handheld GPS. which one?

  doctor92 18:09 14 Oct 2006

I would like to buy a handheld GPS to use as a backup to the maps for when I go on my occasional forays into the middle of nowhere. Looking through most of the online shops there seems to be thousands of them, all with different features. All I want it to do is tell me where I am, where I started from, and maybe I would like to connect it to PC to record a route I particularly liked, and I don't want to spend too much. Does anyone have any reccomendations?

  psychopomp1 19:32 15 Oct 2006

In my opinion one of the best handheld units is the Garmin 12. It only has a b/w screen, but its very rugged, has all of the functions which you require and is fairly cheap. I use one at work in the middle of the Sahara Desert and its never let me down so far. GPS warehouse do one for about 113 pounds:

click here

Hope this helps.

  beaky bones 19:58 16 Oct 2006

i reccomend the Mio DigiWalker. A friend of mine has it, and they say that it works great.

  doctor92 02:24 17 Oct 2006

that Garmin one looks like a good one, also the site it is one seems to supply them cheaper than anywhere else I have found, thanks for the link

  djsew 19:40 31 Oct 2006

And when you have your new toy I would recommend you get some plotting software onto your PC.

Prep your route on a scanned image of a map then download the data to the GPS Handheld.
"GPS Utility" is rated good. Pick up a slightly limited version to try out at click here.
(Sorry, I dont know how to do those clever URL hotspot inserts!)
Good luck.

  djsew 19:42 31 Oct 2006

Well I'll be darned!! It does it for you!!

  HXP 00:41 02 Nov 2006

iPAQ + TomTom 5 + bluetooth GPS

Very flexible as you have a PDA, games , video player, mp3 , mobile office suite, multi function device.

Had one for a few years and as I use GPS once or twice a week I tend to use the PDA function euqlly as much.

Worth a look

Try here always given me good advice click here

  anchor 10:28 02 Nov 2006

TomTom mapping is fine, but only for the road network. Useless for trekking into the back of beyond.

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