With so many different GPS devices on the market today how do you choose which one to buy? In this guide we look at the basics and provide some tips and pointers for selecting the right GPS navigation system to suits your needs.
In Car (fixed)
Perhaps the first experience many have of GPS
is renting a car that has inbuilt Satellite Navigation. These systems are often integrated with the cars entertainment systems and have large colour screens, manufacturers are able to keep prices rediculously high with the list price of these options often being in excess of €1500. Unless the dealer throws it in Free of Charge then avoid these like the plague. They are often difficult to use with poor data entry and the maps go out of date very quickly and are rarely updated.
Recently the PDA based system has been somewhat overshadowed by the portable units, however there are still excellent systems available and they often have cutting edge features ahead of the all in one units.
When you look at the different types of GPS devices
out there, you may wonder which one is right for you. Prices can range from €100 - 5000, so it is important to do your homework. Find out what features each device has, and determine whether you need them or not. The following is a list of tips to get you started when you are shopping.