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Updated: Jul 21, 2014 23:41
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#1
alaScore 100

Garmin Vivofit

While being waterproof, having an always-on display, and a battery that lasts a year make this a...

13 expert reviews | 221 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

TomTom Runner Cardio

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

5 expert reviews | 90 user reviews

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alaScore 99

TomTom Multi-Sport

With that, I'm looking forward to seeing how the unit matures over the coming months. Ultimately...

28 expert reviews | 493 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Garmin Dash Cam 20

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

2 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

TomTom Runner

We really liked how easy it is to set goals and the intuitive visual feedback you get on how...

24 expert reviews | 561 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 97

Garmin Nuvi 3597

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

10 expert reviews | 1360 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 97

TomTom Go 5000

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

3 expert reviews | 330 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 96

Garmin 010-01066-00

This is the first time I have bought something from amazon that I ,am not happy with. I read many...

1 expert reviews | 99 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 96

TomTom GO 6000

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

6 expert reviews | 652 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Garmin Nuvi 2597

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

4 expert reviews | 2483 user reviews

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alaScore 95

TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio

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

6 expert reviews | 79 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 94

TomTom Start 60M

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

15 expert reviews | 988 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 94

Garmin Forerunner 620

Helps you get scientific about your running, but you’ll pay for the privilege

3 expert reviews | 135 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 93

Escort Passport 8500ci Plus

Our all-new receiver incorporates advanced military technology called Digital Signal Processing...

2 expert reviews | 105 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 93

MIO CYCLO 505

The Mio Cyclo leaves us feeling torn. Despite the quality of the device and the sensor abilities...

4 expert reviews

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#16
alaScore 93

TomTom GO 600

You also get lifetime updates to the maps that came with the device - either UK or EU, depending...

3 expert reviews | 498 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 92

Suunto Ambit

The Suunto Ambit is an incredibly powerful piece of outdoor tech, and in some ways is a victim of...

6 expert reviews

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#18
alaScore 92

Garmin zumo 390LM

Just installed it in my car. It has terrific graphics. It was easy to use on my four hour road...

1 expert reviews | 70 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 92

Garmin nüvi 3590LMT

Good, But Not A Whole Lot Different Than Previous Models

11 expert reviews | 1129 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 92

Netgear ReadyNAS 314

Easy to manage storage for your office

4 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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alaScore 92

TomTom GO 1005 LIVE Europe

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

41 expert reviews | 1802 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 91

Garmin eTrex 30

I chose to rate it 5 stars because it is so well made and does it's job so well. I will use it...

1 expert reviews | 83 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 91

Garmin Nuvi 2797

The Garmin Nuvi 2797LMT contains several advanced features that give you a more complete...

4 expert reviews | 1283 user reviews

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alaScore 91

Garmin Nuvi 2595LMT

With its improved interface, the Garmin Nuvi 2495LMT (Advanced Series) is as easy to use as...

13 expert reviews | 5808 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 91

TomTom VIA 5" Advanced Lane Guidance Portable GPS (1EN501906)

With so many people using good smartphone GPS turn-by-turn navigation apps, there are still good...

3 expert reviews | 307 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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