With Lifetime Map Update


Pre-loaded Map
Maps Included
City Navigator NT North America (U.S. and Canada)


Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest)
Auto re-route (fast off-route and detour recalculation)

Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road)

Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.)

ecoRoute (calculates a more fuel-efficient route)
Trip Computer
Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads in the U.S. and Europe)


Support Memory Cards


Screen Size
Screen Format
Display Resolution
320 x 240
Display Features
QVGA color antiglare TFT with white backlight


PC InterFace Supported

Digital Player

Digital Player
Supported Formats


Battery Type
Lithium-Ion Rechargeable battery
Battery Life
Up to 4 hours


GPS System Features
Where Am I? (find closest hospitals, police & gas stations, nearest address & intersection)

Garmin Garage vehicles compatible (download car-shaped icons to your device)

Garmin Garage voices compatible (download custom voices to your device)

Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos)

World travel clock, currency & unit converter, calculator

Garmin Lock (anti-theft feature)

Dimensions & Weight

5.2 oz.

Package Contents

Whats in the Box
nüvi 255
Preloaded City Navigator NT North America (U.S. and Canada)
Vehicle suction cup mount
Vehicle power cable
Dashboard disc
Quick start manual
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 6/14/2011 6:40:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsServes it's purpose

Pros: Good price.
Lifetime maps.
No need for any accessories. Windshield mount included, good enough for me.
Have not had system crash when updating maps that others have mentioned, but then again I take my time and don't try to rush through processes. First update took a while. Updated maps are fairly accurate - I deal with a lot of new subdivisions.
I like it's small size. I don't need a small TV on my dash telling me where to go.
Finds routes very quickly.
Has other features that are neat (fuel economy, max speed - fun, avg time moving, etc) but I will probably never use.

Cons: Don't care for the keyboard, not qwerty.
Also don't care for having to enter the city for every address that I look up. After 3 months of use, I have had to enter a different city maybe twice out of at least a couple hundred entries. Maybe with other models you don't have to, I don't know

Other Thoughts: Bought this as an aid for my second job as a pizza delivery guy. Does pretty much what everything that I wanted it to do. One thing that I useful that I haven't seen mentioned is that you can enter a destination along with a stop before end point. Very useful. Probably on all gps' but as this is my first one, I feel it worth mentioning.

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  • YONG A.
  • 6/12/2011 5:01:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGOT RIP OFF BY NEWEGG

Pros: small size .....

Cons: no real time traffic, screen is too small, does not have eco-route feature, short battery life.

Other Thoughts: i was wondering why newegg was offering this at such a discount price, i had to call Garmin on tech issue and found that this model came out in early 2008, i found a Garmin® nüvi® 1200 GPS Navigation System for 79.99 with free shipping to a store near you. the model numbers go up with newer model so 255 is much older than 1200 which came out in 2011. When i did my first software update it corrupt all my favorites due to the old software from 2008 and when i updated with 2011, the new software was not compatible with 2008. so you are buy a model that is 3yrs, should have some research before i bought this model. i guess newegg needed to dump their old inventory. so do some research before buying a product on newegg or any electronic device - they come with new models frequentely. kind of hard to keep up new products.

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  • Brian H.
  • 3/17/2011 11:01:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsnon-qwerty keyboard :(

Pros: It seems more quick than my widescreen/slightly earlier more.

Cons: Small screen size is a bit difficult and the non-qwerty keyboard makes field-filling quite difficult for me. The Garmin UI still needs a lot of help. Also, no voice selection as other models have.

Other Thoughts: Wasn't a bad deal, especially with the lifetime maps...I may just use the map part of it for my widescreen now though.

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  • Aaron T.
  • 3/11/2011 5:48:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it

Pros: Extremely accurate maps.
Great satellite signal.
Points of Interest are extremely handy and fun.
Has lots great features and you can't go wrong with unlimited map updates.
Nice loud clear voice that tells you where to go and keeps you updated so you don't accidentally miss your turn.
Very easy to setup and get going.

