Imagine having a personal assistant in your car, guiding you turn by turn, with a friendly voice and visual signals, even when you don’t know the address. That’s exactly what you get with the
Magellan® RoadMate™ 700portable GPS Auto Navigation System.… more HANDHELD GPS
Garmin GPSMAP 76CS
The latest color-display technology gives the Garmin GPSMAP 76CS the brightest, sunlight-readable display available. And with brand-new state-of-the-art receivers and powerful microprocessors, these units will give you a quick and steady fix. In addition, the GPSMAP 76CS boasts a built-in electronic compass and barometric altimeter.… more
Garmin eTrex Legend
Garmin eTrex Vista
Garmin iQue 3600
The iQue 3600® is the first PDA to include integrated GPS technology. With the power of Palm OS® 5.2.1 and the dependability of Garmin® GPS technology, this Super PDA redefines multi-tasking. Our integrated software not only allows you to look up appointments or contacts, but also locates and routes you to them with voice-guidance commands! … more
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Garmin Street Pilot 2730
Garmin Street Pilot 2730 is a stand-alone, portable and easy-to-use car navigation appliance that incorporates navigation software, maps and GPS receiver in one device. This GO comes pre-loaded with maps of the entire United States.… more
Magellan SporTrak Color
Navigate through all your outdoor adventures in vibrant color with the Magellan® SporTrak® Color. SporTrak Color provides superior tracking and accuracy, showing your position to within 3 meters, even in difficult environments such as cities or mountains. … more
Garmin eTrex Legend C
Garmin GPSMAP 60CS
Garmin Forerunner 201
The Forerunner 201 offers athletes an easy-to-read display, ergonomic wristband, and integrated GPS sensor that provides precise speed, distance, and pace data. It's a compact, lightweight, accurate training assistant with performance tracking, auto-lap, auto-pause and more. The Forerunner 201 is easy to use right out of the box and delivers the benefits of GPS technology at an affordable price.… more
At its most basic, a GPS receiver is an electronic instrument that pinpoints your current location on a map. GPS devices for consumers are generally available as add-on accessories for Palm OS and Pocket PC PDAs; as stand-alone devices used by hikers, urban explorers, and others; and as navigational systems built into high-end automobiles. A few rental car agencies, most notably Hertz, provide in-car GPS navigational devices as an option. The Hertz NeverLost system is a color LCD panel that displays maps and allows you to enter information using on-screen buttons. Along with pinpointing your location, the Hertz NeverLost system provides turn-by-turn audio driving directions (to minimize driver distraction). When it's time to turn right, for instance, a gentle voice prompts you. The GPS network of satellites was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense during the Cold War as a way to quickly pinpoint the precise locations of surfaced nuclear submarines, according to Trimble, a GPS developer. According to Trimble's Web site, the cost of developing the GPS was $12 billion. In other words, your parents' tax dollars paid for today's GPS infrastructure.
The Best GPS for Consumers
Current GPS receivers are a COMPROMISE between competing objectives. Some are optimized for Aviation, others for Boating, Still others for Car Navigation and others for Hiking activities. A few are just an "electronic map" that shows your position on the map screen. Others have no maps at all and can be just fine if you just want to know your longitude/latitude.
Just as there is no "best choice" of an all around vehicle for flying, marine use, road driving and moving across rough terrain, there is no "best" unit for these multiple applications in the GPS department. "BEST" is highly dependent on your application, money you want to spend, and the features that YOU like. We have evaluated the current offerings in the marketplace and have narrowed the field to 13 finalists in four categories — and awarded our Best GPS awards in the following categories: Automotive, Handheld, Wristheld and PDA.