Top 5 Handheld GPS Units

Handheld GPS navigation devices have been an ideal gadget for outdoorsy people who are into hiking, camping, fishing, and other related activities. It is because of this "outdoor" feature that handheld GPS function differently compared to their in-car counterparts. Here we compile the best handheld GPS receivers among the latest models in the market today.

Garmin Colorado 400t – A rugged, waterproof GPS with electronic compass, barometric altimeter, temperature sensor, a 3-inch color display. It even include an entire topography map of the United States, with pre-loaded maps available in SD cards, and an input wheel so it makes it easy-to-use even with one hand. You can also put in an optional heart rate and speed sensor, as well as customize your GPS according to how you use it: in the car, on a boat, or simply outdoors.

Magellan Triton 2000 – Tech critics laud this product as the most user-friendly GPS device especially for outdoorsmen. Not only its navigation system is close to perfect because it can tell your position to as close as 3 meters above ground, its screen is even touch-sensitive! It features a 3-axis compass that makes navigation easier, a barometer that alerts you in any change in weather, a 2 megapixel digital camera to take photos of waypoints, and an internal microphone to record notes. Other cool functions include an MP3 player and a LED flashlight.

DeLorme Earthmate PN 20 – This handheld GPS combines a rugged, waterproof unit with unmatched Topo detail. It features a highly-sensitive 12-channel WAAS-enabled GPS receiver that pinpoints your location accurately to as close to 3 meters. Its 2.2-inch color display is also viewable in direct sunlight, avoiding distraction and confusion when reading topography maps. It is lightweight and can run even on two AA batteries.

Garmin e-Trex Vista Hcx – This highly-sensitive GPS receiver has a WAAS capability that can even receive a signal even under heavy tree cover. This also has an electronic compass and a barometric altimeter. Its maps cater to the outdoorsy people, as this even includes bigger lakes and rivers along with major highways and interstates. You can even put pre-loaded maps to customize your navigation.

Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx – Another one from Garmin, the GPSMAP 60CSx features a barometric altimeter for accurate elevation data and an electronic compass that is viewable on a 2.6-inch 256-color display. What sets it apart from other units is that you can let it calculate a turn-by-turn route, and that it allows expandable memory through a microSD slot. Its new and faster processor provides enhanced capabilities and tracking.

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