New GPS Satellite Navigation
Today easy GPS satellite navigation and cheap GPS systems can be found
online or in discount department stores everywhere. New GPS receivers
no longer an expensive gadget for hunters and sport fisherman; they are
a part of our everyday life and for some as important and necessary as
a cell phone. With an inexpensive GPS a USA map preloaded in the
receiver; a driver could easily find their way anywhere in the USA. The
new cheap GPS systems have spawned new hobbies and interests like
geocaching (electronic treasure hunting).
Looking for a NEW GPS receiver or considering updating the maps on your
current GPS navigation device? New-GPS.com has some information that
might make your decision easier. Before updating your GPS software you
may want to consider a new GPS receiver. Like computers the technology
is advancing at exponential speeds while GPS prices continue to fall.
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The definition of
GPS is Global Positioning System.
This is a system of satellites orbiting the earth that can locate the
GPS unit (the GPS receiver) by trilateration (a 3 dimensional
triangulation). This requires the GPS receiver to locate 4 or more
The acronym GPS sometimes refers to the satellite itself,
i.e. Global Positioning Satellite.
The phrase, GPS system, often
used is actually redundant,
i.e. Global Positioning System system. Or the phrase may be referring to the
system of satellites, i.e. Global Positioning Satellite system.
Different Types of GPS Satellite Navigation
discussion is focused on GPS navigation used for personal navigational
and positioning purposes; not transmitters only used to track the
position of moving objects such as railcars, lost pets, stolen cars
etc. Also home computer (PC) based GPS units are ignored (except GPS
There are many different types of GPS receivers on the market today.
Before deciding which receiver to buy, you should consider the
application for which it is needed or intended as well as the GPS
price. For example small inexpensive handheld GPS systems may work for
your geocaching-GPS-USA-based treasure hunting but; may be inadequate
for avoiding traffic delays around town.
While some GPS satellite navigation units may claim to fulfill all your
navigational needs; they each have good and bad attributes.
Here is a quick overview of the major types of GPS satellite navigation
Car Satellite Navigation (in-dash fixed &
These single-purpose road GPS navigation systems are designed to help
car drivers navigate from point A to point B via conventional roadways.
Preloaded road maps for your home country (e.g. WAAS GPS USA 48 states)
are supplied by the GPS device manufacturer.
Navigation In-dash GPS units
are features installed by the automaker and include after market
installations. These are fixed GPS receivers and not designed to be
easily removed from the vehicle. Components such power source, antenna
and any media interfaces are automobile parts. GPS price tag on theses
units is at the high end.
Navigation Portable GPS system
may be semi-permanently mounted in a vehicle. These GPS receivers can
easily be moved from one vehicle to another or removed to prevent
theft. Power is supplied by a cigarette lighter adapter and many have
rechargeable internal batteries. GPS price tag on theses units vary
from cheap GPS systems to expensive GPS units depending on the features.
may be temporarily mounted in an easy to see location in any vehicle.
These GPS receivers can easily be moved from one vehicle to another or
used on foot if necessary. Power is supplied by a cigarette lighter
adapter and internal battery. Battery life depends on the individual
GPS device and may extend to 5 hours. GPS price tag on theses units
vary from cheap GPS systems to expensive GPS units depending on the
Each auto GPS system is discussed in more detail on our GPS For Cars
Handheld GPS Navigation Units
Navigation Units are devices used to navigate
cross-country (or water) where roads are not utilized.
are self-contained units with all necessary components to navigate
cross-country (or water) where roads are not utilized. These
inexpensive GPS units are popular with hikers, horseback riders,
snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, hunters, fishermen or anyone who
likes to get off the beaten path. Cheap GPS systems and easy GPS
applications have spawned a new pastime…geocaching.
Handheld GPS navigation systems are discussed in more detail on our Handheld
GPS Units webpage.
mounted Sport GPS Systems
are receivers with all necessary components to navigate cross-country
but are used for navigation of a vehicle. For example planes OHV (Off
Highway Vehicles or ATVs) and boats.
|This type of sport GPS is used by
fishermen to navigate back to port or to locate their favorite fishing
hole. Because these GPS devices often have extra features (two-way
radio, barometer/altimeter, an electronic compass, etc.) they require
addition power (possibly an antenna) so are not as portable as the
handheld GPS units. GPS price varies with the application and features.
GPS for Trucks
Navigation for Truckers
is in a unique category of its own. Here lines are crossed between
person & commercial use and laptop/GPS unit hardware. I will
brief description of GPS for trucks here.
When selecting a GPS for trucks, start with the software options that
meet your needs and then select the hardware compatible with the
software. Truckers’ route requirements need to address issues
such as Bridge Height Restrictions & weight limits, 53' Trailer
Routing, Toll Avoidance and much more. As you can see GPS for Trucks is
much more sophisticated than Car Satellite Navigation.
Many GPS for
utilize laptop computers to create a database that can be used to run a
trucking business. These entire GPS truck systems (with hardware
software) can be quite elaborate therefore the GPS price is
understandable varied and higher than car satellite navigation units.
Specialty GPS Receivers and Locators
Specialty GPS Receivers and Locators not discussed here include:
- Child and pet locator devices
- Fitness GPS devices
- Golf GPS systems
- Range Finders
- Phones with incorporated GPS receivers
- Vehicle tracking systems
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