Cons: Nothing major that I can think of. You do have to download Garmin's addons for your browser and follow their instructions, all of which were incredibly simple and don't seem to interfere with regular browsing (using Firefox).

The map update process for my slow internet took about 3 hours, a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

Other Thoughts: This is my very first GPS and I have to say I love it. I've only drove around town with it, basically just playing and getting a feel for it. I was surprised at how extremely accurate the road maps were on the go. Living on the far outskirts of town in the country, the map had pretty much every little twist, turn, even just the minor curves in the road my little country road has.

The accuracy surprised me more than anything. When on a highway, when there's a change in the speed limit, it's not even 1 full second after you pass the speed limit sign that the GPS updates you with that new speed limit. I'm sure this is all pretty standard on many GPS systems anymore, but I feel like I've been living in the dark ages for not having one until now and even the most simple features impress me at this point. I do love it and am going to have lots of fun planning trips with it.

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  • Richard C.
  • 2/16/2011 8:25:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: For the money, great buy. Got this for my father and set it up for him. He loves it. Lifetime maps is a must since you can pay $40 to $60 for a map update otherwise.

Cons: Vehicle suction cup mount doesn't work very, had to go out and get one.

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  • Donald D.
  • 1/24/2011 9:52:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWish I got this sooner!

Pros: Very nice! Found all sorts of new shortcuts when driving across town ... many that I would have never previously considered. Loaded it with Red Light camera warnings, and that's really neat. Easy to set special addresses for friends and businesses, or to mark special locations (e.g. parking spot in a park). Can show you everywhere you've driven with colored lines on the map.

Cons: Sometimes it gets you close to a business, but only to the spot on the major street or road. You've got to navigate through the parking lot, and some parking lots seem to confuse it (it doesn't realize that I'm at the correct business). Also, it tries to route me on the toll roads, but I just ignore it, and it does it 'recalculating' thing.

Other Thoughts: Newegg is spoiling me!

Love Newegg when I get that 1 day (overnight) delivery when I order 3-day! I think the secret is to just order 1 or 2 items. Luckily, I live close to a local warehouse. But, I notice that when I place a large order (more than 5 or 6 items?), my shipment comes from across country and takes up to 6 (or more calendar) days.

My secret: Order small quantities, and order often!

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/21/2011 11:57:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsAnnoying quirks

Pros: -

Cons: Setting this thing up so far has been a pain.

In order to register it, you need to install a plug-in into your browser, which claimed it was going to interact with websites that you visited [no thank you]. I would have preferred a stand alone desktop application. Now that I'm done with registering, this plug-in isnt even showing up in Google Chromes extensions, so I don't know how to get rid of it.

Then I can't easily find out how to figure out what version of the maps are on the device when you upgrade maps to tell if it worked. Again, a standalone desktop application would have been nice where you could just plug the device in, and it would tell you everything about it (firmware version, maps on device, map versions, etc.).

I tried re-upgrading the maps, but it just wants to go through the entire download, configure, install process again (50 minutes)

Other Thoughts: You do get most recent map upgrades when you register, but to me its expected that anything you buy should have access to the most recent maps.

Also, there are simply too many GPS models/versions/options/maps/upgrades that Garmin provides. I feel like I would need to follow the GPS scene 24/7 in order to make an educated decision when buying a GPS device.

I'm giving it two stars, because these are grievances that I want to avoid when buying things.

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  • David M.
  • 1/12/2011 5:36:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Excelent product as always from Garmin. Loads fast, lifetime maps, just what I needed for my job.

Cons: No bluetooth.

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  • Jason B.
  • 1/6/2011 5:41:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat deal!

Pros: - Price ( I got it for $99.99 + free ship)
- Ease of use
- Lifetime maps
- Dashboard mount

Cons: - None so far

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  • Clarence H.
  • 12/3/2010 12:06:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner


Pros: I don't know because I haven't used it.

Cons: Because it did not come with the lifetime map update.

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