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Updated: Feb 5, 2016 09:00
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#1
alaScore 100

Garmin nüviCam

This is a premium-level product and you get a lot of features for the money, but it also seems...

11 expert reviews | 366 user reviews

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Garmin eTrex Touch 25

The Garmin eTrex Touch 25 has all the main features, a friendly interface, and a keen price for...

1 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Pioneer AVIC-8100NEX

The flagship AVIC-8100NEX isn't just the top of Pioneer's line, it's one of the best, most fully...

2 expert reviews | 80 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Garmin Nuvi 2599 LMT

With TomTom practically giving their full-featured Android app away these days, it really feels...

5 expert reviews | 426 user reviews

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alaScore 95

TomTom GO 5100

The TomTom GO 5100 takes over from its predecessor as the top premium 5-inch sat-nav option.

3 expert reviews | 293 user reviews

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Garmin NÜVI 2689LMT

The Garmin Nuvi 2689 LMT is a strong performing navigator with loads of smart features that help...

3 expert reviews | 862 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Garmin NÜVI 65LM

The voice commands are clear, and include both the road number and its name, alternating between...

3 expert reviews | 1369 user reviews

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alaScore 94

TomTom Go 5000

TomTom has done it again. As a straight navigation device, it doesn't come any better.

8 expert reviews | 1324 user reviews

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alaScore 94

TomTom GO 50

The TomTom Go 50 is a great sat nav for the price – for which you get a big screen, lifetime...

9 expert reviews | 1022 user reviews

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alaScore 93

Garmin Nuvi 2597 LMT

The Garmin nüvi 2597LMT ($249.99 direct) inherits many of the positive characteristics of its...

7 expert reviews | 7686 user reviews

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alaScore 93

TomTom Start 50

Even though the Start 50 M has a few advanced features, it still misses the mark with the lack of...

4 expert reviews | 328 user reviews

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alaScore 93

TomTom GO 6000

If you're after excellent navigation, a traffic system that's second to none and all on a big...

17 expert reviews | 770 user reviews

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alaScore 93

TomTom GO 60

The TomTom Go 60 gets TomTom's great new interface and map graphics, something we really...

6 expert reviews | 659 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 92

Garmin Nuvi 3597LMT

The Nuvi 3597LMTHD continues to refine Garmin's brand of navigation with premium design and one...

12 expert reviews | 1451 user reviews

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TomTom GO 610

The Go 610 is a nice piece of kit, but ultimately some of the UI decisions and the shiny screen...

2 expert reviews | 76 user reviews

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alaScore 91

Garmin Edge 1000

The Garmin Edge 1000 has more functionality than any other bike GPS, including a few features...

4 expert reviews | 98 user reviews

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Garmin NÜVI 2589LMT

Garmin's updated premium Nuvi GPS keeps things simple, and that's a big plus, but its lack of...

1 expert reviews | 584 user reviews

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TomTom Start 25M

I submitted a good review earlier, but that was before I tried to use it in my Transit. The...

3 expert reviews | 1052 user reviews

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Garmin Edge 810

There is a lot to like about the Edge 810, as it offers nearly everything a serious cyclist needs...

15 expert reviews | 435 user reviews

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alaScore 91

TomTom GO 500

The TomTom GO 500 adds handsfree capabilities to an already impressive set of GP features.

19 expert reviews | 788 user reviews

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Garmin NÜVI 44LM

The Nuvi 44LM is a basic car GPS unit. It contains most essential features, along with a few...

2 expert reviews | 34 user reviews

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Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX

Pioneer's flagship AVIC 8000NEX boasts dozens of media and navigation options -- including the...

1 expert reviews | 102 user reviews

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Garmin Dash Cam 20

With a bit of tweaking, the Garmin Dash Cam 20 is a (mostly) silent witness that watches the road...

3 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

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TomTom Start 60M

This widescreen unit does navigation very well, with information organised succinctly, and just...

17 expert reviews | 291 user reviews

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Tomtom Via 135 M

It's 1st use was to get from Calais to Abruzzo, Italy. Fantastic - clear all the way.

5 expert reviews | 1404 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - GPS

    Global Positioning System technology was originally developed for use by the military, to help soldiers, sailors, and pilots find their way in unfamiliar terrain quickly and effectively. A GPS device uses 3D positioning information from a network of thirty satellites orbiting the Earth to tell you where you are. The most basic models (now out of date) would simply provide your coordinates – it was up to you to plot them on a map. Today's more sophisticated models offer a variety of maps and interactive overlays that are useful for any number of applications.



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    Why Should You Buy a GPS?

    There are so many uses for GPS systems that they have become an indispensable technology for millions of people. GPS systems are most commonly used by drivers, through in-car navigation systems that ensure you can never get too lost for too long. These GPS navigation systems can provide to and from locational directions, real-time traffic warnings and updates, and show you the location of helpful stops, including gas stations, malls, schools & parks, and many more. Newer models incorporate MP3 and DVD options into one convenient package.

    Handheld GPS devices are helpful for those who travel by foot, or are active in the outdoors. Simple mapping tools, identical to the ones in automobile GPS, tell you where you're going. GPS apps for hunters can provide an overlay that shows terrain features and game trails. GPS apps for fishermen can give weather and tide information, as well as navigational depth charts. The number of helpful applications grows each day.

    What to Look for in a GPS

    Display Size – For use in a car, you will want a large bright screen, with easily-accessed control buttons. For handhelds, a large screen is a convenience that may be superseded by the need for portability and durability.

    Map Resolution – Street level maps are the ideal level of resolution, but some manufacturers charge extra for this level of detail. Portable models can usually be connected to a PC, and the necessary maps can be downloaded at your convenience.

    Accessories – Voice-activation and hands-free technology is perfect for drivers who want to be able to input information without sacrificing safety. A unit with a more powerful antenna will improve signal reception and be quicker to respond when powered up or regaining contact. Alternate mounting kits can provide additional convenience in unit placement. Additional maps, applications, and overlays are often available for purchase, providing greater versatility.

    The best advice is to pick a GPS device with the capabilities that best suit your individual needs – let your lifestyle be your guide.

    Popular GPS Brands

    Garmin, Magellan, and TomTom are the three most popular automotive GPS systems – they each have a large number of choices available, and higher end models include all of the latest accessories. Garmin and Magellan also have numerous entries in the market for handhelds, including fishing and marine devices.

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