I’ve only owned one sat nav GPS system for a car, ever, which I bought several years ago. Since then, they have become much better, better UI, better GPS reception, better maps, better touch screen etc. I’ve considered many times whether or not I should buy one of the new sleek systems to have one of the best sat nav systems out there, but it’s an expense I simply cannot justify…
Why? Well, iPhone!
The iPhone only comes with built-in Google Maps. It can assist you on the road with driving instructions and such but it’s not very good, it kinda sucks, to be honest. However, there are software in the App Store which you can buy to get a better GPS solution. TomTom and Navigon both have an iPhone version of their GPS software in the App Store and even with local map versions as well, meaning you can just buy East USA if that’s what you need, without having to pay for mid and west too.
But there’s a downside. The iPhone does a decent job of acting like a GPS, but the built-in speaker doesn’t offer quite enough power to spoken instructions to be heard loud and clear if you’re on the freeway, I think. The screen might also not be big enough to touch all the buttons easily, view all the details of your route and such. That’s why there’s still a (small) market for standalone GPS systems like the ones you can find on http://www.satnav-expert.co.uk/.
What GPS system do you use in your car, and why? Leave a comment below!