August 15, 2007

GPS Article Series

US News and World Report has a new series on GPS units, including a buying guide. The series includes a few good insights, especially for beginners, including 5 new uses for GPS (we've seen those around the GPS Lodge before), they also recommend that you test drive a GPS before you buy. You may find a store with a liberal return policy, but a better bet is to ask a friend who has one what they like and don't like about theirs, then see if other models make up for the downfalls. Also you could rent a GPS at one of the GPS retnal firms, or with your next rental car; most car rental firms have an optional GPS rental plan for about $10 per day.

The buying guide in general I agree with, as they recommend the following GPS units; I've used them all and reviewed them. Generally I agree with their list, as all of these are good models for their price range. The one miss is that they talk the Magellan RoadMate 2200:

  • Mio C220 - My Review of the Mio C220
  • Garmin Nuvi 250 - My Review of the Nuvi 250
  • TomTom GO 720 - My Preview of the TomTom GO 720
  • Garmin Nuvi 680 - My Review of the Garmin Nuvi 680

    The big miss is is that they recommend the Magellan RoadMate 2200; I reviewed the Magellan RoadMate 2000 and didn't think much of it. Old and outdated. US News missed the opportunity to talk about the new Magellan Maestro Line, including the popular Magellan Maestro 3140, which includes Text to Speech and a lot of AAA POI content that will tell you about destinations, not just get you there.

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    Posted by Scott Martin at August 15, 2007 7:54 AM
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