Not too long ago, getting from place to place in a car required using a physical map. Do you remember those days? Feels like only yesterday, doesn’t it? Well, now we tend to rely on GPS to get us where we need to go, which means that it is pretty important these days for you to have some sort quality car navigation system. But, with so many different types on the market, what sort of system should you choose? Should you get a souped-up factory-installed system, pick a cheaper portable system, or simply let a GPS smartphone app tell you where you need to go?
In this piece, we will look at some of the best systems that money can buy, while also going over a few of the things you should keep in mind before purchasing a GPS system.
5 of the Best GPS Navigation Systems
When it comes to GPS navigation for cars, there are a number of different styles and models to choose from. Here, we will focus on five of the best systems that you can get.
- Garmin nuviCam LMTHD
This is a Garmin navigation system for cars that has a great user experience and comes with a magnetic windshield mount that automatically charges the system (it does have a fairly low battery life of about 30 minutes). It also responds to voice commands, so that you can have a hands-free experience to focus on driving and has Bluetooth capabilities for hands-free calling. Additionally, it comes equipped with a built-in dash cam. It may not the most advanced model on the market, but it is perfect for getting you from point A to point B.
- The Magellan SmartGPS
What is so great about this model is that it allows you to connect to the Internet and can also sync all of your smartphone contacts as well as your favorites and your recent destinations. You can also download Yelp and Foursquare destinations. The Bluetooth hands-free calling is also a nice added touch.
- TomTom Go Live 1535
This model features a number of destination search apps such as Expedia, Google, Trip Advisor, and Yelp. Other integrative features give you the ability to check traffic, weather, and fuel prices.
- Rand McNally OverDryve
This smart device integrated system is one of the largest out there and also comes with a boatload of features such as traffic alerts, map updates, construction and accident warnings, and speed limit warnings. It also comes preloaded with 10 million points of interest, such as gas stations, restaurants, hotels, stores, and landmarks.
- Sygic Car Navigation
Sygic GPS Navigation is different from the other systems listed here in that it is simply an app. Conveniently, you do not even need an Internet connection for the system to work, since it can actually store high-quality 3D maps on most smart technology devices. It also gives you the best routes possible so that you can avoid high-traffic areas, provides you with fuel price information, and updates you on speed limits while also offering speed camera warnings. The bare bones app is free, but you can purchase a number of in-app add-ons such as a Heads-Up Display, a Dashcam, and Real View Navigation.
A Few Things to Consider Before Deciding on the Best Navigation System for You
These days, GPS navigation systems are more than simply for navigation. As mentioned in some of the product descriptions above, they also allow for hands-free Bluetooth, Internet connectivity, and smartphone integration. With that in mind, you need to decide what it is you are looking for before pulling the trigger on a navigation system.
You could always go with a factory-installed or an in-dash aftermarket multimedia system, but while these sorts of systems certainly have sleek, high-tech looks with all the bells and whistles, they can also cost you an arm and a leg. If cost is a factor, then a smartphone navigation system may be the way to go. However, unless you buy a special mount, this may not be the most convenient or safest method.
There are a number of questions you should ask yourself before deciding on the right navigation system for you. Is the screen size big enough and the resolution serviceable? Does the system come with live traffic information? Are the maps updated? Does it alert you to dangerous driving conditions? Does it help you stay focused on the road?
Ultimately, you want a navigation system that effectively directs you where you need to go and also keeps you and other drivers safe. A healthy combination of convenience and safety is crucial. With that in mind, it is important to do the right amount of research when determining what is the best navigation system for you.