We're huge fans of the Garmin Nuvi series of GPS devices, which include the Nuvi 660 and the Nuvi 350. These little bundles of joy (seriously, they're about the size of a deck of cards) can be your navigator and your tour guide; they come with foreign-language dictionaries, currency converters, and the option to add on other travel-friendly features. Now, what we don't love is the jaw-dropping price tags. I don't know about you, but I don't have an extra grand to plunk down for the Nuvi 660. And even if I did, I'd probably use it to buy a plane ticket to Europe, rather than sitting at home and lustfully looking at maps of Spain and Italy on the Nuvi. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way.
Well, it seems Garmin heard our cries because today the company introduced a new family of Nuvi devices that are wallet- and user-friendly. The Garmin Nuvi 200 series includes three models: the Nuvi 200 ($399.99) with preloaded maps of the United States and Puerto Rico; the Nuvi 250 ($499.99), which adds maps of Canada; and the Nuvi 270 ($599.99), which comes preinstalled with maps of the United States, Canada, and more than 30 European countries. All three devices feature a sleeker design thanks to the integrated GPS antenna (previous models had a flip-up patch antenna) and come with a travel kit that includes a built-in picture view, a calculator, a currency converter, a unit converter, and a world clock. Like the Nuvi 350 and 660, you can also purchase the optional Garmin Travel Guide and Garmin Savers Guide software for these devices. The Nuvi 200 series is expected to ship in April, so you can bet we'll be in line for a review.