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Deciding on a particular brand and model of GPS driven vehicle navigation device has become a trying task as the market is now flooded with new sat nav products that have been given proprietary trade names for common procedures and applications. Most of the popular applications of GPS sat nav technology therefore are available across most all product lines and models, the names might make you think that these apps are incredibly different from each other. When indeed they are mostly all doing the same job just using different database technology to drive their actual navigation functions.
With that in mind, the main consideration is of course the price of the equipment. There is a considerable difference in the prices of different models but those differences are mostly based on hardware specifications rather than capabilities. For example screen size, view ability, portability, type and size of removable memory if any, types of power sources and vehicle mounting options play more into the price than anything else.
Your next important purchase consideration should be the availability of software in the form of both applications and mapping database. Not all sat nav devices will run ever piece of software, in fact each brand usually has one group from which they guarantee that the software application will run. Some navigation products come with a starter set of map information, while others are basically non-functional until you purchase a software subscription.