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What should I look for when buying a GPS System for a car?

asked Aug 31 '10 at 19:55

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In no particular order:

  • Cost to feature ratio (how much "bang for your buck" you're getting.)

  • A must, these days, is Bluetooth support so you can pair it with your cellphone and other mobile devices.

  • Also a must, these days, is Turn by turn navigation which means the device anticipates your next necessary turn and warns you ahead of time. It's not much of a navigator if it tells you to exit the highway 10 seconds too late, or doesn't tell you at all.

  • If you want it to read actual street names to you, look for units that have Text-to-Speech capability.

  • If you want to be able to keep your eyes on the road more, look for units that have Voice Recognition capability.

  • If you want real-time traffic reports, look for a unit that supports that & be sure you're OK with the service subscription cost typically associated with that.

  • A good, quality screen and a reasonably fast processor (all the contemporary units will have the latter)

  • Small in size, easy to remove and carry with you when you're parked in a "questionable area" or using it in a rental car.

  • Readily available map updates so you're not stuck with outdated information.

answered Aug 31 '10 at 20:00

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Free Lifetime Traffic, Lane Assistance, Many POI (Points of Interests), and and Text To Speech Speak street and roads.

answered Aug 31 '10 at 19:57

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I thought your Ford Focus comes with Microsoft SYNC, GPS Navigation, etc.

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You just talk to your car, and things happen?!

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answered Aug 31 '10 at 20:01

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edited Aug 31 '10 at 20:14

His model does not have it.

(Aug 31 '10 at 20:04) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

If you have an iPad, I'd recommend checking out some iPad installs!!!

(Aug 31 '10 at 20:09) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image
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