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 GPS Software Features Comparison

16th September 2002 

As each GPS software comes with a plethora of options, we thought we would help make the purchase of GPS software easier by listing the main useable features of each software product and compare these features to provide you with the feature set that you require most. 

 

We've currently matched the top 6 GPS products, namely Navman SmartPath City, Trips, TomTom CityMaps, TomTom RoutePlanner, TomTom Navigator and PowerLOC Destinator.

 

 

 

Navman

SmartPath

City

Navman

SmartPath

Trips

TomTom

CityMaps

TomTom

Route

Planner

TomTom

Navigator

PowerLOC Destinator

Ease of Installation Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Easy Easy
Trip Planning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Voice Navigation No No No No Yes Yes
Re-Routing No No No No Yes Yes
UK Complete (Single) Map No No No No Yes No

     - Map Size

N/A 600k N/A 600k 84mb No
UK Sectional Maps Yes No Yes No Yes Yes

     - Average Map Size

400k N/A 400k N/A 16-32mb 30mb
Additional Stops Yes Yes Yes Yes No N/A
Points of Interest No No No No Yes Yes
Support H/W Button No No No No No N/A
Waypoint / Favourites Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Aviation Support No No No No No No
Marine Support No No No No No No
Ease of Navigation Good Good Good Good Excellent Excellent
TTFF Hot 15 secs 15 secs 15 secs 15 secs 15 secs 5 secs
TTFF Warm 3 mins 3 mins 3 mins 3 mins 3 mins 30 secs
TTFF Cold 5 mins 5 mins 5 mins 5 mins 5 mins 1 min 
Zoom to Route Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Keep GPS on screen Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ability to set speed Yes No Yes No Yes No
Map Matching Yes No Yes No Yes No
Sat Fix on Map Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Map View Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Instructions View Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Split View Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reverse Route Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Avoid Area Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Correct GPS Position Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Left Handed Option Yes No Yes No Yes No
Heads Up Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
North Up Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Quickest Route Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shortest Route Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Walk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Price H/W Bundle H/W Bundle 30 15 76 H/W Bundle

 

What features should be included in all GPS Mapping Software ?

  • Map Matching giving you the ability to correct GPS co-ordinates on the map if where the software thinks you are starts to stray off of the road.

  • Motorway Bridges are always a problem where you drive under or over a bridge and the software will sometimes re-route you because it now thinks you're on another road.  The Software should be programmed to take into consideration the direction you are travelling in which should help alleviate this problem.

  • Long Re-Routing is where you have a route planned which is 30 or 40 miles away, you've taken the wrong road, but the Re-Routing algorithm tries to re-route you onto small little roads to get you back on track with the road you were on.  In most cases you've taken a route in error, you don't want to stop and turn around, you want to Re-Route from your current position to your final destination.

 

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