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Top 3 GPS Systems for Your Car

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GPS revolutionized the way we travel. There was a time when if you were traveling out of state, you’d better have either an atlas or multiple folding maps to help you navigate the unknown. Today, there is no need for maps beyond the novelty of owning one.

Not all GPS systems are created equal, however. Some people are turning to their smartphone’s navigation capabilities to downsize the amount of gadgets in the car, but mobile apps are still a long way from providing what a quality stand-alone navigation device offers.

If you’re in the market for a new GPS device, and nothing but the best will do, then be sure to look at one or more of these 3 systems:

  1. Garmin Nuvi 50

If you’re looking for an all-around good, basic GPS device at an affordable price, then you may be interested in the Garmin Nuvi 50. For around 100 bucks, you get an impressive 5-touch screen with a slim design, a familiar interface that is easy to use and desktop software.

Smaller versions of the Garmin systems are available, but this design probably gives the biggest bang for your buck. There’s also a premier Garmin model available with some nice features, but at over $300, few are willing to make the investment.

  1. TomTom GO Live 1535M

For those interested in a mid-range GPS device with added capabilities, the TomTom GO Live 1535M is the way to go. Rather than a basic, clunky destination search feature, the TomTom utilizes popular apps to do the job much more easily and efficiently.

So if you need to find parts washing services in your area, you can start up Yelp or Google right on your device and search for the nearest parts washer. You can even access social networking platforms and give updates about your location and activities without the dangers of texting. Overall, the TomTom offers a nice value and is easy enough for non-techies to use, with enough features to satisfy most gadget geeks.

  1. Magellan RoadMate 5175T-LM Traveler

If you’re looking for a higher end GPS system with a variety of features, you’re bound to love the Magellan RoadMate 5175T-LM Traveler. It features a 5-inch display with constant Wi-Fi connectivity. In addition to the standard navigation services, this GPS device comes with lifetime map updates and voice navigation.

It even offers a feature called TourDirector that’s designed to help you plan your tour of an unfamiliar city. This feature will tell you all about the different points of interest in the city, as well as how long it is likely to take for you to explore those points. You can select the places you’d like to visit and the TourDirector will give you an itinerary for your exploration.

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