GPS navigation has come a long way from its once expensive origins and though the mobile phone is gaining ground; it still can’t compete with the best GPS systems. Most navigation systems nowadays come with a raft of features to get you from one area to another.
Text to speech technology, points of interest searches with internet browser connectivity and a range of other specs really make them a pleasure to use. Add to this a tendency towards large screens and also very affordable prices and you see how great these systems are. So, what are our picks for the best 5 navigation systems?
TomTom Go Live 1535m
This device is an extremely solid piece of kit and even comes with app integration for searching, one of the first on the market to do so. It also links to your Twitter account, which means you can automatically keep all your friends and contacts in the know of how your trip is going and where you are going – very cool.
This is the cheapest option on your list but will most certainly get you from A-B. It’s a budget offering that provides core functionality. Though the interface is a little clunky; it’s overall a good option and one that comes with all the basics. Once again, it’s very, very cheap!
Garmin Nuvi 50
Garmin’s low cost GPS navigation systems is a tried and tested one, but why change a success. This Nuvi 50 is low in price, but great on value. It comes with a 5inch screen and all the elementary functions you require from a GPS. There are even lower costing Nuvi 40 and Nuvi 30 versions of the screen coming in at 4.5” and 3.5” respectively. It’s the perfect low cost Christmas gift.
Magellan RoadMate 5175T
Another, well priced and quite high spec option, this time from Magellan. The little device is quite attractive and comes with features allowing users to browse local attractions, connect to Wi-Fi and also set itineraries. It’s a solid navigator that’s ideal for most users, especially those visiting new cities or areas.
TomTom Via 1535
It’s another TomTom in our list. The 1535 is a lovely little package and comes with Bluetooth hands free calling and voice commands, meaning it’s ideal if you don’t know where you are going, or are away and car hiring or car leasing. It’s quite easy to use too and has IQ Routes technology to aid your traffic jam avoidance.
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April 19, 2013 at 11:20 am
I honestly do not see the appeal of a GPS navigation system, and the article does not even briefly state in what sense a GPS navigation system is better than smartphone’s navigation app. An app allows for automatic updates of the map, and can be sleekly set up like any GPS navigation system. I think it is slowly becoming one of the most redundant car parts. I have one which often gets out of signal everytime I drive into a parking basement.
December 16, 2013 at 5:21 am
It is the end of 2013 now.There are some more great sat navs released on the market.The designs and signal receivers are getting better and better.
Nice post any way!