Hand Held GPS Devices

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Garmin Edge 810
Garmin Edge 810

Functions: Thermometer, Date display , Waterproof, Colour Display, Cadence , Battery Status …

"... there's rivals from the likes of Mio, Bryton and Cateye, but none can match the Edge 810 for its matching of functionality and ease of use. If you want the king of bike-navs, this is …

2 reviews | 31 opinions (Average)


Cyclo 505HC
Mio Cyclo 505 HC

Functions: GPS Function, Rev-counter, Waterproof, Cadence , Heart Rate , Training programs ; …

Enthusiast cyclists will find a lot to like in the Mio Cyclo 505 HC, even if there are a few things to dislike too, like its laggy UI. But its sturdy build, heart rate monitor, speed sensor and …

3 reviews | 3 opinions (Average)


Transcend GPS SPPX Goggles
Zealoptics Transcend GPS Goggles

Pocket-Lint says that these are an undoubtedly cool purchase if one isn't put off by their hefty price. Their Recon HQ software collects tons of data and presents it all in a slick, yet …

1 review


Edge 800 Europe
Garmin Edge 800

Functions: Odometer , Rev-counter, Colour Display, Time , Cadence , Battery Status Indicator , …

As a bike computer, the Edge 800 is a fantastic proposition, since it can record all kinds of data and it's compatible with extra sensors for heart rate monitoring, among other functions. …

9 reviews | 26 opinions (Above average)


Urban Rider
TomTom Urban Rider

Display size: 3.5"; Weight: 310 g

“The low-budget variant of the well-known Rider 2 shows its best side when it comes to questions of functionality: In terms of suitability for motorcycles, TomTom continues to set the standard. ...”

11 reviews | 44 opinions (Above average)


Garmin Dakota 20
Garmin Dakota 20

Display size: 2.6"; Weight: 191.4 g

"The Garmin Dakota 20 provides most of the key features of the Oregon 550t for two thirds of the price. If you want the facility to use Ordnance Survey maps electronically in a device costing …

5 reviews | 54 opinions (Above average)


Garmin GPSMAP 62s

Display size: 2.6"; Weight: 260 g

“Excellent display, great features, long battery life - those who appreciate operation via a keyboard will find the perfect tour guide with the GPSmap 62s.”

5 reviews | 48 opinions (Above average)


More information at: Bergsteiger, issue 3/2011 An all-rounder We took a closer look at seven of the latest models from well renowned manufacturers and examined their mountaineering credentials. In test: Seven outdoor GPS devices were tested. Test criteria were operation (menu navigation), operation with gloves, readability in direct sunlight, display brightness, battery life, map quality, system openness (foreign cards and software).

Montana 650 t
Garmin Montana 650t

Display size: 4"; Weight: 289 g

The Garmin Montana 650t is a hiking device which features a sensitive 4 inch resistive touchscreen, which can even be operated when you are wearing gloves. It uses transflective technology so that it …

2 reviews | 11 opinions (Above average)


TomTom Urban Rider Europe
TomTom Urban Rider Europe

Display size: 3.5"; Weight: 310 g

“The Urban Rider from TomTom is an all round good motorcycle sat-nav, that above all impresses with its quality workmanship, precise voice announcements and very good price-performance ratio. But why …

5 reviews | 44 opinions (Above average)


Magellan Explorist 310 World Edition Map
Magellan Explorist 310 World Edition Map

Display size: 2.2"; Weight: 147 g

It has 512MB of in-built storage and no Micro SD slot, but otherwise Magellan's eXplorist 310 is only missing top-end features, according to TrustedReviews. It's waterproof, the rubberised …

1 review | 3 opinions (Average)


VDO Cyclecomputing GP7
VDO Cyclecomputing GP7

Display size: 3.5"; Weight: 204 g

“Likes: Guided street and outdoor navigation with easy to understand voice commands; topographical and street maps of Germany included in price (from 599 Euro); extensive training functions;

5 reviews


More information at: Trekkingbike, issue 5/2010 Tracking devices Google Earth and GPS have radically changed route planning. We tested out the new GPS devices and examined how they work on bike handlebars. In test: Six GPS devices were reviewed. The test criteria for hardware were size, bike mount, display, power supply and operation. For software the criteria were track/waypoint navigation, maps, logging, planning and data management.

