Thursday, February 7, 2008

How to Choose a GPS Navigation System

One of the best advantages of having a portable GPS unit is that users can easily travel with the system and use them all over North America, Europe and other programmable destinations. The systems can be easily used in rental cars to help navigate unfamiliar cities, to track distance in altitude on hiking trips and at home around town. The convenience of use is increased by its compact, light-weight design. The unit is very easy to take from one vehicle to another when you need to.


Many GPS users find their device extremely helpful when they are trying to navigate their car to a new location along an unfamiliar route. As a result, they need clear, concise direction to provide the proper trip information. A large screen for easy viewing and an intuitive user-interface also help drivers to receive accurate trip information and still operate the vehicle safely. Please take care to watch the road not the GPS unit. I recommend the GPS units that have voice directions as well as visual.

Features & Software

Many users rely on GPS systems as the sole source of navigation for a trip. As such, consumers should look for quality products with high-speed processors to ensure real-time accuracy and efficient, quick map development. It is also important to look for products with large memories support millions of points of interest (POIs) in order to receive accurate map development for the exact route needed.

Waterproof or water resistant

If you are going to use the GPS for kayaking and canoeing and the GPS is water resistant, a special see-through dry bag made especially for a GPS has to be used. Water resistant will be acceptable for all other types of outdoor adventure activities such as hiking and backpacking.

Batteries and battery life

What type of batteries are used with the GPS? Are they normal rechargeable AA batteries or are they special manufacturer batteries? Extra batteries must be carried along at all times just in case. How long do the batteries last? Is there a battery saver mode (sleep mode)? Do you have to turn the GPS on and off each time to save the batteries? How long can the GPS remain on without turning the receiver off before the battery power runs out?

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Patty Pinkerton writes for yourwayelectronics. Patty has been in business for about 10 years selling different product such as wedding gowns, bridesmaids, ect. in the wedding industry. Recently Patty branched out with her husband and started yourwayelectronics selling such items as camcorders, fishfinders, metal detectors, ect.
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