GPS Systems

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What is a GPS ?


Technology by and large excels. Every place in this whole wide world that you look at, even the places that you cannot see with your naked eye, speak of the advancement of existing technology. The GPS (Global Positioning System) is one of those amazing technologies.

It enables you to keep track of your journey, locate destinations, and hunt places you have never been to previously. Gone are the days when people had to ask others to guide them to their specific destinations; now we have GPS in different forms meant for delivering the highest level of customer convenience.

You can have your GPS with you 24/7. Whether you are driving, fishing, walking, playing, hiking, or hunting, you can use it for assistance. Every new technology is assumed to be a breakthrough, but a GPS is more so! This device is extremely beneficial and has multiple applications to get the best use possible.

A GPS is a highly versatile device capable of working across all weather types and locations, such as on land, underwater, in the air, and so forth. It works through signals via satellites. The signals transmitted through the satellites are specific to the GPS device, which guide the user towards a particular location.

Prior to the use of GPS units installed in motor vehicles, people got from place to place by using maps, checking the location of the sun, or asking someone working at a gas station. This lead to many misadventures, since the sun is not visible 24 hours a day, and while the directional information gleaned from gas station attendants may have been helpful and well meaning, it wasn’t always accurate. Hence, a map and a compass on the dashboard was the technology of the old days.  However, today, the widespread use and applications of the Global Positioning System (GPS) has revolutionized how we get from one place to another.

Technology Behind GPS system?

Global Positioning System Satellies

Global Positioning System Satellites

The Global Positioning System is a two-part navigation system. The first part is in space and is composed of 31 satellites orbiting 12,600 miles above the Earth’s surface. Each satellite is sending a constant stream of signals to GPS receivers located on or near the Earth’s surface. The GPS satellites in space are called a constellation. GPS satellites move at a speed of about 7,000 miles per hour, making two complete trips around the Earth each day. Of the 31 GPS satellites in space, 24 of them are up and operational at all times, and the other seven are used as back-ups. The back-ups are used if one of the satellites has a malfunction, which is referred to as “unhealthy”. Since each satellite has its own specific orbital path, you can sit, stand, walk or fly, almost anywhere on, or near Earth and be in the line sight of at least six GPS satellites, at any time of the day.

The second part is GPS devices on Earth that receive information from the satellites that are in its clear line of sight and determines, mathematically, your precise location on Earth. It displays that information to you on a GPS unit display screen in an easy to understand format. Not only can your GPS unit tell where you are, but it can also give you other vital information such as:

  • The distance from you to the green on the 14th hole
  • How far you have walked or, and at what speed
  • Where the Thai restaurants are in your area
  • Find the perfect fishing spot
  • Locate your campsite when you get lost, no need to leave a trail of breadcrumbs

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How Does GPS Work?

The three major components to the Global Positioning System are Space, Control and Users.

Space is the constellation of GPS satellites that orbit 12.600 miles above the Earth’s surface. Each satellite is about 17 feet wide when its solar panels are extended. A satellite makes its twice-daily trip around the Earth using solar power. It is equipped with a battery for back-up power (when the Earth blocks out the solar rays). It has rocket boosters that can be used to make slight corrections if it happens to veer off its designated orbital path. It also has an atomic clock on board, which is the most accurate, and most expensive timepiece used by humankind.

However, unlike the name implies, it is not radioactive.

The final part of the GPS satellite is the radio transmitter, which uses less than 50 watts to send a constant stream of radio signals to Earth. Information that is sent to the receivers on Earth at the speed of light (radio signals) is:

  • the I.D. code of the satellite
  • if the satellite is working
  • where the satellite should be in its orbital path
  • date and time the signal was sent, down to the nanosecond level

Control of the GPS system is carried out by the United States Air Force. Air Force personnel work at the Master Control Station in Colorado 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Six monitor stations located around the world constantly receive information from the GPS satellites, and then forward that information to the MCS (Master Control Station). If a correction needs to made, Air Force control personnel first mark the satellite as “unhealthy” and take it off-duty. They temporarily replace the unhealthy satellite with a spare “healthy” one. Then MCS control personnel make the correction and forward the correction to a dedicated GPS antenna, which transmits the correct data to the appropriate satellite. Control also synchronizes all the atomic clocks on the satellites within a few nanoseconds of each other.

