GPS brings the power of navigation, location-based services, and outdoor sports features to your fingertips. Whether you've just got a dedicated in-car GPS, a handheld receiver, or a GPS-enabled smartphone, a few simple preparation and setup steps will help you get the most from your device.
This article explains everything you need to know to set up and get started with your dedicated in-car GPS device, including mounting, traffic detection and avoidance features, password/PIN protection, safety tips, and more.
In-car GPS devices are among the most popular theft items (usually involving a broken window, also, increasing the damage), so take a few moments to read Preventing GPS Theft: Simple Steps to Deter Car GPS Thieves.
Your new smartphone comes with basic mapping applications (apps) and may even have a turn-by-turn GPS navigation app pre-installed. But you don't have to settle for those. The great thing about smartphones is the wide range of choices they present. You get to select exactly which apps best suit your needs and budget.
One key decision is whether to use your smartphone for in-car, turn-by-turn directions. The article Smartphone vs. Dedicated Car GPS lists five factors to help you decide.
Handheld GPS Devices
The battery life limitations and weather vulnerability of smartphones make them unsuitable for rugged outdoor use. That's where dedicated handheld GPS devices come in. If you're an avid hiker, mountain biker, or skier, your new handheld GPS is a ticket to outdoor adventure. Don't venture out before reading GPS in the Wilderness: Essential Skills and understanding some outdoor GPS navigation basics.