Do you actually need a GPS for your car when you have a cellphone and map app? (review)

July 25, 2017

I often look at cars with GPS units affixed to dashboards, and wonder why on earth they don't use their phones to get them from A to Z. I mean, there are some perfectly great GPS apps such as Waze, so why fork out for a whole new unit, and have the "admin" of setup, affixing, charging etc.

But when one considers the features of a GPS unit, and the size of it (easy to read and access), and safety implications (it's safer to have a GPS affixed to your dashboard rather than holding your cellphone), or trying ot view a map while it's on your lap or on the passenger seat), then it might not be the worst idea.

This was my conclusion after trying out the TomTom Go 500, a touchscreen GPS that makes my phone feel like a second-rate navigator (sorry phone!).

Aside from being able to get you to your destination in the shortest possible time, here are some main features I think could appeal to you:

  • It has built-in voice command software, so you can command the device verbally, while focusing on the road.
  • When you pair it with a cellphone via Bluetooth, you can get live traffic information
  • You can zoom in and out, and when you tap on the map, you'll get an instant route to that destination
  • 3D Maps lets you see buildings and landmarks in 3D

 

 

The TomTom Go 500 is available from Takealot for R2 895.

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  • Stephanie

    I really do prefer using a Gps

    July 26, 2017 at 5:23 am Reply
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