Mio Cyclo 300
Mio Cyclo 300

Display size: 3"; Weight: 156 g

Disappointing road navigation and positively awful off-road route tracing make Mio's Cyclo 300 one to stay away from in Computer Act!ve's opinion. Its handling of roundabouts is maddening …

2 reviews | 5 opinions (Above average)


Magellan eXplorist GC
Magellan eXplorist GC

Display size: 2.2"; Weight: 147 g

As a device aimed squarely at geocaching enthusiasts, the Magellan eXplorist GC succeeds quite well, says Trusted Reviews. Not only were they impressed with its unique geocache interface, but they …

2 reviews | 40 opinions (Above average)


Falk Ibex 30

Display size: 3.5"; Weight: 200 g

“A reasonably priced entry-level model with sophisticated features and a great touchscreen. The battery could however have lasted a bit longer.”

4 reviews


More information at: MountainBIKE, issue 4/2011 Trailblazing Modern GPS devices are perfect tour guides - if they deliver what they promise. MB tested eight current models. In test: Eight GPS devices were reviewed. Test criteria were reception, display, operation, navigation, maps, features, battery life as well as bike mount.

Garmin GPSMAP 62st
Garmin GPSMAP 62st

Display size: 2.6"; Weight: 260 g

“The Garmin GPSMap 62st is a navigation device for almost any outdoor activity and, in terms of functionality, is almost unbeatable. Navigation is always reliable and meticulously exact. GPS

5 reviews | 15 opinions (Above average)


More information at: NAVIconnect, issue 4/2010 The post is now leaving! With sport lovers in mind Garmin presents three outdoor sat-navs from the GPSMap 62 series. Which of these is the right one for you? In test: Three sat-navs were reviewed.

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Garmin Oregon 450t

Display size: 3"; Weight: 192
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GPS reception: 9 out of 10 points; readability in sunlight: 7 out of 10 points; operation (menu, simplicity): 8 out of 10 points; operation on handlebars/holder: 8 out of 10 points; energy usage: 7

5 reviews | 14 opinions (Above average)


More information at: kajak-Magazin, issue 5/2010 A path from above Who knows the most beautiful water trails? Is there now a sat-nav equipped for canoeing? Thomas Froitzheim took these questions further and tested out six new outdoor GPS devices in the 240 to 600 Euro price range for kajak Magazine. Six GPS devices were reviewed. Test criteria were GPS reception, display readability in sunlight, operation (menu, simplicity), operation on handlebars/holder, energy consumption as well as data exchange, variety of maps and price-performance ratio.

Garmin GPSMAP 62 Series
Garmin GPSMAP 62 Series

Display size: 2.6"; Weight: 260 g

“The GPSmap 62 range from Garmin is considered to be the successor to the GPSmap 60CSx. Operating logic and menu navigation have for the most part been retained ... What is new is that satellite …

1 review


Magellan Explorist 710
Magellan Explorist 710

Display size: 3"; Weight: 195 g

"... it's a very useful tool. Waterproof, robust, with a decent 3.2megapixel camera ... the eXplorist 710 is a solid, well made choice that can handle exposure to all elements without

8 reviews | 4 opinions (Above average)


More information at: aktiv Radfahren, issue 6/2011 Leadership Qualities Can the latest sat navs really guide you through woods and fields? We tested out how well nine of the latest cycling sat navs took the lead. The fact that we had a newcomer to mix things up, as well as a brilliant performance from an outsider, made it all the more exciting. Nine navigation devices were tested.

satmap Active 10 Plus Europa
satmap Active 10 Plus Europa

Display size: 3.5"; Weight: 180 g

“This IP65-certified, dust, splash and shockproof outdoor sat-nav is equipped with a joystick and six robust keys, which are also able to be used easily with gloves on. The map content, which is

5 reviews | 55 opinions (Above average)


More information at: aktiv Radfahren, issue Good Weekend Special (2/2010) Path finder Many bikers still hesitate to trust a GPS as a tour guide. Some say that they are too expensive, while others think that they are too complicated. But what are these electronic route guides like in reality? aktiv Radfahren tested them out: five devices, map content, software. Five GPS devices were reviewed.

