A few weeks before our wedding, we had to visit our vendors to finalize the plans. We hopped in the car to go on our way, and fired up our ancient, 4 year old GPS unit…or at least we tried to. We wiggled the cord, seated and unseated the GPS unit in the cradle, and repeatedly pressed the on switch, all to no avail.
It was dead. A very expensive GPS unit that was put on a credit card and cost $800 4 years ago was now as good as a paperweight. We went back into the house and printed out directions the “old fashioned” way – by going on an online mapping service.
Yes, a GPS is not a complete need. But it has saved us much frustration and time in the past. GPS technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in 4 years. Before we looked at prices, we created a wish list of features we’d like to have:
- Text-to-speech – Instead of “turn left in 40 feet”, it would say “turn left at Main Street”
- Multiple destination routing
- Lightweight and portable
- Ability to make our own destinations – we have a friend who lives in a rural area that our old GPS couldn’t handle.
Armed with these features in mind, we went searching for new GPS unit. We thought that something that would have all of these features would be at least $500. After a bit of searching, we were quite pleased that there were units that ranged from $180-$200. That is a far cry from the $800 we paid in the past.
We’re visiting family in Massachusetts for Thanksgiving and will be renting a car. We haven’t bought anything yet, but that will change very soon!
Picture from: I Was Absent.