We won't beat around the bush... GPS isn't for everyone. |
It can be expensive, unreliable, and downright annoying in some cases. However, the fact remains that it is an invaluable tool for the geographically challenged and anyone who frequently travels into previously unexplored territory. If you've decided that GPS tracker should be a part of your life, here are some things to look for:
The most obvious thing to look at is the screen. Most prefer a GPS with a large screen, although clarity is perhaps a more apt thing to look for (a big screen won't avail you if it's completely pixellated or difficult to read in full sunlight). Make sure that everything is clearly represented on the display.
Secondly, you should ensure that your unit provides both voice prompts and textual information to avoid confusion on particularly long or complicated journeys. GPS device are now offered with text-to-speech functions so you can be given specific street names rather than more generic directions- if you are going to purchase one of these ensure the pronunciation is clear and easy to understand.
Looks may be important to you, especially if you own a flash luxury car but remember that the better looking models often receive huge mark-ups in-store. This also goes for any extra multimedia functions you may want to pay for- unless you're buying an in-dash model the extra capabilities are likely to be unsatisfactory and ultimately it's simply another thing to break when the device's lifespan is up.
Finally, don't buy a GPS system with an aggravating voice! Your Homer Simpson download may be fun at first, but there's nothing worse than being stuck at the spaghetti junction with a fat yellow man giving you confusing directions!
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