Magellan Explorist 610
Magellan Explorist 610

Display size: 3"; Weight: 195 g

IT Reviews advise that you check out your smarthone's GPS capabilities before shelling out the high price for the Magellan eXplorist 610, but they reckon the robust built quality and great

4 reviews | 14 opinions (Above average)


More information at: ALPIN, issue 5/2011 Time for a grilling It’s hard to imagine life without a sat nav in your car; now its outdoor counterpart is also growing in popularity. Nine of the latest GPS devices with map display had to show just what they were capable of. Nine of the latest GPS devices were reviewed. Test criteria for each device were functions test (legibility in sun/ diffuse light/ night, GPS reception), as well as operation/ support (operation/ with gloves, interaction with a computer, instruction manual/ support).


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Product information and further reviews for Hand Held GPS Devices

Measurement instruments RennRad 8/2011 - Let’s be honest - how much money would you pay for a speedometer which doesn’t need speed sensor calibration or require you to readjust the altimeter at the start of every trip? And which also doesn’t need an additional sensor for your second bike? 100 euros? 150? Or much more? Or are they simply overpriced? An overview of six of the latest GPS speedometers. Review details: Six GPS speedometers were tested. Test criteria were configuration, operation (both display + buttons), GPS, functions, value for money as well as data readings.

Take the fun route RADtouren 2/2011 - Please turn now!” - outdoor GPS devices for cyclists are now also able to give you directions like a sat nav in a car. We looked at five of the latest models and tested out just how nice it can be when it’s the journey that’s the reward. Review details: Five outdoor GPS devices were reviewed, four of which were given a rating. One device did not receive a rating.

All over the place c't 14/2011 - Hiking maps and compasses are history, just like using the sun to find your bearings or searching for moss on trees. Electronic assistance from above promises to help you find your way even when you’re off the beaten track - as long as you have the right GPS guide in your hand that is. Review details: Seven outdoor navigation devices were tested. Test criteria were display/ features, handling/ electricity supply, navigation / GPS as well as maps.

Tough brothers connect 8/2011 - Those who like to stray from the road nowadays only opt for a map if they really have to. When they’re out and about, outdoor experts prefer to make use of the advantages of modern GPS systems. Review details: Two GPS receivers were reviewed. Test criteria were features, handling and route guidance.

Map reading no longer required velojournal 2/2011 - What has by now become almost standard in cars is now making an impact in the world of bicycles: navigation via GPS. Whereas older devices were often inconvenient to use, the newest generation promises simple guidance to destination. Review details: Three GPS devices were reviewed. The criteria handling, navigation, display and mounting on bike were tested.

Pathfinder RoadBIKE 3/2011 - Always stay on the right path thanks to modern cycling computers with a GPS function. ‘RoadBIKE’ takes a look at which ones you can use for your racing bike. Review details: Eight different types of GPS device were reviewed. This included four with a map function and four with a compass. Test criteria were weight, size, battery life, operation, display, navigation and track management.

Purposeful outdoor 1/2011 - A good GPS device for outdoor adventurers turns orientation when on tour into child’s play. This test of six current high-tech receivers between 300 and 450 Euro lets you know which device you can trust. Review details: Six GPS devices were tested. The test criteria were reception, display/operation, navigation, maps, versatility and battery life.

Garmin Edge 800 PC Pro 2/2012 - It's not just car drivers who can benefit from a GPS system, cyclists can too. How well does the Garmin Edge 800 perform?

Pathfinder SFT-Magazin 6/2011 - Outdoor sat navs: we test out two route guidance systems for pedestrians and cyclists and compare them to the affordable alternative: the smartphone. Review details: Two outdoor navigation devices were tested and compared with a sat nav smartphone app.

Two for all Eventualities NAVIconnect 4/2010 - Despite the cold season, there is no reason to be miserable: the brand new outdoor GPS receivers from Falk and Bryton fill us with excitement for the new year. Review details: Two outdoors GPS receivers were reviewed.

