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Garmin Nuvi 265W Widescreen Satellite Navigation System with Full EU Mapping and Bluetooth

by Garmin

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  • Street-level mapping for UK&ROI, Eastern and Western Europe (42 countries) 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)
  • Text to speech calls out the names of upcoming road names on the route
  • 4.3 inch wide touchscreen display, sleek design that easily fits easily in pocket.

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 2 x 7.4 cm ; 172 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 010-00575-11
  • ASIN: B001E97FU4
  • Date first available at 29 Aug 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,855 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Simple, safe, portable and affordable with optional traffic re-routing, the nüvi 265W is your personal travel assistant for life on the go. This simple, safety-minded navigator leads the way with turn-by-turn directions, optional 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 Europe, the 265W is compact, versatile and easy to use.

Simplicity and safety

Nüvi 265W comes preloaded with City Navigator NT map data for Europe. 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 265W 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 265W'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 265W 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 265W 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.


Personalise your nüvi 265W 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 265W 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 4.3"-inch widescreen display is easy to view - from any direction.

Box Contains

  • Nuvi 265W
  • Vehicle suction cup mount
  • Vehicle power cable
  • USB Cable
  • Dashboard Disk
  • Quick start manual

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    3.9 out of 5 stars

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    378 of 382 people found the following review helpful By Nicki on 20 Dec 2008
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    It was actially simple, smooth, and intuitive once you find the help section. After the first set up of locating satellites, which is a little slow, thereafter it is really fast.

    It was all ready to go, with battery charged to a low level, so you need to give it a full charge before going too much further. YOu can do this by the included USB computer link, or the in-car charger.

    The screen is bright, maps clear , can include incredible detail if select "more" for detail. Or you can have as little as you like. I really like the neatness of the machine, simple layout of icons, clarity of the map, the details and gave it a try on a local journey. (I do not like suction mounts, but if you use them it looks a very neat one, I did not try it.) The spoken instructions are very clear and completely accurate-issofar as I've tried it- down to the distance before turns, and include road names. I personally would find this a huge help, especially in my work as often have to drive at night.

    Sadly, there is one "but.." I discovered as I was reading the HELP section in more detail, trying to find out how to use the "smart traffic avoidance" as quoted in the product description, and "for life", that it is not inbuilt as implied.
    This was really one of the important reasons for my choice of this machine. This does not appear to exist, with this machine, so I feel very let down. Because there is so little documentation, you don't know this until you get to this stage.

    It has a LOT going for it, and -unless I can find a simple way of subscribing to a traffic subscription with minimal expense, it is going back.
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    118 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Kay on 11 Mar 2009
    I work on field and i had been given a new area to work at. I decided i needed a sat nav as now i have no pateince with a to z's. did extensive research and decided NOt to get a tom tom as its far too common and i wasnt getting much for my money. So, i settled for this. well what can i say, its probably the best gadget i have ever bought. very simple to use, u dont even need a manual. the bluetooth is not great if u want to connect ur mobile to it, but it only takes a millionth of a second to track satellites and tell me of my route. recalculating route is just as fast! for me its God sent, flawless. Points of interest is very accurate, and the lady who talks is not annoying and very clear in what she is saying. its battery life is very good. and up until now, the sat nav has not taken me into a river or over a hill ! i would highyl recommend it. Also AMazon prime got me this within one day - first unit seemed like a custonmer return and i so i returned it back and amazon got me the replacement unit within 18 hours! great. also DO not order additional cables... the box comes with one.
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    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By NCRC on 23 Mar 2009
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    This was my first entry into the sat nav world and overall very happy.

    Its directions and accuracy seem to be spot on, screen is clear and very simple to use for a novice. Has thousands of pre-loaded points of interest which I wasn't that bothered about at first but now find really useful - for instance ferry ports, hospitals, theme parks etc - which means you don't have to look up addresses and then load in. I bought it also for the EU mapping and I have no doubt this device will make a forthcoming drive to France completely stress free compared to the usual frantic scrabbling around with maps,strange signs, and barrelling off in the wrong direction. Pluging in your favourites and then getting directions to them is a breeze. All in all it is easy and enjoyable to use. Doesn't sulk if you ignore it - just rapidly re-calculates your route.

    My only critisism is the bluetooth compatability. As mentioned by another reviewer, some phones have the "wrong sort of bluetooth" to work 100% with this device. My Nokia E61i wouldn't work at all until I downloaded some new software for the phone, and the Garmin. This is despite Garmin's website assuring it would all work fine and even giving detailed instructions on how to pair them! It works now, of sorts, though it won't synch contacts which is a pain. However, I don't know whether the issue is in Garmin's or Nokia's technology. I would advise taking your phone and using Halfords or somewhere to ensure it all works OK before buying if this function is important to you, as info on the websites can be misleading. Another minor moan is that they don't supply a full manual. You can print it out from the website but then you have 60 odd sheets of A4 - which is not great for a car.
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    31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Pryke on 8 Mar 2009
    I took delivery promptly as usual from Amazon. Very pleased with the product. Its very user friendly and the wide screen is clear and sharp. When loading the infrormation to Register with Garmin the maps were completely wiped off the unit. I hasten to add that this was my fault and not Garmins. I telephoned Garmin service, they said they would put a replacement in the post and that I should return the unit to them. The next day I receive a 265WT complete with 'Traffic' upgrade. It has become a much used 'Friend'
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