November 27, 2009

GPS Lodge Holiday Gift Guide for Top Rated GPS Units

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Each year, we put together a list of GPS units that are great gift options for you to buy for a friend or loved one. I recognize that not everyone has the money to go buy the top of the line units, so I picked a handful of entry level devices to offer a good way to get into a GPS, help you get around without spending too much. I also step up the ladder of features so that you can choose for yourself what you want and what to pay.

Below I list the units that performed well for me in my reviews or have similar features to units that I tested and therefore I trust will give a solid performance. There are no duds here, and these are the top rated units that meet the criteria below, recognizing that there is no one size fits all when it comes to technology.

Please see my post on Must Have features and Nice to Have Features in a GPS - it will help you cut through the mess and learn about what really matters.

Entry Level - Start here if you can't afford Text to Speech

Standard Screen - Adds Text to Speech - OK Place to Start

Widescreen and Text to Speech - My Recommended Place to Start

Widescreen, Text to Speech and Lane Guidance - Nice Added Features for Better User Experience

  • Garmin Nuvi 765 - This unit also offers Bluetooth hands free phone calling as well as the above features. Usually priced right around $200. This particular unit at Amazon has a Traffic module included which does not need a subscription.
  • TomTom XL 340S - Continuation up the line with this TomTom unit. The Lane Guidance is good and still well below $200. More Information on the TomTom XL 340S

Extra Large Screen - Helps for larger Vehicles like an RV

  • Garmin Nuvi 1490T - This has a 5-inch screen, Bluetooth, Text to Speech, Lane Assist, and more. It's pretty packed with features and offers free traffic alerts where there is coverage

  • TomTom XXL 530S - Another 5-inch wonder with added features to make the ride easier. Does not have traffic, but does offer Text to Speech, and Lane Assist features.

Hope this helps you sort through the holiday buying squeeze to get the best GPS to fit your needs and your wallet.

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Posted by Scott Martin at November 27, 2009 6:35 PM

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