Our List of Top 5 GPS Units
Touch screen displays, hands-free voice recognition, free map updates and easy mounting. These are some of the features portable GPS (Global Position System) units now include. With a variety of makes and models to choose from, it can be a tricky decision and buyers often struggle with which device to purchase. Here are five of the best portable units, according to industry reports. Brought to you by Hendrick Collision Center Of Concord, here is our list of the top 5 GPS units out there right now, as you navigate in Concord or anywhere in the state of NC.
1.) Garmin nuvi 2789 Lifetime Maps: With a 7-inch touch screen, this product has optional voice recognition and can be linked your cell phone via Bluetooth.
2.) Garmin nuvi 2539: This navigation system includes spoken turn-by-turn directions, as well as traffic updates, lane guidance and lifetime map updates.
3.) Garmin DriveAssist 50: Containing a built-in dash cam, this model also includes lifetime maps and traffic and voice activation. It also has camera-assisted alerts and smart notifications.
4.) Tom Tom 1535 5-inch Bluetooth: One of the major benefits offered by the European manufacturer of this product is the hands-free voice recognition. You’ll also receive free lifetime traffic and map updates.
5.) Magellan Smart GPS: With this device, the hardware connects to the Internet through wi-fi and Yelp and FourSquare destinations can be downloaded. In addition to Bluetooth hands-free calling, you can sync contacts, favorites and recent destinations.
There are other excellent products available on the market, but not all units are made the same. When deciding which one is best for you, consider the following:
Mounting: It is illegal to mount a GPS unit on your car windshield in some states, such as in California, so check your local legislation. Regardless, devices can be mounted on the dashboard, cup holder or air vents.
Ease of use: Is the navigation user-friendly? Do your research, read online reviews and ask questions! When you’re traveling to your next designation, you’ll want a device that will give you an accurate response in seconds.
Volume: Ensure you will be able to hear the navigation system while your passengers are talking or music is playing. Does the unit come with built-in speakers? Find out about the audio in the units you are considering purchasing.
Portability: This depends on how you are using the GPS device. If it is going to stay in one vehicle, portability is not much of an issue. However, if you want to transfer it to another car or RV, or take it with you on a long hike, find out if how long the battery will last.
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Sources: Consumer Reports, Forbes and USA Today