Garmin nuvi 295W navigation device made official; to come sporting WiFi and autofocus camera

May 13, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Garmin has announced its latest navigation device, the WiFi enabled nuvi 295W. The device sports the looks of a smartphone, but has features that resemble a nuviphone, also includes a 3 megapixel camera and an MP3 player with a headphone jack. 

The Garmin nuvi 295W has a 3.5-inch touchscreen that automatically changes itself to portrait and landscape view modes. Other than the navigation functions that are standard on a nuvi navigation device, the gadget also comes with extra apps, such as a calendar, stopwatch, calculator and check list. An email client as well as a text-to-speech converter is also part of the device’s features.

The nuvi interface, although slightly toned down from the standard version, contains applications, such as Google Local Search. It also enables users to directly view email attachments, such as PDF and Microsoft Word documents from the device’s interface itself. A currency converter, picture viewer and a weather forecast display have been incorporated in the  interface.

The nuvi 295W comes with apps and features created by Garmin. The Locate feature enables the location of a vehicle to be automatically saved by the device when it is removed from its dock. While pictures can be downloaded by the user from Garmin Connect, custom voice and vehicle icons for the nüvi 295W can be downloaded using the Garmin Garage.

The device will come preloaded with maps of North America and the package will contain a suction-cup mount for use in vehicles as well as cables. The nuvi 295W can be pre-ordered via Amazon for $280, though the device is set to officially release on May 16.

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