Best big screen GPS units

We round up the best 5in sat navs from brands including TomTom, Garmin, Navman and Uniden

Most portable GPS units have 3.5in or 4.3in screens, but displays of up to 5in are now available in sat nav devices for very reasonable prices.

Although GPS units are designed to be heard rather than viewed, a large screen has plenty of benefits, most notably a clearer, more spacious map screen and more comfortable interaction when entering an address or selecting a route.

The top three GPS brands in Australia — TomTom, Garmin and Navman — all have 5in sat navs on the market, while Uniden's TRAX 5000 is a great example of a well-designed large screen GPS unit for a very competitive price. Check out our guide to the best 5in GPS units on the market. Keep in mind that you can more often than not pick these up for well under the listed RRP — it pays to shop around!

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Uniden TRAX 5000

With an extra-large display, a good user interface and some nifty mapping features, Uniden's TRAX 5000 is certainly good value for money. It has a few niggles that detract from the overall experience, though, but if you can get past these you're left with a competent GPS unit.

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  • 22nd Oct., 2009
  • Ross Catanzariti
  • Uniden
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  • Pros:
  • 5in display, aesthetically pleasing design, simple and easy to use UI, clear map screen, lane guidance, 3D terrain software
  • Cons:
  • Screen can be hard to see in sunlight, keyboard can't be changed from standard ABC layout, can't adjust volume from the map display, volume could be louder, no Australian text-to-speech voice
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