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Updated: Sep 25, 2016 00:11
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Garmin Forerunner 735XT

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

6 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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Garmin Fenix 3

Nothing's ever perfect, but the Garmin Fenix 3 HR gets as close to perfection as possible with...

16 expert reviews | 688 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...

6 expert reviews | 216 user reviews

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MIO Mivue 658

The Mio MiVue 658 is with free delivery.

1 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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TomTom Spark Cardio + Music

Conclusions The TomTom Spark Cardio + Music fitness tracker is a good choice for music-minded...

5 expert reviews | 44 user reviews

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TomTom Start 52

" easy to use, simple instructions. "

2 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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Garmin DriveLuxe 50LMT (010-01531-11)

With the competition from various modern mediums competing for the navigation market, Garmin’s...

1 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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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...

13 expert reviews | 448 user reviews

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TomTom GO 6100

Potentially this has all the ingredients to be the best SatNav to date, it has an expandable...

3 expert reviews | 289 user reviews

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TomTom GO 51

The TomTom GO 51 is a capable, reasonably priced satnav. Just add a smartphone for great traffic...

4 expert reviews | 38 user reviews

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Garmin Epix

The Garmin Epix might be the company's only watch-based mapping option but it's clear the...

2 expert reviews

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Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D

The Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D combines a decent dashcam with a very good satnav for a reasonable...

1 expert reviews | 24 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...

9 expert reviews | 753 user reviews

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Garmin nuvi 50LM

Highly recommended. This is without a doubt the best entry level navigator Garmin has ever...

3 expert reviews | 8648 user reviews

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Garmin Forerunner 15

Its lack of Bluetooth notwithstanding, the affordable Garmin Forerunner 15 is otherwise a great...

17 expert reviews | 1361 user reviews

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TomTom Spark

The TomTom Spark is a compelling sportswatch offering plenty of features for fitness fans...

9 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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TomTom GO 61

" This is my first TomTom after many years using Garmin. I changed because of the cost of map...

2 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio

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

23 expert reviews | 1131 user reviews

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TomTom Rider 400

If you’re in the market for a motorcycle GPS that will free you from the worry of missing exits...

3 expert reviews | 265 user reviews

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Garmin eTrex Touch 25

The Garmin eTrex Touch 25 has all the main features, a friendly interface, and a keen price for...

2 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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Garmin nüvi 58LM

A simple offline sat nav device for the car that's very capable but could do with a graphical...

1 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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Garmin vivofit

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

32 expert reviews | 2085 user reviews

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TomTom Runner 2

The TomTom Runner 2 Cardio + Music is a competent sports watch that lets you listen to music...

1 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

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TomTom VIA 52

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

1 expert reviews | 84 user reviews

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Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT-D

The Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT-D is a capable satnav, although the built-in traffic isn’t quite as...

1 expert reviews | 15 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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