Garmin eTrex Touch 35 Review

Handheld GPS Garmin eTrex Touch 35

The Garmin eTrex 35 handheld GPS device is notable as an all-around portable GPS device for outdoor exploring and adventure. Garmin designed this device for simplicity, ease of use and as a perfect multipurpose device for a wide array of activities including hiking, mountain biking, tour biking and geocaching. The 35 series is the first in the eTrex range with a touchscreen. It is a compact measure just 3.6 x 5.5 cm (1.43" x 2.15") and weighs 5.6 ounces with batteries included. It packs 8gb of memory with expandable memory options and boasts built-in high sensitivity receiving.

Garmin eTrex Touch 35

Garmin eTrex 35t

Garmin eTrex Touch 35

Garmin eTrex Touch 35t

Garmin eTrex 35t Review

Garmin eTrex Touch 35t

Handheld GPS Garmin eTrex Touch 35 functionality

Garmin manufactured the Touch 35t and Touch 35 as the eTrex Touch 35. Both devices under the eTrex range have similar functionality, the only difference being that the Touch 35t comes preloaded with topographic maps which are available in the Touch 35 via download. Each eTrex 35 comes with Bluetooth 2.0 for pairing with Android or iPhone smartphones. There is a small USB port to enable users a direct connection to computers and other devices. There is a MicroSD card slot under the battery space that supports up to 64GB.

Garmin eTrex Touch 35 Battery Life

The good news for outdoor lovers is the battery will last up to 16 hours, and 2 AA batteries are easily changeable to extend the life. There are several battery types supporting each unit; Alkaline, Lithium, NiMH, and Precharged NiMH. The option for changing the backlight time light gives users the chance to save battery power. Using the display feature dims the screen to optimize battery saving. There are also color modes for contrasted use during the day and night.

Further Features

  • Satellite reception is fast, featuring high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, HotFix satellite prediction and GLONASS for accurate location tracking.
  • The eTrex is a small compact handheld unit weighing 158g (5.6 ounces) and fits perfectly in one hand. There is only one button and this powers the unit, the touchscreen does the rest.  The touchscreen is, however, low-resolution 160x240 pixel display.
  • Barometric altimeter for accurate elevation detail
  • 3-axis tilt compensated electron compass to know where you are going even when standing still
  • IPX7 water resistance so it can stay submerged for 30 minutes
  • An array of compatible mounts
  • For the cyclist this device comes with a temperature sensor, heart rate monitor, bike speed and cadence sensors, all of which can be turned on or off depending on user preferences
  • ANT+ for connectivity to compatible Garmin devices.  Unit-to unit transfer for wireless data sharing with similar units
  • A small notch on the back cover seals the device from possible water penetration
  • A carabiner clip attaches to the back cover for easy hanging
  • 250,000 preloaded worldwide geocaches

Pros

· Multipurpose handheld GPS device for hiking, mountain biking, cycling and tour biking

· Compact, small, lightweight easy to carry and easy to use

· Dual battery enabling selection between AA or lithium compact batteries

· Compatible with several mounts

· ANT+ Connectivity to compatible Garmin devices

· Available maps

· 3-axis tilt compensated electronic compass and barometric altimeter

· Heart rate monitor, speed and cadence sensors turned off or on according to preference

· 8MB memory with memory expandable option

Cons

· Low resolution screen

· Activity history and track manager are not clear

Garmin Montana 680 Review

Handheld GPS for hiking Garmin Montana 680

The Gamin Montana 680 utilizes GLONASS reception, WASS enabled receiver and hot fix satelite prediction.  This is a high-sensitivity device can locate your position very quickly and hold it even under thick bush cover or in valleys. Both the 680 and 680t have an 8 megapixel with autofocus and automatic geo-tagging for geographical identification and location coordinates. The touchscreen is sunlight readable and has dual orientation.  This is an awesome GPS device for hikers

Garmin Montana 680

Garmin Montana 680

Garmin Montana 680

Garmin Montana 680t

Garmin Montana 680t

Garmin Montana 680t

Take the Garmin Montana 680 everywhere, Mountain Terrain, Lowest Valleys, under the sea

The Garmin Montana 680 has an average sized color touchscreen measuring 10.2 cm. The screen has a dual-orientation feature, is super sensitive and can be operated while wearing gloves. This GPS device is easy to use and the navigation features are designed for use anywhere and everywhere. With a built-in digital camera, your images can be geotagged automatically. The 3-axis tilt compensated compass, as well as a barometric altimeter, come highly recommended for any terrain on land and at sea. It is the ideal companion for anyone looking to find their way and return to safety easily. The device is durable and water proof rated to IPX7

Share endlessly using the wireless feature

The handheld Garmin Montana 680 has the inbuilt wireless technology. An easy to use press send feature and your device will search for similar devices nearby, pair up and connect for information sharing. Adventurers can share routes, tracks, waypoints and geocaches easily with the press of a button.

