The Latest Handheld GPS

Welcome to Handheld GPS Reviews, my goal is to have all the information you need to find the right handheld GPS for your need and s give you the best value that money can buy.

Throughout this site you will find reviews of the best handheld GPS available today and recommendation for the best places to get a great bargain.

Choosing the right handheld GPS receiver is a little daunting. So I’ve put together a some of the best handheld GPS devices and reviewed their performance and compared there features to help you make a choice and you can learn what various models do and how much they cost.

There are so many choices when it comes to selecting a handheld unit I can only offer you some of my personal favorites. What “features do you need” and what is your “budget” and what looks good to you, the buying decision is a personal one. Bottom line: more than likely you’re going to be happy with whatever unit you buy. So I have put together some different sites focusing on specific activities and letting you know which GPS I would picked, and why I feel it is the best handheld GPS for the job.

Handheld GPS units are wonderful for hiking, biking, camping, hunting, boating, golf, geocaching, or really any outdoor activity. The most popular brands are Garmin, Magellan, Tom Tom and Navman. By adding a mounting bracket, you can use a handheld GPS in your car too. As a matter of fact, there are brackets for mounting most GPS units on bicycles, motorcycles and boats. Unlike GPS units made for your car, most handhelds don’t have voice prompts though, although some of them will “beep” as you approach your turn.

Handheld GPS units come in two types, mapping and non-mapping. Do you need a simple “non-mapping” GPS handheld unit just for finding your way back to the truck after a day of hiking? Or, do you need a “mapping” GPS you can use to map your trails, maybe plan your hiking paths days before your trip and download them from your PC to your GPS?

mapping GPS will have base maps, and allow loading additional maps into the unit. A non-mapping unit won’t. Will you be using your handheld in the woods with a heavy canopy of leaves overhead? Some built-in antennas work better than others, but in deep cover, most will still have trouble seeing the satellites all the time. You might need a unit that can accept an external amplified antenna that can be attached to the top of your hat, or your backpack. Try it in the woods first and if you need one you can always add it later. Just like the car GPS, always consider the amount of internal memory your handheld unit comes with, because it will be the limiting factor when it comes to downloading detailed maps. More memory means more maps. Less memory just means you can’t load as large of an area into your GPS.

A very popular outdoor activity that requires a handheld GPS unit is Geocaching. Geocaching involves finding hidden treasure “caches” by using coordinates and direction-finding techniques enhanced by your GPS. Typically a cache consists of a waterproof container hidden from normal view that contains items left by previous Geocachers who have already found the treasure.

Here are four of the best Garmin handheld GPS choices . These units have a variety of features, so depending on your requirement, it may pay to look a what best suits your needs. Accurate and easy-to-read color screens, several modes and plenty of built-in memory, a base map of the U.S., good battery life, waterproof and so on.

Another very popular brand is the Magellan and I have listed the top Magellan Handheld GPS , The Magellan eXplorist Series is and advanced handheld GPS, make sure you check out and compare the features between the Magellan eXplorist 510 , Magellan eXplorist 610 and Magellan eXplorist 710.


Best Garmin Handheld GPS System

Here are 4 of the best Garmin Handheld GPS systems now available by Garmin. My personal choice for number one is The Oregon 200, there is a complete review at the bottom of this page, but there is the Garmin GPSMAP 62 and the eTex  Vista HCx and the Dakota 10 that all have different features and depending on your requirements are definitely worth a look at they are GPS’s that you can hold in the palm of your hand, here is a brief summary of some of there benefits.

Garmin GPSMAP 62 Handheld GPS Navigator

This is a wonderful unit for hikers, geocaches and hunters. The GPSMAP 62 are very accurate and rugged and come with aGarmin GPSMAP 62 Series built-in worldwide base map with shaded relief, so you can navigate anywhere with ease. With photo navigation, you can download pictures from Garmin Connect Photos and navigate to them.

