CNET Reviews editor Bonnie Cha recently put together a list of her favorite portable navigation systems. While most systems do a solid job of getting you from point A to point B, it's things like design, interface and features that really make the difference. Here are Bonnie's four favorites to come through the Reviews room.
1. Garmin Nuvi 350
The Garmin Nuvi 350 is ideal for those who travel overseas. This model includes extra features, such as foreign language dictionaries and city guides, that make it a true travel companion. Plus, it's got a great, compact form and solid navigation capabilities.
Editors' rating: 8.3
Users' rating: 8.7
The good: The compact Garmin Nuvi 350 has a strong GPS receiver and includes lots of travel-friendly features.
The bad: The Garmin Nuvi 350 is expensive, and the traffic receiver and the travel guide programs cost extra. The Nuvi also lacks an external volume control.
The bottom line: No bigger than a deck of cards, the Garmin Nuvi 350 is more than just another voice-guided GPS device, packing in travel tools, entertainment features and good performance; just be prepared to pay a price.
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