Garmin Dakota 20
Garmin Dakota 20

Best compact handheld GPS

The Garmin Dakota 20 is a compact yet rugged GPS receiver. Its small size and light weight are ideal for hikers, but its screen is a tad on the small size, meaning less of a map is visible at one time. The touch-screen display is fun and easy to use, but it's also a challenge to view in bright sunlight and suffers from fairly low resolution. Features include a three-axis compass that can be read regardless of the direction it's being held, and start-up is fast. Long battery life is another plus, reviews say
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Garmin Oregon 450t
Garmin Oregon 450t

Best handheld GPS

Sure, it's expensive, but experts and owners say that the Garmin Oregon 450t is a terrific handheld GPS receiver for dedicated adventurers. Features of the Oregon 450t include an iPhone-like color touch screen that makes using the 450t both fun and easy. Additional pluses include accurate navigation features, plenty of storage for routes and waypoints, paperless geocaching features and a three-axis digital compass that keeps you pointed in the right direction no matter which way the 450t is held. It also includes built-in topographic maps; not every expert says that those maps are worth the price difference from the base Garmin Oregon 450 (*Est. $300), but owners are more positive that it is.
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Garmin eTrex Venture HC
Garmin eTrex Venture HC

Best budget handheld GPS

Reviews point to the Garmin eTrex Venture HC as one of the best choices for handheld GPS buyers on a budget. The Venture HC features a quality color screen and a very sensitive GPS signal processor. It lacks the bells and whistles found in higher-priced receivers, so don't expect a compass, altimeter, touch screen or similar features. What you will find with the eTrex Venture HC is a handheld GPS with all the basics needed to get the job done.
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*Est. $150 Estimated Price
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