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What Other Car GPS Reviews Don't Tell You

Aug 21, 2008
If you've checked out other car GPS reviews, the only thing you probably got was a ton of confusion. And while finding the GPS system that's right for you can be a bit complicated, hopefully you'll feel more informed after reading this article.

Since their introduction to the consumer market two years ago, prices of GPS units have dropped substantially. You may be able to get a model with more features than you think for a lot less money than you think. To help you figure out what you want, we'll talk about the main manufacturers, the various models available to you, and how much you can expect to pay.

Certainly, there are a number of companies who make GPS receivers, but the top three are Garmin, Tom Tom, and Magellan. Garmin is by far the industry leader, with almost 50% of the total market. They offer a wide selection of products at different price levels. Tom Tom, a newer company, is making its mark in the industry by offering low prices. Magellan was one of the original companies to make GPS units. With a great company name and tons of great products, it's hard not to buy a Magellan.

Most car GPS reviews might leave it at that, but I want you to know what features you can expect on any basic model made by any of the above companies.

All GPS receivers include a touch screen interface, maps of the lower 48 states, and a database of Points of Interest (POIs). They also calculate the best way for you to get from where you are to where you want to go, and they give you directs via spoken voice prompts.

For just $150, you can get the Garmin nuvi 200, the Tom Tom One and the Magellan Maestro 3100, all basic models that will perform all the tasks I listed above.

But if you're looking for something a little snazzier, there are tons of extra features available on more expensive models. For instance, more maps of places like Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. Pricier models also offer bigger screens, Bluetooth technology, real-time traffic and weather reports, many more Points of Interest, and multiple routing.

Models with these features run around $350. The Garmin 660 can do all of the above except the multiple routing, and for a little less $350. The Tom Tom Go 720, which is also a little less than $350, has the same features. Magellan's Maestro 4250 does what the Garmin and Tom Tom models can, but for only a little more than $250.

If you're still looking to spend more, each of these companies offers great proprietary features, including Magellan's deal with AAA, that allows users to have their Tour Book right inside the device. It is, of course, for AAA members only.

Car GPS reviews can only offer you so much information. It's now your turn to research the markets on your own to find the product that is most suitable for you and your budget.
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