Navigation with the Garmin Montana 680

The Garmin Montana 680 has high sensitivity WAAS enabled GPS. GPS is supported by GLONASS giving the Garmin Montana quick positioning and precise location pinpointing even under tree cover or in deep valleys and canyons. This functionality significantly improves positioning, coordinating, fixing and the ability to maintain location. The Garmin Montana 680 comes with a 1 year BirdEye Satellite Imagery as part of the initial package. After the subscribed period elapses, the plan can be renewed for a fee. Otherwise, you can opt to download BlueChart g2 or TOPO U.S 24K depending on your preference. A built-in 3-axis tilt compensated electronic compass comes with this GPS device.

The Garmin Montana 680 has a barometric altimeter pinpointing precise altitude or barometric pressure.

A Long Battery Life come with the Garmin Montana 680

Measuring 3.64*7.48*14.42 cm, the Montana 680 also offers double power in each device. The double power feature is made possible by a one-of-a-kind dual battery system. Dual power enables you to select between using the AA batteries or the lithium compact battery. Even when you run out of power, you still have the ability to carry on with your activities using the second battery.

The Garmin Montana 680 clear, spacious display

With a 10.2cm display, there is no need to stress about squinting eyes to see clearly. The Garmin Montana 680 comes with a sun-readable touchscreen. Available in LED, the touchscreen display adds vivid colour to the developed high-resolution images. The colourful, big, clear display makes the device attractive for users of all ages. The reviews indicate that users enjoy the clear and full images produced by the Montana 680 devices.

Plan your next expedition ahead of time

Using the free BaseCamp software that comes with the Montana 680 devices, it is possible to view and organise routes, waypoints, tracks and maps way ahead of time. BaseCamp works as a trip planning software with the ability to share future trips and plans with other devices. With 2D and 3D topographical mapping, it is possible to connect the Montana 680 to a computer and view all selected maps, routes and geocaches.

Don’t be bored, go Geocaching

The Geocaching GPX file feature connects to Geocaching.com. The app has a tracking manager, so there is no need for you to suffer under endless paper trails printing or manually entering coordinates. It is possible to manage tracks and waypoints using the Geocaching GPX files feature. Tracklogs can be recorded or stopped just as easily. This feature is flexible, offering each person the ability to personalise their Montana 680 handheld GPS device.

Get your hands on the Montana 680

This smart GPS unit is available for purchase online and in trusted outdoor gear shops. The actual retail price online is $549.99. However Amazon usually discounts it to $468. If you are going to purchase it, then aim for Amazon, and you will save yourself over $100 and also the shipping cost depending on where you are.

Pros

· Excellent reception even under heavy cover

· Dual orientation large display

· Dual battery enabling selection between AA or lithium compact batteries

· Compatible with several mounts

· Screen is sunlight readable. Screen can be used wearing gloves

· 3-axis tilt compensated electronic compass

· 8 MP high resolution digital camera​ with geotagging

Cons

· Bulky and large

· Pinch to zoom screen is not supported

Garmin GPSMAP 64 Review

Overview

Garmin is a leading brand when it comes to GPS devices. However, with the Garmin GPSMap 64, the manufacturers most probably outdid themselves with the 64 series. It has high-sensitivity GPS and GLONASS receiving in conjunction with a quad-helix antenna which keeps your coordinates while hiking through deep cover and valleys. The 250, 000 Preloaded Worldwide Geocaches and ability to support additional mapping, this unit is part of the advanced handheld GPS series and the answer to outdoor enthusiasts. In a world dominated by constantly developing technology, the GPSMAP 64 comes with some pretty amazing functions that not only make it desirable but also essential.

