April 17, 2017

Navigation devices: You have to pay attention to the purchase


The good old street map - actually the pioneer for happy families on the way to the holiday. But he is mainly concerned with bad memories: "Man, we should have been right!" Or "You are looking wrong!" And "Hm, where are we actually?" Were often the trigger of big riots. These times are long gone: Navis, Smartphones & Co. have helped to secure family peace in the automobile. But what makes it particularly pleasant to go on vacation?

The navigation device: You must pay attention
Above all, the classic suction cup navi is still very popular. No wonder: Cheap models from Garmin or TomTom are already available for well under 150 euros. You can also navigate without a cell phone reception. In the roaming trap, drivers are not groping. Pay attention to the latest technology when buying: a capacitive display with a resolution of 800x480 pixels may be at a 5 inch (12.7 cm) screen diagonal. Traffic info should come via DAB + or Internet to the device. This ensures that the information is up-to-date and detailed. To be good as a pedestrian, the battery should be at least an hour. And the simpler the device is to operate, the safer it is while driving.

Tip: Garmin Drive Smart 61
The Garmin DriveSmart 61 is not a cheap, but well-suited candidate . It provides a clever voice control to keep your hands on the wheel while driving, when you are looking for a petrol station or parking. It also reads SMS on request. The traffic information is landed on the device via DAB + or Smartphone connection (WLAN, Bluetooth). And the display is huge with almost 7 inch screen diagonal. Garmin promises current cards for the lifetime of the device. With around 260 euros the price is in the upper middle. This and other recommended devices can also be found in the above Photostrecke. 

The Navi-App
Do not feel like a classic navi for the windshield? No problem: Just about everyone has now a smartphone in the family. However, because Google Maps is only suitable for a limited time abroad, COMPUTERBILD has around a dozen apps in its pocket, which you can use offline maps without roaming traps and only by GPS. By the way, if you are looking for the cheapest fuel prices during the holidays, the App of Clever- Tanken is well advised. Though prices are rising at Easter, Clever tanking reliably shows the cheapest tankers in the area.

The route planner
If you are already preparing in advance or maybe do not want to directly take hundreds of euros for a navi or smartphone in your hand, a route planner may be well advised. COMPUTERBILD has collected 33 route planners, which are ideal for drivers, trainers, air travelers or even hikers.

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