As technology advances, single purpose devices are going to the wayside. Smartphones and tablets have reduced the sales on digital cameras, MP3 Players and even wrist watches.
Now the traditional standalone GPS unit sales are taking a hit as well. Unless you need a specialized GPS for commercial vehicles, the logic is why purchase a dedicated GPS unit? You could spend the same amount of money on a tablet and have so much more than a standard GPS.
The other problem with dedicated GPS units is that you are stuck with the software it shipped with. Yeah, you can usually update it and make setting changes, but what if you just really do not like it overall? With a tablet, there are many different navigation software's to choose from. That means if you do not like the way one particular software works, you can easily choose an entirely different navigation software to use.
There are many different GPS softwares to choose from and many are completely free to use as well. Most Android tablets with GPS include Google Maps, which has turn by turn navigation built into it for free.
GPS enabled tablets work great for not only driving, but also for other outdoor activities such as hiking and hunting as well. Many of the software's also let you download all the map data you need for a particular area or the entire country in advance, so that if your'e in a Wi-Fi dead zone, it can update the map display as you move without having Wi-Fi coverage. The Nexus 7 video below shows the tablet in action with Google Maps data downloaded (Shows how to do it) and the GPS navigation working offline.
Below you will find a selection of tablets that are all GPS Enabled. A GPS enabled tablet can be a great alternative to a standalone GPS unit.
See Nexus 7 GPS in Action
Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet
The Google Nexus 7 not only includes GPS, but is very popular due to the clarity of the screen. Get this, on a 7" screen, they were able to jam in over 2.3 million pixels. Because of this astounding feat, Nexus states this tablet has the world's sharpest display. Buyer reviews support this as well. The other notable characteristic of the display is how bright it can display. Even outdoors in direct sunlight. This makes it a great tablet to be used on foot. If you are on the move, you will be happy to know that customers are reporting on a full charge that you can expect a battery life between 7 to 9 hours.
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- Full HD at 1920x1200 resolution
- Battery lasts up to 9 hours of continuous use
- Front and Rear facing Cameras
- Lacks a SD-card slot
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Android Tablet
Samsung is a well-respected brand when it comes to Smart Phones and Tablets. The Galaxy Tab 3 from Samsung is no exception. It does comes GPS enabled. It has a 7" screen which makes it a smaller and portable tablet. Driving around with a massive 10" screen mounted to you front windshield may not be the best choice. This one would work well. With the Tab 3, you will find that it is most likely the perfect size. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1" screen) is a great choice.
- Dual-core processors
- microSD slot
- Cameras: 3MP rear-facing, 1.3MP front-facing
- Free Hulu Plus membership
- Google Play credit
- Boingo Wi-Fi Access
- 50GB of free Dropbox storage
Does not include a flash for rear side camera.
Add GPS to a tablet you already own.
Did you know that you can add GPS capability to an existing tablet that you already own? The Dual Electronics XGPS150A kit includes a wireless bluetooth GPS receiver for the tablet. You can easily attach it to the roof of your car when driving. If you are walking, hiking or hunting you can either wear it like a watch or attach it to a belt loop or backpack.
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Maya on November 29, 2014:
I was using a $55 worth tab as GPS for a while and now I switched to Asus tab with both offline paid version of map and online map Waze. I like both and map and using same tab for accepting credit card payment. I saw the list here: http://mashtips.com/tablets-replace-gps/