GPS navigation devices have made our trips in the car a whole lot easier. However, as the market for GPS devices has grown, shopping for one is much more difficult. This article will breakout the four features that every GPS shopper should be looking for in a navigation device.
1. Screen Size on the GPS Navigation Devices
When GPS navigation devices first came out several years ago, they were a standard 3.5-inch screen size. The trend now is towards bigger screens for most dashboard GPS devices. In shopping for a GPS device, most new models are offered in a 4.3-inch screen size. However, the trend of bigger is better continues and you will find some models from RoadMate and TomTom with 4.7-inch and 5.0-inch sized screens.
2. Live Traffic Alerts on the GPS Navigation Devices
It is important to find a GPS device that will give you live traffic alerts, an even better deal is finding one without paying a subscription fee. Garmin GPS devices with a T in the model name offer live traffic alerts as well as many of Magellan GPS devices. The live traffic alerts on these systems are subscription free; however, you will have some pop up ads. TomTom GPS devices with a T in the model name come with traffic alerts, no subscription, and no pop up ads.
3. Maps on the GPS Navigation Devices
Most consumers have a need for up to date maps and GPS navigation device manufacturers have listened. Some models of GPS navigation devices come with lifetime map updates that occur on a quarterly basis. Having a good map with updates is an important consideration when choosing a GPS navigation device. Many standard GPS systems will have not only the United States, but also Canada and Mexico as well. The high-end models in GPS navigation will have the locations mentioned as well as Europe.
4. Bluetooth on the GPS Navigation Devices
When shopping for a GPS navigation device, you will find that many in the midrange and upper levels will include a Bluetooth speakerphone interface. Many of the popular brands work with most cell phones and will autoconnect as well as display your contacts from your phone.
These four items are what all consumers should be looking at when deciding on a GPS navigation device. All the GPS navigation device manufacturers will add features to make them stand apart from their competitors. Some devices will feature the AAA Auto Club Tourbook for points of interests. Still others are providing higher screen resolution and 3D building and terrain views.