Road Trippin’

Let the most effective GPS keep you on track during your summer road trip

starting point or a “favorite” from there. Like your satellite TV system, the devices require a “clear, unobstructed view” of the sky for optimal performance.

What should I look for?

As a consumer, you have a host of options, which can make selecting a device daunting. If you spend a great deal of time in your vehicle, an installed system such as TomTom’s or Navigon’s is perfect (you can also mount it on your dashboard). If you plan to use your device for family trips, HP’s iPaq Companion might be a better option. Despite the high price, the multimedia features make it an attractive option for long road trips. For those who value mobility and flexibility, Verizon’s VZ navigator on a handheld is a great option, as is the 3G iPhone from Apple. Where can I get it? We recommend you hit the stores such as Best Buy and Circuit City, and put t he devices to the test.

Play with the devices in the store to get a feel of how they work and check out the quirks to determine what you like and don’t like. Verizon lets you try out Navigator before you commit. Head back home and hit the virtual pavement, checking out stores online (they frequently have Internet-only specials) as well as sites such as,, and, to name just a few.

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