If you want a portable GPS device for a low price and you’re satisfied with just the bare-bones functions, then the Garmin Nüvi 50 is a solid choice. It’s available for $117.99, and it readily plots the best route to get you from Point A to Point B. The simple interface is the same as it has been with Garmin for a while, with the starting menu that asks you “Where To?” or “View Map.” The 5-inch screen is bright and colorful, but we noticed the graphics aren’t quite as sharp as some of the more expensive models. Regardless, the Garmin Nüvi 50 is fairly easy to program and navigate, and its turn-by-turn directions include street names for extra helpfulness.
Speaks street names and directions
Large, bright display
No Bluetooth, traffic updates, or Internet connectivity
Doesn’t include the dashboard adhesive mount (you can request it from the website)
Images are slightly pixelated and not a clear
|Steve Holdgren is an engineer by trade and has worked for some of the largest energy related engineering firms in the world with his latest stint in Switzerland. He holds a degree is mechanical engineering… See more about Steve