Users are the tens of millions of civilians like you and me who own and operate a GPS device that receives GPS satellite signals, along with the United States military. A typical GPS device has an antenna and a receiver that tunes in to the low-frequency satellite signals. It generally has more than 20 different channels for capturing those signals, a receiver-processor, and an excellent clock. The clock is not as excellent, or as accurate as an atomic clock, but it does not need to be because the atomic clocks on the satellites are constantly “telling” our GPS receivers what time it is. Besides, all our GPS units would cost about $100,000 each if they came with their own atomic clock. Finally, a typical GPS device has an excellent display screen showing a map as to where we are, the speed we traveling, estimated time of destination arrival, etc.

How exactly does a Global Positioning System work for Me?

You are lost, and you ask your GPS unit to tell you where on Earth am I? Your GPS device chooses four satellites in its line of sight at four different locations in the sky. Your GPS unit then receives information from each of the four satellites:

  • its pseudorandom, or I.D. code identifying itself
  • its status (healthy or unhealthy)
  • the current time and date
  • where that particular satellite should be at that time of day, according to its almanac

Your GPS then calculates the distance between you and each of the four satellites by determining how much time it took to receive a signal from each satellite. The speed of a radio signal is a constant 186,000 miles per second. Therefore, the length of time to receive the signal is in direct relation to the distance between you and the four satellites. Then it uses trilateration, where, picture this, it views each of those four satellites as the center of its own sphere, and where all four of those spheres intersect, is where you are at, baby! Your GPS unit will then display the correct latitude, longitude and altitude within feet of your own two feet.

Is the Global Positioning System Accurate?

GPS is extremely accurate, but there are some factors that may affect its accuracy:

  • the atmosphere
  • radio signals bouncing off objects before reaching the receiver
  • the position of the satellites in the sky
  • an error in the receiver clock
  • the government intentionally downgrading the signals

However, it is possible to reduce some of those errors in accuracy.

  • Differential GPS: So far, we have assumed that the radio signals coming from the GPS satellites travel at a constant rate (the speed of light). But our atmosphere can actually slow down that signal very slightly, causing an error in calculation of our location.

The ionosphere and troposphere seem to slow radio signals down the most, and DGPS, or Differential GPS provides data to reduce the error in the GPS calculation by employing a system of land-based beacons to transmit the corrective data to GPS receivers. Additional hardware or software for your GPS device is usually required for DGPS.

  • WAAS: The Wide Area Augmentation System basically does the same thing as the DGPS. The difference between the two is that some GPS units are equipped with WAAS capability, so there is no need to purchase extra hardware or software. The Wide Area Augmentation System operates with 25 ground reference stations in the continental United States, a master station on each coast and two geostationary satellites positioned near the equator.

The ground reference stations receive signals from the GPS satellites, adjust the calculations for atmosphere or satellite path error, then forward the correct data to the geostationary satellites, and they forward the correct information to your GPS. WAAS is considered to be five times more accurate than an ordinary GPS unit is, and twice as accurate as DGPS.

  • GPS Reception can be affected if your GPS device is near tall buildings, mountains or densely forested areas. Your GPS will receive the signal, but the amount of time that it bounces off tall solid objects will affect the calculation of where you are in relation to the satellites.
  • Clock Error: The clock in your receiver is of high quality, and it is constantly being synchronized with the atomic clocks attached to the satellites. However, occasional location mistakes will happen if your receiver clock is wrong by just a fraction of a second.
  • Selective Availability: The United States government owns the GPS satellites and the systems that operate it. They allow civilians to use GPS as a national resource free of charge. The U.S. government can take away civilian use of the GPS in time of war.

How does GPS make our lives easier ?

The uses or applications of GPS devices are virtually unlimited. This relatively new technology has already found myriad applications in a wide range of organizations. Some of them are:

Marine GPS will not only show you where you are and how to get to your destination, but will help you find the best place to fish on coastal waters, inland lakes and rivers. Some have sonar attachments to assist in shallow waters, or to determine how deep you want to drop your fishing line. Other features of a waterproof marine GPS may include track plotting and chart plotting.

Sports GPS assists runners, bicyclists and even swimmers. The waterproof GPS designs are either small, lightweight handheld devices, or a wristwatch design packed with features like speed, distance, average times, best speeds and distance to go.

