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GPS Reviews

Updated: Jul 2, 2015 00:22
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Garmin Fenix 3

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

7 expert reviews

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Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire

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

2 expert reviews

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TomTom GO 50

The resistive touchscreen is a little antiquated, but TomTom's Go 50 offers a lot of other good...

7 expert reviews | 297 user reviews

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TomTom GO 60

A next-gen TomTom for a lot less cash

4 expert reviews | 295 user reviews

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Garmin nüvi 2599LMT-D EU

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

2 expert reviews

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Garmin Nuvi 3597LMT

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

10 expert reviews | 1103 user reviews

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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 | 15 user reviews

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Garmin Nuvi 2597

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

5 expert reviews | 3032 user reviews

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TomTom GO 6000

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

13 expert reviews | 299 user reviews

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Garmin NÜVI 2689LMT

Works great right out of the box. Graphics are sharp!

1 expert reviews | 285 user reviews

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TomTom GO 500

Reliable maps, Excellent traffic information, Quick response times

18 expert reviews | 271 user reviews

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TomTom Go 5000

The five-inch member of TomTom's new range is pure navigation at its best

4 expert reviews | 118 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 | 7 user reviews

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TomTom Start 60M

The TomTom Start 60 Europe is easily one of the best sat navs we've reviewed. The large screen...

19 expert reviews | 237 user reviews

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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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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 | 146 user reviews

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Garmin Nuvi 52LM

While lacking the advanced features of more expensive satnavs, the Nuvi 52LM is good value at the...

3 expert reviews | 2180 user reviews

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Garmin GPSMAP

Very good chart/GPS for a good price

1 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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Garmin Nuvi 2595LMT

Product not yet tested by PCMag editors.

18 expert reviews | 5878 user reviews

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TomTom GO 1005 LIVE Europe

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

48 expert reviews | 729 user reviews

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Garmin nüvi 55

With more and more free map and traffic apps available, is it worth buying a GPS device anymore...

2 expert reviews | 43 user reviews

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TomTom GO 600

With mapping apps becoming more and more popular, standalone GPS devices have to set themselves...

4 expert reviews | 122 user reviews

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TomTom GO 40

The GO 40 brings TomTom's brilliant Traffic services down to an even more affordable level...

3 expert reviews | 39 user reviews

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Garmin Nuvi 3597

As such, other premium devices, such as the top-of-the-range TomTom or Navman GPS systems, are...

3 expert reviews

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Garmin zumo 390LM

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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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