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GPS Reviews

Updated: Dec 8, 2018 21:21
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#1
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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 | 216 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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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 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 | 324 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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TomTom VIA 52

The TomTom VIA 52 is a capable satnav, although you need a smartphone for the traffic service and...

4 expert reviews | 478 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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alaScore 94

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 | 563 user reviews

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alaScore 93

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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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 | 743 user reviews

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alaScore 93

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 93

Garmin nüviCam

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

15 expert reviews | 473 user reviews

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alaScore 93

TomTom Runner Cardio

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

26 expert reviews | 1289 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 | 1589 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 | 46 user reviews

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Garmin Drivesmart 50LM

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

2 expert reviews | 174 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 | 1301 user reviews

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alaScore 92

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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alaScore 92

Garmin etrex Touch 35

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TomTom GO 5100

The TomTom GO 5100 takes over from its predecessor as the top premium 5-inch sat-nav option.

6 expert reviews | 809 user reviews

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TomTom GO 6100

The TomTom Go 6100 is a 6-inch sat nav that comes with traffic services built in, helping you...

4 expert reviews | 380 user reviews

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alaScore 92

Garmin Forerunner 630

It's been almost two months since Garmin announced the FR630, alongside the new Garmin FR230...

6 expert reviews | 62 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 | 2117 user reviews

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TomTom GO LIVE 1005

: The Go Live 1005 is a fine peripheral GPS device that shows how far the breed has come over the...

51 expert reviews | 1075 user reviews

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Garmin DRIVE Smart 61 LMT-D

The Garmin DriveSmart 61 Europe LMT-D packs tons of features into a 7-inch sat-nav that isn’t...

3 expert reviews | 24 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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