Garmin GPSMAP 64

Garmin GPSMAP 64

Garmin GPSMAPS 64

Base Model

Garmin GPSMAP 64s

Garmin GPSMap 64s

Garmin GPSMAPS 64s

With ANT and Bluetooth

Garmin GPSMAP 64st

Garmin GPSMap 64st
Garmin GPSMap 64st

Garmin GPSMAPS 64st

With ANT, Bluetooth & US TOPO

Garmin GPSMAP 64sc

Garmin GPSMap 64sc

Garmin GPSMAPS 64sc

With ANT, Bluetooth & Camera

Product Specs

If you prefer buttons to touch screen then this GPS is the top pick for reliability and the technology is by far the best of the buttoned devices. The handheld Garmin GPSMAP 64 is lightweight and portable. It weighs in at 9.3 ounces including battery and measures 3.6*6.1*16.0 cm and is facilitated by an IPX7 water proof rating. The water rating makes it perfect for not just land but water based activities too. The unit uses 2 AA batteries, and these are available for purchase alongside the device since Garmin does not include them as accessories.

The handheld Garmin GPSMAP 64 has a display that is 6.6cm diagonally and offers a 65-K colour TFT that is transflective. To make it more appealing, it has inbuilt 4GB memory and is USB, NMEA 0183 compatible. You can calculate the area with customizable map options, automatic routing and it stores up to 5,000 way points and 200 routes. A bonus feature is the ability to add other maps that do not come already installed on the device. Also, daily updates on information about the sun and the moon are available.

Garmin 64 Inbuilt features

The Garmin GPSMAP 64comes with the sought after GPS/GLONASS Quad Helix Antenna. This feature gives the GPSMAP 64 units the ability to connect with GLONASS and GPS simultaneously. As a result, the high-sensitivity GPS feature is enhanced and all 24 satellites unlocked. The unit functions efficiently and delivers results in short space of time.

The unit can operate dual battery system. The portable Garmin GPSMAP 64 houses 2 AA batteries elongating its long-lasting 16-hour battery life. Once the 2 AA batteries deplete, you can simply change to the NiMH battery pack. The secondary battery makes the GPSMAP 64 ideal for travellers because it can charge while on the device. You can recharge your handheld GPS device without the need to stop at some motel or highway store.

With a permanent Geocache system, the GPSMAP 64 allows you to select from over 250,000 preloaded geocaches. The geocaches have supporting descriptions to give hints on the direction to take. Thus, purchasing this unit not only offers navigation but also provides full geocaching ability.

There is also an extensive Mapping system in these machines. The Garmin GPSMAP 64 units comes with preloaded maps. However, the extensive map support feature is supported by the memory expansion. A microSD card slot and internal memory work together to accommodate existing maps and make room for new ones. There is an option to subscribe for the City Navigator NT, TOPO 24K, BirdsEye and BlueChart satellite imagery.

Who is it perfect for?

With an average-sized screen and waterproof feature, the GPSMAP 64 is ideal for basically every outdoor activity. However, the user reviews suggest that it is best for; geocaching, fishing, hiking, trekking, backpacking and hunting activities. If you intend to go out for rugged outdoor activities, then this is your companion.

Why you should get the Garmin GPSMAP 64

This particular unit goes over and beyond the basic handheld GPS functions. There is an in-built LiveTrack app. Using LiveTrack, you can connect your device to any other as long as it also has the LiveTrack app. So, goodbye to getting lost or hiking alone. LiveTrack enables users to keep in touch with their family and friends in real time. Additionally, the 250,000 geocaches supported by Geocaching (meaning they are always up to date), will eliminate the process of manually entering coordinates as well as the need to print out the geocache information. With the microSD slot supporting the huge 4GB internal memory, there is no need to decide what to keep or delete. This surely makes outdoor adventures more adventurous. The sunlight-readable 2.6 inch colour display makes it possible to use the device every day, any time. Moreover, because the units come with a dual battery system, being stranded is out of question. The primary battery has a 16-hour lifespan. Following which the NiMH backup can be used and recharged while inside the device.

Where to get it and Pricing?

The base model Garmin GPSMAP 64 is available for purchase from Amazon and other trusted online retailers.  It goes without saying that Garmin online store also sells these devices. However, the best market price is currently $210 at Amazon, with free shipping depending on your location.