Rugged, waterproof navigator, sunlight-readable, 65-K color with 160 x 240 pixel resolution. Built-in worldwide baseman with shaded relief; add a wide array of detailed topographic, marine and road maps

The Garmin eTex Legend HCx

Excellent and versatile GPS that I use for geocaching, driving, mountain biking, and hiking. I previously owned the Venture Cx and the display cracked due to my carelessness in the airline luggage. I upgraded to the new Legend HCx with the high sensitivity receiver and this unit significantly outperforms the older units. The new receiver fixes your location much faster and provides much better signal coverage.
Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Garmin eTrex Vista HCx (010-00630-00)is a very affordable unit and has stood the test of time, it has a really long battery life and geocaches will love the ability of the eTrex Vista HCx to interact with Chirp, a beacon designed to send out signals from a hidden cache. They will also notice the paperless capabilities of this unit.

Users can store up to 20 tracks with 10,000 points on eTrex Vista HCx, a very respectable number. So are its times – three seconds from a hot start, 33 seconds from a warm start and 39 seconds from a cold start.

Garmin Oregon 450 Handheld GPS Navigator

This amazing little device is great for boating, biking , hiking and geocaching, it is extremely durable- it doesn’t mind the dirt Garmin 450 oregeonand dust, It has an electronic compass and altimeter to help you find your way in the rugged terrain. It has a 16 hour battery life and has a touch screen design.

there are many options with the Garmin Oregon 450 Handheld GPS Navigator, if you area climber or a sailor or bike and find some hidden valleys this unit is designed for the more adventurous explorers

The Dakota 10- Bike and Hike Bundle

Garmin Dakota 10Dakota 10 is the best value Garmin GPS for under $200 as it comes with built-in worldwide basemap, so you can navigate anywhere with ease. Adding more maps is easy with Garmin’s wide array of detailed topographic, marine and road maps, which can be loaded to internal memory.

The bike and hike bundle includes a bicycle mount and the City Navigator North America DVD with your Dakota 10.

Within these brands of Garmin handheld GPS devices there are a series of devices with different features, but I have just picked out the better ones of each series, by popularity and reviews.

Best Handheld GPS

Handheld GPS units are wonderful for hiking, biking, camping, hunting, boating, geocaching, or really any outdoor activity. But  if you are looking for the best handheld GPS for 2015 please check out the reviews below.

The most popular brands are Garmin and Magellan and here are the top models for 2015.


The Magellan eXplorist Series has an advanced handheld GPS, make sure you check out and compare the features between the Magellan eXplorist 510, Magellan eXplorist 610 and Magellan eXplorist 710. The Magellan 350H model which is especially for hunters.

Magellan explorist 510
Magellan explorist 510

Briefly the features for the Xplorist 510 is recommend for hiking as it is a  rugged and waterproof, with core outdoor navigation and experience recording built-in. Includes camera, touch screen, pre-loaded World Edition map, paperless geocaching, and expandable memory.

The Magellan eXplorist 610 is also for hiking, it has many advanced features with waterproof outdoor GPS and a core outdoor navigation and experience recording built-in. Includes camera, sensors, pre-loaded Summit Series map, paperless geocaching, and expandable memory.

The Magellan eXplorist 710 is their top of the range handheld GPS model with an advanced, rugged, and waterproof outdoor GPS with detailed topographic and turn-by-turn maps for a complete outdoor navigation experience. This GPS includes a camera, sensors, summit series and cities series mapping, paperless geocaching.

The Magellan 350H is especially for hunters, it has so many cool features for a hunter, it is equipped with dedicated hunt features to mark trail camera locations, pre-loaded GMUs and WMAs to stay within hunting boundaries and digitally record hit spots, game signs or food sources already pre-loaded as soon as you put the battery in.


Garmin Oregon has a series of GPS’s with different features, but I have chosen their 200 series as No. 1 as the price is very reasonable and it is great for hiking, biking and geocaching. It is very easy to use and Oregon 200 locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons.