These days you hardly need a specialized GPS system in the car anymore, as you can use Android tablets with GPS and 3G instead. Let’s take a look at the best options for this right now.
You already know why you want a tablet with GPS, and most of them have GPS these days anyway, but why one with 3G, too? Well, unless you’re going to use a 3rd party app that has offline GPS software for Android tablets, then you won’t be able to navigate.
People like using Google Maps these days, and that doesn’t work so well offline, because Google hasn’t made it work well offline, and also because Google Maps pulls a lot of stuff from the Internet, too, besides just the maps themselves. They consider Google Maps to be the best navigation software for Android tablets, so then you obviously need 3G connection, too.
So let’s see what are the best 7″ Android tablets with GPS and 3G.
Google Nexus 7
Initially, Google Nexus 7 didn’t have 3G, but they added the option later on, for $250. It’s well worth the price, and it’s a well rounded tablet, with good performance (quad core Nvidia Tegra 3), and that will keep getting upgrades from Google for a while (at least until Android 5.0). This could be important, as I think Google will try to change the interface so it works better in cars, too, and on tablets in general, in the future. Right now the Google Nexus 7 is the best Android tablet with GPS and 3G.
Asus is also the OEM behind the Google Nexus 7, but they are making their own branded tablets, too, such as the Asus Fonepad, that has been released recently. It’s a good tablet with similar specs with the Google Nexus 7, with a dual core processor and an HD screen. It also comes with 3G built-in. Just make sure you don’t confuse it for the Asus Padfone, which is a phone from Asus, with a similar name.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a little old, but was one of the best 3G tablets at the time. It has only a 1024×600 resolution screen, along with a dual core processor, but it should get the job done, especially if you can find it for significantly less than $200. It does have Android 4.0, and can be upgraded to Android 4.1, so that should make it a pretty modern tablet, which means it should support the latest updates to Google Maps and other navigation software for a long time.
These are currently the best 7″ Android tablets with GPS and 3G that you can find on the market for a reasonable price, of around or not much more than a specialized GPS system. If you don’t need 3G, and you just want a tablet with navigation without Internet, then you can also take a look at the best Android tablets under $100.