In-dash GPS units are normally much larger units that are not portable and cannot be removed from your Car. With larger units, comes more features that are useful for your navigation or entertainment.
The problem is that many GPS Manufactures advertise features that sound great in principle, however in reality, you’re not going to use them and probably wasting your money. Below we have 23 Features your In Dash GPS must have for it to be a good design that we would recommend.
12 Features Your In Dash GPS Needs To Have
- Voice Command – Very Useful, but only if it works well. There is nothing worse than speaking at your GPS unit and it does not understand you and will probably make you more frustrated than anything else.
- Vehicle Information – Gas Mileage, Tire Pressure, Trip Mileage all great information but really we don’t need it.
- Rear-View Camera – Unless you have an RV for Big Rig, really you don’t need this and will not be using it more than once.
- DVD Player – Great, but I find watching DVD’s and driving don’t normally go together. The added expense of getting TV’s into the chairs in the back are really not worth it and you probably will find that a couple of iPad’s are cheaper.
- TouchScreen – Very worthwhile and even the worst models that we have tested have got this right.
- Good Navigation – This is a must as we need a unit that will not stop us from getting lost. The navigation must provide us with good routes that avoid traffic and provide a direction that is as quick as possible.
- Life Time Update – Old maps are practically useless.
- Traffic Alerts – Very useful, however some companies want subscriptions which can really add up.
- Remote Control – Great, but honestly you don’t need it.
- Bluetooth – Great as long as the GPS has a good in-built speaker and receiver otherwise you won’t be able to have a good conversation.
- USB Connection – Great for plugging in those external maps or Music directories.
- Detachable face – A must if you don’t want your GPS getting stolen.