Best GPS Picks 2013
Picking the “best” GPS product is difficult. Everyone has totally different needs and different tastes so what might be the best GPS for you would possibly not be the same as for someone else. Still, some GPS models do stand out from the group thanks to a mixture of options, style, and worth. We’ve assembled a list here that is basically the Editor’s Choice of Best GPS devices. It is hard to go wrong with these models. The list is in order of how recent the device is, not quality.
Garmin NuLink 1695
The NuLink 1695 is Garmin’s latest entry into the SIM-connected PND market. While it has its roots firmly planted within the nuvi 1xxx line, it also has some of the latest features from Garmin’s flagship 37xx series.
Combining a five inch widescreen, live Navteq traffic, Bluetooth, an expanded package of nuLink services and the newest nuRoute features, it’s a smart upgrade from Garmin’s only other connected model, the 1690. But how will it match up with Tomtom’s Live models? When I spent a couple weeks with it (and a side-trip to the Jersey Shore with another moderator, Boyd), here’s what I found to share.
TomTom 740 LIVE
The TomTom 740 Live has hit the streets, addressing several issues we’ve had with previous TomTom devices. The location of the power cable, the “inactive” mount, and lack of full voice control were all previous limitations that have been updated. Best perhaps is that you don’t have to choose between options to get traffic information… it used to be the ugly and annoying traffic cable or Bluetooth. Now connectivity is built right into the GO 740 Live. So how does it all stack up when put together? Over the past number of weeks I’ve logged close to one thousand miles with the new GO, deliberately driving myself into the worst traffic in the country, and sought out the best deals on fuel to put it to the test.
Garmin Oregon 400t
Touch screen devices have finally arrived for the masses with the Garmin Oregon series. The 400t model comes loaded with Topo maps covering the USA (in 1:100,000 scale) and offers an interface kind of like the innovative Colorado series. The bit screen makes entering data and configuring the GPS a breeze.
Take note, the standard of the screen isn’t quite as sensible as other Garmin models. However that is a sacrifice you might be willing to make to have a touch screen. The screen sensitivity is nice, even when coated with water and mud and with gloves on. The only downside is it is often troublesome to browse unless lighting conditions are good or it’s relatively dark. Still, if you think employing a GPS is as fun as the activity you’re using it for, you’ll celebrate tapping and scrolling through the Oregon 400t.
Garmin Nuvi 265WT
Need (virtually) all of the functions of a top of the line GPS at a middle of the road price? The Garmin Nuvi 265WT might be your dream GPS. Perhaps the biggest reason to consider the 265WT is the included lifetime traffic reporting system. While interrupted by occasional advertisements, the ads are fairly infrequent and unobtrusive.
You will also notice a widescreen display, Text-to-Speech, and Bluetootechnology for hands-free calling. About the only advanced feature not included is multi-destination routing– but if you’ll be able to live without that, this is a great GPS and an amazing price when considering the lifetime traffic subscription.