So far in 2008 the gadget that has made the biggest impact on our daily life is our Tom Tom GPS. It never ceases to amaze my wife and I when we go on holidays and trips how the Tom Tom keeps on track to our destinations.
We’ve learned how to use the GPS much better after a year of using it. We’ve learned to use the POI (point of interest) search often and this means we don’t need to look up street addresses in the Yellow Pages, or the Internet. Most all golf courses, shopping centres, service stations, restaurants, and more, are already programmed into the GPS, so it makes for quick decisions while on the road.
Keep in mind that all of the new road mapping GPS systems such as the Magellan, Tom Tom, or Garmin, are pre-programmed with satellite mapping for North America and/or Europe. This is quite amazing when you look at the technology behind it.
Since we bought our road map GPS prices have dropped considerably. When I first bought a Magellan GPS 4 years ago for $1200. The Magellan was a fantastic unit and it was extremely accurate and rarely off the route. The price tag was way too though so we took it back. The Hp Travel Companion is really a PDA with Tom Tom GPS capabilities. Honestly, we only use the Tom Tom GPS and never use the PDA for Internet surfing or electronic organizing.
By far though, having a satellite road mapping GPS system on your dashboard makes a dramatic difference when travelling. You don’t have to worry about how to get anywhere at any time, and you can just enjoy the drive. This makes your holiday truly relaxing and believe me, you’ll wonder how you ever travelled anywhere without one.