Xplova G3 GPS 220 Triathlon November 2011 - Xplova have undercut many of their competitors to offer route planning and the monitoring of GPS performance for those on a lower budget - but does it deliver?

Holux TwoNav Sportiva Plus Expert Reviews 10/2011 - The Sportiva Plus is a satnav device aimed at hikers and cyclists as it helps users find their way when they're off the beaten track.

Pathfinder bike sport 11-12/2009 - Many bikers still hesitate to trust a GPS as a tour guide. Some say that they are too expensive, while others think that they are too complicated. But what are these electronic route guides like in reality? Bike Sport News tested it out: five devices, map content, software. Review details: Five GPS devices were tested without receiving a final rating.

New Paths RennRad 9-10/2009 - GPS devices are gradually becoming part of everyday racing bike life. We put the newest devices through their paces. They claim to be versatile, so RennRad also took these navigators off road. Review details: Four outdoor navigation devices were tested.

Direction check bike 7/2010 - The world of sat-navs, dominated for so many years by Garmin, has become much more interesting recently. New suppliers are orientating themselves in the market and are injecting fresh impetus in the process. Functions such as training data collection and routing are helping shape this development. But when it comes to bikes, not everything works as it should yet. Review details: Six bicycle navigation systems were reviewed. In terms of hardware, the size, bike mount, display, power supply and operation of the touchscreen were tested. When it came to evaluating the software, the criteria used were track/waypoint navigation, maps, logging, planning and data management.

Magellan eXplorist 610 GPS IT Reviews 7/2011 - Magellan have designed the eXplorist 610 as a new high-end GPS which dares to go where smartphones won't venture.

New Paths Reisemobil International 5/2010 - The usage of GPS guides has steadily increased among hikers and bikers. Reisemobil International tells you what they are good for. Review details: Five navigation systems were tested.

Hands-on Positioning Yacht 6/2010 - In test: Luxury class GPS hand-held devices with electronic maps and touchscreens as well as inexpensive positioning devices for traditional navigation. Review details: Eight hand-held GPS devices were tested. Test criteria were use in sunlight, operation and operating time.

Sporty spirit connect 5/2010 - Review details: Five navigation systems were independently reviewed. Among the test criteria were features and handling.

Trailblazing RADtouren 2/2010 - The variety of outdoor GPS devices available has never been greater. Cyclists will be enticed by the wide variety of choice with maps, easy operation via touchscreen and the navigation of the current generation of devices. RADtouren put six models between 240 and 600 Euros to the test. Review details: Six outdoor GPS devices were reviewed. GPS reception, display readability in sunlight, operation, function on bike, energy consumption, data sharing, range of maps and value for money were evaluated.

Perfect tour guide Trekkingbike 1/2011 - The new navigation device from Falk is designed especially for cyclists and hikers. Based on the model of the car sat-nav, this device guides the cyclist along bike paths with the help of voice announcements. This voice on your handlebars also functions as a tour guide.

Right to the Point boote 2/2010 - Just like mobile phones and digital cameras, GPS navigators are part of our everyday lives. Our practical test shows what the latest generation of hand-held devices are able to achieve. Review details: Eight GPS navigators were tested, which did not receive final ratings. Additionally, evaluations were made in regards to sun suitability and operation.

Proceeding Suspended MOTORRAD 6/2009 - The irrationality of riding a motorcycle will never correlate with rational microchips and processors: How is a computer of binary coding and if-then loop operation supposed to understand what a motorcycle-riding person means when he asks for a scenic route? This is shown once more in the test of navigation systems for motorcycles. ... Review details: Three motorcycles were reviewed and rated 2 x “good” and 1 x “satisfactory”. Test criteria were practical navigation, motorcycle suitability, navigation functions and features/service.

Holux GPSport 260 Pro pocketnavigation.de 3/2011 - Last year our ‘pocketnavigation.de’ test team took a look at the GPSport 260 GPS miniature from Holux. Now there’s an upgraded version of this model available and it’s called the GPSport 260 Pro. As well as having all the familiar features of the GPSport 260, this model now also enables you to see your training session data along with your heart frequency reading, a tread sensor reading and your speed, all thanks to 2.4 GHz wireless ANT+ transfer. This makes the Sport GPS Device even more interesting for outdoor fans and athletes. ...

