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The recommended retail price or cost of the app on the App Store/Google Play Store. Some app pricing is recurring – see product pages for more info.
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Do you want a dedicated GPS unit, or a navigation app on your smartphone?
Find an address score
Our tester selects various regional and city locations, and performs two sets of distance calculations for each location. The total of the predicted distances is calculated; the more accurate the predicted distance (compared to a reference map) the better the score. Note: models and apps tested before 2021 used different regional locations.
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Ease of use score
We assess how useful the GPS's instructions are, how easy it is to attach and remove the unit and whether it vibrates during travel. We look at how easy it is to use the menu structure on the touchscreen and, where supplied, whether it's necessary to use a stylus to navigate the menu.
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Bluetooth (for hands-free mobile calls)
Some devices allow you to take and make phone calls using the Bluetooth connection between the device and your smartphone.
Verbal instructions score
We assess the quality of the voice, timing of turn and other instructions, how clear the instructions are, and whether it's possible to rely on verbal instructions without looking at the screen.
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Screen quality score
We assess map readability, including route and road clarity, as well as text size; visibility in a bright setting/daylight; and visibility in low light/at night. Extra points are also awarded if the unit automatically activates dimming when driving through a tunnel.
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Speed of map refresh score
Our tester checks how long it takes the GPS to recover after a missed turn, and after coming out of a tunnel, with a planned turn-off immediately after the tunnel exit.
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Over the speed limit warning
Lifetime maps included
Live traffic included
This feature allows you to read street names or destinations and have the GPS unit find it for you. Some work more effectively than others.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- CHOICE Expert Rating
- Find an address score
- Ease of use score
- Verbal instructions score
- Screen quality score
- Points of interest score
- Speed of map refresh score
- Time from start to ready to navigate (sec)
- Map provider
- Good points
- Bad points
- Recurring fee
- 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 camera warning
- Fixed speed camera warning
- Current speed limit
- Over the speed limit warning
- Text To Speech (TTS)
- More than one TTS option
- 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
- Screen dimensions (mm, W x H)
- Screen resolution (px)
- Screen size (in)
- Weight (g)
- Year tested