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Last updated: 30 June 2021
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Our car GPS test looks at how entry-level, mid-range and top-tier GPS units from Garmin, TomTom and Navman compare with GPS apps for your Android or iOS device. We assess popular apps including Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze and Here.

Our experts test-drive every GPS unit and app to find the models and programs that:

  • are the easiest to use
  • perform best in city areas
  • perform best in rural and regional areas.

We also look for important additional features such as live traffic updates, safety camera and school zone alerts, Bluetooth for hands-free phone use, trip planning and public transport information. Our buying guide explains the laws around GPS units and apps for fully licensed, L, P1 and P2 drivers.

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      • Overall score
      • Bench test score
      • Ease of use score
      • Points of interest score
      • Screen quality score
      • Verbal instructions score
      • Speed of map refresh score
      • Ready to navigate (seconds)
      • Map provider
      • Good points
      • Bad points
      • Availability
      • Type
      • Price
      • Buy now
      • Brand
      • Model
      • Walking mode
      • Cycling mode
      • Voice recognition
      • No tolls
      • No unsealed roads
      • No highways
      • Announces school zones
      • Full-route display
      • Drag to edit route
      • Lane guidance
      • Landmark guidance
      • Public transport information
      • Safety cameras
      • Fixed speed camera warning
      • Current speed limit
      • Over the speed limit warning
      • Text To Speech (TTS)
      • More than one TTS
      • Remote trip planning
      • Itinerary planning
      • Bluetooth (for hands-free mobile calls)
      • Trip log
      • Live traffic included
      • Live traffic type
      • Lifetime maps included
      • Mac support OSX
      • NZ map support
      • Other countries available
      • Offline base maps
      • Memory card (microSD)
      • Auto orientation
      • Touchscreen type
      • Screen dimensions (mm, W x H)
      • Screen resolution (pixels)
      • Screen size (inches)
      • Weight (g)
      • Contact
      • Year tested

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