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The Nextar SNAP7 stands for seven inches, the size of its huge, colorful display. The SNAP7 is a sleeper of a fun GPS unit that displays directions ea...
The new 4.7-inch Mio Moov S501 lists for only US$199 suggested retail and can frequently be purchased for US$150. It has Mio's new iPhone-like Spirit ...

The Nextar SNAP7 stands for seven inches, the size of its huge, colorful display. The SNAP7 is a sleeper of a fun GPS unit that displays directions ea...

The new 4.7-inch Mio Moov S501 lists for only US$199 suggested retail and can frequently be purchased for US$150. It has Mio's new iPhone-like Spirit ...

Q. It seems that navigation systems have come down in price and I would like to get one with a screen of at least four inches. Are there any recommendations you have for US$200 or less?
-J. M., Greensburg, Pa.
A. I recommend you put the 4.3-inch Garmin nuvi 255W on your shopping list. I tested two units this summer you should consider as well. Both include maps of the USA and Canada. The new 4.7-inch Mio Moov S501 lists for only US$199 suggested retail and can frequently be purchased for US$150. It has Mio's new iPhone-like Spirit interface and an amazing 12 million points of interest are preloaded. The S501's screen provides written instructions, lane guidance, and the clear, simple map itself is one of the most attractive I have ever seen. A drop-down list on the right shows time to destination, distance to destination, and driving time remaining. Sophisticated PC software is included for tracking your driving habits and to download destinations from Google maps. Altogether it is a compelling system that shows high-tech moxie while offering an unbeatable feature set for the price, but some small navigational errors keep it short of flawless. Every once in a while the S501 would make some routing decisions contrary to what I would have chosen, or incorrectly identify a destination as being on the right instead of the left, or vice-versa. The other unit I tested was the Nextar SNAP7. The "7" stands for seven inches, the size of its huge, colorful display. The SNAP7 is a sleeper of a fun GPS unit that continually impressed and satisfied me as I used it. The interface was logically set up and facilitated quick entry of information. Directions are easy to read and the map has 3D buildings for major cities. What's more, the SNAP7 never led me astray and provided excellent directions. Though it usually sells for US$349, I have often seen it offered for US$200 or less. The most notable SNAP7 downside is the preloaded points of interest. If you are thinking the SNAP7 may be for you, be warned that huge 7-inch screen is best used in bigger cars, trucks and SUVs and its weight commands careful mounting. If you can fit it in your vehicle, I suspect you will love it. If the SNAP7 is too big Nextar also has a 5-inch version.


Updated : 2021-05-12 05:28 GMT+08:00