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.

Magellan Handheld GPS

Having one of Magellan Handheld GPS devices with you will help keep you on track. Imagine, never being lost again! Magellan Handheld GPS makes a variety of handheld GPS units that will make you one happy camper. By adding a mounting bracket, you can use a handheld GPS in your car too.

eXplorist 200
eXplorist 200

Magellan eXplorist 200 Water Resistant Hiking GPSis the best value Magellan handheld GPS, it is less than $150 and is a great handheld GPS for geocaching, hunting or hiking. The base map gives you the major freeways, highways, and cities as well as parks and national landmarks. The buttons and functions are very intuitive which is very important when you have children operating the unit. The LCD screen is as big as the expensive models and highly legible in ambient light.

The Magellan eXplorist 400 is in the middle of Magellan’s eXplorist line of handheld GPS receivers. The eXplorist 400 features the ability to store unlimited waypoints, routes, and trackpoints on SD cards. You can add nearly whatever type of maps you would like to the eXplorist 400 such as topo maps, lake maps, or street maps. Maps can be downloaded via USB.

There is 8 Mb of built in maps available on the Magellan eXplorist 400 leaving 8 Mb of internal storage. This remaining memory can store 5 tracklogs, 20 routes and 500 POIs. The eXplorist 400 also comes with a Geocache Manager allowing you to download geocache details directly to the eXplorist 400.

You can expect to get about 17 hours of battery life from the Li-Ion battery. The device is water resistant so if it starts to rain while geocaching you shouldn’t have any troubles. The Magellan eXplorist 400 comes with a grayscale display which should be fine for many people. If you would like a color display, go for the Magellan eXplorist 500. If you don’t need the additional memory storage options via SD cards you can save a little money by opting for the Magellan eXplorist 300.

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.

eXplorist 510
eXplorist 510

Briefly the features are Magellan eXplorist 510 is an advanced, rugged, and waterproof outdoor GPS with core outdoor navigation and experience recording built-in. Includes camera, touch screen, pre-loaded World Edition map, paperless geocaching, and expandable memory.

The graphical user interface is exceptional. Setup is intuitive and easy, and the controls are logical and well placed. Getting from Start to real-time location tracking takes less than a minute–which is very good performance considering the complexity of a device like this and the challenge of locking on satellite signals in wooded and urban areas.

The Magellan eXplorist 610 is an advanced, rugged, and waterproof outdoor GPS with core outdoor navigation and experience recording built-in. Includes camera, sensors, pre-loaded Summit Series map, paperless geocaching, and expandable memory. It is one of the most expensive Magellan handheld GPS.

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. Includes camera, sensors, Summit Series and Cities Series mapping, paperless geocaching.

Magellan eXplorist Series
Magellan eXplorist Series

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.

MAGELLAN 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 2015

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.