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The smartphones are now capable of navigation with the numerous apps available. This spells an end for the dedicated car GPS. In order to woo back the customers, major brands such as Garmin, Magellan are offering extra features such as multimedia capabilities, bluetooth, mp3 players, even audio books etc. These may be standard in the fixed in-dashboard top end GPS systems. But in the lower priced versions, all the basic GPS navigational features are available at around $150 or less.

Typically the prices varies depending on the GPS devices screen size and features. The portable or handheld GPS with screen sizes around 3.5 inches have the internal or downloaded maps with around 2000 waypoints, rechargeable batteries. The map upgrades additionally cost extra to keep track of latest updates.

Providing lifetime map upgrades, text-to-speech, live traffic updates, connecting to your car stereo, voice commands for hands free use, better receivers, with bigger screens of 4+ inches, touchscreens for input are some of the features available in the top end models.

The devices available for selection of the best cheap or budget car GPS is displayed below based on their increasing prices.

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Nextar V5

Nextar V5 - 5 in. Car GPS Receiver


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Garmin Nuvi 30
TomTom XL 350
TomTom VIA 1405
Garmin Nuvi 42/44
Nextar V5 - 5 in. Car GPS Receiver
Garmin Nuvi 30 - 3.5 in. Car GPS Receiver
TomTom XL350M GPS Receiver
TomTom VIA 1405 GPS Receiver
Garmin Nuvi 42/44 - 4.3 in Car GPS Receiver
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Release Date
Mar 2012
Oct 2011
May 2010
Feb 2011
Jan 2013
Designation
Automobile
Automobile
Automobile
Automobile
Automobile
Map capabilities
Map cartridges / Data cards
Internal, Map cartridges / Data cards
Internal
Internal, Map cartridges / Data cards
Form Factor
Fixed
Fixed
Portable
Fixed
Fixed, Mountable
Input Method
Voice Command
Touch Screen
Touch Screen
Touch Screen
Touch Screen
Screen Size
5.0 inch
3.5 inch
4.3 inch
4.3 inch
4.3 inch
User interface
Voice Command
Touch Screen
Touch Screen
Touch Screen
Touch Screen, Voice Command

Packed with useful features

The interface may be sluggish at times and the traffic feature relies on FM broadcast signals so it is touch and go.

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Intuitive interface

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Speed limit display, Speedy processor

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