Sunday, March 18, 2012

Top Ten Bestselling Handheld GPS Devices on Amazon

1. Garmin eTrex 20 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator

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Garmin eTrex 20 was listed as Amazon’s #1 bestseller

The Garmin eTrex 20 is the mid-range option in the eTrex series and does a little bit of everything. With a WAAS-enabled GPS receiver with HotFix and GLONASS support, this device has excellent precision navigation. The eTrex 20 offers paperless geocaching as well as spine mounting accessories, automatic routing and turn-by-turn on roads and is compatible with topographic, marine and road maps. With a 20 hour battery life, this device is ready to go. The 2.2 inch display is in full color and the device is waterproof.

On Amazon, it received 3.7 stars and is current the No. 1 bestselling GPS on Amazon.

The list price for the eTrex 20 is $199.99 and can be purchased on Amazon for $169.85

 

2. Garmin Fortrex 401 GPS

This Garmin entry level GPS model is part wristwatch and part GPS. This model only displays simple, rudimentary maps featuring waypoints, routes and tracks. However, it does have a built in electronic compass, barometric altimeter and the ability to wirelessly share data with Foretrex, Oregon and Colorado receivers. It is extremely lightweight and will be excellent for small treks or beginners.

On Amazon, it received 4.5 stars

The list price for the Fortrex 401 is $199.99 and can be purchased on Amazon for $167.99

Garmin GPSMAP 62st

Garmin GPSMAP 62st

3. Garmin GPSMAP 62st

This widely popular device features dozens of topographic and shaded relief world maps in addition to the ability to input your own maps. It supports BirdsEye Satellite Imagery and is compatible with Custom Maps, which allows you to paper and electronic maps to a downloadable format for your device. It offers a three-axis, tilt-compensated electronic compass and barometric altimeter for precise bearing and altitude measurements. And as if that wasn’t enough, it’s also waterproof with a excellent menu system, a bright screen, advanced track navigation and paperless geocaching.

On Amazon, it received 4 out of 5 stars

The list price for the GPSMAP62st is $449.99 and can be purchased on Amazon for $288.50

 

4. Garmin eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator

The Garmin eTrex 10 is a beginner level unit in the eTrex series and features GPS and GLONASS for better reception and accuracy. It also has advanced track navigation and will automatically generate waypoints. This device also allows for paperless geocaching. The eTrex 10 comes with a preloaded worldwide base map and a mini USB port. It does not, however, have a memory slot. This 2.2 in display is monochromatic with less resolution than the eTrex 20 and is waterproof. Overall, a good choice for an entry level enthusiast.

On Amazon, it also received 3.7 stars

The list price for the eTrex 10 is $119.99 and can be purchased on Amazon for $109.00

 

5. Garmin eTrex 30 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator

The Garmin eTrex 30 is the top of the line in the eTrex series and features many things its less expensive counterparts do not. It comes preloaded with a worldwide relief basemap and a built-in 3-axis electronic compass and barometric altimeter to pinpoint your precise altitude. This model is compatible with several topographic, marine and road maps and features internal memory as well as an SD card slot.

On Amazon, it also received 3.7 stars

The list price for the eTrex 10 is $299.99 and can be purchased on Amazon for $243.37

 

Garmin Approach G5

Garmin Approach G5 touchscreen golf GPS

6. Garmin Approach G3 Waterproof Touchscreen Golf GPS

This was Garmin’s first Golf GPS and featured a brightly colored touchscreen and detailed golf course maps which provide precise distance information about fairways, prior shots, hazards and greens. The device comes with several preloaded courses and more can be downloaded. Unlike other golf course navigation products, the Garmin Approach doesn’t require any type of membership fee and will track your location and distance to objects on the green as you play. It also has a digital scorecard feature and a computer scorecard review.

On Amazon, it received 4.2 stars

The list price for the Approach G3 is $299.99 and can be purchased on Amazon for $153.11

 

7. Garmin Oregon 550T (Discontinued)

The Garmin Oregon line is extremely popular, and the Garmin Oregon 550T was a top of the line handheld GPS which has a touchscreen and preloaded topographical maps. It features a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated compass, a barometric altimeter and a micro SD card slot. But its best feature is the camera, which allows you to create geotagged photos and link photos to waypoints or upload them to your computer later. The camera has 3.2 megapixels and a few features for zoom and changing lighting.

While it can still be purchased on Amazon, this model has been discontinued by Garmin and replaced by the Oregon 650. However, they do still support the Oregon 550T.

On Amazon, it received 4 stars

The list price for the Garmin Oregon 550T is $49.99 and can be purchased on Amazon for $295.00

 

8. Garmin GPSMAP 78

This marine-friendly device is  not only waterproof, but will float in the water and boasts a full color display screen that can be seen easily in daylight. The GPSMAP 78 comes preloaded with a worldwide base map and has a micro SD card slot for adding additional maps. The user interface is excellent, and features a Find button which can also be used by boaters as a Man Overboard button. However, despite the ‘for boaters’ label, this device can easily be used by anyone.

On Amazon, it received 3.9 stars

The list price for the Garmin GPSMAP 78 is $349.99 and can be purchased on Amazon for $178.06

 

Garmin GPSMAP 62s

Garmin GPSMAP 62s is very similar in design to the rest of Garmin’s 62 series.

9. Garmin GPSMAP 62sc

Similar to other Garmin GPSMAP models, the Garmin GPSMAP62sc features a 5 megapixel geotagging camera which allows you to take photos and have the tied to a location. It has a high sensitivity GPS receiver with a color display and comes preloaded with a shaded relief worldwide base map that is compatible with Garmin’s topographic, marine and road maps. The device also features a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass and is waterproof. The 62sc also has the ability to transfer data wirelessly to other Garmin users and has paperless geocaching as well as advanced track navigation and Birdseye aerial imagery.

On Amazon, it received 4 stars

The list price for the Garmin GPSMAP62sc is $499.99 and can be purchased on Amazon for $399.99

 

10. Garmin Rino 655T

Last but not least, the Garmin Rino 655T has a two way radio that allows users to see each other’s location within a 20 mile radius and unit to unit messaging is possible. The device has a built in NOAA radio  in addition to preloaded 100k scale topographical maps and a triaxial compass. It also has a geotagging 5 megapixel camera and a touch screen interface as well as BirdEye aerial imagery and a barometric altimeter.

On Amazon, it received 3.9 stars

The list price for the Garmin Rino 655T is $599.99 and can be purchased on Amazon for $515.71

 

Comments

  1. Thanks for the review, i didnt thought the etrex 20 will be the most sold, in argentina the etrex 10 in the top one.

  2. Arnold Beck says:

    Is there any portable GPS device that can upload marine navigation as well as road or driving direction over land?

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