Hiking and Hunting GPS are known for their rugged durability. The handheld units are popular with people who love to hike mountain bike, fish, hunt, camp and even do some geocaching. They feature easy to read screens even in bright sunlight, and a long lasting battery.

Automotive GPS uses are so numerous I don’t know where to begin. They can be used in personal cars, fleet vehicles, trucks, motorcycles and RV’s. They may be used for navigation as well as tracking a vehicle’s speed or route. Some parents have GPS trackers installed on their teen driver’s cars to monitor their driving habits and behavior.

Golf GPS have become very popular. Some are pre-loaded with the layout of over 20,000 golf courses. Golfers can purchase them in the small, durable handheld or wristwatch design. The GPS will not only tell you the distance between you and hole, but also locate and alert you to hazards such as sand traps and water. Some can even record average distance from each club you used, or display easy to read layup charts.

GPS has boosted efficiency and productivity in many sectors of our economy. Some of the commercial applications for the Global Positioning System include:

  • Communications
  • Banking and finance
  • Power grid coordination
  • Package delivery
  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Aviation

GPS has also been extremely useful in the public sector. It is a national resource that we paid for as taxpayers, and continues to pay us benefits by saving lives that probably would have been lost without it:

  • Emergency services
  • Search and rescue
  • Disaster relief
  • Environmental protection

How to Choose a GPS

With so many brands, price ranges and types of GPS devices on the market, choosing one that is right for you can become a difficult task. Here are some suggestions to help you find your GPS.

Choose Your Application. What will be the function of your GPS? Do you need a GPS for your vehicle because you travel a great deal? Are you an avid hunter and need to know where public and private land begins and ends in a particular area? Choose the application that is right for your needs.

Price Range. Live within your means. With so many different brands and models, you should be able to find a GPS that has the features and applications within your budget.

Different Brands are Good for Different Applications. It is comparable to purchasing a car. Certain car brands are known for fuel economy, some for reliability, and others for luxury. The same things apply to GPS. Find a brand that excels in the application you are searching for.

Ease of Use. A GPS that is user-friendly and intuitive is much better than the model that has a manual as thick as a dictionary.

Durability and Rugged Casing. Things happen to our electronic devices. They are dropped on the floor, get wet, or sit out in the sun. Those events should not be end of your GPS. Find one that is tough.

Readability for Day and Night. Struggling to read a GPS display screen while driving is not good. Nor is it good to be standing in the middle of a desert at noon and not be able to read your GPS display screen because the sun is too bright. It is vital to read the display screen when there is no light, a little light, or too much light.

Interface and Connectivity. Do you need to transmit data from your Marine GPS to someone on land? Or are you a pilot that needs to receive data from someone on the ground? How is the connections done, and is there any additional software costs?

Signals and Reception. Receiving signals is very important. Some GPS receivers are very temperamental and fade in or out with the slightest interference. Signal reliability and the number of channels to receive a signal are key factors.


Options are numerous and so are the applications of Global Positioning Systems. Technology has always been a step forward, just like this one. Above are the features and benefits of a number of GPS types while there are several others too. One can keep on exploring the device to get the best use possible under given circumstances.

Using a GPS instead of a map is both convenient and safe. Get rid of understanding the map while driving because not only is it difficult to be a multitasker but such multitasking carries huge risk too. Every commercial and recreational activity is useless if it forcibly pushes you in a dangerous situation.

So whether you are driving a vehicle or a boat; or you are playing, hiking, hunting, or simply walking; stay safe using a Global Positioning System and say “When the going gets rough, let’s get going!”



Garmin nuvi 66 Sale

by Caribou Betty

Garmin Nuvi 66 (LM/LMT)

Garmin nuvi 66LM


The Garmin Nuvi 66 is the last of the new additions of the Garmin essential series of GPS devices. The Garmin 66 comes in two versions the 66LM and the 66 LMT. Measuring 6.6” X 3.7” X 0.8” and weighing only 8.6 ounces the Nuvi 66 has the following features.

