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Garmin nuvi® 200

Portable car navigation system

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Item #: 150NUVI200

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Take a trip across town or across the country — you can count on the reliable portable navigation of the Garmin nüvi 200. With preloaded maps of the continental U.S., Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, you'll find the nüvi 200 is at home just about anywhere. Just enter your destination's address, or choose from 5 million preloaded points of interest. You can even go online and upload your own custom points of interest, such as school zones or favorite roadside picnic areas.

Take a trip across town or across the country — you can count on the reliable portable navigation of the Garmin nüvi 200. With preloaded maps of the continental U.S., Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, you'll find the nüvi 200 is at home just about anywhere. Just enter your destination's address, or choose from 5 million preloaded points of interest. You can even go online and upload your own custom points of interest, such as school zones or favorite roadside picnic areas.

The nüvi 200 includes Garmin's trademark travel extras, such as world travel clock with time zones, currency and measurement converters, calculator, and more. A built-in digital picture viewer lets you enjoy your vacation photos — just slip your personal Secure Digital™ (SD) memory cards into the SD card slot. You can also purchase SD cards from Garmin with travel guides and coupons to aid you on your journeys. Garmin's security feature prevents unauthorized people from accessing your itinerary or personal information.

This is my first unit that I've owned even though I used others and it's simplicity and accurate info makes it so easy the use.

Kent, Dodge City, KS

What's in the Box:

  • Portable GPS navigation receiver
  • Suction-cup mounting bracket
  • Mounting cradle
  • Hard plastic mounting disk with self-adhesive base
  • Cigarette lighter adapter with attached 6' cable (5V/1A)
  • "Set Up and Go!" quick reference guide

Product Highlights:

  • GPS satellite navigation unit with built-in antenna
  • suction-cup windshield mount and dashboard disk
  • JPEG picture viewer
  • car power adapter and built-in rechargeable battery with 5 hours of life
Navigation features:
  • 3.5" (320 x 240 pixels) touchscreen control
  • 5 million points of interest
  • preloaded with maps of the continental U.S., Hawaii, and Puerto Rico
  • WAAS-enabled GPS receiver
  • allows custom points of interest
  • built-in travel kit including world clock, currency and measurement converters, calculator, and more
  • security feature allows you to disable most functions with a user-entered password
  • multi-destination routing: allows 1 stopping point
  • SD card slot
Other features and specs:

Garmin nuvi® 200 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(12 Reviews)


Kent from Dodge City, KS on 8/5/2008

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This is my first unit that I've owned even though I used others and it's simplicity and accurate info makes it so easy the use.



Tops in it's Class

Troy from EC, WI on 7/3/2008

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This is my first GPS - after reading up on the different brands I went with the Garmin. It was the right choice. Easy to use, updated maps, perfect size, good battery life - what's not to like?



Gets you to where your going

Melissa from Tennessee on 6/29/2008

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The GPS gets you to where your going. However, if you use the points of interest it may not be the correct address. We were trying to find the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston and the GPS took use to the wrong address. Thankful I had the new address printed out.



Garmin is king!

Danny from Miami, FL on 6/28/2008

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I recently purchased the Garmin Nuvi 200 because I needed an entry level GPS unit for travel. This unit is excellent! It is extremely accurate when considering points of interest, roads, and directions. It will not take you in circles while recalculating routes due to missed turns. This unit is ultra reliable and portable. It is a big upgrade from the older "tube TV" style units. If you need a basic GPS device that will get you from point A to point B, do not hesitate in purchasing the Garmin Nuvi 200. (You will not be disappointed)



Exceptional value, love this GPS

Chris from Cape Coral, FL. on 5/29/2008

This GPS may be entry level, but it has a LOT of great features. Compact design, easy to use, and really accurate. So many POI's, which outdoes all other brands in this price range. 5,000,000 plus POI's preloaded, where as the other brands are 1mil to 3mil if you are lucky. I like Garmins support, and website also, a lot of help there. Another awesome thing is, when I got this Garmin the other day, I went online at, to register it. When I did, I got a FREE 2009 map upgrade. Simple to do, took a bit to load, but worth it, hey... It was FREE. Overall I would not trade it for any of the other GPS units in the same range as this one. Buy one, you'll love it.




Aaron from Fargo, ND on 5/28/2008

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This unit is simple and plain, which is all I was looking for. I have been disappointed, however, at the lack of some POIs that do not exist, even in the most recent version of the maps. For example, the school that my daughter has attended for the last 9 months is not listed. After our long road trip this summer I'll get a better idea of how valuable this unit really is.



Garmin nuvi® 200

Vito from bronx ny on 5/18/2008

Great little item never had a problem with it. The only reason it's not 5 stars is because it does not say the streets names. Besides that i would highly recomend it.



