Garmin Nuvi 250 - Full European mapping - £105.60 delivered @ Handtec
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Garmin Nuvi 250 - Full European mapping - £105.60 delivered @ Handtec

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Found 1st Mar 2008
Great entry level GPS with touchscreen and full European mapping

Latest NT2008 maps. Choose Standard 2-4 days delivery for this price

Placed my order on Monday night and was delivered on Wednesday morning!

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Nice unit, bought the widescreen version a few weeks ago, no complaints. As mentioned in the posting "latest NT2008 maps", nevertheless make sure the unit supplied has indeed got up-to-date 2008 maps. I gather there are units being sold at knock down prices with older 2007 maps pre loaded.

Up-dates via the Garmin web site can be had but it will probably cost £30 or so.

If you have bought one and want to check that you have latest maps......go into "settings" scroll down and press "map" and along the bottom of the screen press "map info". It should read "City Navigator Europe NT 2008".

Just noticed this comment in the specifications

"Please note: Like most USB Mass Storage devices, this product is not compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT or Windows Me. "

Strange as I use a number of USB storage devices on my ancient Win98SE system without issues, so just a heads up for anyone like me who uses the older operating systems

sabreliner;1653663

Nice unit, bought the widescreen version a few weeks ago, no complaints. … Nice unit, bought the widescreen version a few weeks ago, no complaints. As mentioned in the posting "latest NT2008 maps", nevertheless make sure the unit supplied has indeed got up-to-date 2008 maps. I gather there are units being sold at knock down prices with older 2007 maps pre loaded.Up-dates via the Garmin web site can be had but it will probably cost £30 or so.If you have bought one and want to check that you have latest maps......go into "settings" scroll down and press "map" and along the bottom of the screen press "map info". It should read "City Navigator Europe NT 2008".



Updates are free if you bought them after the release date of the latest maps, at least according to the website.

For another £1.16p I would rather buy from Amazon and will probably have the latest mapping installed. Of interest the Garmin 250w is actually cheaper than Handtech at £35 inc at Amazon.
amazon.co.uk/Gar…8-2

I've just bought the widescreen one from amazon for £114.99 (this is the lowest that amazon have had it for sale). The price keeps going up and down but if you pop it into your basket it will tell you if the price has changed the next time you log in. Also, with amazon, if the price goes down further in the next 30 days they will refund you the difference.

B33fy;1653817

Just noticed this comment in the specifications"Please note: Like most … Just noticed this comment in the specifications"Please note: Like most USB Mass Storage devices, this product is not compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT or Windows Me. "Strange as I use a number of USB storage devices on my ancient Win98SE system without issues, so just a heads up for anyone like me who uses the older operating systems



98 and 98SE are largely different. 98SE was the first windows to add support for them.

cassieismydoggie;1654309

I've just bought the widescreen one from amazon for £114.99 (this is the … I've just bought the widescreen one from amazon for £114.99 (this is the lowest that amazon have had it for sale). The price keeps going up and down but if you pop it into your basket it will tell you if the price has changed the next time you log in. Also, with amazon, if the price goes down further in the next 30 days they will refund you the difference.




I've reasearched Sat Navs sooooo much over the past 3 weeks that I'm totally sick of them.

In the end I went for the TomTom 520 (Music edition), with the optional traffic module) because....

I wanted text to speech (ie instead of "turn right ahead" , you get "turn right ahead at Church Rd")
I wanted long battery life (some are getting 4 hours plus)...this saves having to connect up power cord in the car (unless you're going on a long journey)
Quite like the idea of an FM transmitter...you can put a hulking big capacity SD memory card into the TomTom 520 & it'll play your MP3s back on your FM radio & lower the music to give instructions.
I want to know that when I leave the house, I'm going to be locked onto satellites within 30 seconds (Tomtom have the facility to update the unit from your PC, telling it the latest coordinates of the satelllite which means the unit locks on to the them incredibly fast)
TomTom = smooth scrooling (as opposed to the screen 'jumping' that some Nuvis do (that would drive me potty)

Having seem them all in the flesh, to my eye at least, the TomTom was the neatest solution by a margin.

I also read a few negatives along the lines of "Why do I need the extra widescreen size to show me roads/streets I'm just passing on the side of the screen!"

best deal I could find was on Amazon, where if you add in the TomTom traffic module you get a £17 discount upon checkout. Therefore about £192 intotal *with* the traffic update module - you also get a £10 itunes voucher (which will go straight on Ebay!). Also if they reduce their price in the next 30 days, I'll be knocking straight on their door.

Not wishing to say anything bad against TomToms specifically, but as an ex coach driver of 7 years, any colleague who was working with me actually prefered my Garmin i3 and later Nuvi 250 over there own (usually TomTom) Sat Navs. Generally it was agreed the Garmins where more accurate and often gave a better route and were more up-to-date in reality. Just my and 20 or so colleagues opinion for what its worth. Voted Very Hot (though would prefer Amazon to be honest).

czechoslovakia;1656364

Not wishing to say anything bad against TomToms specifically, but as an … Not wishing to say anything bad against TomToms specifically, but as an ex coach driver of 7 years, any colleague who was working with me actually prefered my Garmin i3 and later Nuvi 250 over there own (usually TomTom) Sat Navs. Generally it was agreed the Garmins where more accurate and often gave a better route and were more up-to-date in reality. Just my and 20 or so colleagues opinion for what its worth. Voted Very Hot (though would prefer Amazon to be honest).



