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Selecting The Portable GPS System That Is Right For You

Aug 18, 2007
GPS systems are becoming increasingly popular - and for good reason. These symptoms are capable of helping drivers find their way when they are lost, as well as providing them with directions to nearby hospitals, restaurants, car services, or other businesses or points of interest. With the help of GPS systems and the voice prompts that they provide, drivers can also drive more safely by keeping their eyes on the road rather than looking at a map.

Obtaining a GPS System

Many newer model vehicles are including GPS systems built into the car. For those consumers that do not have vehicles with a built-in GPS system, another option is to purchase an in-dash add-on GPS system. Unfortunately, these devices require replacing the radio or CD player. While many of these add on systems include CD players or even DVD players, this is more of a hassle than many car owners wish to undertake. In addition, they can be quite expensive to purchase and often require adding an additional antenna to the outside of the vehicle. For these reasons, portable GPS systems are the more popular choice with many consumers.

Choosing a Portable GPS System

If you have multiple vehicles, one of the first things you will want to consider when shopping for a portable GPS system is whether or not it can be easily moved from one vehicle to another. Many systems can be easily mounted to the window or dash of the vehicle, but this is not always the case. So, be sure to check into how to mount the unit before making a purchase.

You should also make sure the portable GPS unit has a satellite receiver or a built-in GPS antenna. Otherwise, you will still have to add an antenna to the outside of your vehicle in order to use your navigation system.

Another consideration when purchasing a portable GPS unit is how it is powered. Some are battery powered while others are powered through a plug. If you don't have any plugs conveniently available in your vehicle, you will obviously need to purchase the battery powered model. For most consumers, however, the models powered by plugs are the most convenient.

When purchasing a portable GPS system, you also want to be sure it can be easily updated. Most units will allow you to attach the unit to your personal computer in order to update the software and to add new maps. Without this ability, the system will quickly become outdated and of little use to you. Make sure the system you are considering purchasing is compatible with the operating system of your PC in order to avoid hassles down the road.

GPS systems are a modern convenience that are becoming increasingly popular. Be sure to purchase a unit that is both easy to use and to update and it will be sure to become an invaluable component of your driving experience.
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