There’s a little more info trickling out on the SPOT Gen3 Satellite Messenger, including its ability to send your position at 30 minute intervals for up to 45 days on a single charge. The SPOT Gen3 lists for $169.99 and is expected to be available later this month. read more
Hands on Garmin Oregon 650 review
On being an early adopter
I am an early adopter. Having owned many Garmin GPS receivers in the past, I find myself eager to experience the new features and functions included with each new hardware release. As many Garmin users are aware, this can mean months of buggy operation while software engineers continue to work out all the kinks in an effort to provide the functionality advertised for each unit. read more
UPDATE: Read our hands on Garmin Oregon 650 review.
It looks like REI.com has beaten everyone to the punch, and is now shipping the Garmin Oregon 600 and 600t. GPS City anticipates having them next week; Amazon usually lags a few weeks behind these guys. A lot of folks seem to be excited about these new models; perhaps you can see why in my post on the Oregon 600 series.
TomTom has announced two new sportwatches, the TomTom Runner and the TomTom Multi-Sport. The watches are waterproof to 50 meters, and support GPS/GLONASS and Bluetooth Smart. They also use “built-in sensors to count strides, so that users can monitor pace and distance even while running on a treadmill.” An optional Bluetooth heart rate monitor is available for either device. read more
DeLorme has quietly acknowledged the forthcoming inReach SE two-way satellite communicator. The big improvement over the previous inReach is that you don’t have to pair it with a smartphone to send and receive text messages. Also of note, the virtual keyboard uses predictive text. And while the unit is a bit taller than the original, thankfully it’s slimmed down quite a bit in the other two dimensions. read more
Simply put – Eneloop batteries are awesome. If you’re a user of handheld GPS units, I highly recommend that you check out these rechargeable NiMH batteries which feature a low self-discharge rate. That means you can charge them and put them in a drawer, and they’ll retain 85% of their power for a year and 75% for three years. Apple thinks highly enough of them to rebrand Eneloops as their own, and come on – how many batteries have their own Wikipedia page? read more
Here’s an interesting device — the Rove connects to your Garmin handheld GPS and allows you to download geocaches from your phone (great for first to find seekers) or share the trail you just hiked or biked with your social networks. read more
As previously noted, DeLorme is working on a new product, and now GPS City has spilled the beans on the DeLorme inReach SE, which is expected to hit their shelves around April 1. Unfortunately, it’s not the all-in-one GPS + satellite communicator we were hoping for, but it does update the current inReach with a color screen and virtual keyboard. read more
As Geocaching.com approaches the two million geocache mark, they’ve posted an infographic (shown below too — click for larger image) showing everything from the number of geocaches by country to a breakdown by cache type. Congratulations to the entire geocaching community as you approach this milestone. read more
Back at the end of last year, you may remember that I wrote an article on Using Field Notes When Geocaching. In this article I want to build on that and show how you can use your field notes together with GSAK to speed up the time it takes to log your caches. read more