Best Value Portable GPS Navigator Review!

For those of you who need to know exactly where you are at and don’t want just a GoogleMaps on your phone, here’s a couple of the best value portable GPS navigators on the market today.

The Garmin Nuvi 200 sports a 3.5 inch screen with simply GUI.  This is a good small GPS for small dollars.  If you don’t want to spend too much on GPS, this is the one to get.

Navigate without breaking your budget with nüvi 200. This affordable entry-level personal travel assistant comes with preloaded maps for the continental U.S., Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. For even more mapping options, nüvi 250 features preloaded maps for all of North America, while the transatlantic nüvi 270 includes preloaded maps for both continents. Like all nuvi 200-series members, the 200 features an easy-to-use colorful touchscreen and ultra-slim design–perfect for everyday navigation.The nüvi 200 is built with a high-sensitivity WAAS-enabled GPS receiver for extreme accuracy, as well as an SD card slot for storing your media and additional navigation tools, and a USB interface for loading data. All this is wrapped up in a package that measures 3.8 x 2.8 x .8 inches (W x H x D) and weighs just 5.2 ounces. The nüvi 200’s 3.5-inch (diagonal) display is touchscreen-enabled, making it a cinch to control the device with your fingertips.

Price: $125.40 at Amazon

The Garmin Nuvi 205W sports a bigger 4.3 inch screen, if you need something wider than a 3.5 inch, this is the one to get.  This Garmin beast has turn-by-turn voice directions, which is a plus over the Nuvi 200.

  • 4.3 in Touch Screen Navigator with 2D/3D Maps
  • Turn by Turn Voice Directions and Optional MSN Direct Services
  • Where Am I Emergency Locator / You Always Know Your Location
  • With HotFix, It Calculates Your Position Faster to Get You There Quicker
  • JPEG Picture Viewer, World Travel Clock, Currency Converter, Calculator and More

Price: $172.95 at Amazon

The Magellan RoadMate 1412 is also a good GPS, sporting a 4.3″ screen, text-to-speech, and traffic re-routing features.

  • New 4.3″ WQVGA, full-color, anti-glare, touch-screen display
  • 6 Million Searchable Points of Interest: Customers can easily search for restaurants, hotels, airports, gas stations, and more. Results include telephone numbers and addresses.
  • SayWhere: Text-to-speech tells drivers the street name of their next turn.
  • Wide-screen, ultra-thin form factor with the functionality and navigation features that GPS consumers expect
  • SmartDetour: prompts drivers to route around heavy or stopped freeway traffic

Price: $179.99 on Amazon

If you want to spend a little more for bluetooth hands-free function, you can get the Garmin Nuvi 265WT (or Garmin Nuvi 265T with 3.5″ screen), which sports a 4.3″ screen.

  • Bight 4.3-Inch Diagonal Touch Screen Color Display
  • 480 X 272 Pixels, Wqvga Tft Display With White Backlight
  • Sleek, Ultra-Thin Design Fits Easily In Pocket
  • Preloaded With City Navigator(R) North America Nt
  • Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology For Hands-Free Calling

Slightly better screen resolution over the predecessors might make it a good choice for a little more money.

Price: $242.88 on Amazon

I’ve reviewed the “best value” GPS but if you want to get the best, try this Garmin Nuvi 5000.  With 5.2 inches of screen at 800×480 pixels, this might be the ultimate portable GPS if you don’t care about how much money you are spending.

  • Bright, Sunlight Readable 5.2-Inch Diagonal Color Display
  • 800 X 480 Pixels
  • Wvga Display With Auto-Dimming Backlight
  • Easy-To-Use Touchscreen Interface
  • Sleek, Ultra-Slim Design

Price: $298.41 at Amazon

There, I’ve reviewed all the best value portable GPS navigators, any other suggestions welcome in the comments! 🙂

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