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This review is from: GARMIN nüvi 205 3.5" GPS Navigation
Pros: I have successfully used this unit to drive from New York to Los Angeles and back on more than one occasion. I have also used it to travel in both cities and it has never led me astray.
The interface is simple and intuitive. It's very easy to use, even while driving (although you should avoid doing so. Safety first.)
The POI (point of interest) system is really useful and helpful for finding things like gas stations and food.
I would recommend this unit for anyone looking for a GPS system. I bought one for my dad and for my girlfriend's father.
Cons: These are minor issues, but...
I live in Southern California and the GPS voice mispronounces some of the street names. (Cahuenga, Tujunga, Canada without the "Spanish N," etc.)
The clock in the nuvi 205 doesn't automatically reset when crossing time zones.
It can sometimes take a few seconds to acquire a satellite when you first start it up, especially when you start in a garage. It's harder to acquire while moving, so if you wait a second in your driveway (or wherever) it will pick you up.
These are really minor issues and don't really affect my assessment of the product.
Other Thoughts: I used to work as a Production Assistant and had to drive all over LA every day. This thing was invaluable.
It could theoretically be used as a handheld personal GPS, but it's kind of bulky for that task.
You won't miss the MP3 function. There are probably about 46 devices in your home that are better suited to play MP3s anyway.
Interesting Anecdote: I was driving through Illinois late one night and I needed gas. The POI system pointed me to a gas station but it was closed when I got there. I went to the next station it recommended but it was closed too. I finally asked a woman at a 24-hour grocery store and she told me it was illegal to sell gas in that county after 10pm (or maybe it was 11). The Nuvi 205 will not tell you these things - then again you wouldn't expect it to.
I use it every single day and would recommend it to anyone.
Pros: Fast, easy installation. Great price. Popped it in a refurbished Gateway ML6720 and it works fine.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: I bought a computer (http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16834101118) and all the reviews recommended I add more RAM, so I ordered this. It took me about 10 seconds to pop it in and it worked fine. I'm pleased so far. Great speed/cost ratio.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is an excellent laptop for the price (just under $500). I would recommend it to anyone.
Cons: Windows Vista. This was my first experience with Vista and it didn't start out too well. I heeded everyone else's warning and installed 2gb's of RAM right out of the box. I would recommend everyone else do the same.
Other Thoughts: I bought this computer for my girlfriend, who knows nothing about computers. When it came I booted it up and Vista started installing. It was very slow. After about 4 hours I realized the computer had frozen and I rebooted it. I ended up having to install Vista from the CD and then the wireless modem didn't work. I had to search for the appropriate drivers and reinstall them. It took me most of the day to get it to work, but for this price it's worth it.READ FULL REVIEW