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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Our GPS reviews

Listed below are links to all the GPS reviews I’ve written on GPS Tracklog. The list is kept up to date and there is a link to it on the sidebar labeled “Our GPS Reviews.” If this long list is overwhelming, be sure to check out our Auto GPS buyers guide and Handheld GPS buyers guide.

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Garmin Auto GPS reviews

A note about discontinued Garmin auto units:

Most Garmin auto units without the flat form factor have been discontinued, as have older nuvis. In most cases, a newer Garmin nuvi is the best choice rather than one of these older units.

 

 

Garmin Fitness GPS reviews

 

 

Garmin Handheld GPS reviews

 

 

Garmin Marine GPS reviews

Lowrance Auto GPS reviews

Lowrance Handheld GPS reviews

Magellan Auto GPS reviews

Magellan Handheld GPS reviews

Mio Auto GPS reviews

Navigon Auto GPS reviews

 

 

TomTom GPS reviews

 

 

Other GPS reviews

Mobile phone reviews

Comments

  1. Hi! I have browsed through the extensive list of GPS navigation systems for autos. However, something that I couldn’t find were comments about the language systems, ie maybe the system will say the non-street names (or any sort of name for that matter) in Spanish, or Chinese for example.

    I was wondering if you could suggest a few GPS systems for autos that can speak in different languages other than English.

    Thanks!

    • Most major brands offer multiple language support. The number of languages with text-to-speech support (speaking street names) is more limited. Which languages do you need?

      • I was looking for English and Chinese (either Mandarin or Cantonese is fine). I’m looking into this for my uncle, who would like a GPS navigation system. Once I’ve figured out which systems can speak in Chinese, I can then sort through the ones that have the necessary qualities.

        I don’t expect the GPS system to say the street names, for example, in Chinese. So long as it can say “turn left,” “go straight,” etc in Chinese, then I’m fine.

        Thanks for the help!

  2. Thanks, I’ll take a look at them. I didn’t expect the systems to come with the language file. But as long as I can get it from the manufacturer’s website for free, then I’m good. Thanks for the help!

  3. ANDY KNISLEY says:

    IM A LAND SURVEYOR IN OHIO. I NEED A HAND HELD GPS UNIT LOADED WITH USGS { 7.5 SERIES } MAPS. I NEED INFO EXACTLY LIKE MY PAPER QUAD SHEETS ie. SHOWING SECTION LINES, FENCE LINE, SECTION CORNER, ROADS, OLD AND NEW, LAT. – LONG. & X&Y COORDINATED. I NEED, IF POSSIBLE, UP-LOAD and DOWN-LOAD FROM GPS UNIT TO THE OFFICE PC. IS THIS POSSIBLE? PLEASE REPLY

  4. Darren Osborne says:

    You don’t appear to have eXplorist 610. I have a review of that I can add for you.

  5. Hi,

    I’m trying to find out more about the model BD77AA GPS, but so far my web searches haven’t even given me the Brand/Manufacturer.

    Can you assist?

  6. I am currently using BaseCamp to upload, download, and display waypoints and tracks. I like to post my vacation trip and hiking tracks on a satellite image map. Other software will accept maps in jpeg format, but I haven’t been able to find a way to do that with Garmin BaseCamp. Is there an option I haven’t found or a work around? Thanks for the help.

  7. To all the GPS engineers.
    I drive a lot of oversize loads throughout this country. I am looking for a GPS unit in the future. I hope that would allow you to take state permits and input route information.
    To see if roads come together. I have seen a lot of permits specially when it comes to crossing the state line. A beyond a certain road and look at my next state permit all need to be completely different highway, which does not merge with the previous state, road, which I was on.
    The great state of Texas is a good prime example of this. You look at your permit and you be on the interstate and then you Beyond Farm Rd., County Road etc. it is somewhat difficult to find these roads on the map. See the direction north, south, east or west it is almost an impossible task at times without making phone calls. Is this what mapping software should be doing as a driver I look at the routing that many GPS units give it is okay by I know a faster route or a better route. So I think. It would be nice to have the option to put my route vs. the GPS routing see the comparisons. It mileage and time.

  8. Several days ago I had my TomTom gps stolen from my car. I had neglected to lock the car (in my own driveway) and came out the day after Christmas to find it gone. Merry Christmas, someone! So now I’m looking for a replacement. I’m thinking of switching to a Garmin as I’m a bit unhappy with TomTom on a few points (won’t go into that here). I have (at least for now) one basic question: If I were to buy a used Garmin “LM” version on eBay, will I get the benefit of the lifetime map updates, or does that only apply to the original purchaser? Thanks for your help, and thanks for a GREAT website.

  9. I am looking for a dual purpose handheld for marine navigation and for finding the corners of my property. I read that accurate readings required a WAAS feature and that feature was indicated on Garmin handhelds by the letter H after the model name, but I could only find one of the many GPS units with an H. I would need the ability to enter lat/long, fairly detailed maps would be a plus and the ability to use in the U.S. Canada, Central America, Caribbean, and UK.
    Thanks.
    Jim

    • Just about all units use WAAAS, but you may or may not find that it improves accuracy. You DO need a unit with a high-sensitivity chipset. These used to carry the H designation, but no more. For a marine device, I would look at the Garmin GPSMAP 78 or 78s. You will probably want to add detailed maps for the areas where you travel. RE: finding property corners — some days are better than others for satellite coverage but in general you can expect accuracy of 10-30”.

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