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Handheld GPS

Basic everyday personal GPS handheld

The Garmin eTrex series handheld is the best entry level gps locator for everyday use. The etrex 10 is the very basic GPS handheld offers location and waypoints with basecamp map (not Topo Map). The eTrex 20 and 30 comes with Colour screen and options to add Garmin Topo Maps. The eTrex 25, 35 are the touch screen version of the eTrex 20 and 30 handheld.

Advance GPS personal handheld

The Garmin GPSMap 64 series is the more advance GPS handheld for outdoor sports. They offer a bigger colour screen and equipped more features. The bigger built in memory and expandable microSD card support allows the GPSMap 64 to add more than 1 map in the same device.

2 Way Radio handheld

The Garmin Rino 700 series 2 way radio GPS handheld combines walkie talkie and GPS navigation which allows you talk and locate your friend in the same time. Please note, Rino 750 doesn’t come with any TOPO maps by standard but it can install extra maps from built in microSD card slot.

Garmin inReach series Satellite Communicator

Garmin inReach series satellite communicator requires subscription to activate the service. The mini and SE+ handhelds do not come with any maps and are not able to add extra maps. Only the Explorer + model has the DeLorme Topo map (not Garmin Topo Map). All the inReach handhelds can pair smartphone wirelessly by Garmin earthmate app which allows you to send message, manage waypoints, view location data, view maps, activate SOS and manage account subscription etc.

The Garmin handheld ending with “T”

Most of Garmin GPS handheld with model number ending with “T” means come with Topo lite map. Like eTrex 35T, GPS64ST, Montana 680t etc.

Comparison Chart

  eTrex 10 eTrex 20x eTrex 30x eTrex 25 eTrex 35 eTrex 35t GPSMAP 64 GPSMAP 64S GPSMAP 64ST
Display Size 2.2''
Monochrome
2.2''
Colour
2.2''
Colour
2.6''
Colour
2.6''
Colour
2.6''
Colour
2.6''
Colour
2.6''
Colour
2.6''
Colour
Resolution Pixels 128x160 240x320 240x320 160x240 160x240 160x240 160x240 160x240 160x240
Touch Screen       Yes Yes Yes      
Built in memory   3.7GB 3.7GB 3.7GB 3.7GB 8GB 4GB 4GB 4GB
Extend memory   SD card SD card SD card SD card SD card SD card SD card SD card
Wireless Share     Yes   Yes Yes   Yes Yes
Barometric altimeter     Yes    Yes     Yes Yes
Electronic Compass       Yes Yes     Yes Yes
Battery 2 AA 2 AA 2 AA 2 AA 2 AA 2 AA 2 AA 2 AA 2 AA
Max Battery Life 25 hours 25 hours 25 hours 16 hours 16 hours 16 hours 16 hours 16 hours 16 hours
Smart Notification     Yes   Yes Yes   Yes Yes
Preloaded worldwide basemap Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Preloaded Topo Maps           Yes     Yes
Extra Maps Support   TOPO maps, BlueChart G2, City Navigator, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery TOPO maps, BlueChart G2, City Navigator, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery TOPO maps, BlueChart G2, City Navigator, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery TOPO maps, BlueChart G2, City Navigator, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery TOPO maps, BlueChart G2, City Navigator, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery TOPO maps, BlueChart G2, City Navigator, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery TOPO maps, BlueChart G2, City Navigator, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery TOPO maps, BlueChart G2, City Navigator, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery
  inReach Mini inReach SE + inReach Explorer + GPSMAP 66s GPSMAP 66st Rino 750 Two Way Radio
Display Size 1.3'' 
Monochrome
2.3'' 
Colour
2.3'' 
Colour
3'' 
Colour
3'' 
Colour
3'' 
Colour
Resolution Pixels 128x128 200x265 200x265 240x400 240x400 240x400
Touch Screen            
Built in memory     2GB 16GB 16GB 1.7GB
Extend memory     microSD card microSD card microSD card microSD card
Wireless Share Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Barometric altimeter     Yes Yes Yes Yes
Electronic Compass     Yes Yes Yes Yes
Battery Rechargeable Rechargeable Rechargeable 2 x AA Battery 2 x AA Battery Rechargeable
Max Battery Life 50 hours 100 hours 100 hours 16 hours 16 hours 14 hours
Smart Notification Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Earthmate app Yes Yes Yes      
Iridium satellite Yes Yes Yes      
2-Way Radio           Yes
Preloaded worldwide basemap     Yes     Yes
Preloaded Topo Maps     DeLorme TOPO maps Yes Yes  
Extra Maps Support     Only inReach compatible maps, not standard Garmin Maps TOPO maps, BlueChart G2, City Navigator, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery TOPO maps, BlueChart G2, City Navigator, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery TOPO maps, BlueChart G2, City Navigator, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery