Review: Heads up for Garmin’s new HUD

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With Google and Apple Maps and numerous third-party iOS navigation apps, a standalone GPS device may seem redundant for many users today. However, safety and ergonomic issues (and, of course, laws) come into play when trying to use a phone and navigate at the same time. Garmin is looking to bridge that gap with its new heads-up display (HUD) as a standalone accessory for its navigation apps.

I was able to take it for a test drive.

How it works

Garmin HUD 1

The $129.99 Garmin HUD device measures 4.25 inches wide by 3.46 inches long, is 0.73 inches thick and weighs 9.7 ounces, which is consistent with a standalone GPS. The bottom of the device has a pliable and tacky surface and doesn’t directly mount in your vehicle, making it easy to move.

It communicates with your iPhone or iPad (it also works with Windows Phone 8 and Android) via Bluetooth…

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