Have to agree 100%......I use Garmin navigational equipment in the aviation world (as well as in my car) and it has to be as good as it can reasonably get.

Have never come across TomTom in the cockpit :thumbsup:

sabreliner;1656674

Have to agree 100%......I use Garmin navigational equipment in the … Have to agree 100%......I use Garmin navigational equipment in the aviation world (as well as in my car) and it has to be as good as it can reasonably get. Have never come across TomTom in the cockpit :thumbsup:



That'll be the yankee connection.

Garmin = US
Boeing = US
Bloke who procures the kit = US

I don't think TomTom are that big in the US.

HankMcSpank;1656685

That'll be the yankee connection.Garmin = USBoeing = USBloke who procures … That'll be the yankee connection.Garmin = USBoeing = USBloke who procures the kit = USI don't think TomTom are that big in the US.



No yankee connection here. Born in the UK live in the UK.

I dont say TomTom make poor kit by any means its just in my experience Garmin are the greater force. When your life can depend on how well certain Garmin equipment works you tend to be a tad bias!

Born in the UK, live in, erm, the Czech Republic.....
The only reason i upgraded from the Garmin i3 to this was because it was pretty much the same price as buying the maps for the i3! Have to say, this is great. Hungry whilst in Boulogne after getting off the ferry? Tap in Italian and it ill take you to wonderful pizza place - pizzas the size of bin lids... really! Get tired whilst driving half way across Europe it`ll take you to the nearest Formule 1. Or Hilton if you prefer. Never need to buy another European Atlas or Town Plan again. Marvelous. How much is a TomTom with Euro maps?
Oh yes, one more thing, the battery in mine lasts around 5 hours and even after moving 1000miles before switching it on again, only a 5 second wait to lock on.

Da mugshots

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/store/assets/images/products/010-00621-00/en/rf-lg.jpg

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/store/assets/images/products/010-00621-00/en/sc-01-lg.jpg

Does no one want a pink one from Comet/Laskys for £99


http://www.laskys.com/pic/205x205/42/49/424927.jpg

sabreliner;1656757

No yankee connection here. Born in the UK live in the UK.I dont say … No yankee connection here. Born in the UK live in the UK.I dont say TomTom make poor kit by any means its just in my experience Garmin are the greater force. When your life can depend on how well certain Garmin equipment works you tend to be a tad bias!



No, I meant Garmin! (US brand, US airliners ....& in the main yanks are fairly patriotic & will try & procure US goods where possible...hence their market [enetration in airliners)

As it goes, the features of Satnavs all tend to be fairly equal at the various price points - I guess, for those without any brand loyalty, it more or less comes down to whichever model has the hottest deal at any given time.

To be fair Garmin have been involved in the aviation world for years and it is a very specialist area. You will however find their equipment in all types of aircraft worldwide not just American made. From the humble handheld used by your average private pilot to the latest avionics found in modern commercial aircraft. I guess I take the attitude that if a company can produce excellent cutting edge avionics....buying a Garmin road sat nav for your car will be a fairly safe bet.

The photo shows an example of the multi function Garmin G1000 avionics suite found in a light aircraft, everything you see in the primary displays for the pilots is made by them.

http://www.gpsmagazine.com/assets/garmin_g1000.jpg

I think at the end of the day you get which one suits your needs the most.
I chose the 250w because I wanted a good quality unit that had a widescreen, was simple to use, good battery life and european mapping at a good price. Didn't need bluetooth or fm/mp3 compatible as I have all that already in my car.
Garmin came out tops for quality and like previously mentioned - if it's good enough for aircraft, then it's good enough for me.
Can't fault it (and a better price than an equivalent tom tom)

I bought this model from Halfords (£114.99) and got it delivered on tuesday. I've just tested it and it's absolutely brilliant. Got me to four new destinations with no problems. I'm a newbie to Satnav and making a choice on various models is confusing so I stumped for this one (mainly because of the interface).

You have to register with mygarmin to receive the free 2008 maps. They sent me an emailing saying I will receive a DVD within the next 6-8 weeks!!

Handtec has some bad reviews on the internet so make sure you check them out before ordering.

Go into any Halfords store and ask them whether Garmin are more reliable than Tomtom and they will almost certainly say yes!
Garmin manufacture the whole unit so have complete control of quality, TT use several sub cintractors and purely assemble. Ask in Halfords how many returns they get from Garmin compared to TT.
And if anything does go wrong with a Garmin, Halfords will replace it from stock whereas TT's have to go back for repair.
As far as map updates go, anyone registering a unit between 01/12/2007 and 31/05/2008 will get free udates and although they quote 6-8 weeks I got mine in less than 2.
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