Buying guide: GPS units and sat navs

Need help shopping for a GPS unit? Deciding between sat navs from Garmin, TomTom and Navman? Read our handy buying guide

Shopping Checklist: GPS units

• Accessories

Ask what accessories come in the package. An in-car charger and window mount are generally standard. Some GPS units also come with an AC charger, remote control, or a USB cable for transferring multimedia and/or updating maps.

• Touch screen

This allows easy operation. Most GPS units come with a touch screen instead of physical buttons.

• Road safety features

Check if the unit has road safety features. These generally include notification of fixed speed and red light cameras, as well as school zone warnings, accident black spots and railway crossings.

• Battery

A battery life of a few hours is important if you are going to use your GPS when it’s not plugged into the car charger.

• Size

If you want to use the unit in multiple vehicles or carry it around, smaller units are better. On the flip side, a larger unit will come with a bigger screen, which can enhance the overall navigational experience.

• Connection

Check how the unit connects to your computer. Most connect to a PC via a standard mini-USB connection. Connection to a PC can sometimes be required for software and map updates.

• International maps

Going overseas? International maps can generally be purchased, but some GPS units include them as a standard feature.

• Bluetooth

Some GPS units have Bluetooth and can act as a hands-free kit for your mobile phone.

• Additional features

You can view photos, play MP3 files and watch video clips on some GPS units.

• Memory

Most units have a combination of a small amount of internal memory and an SD card slot. However, an extra SD card or microSD card may be needed for storing MP3 files, photos and video clips.

• Map updates

These usually involve an annual fee, which is important when calculating ongoing running costs.

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8 Comments

Anonymous

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GPS maps for Navman iCN320

Hi,
Need some assistance with map finding for my 2nd hand Navman iCN320. It appears it is an older GPS and I'm not sure what or where I need to be looking to purchase maps for it. I would also like to know what type of maps it would require or what other applications are compatible with it. A comparison site would be good, both listing prices and applications. Please advise.
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929tracy

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GPS maps and or applications

Hi,
I require some assistance with a 2nd hand Navman iCN320 I have purchased. It does not come with maps and I would like some guidance as to what and where to look in order to purchase one. I would like to know what system or applications I need to look for and would ideally like a comparison site for applications, compatibility and pricing if possible. Look forward to a reply.
929tracy.

Brian Garvin

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When I was in the military we used GPS systems. Now they are everywhere including vehicles. I'm sure eventually they'll have the technology to plant them in people so they can be located if they are ever lost. That would end up solving a lot of crimes.

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Which GPS? None of the above!
Navig8r (hard to find) does so much: The major benefits . . .swap out the 4Gb database SDHD card, and watch a movie on one of your other cards to wind down in yr motel, listen to MP3 when you're out of range, verbal directions in an Aussie accent (yah, I can understand it), database maintained in Newcastle, and there are free on-line updates 3-4 times a year, speed/school warnings separate & also updated, big screen for a small screen price.
Only drawback so far: no speed restriction warnings up bush - too many councils not willing to keep others in the loop.

Recommended. About to buy another.

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