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Reviewing the Best Portable GPS Navigation Systems

written by: Arnold Zafra•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 5/30/2011

If you've finally decided to equip your car with a GPS navigation system, you'd be better off with a portable system. To help you decide which device to get, we've rounded up five of the best portable GPS navigation systems available in the market today.

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    TomTom XL 340-S 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

    TomTom XL 340-S 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator 

    Featuring accurate maps in a compact portable GPS device with 4.3-inch WQVGA touchscreen display, the TomTom XL 340-S Portable GPS Navigator gives you spoken street names/turn-by-turn instructions, 3D graphics guide for any address in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, IQ Routes Technology, Advance Lane Guidance, TomTom Map Share technology, and other features. This GPS device also comes with a Fold & Go EasyPort mount that folds flat against the device enabling you to easily take it with from car to car. It also gives you 7 million POIs. (Price: $93.97)

    For more details, read our previous review of the TomTom XL 340-S.

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    Garmin Nuvi 205W

    Garmin Nuvi 205W 

    The Garmin Nuvi 205W serves as your personal travel assistant. It leads the way with turn-by-turn directions and optional MSN Direct services that helps you get to places on time. Being one of the best portable gps navigation systems, this device is packed with millions of destinations and maps covering the U.S., Canada and even regional sections of Europe. It also features a widescreen display and lets you view map detail, driving directions, photos, and more in bright and brilliant colors even in high-lit environment. The device also comes preloaded with City Navigator NT map data and 2-D or 3-D maps. Design-wise the Garmin Nuvi 205W sports a sleek and slim form factor and design that fits comfortably in your pocket or purse. Other features of this device that you will surely like include - JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. (Price: $84.00)

    For more details, read our previews review of the Garmin Nuvi 205W.

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    Magellan RoadMate 1470 4.7-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator

    Magellan RoadMate 1470 4.7-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator 

    Boasting a unique 4.7-inch color touchscreen and ultra-thin design, the Magellan RoadMate 1470 Portable GPS Navigator delivers powerful navigation. It is easy-to-use and even comes with AAA TourBook, highway lane assist, spoken street names, multi-destination routing and pre-loaded U.S. maps. Other nice features of this portable GPS system include OneTouch search icons, 6 million points-of-interest, text-to-speech, intuitive UI, multi-City search, and more.

      (Price: $162.07)

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      Motorola Motonav TN765T 5.1-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator

      Motorola Motonav TN765T 5.1-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator 

      You don't expect Motorola to come up with a nice portable GPS navigator, right? But believe it or not, they did with the Motorola Motonav TN765T. This GPS navigator features a 5.1-inch cinematic display, intuitive search functions including Google local search, hands-free calling features, 3D landmark views, streaming traffic and more. The device also features a sleek gliding panels that slide with a tap on the display. It allows you to choose whether you want a full map view or split screen.

      (Price: $135.99)

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      Pioneer AVIC-S1 3.5-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator

      The Pioneer AVIC-S1 portable GPS Navigator features a 2GB memory preloaded with U.S. and Canada map data. It has a built-in SIRF Star III GPS and antenna that gives you fast and accurate positioning information. It also features multiple search functions and Bluetooth. Another nice feature of this device is that it lets you quickly access map and menu options and scroll through your commonly-used features. It also has built-in microphone and speaker to let you make and receive calls hands free with your supported mobile phone.

      (Price: $350.00)