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GPS devices are the most useful in helping you find directions when you are out travelling. The best GPS devices though do a lot more. They combine the direction information with a great user interface which assists you while you are driving and also combines information about other points of interests like tourists spots, restaurants and other utility information to make your travel much easier.

The best GPS of 2013 have flawless reception. The most important factor for good reception is the receiver type.

A receiver is often described by its number of channels: this signifies how many satellites it can monitor simultaneously. The more the number of channels, the better the accuracy - but only to a point. The maximum amount of satellites a receiver can realistically track is around 20, which is good enough for most consumer gps use cases and so the best GPS devices should have atleast that. More than 20 channels are typically of no benefit.

The other bigger features to look for is great map support and a good user interface. The best gps devices come with a big bright screens for ease of use and also make the software easy to use. The biggest brands in the market are TomTom and Garmin so they typically produce the best gps devices currently.

Next of course is the type of build you prefer. The top GPS devices of 2013 are numerous in kind and tailor made for bikers, hikers, geocachers and runners too.

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Garmin Edge 810

Garmin Edge 810 Car GPS Receiver


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Garmin Edge 810
Garmin nuvi 3597LMTHD
Garmin Edge 510
Garmin FORERUNNER 10
Garmin Approach S3
Garmin Edge 810 Car GPS Receiver
Garmin nuvi 3597LMTHD Portable Bluetooth Vehicle GPS
Garmin Edge 510 GPS Bike Computer
Garmin FORERUNNER 10 GPS Receiver
Garmin Approach S3 GPS Receiver
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Aug 2012
Apr 2012
Map capabilities
Internal
Internal, Download maps
Internal
Internal
Designation
Motorcycle / Bikes
Automobile
Motorcycle / Bikes
Running
Outdoor, Watch, Golf
Form Factor
Mountable
Portable
Mountable
Watch
Watch
Input Method
Touch Screen
Touch Screen
Touch Screen
Buttons
Touch Screen
Screen Size
4.3 inch
5.0 inch
2.2 inch
1.0 inch
User interface
Touch Screen
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Touch Screen
Buttons
Touch Screen

  • Garmin's Edge 810 is a great GPS device for recording and analysing data from bike rides. It can map your routes, as well as tell you your speed, elevation changes, and even how hot it was that day. It's lots of fun to use, especially when you hook it up to a smartphone, but the interface on the device itself could stand to be a little more intuitive.


  • With the 810, Garmin is introducing smartphone connectivity and utility, with features including live tracking, real-time weather, and wireless data transfers. The Edge 810 is also loaded with other capabilities, such as wireless heart rate monitor support, customizable display, and turn-by-turn directions from installed maps. If you're looking for the ultimate in bike computers, the 810 is it.


  • Garmin's Edge 810 is a great GPS device for recording and analysing data from bike rides. It can map your routes, as well as tell you your speed, elevation changes, and even how hot it was that day. It's lots of fun to use, especially when you hook it up to a smartphone, but the interface on the device itself could stand to be a little more intuitive.


  • The Nuvi 3597LMTHD continues to refine Garmin's brand of navigation with premium design and one of the best interfaces in the business.


  • Garmin has done it again with the nÃ?¼vi 3597LMTHD, a high-end portable GPS device that continues to set the bar for the genre. The question is whether there's a market for pricey in-car navigation systems these days.


  • Overall the GPS did a good job at doing what it is designed to do. It has an easy-to-navigate interface that's made even easier to use by voice commands. Finding destinations using the search feature was easy and accurate. The Nuvi always chose the quickest, most logical routes and displayed accurate traffic data. Despite all that, we do cringe at the $350 retail price tag.


  • The new Garmin Edge 510 isn't exactly the comprehensive overhaul some people were expecting, and aside from the connectivity aspects we don't see much reason for current Edge 500 owners to switch unless they're regularly moving the unit between multiple bikes and really want different screens for each. We're also a little disappointed in the touchscreen's legibility in bright sunlight.


  • Very clever GPS bike computer that's relatively easy to use, but only worth the price hike over the Edge 500 if you're going to use alongside a smartphone


  • To put this review into context, we're comparing the Garmin Edge 510 to is its predecessor, the Edge 500. There are so many new features and functions to talk about, but did we find them useful? Yes, there's no doubt that Garmin makes remarkable devices that has added a new dimension to our riding. If you already have a Garmin 500 and it's still in good condition, it's probably not worth the upgrade. What you're essentially getting with the Edge 510 over the 500 is LiveTrack, which is in the early stages of something that could be great.


  • The Garmin Forerunner 610 is the best sport watch we have reviewed to date. This versatile, responsive, accurate and well-designed watch is aimed at the high end of the market and has a price tag to match. We would love to see a faster charge time and a waterproof casing but, put simply, this is the best GPS sport watch on the market today.


  • Overall, I found the Forerunner 10 to be well-suited to its target market of casual runners and for run/walk workouts. If there's one feature that even a casual runner might miss, it is a wireless heart rate monitor option. I like the trend toward more compact GPS sport watches, such as the Forerunner 10, and hope that Garmin and other makers continue to shrink watch profiles while keeping easily viewable displays.


  • Garmin's Forerunner 10 is a good option if you're after a GPS watch that's simple to use and accurate in calculating running distance and pace. It's also pretty good value at $149. Make a note of the colours though, which are an indication of the wrist sizes that the watch will fit (pink and green being for small wrists).


  • The Garmin Approach S3 is the touch screen GPS golf timepiece that gives simple, instant and precise calculations of the course.

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    Rugged and waterproof, the Approach S3 golf watch is another benchmark for GPS within the golf market. Packed with 27,000 plus worldwide courses without subscriptions or fees, S3 displays yardages to the front, back and middle of greens. The S3 also introduces a high-resolution, glove-friendly touchscreen display, Green View with manual pin positioning, distances to doglegs and layups, customizable yardage points and printable digital scorecards for Stroke play and Stableford.

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    When the S1 gps watch came out I admit to being blown away by the ease of use, although it was limited in the information.

    The Garmin Approach S3 takes things to an entirely different level. You can get most of the information you would have on a regular full-size gps right there on your wrist. No fumbling around your pocket or golf bag. The yardages you need are just a glance away.