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Portable Gps Navigation: Use in All of Your Vehicles

Jun 6, 2008
The addition of portable GPS navigation in your vehicle is relatively inexpensive especially when compared to the overpriced dealership charge that comes when you order a factory navigation system. After market units use the most current technology and maps to help you get where you want to go with the greatest accuracy.

A portable GPS navigation system provides lots of options, besides giving directions. You can use all sorts of items, such as an iPod, cell phone and TV applications. Buying these items as add-ons is really the way to go. These systems provide more than just directions, though. Many of them attach to your windshield and run from the vehicle's battery. A big bonus of these systems is that they can go just about anywhere- just plug them in to the outlet in your car and go!

Some Garmin portable GPS units also have built-in batteries to provide you with navigation even without an external power source. The popular and versatile Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS Navigator comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that will last up to 8 hours on a single charge. Although it has a good size screen it is compact enough to fit easily in a pocket or purse. The Garmin Nuvi 350 Personal Travel Assistant provides much more than directions; it has an Mp3 player, an audio book player and much more.

One more type of GPS is referred as in-dash. It usually has a touch screen, allowing you manual entry of your destination information. Such a device can be installed in place of the radio that came with the car so that it is controlling the whole sound system.

With systems designed to fit both standard and big radios it is now possible to find a system for any vehicle. Options like Bluetooth, iPod integration, satellite radio and TV tuners let you to outfit your vehicle with all the options at a fraction of the cost that your dealership would charge you.

You will have the best chance of finding your destination if you put in as many points of interest as you possibly can. The units come preloaded with maps but you can update the information by downloading more current maps onto a hard drive with a DVD or SD Card. Whichever way you choose the maps are loaded once the DVD or Card is inserted into the unit. As the area that you travel changes these new maps can be purchased to reflect the growth and modifications in any given area.

The newer portable GPS units offer convenience, affordability and more advanced functions than earlier models. They may include such features as internal, rechargeable batteries, pre-loaded North America map databases and real time traffic reporting.

There are take-along GPS systems that are available at all cost levels. For a little money, you can avoid getting lost in the future, as well as have the entertainment and usefulness factor of a GPS.
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Portable GPS navigation is now affordable and very useful. The Garmin Nuvi 350 Personal Travel Assistant gives you more than just directions. Its features include an Mp3 player and an audio book player!
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