GPS Helps Navigate Your Summer Travels

Follow our expert advice on how to navigate the wide variety of GPS units on the market.

Studio 5 contributor and technology specialist, Jessica Foust says GPS units and navigation Apps can help you get where you’re going this summer.

GPS and Navigation Apps to Help in Your Summer Travels
With summer vacation just around the corner GPS units and GPS apps will get you to any destination. GPS navigation receivers are able to track your current position. They can tell you how fast you are going and how long it will take to reach your destination. Many GPS navigation receivers can even tell you where the traffic jams are, and re-route you accordingly to avoid the snarls.

Most receivers will have millions of built in POIs, or points-of-interest. These points of interest can be as big as national parks, or as small as your local taco stand. They will allow you to search for the nearest Mexican restaurant, or the closest ATM. Not only will it tell you where it is, but guide you right to it!

Garmin, TomTom, and Magellan are the top brands for GPS units. Each has their strengths and when evaluating each model compare screen size/resolution, built-in memory, battery life, and traffic services.

Navigation apps work on many smartphones including the iPhone and the Droid. By combining precise location information with databases of where other things are located, apps can help you find your way in unfamiliar surroundings and even save time and money in your own neighborhood.

When choosing a navigation app, be certain it covers the area you’re interested in. Also look at the interface, graphics, stability, and how much memory it will take up on your phone.

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