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Douglas Adomatis

Professional GPS Expert

Best Handheld GPS & Best Garmin Handheld GPS

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The best handheld GPS devices come from industry leader Garmin®. With a wide range of products designed for specific outdoor activities, more recreational enthusiasts own Garmin than any other brand. There are more maps developed for Garmin than any other. And since there are so many Garmin users, there is an abundance of user support for Garmin products.
Here are the best hand-held GPS devices from the best manufacturer.

Wit the best handheld GPS, you will never be lost on the planet. With these best Garmin handheld GPS and other navigation systems, you'll sync up with satellites for directions down the street or around the world.

Best Hand-held GPS Devices by Douglas Adomatis

The Best You Can Get

  • Garmin Oregon™ 400t

    Douglas says: Absolutely the best GPS for Geocaching – the high-tech treasure hunting game. The Oregon supports “paperless” geocaching, enabling you to download cache location information directly to the GPS for displaying detailed cache descriptions and hints in the field.

    The Oregon is an excellent GPS for hiking, too. The preloaded 3-dimensional terrain maps cover the entire United States. The Oregon also comes in marine versions. Check out Oregon 400i and Oregon 400c, for use on inland lakes and coastal regions.

    • Touchscreen user interface
    • Preloaded shaded-relief, topographic maps
    • Autorouting on roads; Wireless data exchange
    • Built-in digital compass and barometric altimeter
    • Expandable Micro SD memory for storing maps and data
  • Garmin Rino® 530HCx

    Douglas says: The best GPS for locating your friends as well as yourself, is the Garmin Rino 530HCx.

    The Rino 530HCx pinpoints your position quickly with a highly sensitive receiver. It gets you to where you are going with automatic routing and turn-by-turn directions. And the Position Reporting feature lets other Rino users know where you are. Make contact over FRS or GMRS two-way radio and pass along NOAA weather radio alerts. Enhance your team’s situational awareness by outfitting everyone with the Rino 530HCx.

    The GPSMAP 530 HCx comes with built-in Americas highway basemap, providing, turn-by-turn directions for major routes. Purchase street, topographic, or marine maps separately for your area of interest.

    • FRS/GMRS two-way radio, NOAA weather radio
    • Position Reporting
    • Autorouting on major roads
    • Digital compass and barometer/altimeter
    • Expandable Micro SD memory for storing maps and data
  • Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx

    Douglas says: Hikers and backpackers favor the Garmin GPSMAP 60CSX as the best GPS for the backcountry. A highly sensitive receiver and quad-helix antenna provide fast signal acquisition and accurate position information in dense forest and deep canyons.

    The GPSMAP 60 CSx comes with built-in Americas highway basemap, providing, turn-by-turn directions for major routes. Purchase street, topographic, or marine maps separately for your area of interest.

    • Autorouting on roads
    • Built-in digital compass and barometric altimeter
    • Expandable Micro SD memory, 64 MB card included
  • Garmin nüvi 500

    Douglas says: The Garmin nuvi 500 is Garmin’s best multi-purpose unit. It is loaded with features for on- and off-road adventure. The nuvi changes navigation characteristics depending on mode of travel selected: hiking biking, boating or driving.

    The nuvi 500 comes with road and terrain maps. For marine use, you may opt to purchase more detailed maps of inland lakes and coastal regions.

    Photo navigation requires browsing and downloading content from Garmin Connect™ Photos website.

    • Preloaded street and topographic maps of the lower 48 states
    • Autorouting on roads, speaks turn-by-turn directions
    • Expandable Micro SD memory for storing maps and data
    • Supports “paperless” geocaching
    • Photo Navigation - choose your destination by selecting a picture from a catalog of interesting places
  • Garmin GPSMAP® 76Cx

    Douglas says: The Garmin GPSMAP 76Cx is the best handheld for use on water with additional features for use on land.

    The GPSMAP 76 Cx comes with built-in Americas highway basemap, providing, turn-by-turn directions for major routes. Purchase street, topographic, or marine maps separately for your area of interest.

    • Autorouting on major roads
    • Floats as well as being waterproof
    • Expandable Micro SD memory, 128 MB card included

You will be happy with any of these

  • DeLorme PN-40

    Douglas says: Personal navigators from DeLorme display more types of maps than any other recreational GPS receiver. The PN-40 features dual-core processor for fast rendering of aerial images, USGS topographic maps, street maps, and NOAA marine charts.

    The PN-40 comes bundled with Topo USA 7.0 software with complete U.S topo and street maps included.

    • Expandable Micro SD memory, 1G card included
    • Electronic compass and barometric altimeter
    • Preloaded with major highway map for entire world
  • Bushnell® ONIX400

    Douglas says: Bushnell integrates GPS navigation and weather maps. For storm chasers and those who wish to avoid inclement weather, the ONIX400 displays weather radar images overlaid on detailed terrain maps.

    Weather radar imagery is provided by XM Satellite Radio services. Other XM services, like music channels and sports ticker, keep you entertained when you are socked-in. Subscription required.

    • NEXRAD weather radar
    • Satellite photo and topographic maps
    • Digital compass
  • Magellan® Triton 2000

    Douglas says: Magellan and National Geographic have teamed up to create a hand-held GPS that helps you map out and share your adventures. Mapping purists will appreciate the National Geographic maps, which are based on USGS 1:24.000-scale topographic quadrangles. And, multi-media features built-in to the Triton enable you to capture the sights and sounds of your trip.

    Create a multi-media travel journal using the digital camera and voice recorder and then share your adventure with others with National Geographic Topo! Explorer (sold separately).

    • Color touch screen
    • Digital compass and barometer/altimeter
    • 2 Mega pixel digital camera
    • Ability to add additional maps and data through expandable SD memory card slot
    • Voice recorder; Multi-media player
  • Lowrance® XOG™

    Douglas says: Lowrance, a leader in marine navigation, extends its expertise into on- or off-road navigation with the XOG “crossover” GPS. Designed for use in the car, on the trail, or on the water, the XOG adapts to the situation.

    The XOG comes preloaded with street maps of the United States. Optional maps include: satellite imagery, enhanced USGS topographic maps, and Bureau of Land Management Maps.

    • Multi-mode navigation for driving, hiking biking, or boating
    • MP3 player
    • Picture viewer
    • Ability to add additional maps and data through expandable, SD memory card slot
  • Lowrance iFINDER™ Expedition C

    Douglas says: For those of you who like to make your own maps, the Lowrance iFINDER Expedition C includes special feature for collecting map data in the field. Unique “Scout Mode” marks area perimeters and creates borders.

    Use Map Create software (sold separately) for creating customized topographic maps on for use with iFINDER.

    • Voice recorder, records voice notes linked to waypoints
    • Digital compass and barometer/altimeter
    • MP3 player
    • Expandable SD memory

The best handheld GPS systems are essential when you travel a lot for work or pleasure. Always the best price, these Garmin handheld GPS and other navigation systems offer accurate maps for the city or the great outdoors. Choose the best handheld GPS navigation system for yourself or as a gift to friends or family.