Garmin Nuvi 205 GPS Review – The Best Entry Level GPS Device

In the past year, advance models like the Garmin 760 has been the best-selling GPS model. Recently, we are witnessing a new trend where basic GPS models are beginning to sell like hotcakes. This may be due to the fact that many high-end GPS models come with lots of features that the average road users would barely use. For that reason, it makes more sense to just pay for what we need.

The Garmin Nuvi 205 has a 4.3-inch screen that displays maps at a 480 x 272 resolution. It is a touch screen with an anti-reflection surface that enable road users to view it easily even under bright sunlight. It has a built-in lithium-ion battery that can give up to 4 hours of battery life.

Like many Garmin GPS devices, the 205 has a gray/black casing, measuring at 4.8 x 0/8 x 2.9 inches and weighing just 6.1 ounces. The SD memory card slot is located on the left side while the USB port and the speaker is located on the back of the device.

The Garmin Nuvi 205 comes loaded with maps of the USA, Canada and depending on where it was bought, an European region. It has the basic ‘Where Am I?’ feature that would instantly reveal the nearest landmarks and addresses around your current location. This model does not come with live traffic updates but you have the option of subscribing to the service if you really need one. I like to have this choice as there are some expensive models out there that comes with this service, regardless of whether you want it or not. Other features include an image viewer, calculator, 3D map rendering and measurement converters.

The Garmin Nuvi 205 is much faster that older models like the Garmin 200. The device was quick to lock on to satellite signals and gave prompt instructions while you are driving. The menu interface that involves several large icons was also very easy to use thanks to the very responsive touch-screen. Costing just around $ 170 at the time of writing, the Garmin Nuvi 205 proves to be an excellent buy, and a more-than-enough GPS device for the average road user.