Just GPS

chris from Anderson, IN on 4/1/2008

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All I needed was a GPS, If this is YOU ? This is all you need, It will take you where you want to go. Just that simple. The screen is a perfect size for windsheild mounting( I put mine up by the rear view mirror). I would highly recomend this GPS for everyone. I got one for my wife, she feels more secure out on the road, just knowing it's there for her. Bottom line, best gps for the money.



Garmin nuvi® 200

James from Sumter, SC on 2/18/2008

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Great little unit. I replaced another model with this for the increased screen size. Graphics and on screen info are much easier to read. The only reason I took away one star was due to shorter battery life than the other model(which was over 12 hours) and the fact you cannot change the voice. Eveything else considered, I like this unit very much and would highly recommend it.



This is my 5th GPS

Susan from Holland, MI on 9/25/2007

I have had 4 other GPS units from the days when they were essentially marine units with some roads on them. My last unit was a Garmin 3600 Palm unit that was great for 4 years and then died. When I had to replace it I realized that I really needed good routing and not all the "glitzy" toys that some of the more highly priced units had. The Nuvi 200 has performed extremely well during my past six weeks of travel on the road. I would highly recommend this unit for someone wanting to know how to get somewhere or looking for something around a "target".



Good unit for the money

Pete from Rochester, NY on 9/6/2007

No need to spend the extra money for additional features you don't need. I have used the Nuvi 350 as well as the 200 that I currently own and they both work the same way. The 350 does come with a home charger and a case which is nice but it is not worth the extra cash in my opinion. Who needs a photo viewer and MP3 player on a navigation unit anyway. This thing is supposed to tell you where to go not play your rap music through a weak speaker and display your family photo album on slide show as you drive. Overall a very good unit that should provide years of good service.



Great Value for the $$$$

Mat from Essex, VT on 7/8/2007

Purchased this unit for a trip to ME, we had two weddings to attend on the same weekend in opposite parts of the state. The unit is incredibly easy to use, takes about 10 min to figure out. Just type in an address on the touchscreen, and you are on your way. Added features like "points of interest" (Shopping, food,hotels, gas) when you are in a strange city are incredibly helpfull (you can even search by name if you want a specific store, it told us where the nearest Target's were for a 500 mile radius). The suction mount is very strong, and the unit can run off its own battery or your cigerette lighter. The next unit up has some blah features and Canada maps, but do yourself a favor, buy this one and just download the maps from Garmin's web site! For the $$$, you can't be beat, it found our hotel in the middle of nowhere ME!!! Only real negative I have on the unit, it only comes with the car adaptor, so you can't charge the battery at your house first.... but it will charge in the car as you drive, so th first trip, plan on plugging into the cigerette lighter. For the $$$, you can't go wrong, its accurate, fast to initialize, durable and light!




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Features and Specs

Maps Built-in
Map Coverage Lower 48 USA, Hawaii, PR
Points of Interest 5,000,000
Multiple Destination Routing No
Screen Size 3.5"
Widescreen Yes
Bluetooth Capable No
Photo Viewer ---
Digital Audio Playback ---
Text To Speech No
Voice Control No
Traffic Information No
Dynamic Content Services ---
Removable Memory Type SD card
Battery Life 5 hours
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Product Overview: The nüvi 200 is a portable GPS navigator and entry-level personal travel assistant that provides automatic routing, turn-by-turn voice directions, and touch screen control. In addition to these navigation features, the nüvi 200 can display JPEG photos.

Internal Memory: The nüvi 200 comes with an internal memory for storage of supplemental maps and photos. When the unit is connected to your computer, the nüvi 200 is recognized as an additional drive.

SD Memory Slot: The nüvi 200 has an SD memory slot for additional map data from optional SD memory cards. The unit can also display photo images from an SD memory card.

Map Software: The nüvi 200 comes loaded with City Navigator NT software, which contains mapping detail of the contiguous United States (lower 48), Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. The maps feature nearly 5-million points of interest (POIs), such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and attractions.

WAAS: WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) is a system of ground reference stations across the US that correct for GPS inaccuracies caused by orbit and clock drift, as well as signal delays due to atmosphere and ionosphere conditions. WAAS can be turned off if you prefer.

Garmin Lock: Garmin Lock is an anti-theft feature. You can set a 4-digit PIN and a security location (such as your home or office). Every time the nüvi 200 is powered on, you must enter the PIN, or drive to your security location. Two Garmin Lock window decals are provided to place on your vehicle to prevent theft of the nüvi 200.

Touch Screen Display: The unit features a bright, 3.5" (diagonal) LCD with touch screen controls. The display has a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, with an aspect ratio of 4:3 and 16-bit color. The screen has a manual brightness adjustment.

