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It wasn't so long ago that you had to pay several thousand dollars for a GPS navigation system built into the dashboard of your car.

Now, portable GPS units are the hot hi-tech item. You can move them from car to car, mount them on your bike, or use them when you're taking a walking tour on vacation.

There are lots of models to choose from, they're small and packed with features, and the prices keep coming down.

"You're looking anywhere from $179 to all the way up to $700. So it just depends on what features you want out of it," said John Oehlshlaeger, with Car Toys.

Many models are really onboard multimedia centers that can store contacts from your phone and can operate a Bluetooth hands-free headset. Some even have built-in MP3 players and iPod connections.

The hot new feature is called text-to-speech. Rather than just saying "turn right" or "turn left," these units say the street names.

Text-to-speech is not only a neat feature, it lets you keep your eyes on the road instead of constantly checking the on-screen map.

Consumer reports tested 18 mobile GPS devices and, if you want a model with all the bells and whistles, you'll have to spend around $500. Consumer Reports rates the Garmin nuvi 350 ($450) and the TomTom GO 920T ($600) as two of the best overall models. The editors say they are "simple to operate, yet are feature rich."

But there are three that rated very high and won't break the bank:
The TomTom One has a 3.4 inch LCD screen, and notable features include an internal battery, a lockout safety mode, and preloaded maps for the U.S. and Canada.

It doesn't have a lot of features, but Consumer Reports says "It combines good performance and portability." It is also very customizable. The TomTom One sells for about $300.

The Garmin Streetpilot c330, which also sells for $300, is another Consumer Reports Best Buy. It has a slightly larger 3.5-inch screen and a long-lasting internal battery. It also comes with preloaded maps for the U.S. and Canada.

It does not speak streen names, but Consumer Reports says the C330 is "an easy to use navigator with no bells and whistles. It is a solid choice for the consumer who just wants a travel aid at a good price."

At $250, the Magellan Roadmate 2000 is the cheapest of the bunch. It also has a 3.5-inch LCD screen and an internal battery. It comes with preloaded maps for the U.S.

Consumer Reports says the Magellan Roadmate 2000 "is a basic, easy to use navigator. It is a good choice for the consumer who just wants a travel aid, without ancillary entertainment features."

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