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Updated: Jul 26, 2016 22:31
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Garmin Forerunner 235

The Garmin Forerunner 235 offers the best value for serious and casual runners looking for an all...

7 expert reviews | 214 user reviews

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Garmin Fenix 3

Nothing's ever perfect, but the Garmin Fenix 3 HR gets as close to perfection as possible with...

16 expert reviews | 676 user reviews

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Garmin Vivoactive

The Vivoactive HR's versatile, multipurpose function and design make it one of the better smart...

23 expert reviews | 938 user reviews

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Garmin Forerunner 735XT

Conclusions Garmin continues to impress with its Forerunner series, crafting fitness trackers for...

4 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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TomTom Spark Cardio + Music

Conclusions The TomTom Spark Cardio + Music fitness tracker is a good choice for music-minded...

5 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

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Garmin nüviCam

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

13 expert reviews | 443 user reviews

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TomTom GO 51

The TomTom GO 51 is a capable, reasonably priced satnav. Just add a smartphone for great traffic...

3 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

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Garmin Epix

The Garmin Epix might be the company's only watch-based mapping option but it's clear the...

2 expert reviews

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Garmin nuvi 50LM

Highly recommended. This is without a doubt the best entry level navigator Garmin has ever...

3 expert reviews | 8643 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...

2 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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Garmin Vivofit 2

The always-on display and long battery life make the Garmin Vivofit 2 an appealing alternative to...

10 expert reviews | 750 user reviews

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Garmin nüvi 58LM

A simple offline sat nav device for the car that's very capable but could do with a graphical...

1 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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TomTom Spark

The TomTom Spark is a compelling sportswatch offering plenty of features for fitness fans...

8 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio

Overall, I'm impressed with it. While I'd love to see the option to enable heart rate recording...

23 expert reviews | 1103 user reviews

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Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT-D

The Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT-D is a capable satnav, although the built-in traffic isn’t quite as...

1 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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Garmin nüvi 68LMT

The Garmin Nuvi 68LMT doesn't have any premium features, but it does have excellent navigation.

1 expert reviews | 160 user reviews

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Garmin Forerunner 15

Its lack of Bluetooth notwithstanding, the affordable Garmin Forerunner 15 is otherwise a great...

15 expert reviews | 1357 user reviews

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TomTom Runner Cardio

The TomTom watch is really a runners watch, that happens to bike and swim on the side. So in many...

20 expert reviews | 1272 user reviews

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Garmin vivofit

I was mostly satisfied with the Jawbone UP24 and didn't think much about looking for another...

30 expert reviews | 2073 user reviews

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TomTom GO 61

" Great item brilliant clarity with 6" screen easy to set up very accurate with destination "

2 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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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 | 86 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...

4 expert reviews | 1034 user reviews

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TomTom GO 5100

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

4 expert reviews | 641 user reviews

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Garmin nüvi 58LMT

Though it lacks some useful features, the Garmin Nuvi 58LMT has all the essentials you'll need in...

1 expert reviews | 159 user reviews

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Garmin Nuvi 2599 LMT

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

5 expert reviews | 589 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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