Driving has never been so convenient. Thanks to the inventors of car technology particularly the GPS, drivers of all ages today can reach their destinations without being stressed out.
It’s true that many people still rely on the old paper map whenever they travel to a new place. But for the tech savvy and practical people, this is no longer necessary. What do you need it for if you have a car GPS?
The original global positioning system or GPS is also known as a portable navigation device (PND). Despite the introduction of the GPS in the smartphones, the traditional device is still in existence until today and has, in fact, more improved features. Among these are better driving directions, spoken street names, traffic updates in real time, large screens and internet connectivity.
Here are some of the top car GPS available in the market today. Their prices range from $100 to more than $300.
The Garmin Nuvi 50 is the most affordable perhaps being an entry-level device. Its price starts at $117 and a big plus is its 5-inch screen although smaller screens are also available in different models (Nuvi 30 and Nuvi 40). Other improved features are a loudspeaker at the back, a micro SD slot, a mini USB port and a USB charging cable.
The TomTom Go Live commands a higher price starting at $198. This unit boasts of a great app that automatically shares your tweets on Twitter thereby informing family and friends of your destination and your expected time of arrival. It also has a search app that lets users find areas of interest and provides access to professional reviews.
The Magellan Roadmate is next in line in terms of price but only a little bit higher than the TomTom Go Live at $199.95. Besides map updates, it also provides traffic information and is wi-fi ready. It also serves as a travel planner through its TourDirector feature. This tool helps users find interesting places in the area they’re visiting and plan their itineraries.
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