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GPS Buying Guide: Memorial Day GPS Sale!

May 25th, 2006

About 37.6 million Americans will be on the roads on Memorial Day weekend. Most know where they are headed still many will get lost on their day off. SmartMoney.com has mapped out 5 GPS Buying Tips to guide you when selecting a GPS-enabled PDA
1) GPS Maps A GPS device is only as good as the maps it contains. Garmin, produces several GPS models, in the $50 – $250, range.Maps and city guides for North America and Europe are free.
2) GPS Adaptability Most GPS-enabled PDAs are configured to be used as GPShand-helds.Pay attention to which accessories are included to ensure you won’t have to buy more.
3) GPS Features GPS-enabled PDAs that provide both audio and written directions.Don’t be cheap when it comes to buying a Vehicle navigation Unit. Make sure your unit has a “highways only” route home that finds the most direct and
the quickest route to your destination plus an automatic re-router
4) GPS Display (monitor)The fact is, a larger interface (GPS screen) is usually better, especially for viewing maps though larger usually translates into more expensive GPS receivers.Don’t forget about Display clarity and brightness.If possible borrow a neigbor’s GPS system and experiment with it checking out various lighting conditions.
5) GPS Accuracy The more you spend, the more accurate the GPS receiver.Expect to spend at least $250 for a reasonably accurate unit.
Source: Kelli B. Grant, Smartmoney.com

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