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Buy A Handheld GPS Online: Great For Outdoor Activites

Updated on October 27, 2011

GPS stands for global positioning system. A handheld GPS can be used for all kinds of outdoor activities. Whether you're camping, hiking, boating, biking or hunting, a portable GPS can be used to pinpoint locations, coordinates and waypoints.

A handheld GPS is made to be durable and waterproof and be able to handle outdoor conditions. It should have a strong backlight so you can view things at night. A handheld GPS must have a strong antenna so it can recieve signals from satellites. It also needs to have a large memory to hold maps and other navigational information.

The more features a handheld GPS has then the more expensive the GPS model will be. Research each individual GPS system to make sure it has the features that you are looking for.

Features To Look For When Buying A Handheld GPS

  • Make sure the antenna is strong enough to work in deep woods.
  • Double check that the the handheld GPS you buy is waterproof.
  • Will you need detailed maps or just basic maps that are loaded on the GPS.
  • Consider the battery life on the unit you choose. Each model may vary greatly.
  • GPS systems come in color screens or black and white.
  • Look at the ease of use for your capability.
  • Check the amount of memory the handheld GPS unit has and if additional can be added.
  • Research the features that are included on the handheld GPS unit you choose.

Best Handheld GPS Units

The most popular models of of handheld GPS units are Garmin, Magellan and Lowrance. I have reviewed the best sellers below.

Garmin GPS 60CSx Handheld GPS Navigator

  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver
  • Bright, sunlight-readable color TFT display
  • Color-handheld mapping ideal for both marine and outdoor use
  • 64 MB microSD card for storage of optional map detail; NOTE: microSD card is located in the device, not as a separate, additional item
  • Fast USB connectivity makes loading charts and maps quick and easy

Garmin eTrex Venture HC GPS Receiver

  • High-Sensitivity, WAAS-Enabled GPS Receiver Provides Peak Performance In Any Environment
  • Built-In Basemap Includes Lakes, Rivers, Cities, Interstates, National & State Highways, Railroads & Coastlines
  • Features A 1.7-InchH X 1.3-InchW Screen With 256-Level Color
  • Tft Usb Compatible For High-Speed Map Downloads 24 Mb Of Internal Memory Allows User To Load Waypoints & Routes From The Included Mapsource Trip & Waypoint Manager Software

Lowrance Endura Safari 000-0125-39 2.7-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

  • 2.7 color touchscreen optimized for outdoor use, combined with physical buttons
  • Advanced basemap with detailed hillshade, primary & secondary roads & key POIs
  • Directly accepts GPX trails & POIs from web communities or other sources
  • Plug-&-play & downloadable mapping options such as Fishing Hot Spots Multimedia MP3/voice notes, picture & video players


Magellan Triton 500 Handheld Navigation System

  • Accurate Bearings: A simple-to-use, 3-axis electronic compass delivers stationary heading and bearing at any altitude without having to be horizontal to the ground
  • Weather Predictions: An embedded barometer allows customers to track pressure and altitude changes Memory Boost: Storing data, including additional maps, terrain, and geocache data is easy with the Triton 500s SD card slot
  • Detailed Maps: Pre-loaded base maps and compatible third-party maps identify major rivers, lakes, cities, and other geographical boundaries
  • Crystal Clear Graphics: 2.2" (5.59 cm) full-color display delivers vivid imagery in the field.

Handheld GPS Systems on Ebay

Ebay offers a large selection of handheld GBS systems. Take a look on the right and you can see a selection of handheld GPS systems that are on auction right now. Click on one of the pictures and you will see Ebay's entire selection. Its fun to buy on Ebay from the comfort of your living room. Find an item you like, place the winning bid and its shipped right to your home.

Use A Handheld GPS For Outdoor Activities
Use A Handheld GPS For Outdoor Activities

Use A Handheld GPS So You Know Where You Are

Use a handheld GPS to stay safe during all your outdoor activities. You might be hiking in the woods and lose your way. If you are boating it can help you get back to your safe harbor. If you are camping in a secluded location it will help you get back to civilization.

Whatever your favorite adventure is, a handheld GPS is a great tool to take along.


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    • oderog profile image

      oderog 7 years ago from Nairobi

      I do agree on this that the most popular models of of hand held GPS units are Garmin, Magellan and Lowrance, in fact in most instances Garmin comes first and seem many people are using the device most likely of the quality

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice hub.