Thanks to competition from nav-equipped smartphones, the price of GPS devices has plummeted. If you’ve been thinking about buying a GPS gadget, now’s the time to do it. But the price isn’t the only factor to keep in mind when shopping for a GPS device. Here are four more things that should guide your decision.
Confirm whether the device is tested.
All reliable GPS devices go through high-quality testing using a GNSS simulator, according to industry expert CAST Navigation. The GNSS simulator imitates environmental conditions and satellite movements so technicians can tune the GPS gadget for increased reliability. Never buy an untested device.
Know your options.
There’s a variety of tracking options to choose from. If you are looking for a GPS device for your business, then establish from the beginning what suits you best. Do you want to keep track of your vehicles at all times? Then go for real-time tracking. If, on the other hand, you’ve no problem knowing the status of the vehicles after they’re back in the headquarters, then opt for passive tracking.
Determine your budget.
Different GPS solutions come at different prices and varying maintenance costs. Before choosing a GPS, determine how much the subscription will be. Real-time tracking may cost higher than passive tracking due to the Wi-Fi charges involved. Where you can use your smartphone for directions, you may not need to bother with a GPS subscription in the first place.
Don’t just go to any mapping provider.
As the GPS category continues to mature, mapping providers continue to spring up. But, obviously, not all can provide the high-quality mapping. Opt for a provider with the capacity to offer the most accurate maps.
A good thing about GPS this year is that you can buy a gadget at a way lower price than you’d have done this time last year. By being diligent about a few key factors, you can get a reliable and affordable solution for you.