Best GPS Devices of 2011

Best GPS Devices of 2011

With so many GPS devices to choose from, how do you even know where to begin? Here is a “top 10” list of terrific GPS devices to choose from in 2011.

1. TomTom XL 350 TM Car GPS Review: Free Map Updates and Traffic Service ($135)

The TomTom XL350 TM wins raves for its free product lifetime map updates and its traffic avoidance features, which would normally cost $75 per year. Updates are easy to download using TomTom’s free Home software.

2. Garmin nüvi 1350/1350T 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator with Traffic ($130)

The 1350T includes the traffic receiver. It has a 4.3 inch touch screen display and comes pre-loaded with City Navigator NT maps for North America and CityXplorer maps for pedestrian navigation.

3. TomTom XXL 550TM 5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Lifetime Traffic & Maps Edition) ($175)

New map editions are available four times per year and you get free Lifetime Traffic Updates to help you outsmart traffic problems. Comes preloaded with US, Canada, and Mexico maps.

4. Garmin nuvi 3790T ($339)

This has a 4.3 inch multi-touch display in a slim, 9mm thick case. It’s sleek, refined, and has all the features you want with the most stunning graphics you’ll find in a personal navigation system.

5. TomTom GO 2505 TM ($299)

This has a super-responsive glass capacitive touch screen and terrific graphics. You can get free map and traffic updates, use voice commands for address entry. It’s one of the best GPS devices TomTom makes and is good looking, too.

6. Magellan Maestro 4350 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Bluetooth & Integrated Traffic ($392)

This has the OneTouch User Interface, for fast, easy interaction with its 4.3 inch anti-glare touch display. You can personalize shortcuts to common destination and use Live Traffic Functionality for coping with traffic in real time.

7. Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor ($129)

This is a device you wear like a watch and has exceptional signal reception. Perfect for athletes who want precise distance, speed, and pace information. Loved by cycling, cross-country skiing, and windsurfing enthusiasts.

8. Magellan RoadMate 1700 ($146)

The 7 inch color touchscreen is great for easy viewing. It comes with maps of the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico and has features like multi-destination routing, spoken street names, and highway lane assist.

9. Magellan RoadMate 5045 ($125)

Great for larger vehicles, the RoadMate 5045 has a 5 inch touchscreen and includes lifetime traffic alerts, highway lane assist, and OneTouch favorites. It comes preloaded with maps of the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

10. Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx – Hiking GPS receiver ($200)

This is one of Garmin’s most popular models for marine and outdoor use. It has a removable microSD card for detailed mapping memory. It’s also waterproof and ruggedly housed. It’s designed to let users track location in challenging conditions like heavily wooded areas and deep canyons.

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