Best budget GPS devices

The best budget GPS units from brands including TomTom, Garmin, Navman and Navigon

Now has never been a better time to buy a GPS navigation device.

Spending less doesn't mean your navigation experience will be an inferior one — aside from giving you turn-by-turn directions, even the cheapest GPS units will allow you to locate points of interest (POIs), save your favourite locations and explore new places. The main differences between a budget GPS unit and a high-end one are generally unnecessary add-ons like Bluetooth hands-free capabilities, live traffic information, MP3 playback and FM transmitters.

We've rounded-up our favourite budget GPS units on the market from Garmin, TomTom, Navman and Navigon.

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TomTom Start 10

The TomTom Start 10 has spoken street names, an EasyPort mount system, IQ Routes technology and now includes advanced lane guidance. Its screen is a little small and entering text requires a firm press, but this GPS is easy to use and functional.

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  • 15th Nov., 2010
  • Ross Catanzariti
  • TomTom
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  • Pros:
  • Ease of use, EasyPort mount, speed and red light camera alerts, advanced lane guidance
  • Cons:
  • IQ Routes still prefers main roads, route recalculation is a little sluggish, no Australian text-to-speech voice, no included AC adapter
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