Global Navigation System (GPS) devices make it easy for travellers to find their way around. Hand-held GPS devices are convenient and can deliver directions immediately, eliminating difficulties in getting from one location to another. Choosing the best hand-held GPS is largely subjective, since different devices work better for different needs. With all the hand-held GPS devices on the market, selecting one to suit your needs and budget is important.
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Garmin Oregon 550t
Named by many reviewers as one of the best hand-held GPS devices for the person on the go, the Garmin Oregon 550t features a touch screen with an Apple iPhone-type interface. The GPS also features a 3.2-megapixel camera that allows you to take photographs and automatically tag them with your location coordinates. It includes a barometric altimeter and three-axis digital compass, making it ideal for those who enjoy hiking and other outdoor sports.
Garmin Dakota 20
At about half the price of the 550t, the Garmin Dakota has some of the same features (notably the compass and altimeter), and delivers quality images although on a much smaller screen. This model does lack the geo-tagging camera feature, and has a lower-resolution display.
Magellan Roadmate 1470
The Magellan Roadmate 1470 is billed as a portable navigation device. It features a 4.7-inch WQVGA display in a thin package that makes it convenient to carry around. Besides delivering standard GPS direction, the unit features text-to-speech and a one-touch collection of important addresses. It also has one-touch search capability that can be customised.
Garmin Nuvi 265WT Wide Screen
The Garmin Nuvi 265WT wide screen offers affordable navigation in a widescreen format that makes it easy to view your map as you go. The system provides graphical and speech navigation, and can be updated via the Internet. The Nuvi 265WT has Bluetooth functionality as well.
Garmin eTrex Venture HC Color GPS
The Garmin eTrex Venture HC Color GPS is a small unit with a 256-color, high resolution, TFT display that measures 1.3-by-1.7 inches with a resolution of 176 x 220. This unit also comes with 24 MB of memory for loading additional maps from the Garmin Mapsource. It includes a calendar for hunting and fishing seasons, and a stopwatch.
Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx Color Handheld GPS
The Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx Color Handheld GPS is loaded with features other than the navigation system. These features include alarms, integrated outdoor calendar, 20 saved tracks, best fishing and hunting times calculator, and indoor/outdoor GPS games. There's also a highly sensitive GPS receiver for increased satellite acquisition in areas where it is hard to acquire any signal.
Motorola MotoNav TN765t
The Motorola MotoNav TN765t comes with hands-free Bluetooth and rich mapping features, all in a portable package. It also includes text-to-speech, update capability and FM traffic reception.
The DeLorme PN-40 receives excellent reviews for its fast and accurate map display and directions. The system has access to more maps, including U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps, satellite images and aerial photography, than any other GPS manufacturer.
Garmin eTrex Vista
The Garmin eTrex Vista is rated by Cnet as one of the most feature-packed hand-held GPS devices. Its q2-channel GPS receiver features a built-in compass and altimeter, 24 MB of memory, detailed base maps, and an extensive database of local attractions.
Garmin eTrex Legend
The Garmin Legend is rated by Cnet as the best hand-held GPS for portability and price. The Legend has a tough exterior that makes it durable. It features 8 MB of memory. Mapping is fast and accurate. There aren't any extras, but for hikers and others on the go, this is a reliable hand-held GPS.
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