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Last updated: 12 September 2018

We test car GPS navigation devices priced between $80 and $499 to find the best performing models with a range of basic and premium features. We also test a range of the most popular car GPS apps available from companies such as Apple, Google, TomTom and Waze, for iOS and Android devices.

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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 (speed and red light) camera and school zone alerts, Bluetooth for hands-free phone use, trip planning and public transport information.

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    • Ease of use score
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    • Screen quality score
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    • Speed of map refresh score
    • Ready to navigate (seconds)
    • Map provider
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    • Availability
    • Type
    • Price
    • 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

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