Choosing The Right GPS System
First off, why do you need your GPS?Business purposes, for yourself?The occasional car trip or multiple commutes daily?If it's just for you or you will use it fairly infrequently, you can go with your basic run-of-the-mill GPS, which provides directions and not much more.If it's for something more professional a splurge on a fancier type might be prudent.When purchasing a GPS system, remember these things:
- How much you are going to spend.Especially if you look in-store, it's easy to be talked into buying fancy items with more features than strictly necessary -and inflated prices too.If you decide how much you're willing to pay in the first place it will be easier to get something reasonably affordable.
- There are two basic types of GPS systems, those that offer turn-by-turn directions, and those that respond to audible questions and orders.Obviously the former are cheaper, and make more sense for those who require them just once in a while or for personal use.The other kind is more specific (says the name of streets, not just the number of feet to turn in) and allows the driver to pay attention to what they're doing more easily.
- POIs, AKA Points Of Interest are features that a lot of GPS systems have.It's the amount that varies.If you travel often and would like to mark certain areas to memory, a GPS with plenty of POIs is probably a good idea.Otherwise it might not be of much use to you -it's really personal preference.
- Do you need traffic routing?For the every business man, with a busy schedule and appointments to make, this may prove to be an incredibly useful tool.It will better enable you leave in advance and make it on time!
- Similar to Google maps, routing engines show you how to get from point a to point b.The better the routing system, the more efficient the directions will be.Most people getting a GSP, for whatever the reason, will probably want to get a good routing system...it's important.
- Read reviews.These will help you get a better idea of particular GSP systems' pros and cons, rather than the sugar-coated image salesman and sites will try to sell you on. Of course you'll want to peruse multiple sites to get the most accurate idea possible.
- Some people are extremely image conscious, and if you're one of them you may also take appearance into mind if the GPS will be visible.Some will be sleek, some bulky, etc.Then again some sacrifices in taste may have to be made for the more expensive and tripped out types.
- GPS systems come with many features, including: bluetooth, radio, traffic receivers, satellite weather, small screens, large screens, etc.Your GPS should be based off of your own needs and preferences, not what a salesperson or impersonal source tells you to get.If you like any of the above listed features or others available, go for it, provided it fits your budget.
- Search around.Different companies offer a variety of rates.You want to get the best bang for your buck no matter what, so reading multiple reviews and writing up pros and cons of each can help you out a lot!
- See what your spouse thinks.Especially if they are going to be driving the car with you, they ought to have a say and they may have some helpful opinions to make the process simpler for you.
You need to know what you want and what you can afford when you head out there to buy gadgets. Make sure you buy a GPS system that works well and will be able to help you get to your destination on time and without getting lost!