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GPS device hot item this Christmas

With a push of a button, a GPS device can get you where you want to go.  Bryson Nero of Tyler already has one, but said he is looking to upgrade.

"I can be driving and put in points of interest, and it will show me where all the restaurants are at, or nightclubs, or hotels, or pretty much anywhere I need to go," said Nero. 

Sounds nice doesn't it?  It's one of the reasons Circuit City in Tyler says GPS devices are the hottest gifts this Christmas.  And in the past few years, the prices have dropped close to $200.

"Some are buying for their husbands, and some are buying for their kids going to college," said Circuit City Sales Specialist Dre Phillips.  "I get a couple of guys come in that want to give it to their wife because she is bad with directions," said Phillips with a smile. 

Circuit City said Garmin is the best in the business.  Most talk to you, and some even offer blue tooth, MSN and a media player.

"The Garmin Nuvi 260 here is our huge seller," said Phillips.  "It's a little 3 1/2 inch screen that has full GPS capabilities, North American, so you get all of the United States and Canada." 

What many people don't realize is that you can get a navigation system right on your cell phone.  Consumer Reports just did a study to find out which one was the best buy.  

They said most cell phone screens are small compared to a portable device, but like a Garmin, many GPS enabled cell phones speak to you.  You do, however, have to pay around $10 a month for a GPS subscription, so if you're a heavy GPS user, Consumer Reports said you're better off getting a low cost portable unit.

Either way, Nero said he doesn't go anywhere without his GPS.

"I really like mine," said Nero. 

We found GPS devices Tuesday that ranged in price from $150 to $600.  Consumer Reports says a good basic GPS unit is the Garmin Nuvi 200, which costs about $150.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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