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  • Large 6.0 dual orientation display that can be mounted either horizontally or vertically.
  • Doesn’t depend on cellular signals so there is no worry about cellular dead zones leaving you without necessary information.
  • Both the 66LM and 66LMT comes equipped with pre-loaded maps of the U.S. and Canada as well as free Lifetime maps that can be downloaded up to 4 times a year so that you have the latest maps showing changes in roads or businesses.
  • Lane Assist and Junction View to help you get you through those those difficult intersections. Colored arrows show you exactly what lane you need to be in.
  • The Up Ahead feature notifies you of important features up ahead such as hospitals, restaurants, gas stations, and hotels so that you know what is off the next exit and don’t have to go searching for those important facilities you need.
  • The Garmin 66 also comes equipped with a speed indicator that alerts you to the speed limit in areas you are traveling through, tells you the speed you are traveling, and even gives you tells you when you should reach your destination.
  • The School zone warning is one of the Garmin Nuvi’s 66 most important features. It alerts you when you are nearing a school zone so that you can slow down and watch out for those small children who don’t always watch out for themselves.
  • The Garmin 66LM and 66LMT both come equipped with a lithium ion battery that runs up to one hour per charge as well as a Vechicle power cable to ensure that your GPS is stays on and runs properly for those longer road trips.
  • In addition the garmin Nuvi 66LMT comes with traffic avoidance, which warns you of congested traffic, accidents that block the road, or construction work up ahead and gives you alternate routes so that you can avoid those long waits in traffic.

What Comes in the Box

When you open the box containing your Garmin 66LM or 66LMT you should find.

  • You GPS device pre-loaded with city navigator maps for cities throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Vechicle power cable so that you run your GPS on longer road trips
  • Suction cup mount to hold to you device in place
  • USB cable that allows you to update your Lifetime maps via your computer
  • Quick start manual to help you get your GPS device set up and you on the road faster.

What is the Difference Between the Nuvi 65 and Nuvi 66

If you are trying to decide whether the Garmin Nuvi 65 or Garmin Nuvi 66 is the right GPS device for you, but are having a difficult time determining the difference between these two devices you aren’t alone. The simple fact is that the Garmin 65 and 66 are basically the same device, with the only difference between the two being that while the Garmin 65LM and LMT comes pre-loaded with city maps for various cities throughout the lower 49 states, the Garmin 66LM and Lmt comes pre-loaded with navigational maps of both the United States and Canada.

For the addition of just a few dollars more, having access to Canadian maps included with the Garmin 66 as well as those in the U.S. makes good sense. However, if you never plan on visiting Canada, then the Garmin 65 will suit your needs perfectly.

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Garmin nuvi 56 Sale

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Garmin 56 (LM/LMT)


Garmin nuvi 56

The Garmin Nuvi 56 is part of Garmin’s automotive GPS essential series and gives you everything you need to navigate those highway and byways in complete comfortable and added safety thanks to it’s great set of built in features. This the features of the Garmin 56 includes three versions the Nuvi 56, the Nuvi 56LM and the Nuvi 56LMT. Here is a look at all three versions of the GPS device.

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The Display

The Garmin 56 comes with a 5” dual orientation display screen that can be used either vertically or horizontally. It has a white back light so that you can see everything on the screen more clearly and easily. When mounted on Garmins magnetic mount, the GPS to can be move to your best viewing position while held firmly in place even when traveling those rougher roads.

Pre-loaded Maps

The Garmin 56 comes with detailed pre-loaded maps of both the US and Canada. These maps are to help you navigate through many of the cities in the US and Canada.

Plenty of Navigational aids

The Nuvi 56 comes with several built in navigational aids including Lane Assist with Voice Prompts, Junction view, Auto Sort for multiple destinations, and Route avoidance.

Lane assist

uses arrows to show you what lane you need to be in to get on and off your entrance and exit ramps and to navigate those sometimes confusing intersections.

Voice prompts

help to clarify directions by giving you the street names of where to turn and other helpful information. So instead of being told simply to turn right at the next right, you know that you need to right onto “Rose” or some other street.

Junction view

gives you a clear look at those junctions so that you know exactly what to do and where to go at each junction in the road.

Auto Sort

allows you to sort multiple destinations all at once so that you can smoothly go from one destination to other without worry.

Route Avoidance

Tells you where those toll roads are and shows you how to avoid them if you prefer.

Safety Aids

The Nuvi 56 also comes with a couple of helpful built in navigational aids such as school zone warnings and a speed limit indicator.

