I just looked at Garmin’s website to see what is available at a moderate price. I counted 46 – that is forty-six models of Nuvi, and most of them have the following features:
This is a very affordable model at $159.
nüvi® 2250 – Affordable, get-around-town navigator preloaded street maps for North America, lane assist, myTrends™, optional lifetime traffic, speaks street names, Where am I?, photo navigation, ecoRoute™, pedestrian navigation options
What is “optional lifetime traffic”? I’ve had just about enough traffic for my lifetime, but they DO say it is optional. Lane assist is good, but what are “myTrends”? Spoken street names is a feature I definitely want. “Where am I?” If I need this feature I am definitely lost, and I try to not get THAT lost. I can barely take my eyes off the road long enough to glance at the screen, and I’m not sure if photo navigation would be my safest bet. I’d like to know more about ecoRoute, but don’t think I would use the pedestrian navigation options.
If I am willing to spend $239 I can get lifetime maps in addition to lifetime traffic. You get the picture – 46 different models of Nuvi alone to choose from, with varying levels of complexity, including 3D terrain maps and speech recognition, neither of which I can figure out why I would want in a GPS.
What I do want is to get rid of the crabby woman who currently directs me, and get a sexy man’s voice, preferably with an Italian accent!