How to choose a GPS navigator

Not all satellite navigators are the same and before buying one it would be advisable to evaluate some features. Here's which ones

Although the word GPS is now mostly connected with smartphones and other mobile devices, you have to remember that there are still the dear and classic satellite navigators on the market. Some people, for a number of reasons, in fact, prefer to use the maps of these numerous devices.

Let's start by describing the advantages of traditional GPS navigation systems. First of all, as you can easily guess, they are much more convenient and practical than cell phones and tablets. For example, there is no risk of navigation being interrupted by an incoming call or message. And then in case the smartphone rings, the user is not forced to choose between answering or continuing with the navigation. There are those with very large screens. And let's not forget, they are above all very efficient. Compared to a few years ago - perhaps due to the GPS of mobile devices - their price has also dropped.

Satellite navigators are not all the same and before rushing to the nearest electronics store, it would be advisable to evaluate some features, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.

On-board GPS

In fact, even before going to the mall and buying a satellite navigator, you might want to consider installing one of the many infotainment systems available for cars. Some of them are real on-board computers and include, among many other functions, GPS. The only downside is that they can be very expensive.

Portable SatNavs

In case you have no intention of changing the dashboard of your car or you don't want to spend a lot of money, it would be better to go for a portable SatNav. The competitive price - always lower than an on-board GPS - is not its only strong point. Precisely because they are portable, these navigators can be used on multiple vehicles.

Technical Features

Another key element - perhaps the most important - that you need to take into account revolves around the navigator's technical features. Let's start with the screens. In the same way as smartphones and tablets, satellite devices also differ in display resolution and size. Generally, the higher and bigger these parameters are, the more expensive the GPS device will be. Which one to choose? It depends on your needs.

Don't underestimate the quality of the receiver. Some GPS devices have a higher sensitivity, that is, they are able to pick up the signal more optimally. It is understood that the price of navigators will also depend on the receiver. If you really want my advice: don't save money on this internal component.

Also consider whether the navigation software is able to calculate the route automatically, like Google Maps for example. This is a very useful feature that will save you the hassle of stopping and setting the direction again while you are driving.

It is very useful to check if the navigator - a feature that is now common on many devices - has voice service, i.e. the voice that guides the driver. Some sat-navs can also read out street names.

It's also worth looking at whether the GPS device you buy offers 3D maps or communicates real-time traffic information. Make sure the sat nav also includes the ability to receive updates for software and especially maps.