Never used a Navigation system before. We want to get a portable one that can be moved and used in our family’s cars. Looking at Tom Tom and Garmin. It’ll be kept at home except when we need it.
what features are the most important?
Screens come in 5" or 6" for Tom Tom. Garmin has a 7" and 5". Some have split screen capability. Is that very useful?
Tom Tom has three lines GO, VIA, and Start not sure what the differences are. Garmin has the Essential, Advanced, Prestige series. Neither seems to have a chart showing and comparing the features of their three lines.
Voice Activated? Useful?
Bluetooth? I’m not seeing a reason for that. Why would I use an ear piece?
photoReal and Bird’s Eye junction views maybe that helps with those nightmare interchanges around Dallas and other cities?
Free Lifetime map upgrades Need that for sure.
right now we’re leaning towards a Garmin. They seem a bit nicer. Bigger screen, they have the weather option, don’t use Cell Phone signals (no drop outs). Is there other brands I should look at first before deciding? Other features?
Can you use these portable units in the house or motel? Look at the roads the night before the trip and make plans? Or do the units only work in the car?
How about battery life? I see the 5" screens list 2 hours and the 7" screen 1 hour life. Would it be better getting the smaller screen and having the longer batter life between charges?