How do I choose a GPS navigator?
The offer is currently very high, and as an alternative the manufacturers of tablets or smartphones come with integrated GPS.
However a navigation system dedicated to GPS is what we need to travel more often, or if we use it at work and also for the professional driver. Larger screen, very bright, optimized battery, various additional features (voice commands, TMC) and an operating system that runs a single program.
Best Gps brands ?
Among the established brands in Europe / World: TomTom ,Mio , Garmin , Navigon , Becker ,etc.
The most common is the 4.3” but there are also the newest 5.0” or 7.0”.
There are also some smaller models 3.5”.
As the dashboard mounting and position is farther from our visual field the GPS must be bigger to see correctly street names, cities and different POI.
The processor determines the speed with which it is calculated a route, or its reconfiguration in case of mistakes as well as the moving speed of the software.
It is preferable to choose a minimum 400MHZ processor, although it got to the 600-700MHz.
Samsung 400Mhz processors are great, competing with other more powerful processors.
3. The RAM memory
This is as important as the processor.
Usually devices have 64MB RAM and 128MB RAM.
On the 64MB RAM we can run simple software without many graphic effects, and in general the software will move slower especially if it’s very busy (ie Igo Primo with 3D buildings).
So the correct choice would be a machine with 128MB RAM. This is important in devices that have a hardware manufacturer and a different software manufacturer. For example, the Garmin is not the case, their appliances being produced to run excellent, the software created specifically for each type (depending on memory, processor, etc).
4. Screen brightness.
This is a very important aspect. Most GPS units on the market have a weaker display quality (in conditions of strong sunlight it is poorly visible).
Known devices with bright screen: Becker / Mio / Garmin / Tomtom, that even in bright sun conditions keep a very good visibility of the information on the screen.
5. Navigation software and map coverage.
Each software has weaknesses and strengths, as desired everyone can choose what they like in terms of graphics, functionally, choosing waypoints, etc…
Some can choose up to four alternative routes, others support only a simple route from point A to point B. There are navigators with various special functions. For example:
– Mio Spirit can help find a parking place near the destination,
– Garmin Nuvi 2595 supports voice commands for destination entry.
-Tomtom has Map Share a map update/error correction service that is based on corrections sent by users.
-Becker, who is based on iGO Primo software, has a special option: If you encounter a traffic jam (calculated by using parametric software) it automatically calculates an alternative way out of that jam.
Very important is to know how much time we have free maps updates on the GPS, the costs are quite high on the upgrade/purchase new maps.
The price differs for the same device that comes only with one country, region or Europe.
If we know that we will need other countries in the future, we will buy the device with all of Europe, or continent we need.
6. Traffic Message Channel – TMC
For those who use GPS often outside the country, the TMC is very useful.
Basically we are informed of any blockages, works on the highway, accidents, etc. and know whether to avoid certain routes or the GPS will automatically recalculate a faster route.
TMC appliances cost a little more.
7. Other options
GPS Navigation systems come with auxiliary options that will help us to decide what we need:
Bluetooth – to connect with your phone and use as a car-kit.
FM Modulator – to play songs directly through the car radio speakers.
AV-input for reverse cameras, we can display a camera image on the navigator display (ex Mio S687 supports car camera, car DVD or to connect).
Phone out – we can connect a pair of headphones to listen to music, or to connect to the cars speakers (via radio CD).
Media player for watching movies pictures.
Here we can decide what interests us and what we use in addition to navigation.
After we have all this data, we can confront the allocated budget and see where we fit.
Good luck in choosing your suitable navigator !