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Last updated: 01 October 2019

We test car GPS navigation devices priced between $80 and $449 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.

  • Our GPS vs apps guide will steer you in the right direction if you're not sure what you need.
  • Find out how we test GPS devices and apps out on the road.
  • A dash cam (dashboard camera) can help you keep an eye on the road, and may plug into your GPS unit.
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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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      • 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
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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)
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