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Garmin nüvi 2797LMT 7-Inch Portable Bluetooth Vehicle GPS

Pros: Good screen size and clear display. Fast updates. Easy to use, with a pleasant voice giving directions.

Cons: Screen is not as bright as we would have liked.

Summary: The large screen size, bluetooth capability, and voice activation make this unit the best navigation system on the market.
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Magellan RoadMate 9400-LM 7-Inch GPS Navigator

Pros: Display is intuitive and easy to read. Directions use landmarks to help guide - e.g. "turn left after the gas station."

Cons: Lacks voice command. Maps are not as accurate as Garmin's.

Summary: The QWERTY keyboard and the intuitive display makes it a nice alternative to Garmin if you can stomach the imperfect maps.
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TomTom VIA 1535TM 5-Inch Bluetooth GPS Navigator

Pros: Also comes with lifetime maps. Quickly acquires satellites and offers directions. Accurate, with excellent interface and graphics.

Cons: Interface is relatively slow. Suction cup mount cannot be removed, making it awkward to store.

Summary: If you are not a fan of Garmin products, this is your best bet as an alternative.
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Garmin nüvi 2557LMT 5-Inch Portable Vehicle GPS

Pros: Lifetime maps and Bluetooth capability are beloved features. Display is bright, graphic interface easy to use.

Cons: Directions offered are reportedly awful and are given slow. Locks too frequently for some users' tastes.

Summary: For the price and features, one is likely better served by either the Best of the Best or Best Bang for Your Buck.
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Garmin nüvi 52LM 5-Inch Portable Vehicle GPS with...

Pros: Clear directions in an easy-to-use format. Set-up is easy. Screen size is terrific. Updates quickly while driving.

Cons: Tech support and is lacking, and the interface is clumsy.

Summary: The generous screen and incredibly affordable price make this unit the value for your money.