Custom Points of Interest: The nüvi 200 will accept custom points of interest (POI) databases, available from various companies on the Internet. Some custom POI databases contain alert information for points such as safety cameras and school zones, and the unit can notify you as you approach one of these points. To download custom POIs, you will need the Garmin POI Loader software, available on Garmin's website.

Information Pages: The information provided by the nüvi 200 is found on various display screens called pages. The pages give you the following information:

  • Map:
    • Indicates real-time moving map illustrating your current position and intended route
    • Shows map scale and geographic details such as lakes, rivers, highways and towns
    • Allows you to zoom, pan, and point using the touch screen controls
    • When you are following a route, your arrival time is displayed in the lower left corner, the distance to the next turn (Turn In) is shown in the lower right corner
    • When you are simply driving while viewing the Map page (not following a route), your speed is shown in the lower left corner, the direction you are driving is shown in the lower right corner
  • Trip Information:
    • Shows current compass heading while moving
    • Indicates current speed, average driving speed, overall average speed, maximum speed
    • Calculates driving time, stopped time and total time
    • Displays overall distance traveled (odometer) and distance to your final destination
  • Current Route:
    • Displays a list of turn-by-turn instructions for your entire route as well as arrival information
    • Shows direction of each turn and distance
  • Next Turn:
    • Shows the next turn on the map and the distance and time left before you reach the turn

Where To?: During navigation, you can search for places by pressing the Menu button, then Where To? You can select an Address, Points of Interest, Recently Found, Favorites, Extras, Intersections, Cities, and Browse Map. You can also access Spell Name for direct entry of your new destination, or browse the map. You can search for locations near your present location (default), select a different city, near your current route, or near your destination.

Route Preferences: When calculating a route, you can select the following preferences: faster time, shorter distance, or off road.

Avoid: You can program the unit to avoid certain things that may be undesirable on your route. Examples of things that can be avoided include U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes, Ferries, and unpaved roads.

Waypoints: You can manually mark and name any map position as a waypoint for later recall. Up to 500 waypoints can be saved into memory.

Map Orientation: You can select one of three map orientation displays:

  • 2D Track Up: two-dimensional map that constantly displays the route from top to bottom on the screen
  • 2D North Up: two-dimensional map that always displays North at the top of the screen
  • 3D Track Up: three-dimensional map that constantly displays the route from top to bottom on the screen

Screen Color Mode: You can select one of three color modes for the display screen:

  • Daytime: has a lighter, brighter background
  • Nighttime: has a black background, easier to see at night
  • Auto: display automatically switches between daytime and nighttime at sunrise and sunset

Indoor Use: When indoors, you can activate the built-in simulator and practice using the unit. This turns off the GPS receiver so it's not searching for satellites.

Vehicle Icons: The default on-screen icon representing your vehicle is a blue sports car. In the menu you can change to a blue pickup truck, a blue hatchback, or a blue 3D arrow. You can also download other vehicle icons from the Garmin website, such as a car with stripes or flames, dirt bike, snowmobile, tank, RC buggy, RC truck, Garmin Man, Maposaurus, Santa's Sleigh, Sport bike, sports car, monster truck, compact, street bike, or 3D arrow. Some of the vehicles and icons come in multiple colors.

Picture Viewer: The nüvi 200 can display photo images (JPEG files). The image files must be stored on an optional SD memory card or transferred to the internal memory.

World Clock: The world clock allows you to display the current time for four locations throughout the world. You can also display a map of the world showing which portions are in daylight and which are in darkness.

Currency Converter: This feature allows you to update the currency rates manually so you are always using the most current information.

Unit Converter: You can convert area, distance, speed, temperature, volume, and weight.

Calculator: The calculator allows you to perform simple arithmetic.

Power Requirements: The nüvi 200 operates on your vehicle's battery using the included 12-volt cigarette lighter power adapter, the built-in Lithium-Ion battery, or household current using an optional AC adapter. The Lithium-Ion batteries provide up to 5 hours of use. Stored data, such as waypoints or unit settings, are not lost when the unit is disconnected from a power source. The battery takes approximately 4 hours to charge.

Antenna: The unit has a built-in antenna in its top panel. In order to obtain an optimal signal, the unit must have an unobstructed view of the sky. It the unit is mounted in a vehicle with a coated windshield or an in-screen heating system there may be difficulty in obtaining a good signal.

Mounting Options: The unit should be securely installed when used in a vehicle. The unit comes with a mounting bracket that includes a suction cup. The suction cup can be used to mount the unit to the windshield or to the dash (using the plastic mounting disk). Once the nüvi 200 is mounted, it can be adjusted on the ball-and-socket bracket for best visibility. The unit must be installed where it has a relatively unobstructed view of the sky.

Interface Capability: This unit can be connected to a PC via USB cable (not included). This interface allows you to download additional map information to the unit's flash memory. The unit has a standard Mini-USB Version 2.0 jack.

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