Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Portable GPS Systems: Handy Navigation at Your Fingertips

By Kaye Fretz

A portable GPS system can be worth more than what you're willing to pay for it. Yes, portable units definitely cost hundreds of dollars less than permanent car mounted units. Even so, they can give you just as much convenience. The best part is that a portable device doesn't need to stay stuck in your car. You can bring it out even for a walk. There are many different units though and choosing one can be tough. Here are some features you may want to consider when you make your choice.

Navigation Assistance

Navigation - A GPS system exists primarily for navigation. The first feature you should always consider should therefore be its ability to help you find your way. The most basic feature is a unit that will let you enter your destinations. The unit will then display maps and arrows that will point your path and the turns that you make.

Different GPS units, however, have different internal maps. You should check what your unit contains and how much it would cost you to update or include maps of other continents or countries. Newer units also have other features such as functions to help you find the shortest path or places according to your predetermined preferences.


When you pick your portable GPS, its portability should be a major consideration. You would want your GPS system to be small enough to fit in a pocket or a small pouch. A small and lightweight unit will allow you to bring it almost anywhere without inconvenience. It can easily be brought around even when you are out for a hike or a bike ride.

Of course, the smallest is not always the best. This is especially true if you have eyesight problems or if you have trouble operating small buttons. You need to make sure that your GPS is small enough to carry but big enough to make it easy to operate.

Battery Options

Every reliable portable unit should have an internal battery. These batteries can easily be plugged and charged at home or in your car. Do consider though that various units have different battery durations. If you are fond of walking long distances then you should make sure that you have a unit that has batteries that will last for your entire journey.

Other Features

You may be interested in a couple of new features if you are tech savvy. Some portable units now carry Bluetooth capabilities, music players, photo viewers, movie players and more.

A portable GPS can be everything you can ever hope for. With the many available options, you simply have to check what fits your budget and your tastes.

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