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GPS Reviews

Updated: Nov 18, 2017 22:47
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#1
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TomTom GO 5200

The TomTom Go 5200 is a wonderful top-of-the-range sat nav that is a pleasure to use, with a bevy...

5 expert reviews | 162 user reviews

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Garmin Forerunner 735XT

The Forerunner 735XT is an exceptional watch for serious triathletes, but there are better and...

11 expert reviews | 119 user reviews

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alaScore 98

TomTom GO 6200

The Go 6200 is part of a new range of sat navs from TomTom. It's the most expensive of the 2017...

4 expert reviews | 256 user reviews

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TomTom VIA 53

Easy to use with a decent touchscreen and connectivity options, the TomTom Via 53 doesn't...

4 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

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alaScore 97

TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music

The TomTom Spark 3 is an excellent runner's watch. It has built-in GPS and heart rate monitoring...

6 expert reviews | 66 user reviews

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Garmin Forerunner 235

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

14 expert reviews | 915 user reviews

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alaScore 95

TomTom Adventurer

The TomTom Adventurer has some neat additions over the Spark 3, but it's still missing a few...

9 expert reviews | 55 user reviews

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Garmin Forerunner 35

The Forerunner 35 is a great, light, attractive, water resistant smartwatch that looks as good as...

7 expert reviews | 227 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT

Garmin has a great reputation in the GPS space, and the DriveAssist 50LMT is no slouch. If you...

2 expert reviews

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Garmin vívofit 3

The Vivofit 3 is a solid, simple fitness tracker that does the basics well. After wearing a GPS...

10 expert reviews | 287 user reviews

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alaScore 93

TomTom Go 520

The TomTom Go 520 is a smart sat nav that may need a phone to unleash its full potential but it's...

12 expert reviews | 507 user reviews

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alaScore 93

TomTom Start 52

The TomTom Start 52 is an entry-level sat nav with a 5-inch screen. It lacks some of the features...

4 expert reviews | 198 user reviews

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alaScore 93

Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S

The Garmin DriveSmart 61 Europe LMT-D packs tons of features into a 7-inch sat-nav that isn’t...

2 expert reviews | 57 user reviews

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alaScore 93

Magellan - RoadMate 6630T-LM 5" GPS with Built-In Camera, Lifetime Map...

Though it's missing a couple important features, the Magellan RoadMate 6630T-LM has a variety of...

2 expert reviews

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Garmin Tactix

Seems like an excellent watch but I only had it for 3 days before I had to return it. It should...

3 expert reviews | 129 user reviews

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TomTom VIA 62

The TomTom Via provides a good mix of features for the price. Opt for the smaller Via 52 and...

5 expert reviews | 326 user reviews

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TomTom Spark Cardio + Music

TomTom put GPS, heart rate monitoring, and 3GB of on-board music storage in one clunky fitness...

21 expert reviews | 90 user reviews

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alaScore 92

Garmin DriveSmart 70LMT-D

Though it has a steep price tag, Garmin’s DriveSmart 70LMT is a top-notch GPS full of premium and...

2 expert reviews | 49 user reviews

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alaScore 92

Garmin etrex Touch 35

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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...

15 expert reviews | 474 user reviews

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TomTom VIA 52

The TomTom VIA 52 is a capable satnav, although you need a smartphone for the traffic service and...

2 expert reviews | 327 user reviews

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TomTom Runner Cardio

For now though, the TomTom Runner Cardio is undoubtedly one of the best options out there for...

27 expert reviews | 1306 user reviews

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alaScore 92

Suunto Spartan Racer / Sport / Sport HR

The surprisingly sparse Spartan Sport looks expensive…but is too expensive.

2 expert reviews | 16 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...

13 expert reviews | 773 user reviews

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alaScore 92

Garmin vivofit

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

42 expert reviews | 2232 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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