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GPS Reviews

Updated: Dec 8, 2019 17:13
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Fitbit Versa

The Fitbit Versa is the best fusion of smartwatch and general fitness tracker under $200, if you...

12 expert reviews

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TomTom Start 20M

Loses signal a lot, meaning often have to rely on phone to get me to where I want to go. Liability,

3 expert reviews | 2490 user reviews

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TomTom Start 25M

New one is excellent, received the next day when asked for a replacement

4 expert reviews | 3591 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...

9 expert reviews | 218 user reviews

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Garmin etrex Touch 35

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TomTom GO 61

The 6-inch TomTom Go 61 sat nav comes with lifetime world maps, smartphone-enabled traffic data...

4 expert reviews | 12 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 | 64 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 VIA 135 / 135 M

TomTom's Via 135 launches the company's surprisingly effective Speak & Go voice control system.

16 expert reviews | 2112 user reviews

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TomTom GO 6200

The Go 6200 is part of a new range of sat navs from TomTom. It's the most expensive of the 2017...

5 expert reviews | 323 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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Garmin eTrex 20

Despite some early bugs, I like the eTrex 20, and think it will be a good first unit for all...

5 expert reviews | 845 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...

7 expert reviews | 447 user reviews

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TomTom GO 51

In the car, the 3.5-inch display is outclassed by 6- to 8-inch in-console panels of the factory...

9 expert reviews | 43 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 | 561 user reviews

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TomTom Golfer 2

The TomTom Golfer 2 can calculate distances and view hazards on over 40,000 golf courses worldwide.

7 expert reviews | 81 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 | 127 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 | 474 user reviews

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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 | 312 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 | 1245 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 | 748 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 | 1462 user reviews

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Garmin eTrex 10

Highly recommended. The eTrex 10 is the best starter GPS for geocachers on the market. You can...

5 expert reviews | 1037 user reviews

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Garmin DriveAssist 51 LMT-D

The Garmin DriveAssist 51 LMT-D is unlike anything we've ever tested before - it's a sat nav and...

2 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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Garmin Nuvi 2599 LMT

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

6 expert reviews | 1300 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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