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GPS Reviews

Updated: Aug 17, 2018 22:59
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Garmin Vivoactive 3

A weak vibration alert cripples the otherwise powerful Garmin Vivoactive 3.

24 expert reviews | 306 user reviews

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TomTom GO 5200

The TomTom GO 5200 has everything you need in a sat-nav, and now includes Wi-Fi-delivered...

8 expert reviews | 230 user reviews

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Polar M430

While we had our nitpicks with it, namely the need to use the Polar Flow desktop app and its...

9 expert reviews | 149 user reviews

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Garmin Forerunner 30

Hold on, I know what you're thinking: Didn't the Forerunner 30 come out last year?

5 expert reviews | 222 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...

5 expert reviews | 34 user reviews

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TomTom GO 6200

The TomTom GO Professional 6200 takes the already impressive GO 6200 sat nav and adds specific...

7 expert reviews | 337 user reviews

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Polar M600

If you're in the market for an excellent running watch with a heart rate monitor that also counts...

26 expert reviews | 222 user reviews

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TomTom Adventurer

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

11 expert reviews | 70 user reviews

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TomTom Go 520

The TomTom GO 520 provides Wi-Fi updates and great Live Traffic, although you’ll need to add your...

13 expert reviews | 566 user reviews

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TomTom Golfer 2

The TomTom Golfer 2 is an on-course asset and only software bugs prevent it from receiving a...

6 expert reviews | 84 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...

4 expert reviews | 510 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...

8 expert reviews | 461 user reviews

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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...

3 expert reviews | 137 user reviews

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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 | 268 user 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 | 128 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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Garmin Drivesmart 50LM

The 5-inch Garmin DriveSmart 50LMT-D has hands-free functionality and plenty of smartphone...

3 expert reviews | 106 user reviews

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Garmin etrex Touch 35

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Garmin nüviCam

In the end, the Garmin NuviCam is an ambitious product that does everything it sets out to do...

15 expert reviews | 474 user reviews

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TomTom Runner Cardio

TomTom GPS sport watch with built-in Heart Rate Monitor : TomTom introduces the new Runner Cardio...

26 expert reviews | 1299 user reviews

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Suunto Spartan Racer / Sport / Sport HR

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

2 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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TomTom Runner

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

35 expert reviews | 2919 user reviews

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TomTom Multi-Sport

From a technological standpoint, TomTom's sport watch isn't as cutting-edge as those that roll...

38 expert reviews | 1599 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 | 1028 user reviews

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Garmin DriveLuxe 50LMT-D

The Garmin DriveLuxe 50LMT-D is a feature-rich and attractively designed premium sat-nav.

2 expert reviews | 17 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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