Find the Perfect GPS Gift – Help and Recommendations

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Are you looking for a GPS gift for this Christmas Season and you do not know how to pick one? Well, you are not alone. With all the models and all the technical terms, this decision can be overwhelming.

When most people look for a GPS gift, they look for an automotive GPS so we will limit this article to automotive GPS units made by Garmin. These units range in price from $100 to under $400.

The first and most important GPS feature to evaluate is the capability of the GPS to speak the name of the street on which the driver must turn. The lower cost GPS units do not have this capability which forces the driver to take his eyes off the road to read the street name on the GPS display. This is extremely dangerous. I highly recommend that your GPS gift speaks the street name. This feature increases the price of the GPS, but it is worth every penny.

Next consider the size of the display. Garmin GPS come in a standard display with a 3.5 inch diagonal measurement and a wide screen display with a 4.3 inch diagonal measurement. The wide screen units cost more, but they are also easier to read.

Recommendations for the units that speak street names are Garmin Nuvi 255 for the standard display and Garmin Nuvi 255W for the wide screen display. These units will provide all the features needed for automotive GPS navigation at a reasonable price.

If you want to step up to a GPS gift that has really significant features for the money, the Garmin Nuvi 780 is the best gift buy. This will make a really great gift for you to give. It is a wide screen model with Bluetooth wireless which will allow hands free calling on a cell phone. It has an FM transmitter which plays the GPS output through the car stereo. Since the Nuvi 780 also has a built in MP3 player and an audio book player, the output from these features is played through the car stereo.

The Garmin Nuvi 780 also includes an MSN direct receiver and a subscription to the MSN Direct service included in the purchase price. Keep in mind that this service is only available in certain metropolitan areas.

The Garmin Nuvi 780 is discounted 75 percent off list price and is listed as a “hot deal” during this Christmas Season. Notice that this is a discontinued model, but it contains current GPS technology. This combination makes it such a great buy.

The only other major feature that you might consider in a GPS gift is voice recognition. The top of the line Garmin units will actually understand voice commands. The lower cost voice recognition unit is the Garmin Nuvi 855 and the higher cost voice recognition unit is the Garmin Nuvi 885T.

This information should help you select a GPS gift for that special person. For more information and assistance, read the resource information at the end of this article.

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