Need Help Choosing a Nav? Check This Out

When looking for a portable GPS Navigation system, you want to make sure that it does everything that you want it to do.  What does this mean?  Well, there are a number of different options available that can either make or break your experience with a Navigation system.  However, if you’re not familiar with the features that are available on the market today, you may easily miss out on a feature that would have otherwise proved very useful to you!

What Nav do we recommend?  This one: Garmin nüvi 2555LMT

So what options are there today that you should consider?  A major one that has become more and more prevalent in moderately priced models is text to speech.  Text to speech is a great option which guides you from street to street with the pronunciation of each street in tow.  A number of nav reviews that I have come across have failed to recognize this as a major feature, necessary to keep your eyes on the road rather than on the navigator screen.  Once you have it, you will never want to go back. 


What else should you look for?  Be sure to keep an eye out for live traffic feeds.  Most navigation systems now come with some sort of traffic option, however, some are paid service while others come with the price of the unit.  Obviously I would prefer that you find one with lifetime maps included.  I review some one my site NavReviews which will give you an idea of which come with the feature for life.  Most of the navigators come with an RDS stream which sends radio traffic data through the power cord to the unit.  In our test units we have recognized a bit of a delay in the traffic data, but nothing that will cause you major issues.


You should also look for a navigation system that provides you with live applications.  Points of interest are the most important applications that you should focus on, as they will provide you with navigation from point to point.  You don’t want that new restaurant in a foreign city not to come up.

 If you are an international traveler, be sure to check to make sure that the navigation system has international map capacity.  Most of the navigation systems that you will come across in the US market will be pre-loaded with the continental US and nothing more.  There are updates available for nearly all platforms, however system memory may limit your ability to upload them.  Always be mindful of this when choosing a navigator. 


Lastly, you should look for Bluetooth compatibility.  This has become standard on most navs reviewed at NavReviews (my site) but I wouldn’t neglect to confirm that its an option before you buy.  It’s a great feature that allows you to send and receive calls through the navigation system, which again allows for a less distracted drive.