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Review of the Best and Simplest Handheld GPS Receivers

written by: Arnold Zafra•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 2/17/2011

Looking for the most basic simple handheld gps receiver available in the market today? Here, we review five of the best and simples handheld GPS receivers.

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    Garmin GPS 60CSx Handheld GPS Navigator

    Garmin GPS 60CSx Handheld GPS Navigator 

    Here's one of the most popular GPS models both for outdoor and marine use. It features a barometric altimeter and an electronic compass that display accurate elevation data and heading while you're standing still. The Garmin GPS 60CSx Handheld GPS Navigator also features a removable microSD card located inside the waterproof battery compartment. The device lets you download map data and transfer routes and waypoint. It also features highly sensitive GPS receiver that acquires satellites faster and track your location even in challenging conditions. Other features of this basic simple handheld gps receiver include electronic compass, Barometric altimeter, WAAS-capable GPS receiver by SIRF, and built-in quad-helix receiving antenna.(Price: $199.99)

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    DeLorme Earthmate PN-60 Portable GPS Navigator

    DeLorme Earthmate PN-60 Portable GPS Navigator 

    Featuring market-leading map and aerial imagery displays the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60 includes Topo North America desktop software and GPS maps and comprehensive detail of your favorite outdoor activities in the U.S. and Canada. Major features of this basic simple handheld GPS receiver include an intuitive icon-based user interface with easy on-device navigation, elevation profile cutaway view, GPS file exchange such as waypoints, routes, tracks and geocache, and 3.5GB Flash memory.


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    Magellan eXplorist GC Waterproof Geocaching GPS

    Magellan eXplorist GC Waterproof Geocaching GPS The Magellan eXplorist GC is a waterproof geocaching device with out-of-the-box paperless geocaching and seamless connection with It feature a brilliant color screen, rich graphics and a simple user interface. The device also lets you sort and search thousands of geocaches, mark your find and quickly add field notes. Other features include picture viewer, suspend mode, on-board user memory, trip odometer, NMEA message output, multiple coordinates and map datums. (Price: $144.36)

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    Lowrance Endura Safari 2.7-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

    Lowrance Endura Safari 2.7-Inch Portable GPS Navigator 

    With a 2.7-inch color touchscreen, the Lowrance Endura Safari portable GPS navigator is optimized for outdoor use. It has advanced basemap with detailed shading, primary and secondary NAVTEQ road network and 200,000 key POIs. This device also features microSD slot support to let you store trails, geocaches, waypoints, pictures and more. Additional features include MP3 playback capability, voice notes, picture and video viewing. (Price: $244.49)

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    Etrex Legend HCX GPS Receiver


    Here's a handheld GPS navigator with high-sensitivity and enabled for WAAS. The Etrex Legend HCX GPS Receiver, locates position quickly and precisely, maintains GPS location in heavy cover, and comes with built-in basemap with automatic routing capability. Other features of this GPS receiver include microSD card slot, TFT display, 1,000 waypoints with names and symbols. Its microSD card is preloaded with MapSource data that you can use for land and sea excursions. Together with MapSource card with detailed street map, this device will give you turn-by-turn directions to your destinations. (Price: $190.00)