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Which GPS System Should You Buy- Tips On Buying GPS Device

Updated on October 3, 2015

GPS is a very useful tool in locating your desired destination but finding a good GPS device is bit challenging and difficult. Following are the best tips to find a best GPS device.

What Is a GPS

GPS Navigation Systems

GPS device is directly linked with the satellites from where it receives its information and help us in the way we want. GPS is the abbreviation for Global Positioning System. These devises help you in many ways. For example they tell you the total time taken from the location you are to the location you want to go, its latitude, attitude and hurdles in your path. There are many types of GPS systems. Bluetooth GPS device can synchronize with your PDA giving you a cheaper GPS device. Bluetooth GPS system for mobile phone do not have their own screen instead they use your mobile phone screen. Bluetooth GPS are cheaper than normal GPS device. While adventuring in jungles, rivers, mountains and deserts the hand held GPS helps you in finding roots around difficult tracks.

GPS devices comes in different qualities the good quality GPS device automatically picks up the signal weather you are in tunnels or in thick forests or underground where as other some GPS device may take up to minute to locate your position. All varieties of GPS need some sort of antenna for better reception which means that the people traveling to the rural areas, deserts or to the thick forests of Amazon should have more sophisticated GPS device with them.

Portable models are good in a sense that you can use them on multiple locations, like if you have one portable navigation system installed in your motorcar you can use it anywhere you want in other cars, on motor bike or on hiking trip. Now check out different models of the GPS devices that I think are worth buying.

Hand Held GPS Systems

The hand held GPS system not only helps you while driving but it also helps you while you are on road trip, walking, hiking or cycling in the streets and will inform you with your current location and will tell you where you want to go. These GPS devices are normally the size of your mobile phones, so they are easy to carry along in pockets. You can also attach them to your mobile phone or to the PC.

After trying several hand held GPS system I have noticed that GPS system can save lots of your time. I have visited many places than before because I have the road maps and the path directions in my GPS. My choice for hand held gps device is Garmin because it has helped me a lot and trust me if you haven’t used GPS then use them while walking, driving and hiking because they reduce the frustration which comes to you when you get lost in the middle of nowhere.

Garmin GPS device is very easy to use you'll master it in few tries . Oh yes… I did my polarized sunglasses test on Gramin and Gramin hand held GPS device passed it with flying color.

Polarize sunglasses test is quite simple. All you have to do is use GPS device with your polarized sunglasses on. Good quality GPS screens can be used with your polarized sunglasses on. Bad quality GPS device screen however become dark when used while wearing your sunglasses.

The one and only drawback of Garmin 260W is that it takes a little time to get connected to the satellite, but once it gets connected then you never loose your signal and there is no external antenna so its smarter in shape.

It’s must for those people who travel a lot and travel on unfamiliar areas, its 4.3 inch screen is amazing for those who have problem in viewing and who have fat fingers…


Best Selling GPS System

The Garmin

This GPS system costs you $ US350 to 400. It automatically calculates the route distance and helps you with the voice prompt all the way. It has a wide range of database that features upto 5.5 or 6 million points of your interest like your job destination, your baby’s school, your bank’s ATM, your favorite restaurant, stores etc.

This GPS system features a 3.5 inch touchscreen interface that allows you to to select either 3D navigational or bird’s eye overhead view.

The Tomtom GO 510 GPS receiver.

Tom Tom is the best Gramin alternative.

This GPS device comes with North Canadian and American maps on its memory card but the maps of Europe are included in its internal hard drive. Tomtom is comparatively cheaper Gps device and its quite user friendly. You can use them easily. The 4 inch touchscreen GPS device has other features like portability option and these can be played nice with Bluetooth enabled cell phones and iPods. You can also play MP3s and photo sideshow on this gps device.

The Magellan 

Magellan is also a good compatitor in GPS device market. In fact Magellan gps devices are better looking and smart. ItCosts upto $US300, features simple touchscreen, voice prompt and visual guidance. It has built-in maps and covers only 48 states of USA. The Garmin GPS has 6 million points of interests but the Magellan only has 1.3 million pre-programmed points of interests.

The conclusion at the end is that of the all three GPS I have checked I would prefer Garmin GPS device because it has much interest points then the other two


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    • Mr.Gadget profile image


      8 years ago from Taxas City

      I have been using TomTom for a year now. It works fine and i think its the best GPS System around. However i admit that i have heard great things about gramin.

    • Haris Amin profile image

      Haris Amin 

      8 years ago from Mars

      Gramin for US

      Tomtom for UK

      Thats what i would do.

    • Sara Algoe profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Thanks vicky

    • Sara Algoe profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Thanks vicky

    • Sara Algoe profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      David i used to face same problems with my garmin, but over the time all maps have been improved to perfection and since June 2008 i haven't faced any problem with my GPS device.

    • David 470 profile image

      David 470 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      My friend uses a gps and he wouldn't be able to get around without it. Even though sometimes it takes us to closed roads or strange routes, but other than that its decent.

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      8 years ago

      Great info just ordered hand held gramin lets see how it really works.....

    • Sara Algoe profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      THanks hello hello

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Great research and good advice. Thank you.


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