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Whether journeying by car or embarking on an outdoor adventure, a GPS device can provide guidance for getting you to your destination in a safe and timely manner. A dedicated GPS, unlike cell phone navigation apps, relies mainly on satellites rather than cell phone signals, so your travels can continue uninterrupted even when passing through areas with no cell phone service. When browsing car and outdoor devices and accessories, look into a GPS navigation system to help make your road and outdoor trips more enjoyable.
GPS systems, such as Magellan®, Garmin® GPS or TomTom® devices, offer preloaded maps. Depending on the model of GPS, maps of the United States, Canada and international locations may be available. For devices with outdoor features, detailed terrain maps come preloaded. Wherever you might be using a GPS, satellites provide tracking and updated location information, so there's no need to rely on a cell phone signal for operation of the device.
Automobile GPS systems can come in both portable and in-dash configurations. In-dash systems are securely mounted in the vehicle's dash, utilizing the car as a power source, so there's no worry about charging the battery. When the vehicle is parked and unattended, there's no need to store it out of sight. Portable systems offer a quick, easy way to take a GPS device with you, no matter what vehicle you're traveling in. Setup is simple via use of a mount, and the devices operate using rechargeable batteries or via a connection with your vehicle's power.
Car GPS systems offer many useful features, such as preloaded road maps, spoken turn-by-turn directions, lane assist, speed limit information and estimated arrival time. Easy-to-read touch-screen displays also add to the ease of use while driving.
Outdoor GPS systems are suitable for a variety of uses. From devices with worldwide terrain basemaps, to units created specifically for golfing and boating, you're sure to find a model to fit your sense of adventure. Outdoor units are usually made to fit comfortably in the hand, yet are durable to avoid damage due to bumps and drops. Some models are waterproof. The screens on outdoor GPS units are generally designed to be viewable in a number of light conditions, from intense sunlight to filtered light under a forest canopy. Many outdoor models feature a built-in compass as well as a barometric altimeter to track changes in direction and altitude.