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Updated: Sep 16, 2014 03:27
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Garmin vívofit

Garmin's simple and functional activity band is easy and low-maintenance, which makes it one of...

17 expert reviews | 244 user reviews

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Garmin Forerunner 15

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

7 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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TomTom GO 60

A next-gen TomTom for a lot less cash

4 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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TomTom Runner Cardio

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

11 expert reviews | 50 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 | 4 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 | 1 user reviews

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TomTom Runner

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

25 expert reviews | 598 user reviews

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TomTom Multi-Sport

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

29 expert reviews | 413 user reviews

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TomTom GO 50

The TomTom Go 50 is a great satnav with lots of useful features, but we'd like to see menus that...

4 expert reviews | 31 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...

2 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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Garmin Nuvi 3597

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

11 expert reviews | 1379 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 | 2545 user reviews

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TomTom Go 5000

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

3 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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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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TomTom GO 6000

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

7 expert reviews | 113 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 | 66 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...

6 expert reviews | 47 user reviews

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Cobra iRadar ATOM

With the aid of your smartphone and an app, the compact Cobra iRadar Atom is a powerful tool for...

3 expert reviews | 74 user reviews

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Escort Passport 8500ci Plus

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

2 expert reviews | 112 user reviews

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Garmin Nuvi 2595LMT

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

14 expert reviews | 5860 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...

15 expert reviews | 128 user reviews

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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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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 | 255 user reviews

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Garmin nüvi 3590LMT

Good, But Not A Whole Lot Different Than Previous Models

11 expert reviews | 1131 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

41 expert reviews | 255 user reviews


    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.


    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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