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GPS Reviews

Updated: Aug 3, 2015 11:43
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#1
alaScore 100

Garmin Fenix 3

An impressive sports watch from Garmin that is only let down by its price. Casual users should...

7 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Garmin nuviCam LMTHD

A Swiss Army GPS unit

2 expert reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Fitbit Charge

Sure, FitBit’s Charge isn’t for everyone, but it’s a great fitness band for your average Joe who...

22 expert reviews | 3866 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire

Smartwatches are getting all the attention lately, but there's another very popular category: the...

2 expert reviews | 48 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Garmin NÜVI 2599LMT-D

A very solid sat nav that's particularly useful if you need lots of cannily curated Points of...

2 expert reviews | 34 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Garmin vivofit

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

22 expert reviews | 1359 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 96

Garmin NuviCam LMT-D (010-01378-04)

You pay a lot for the Garmin NuviCam LMT-D but your money gets you a state-of-the-art sat nav and...

1 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 94

TomTom Go 5000

All the different methods for finding a destination have been combined into one Search facility...

4 expert reviews | 190 user reviews

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alaScore 94

TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio

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

14 expert reviews | 627 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 94

TomTom GO 50

The TomTom GO 50 marks the introduction of weather warnings, but the great value it represents...

6 expert reviews | 282 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 94

Garmin NÜVI 44LM

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

2 expert reviews | 23 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...

3 expert reviews | 57 user reviews

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alaScore 92

TomTom GO 60

The TomTom GO 60 provides some seriously premium features for a mid-range price, although the 4.3...

3 expert reviews | 312 user reviews

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alaScore 92

TomTom Runner

I really liked what TomTom has done with this GPS sportwatch. This would be great for those who...

25 expert reviews | 1475 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 91

Garmin Nuvi 3597LMT

The Garmin nüvi 3597LMTHD ($379.99 direct) is the best automotive GPS navigation device you can...

9 expert reviews | 1123 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 91

Garmin NÜVI 2689LMT

Very easy to use and works great it is a great unit

1 expert reviews | 340 user reviews

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alaScore 91

Garmin Nuvi 2597

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

5 expert reviews | 4816 user reviews

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alaScore 91

TomTom GO 6000

With more people slipping a smartphone into their pocket, and most now offering free turn-by-turn...

12 expert reviews | 312 user reviews

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alaScore 91

TomTom GO 500

Reliable maps, Excellent traffic information, Quick response times

18 expert reviews | 282 user reviews

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alaScore 90

Garmin GPSMAP

Only had it a week..used it once at Lake Mohave...Could use a larger screen...but then that would...

1 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

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alaScore 90

Garmin Edge 810

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

13 expert reviews | 175 user reviews

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alaScore 90

Magellan Cyclo 505

The Cyclo 505 has excellent sensor compatibility, as well as smartphone pairing and automatic...

2 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 90

TomTom Start 60M

If you need to get from A to B and don't like the idea of using your tiddly mobile phone's screen...

17 expert reviews | 241 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 90

TomTom GO 1005 LIVE Europe

Fantastic live services and design, but this new 5-inch TomTom isn't without its niggles

48 expert reviews | 792 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 90

Garmin NÜVI 52

The Nuvi 52 isn't a bad GPS, but it doesn't do a whole lot to justify its asking price. For not a...

2 expert reviews | 38 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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