8 GPS Navigator Comparison – Smartphone Apps vs. Garmin vs. TomTom

Updated: January 1, 2017 / Home » Computer PC Hardware

Which is the best GPS navigator with the largest screen? There are many GPS navigators, but only 2 companies dominate the market. They are TomTom and Garmin. When it comes to buying a GPS unit, screen size and processing speed matters, for some unknown reasons the processor speed is not revealed by the manufacturer.

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Garmin And TomTom GPS Navigator Specification Comparison

I find my GPS slow and sluggish. I do know for a fact that the new iPad comes with dual A5X processor that are fast, if the GPS receiver is as good or equivalent to that of a purposed build GPS, it is better to buy an iPad instead. As for Android Smartphone, it is somewhat slow, probably due to the weak GPS receiver. Remember, processing speed is important. Just to be safe, go for the most expensive unit if money is not an issue.

TomTom GO LIVE 10052 Hours5.0"480 x 272 pixels266 g
TomTom Via LIVE2 Hours4.3"480 x 272 pixels183 g
Garmin nüvi 3590LMT4 hours5"800 x 480 pixels203 g
Garmin nüvi 302 hours3.5"320 x 240 pixels118.8 g
Garmin nüvi 34504 hours4.3"800 x 480 pixels183 g
Garmin nüvi 2455LT2.5 hours4.3"480 x 272 pixels142 g
Garmin StreetPilot® 7200no battery7"480 x 234 pixels635 g
Sony NV-U83T2 hours4.8"480 x 272 Pixels250 g

If you need something bigger, say a screen size as big as an iPad, just buy an iPad and use it as your GPS. Due to the fact that the build in GPS receiver is weaker than the average purposed build GPS navigator, you will need a Bluetooth GPS Receiver to boost the signal received.

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How Does GPS Work?

Fourth segment of NASA Sci Files The Case of the Technical Knockout explaining how GPS receivers work with satellites to determine an exact location. This segment explains the concept of trilateration in two and three dimensions.

GPS Navigator Apps for Google Android, Apple iPhone and Microsoft Windows Phone

Garmin StreetPilot® brings the power of Garmin navigation to your phone with rich navigation features and an intuitive user interface designed exclusively for Windows Phone. Using your data connection, StreetPilot always has access to the most up-to-date maps for the U.S. and Canada so you can navigate with confidence whether you’re on foot or in the car. Install the app while you’re on-the-go and begin navigating in minutes.


Waze GPS – Live Police Road Block Reports & Accident Updates!

Waze is a free social mobile app that enables drivers to build and use live maps, real-time traffic updates and turn-by-turn navigation for an optimal commute. 100% powered by users the more you drive the better it gets. Join the community of drivers in your area today!

  • Community generated real-time traffic and road alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps, and more.
  • Complete voice-guided navigation.
  • Automatic re-routing as conditions on the road change.
  • Learns your frequent destinations, commuting hours and preferred routes.
  • Find the cheapest gas station on your route.
  • Redeem Wazer-only gas specials at participating gas stations. (Currently in the US only)
  • Meet-up! Share your location/destination and ETA to easily meet up with friends.
  • Join or create groups to share info about your commute.
  • Earn points and move up the ranks in your community as you contribute road info.
  • Live maps, constantly updated by Waze community map editors.
  • Android widget displays the current ETA and starts quick navigation to home and work
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As shown in the video above, you get live report of police roadblocks and accident updates. Avoid them for a faster journey. Waze is available for iOS 6 and Android smartphone.

The Evolution of GPS


14 comments on “8 GPS Navigator Comparison – Smartphone Apps vs. Garmin vs. TomTom

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    mobile smartphones now comes with GPS, not as good as a dedicated GPS but it is good enough for the average user. It doesn’t make any sense to purchase these outdated devices.

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      Joe Osborne [ Reply ]

      We offer various of cheap android gps navigation, gps navigation. 2013 Best android gps navigation system for cars

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        Dave Taylor [ Reply ]

        Surely our GPS-supporting phones are more than capable of handling our daily car sat nav needs

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    Wendy Sheehan Donnell [ Reply ]

    A good GPS can do a lot more than just get you where you’re going—it can help keep you sane on the road.

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      Sarah Perez [ Reply ]

      Professional turn-by-turn GPS navigation app. “Sygic Aura – the next-generation satnav app

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    Jennifer Ledbetter [ Reply ]

    Portable GPS comparison of the top 5 GPS Systems.

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    do you write for tomtom and garmin handheld gps comparison?

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      High quality TomTom maps stored on your Android (no internet connection needed!) together with a robust set of navigation features help you

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      Harrison Weber [ Reply ]

      I have an Android smartphone, and while it has the free Google Maps navigation

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        If you are undecided about which among Garmin or TomTom is better

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    Ellis Hamburger [ Reply ]

    We road test TomTom’s long overdue Android app to find out if it can match

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    microsoft [ Reply ]

    Navigon vs. Scout vs. TomTom: iPhone turn-by-turn navigation app

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    As a sales rep covering three states I rely heavily on GPS. Phone apps simply are not as good. They may be okay for bouncing around town, but day in and day out in unknown territory? Absolutely not.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      There are pro and cons. I agree, I am still using a dedicated GPS instead of my smartphone. The pro for smartphone GPS is like traffic updates.

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