Pros

· Excellent reception even under heavy cover

​· Lightweight and portable

· Button Operated

· Dual battery 2 AA batteries, or optional rechargeable NiMH battery can be charged inside      the device 

· 3-axis tilt compensated electronic compass

· VIRB action camera with 64s and 64st.  8 MP auto-focus camera with auto geotagging with the 64 sc

Cons

· Base maps are not great

· Buttons are not as responsive as touch screen

Garmin Foretrex 401 Review

Garmin Foretrex 401 Overview

The Garmin Foretrex 401 is a waterproof handheld GPS device that runs on two standard AAA batteries. It is a unique device that is made to mount on the wrist. Thus it can be used as a wristwatch and kept on the body at every moment. Equipped with high water resistivity and high sensitivity GPS receiver, it is perfect for use at any altitude. The high-sensitivity GPS receiver is coupled with HotFix for maximum performance and reception in densely populated areas. Hand wrist Garmin Foretrex 401 units also comes with a barometric altimeter and an electronic compass. Being an outdoors person will become even more interesting with a Foretrex 401 slim wrist-mounted unit.

Garmin Foretrex 401

Garmin Foretrex 410 for Hiking

Garmin Foretrex 401

Garmin Foretrex 401

Garmin Foretrex 410 with elec compass

Garmin Waterproof Hands Free

It is ideal for fishing, water rafting, deep sea diving, hiking, camping and skiing. There is no chance of getting lost as long as you are wearing your Garmin Foretrex 401. This device can retrace steps. An inbuilt TracBack feature memorises and stores the route travelled. By keeping track of your path in its memory, you will be able to access the route displayed on your LCD screen in dotted lines. Additionally, locations can be saved as waypoints for long periods of time. Moreover, the 17-hour battery life sets you up for a whole day of adventure without the need to recharge. When the batteries run flat, you can easily replace them by yourself. It is one of those essential GPS machines for anyone interested in keeping track of their altitude and bearing. The device supports dual position readout. This feature makes it possible for users to view their current location in multiple formats

It is possible to get even more from the Garmin Foretrex 401. By connecting the unit to a wireless accessory, you can have access to more data. The weather and environment updates make outdoor activities more fun. The Foretrex 401 can display information about sunrise and sunset, planned trip route as well as any information about hiking, fishing and hunting.  It goes the extra mile, so you do not have to.

Specifications

The hand wrist-mounted gadget comes in a 2.3*4.3*7.5cm size, making it easy to just clad on your wrist. Weight an incredible light 87.3g with the batteries included, it is as light-weight as it gets. The Foretrex 401 has a water rating of IPX7, and the hind lid protects the AAA batteries, making it waterproof. One of the concerns is over the lack of colour because the device runs on traditional black and white LCD. With a rectangular 2.3*3.6cm display size, information can be read better than on the average sized wristwatch. For adjustments, the display resolution is 100*64 pixels.

There is also a USB interface for data and memory exchange. This device can be paired up and used alongside other gadgets. Also, using Garmin Connect, you can share information, categorise data and analyse your tracks with the Garmin online community.

Although it does not come with Geocaches, it can store up to 20 routes, so it is pretty good for hiking, hunting and fishing. The device’s memory can keep 10,000 points and a maximum of 10 saved tracks. You can store 500 locations/waypoints/favorites.

For outdoor recreation features, there is a hunting and fishing calendar. The sun and moon function also function to give accurate information about outdoor activities for months ahead.

Accessories

To increase functionality and enhance the way you use the Garmin Foretrex 401, you can add any of the following accessories; geocaching, fitness sensors, heart rate monitor, cables, mounts, lanyards, holsters, adapters and clips.

Why you should buy this device

Although the Foretrex 401 waterproof hiking GPS is sold specifically for hikers, it comes with other features that make it ideal not only for hiking. It is perfect for anyone who wants a GPS device that has an easy to read display. The clear black and white display are minimalist and easy to see. There is a timer as part of the features. Since it has high-sensitivity GPS receiver, it can be used both on land and at sea. The Garmin Foretrex 401 comes with a barometric altimeter and hunting/fishing calendar making it a hub for information.

