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Best GPS Picks

Picking “best” GPS products is difficult. Everyone has different needs and different tastes so what might be the best GPS for you might not be the same as for someone else. Still, some GPS models do stick out from the crowd due to a combination of features, style, and price. We’ve assembled a list here which is essentially the Editor’s Choice Best GPS devices. It is hard to go wrong with these models. The order of this list is simply more recent products first– it is not an absolute rank.

Garmin NuLink 1695

The nuLink 1695 is Garmin’s latest entry into the SIM-connected pnd market. While it has it’s roots firmly planted in the nuvi 1xxx line, it grabs some of the latest features from Garmin’s flagship 37xx series. Combining a 5″ widescreen, live Navteq traffic, Bluetooth, an expanded package of nuLink services and the latest nuRoute features, […]

TomTom 740 LIVE

The TomTom 740 Live has hit the streets, addressing many issues we’ve had with previous TomTom devices. The location of the power cable, the “inactive” mount, and lack of full voice control were all previous limitations that have been dealt with. Biggest perhaps is that you are no longer forced to choose between two evils […]

Garmin Oregon 400t

Touch screen devices finally arrive for the masses with the Garmin Oregon series. The 400t comes loaded with Topo maps covering the USA (in 1:100,000 scale) and features an interface similar to the innovative Colorado series. The touch screen makes entering data and configuring the GPS a breeze.

But take note, the quality of the screen isn’t quite as good as other Garmin models, but that is a sacrifice you might be willing to make to get a touch screen. The screen sensitivity is great, even when covered with water and mud and with gloves on, however it is often difficult to read unless lighting conditions are perfect or it is relatively dark. Still, if you think using a GPS is as fun as the activity you are using it for, you will have fun tapping and scrolling along with the Oregon 400t.

Garmin Nuvi 265WT

Shopzilla TrackingGarmin Nuvi 265WT Auto / Road GPS Navigation with Traffic$99.99
Original MSRP$349.00

Want (almost) all of the functions of a top of the line GPS at a middle of the road price? The Garmin Nuvi 265WT might be your dream GPS. Perhaps the biggest reason to consider the 265WT is the included lifetime traffic reporting system. While supported by occasional advertisements, the ads are fairly infrequent and unobtrusive.

You will also find a widescreen display, Text-to-Speech, and Bluetooth technology for hands-free calling. About the only advanced feature not included is multi-destination routing– but if you can live without that, this is a great GPS and a fantastic value when considering the lifetime traffic subscription.

DeLorme PN-40

Shopzilla TrackingDeLorme Earthmate PN-40 Handheld / Trail GPS$0.00
Original MSRP$399.95

Following the success of their first handheld/screen based GPS, the PN-20, DeLorme has now started to ship the PN-40. While much about the PN-40 is the same, what has changed is almost entirely for the better, and will leave PN-20 owners drooling for the new device. I’ve logged over a hundred hours of time with […]

Best Picks

One of the most common questions people ask me is “which GPS do you use?” I understand the rationale behind the question– he who knows a ton about GPS probably knows what GPS is “best”. But “best” means entirely different things to different people, and the “best” GPS for me probably isn’t the same for […]

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