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Lost Again? Need Directions?

Reviewing: Garmin Nuvi 260 W  |  Rating:
bnbscully By bnbscully on
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What do you get a guy who has everything? I started thinking about a Christmas gift for my fiance in the summer because he has everything! One day he asked his father if he could borrow his GPS unit and upon arriving home he was pretty impressed on how well it worked, so there it was... his Christmas gift... a GPS! But which one?

A Best Buy store opened in September in the same parking lot where I worked- so, in I went and could not believe all of the choices for GPS systems! With so many choices and not knowing really anything about these things I asked a Best Buy employee to help me. I explained that I wanted a unit for the vehicle and I wanted something that had big buttons for my fiance's large fingers. There were still so many to choose from with prices from $100 to over $1000! He made me more confused then when I started! I narrowed my choices: I chose a Garmin because we use Garmin products on our salt water boat and the Garmin product has proven to be very reliable, durable and accurate. Then narrowed my price range to $250 and ended up with the nuvi 260W. I was so excited about my purchase, I told my fiance's father. He explained to me that I probably could have purchased it for less, we looked online at Ebay and yes, the same unit could be purchased for $175!! I was a bit upset but I had already purchased the item and Best Buy charges a "restocking fee" so I kept the unit.

My fiance right away started setting it up and playing with the Garmin GPS navigation and wanted to test the operation of the unit. We love it!! It is exactly what we needed. I say "we" because I used it for my son's traveling wrestling team and I always get lost-but not anymore!! This nuvi 260W is great! I really have no experience with navigation units, but it is very easy to work even without reading the owners manual! The mount was easy to mount on the inside of the windshield, you put the display onto the mount, plug the power cables into display and plug other end into your car power outlet, the unit turns on and follow the directions. The display is large enough to see but small enough not to block your road vision. The prompts are easy and setting the address or place of interest is a piece of cake. You can look for places of interest like restaurants, banks, gas stations, etc.. It does not have buttons, it has a sensitive touch screen. The volume is adjustable to your liking. It has a lock feature, adjustable screen brightness and you can even go online to www.garmin.com/extras for additional features or accessories.

This is a great product if you tend to get lost out of your travelling comfort zone. It sets a travel route for you, tells you your approxiamte time of arrival, shows you a clear bright map with street names, talks to you giving you direction and distance to make a turn and if you make a wrong turn, it will recalculate the directions and approximate time of arrival.

I am sure the Garmin nuvi 260W navigation unit can do more than I know, but as for now, no more being lost or late, I now have "fool-proof" directions!