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GPS Review

For the winter holiday this year I recieved a Garmin Nuvi 265WT. It is super important to me that the interface is designed to not be something that a user needs to think about. I don't want to be distracted by it while I am driving. I like that it works as a bluetooth device for my cell phone. I suppose the biggest reason to upgrade was my curiosity about the NAVTEQ FM traffic capabilities.

NAVTEQ works by consistently evaluating traffic on the road you are on or the route you are being guided on. If it finds an epic snarl it will announce it and reroute you to avoid it. The down side is that the FM service is paying for itself by serving tiny pop up ads on the GPS occasionally. They are pretty easy to ignore but if it would piss you off to see advertising you can opt to do traffic through your cell signal and pay for it monthly instead. (I cannot speak to the quality of that service as I have not tested it.) I have saved enough time in traffic since December to justify the expense already.

I give it a 7 on my gadget rating scale.