GPS systems from Garmin, TomTom and others have evolved to a point where they provide detailed, accurate guidance to drivers. And with features such as Bluetooth hands-free calling, touch screens, spoken directions and lane guidance, they have become as easy to use as a cell phone. Depending on the unit, traffic data can also be brought to the screen of these portable navigation devices.
The Magellan Maestro 4370, an update of the 4250, brings a new user interface with the OneTouch feature that helps drivers navigate to frequently visited locations or find favorite businesses in new territory because it streamlines menus. It arrives with integrated Bluetooth for hands-free calling and lane guidance. The unit retails for $399.99 at Best Buy.
The Mio C520, which offers a significant upgrade from the Mio C220, offers a 4.3-inch touch screen, integrated Bluetooth, multimedia capabilities, and accurate directions, according to the company. In 2008, Mio and Magellan merged under one company. The Mio C520 retails for less than $400.
The Navigon 7200T is a sleek, high-end GPS unit plenty of features, such as user-voice address entry, 3D landmark renderings and integrated Bluetooth. The device is one of the rare GPS units that support multidestination routing so users can add multiple stops to a trip. The unit retails for less than $500 and includes free real-time traffic updates for life.