There are a lot of people out there who seem to think that having a GPS system set up in your car is still a really great way to get around to wherever you need to go. While that might have been true a few years ago, with the spread of the smartphone and the 4G network, the GPS has become pretty much obsolete. Not only does every smartphone have a built in GPS of its own, but it is a much better GPS system than anything that you could buy on its own. Of course, there are plenty of reasons why using the GPS on your phone is better than purchasing something that is meant solely for the purpose of directing you while you drive. Here are just a few of the best reasons for it.
Extra CostPurchasing a GPS system is actually a lot more expensive than you would think. And while it might cost you a little extra to get enough data on your smartphone plan to make sure that you can always use its built in GPS, that is still a good deal cheaper than having to pay yearly or monthly subscriptions to something like TomTom that has to be updated regularly in order to keep up with the current maps that are available online. Plus, the basic cost for a GPS system is pretty pricey as well, especially when you already have a smartphone that can do all of the same things and more.
Not as AccurateBecause it has to go through the process of updating the maps that it has available to it, a GPS system like a TomTom is not always particularly accurate. Your smartphone, however, has access to constant and immediate updates via its connection to the Internet, meaning that it is always up to date and which roads are closed and which ones are even under construction. This is particularly helpful if there is something like flooding going on in the area, closing down roads and making it more difficult for you to get to where you need to go, because it will keep you up to date on which roads to avoid in order to get through faster.
Difficult to UpdateNot only do GPS systems need to be updated regularly, they are not a simple walk in the park to put through those updates. You have to connect them to your computer, log on to a specific site designed for your GPS, and then download everything new that it needs to know. This can take minutes or, if your Internet connection is not the best, it can take hours. And this will only be a temporary thing for your GPS system, since it will need to be updated yet again within only a few days. Going too long without updating your GPS could result in you being directed to roads that no longer exist.
Less CustomizableWhile there are lots of options for picking voices for any GPS system, the options available on something that is only a GPS will not be nearly as vast as the options you would have with the GPS in your smartphone. There are so many things that you can download to make your smartphones GPS more tailored to you specifically, including the fact that your smartphone will automatically detect when it is getting darker outside and change the settings of your GPS screen to match that so that you can still look at the screen without being blinded by it in the darkness. Features like this do not exist on most ordinary GPS systems.
No Traffic Updates
Probably one of the biggest and greatest things that your smartphone GPS offers that no other GPS system does is the ability to keep up to date with what the traffic is like in the areas that you will be driving through. In fact, your smartphone will automatically try to redirect you away from all of the worst bits of traffic in order to help you get to your destination more quickly and safely. This is something that you just can not have with most GPS systems, meaning that they are far inferior to the simple system that comes prepackaged with your smartphone.