Take the right di­rec­tion

Mau­reen Shel­ley test drives four of the lat­est GPS gad­gets from out­door de­vices to in- car mod­els

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Eguide Tech -

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MAG­EL­LAN

EXPLORIST 610 Mag­el­lan, $ 699 mag­el­langps. com

★★★★★■ Out­door GPS de­vices are dif­fer­ent from in-car mod­els, but if you are look­ing for a mul­ti­func­tion de­vice and are pre­pared to pay a pre­mium, the explorist 610 could be for you. Apart from the GPS func­tion, the 3-inch explorist 610 has a 3.2-megapixel cam­era, mi­cro­phone and speaker, three-axis elec­tronic com­pass, and a baro­met­ric al­time­ter. It comes with maps for the US, Canada, Western Europe and Aus­tralia and topo­graph­i­cal maps for the US. You can use the GPS while hik­ing, driv­ing or rid­ing a bi­cy­cle and if you are into geo­caching ( hi-tech trea­sure hunts) it of­fers pa­per­less geo­caching. This unit will run for 16 hours on one charge. 3

NAVMAN

MY 85XLT Navman, $ 299 navman. com. au

★★★★■ The Navman has one of the widest, flat­test bod­ies on the mar­ket and sports a five-inch touch­screen. It of­fers voice des­ti­na­tion en­try, so you can talk to your nav­i­ga­tor, and ‘‘ pre­mium driver alerts’’ that warn you about over­tak­ing lanes, merg­ing, steep in­clines, sharp curves and other haz­ards. The 85XLT comes with map up­dates for two years and a 4GB mem­ory that can be ex­panded with a Mi­crosd card. A Blue­tooth con­nec­tion will let the de­vice con­nect to your phone. Live traf­fic up­dates are also in­cluded. The in-ve­hi­cle mount is eas­ily at­tached and the socket joint gives rea­son­able ad­just­ment. Mount­ing bracket, charger, USB ca­ble in­cluded. 2

GARMIN NUVI

2460LT Garmin, $ 349 garmin. com/ au

★★★★■ The Nuvi 2460LT spe­cialises in ease of use. Its screen of­fers self-ex­plana­tory options such as Trip Plan­ner and Where Am I? There is no guess­ing about how to pro­gram the de­vice – it starts with Where To? or View Map and up, down and back ar­rows to nav­i­gate the screen. You can set up your pro­file to use the Ecoroute fea­ture to save petrol and it will even di­rect you on foot, too. With a five-inch dis­play, the pic­ture is clear and bright in most driv­ing con­di­tions. It has voice prompts, an­nounces street names and cal­cu­lates routes based on traf­fic trends. Hand­ily, you can use a Qwerty or Abc key­board lay­out. It has solid-state mem­ory that is ex­pand­able. 4

TOM­TOM

GO LIVE 820 Tom­tom, $ 299 tom­tom. com

★★★★■ This neat lit­tle unit is the eas­i­est to use straight out of the box. It also has the sim­plest mount, at­tach­ing to the wind­screen with a suc­tion disc, and throws in sev­eral ex­tras in­clud­ing Blue­tooth for phone calls and Google search func­tion­al­ity to find a des­ti­na­tion. The Tom­tom HD Traf­fic func­tion de­liv­ers up­dated traf­fic in­for­ma­tion ev­ery two min­utes to keep you in­formed. It comes with Aus­tralia-wide maps and a prom­ise to de­liver new maps if they be­come avail­able within 90 days of pur­chase. Other fea­tures in­clude lane guid­ance, voice con­trols and spo­ken street names. But its bat­tery life stretches to only two hours and it fea­tures just 2GB of mem­ory.

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