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    Review: Today's best GPS devices

    Posted January 26, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    If you're looking to buy a dedicated GPS navigation device, you'll quickly discover that every manufacturer offers an almost dizzying array of products--each with slightly different features. The challenge, then, is to determine which features are must-haves and which would just be nice to have.
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    Review: Magellan RoadMate 3065

    Posted January 26, 2011 - 12:16 pm

    In a mature market such as that for personal navigation devices, it's difficult to come up with unique features that differentiate a new product from the competition. But Magellan has done just that with the Magellan RoadMate 3065 ($150, price as of December 22, 2010). The RoadMate 3065 is designed specifically for business travelers and commuters.
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    Review: TomTom XXL 550-TM

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 2:13 pm

    While a 4.3-inch screen has become the standard size for personal navigation devices, the upgrade to a 5.0-inch screen can make a significant difference. TomTom has two series of XXL products with 5.0-inch screens, the XXL 540-TM and the XXL 550-TM reviewed here ($230, price as of 1/5/2011). At one time, such an upgrade carried a huge premium, but no more: Now the premium can be as little as $40.
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    Review: TomTom XL 350-TM

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 2:12 pm

    The TomTom XL 350-TM ($170, price as of 1/5/2011) should appeal to both existing fans of TomTom navigators and newcomers alike. Like other models in the XL 350 series, this unit boasts a 4.3-inch touchscreen.
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    Review: Garmin Nuvi 1350T

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    One of the challenges of buying a GPS navigation device is to figure out just which set of features you want. The other lies in deciphering the differences among models in a product line--in this case, the difference between the Nuvi 1350T ($180 list, as of January 21, 2011) and the Nuvi 1370T. One need look no further than the list prices of these two models to know there’s a difference: The similarly featured 1370T is priced at $250 (as of January 21, 2011).
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    Review: Garmin Nuvi 265WT

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 2:10 pm

    If you're shopping for a bargain-priced GPS, searching for the previous year's models is often a good place to start. One of the current best finds is the Garmin Nuvi 265WT. While it still carries a hefty list price of $220 on the Garmin Website (as of 1/21/2011), you can generally find it online for $100 less.
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    Review: Magellan RoadMate 5045

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 2:10 pm

    While the standard screen size for GPS navigation devices is 4.3 inches (diagonal), a number of devices now have larger screens. Magellan launched a limited number of devices with 4.7-inch screens last year and expanded the number of different RoadMate 4.7-inch devices to seven, including the RoadMate 3065. But for my driving, I prefer a GPS unit with a 5.0-inch (dia.) screen. The new RoadMate 5045 series features such a 5.0-inch screen and most, but not all, of the features needed to make it an ideal navigation companion.
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    Review: Garmin Nuvi 1260T

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    Each of the GPS manufacturers offers an almost dizzying array of products--each with just slightly different features. The key challenge in buying a GPS navigation device is to determine which features are must-haves and which ones would just be nice to have. Once you make that determination, buying the perfect GPS becomes simpler. Over the past several years, larger screens have been the trend for dashboard GPS devices. Devices with a 4.3-inch screen have almost completely replaced devices with 3.5-inch screens. Still, some people might prefer a smaller screen device. And, often, but not always, the smaller screens could mean a cheaper price. Such is the case with the Garmin Nuvi 1260T.
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    Review: TomTom GO 2505-TM

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    The TomTom GO 2505-TM has virtually every feature that you could want in a nonconnected navigation device. And, the company packs all of that into a striking, slim chassis.
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    Apps with maps: 11 iPhone GPS apps compared

    Posted January 14, 2011 - 11:25 am

    The world of iOS-based GPS navigation apps has matured since we last reviewed this category, and the situation has improved. These apps are designed to mimic standalone navigation hardware, those dash-mounted or in-dash devices that guide you to a destination, navigating with the aid of visual cues and maps and often complemented with spoken directions and street names. Both standalone devices and iOS apps can integrate live traffic information for alerts and active rerouting, too.
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    The Best GPS: Many Ways to Find Your Way

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 3:41 pm

    We compared navigation systems to see which ones do the best job of pointing you in the right direction.
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    Product review: Magellan RoadMate 1700 GPS Device

    Posted November 16, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    If you're looking for a portable GPS navigation device with a mammoth screen, Magellan's new RoadMate 1700 could be just the thing.
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    First Look: Verizon Droid with Google Maps GPS

    Posted October 28, 2009 - 5:30 pm

    After weeks of ads teasing us with glimpses of a handset that could do what iPhones don't, Verizon Wireless finally unveiled the Droid by Motorola.
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    Garmin Nuvi 1690 GPS Device

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 12:03 pm

    Competition in the connected GPS market is starting to heat up. Earlier this year, TomTom introduced its $370 Go 740 Live GPS device, staking a claim to the market for navigation devices with a built-in cellular radio (for real-time services such as traffic, weather, and Google Live Search). Now, Garmin counters with its $500 Nuvi 1690.
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    Streets and Trips 2010 With GPS Locator

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 9:32 am

    For trip planning, it's always been hard to beat Microsoft Streets and Trips. And that remains true of the latest version, Streets and Trips 2010, even though many of its new features are less than compelling.
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    GPS devices to help you find your way ... anywhere

    Posted November 20, 2008 - 10:54 am

    Getting around town isn’t as easy as it once was. Whether you’re walking or driving, you’ll need a tool to help you find your way. The four GPS devices reviewed here will get you headed in the right direction. But which is the best of the bunch?
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    AT&T Navigator cell phone GPS

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:47 am

    AT&T Navigator is very similar to Sprint Navigation (both were created by TeleNav), but it offers more features than the other cell GPS services I tried, including a pedestrian mode, support for creating waypoints (stops along a route), instant weather reports, and traffic commute alerts.
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    Sprint Navigation cell phone GPS

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:45 am

    Powered by TeleNav, which also produces AT&T Navigator, Sprint Navigation gives verbal, turn-by-turn directions with live traffic alerts offering detour suggestions.
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    VZ Navigator cell phone GPS

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:42 am

    VZ Navigator, Verizon's branded cell phone GPS service, features accurate turn-by-turn directions, navigation, live traffic alerts with detouring options, and weather and gas-price searching by location (along the route, by specific address, or even by airport proximity).
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    Cell phone GPS app smackdown

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:38 am

    Traveling a lot, and feeling lost? You don't have to remain directionless--and you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on a dedicated GPS navigation device, either. AT&T Wireless, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless all have their own navigation applications for their GPS-enabled phones.
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    TeleNav Track gets a valuable makeover

    Posted September 26, 2008 - 12:48 pm

    Since March 2007, TeleNav has offered the TeleNav Track mobile-phone-based GPS tracking service with built-in audible and visual, turn-by-turn driving directions, electronic time-sheet reporting, bar-code scanning, jobs alert and change capability, electronic forms and progress reports. But new enhancements to the service, including team timecard functionality, overtime controls, remote signature and image capture, and more, make an already feature-packed mobile resource management (MRM) product better-suited for smaller, crew- or team-based organizations, such as landscapers, roofers and painters.
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