The Speed Limit Indicator not only shows you what speed you should be traveling at, but also your current speed and your estimated time of arrival. This feature may not only prevent you from incurring an expensive traffic ticket, but helps to keep you safer by reminding you at what speed you should be traveling.

The School Zone Warning not only protects you from accidentally going to fast through a school zone and risking a hefty fine, but also helps to protect the children who attend that school. It’s a great protection device to include in a basic GPS device.

The Garmin Nuvi 56 measures 5.5” X 3.4” X 0.8” and comes with a Lithium ion battery and can operate up to 2 hours on a single charge .

What’s in the Box?

When your Garmin Nuvi 56 arrives it comes with the Garmin Nuvi 56 with built in city navigator maps, A Power cable, a Suction mount for your device, and the Garmin quick start manual to help get you on the road quickly. You have everything you need to set your course and begin your travels.

Other Versions of the Garmin Nuvi 56

For a few dollars more you can also get the Garmin 56LM or LMT.  The Nuvi 56LM comes complete with free Lifetime maps, to keep you updated on changes in different areas practically as they happen since you can download new updated maps 4 times a year.

The Nuvi 56LMT comes with not only the free lifetime maps, but also free Traffic avoidance which tells you where there is congested traffic or construction going on and shows you alternate routes to avoid spending time sitting in traffic when you could be going merrily along your way.

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Previous Garmin nuvi Models

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Previous Garmin nuvi Models


2014 Garmin nuvi GPS

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Garmin nuvi 2014 Models


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Essential Series

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Garmin nuvi 65 Sale

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Garmin 65 (LM/LMT)

Garmin nuvi 65The Garmin Nuvi 65 comes in two versions the Nuvi 65LM and the Nuvi LMT. One of the newest GPS devices in Garmin’s essential series, this device has everything you could want in a basic automotive GPS. Here are some of those special features.

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6 Inch Dual orientation Display

Garmin’s largest display screen yet, this six inch display can be mounted either vertically or horizontally and is easy to see at glance.

Maps Galore

Not only does the Garmin 65LM and 65LMT both come pre-loaded with maps of the lower 49 states, it also comes with Lifetime Maps which means that you don’t have to worry about closed roads, or changes in business locations as you can download revised and current maps several times a year.

Other Navigational Aids

Not only does the Garmin 65LM and 65LMT come with pre-loaded maps and free map updates 4 times a year, it also comes with a variety of other navigational aids including:

  • Lane Assist
  • Junction view
  • Voice prompts

These features will help you to find your way in strange cities and help you to ensure that you get off at the right exit, or make your way through those junctions and intersection with ease by using arrows to point the lane you need to be in. In addition the voice prompts adds additional information such as which way to turn and the name of streets you need to be on to further ensure that you reach your destination without stress or guess work.

In addition, the Nuvi 65LMT also includes free traffic avoidance a feature that allows you to know if there is traffic congestion or construction work ahead and will give you an alternate route to avoid getting stalled in traffic.

Safety Aids

The Garmin 65LM and 65LMT also come equipped with a number of safety features. These features include:

Speed Limit Indicator

Garmin’s speed limit indicator not only keeps you apprised of the speed limit you should be driving, but also the actual speed you are traveling and even your estimated time of arrival.

School Zone Warning

The Nuvi 65LM and 65LMT also features a school zone warning to let you know when you are nearing a school zone and need to slow down and remain alert.

Up Ahead

The Up Ahead feature gives the driver important information such as the fact that are service stations, medical help, restaurants and motels coming up so that if you need to fill up your car, rest, eat or seek medical care, you can find the services you need when you need it.

Specifications of the Nuvi 65LM and Nuvi 65LMT

The Nuvi 65LM and 65LMT measures 6.6” X 3.7” X0.8” and weighs just 8.6 ounces. It also comes with a rechargeable Lithium ion battery that can operate up to an hour on a single charge.

What’s in the Box

When you open the box containing the Nuvi 65 you should find:

  • The Nuvi 65LM or 65LMT
  • Preloaded city navigator of various cities throughout the US
  • Free access to Lifetime maps that you can update up to 4 times a year.
  • Vehicle power cable
  • USB cable
  • Quick start manual

The Nuvi 65LMT also comes with traffic avoidance.


