Great In-Car Navigation Systems

Great In-Car Navigation Systems

Joel Pirela
Feb 2, 2011

Let's face it: Our cars are the biggest gadgets that we have. So many components working in perfect harmony, (except when they sadly broke down in the middle of the road!) so many electronics taking care of everything, from the AC temperature, to the correct air and fuel mixture… but getting to our destination, is half the battle. We need to know the best route to achieve or goal; and that's the goal of a navigation system in a car. So, if your car didn't come with a Nav System from the factory, fear no more. We will show you some alternatives that actually out perform the OEM counterparts.

Pioneer AVIC-X930BT
Not only they are the leaders in GPS Navigation systems for your car, but they manage to integrate the rest of your digital life in to their devices. Services like Pandora and bluetooth connectivity, paired with dedicated apps for your smartphone are just some quick examples of what they offer you. At $999 retail, it's a very affordable package to upgrade your OEM system. Screen resolution is 800 x 480 pixels, while being a 6.1" and 16:9 ratio. It has anti glare coated LCD screen and touch panel operation. Coverage for US, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada and Puerto Rico is available with more than 12 Million points of interest. All of that, you can control with your voice.

Kenwood DNX7140
You can get this unit for around $979. The, almost 7" screen, featuring Active Matrix Display, boasts touchscreen technology for easy navigation and user input options. You can customize the front panel's illumination with the new variable palette of colors, matching the rest of your vehicle's interior's lights. You even have wallpapers backgrounds for even more personalization. All navigation is powered by Garmin, so you know that you will get to your destination. Bluetooth is standard and it will let you connect all your devices to being able to make and receive phone calls without having to reach for your phone.

Eclipse AVN726E
This is a navigation unit with a built in DVD player with a 7" wide screen monitor. Bluetooth enables interconnection with your existing devices, to stream music and to transfer your contacts for handsfree operation. It plays all kind of formats like, CD, DVD, MP3 and even DivX and supports HD Radio and Sirius broadcasts. The new navigation features are instant response to touch screen with commands using your voice. 3D-Like display for easy pinpoint your location and surroundings; and even traffic views. An SD slot is provided for access to the latest map's update.

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