Best 10 Garmin GPS Devices in 2011

All best 10 GPS & Navigation picks were chosen by our senior editor, depending on his personal opinion.
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Garmin nüvi 1490LMT

It's portable, has lifetime of maps and a large screen - plus it's easy to use. Your speed limit shows up as an icon and your actual speed flashes to red when you are over. When you choose maximum map detail the rendering keeps up without any problem, in spite of the dense streets of the city.

2.

Garmin nüvi 1450LMT

Compared to the tomtom XXL 550TM and the Magellan 5045-LM, the Garmin 1450LMT gets satellite signals faster and stronger, full bars where the other two could not. It recalculates directions extremely quick, but even the display is more user-friendly.

3.

Garmin nüvi 1350LMT

Compared to the Garmin c330 and the 255wt, the 1350LMT has speed and a brighter screen. City Navigator comes preloaded on it, along with many other travel tools that will lighten your load driving. Tell your passenger to relax, because they no longer need to navigate.

4.

Garmin nüvi 1390LMT

The battery lasts nearly 8 hours. This is a beauty, with its thin, black casing. It is so different from those bulky GPS units. The 1390 finds the signal and locks onto it faster than 885T. Both Lane Assist and Junction View are helpful when approaching multiple ramp exits.

5.

Garmin nüvi 255W

Comparing the 255w to the 750, the 255w updated my car's location on the map almost three times as often. The result was smoother graphic representation as I drove. The display was also brighter and sharper, both at night and in the daytime. The turn indicator in the upper left was sweet too.

6.

Garmin nüvi 255W GPS Navigator with Accessory Bundle

One thing the 255W has over the 205W is that it speaks the actual street names, even in Canada and Alaska. For example, the 205W may tell you to turn left in 600 feet, but the 255W will tell you, "Turn left on Second Street in 600 feet." The "W" stands for widescreen too, which is comfortable viewing and using the keyboard.

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TomTom XXL 540TM

The "lifetime maps" is actually the "useful lifetime", determined by TomTom. However, the curved corners looks like a real automotive device. The voice guidance covers the entire U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as well as 7 million other interesting places in 3 more countries.

8.

Garmin nüvi 2460LMT

You will have complete control over the 2460 with your voice commands. When you want an address, it understand you every time (with low ambient sounds in the car). Looking for the closest Pizza Hut or interrupting your trip for a Mickey-D break comes easily.

9.

Garmin nüvi 3790LMT

This design is clearly not for the ladies. The resolution, brightness, and size are far more than adequate. The touchscreen is instant, without being overly sensitive (I said it wasn't for the ladies). Satellite pickup is very brisk.

10.

Garmin nüvi 265W/265W

This is a less expensive and easier model than most. It comes packed with free maps covering the U.S. and Canada. Also, the voice assistance will guide you around all the cities. Another nice feature is that the screen is readable in the sunlight.