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Garmin nuvi 55 Sale

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Garmin Nuvi 55 (Basic/LM/LMT)


Garmin nuvi 55 SaleThe Garmin Nuvi 55 is one of the newest additions to the Garmin essential series of automotive GPS devices. For those who haven’t heard about this the essential series, it is what Garmin calls their basic series of GPS devices. The name “essential” is given to these basic GPS devices because although none of the devices in this series contain all the bells and whistles of the higher end GPS devices they have all the essential features to help you get where you are going at a price that is designed to meet your budget.

The Garmin Nuvi 55 comes in three versions; the plain Nuvi 55, the Nuvi 55LM and the Nuvi 55LMT.

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Features of the Garmin 55

All three versions of the Garmin Nuvi 55 come with the same basic features. These features include:

  • 5 Inch Display- The Nuvi 55 comes with a bright 5 inch display that can be used either vertically or horizonitally.
  • Pre-loaded with Maps of the Lower 49 states.
  • Turn By Turn Routing. The turn by turn routing feature helps you get where you are going by clearly showing your route complete with turns marked with colorful easy to see arrows.
  • Lane Assist- The Lane assist features shows you exactly what lane you need to be in to get off at the right exit or go through or turn at any given junction or intersection. It helps relieve the worry over missing your turn or being in the wrong lane at a critical moment when traveling in an unfamiliar area.
  • Junction View. Junction view allows you to see any upcoming junctions and where you need to be.
  • Helps You Find Millions of Addresses and Points and Interest- The Garmin Nuvi 55 is designed to help you find where you are going right down to the exact address, as well as point out some of the Points of Interest along your route.

Best of all your new Garmin Nuvi 55 doesn’t rely on cellular signals to get you from point A to point B so you don’t have to worry about losing your GPS signal in Cellular dead zones just when you are going to need it the most.

The Garmin Nuvi 55LM

The Garmin Nuvi 55LM is the same great GPS device as the regular Garmin 55 with the exception that for a little bit more of an investment this GPS comes with Garmin’s lifetime maps. This is actually a nice feature, as roads close and new ones open, and businesses change location, or new businesses start up every day, which means your GPS maps can quickly become outdated. With Lifetime maps, you can upload new up to date maps every few months for free, for the lifetime of your GPS device.

The Garmin Nuvi 55LMT

The Garmin Nuvi 55LMT again comes with all the features of the regular Nuvi 55 plus the Lifetime maps. In addition this version also includes, traffic avoidance. The traffic avoidance feature will help you to avoid those areas where there is congestive traffic, traffic is at a stand still due to accident, or where road construction is slowing the flow of traffic by telling you where these delays are and showing you an alternative route so that you can avoid this potential time wasting routes while traveling.

As you can see while the Garmin 55 does lack some of the bells and whistles and fancier features of higher priced GPS devices it does have all the essential features necessary to get you where you are going simply and easily.

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2014 Garmin Automotive GPS Buyer’s Guide


2014 is well under way and most people are looking forward to the end of our harsh winter and hitting the road again, for either travel or business. Of course you want your traveling to be as problem free and stress free as possible and the Garmin company has come out with some new automotive GPS devices to help you plan your route, avoid those traffic jams, and find your way to your destination easier than ever before. So please feel free to use our 2014 Garmin automotive GPS guide to help you find the right GPS device to help guide you along each and every mile of the journeys that lie ahead of you.

An Overall Look at Garmin’s 2014 Features

Before we have a look at each of the new devices in each of Garmin’s Series of GPS devices, let’s take a look at some of the features you may find on these devices. Please keep in mind that every device does not have every feature, so the key to choosing the right device to meet your needs will be finding the specific device that has all or most of the features you feel you need to make your traveling safer and less stressful.

Real Directions with Real Voice

If you have ever owned a GPS with voice then you know that those mechanical voices can be extremely difficult to understand as well as annoying. Garmin listened to the complaints of their customers and have improved the voice feature in their new GPS devices so that the voice sounds just like a real person talking to you until of a robot. When this is combined with their real directions you can find easy to see landmarks to help you on your way as a well as friendly voice giving you exact directions on where to turn and what roads to take.

