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What to look for when choosing a new GPS Device
A GPS - What is this?
A GPS is a small electronic smart little device which can show you where and how to get where you wish to go. These little beauties can save you thumbing through your road directory, trying to find which page joins onto the next area. I hate maps and often have it upside down and completely lose my bearings.
Yes there are many varieties on the market, which makes it confusing to select the right one to suit you. A GPS can save you hours of frustration, and at the same time cause more frustration if not used or updated correctly.
How does it work?
GPS stands for (Global Positioning Satellite) it receives signals transmitted from the many satellites around the world, giving you clear concise directions. The US Air force operates these satellites, which also use ground stations to track the satellites orbit.
A GPS give clear directions
You use a GPS to get you from one town or city to another by the shortest possible route. There is nothing worse than sitting in traffic and not being able to find a specific street or building in an unfamiliar area.
All GPS's should do this. Then again, it is like anything, quite often for a little more expense you can purchase the one which does everything and more than you ever expected. Actually that is no alway true. I depends on the brand, they all have different features.
When you decide to invest your money in buying a GPS, I suggest that you do a lot of research. GPS technology is like living in another world or using another language if you are a novice.
Sales assistants could mislead you into thinking the one they recommend is the best one available. It may not have the features you need to suit your particular business or holiday adventures.
Make sure you do your research. Look at the different brands and make notes on the prices, and what features, each brand has to offer. Ask the salesperson to give you details on the availability, and which company does the servicing when there is a problem, and the amount of warranty each one offers. He should know (that is, if the salesman knows his product.)
Once you do this research, you will have the information to make your decision to buy the best GPS to suit your particular requirements. Never rush this decision by going out and buying the first one you see.
Before buying, check when the map was updated. You do not want to buy a GPS that its map is nearly out of date.
I know that there are certain areas that are blocked from a GPS. I am not sure why, although I believe it has something to do with security. There is an area out of Bendigo that a GPS will not work.
Brands and Types of GPS
There are two main types, hand held on your mobile phone, or one installed in the car.
There are many different brands of GPS, all proclaim to lead you correctly to your destination. You can purchase a GPS from as little as $200 to $1000 Australian dollars. Different brands offer a variety of features. Before outlaying any of your hard-earned money, make sure you understand which brand offers what. Do your research, this will save you headaches later.
Most will have voice instruction, which will explain where, and when to turn. If you do make a mistake, it will say recalculating and it will give you clear precise directions on how to turn back and correct your mistake. It will also warn you before you have to turn right after a certain amount of meters. While others, may not offer this feature. Most models also have a choice of listening to a male or female voice.
Some models have touch screens, where others operate from a button. Most have the ability to keep you up to date with new roads, by downloading the updated maps.
Brands of GPS and Cautions
Some of these models offer features like, traffic jam notification, which allows you to avoid the area. Download your choice of fun voices. It notifies you of your speed, saving you from fines. It also offers you these: Points of interest, audio books, friends, weather, and scenic routes.
Like others, these have several models. The S50 offers its customers a 4.3 touch screen, red light camera and speed alerts, and Bluetooth hands free calling.
The nuvi 780 has preloaded maps, and tells you the points of interest, ATM's restaurants, and hotels. It has two and three D maps. The voice directing you tells you the names of the streets you are entering and exiting. It comes with a touch screen, simply enter your required destination and it takes you there by the shortest route. Tap the screen to see where you are at any time.
A word of caution: Make sure you have some idea in which direction you are going, most people can relate stories of asking directions to the beach and it leads them to the local sewerage farm. Not my choice of place to bathe. Others say it did not know of that particular address. This often happens when maps need updating.
Personally, we have had trouble with ours. It has led us in the complete opposite direction. The memory would not delete, and sometimes did not know the address. Ours had to be sent off to another country for service. We hope to go away in a couple of weeks and we do not have our GPS. That is why everyone needs to ask those very important questions, before buying.
Update- we did get it back in time. But when over the eastern states it failed again. We had to buy another one simply because for it to be repaired they send the article back to the place it was purchased. As we were thousands of miles away we had to send it back to our daughter to have it serviced. It was a useless warranty as we needed it where we were at the time.
The ultimate decision is up to you, so do your research and spend wisely.