Pros

· Excellent reception even under heavy cover

· Dual orientation large display

· Dual battery enabling selection between AA or lithium compact batteries

· Compatible with several mounts

· Screen is sunlight readable. Screen can be used wearing gloves

· 3-axis tilt compensated electronic compass

· 8 MP high resolution digital camera​ with geotagging

Cons

· Bulky and large

· Pinch to zoom screen is not supported

Where to get it and Pricing

The Foretrex 401 is available for purchase on different online stores. If you want to buy it any moment without additional charges, then you might want to visit the official store garmin.com. It is also available from Amazon where it currently has a 4.5-star rating from close to 450 customers. If you still have doubts or would like any questions answered, head over to Amazon and other buyers will be happy to share their experience with you. Retail price for the Garmin Foretrex 401 is $199.99 at the official Garmin store and $150.25 at Amazon.

Handheld GPS Technology

Handheld GPS Technology

When it comes to direction, navigation and reception Handheld GPS technology is still the best technology and the standard cell phones only strive to meet.  With the full featured units currently available in the market, traveling, hiking, marine and other adventure activities have become within the reach of almost anyone. Now “getting lost” just means going where ever you want to go safely. There are three main criteria which set handheld GPS technology apart from the humble cell phone:  These are navigation, reception and waterproof capability.  With this in mind high-sensitivity receivers, such as those with the SiRFstar III or MediaTek chipsets are basic criteria to look for in a handheld GPS device. With these receivers, you can have your unit in your pack or pocket and still have reception. Given the number of manufacturers vying for top position, there is healthy competition in the field of Handheld GPS devices.

Handheld GPS for Hiking

There are a lot of handheld GPS units to select from  First and foremost, anyone who decides to buy a Handheld GPS must be acutely aware of basic categorization. At the moment, there are three categories namely; survey grade, mapping grade, as well as recreation grade. The last two categories are the most popular for everyday use.
High-end survey class devices are used in specialized professions. When purchasing a Handheld GPS unit, it is important to go beyond the price tag. The way Handheld GPS units are presented follows the same trend as every other product. In simple terms, you get what you pay for. Brand name aside, the power features and capability can be determined using the price tag; which brings us to an important question, what exactly should one consider while venturing down the Handheld GPS technology isle?

  • Price—The component in handheld GPS units that makes them expensive is the SiRF chipset. The chipset is responsible for an advanced user experience. However, older models that come without SiRF also function and are the most affordable. The portal through which you buy a GPS unit either increases or decreases the price. Legit retailers and online stores tend to buy in bulk from the manufacturer at discounted prices. Thus, buying via retailers might also lower the total price. Hence you need to be aware of these slight differences and the impact on the price you pay.
  • Memory—Obviously, Handheld GPS device bought for your mother is different than the one that will appeal to a hiker. Available memory and storage play a huge role in differentiating handheld GPS units. Many units have an internal memory of up to 128MB. Although there are options to extend memory by up to 8GB consider the need and activities your intend to undertake before settling on memory requirements.
  • Maps – It is important to have a receiver that is set up to navigate. There are topo maps available for almost any wilderness area in the world but not all GPS receivers can accommodate topo maps.
  • Way Point Capacity—In general, to get a good experience from your GPS unit, it must hold at least 500-waypoints. The latest and advanced devices have an average of 1000-waypoints.
  • Receiver—Under Handheld GPS technologies, there are receivers and transmitters. The most used and preferred are the receivers. A good number of GPS receivers use a chipset to receive and self-process signals from the satellite. The latest Handheld GPS models have an inbuilt SiRF which offers high sensitivity for faster location identification. Additionally, new receivers have improved signal stability making them perfect for anyone looking into a trip to the forest.
  • Built-in Electronic Compass—Each time you move, a compass determines the direction. A GPS unit that houses an electronic compass is excellent for real-time navigation. With a slight movement or change in direction, the compass will determine the direction one is facing. Few people would argue that the “wilderness man” method of measuring the position of the sun has been replaced by an easier and more accurate handheld GPS unit with a built-in electronic compass.
  • Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Capability—this navigation aid system works to improve GPS accuracy, as well as availability. If your budget allows, it is recommended to buy a WAAS powered device. You will be happy with the guaranteed improved horizontal accuracy. Handheld GPS technology goes way beyond commercial work.
  • It’s important to remember that the best Handheld GPS units last between 10 and 16 hours of battery life. Luckily most good handheld GPS units sport AA batteries and units can also be charged using the car charger.