Lane Guidance with Voice Prompts

Not only does the lane guidance show you exits and intersections and junctions with arrows showing you exactly where to go, you also get voice prompts for the directions. This feature just may help make it impossible to ever mix an excit or turn the wrong way at an intersection again.

Lifetime Maps

Updates several times a year Lifetime maps will keep you apprised of changes in roads, and business locations as well as new businesses that have moved in or started up near your destination. Look for the LM to see if your a GPS device comes with the free Lifetime maps feature.

Lifetime Traffic

Lifetime traffic tells you where construction work, roadblocks, or heavy congested traffic is along your route to your destination and gives you an alternative route you may take to save time waiting in traffice. Decriptions for devices that come with Lifetime traffic will show the initials LT, while those with both Lifetime maps and traffics will be abbreviated LMT.

HD Digital Traffic

For those of you who want to know about changes in traffic conditions prior to get to any point along your route Garmin has instituted the HD Digital Traffic feature on some of their devices. This feature updates traffic every 30 seconds so you know exactly how heavy or light the traffic is all along your route. The HD digital traffic features is normally combined with Lifetime maps and Traffic and will be abbreviated LMTHD.

Photo Real and Bird’s Eye View

Some drivers simply don’t like driving in unfamiliar areas without landmarks to use for guides. With real photo not only do arrows point the way to your destination along the route, but you can see the landmarks you need to pass and even turn by as well, which makes navigating those junctions easier and far less stressful, because you will know exactly where you are at and what you need to do to get where you are going. The Bird’s eye view features shows you how the intersection looks from the overhead.

Voice Activated Navigation

There are times when weather conditions or heavy traffic makes it unwise to take your hands off the wheel, so Garmin has included Voice activated navigation on some of their devises to help you drive evenly more safely. You give a comand and the GPS will respond, showing you exactly what you need to see, without you having to scroll down the touch screen.

Bluetooth Compatible

This feature allows you to Sync your GPS device with bluetooth and works like a smartphone for hands free calling.

Smartphone Link

Now you can link to your iphone or android phone and use the existing data to share information between your phone and GPS device. This allows you to access important information like where you parked your car or weather conditions along the route.

Up Ahead

Up ahead will tell you about all the services coming up at various points along your route, so hyou can find restaurants, hospitals, shopping and gas stations even when you are in a completely unfamiliar area.

3D Building and Terrains

The 3D building and Terrain feature will give you a more realistic view of the area, instead of those flat views of buildings and the terrains. So you will know that the hills you are driving through are along your route because they will show on your screen.

New Powered Magnetic Mount

This new generation of GPS devices also comes with a powered magnetic mount which aligns the GPS device perfectly and holds it place for easier viewing.

Garmin Express

Garmin Express also offers a single online source for everything Garmin, so that you can get the information you need all in one place.

Introducing Gamin’s Newest Devices in the Essential, Advanced and Prestige Series

Garmin offers three series of Nuvi GPS devices. The essential series consists of what would be considered Garmin’s budget series of these devices, and are generally armed with what Garmin considers to be the basic GPS necessities. The Advance series is Garmin’s mid-range series and consists of GPS devices that have a few more advanced features than the essential series. The Prestige Series consist of Garmin’s high end devices which are loaded with special features that many users find extremely helpful.

Essential Series

The newest devices in the Essential series includes:

Some of the features of this essential series include:

  • These devices have 5 or 6 inch screens
  • Spoken turn by turn directions
  • Traffic avoidance
  • Lane assist
  • Junction views and more.

Advance Series

The newest devices in the Nuvi Advance series includes:

Some of the features you will find in devices in this series include:

  • Improved guidance
  • Real directions
  • Turn by turn directions
  • Easy to see landmarks
  • Traffic Alerts

Prestige Series

The Newest member of the Prestige series is the 3597LMTHD features of this series includes:

  • 5 Inch screen
  • Voice activated navigation
  • Real directions and Real voice
  • Lifetime maps for North America
  • HD Digital traffic
  • Bluetooth and Smartphone compatibility
  • Magnetic Mount

For more indepth information about the newest Garmin GPS devices please look through our site and read our indepth articles on these devices.

2013 Garmin Nuvi GPS

by Caribou Betty

Garmin nuvi 2013 Models


See Garmin 2013 Car GPS Buyer’s Guide to help you understand these models

Essential Series

Advanced Series

Prestige Series




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