August 14, 2006

Back to School GPS Buying Guide

Going back to school for the navigationally challenged can be tough – new location, lots of places to go and no one around to help out with directions. Well, a nice GPS navigation system can help out. Here’s our Back to School Buying Guide recos:

Best GPS Navigation System Below $350
The Garmin StreetPilot i5 unit. It’s small, comes preloaded with maps for the US, and gets you to where you are going, reliably. The scroll wheel is decent, but if you are going to do a lot of searching for POI’s, or data entering addresses, a touch screen in a mid-tier model is nice.

garminc330.jpgBest GPS Navigation System below $400
Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Good sized touchscreen capability. Voice prompted directions, Pre-loaded maps and Points of Interest (POI’s), internal battery.

Best GPS System for the Student in the traffic clogged city
garminc550.jpgGarmin StreetPilot C550 – Pre-loaded maps& POI’s, text to speech capability and built in traffic alerts. It also adds Bluetooth hands free calling through your mobile phone, and MP3 playback.

Best GPS for the iPod Nut
tomtomgo910.jpgTomTom GO 910 – With this GPS system you can control your iPod via the GPS touchscreen and route audio to the stereo, very cool. It has a wide screen (touch screen) format, adds text to speech directions and enhanced Bluetooth hands free calling as well as the added compatibility with your PC to manage data (TomTom HOME software).

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Posted by Scott Martin at August 14, 2006 9:10 AM

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