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GPS Review Comparison - How to Buy the Right Model!

Aug 30, 2008
The best way to get the right GPS device is with a good GPS review comparison! There are too many manufacturers and too many models to choose from. It all gets very confusing. You need a guide!

If you want to know what these wonderful devices do and how you can save yourself some money, then read on!

But first let's talk about who makes GPS receivers.

There are a number of manufacturers, but the top three are Garmin, Tom Tom, and Magellan. Garmin is the top dog; Tom Tom is the new kid on the block; and Magellan was the company that originated the whole concept. All three make a great product! That's the good news. Because if you buy a device from any of these three you won't go wrong.

The bad new is this. All three make a great product! Which, of course, makes it really difficult to understand which model to buy.

Hopefully, I can give you some assistance with that dilemma.

GPS devices have really caught on over the last two years! And with gas prices so high, I'm sure the demand is just going to grow and grow.

To really start to understand what you're buying, you need to know how much these things sell for, what the basic features are, and how much upgraded features are going to cost. Let me sketch out an answer to those questions.

GPS receivers sell anywhere from $150 to $1,000. $150 will get you Garmin and Tom Tom's basic unit. $1,000 will buy you Garmin's top of the line model, which had a huge screen and all the bells and whistles.

All GPS devices have the following:

* Touch screen interface
* Auto-calculation of the fastest or shortest route
* A database of Points of Interest (POIs)
* Voice prompts (but that don't say the street names!)
* Maps of the lower 48 United States

If all you want are these basic features, then get something like the Garmin nuvi 200 or the Tom Tom One. They can both do all of this and more.

For more money you can get:

* Maps of Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, and Canada
* Bigger screen
* Bluetooth
* Traffic and weather delivered to you in real time
* Much larger POI database
* Ability to route you to multiple routes on the same trip

You can get a lot of these upgrades for under $350. The Garmin 660 currently sells for slightly under $350 and can do all of the above except for the multiple route calculations. That's a lot of GPS for the money!

Obviously, there's a certain amount of education you have to go through before you buy your first, or next GPS device.

Although I'm sure this short GPS review comparison helps, to learn more, you need an informative website where you can browse different makes and models and also get a feel for prices.
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Lee Cole is a true GPS enthusiast! Take a look at his website to find out more information!
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