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Garmin Oregon 550tPortable GPS technology exploded onto the scene when the U.S. Government enabled the general public to utilize GPS satellite systems in May of 2000. Suddenly, handheld receivers could be used for navigational purposes since these receivers could get a signal giving users their exact coordinates, in latitude and longitude, anywhere on earth. Ever since then, GPS-dedicated equipment has evolved into ever-increasingly accurate and enhanced portable, handheld devices. These GPS units can be used for a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, hunting, kayaking, rafting, and any other thing enthusiasts want to do in the great outdoors. Geocaching, a modern-day treasure hunting activity that requires participants to use portable GPS units started as a popular activity only three months after GPS satellite technology became available.

Our experts, enthusiasts, and hobbyists here at Bright Hub have researched and reviewed many of the top brands, makes, and models of portable, handheld GPS units. If you’re looking for the best one for a particular activity, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re in any kind of motorized vehicle or vessel; or out trekking on foot, we have advice on what to look for in a unit, along with buyer’s guides to the best and most affordable units. Find out about offerings from the major manufacturers in this arena such as Garmin, Magellan, DeLorme,and TomTom, along with lesser known brands you might like too. Many of our reviews contain quick links to our trusted affiliate Amazon.com, so you can purchase one for yourself. But keep in mind, we don't work for the manufacturers, we are simply here to help you become a well-informed consumer. Let this be your guide to choosing the best navigational assistant for your specific needs, as well as your source for learning about all the terms, how-tos, and knowledge that is involved in this kind of technology.

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