While most people rely on their smartphone and apps to get them places, you may have already realized that a proper GPS devices is a much better option. A vehicle GPS navigation system has numerous advantages over phones including the fact that they don’t require a data connection and provide you with a greater amount of information. Not only that, it let you roam the rugged off-road environs that live just beyond the pavement and then let you share your journey via your preferred social media.

Modern GPS devices can do a lot more than simply offer turn-by-turn directions. They utilize real-time traffic data to help define the most direct route, locate gas stations and repair shops, take actual dash cam video to help you gather evidence in case of an accident.

Nuvi 3597LMTHD

The Nuvi 3597LMTHD continues to refine Garmin’s brand of navigation with premium design and one of the most intuitive interfaces in the business. The Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD boasts a premium design with a sharp 5-inch capacitive screen and a thin metal chassis. Voice command makes the already intuitive interface easier to use on the road. It has a search-based destination input and natural spoken directions smooth things further.

Magellan SmartGPS

Old meets new as the SmartGPS system blends traditional GPS hardware with a smartphone app and cloud-based address book management. The hardware connects to the Web via Wi-Fi and syncs contacts, favorites, and recent destinations with a smartphone app and a MiCloud Web service. Via its Internet connection, Yelp and Foursquare destinations can be downloaded and real-time traffic and fuel price data are provided. Bluetooth hands-free calling rounds out a strong feature set.

Garmin Nuvi 50

The Garmin Nuvi 50 features a large screen and an easy-to-use and easy-to-understand interface. Text-to-speech-spoken street names and colorful maps also aid user friendliness. If you’re looking for a bare-bones navigation experience that still retains Garmin’s level of simplicity, perhaps this series (which includes the 3.5-inch Nuvi 30 and the 4.3-inch Nuvi 40) is worth a look.