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Garmin Nuvi 215 3.5" Sat Nav with UK and Ireland Maps and Bluetooth

by Garmin

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  • Preloaded street-level mapping for the UK & Ireland with 60-Day nüMaps™ Guarantee
  • Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free calling through your Garmin sat-nav
  • Built-in Cyclops™ speed camera database (includes fixed camera locations and mobile hot-spots)
  • EcoRoute™ optional download – for fuel-efficient navigation to save fuel and money
  • 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sleek design that easily fits easily in pocket.
Travelling to France? New 2012 legislation for French safety cameras. Learn more on the Garmin website (external link)



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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.1 x 2 cm ; 150 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 010-00576-32
  • ASIN: B001E97FT0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 29 Aug 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,313 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Simple, safe, portable and affordable with optional traffic re-routing, the nüvi 215 is your personal travel assistant for life on the go. This simple, safety-minded navigator leads the way with turn-by-turn directions, lifetime traffic avoidance and a unique, advanced safety camera warning system to get you there on time and keep you safe on the road. Packed with up to millions of points of interest (POIs) and maps for the UK and Ireland, the 215 is compact, versatile and easy to use.

Simplicity and safety

Nüvi 215 comes preloaded with City Navigator NT map data for the UK and Ireland. Simply touch the colour screen, key in your destination and nüvi takes you there with turn-by-turn spoken directions, 2-D or 3-D mapping and smooth map updates. Digital elevation maps show shaded contours for an understanding of the surrounding terrain. In addition, nüvi 215 accepts custom points of interest such as traffic blackspots and post offices and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs. With HotFix satellite prediction, Garmin calculates your position faster to get you there quicker.

'Where Am I?' gives you details about your location in a flash. Simply tap the car icon for your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, nearest address, contact details for your vehicle rescue service and directions to the closest hospital, police or petrol station.

Nüvi 215's advanced Cyclops safety camera database helps you travel with the confidence you are driving safely, responsibly and legally. As you approach one of hundreds of fixed, mobile and temporary safety cameras, variable limit or red light speed cameras across Europe, it gives an audible alert, overspeed warning and speed limit information.

Nüvi 215 also comes with Garmin Lock, an inventive anti-theft protection system that uses GPS to lock to a secure location of your choice.

Enhanced navigation

The nüvi 215 comes with photo navigation to revolutionise your sightseeing. Plan trips to landmarks and attractions simply and easily before you set off. Choose and save location-tagged photographs from millions of Google Panoramio pictures in a wish-list of places to visit. Then, at your leisure, select a photo destination on your Garmin for turn-by-turn directions straight to the scene.

Other built-in travel tools include a JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, a currency and measurement converter, calculator and more.

Customise

Personalise your nüvi 215 with your choice of background photograph. To customise your screen further, select a new vehicle icon from the Garmin Garage. With a wide range of wheels including off-road vehicles, motorbikes and classic cars, you can now tailor your Garmin to suit your style.

Compact, bright navigation

Nüvi 215 has a sleek, slim design to fit comfortably in your pocket or purse. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot with up to 4 hours' usage between charges.

View map detail, driving directions, photos and more in bright, brilliant colour. The sunlight-readable 3.5-inch display is easy to view - from any direction.

Nüvi 215: Simple, safe, portable and affordable navigation with traffic avoidance


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185 of 187 people found the following review helpful By J. Fernandez on 6 July 2009
I searched long and hard for the perfect sat-nav, swamped with conflicting reviews and a plethora of features (most of which you'll never use#.
Over the years I've used TomTom #overpriced#, Navman #fiddly and unreliable# and Binatone #don't even go there). Finally, I stumbled across Garmin and all I can say is, "Wow!". Let me tell you why.
Firstly, it is simplicity itself. The 3.5" screen is perfectly compact and taken up almost entirely by the crystal clear map display. Additional trip information (most of which you'll never need) is "hidden", available at the press of a button. Your next direction is clearly displayed at the top of the screen and instead of a boring pointy arrow on the road, you get an actual car! Adding to the ease of use is the road you are travelling on, clearly highlighted in magenta. Additional side roads and streets are all there, but your main route is bright and bold.
In researching sat-navs, I looked at the main differentiators between TomTom and Garmin. The reigning opinion is that Garmin just about leads the way. Why? Because its maps are based upon ordinance survey coordinates and, as such, are much more accurate than TomTom's (which can be several metres out). Garmin is also far more reliable and quicker when it comes to calculating routes.
Taken a wrong route or think you know a quicker route? No problem. The Nuvi 215 recalculates your route with lightening speed and excellent accuracy.
A welcome bonus is the Bluetooth hands-free calling feature, although a word to the wise. Check the Garmin website for a list of compatible phones. This unit will not pair with my Samsung Omnia, so this may be a problem if hands-free calling is a must.

While I've only done a couple of fairly local journeys, I'm thoroughly impressed by the build quality, ease of use and fantastic accuracy of this sat-nav. Look no further if you want a simple, starter kit that actually fulfils the main purpose of sat-nav!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By D. Nicoll on 19 Aug 2010
I was looking for a basic sat-nav produced by a quality manufacturer. After reviewing various products I decided to purchase the Garmin Nuvi 215 unit because it had all the features I required and fell within the price range of > £100. I was very pleased to receive the unit within a couple of days. On unpacking it I noted it's solid appearance and the windscreen mounting bracket snapped together firmly. It was easy to set up out of the car powered by the onboard rechargeable battery (charges when connected to cigarette lighter socket in car). Because of it's relatively small size it was unobtrusive when mounted on the windscreen and did not obscure my vision. Performance on several UK journeys has been excellent! I would definately recommend this item.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L on 7 Nov 2010
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The satnav has a cool in-built handsfree function which connects with your phone via bluetooth.
The mapping device is brilliant and gets you from A-B with no trouble.
However, this system does not seem to be able to get around traffic and show multiple routes to get to places which is really awful when trying to get around the M25 and not through it. So, it's great but always good to have a back-up plan as well or it might take you the long way.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Leong on 23 Oct 2010
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This is my first sat nav. It is user friendly, easy to use, precise guide and spoken instruction. Its bluetooth function is an added feature that I find helpful especially when you are driving. I'll definitely recommended it to everyone who wants to buy a sat nav.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Warner on 12 July 2009
this is very good system easy to use clear mapping has its my first sat nav i cant compare it to any others but im very pleased with it
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bikergran on 28 Nov 2010
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I've resisted buying a satnav until now and this product does exactly what I want it to. Easy to use and compatible with my Samsung Wave! I thought I would get a free case but that didn't come with it so when ordering double check. Follow instructions carefully to link up for updates too. Even then I still think it is excellent value.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Williamb27 on 9 Nov 2009
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A very easy to use budget Sat Nav with very clear instructions from its on board menu
However, I found it was not too good on "Dual roundabouts" in close proximity
It dealt with the first roundabout fine but did not provide voice prompt instructions before I was actually on the second roundabout & I had to make my own decision about which exit to take.
It was also caught out by the One Way System around Bishop Aukland town centre in County Durham, which must have been introduced after the maps were loaded, as it wanted me to take a "No Entry" down a one way street
To sum up, a useful aid to navigation but not to be taken as "Gospel"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By millymoo on 8 Jan 2011
really pleased with the item, very easy to use, has all the main functions and very easy to update, well recommended the price does change on this item so if it goes reduced grab it
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