Trying to Invest in a new GPS...Suggestions?

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Trying to Invest in a new GPS...Suggestions?

Postby nrotruck on Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:57 pm

Hi all.

I'm new to the board, and can be found on geocaching.com under the same name. I've found all of my geocaches so far using a Garmin driving GPS and have been thinking about upgrading to a handheld.

Keep in mind, I'm a student at WVU, so I'm operating on a college budget, but any types of suggestions are welcome since I'm new to all of this. Thanks!
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Re: Trying to Invest in a new GPS...Suggestions?

Postby Spotty Spotty Pony Girl on Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:50 pm

A lot of us started with what we loving refer to as the ubiquitous "cheap yellow GPS" which was the Garmin eTrex. It's no more, but the replacement is the eTrex 10 which seems to have a few more features. Garmin's website shows it for $119, but I'm guessing you could find it for less if you searched online.

You might want to check on eBay for used GPS as well. I got a good deal on a Garmin 60CSx a few years ago (a lot cheaper than it was sold for in stores) and it was still in the box.

One of the things that you should probably seriously consider is whether you would like (or want) a GPS that will also have the cache description on it. They tend to cost a little more, but in my experience having that info on the same device with which you are navigating is so handy. Another thing to think about is how long a GPS is going to last you. I've upgraded recently not because my GPS wore out, but because I wanted more features (also, I lost it...but that's another story). Now I have a DeLorme Earthmate PN-60W.

A good alternative while you are biding your time is one of the many smart phone apps. Assuming you have a smartphone, of course. I've done a lot of caching using my phone and it has been every bit as accurate as my handheld GPSes. I use C:Geo (free) and NeonGeo ($4.26). Both of those are Android.

I've rambled enough for now....time to let everyone else weigh in :grin:
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Re: Trying to Invest in a new GPS...Suggestions?

Postby Rock_Rat on Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:49 am

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Re: Trying to Invest in a new GPS...Suggestions?

Postby Groggamer on Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:33 pm

One of the things that you should probably seriously consider is whether you would like (or want) a GPS that will also have the cache description on it. They tend to cost a little more, but in my experience having that info on the same device with which you are navigating is so handy.

I second that! Spend a bit more you'll really want this feature.
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