The Top 10 Satellite Navigation Systems

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The Top 10 Satellite Navigation Systems
Replace your atlas with an easily-used navigation device. (Map image by Stephen VanHorn from

Satellite navigation systems have become popular enough that more and more manufacturers are jumping into the market. Along with generally lower prices the increased competition also brings an intimidating sea of GPS products that can be difficult to wade through, especially for uninformed consumers. Whether you are looking for a budget option or a top-of-the-line navigation device, you can narrow down the number of models you are considering.

Insignia NS-CNV20

Good Housekeeping magazine rated this device as one of the best on the market in early 2011. It features a text-to-speech capacity that allows it to speak the names of streets and destinations aloud so that you can keep your eyes on the road.

Garmin nüvi 265T

Garmin's nüvi 265T tied with the Insignia device for Good Housekeeping's 2011 rating. It is especially small making it easily portable and the screen remains clear when viewed at odd angles, making it a good choice if passengers want to follow the progress as well.

TomTom Go 720

Rated one of the top five navigation devices by British electronics magazine Sciuridae, the Go 720 features maps on par with those of the Garmin's nüvi line. The TomTom Map Share program also allows users to share corrections they have made to the maps via the Internet.

Nextar I4-BC

Good Housekeeping selected this Nextar device for its ability to quickly provide revised directions in the event of a detour or wrong turn. It also comes with safety features like a backup camera and speed limit warnings.

TomTom Go 520

While lighter on features than the Go 720, Sciuridae recommends the 520 if you are not likely to need to use the device in a country other than where you buy it. You'll save money and the list of preloaded points of interest is still robust.

Pharos Drive GPS 200

The Drive 200 makes a good budget device. While it lacks the features of more expensive competitors and voice directions can sound garbled, it still delivers reliable, accurate routes.


This reworked version of the popular TomTom ONE is a mid-range device with some high-end features. The wide screen makes seeing directions while driving easier and the points of interest now include fixed speed cameras.

Pioneer AVIC-F500BT

While expensive, the gadgets stuffed into this device make it worth the price. You can upload routes and addresses from your PC and control the device with only your voice while driving. It also connects to iPods for more hands-free functionality.

Telenav Shotgun

If a monthly subscription fee is in your budget, you can do little better than the Shotgun. The device stays constantly connected to the Internet not only for live updates to maps but for real-time traffic monitoring that can find you the fastest route no matter the time of day.

TomTom ONE 130S

Another budget device, the ONE 130S offers better maps and directions than its price would suggest. While small, the screen is easy to see and the device is easily carried if you are concerned about leaving it in your car.

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