Hand-held GPS recommendations?

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Oz and Kiwi Land' started by iconman, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. iconman

    iconman Good vibrations

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    Hi. Can anyone recommend a good hand-held GPS I can mount to my WRF? I need glasses to read stuff up real close so a decent screen is a good idea. Have a Zumo 550 but its a bit too big. Cheers.
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  2. Rider 101

    Rider 101 Highly paid idiot

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    New Garmin Montana 680. Expensive but good. You can purchase the Amps rugged mount and a Ram mount for the bars.
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  3. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur

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    Depending on what you want it for, but I have an eTrex 20 mounted to my bars. Decent free maps, and I really want it mostly for finding my way back in case I get lost.
    Downside, doesn't work at all well with gloves on.
    Plus side, runs 40+ hours on a set of Lithium batteries. I keep mine plugged into a USB charger most of the time anyway. Only a few bucks for a cradle. 100% waterproof and seems to be vibration proof.
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  4. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Garmin 60 or 70 series.:thumb They do everything, and more.
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  5. EastRoad

    EastRoad Road Viking

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    You could buy a cheap-ish rugged smartphone and load whatever software & maps you want (and no it does not even need a sim card to be used as a GPS).

    Used to have a garmin montana 600 on my bike... and these days happily use my smartphone instead.
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  6. Oldfatbeerman

    Oldfatbeerman Enroute to a PUB

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    I have been using a Garmin Montana 650 T for about the last 3 or so years , loaded with Garmin topo maps it is quite easy to use . Best piece of equipment I have for exploring unknown areas !

    Recently I have dabbled in the Smart phone as a gps arena , still have yet to find an app that works anywhere near as well as the Montana . The smart phone is not water proof when plugged into the bikes power supply (battery) like the Montana is , because the power connection is external on the dedicated GPS but is internal with a cover on my Samsung S5 . So water resistance is an issue . The S5 is IP 67 rated for water resistance with the charging cover closed though .

    I have , just today , downloaded an app and installed it on a $100 7" Tablet , it was free as was the map for my state for use when off line , as this tablet is wi fi connection only , the offline part is imperative for me . It appears to work well so far , but I have not had it on my bike as yet to give it a proper test . Time will tell . The App is OsmAnd , available in the respective Apple and Google apps stores for $ 0 for the basic setup . You can upgrade to the all singing all dancing level after paying $ if you find you like/ love it . I have been able to up load a couple of GPX files and get them to show on the map , this is more promising than any previously tried app :clap . But , I will reserve my judgement till I test the app and usage suitability in the field .
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  7. iconman

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    Great, thanks Fatty. Bit out of my price range though....
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  8. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    For Apple you should be better off with mapout.
    For Android ... OSMAnd works well. The free one limit you to some 7 maps or map updates.

    Both rely on OSM for data.

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    If you want a genuine GPS ... then I don't like any of the present offerings. I'm keeping my Garmin Map60Cx untill it dies, and then I'll have to 'update'. Note I don't think it will be an upgrade.
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  9. Oldfatbeerman

    Oldfatbeerman Enroute to a PUB

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    I don't do Apple when it is my choice ( employer supplies Apple products though ) , you have not informed me of anything I was not fully aware of .

    Also , I have found that there is draw backs to using the tablet on the bike , namely the battery drain from running the app + GPS + the screen is about 3 times what the USB charge rate is , so , the tablet has a battery life of about 6 hours even when connected to the bikes battery / charging system .

    I am not loosing my Montana GPS anytime soon . It is not perfect , but it works much better than some other options I have seen .

    When I can afford a tablet that is suitably waterproof / Dustproof , has a charging rate that matches or exceeds the battery drain of mapping / GPS use and also has GPS signal strength / frequency matching a dedicated GPS unit then I will revisit the large screen device .

    OsmAnd works very well on my A5 Samsung phone . I use it when I am uncertain of reaching a destination or am exploring an area in my car .
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  10. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    charging rate
    depends on the charger it is connected to, and it's maximum allowable in the onboard charging circuit. if the APPLICATION is a battery hog, there isn't much that can be done for that.

    waterproof devices are all over the place. the samsung active line has been around a while.

    gps RECEPTION has been the same in just about every device i've seen over the last five years. switch to airplane mode for more battery life, and if one device has 21 satellites to triangulate, the others do also. make sure the device is set to "gps only" or "gps device only" and you'll have better battery life and reception.
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  11. SaAdvRider99

    SaAdvRider99 Been here awhile

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    I wear glasses also. I run a Garmin Rino 650 [Has 80ch UHF]
    Also run a Garmin Montana 650t
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