The Pros and Cons of Portable GPS’s

Portable GPS units are the most widely bought form of satellite navigation systems today. Although the benefits are many, they aren’t necessarily for everyone. The following is a compilation of the basic pros and cons of portable GPS navigation.

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Reasons to Choose a Portable GPS

The word portable will play a key role in your decision. If you are constantly on the move but aren’t always in your own car, then a portable GPS unit is probably your answer. You will have access to updated GPS software, and it will still function as a car GPS, except it can be transferred to any vehicle.

The Pros of Portable GPS Units

Portable sat navs are desirable if you’re rarely in the same vehicle twice. The main benefits of choosing a portable navigation unit are:

  • They are less expensive.
  • No installation required; you just turn it on and start navigating.
  • Portable GPS units can be used in any vehicle.
  • Portable GPS units easily mount to your windshield or dashboard with a bracket for easy viewing.
  • You have access to turn-by-turn spoken directions, just like an in car navigation system.
  • Portable navigation units still feature POI (points of interest) and information on specific destinations like state parks, Mexican restaurants, the nearest ATM, and much more.
  • If you belong to AAA, certain portable GPS models offer access to AAA tour book entries with AAA ratings on thousands of places.

The Cons of Portable GPS Units

Despite the overwhelming pros of portable navigation units, there are some drawbacks to consider before buying one.

  • You will have to charge your portable GPS unit, so make sure the model you choose has enough battery power to get you from point A to point B.
  • Not all portable GPS units have large enough memories capable of saving everyday routes or pre-planned trips.
  • Even though you have turn-by-turn directions, the screen is smaller on portable GPS units and harder to see.
  • It is easy to forget a portable GPS unit, and if you don’t bring it along, you can’t get directions.

Now that you have the facts, weigh your options and choose what’s best for you.

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