Adrenaline ‘junkies’ can now indulge in their favorite activities. Whatever the occasion wherever the location, with GPS handheld technology, there is no excuse for being left out. It is quite safe to state that the price range encompasses buyers from all walks of life. To experience stress-free enjoyable activities, Handhelds are there to offer more than navigation.

 

 

Advantages of Handheld GPS

Advantages of Handheld GPS

You know the most baffling constant about technology –it is evolving! It is amazing how much Global Positioning System (GPS) has changed since declared functional in 1995 powered by 24 satellites. Nowadays we have become super dependent on GPS devices for direction and location. Having a Handheld GPS device is the equal of having a compass; map and wind speed compacted and placed in the palm of your hand.

The principle behind GPS is very simple- it works by providing a set of geographical coordinates such as a place’s latitude, longitude and elevation on Earth. The GPS device also gives out very accurate time.

The basic functionality of GPS technology is limited to receiving satellite signals and calculating position information. Things like navigation systems, tracking devices, surveying and mapping instruments are simply different applications of the technology.

Handheld GPS for Wilderness

With dynamic changes and developments, GPS now possesses a broad range of functions. Be it going about with your everyday activities or taking a trip to the countryside; knowing your whereabouts is a must. Since the human brain can only hold so much information, it comes as a relief that there are devices to help with tasks such as finding the best route. The availability of GPS Handheld devices provides a solution for portable support. Thus, it makes Handheld GPS devices indispensable. Their make and functionality distinguish them, yet they are all the same when it comes to the benefits of having a GPS unit. Read on to find some of the advantages of Handheld GPS units.

  • Measuring slope/water depth—In 2014, the New Atlas published that “Instead of tide gauges that use electronic sensors in a pipe to measure water level height, the system developed at Chalmers University uses Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) radio signals from systems such as GPS…” Although it is not possible to measure mean sea level using Handheld GPS units; it is still possible to measure slopes, hiking distances, as well as water depth when rafting, canoeing, camping, and fishing. A Handheld GPS can be used to navigate across water bodies. Moreover, there are specialized handheld GPS devices designed especially for fishers. These can be used for fishing, boating, and other open water activities.
  • Inbuilt thermometer is one of the most advanced benefits which come with owning a handheld GPS. Using the GPS thermometer function can provide wind speed, temperature and air pressure measures allowing up to date weather expectations at your destination and during the tramp. Detection of Potential
  • The best GPS units are waterproof a feature which makes the device an invaluable addition for any hiking, tracking, tramping, boating, fishing and trekking trips in all areas and in any weather conditions.
  • Hazards—Advanced handheld GPS devices come with an inbuilt beacon. Using the beacon can help save a life in case of a storm or any other natural disasters about or happening in a particular area.
  • This is the best navigating system in water as in larger water bodies we are often misled due to lack of proper directions
  • Record and Store Places—One of the most exciting things about traveling is informing memories. Once planning the journey, the excitement spills over to everyone involved. With a handheld GPS unit, it is possible to share in the fun with everyone by recording favorite spots and information. There is a lot of memory allowing for extended recording of up to weeks. Additionally, the multi-functional GPS devices can work in activity tracking or watch mode while seeing GPS.
  • Color Touch Screen Display—Let’s agree on one thing, plain black and white can be boring. Owning a GPS unit is exciting, to begin with. Now getting a functional device with a color touchscreen display is a bonus. With the latest range of devices, it’s easy to point on the display map with your finger the area of interest.
  • Navigation—Using your handheld GPS device, you can work out the best route for your trip. These intelligent devices use trilateration. For example, connecting and locking into a minimum of 3 satellite signals to pinpoint your exact current location. Since there are currently 24 active satellites orbiting the earth, your device can triangulate any 3 of them. Depending on the power and functionality of your unit, you can get simple to detailed instructions once the route between the current position and final destination has been imaged.
  • Direction—Perfect for people without a sense of direction! You know, there are times when you get lost not because you don’t know where you want to head out, but it happens? Good news, with handheld GPS, there is no need to scratch your head for direction. The GPS receiver works from current location to destination. So if you take a detour, you will still get directed until you reach the final point. See, the things are, once the navigator has mapped out the route between two points, the handheld GPS will give directions until you reach the end point. It doesn’t get easier than this right? Conclusion

Currently, there are some GPS handheld units on the market. Before selecting one, don’t just consider the price. It helps to spend time researching about a product, reading the user feedback and reviews. Presently, Garmin is the leading manufacturer, and people seem to love the GPS devices. But, don’t just take my word for it, go out there and get the retailer to explain the features on each device before selecting the one. With handheld GPS devices, you can have an easier daily routine. Or better yet, plan your next canoeing, camping, hiking or geocaching trip like a pro.

