Selecting a GPS
When selecting a GPS one has to ask the following questions:
  • Do I want maps on my GPS and if so do I want to upload maps from the various software packages?
  • Must the unit be portable or will it be fixed into a vehicle or boat?
  • Is screen size an issue?
  • Do I want a colour screen?
  • Must I be able to upload and down load info from my GPS.
In general if you want a GPS for navigating cities then look at the automotive range. These GPS units allow you to be instructed on screen and with audio prompts to a destination that you have programmed into the unit. They are easy to use with some having touch screens for easier access whilst driving.

If you are going to be travelling to the "bush" one needs a GPS that can be loaded with maps of the area and in most cases PDA's and the automotive range are not ideal for this use. Automotive GPS units are not designed to accept multiple waypoint routes and thus a GPS such as the Garmin QUEST, GPS 276C or GPS V can work successfully in both rural (bush) and urban (city) environments. My choice for bush work would be the GPS 276C, Quest or some of the bigger marine GPS units such as the GPS182C.

Portable units are ideal all round GPS units but have limitations in terms of screen size and button size if you are planning on using them in a vehicle. For hikers the ETrek or GPS60 range of GPS's will get you there and back.

For marine use choose a dedicated marine GPS that will accept Blue Charts. They are all weatherproof, have backlit displays as well as having a "Man Overboard" function.

Whether you need a GPS for Flying, Boating, Offroading, Fitness Training, Expeditions or Hiking email us your requirements and let us make a suggestion as to which product will best suite your needs.
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