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Buy GPS and Get There on Time
Tired of getting lost? Wasting time and gas, you can depend on your own sense of direction, and be fashionably late, or you can join the smarter travelers with a GPS. These technological wonders are getting more and more affordable, so why not? Christmas would be a good time to gift one to your spouse so you can use it too.
So how does GPS work, you ask? The GPS or Global Positioning System works by locking on to satellite transmission. The Garmin GPS has what is called the new HotFix technology, so when you turn it off, it remembers the position of all satellites it is tracking. It calculates the movement of the satellites and predicts where these satellites will be the next time you activate it. Because of this new technology, it starts up and is ready to navigate much quicker. In fact, HotFix is able to predict satellite positioning up to three days after deactivation.
They have made great improvements in these GPS navigators. They are so user friendly, you merely have to touch the screen to input data. It is also very fast, taking usually five to fifteen seconds to compute your route. Not only can a GPS give you directions in a timely manner as you make your way through the maze of streets, but it can locate restaurants, hotels and petrol stations. It also features a picture viewer, world travel clock, calculator and currency converter. It also has the all important emergency services that are nearby.
Some car navigators, like the Garmin NuVi, are so compact; they can fit in your pocket. They can operate from four to eight hours on the internal battery power. The NuVi also has a speaker built into the unit. It can also store up to 700 MB of music, books, images or maps. There is even a memory card slot so you can add additional memory. It connects to your computer with USB port.
If you would rather walk than ride, there is a screen lock feature. This prevents accidental touches and keeps you focused on your mission at hand.
In comparing with last year’s models, the latest GPS navigators can now show 3D shaded terrain, and has smoother map drawing. You can even send addresses from Google Maps or MapQuest to your Garmin. Instead of just saying “turn right in 50 feet”, the newest models also use real street names like “turn right at Harrison Lane”.
Yes, indeed they have made this extremely complex technology seems like child’s play. It is easy to use right out of the box. They feature simple controls and a new interface which includes more useful information. You need only follow the thick pink line to get to your destination. Route selections are available for pedestrian, bicycle, car, bus, taxi or emergency vehicles so it is easily converted to your needs.
Why not make use of the latest technology and never get lost again.