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Handheld GPS: Ratings of Sources

Total of 12 Sources
1. GPS Tracklog
As of Dec. 2011
Handheld GPS Buyers Guide
by Rich Owings
Our AssessmentThis site is a terrific and up-to-date reference source for GPS devices. In addition to providing reviews of a number of GPS receivers, site owner Rich Owings also provides links to other highly regarded reviewers and to consumer ratings. Readers can also post comments, and Owings often responds to them. Owings recommends a handheld GPS unit for each of three price points. On the low end, he picks the Garmin eTrex Venture HC, while the Garmin Montana 600 and the Garmin GPSMAP 62s are the best high-end GPS receivers. The Garmin Oregon 450 is the site's midrange choice.
2. GPSMagazine.com
As of Dec. 2011
GPS Magazine Buyer's Guide -- Editor's Picks
by Editors of GPSMagazine.com
Our AssessmentThis site publishes detailed, well-researched reviews, news and product recommendations for a wide range of GPS devices. Their coverage favors automobile GPS devices, but they also provide good coverage of cell phones with GPS, handheld GPS receivers and GPS tracking devices. Their buying guides provide their editors' picks, but some picks are not accompanied by in-depth reviews. Some recommended GPS receivers are now discontinued, however.
3. About.com
As of Dec. 2011
Handheld GPS Receivers
by Fred Zahradnik
Our AssessmentFred Zahradnik's GPS receiver reviews at About.com aren't the longest or most detailed, but are competently done and usually based on hands-on use. Among recently rated handheld GPS receivers, Zahradnik gives a slight edge to the Garmin Dakota 20, which is still relevant even though his other recommended models are no longer available. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
4. ConsumerReports.org
As of Dec. 2011
Handheld Hiking GPS Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org rates nine handheld GPS receivers in its most recent update, but many of the high-scoring models are now discontinued. Testing is competent and balanced, but discussion is very limited.
Editor's Choice 2011
by Editors of Backpacker magazine
Our AssessmentThis magazine dedicates itself to virtually all aspects of backcountry adventure but doesn't devote much coverage to GPS devices. However, in addition to giving its annual editors' choice awards to products such as sleeping bags, boots, flashlights, cameras, even trail mix, it singles out the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w,, which includes a satellite transceiver for sending text messages and location information from anywhere in the world.
6. Amazon.com
As of Dec. 2011
Handheld GPS Units
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com invites customers to submit reviews of products they've used. While the quality of these reports varies widely, they are still useful for learning how happy users are with their GPS receivers. In addition, Amazon.com gets lots of traffic, so some handheld GPS units have hundreds of reviews. Finding the very best ones can be a challenge, however, as many GPS receivers receive similar overall ratings.
7. TrustedReviews.com
Sept. 20, 2011
Best Sat Nav 2011
by David Gilbert
Our AssessmentThis British site provides succinct but incisive reviews that include one handheld GPS device -- the Magellan eXplorist GC. David Gilbert recommends this GPS receiver as a starting point for people interested in geocaching.
8. TestFreaks.com
As of Dec. 2011
Best GPS/Navigation Devices
by Contributors to TestFreaks.com
Our AssessmentThis site seeks out and compiles professional and user reviews from around the net. The results are rated on a scale of 1 to 10. Usefulness is limited somewhat by the fact that the listing includes auto GPS receivers as well as handheld models that are not available in the United States.
9. Geocaching.com
As of Dec. 2011
GPS Reviews
by Contributors to Geocaching.com
Our AssessmentThis is a site for geocaching enthusiasts who become members in order to upload and download geocaching finds. While GPS receivers get lots of star ratings, many owners leave only short bits of discussion, if any. Still, thanks to the volume of user feedback, this site is useful for identifying which GPS receivers are most likely to please.
10. Buzzillions.com
As of Dec. 2011
Handheld GPS Reviews
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com compiles user feedback from online retailers and invites readers to leave their own comments. Lots of sorting tools are provided, as are lists of pros, cons and best uses for each GPS receiver as submitted by users. On the negative side, many of the handheld GPS receivers have been discontinued.
11. Outside Magazine
As of Dec. 2011
Gear Search: GPS Devices
by Editors of Outside magazine
Our AssessmentOutside magazine's coverage of GPS receivers is not especially extensive. GPS gear does occasionally manage to find its way into the magazine's pages, but there's no information on what testing is done, if any, and discussion is usually brief.
12. GPSReview.net
As of Dec. 2011
Best GPS Picks
by Tim Flight
Our AssessmentGPSReview.net publishes independent and unbiased news and reviews of consumer GPS devices. Reviews are quite extensive and detailed. However, there are only two handheld GPS units in their Best GPS Picks, the DeLorme PN-40 and the Garmin Oregon 400t, and both have been discontinued by their manufacturers.

Handheld GPS Runners Up:

Garmin eTrex Vista HCX *Est. $200

2 picks by top review sites.

Garmin Oregon 550t *Est. $500

2 picks including: Amazon.com, TrustedReviews.com…

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Garmin Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Handheld GPS w/High Sensitivity GPS
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Garmin Oregon 550T 3-Inch Handheld GPS Navigator with 3.2MP Digital Camera (U.S. Topographic Maps)
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New: $499.99 $379.00   
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