Why it left others in the dust: Whether you’re traveling on foot or by car, you can check local traffic patterns and get weather forecasts, all without purchasing additional software. Testers loved the ability to “easily switch back and forth” between GPS mode and the phone’s other functions. It is lightweight and slips into a pocket.
Bear in mind: It provides directions via a color touch screen. You’ll need to buy a dashboard mount.
To buy: Visit apple.com for updated product options and information.
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Garmin Oregon 300
Why it left others in the dust: This waterproof gizmo can take you from street to trail to sea and can tell you your running speed, local tide patterns, and when the sun will set. It has an electronic compass and lets you leave virtual “bread crumbs” to help you make your way back from unfamiliar territory. You can also mark memorable spots so you can find that charming gift shop the next time you visit.
Bear in mind: It does not give spoken directions, and you’ll have to buy a dashboard mount separately.
Why it left others in the dust: You can dictate an address to this voice-activated unit, which comes loaded with maps of North America and Europe, gives you the best route based on a road’s average speed, and says which lane to get into when you need to turn or merge. The trip-time estimates are so accurate that one tester said, “I was able to tell my friend when I’d arrive to the minute.”
Bear in mind: It comes with a windshield mount but not a dashboard mount (that’s sold separately).