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Mau­reen Shel­ley and Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Nicholson point you in the right di­rec­tion

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GARMIN NUVI 3760 Garmin, $ 449; garmin. com. au

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It’s a rel­a­tively high price to pay for a modern per­sonal nav­i­ga­tion de­vice, but this one works quickly and ac­cu­rately. It also looks slick with a flat glass screen and an al­most iphone- like de­sign. All the usual fea­tures are on board, in­clud­ing voice prompts, street- name an­nounce­ment, full touch­screen, photo- view­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, pre­loaded points of in­ter­est and mul­ti­ple route op­tions in­clud­ing op­tions to avoid tolls, drive the short­est dis­tance or take the fastest route. It weighs just 112g and of­fers a 4.3- inch can­vas to show off pre­loaded maps of Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

TOM­TOM GO LIVE 825 Tom­tom, $ 349 tom­tom. com

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Driv­ers who pre­fer to see roads on the big screen ( and not just the wind­screen) should ap­pre­ci­ate this Tom­tom nav­i­ga­tor with a whop­ping 5- inch dis­play. The big­ger brother of the Go Live 800, it of­fers many of the same fea­tures, in­clud­ing lane guid­ance, spo­ken street names, a Blue­tooth con­nec­tion and voice con­trols to make phone calls. Im­por­tantly, it also fea­tures a built- in SIM card and a one- year sub­scrip­tion to Tom­tom’s HD Traf­fic ser­vice that alerts driv­ers if they’re about to drive into a trou­ble spot. The 244g de­vice also ar­rives with its mount af­fixed, for easy in­stal­la­tion and re­moval, and maps of Aus­tralia.

GARMIN NUVI 40 Garmin, $ 169; garmin. com. au

★ ★ ★ ★ ■

This more cost- ef­fi­cient nav­i­ga­tor of­fers sim­plic­ity. It has two op­tions ‘‘ Where To?’’ and ‘‘ View Map’’. Com­pared to its more ex­pen­sive sta­ble­mate, the 40 is slower to ac­cess satel­lites, uses dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions and is slower to re­fresh. How­ever, you can nav­i­gate straight out of the box with its pre­loaded Aus­tralian maps, it has a 4.3- inch touch­screen, more than five mil­lion points of in­ter­est come pre­loaded and it an­nounces street names. It also has a built- in speed limit in­di­ca­tor. While ba­sic, it’s a good op­tion for the price- con­scious.

LASER NAVIG8R T43B Laser, $ 199; navig8r. com. au

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De­vel­oped in Aus­tralia for lo­cal driv­ing con­di­tions, the Navig8r has some nifty fea­tures in­clud­ing an elec­tronic trip log. When you get in the car, you en­ter your odome­ter read­ing and pur­pose ( per­sonal or busi­ness) and the Navig8r records the dis­tance and time driv­ing. This fea­ture makes it per­fect for com­mer­cial driv­ers or those want­ing to claim travel on tax re­turns. The de­vice also fea­tures voice and vis­ual prompts of speed lim­its, its 2GB mem­ory can be ex­panded with a mem­ory card, Aus­tralian and New Zealand maps from Navteq, red- light cam­era warn­ings and it weighs just 142g.

NAV­MAN EZY45 Nav­man, $ 155; nav­man. com. au

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An­other sim­ple nav­i­ga­tor that de­liv­ers value for money is Nav­man’s Ezy45. It has a 4.3- inch touch­screen and 2GB of in­ter­nal flash mem­ory to store maps. It ar­rives with three years of free map up­dates but users are well ad­vised to back- up map data to a com­puter with each up­date or risk los­ing im­por­tant points of in­ter­est. The Ezy45 of­fers turn by turn nav­i­ga­tion with voice prompts and has 3D junc­tion views and lane guid­ance. You can also find your near­est petrol sta­tion or park­ing garage among more than 600,000 points of in­ter­est. The in­ter­face is more com­plex than that of the Nuvi 40 but it also has more fea­tures.

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