Auto GPS Systems
Auto GPS units are becoming a common feature in both new and used vehicles around the globe. The following are ten of the best selling auto GPS systems on the market:
Garmin Street Pilot 2620 ($900 to $1300)
• This WAAS-enabled, portable auto GPS features a 3.3 "x 1.7 "color touch screen, and turn-by-turn voice directions. The unit features base maps of the United States and Canada .
• Pros: clear, bright graphics, detailed base maps and simple to use.
• Cons: pricey, speaker not all that clear, some of the mapping software inaccurate.
Magellan Roadmate 700 ($900 to $1300)
• A WAAS and EGNOS enabled vehicle GPS system featuring a 3 " x 2.25 " touch screen, built-in maps of the USA, Mexico and Canada as well as visual and voice prompting.
• Pros: clear screen, simple to use and accurate.
• Cons: pricey, initial lock-on time is long, fewer features than the Garmin StreetPilot for the same price.
Lowrance iWAY 500C ($800 to $1000)
• A lightweight and portable GPS receiver equipped with a 20GB hard dive. The system features a full color touch screen and voice and visual route directions.
• Pros: bright, clear screen, built in MP3 player and route recalculation.
• Cons: mapping software not always accurate, MP3 player utilizes memory that could store more maps.
Garmin StreetPilot III ($300 to $700)
• A waterproof auto GPS receiver equipped with a 3.4 "x 1.8 "color display, detachable antenna and visual and voice turn-by-turn directions.
• Pros: easy to use, accurate and clear voice and visual display. Up to 20 hours of battery life.
• Cons: only comes with base map for one area. No WAAS or EGNOS capabilities.
Magellan 750NAV ($1600 to $1800)
• A compact, full-color GPS system that is equipped with a relatively detailed base map of the United States and Canada . Features clear visual and voice prompting.
• Pros: simple to use, exceptionally compact unit.
• Cons: loses signal relatively easily, small display, pricey.
TomTom Go ($600 to $800)
• A popular auto GPS system that can also be used as a handheld unit. Features a color touch screen, voice directions and over 32MB of built in memory.
• Pros: simple to use, clear three-dimensional display, additional memory space.
• Cons: mapping software sometimes out of date and imprecise.
Garmin StreetPilot 2610 ($700 to $900)
• A WAAS enabled, waterproof unit that features a full-color 3.3 "x 1.7 "screen and voice prompts.
• Pros: clear display screen that can be operated by touch or with a remote control. Simple to use and economical when compared to similar systems.
• Cons: batteries not supplied, maps can be inaccurate, needs larger extension slot for maps
Navman 650 ($950 to $1150)
• A WAAS and EGNOS enabled auto GPS unit that features a full color 3.8 "screen, and visual and voice directions.
• Pros: 2GB hard drive that is able to store the entire SmartST database of maps for the United States , Alaska , Hawaii and Canada . Unit comes with an infrared remote control for easy operation.
• Cons: not waterproof, voice prompts could be clearer.
Garmin StreetPilot C320 ($1000 to $1200)
• A WAAS enabled, full color in-vehicle unit with a touch screen interface and visual and voice directions. Features a Removable 128MB SD memory card and has battery power of up to 16 hours.
• Pros: compact and easily portable, above-average speaker clarity.
• Cons: base maps are limited and lack detail.
Magellan Meridian Color GPS Traveler Value Pack ($300 to $500)
• An extremely compact EGNOS and WAAS enabled GPS unit that features a full-color screen and 16MB of built-in memory.
• Pros: built-in fishing calculator and compass, expandable SD memory, easily portable, impact and water resistant.
• Cons: battery life is limited to 13 hours, maps sometimes inaccurate, additional software is expensive.