The little 2x2 trenddokument 6/2010 - Garmin and TomTom are lowering the entry-level price for motorcyclists who want to be piloted around the world by GPS signals. How much does one miss out when one purchases a TomTom Urban Rider or Garmin Zumo 220 compared to the ‘fully-fledged’ devices? Review details: Two navigation systems for motorcycles were tested.

Holders of the secret Tourenfahrer 10/2010 - The new features of the Urban Rider from TomTom are largely overdue updates or functions that have long been standard in other devices. The sensational new features are lying dormant somewhere.

Up and down the slopes! connect 3/2010 - Navigation meets winter sports: Ski sat-navs are making the long-serving ski map look decidedly outdated. But are these electronic guides really helpful or simply a superfluous gimmick? Review details: In our test we had one navigation device, three navigation programs for GPS devices and smartphones and one sports watch. They were rated between 2 and 4 out of 5 possible points. Test criteria were features, handling and price performance.

Garmin GPSMap 62st Der Outdoortester.de 1/2011 - The Garmin GPSMap 62st is the flagship of the three models in the GPSMap62 range. An integrated three-axis compass shows the right direction even when there is no satellite reception. The in-built Quadrifilar Helix antenna should guarantee good reception at all times and take care of altitude measurements for the additional barometric altimeter. Worldwide basic maps as well as tourist maps for Europe come pre-installed. For our test we used the Topo Deutschland 2010 map content. For the extensive practical test we set off in September 2010 with a mountain bike, and then in October we went trekking in Norway.

The new Garmin GPSMap family Motorradreisefuehrer.de 1/2011 - Garmin surprised fans of the GPSMap range in 2010 with the relaunch of the GPSMap series. The successors to the functional bestsellers 60 CSx and 76/72H are the GPSMap 78 s and 62 st. These new devices run almost identical software and both now have a faster Cortex-A8 processor for smooth map movements (earlier they had an ARM processor). With 160 x 240 pixels, the display has stayed exactly the same size as the GPSMap 60 CSx, but it offers more colours. There is now the possibility to upload scanned map sections, so-called CustomMaps or BirdsEye satellite images. The number and size of scanned map transfers is still limited on Garmin devices. MR has mostly evaluated functions that are useful for motorcycle riding. Review details: Two sat-navs were reviewed.

One for all NAVIconnect 1/2010 - A GPS receiver for bike riding, walking, golf and winter sports - the Satsports steps up to the plate in four disciplines. Successfully? Review details: Single test. Test criteria were features, handling and price/performance.

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GPS handsets are mobile navigation systems which, just like their larger, built-in cousins, are used to locate calculate your position anywhere in the world. A hand-held device is as small and light as a mobile phone and run on batteries or incorporate a rechargeable cell in the unit itself. They are, for the most part, well designed, fit well in the hand and are small enough to be slipped easily into a pocket when not needed. The internal memory can usually be augmented with an extra memory card, so additional maps can be easily added. It is also possible with some units to connect the unit directly to a computer using a USB cable and update it that way. Just like other GPS devices, GPS handsets also offer route planning functions, using street and even sea maps to plot a course from one point to another. They use visual, and sometimes audible signals to bring the user safely to their desired destination. Sometimes often-used routes can be saved to the device's memory and called up when required. A GPS handset is much more versatile than a fixed model as it will not be limited to use in the car. The unit can be deployed when trekking or hiking and can be a great help while out camping or following other outdoor pursuits. They are easier to carry and use than a big fold-out map, can be used to get information on altitude and will make sure that you always know the way home. Many devices also supply information on moon and sunset times, can tell you the best times for fishing and hunting and offer other features such as clock, alarm, stopwatch and calendar. Many also come with a built-in game or two to help keep you occupied during those long traffic jams on the M25 and the high resolution colour display will be backlit, making it possible to use the GPS after night has fallen.