 

 

Bluetooth GPS

Bluetooth GPS

We are in the age of smartphones, smart homes, and smart gadgets, smart everything, right? So since everything is ‘smart,’ and seemingly connected, why not use one or two devices, sync them together and use them for several tasks? I mean, it would make so much sense and reduce the number of devices an individual buys. But then again, all things considered, based on the fact that humans need to specialize in maximizing their proficiency, the same can be said for gadgets.

Bluetooth

Still don’t get the drift? Ok, let’s simplify it further. Smartphones come with inbuilt GPS receiver. The GPS is an added feature to the AGPS capability and works through accessing any 3 of the 24 satellites orbiting around Earth. However, smartphones also function to receive and send messages and phone calls. Thus the GPS is not given top priority and usually drags. As a result, using the phone’s GPS ends up being more of a task than a cool, helpful feature. So, as a solution to this issue, the external Bluetooth GPS fits in like a glove. Built only to function as a Bluetooth GPS, these units are lightweight and pretty compact. They can be pocketed or just held in hand.

The external Bluetooth GPS unit houses a built-in rechargeable battery, a couple of LED indicators and a Bluetooth radio. There is no display.  The external Bluetooth GPS is fairly priced and retails for a maximum of $100. When purchasing it, there are other accessories including a car charger and home charger. It can last up to 10 hours while in use with the ability to go to ‘sleep’ when not actively connected to another Bluetooth device. Thereby conserving power.

The next question right about now is how to use the external Bluetooth GPS? Simple, there is no display meaning you cannot possibly see anything on it, so to use, it must be connected to a computer, smartphone or tablet. To activate it, you can go to your Android smart device and switch the GPS unit. A simple search for nearby devices and pair it up. Just like that, you have a fully functional super-powered component. The external Bluetooth GPS functions to send and receive GPS signals and your phone or tablet work to show you the transmissions on display. Teamwork made easy by smart gadgets. However, you might be disappointed to note that the external Bluetooth GPS is not exactly still readily available on the market. Why? Just like every other invention, evolution.

Presently, it is possible to obtain Bluetooth GPS in the form of an application (App). The Bluetooth GPS App can be found and purchased on the Play store. Using the App, you can connect to the external Bluetooth GPS unit. The App is regularly updated, so there is no need to worry about it stopping working at some point. With each new Android version, the Bluetooth GPS App also gets updated to cater for the upgrades. The App also shares current user location, enabling the GPS system to triangulate and find exact coordinates between 2 points. On Play Store, the App has already been installed close to a 1, 000, 000 times. That’s how popular it is.

Bluetooth GPS

So what is Bluetooth GPS and what makes it so valuable? With Bluetooth GPS, it’s like you are using two distinctly different robust systems within each other to get the best results. Bluetooth technology facilitates gadgets to exchange data through an open wireless protocol. It works using radio waves. The closer the gadgets are to each other, the stronger their Bluetooth connection. Therefore, with a Bluetooth GPS system, geographical data can easily be transmitted to any Bluetooth-enabled device.

There is no need to worry because the union between these two technologies does not interfere with each other. All you have to do is place your devices next to each other, and you will get clear GPS signals without any problems.

According to users, the Bluetooth GPS is an ingenious invention. For Android users, it is a life saver, one that allows people to use affordable smartphones that have GPS for navigating directions. If one has the old external Bluetooth GPS, it can still be paired up with the latest software and still function as good as the expensive smartphones. Whichever generation you are from, you can always find room in the world of Bluetooth GPS. A bonus is that the external Bluetooth GPS is portable, cell phones and tablets are also mobile. There is no need to be stuck indoors. Better still, the era of penning down directions is long gone. If the smart phone’s internal GPS starts acting up, no problem, just get the external Bluetooth GPS fired up, connect and you are ready to go.