Jan 042011

I really haven’t paid much attention to GPSrs recently since we haven’t really been getting out to geocache much. That will change in a couple of years but it just makes sense tow wait until we have a reliable vehicle to get out caching often since by that time there will likely be newer models if we want to upgrade our old Garmin 60csxs.

I just came across the Garmin 62S now. Though I haven’t even seen one in person if I were to pull the trigger and get a new GPS now this would likely by my choice. It appears to have taken the good from the old 60csx and added to it instead of creating something completely different. It keeps the same form factor which is the best I’ve seen in a gps for what we use it for. I really don’t want to depend on a touch screen in the woods or that wheel thing Garmin tried. It also seems like it has the same screen as the 60csx which I found very readable with a magnifier. For those who don’t know I am legally blind and have poor vision. The biggest plus this seems to have over the older models it includes the full cache details. I can’t even begin to count how many times the write up or a recent log would have been very handy out in the woods when we’re searching for a cache that has gone missing. I don’t mind the DNF but we get obsessed and spend hours searching.

I am anxious to read other peoples’ thoughts on this unit. If Garmin did it right it could be the perfect gps. Hopefully it retains the older model’s dependability and accuracy along with excellent battery life. The old model was also pretty much unbreakable. I’ve dropped mine more times than you can imagine and it still works fine. The only thing it did is popped the microSD card loose once in a while.

According the the description it also includes 1.7 gigs of memory built into the unit which would be great. A great plus would be if they overcame the map block limitation all of their older generations had.

Jan 102009

Well I had a Delorme pn-40 which I liked a lot.  It had good accuracy from what I could tell but I never really got the chance to use it.  The first time I got very short battery life.  I returned it and they repaired it.  The second time I got it back and it just didn’t power on.  Then I  received it again and If I had to guess I put the batteries in backwards and it didn’t work.  The markings are all but impossible for me to see.  I am returning it for a refund which I’m very disappointed to do but I just don’t see it working out for me.

It seemed to be on par with my Garmin 60csx as far as getting and holding a lock on satellites.   The screen is smaller but very bright and clear and I could see it just as well as the 60csx.  I will surly consider any other gps Delorme may come out with.  The best thing about it is the maps are included with the gps unlike some of the other hand held gpsrs where they are an aditional cost (and not cheap.)

Jan 072008

I just saw that Garmin is releasing a new gps.  From what I read they may have actually improved over the 60csx.  I think I will be getting on as soon as I can.  I’m looking forward to playing with it.

The best thing about it is the fact that it seems to support paperless caching better by having the cache writeup and previous logs right on the gps.  That means we wouldn’t have to use the ipaq for caching which would be a good thing since Molly has a habit of letting the battery die completely in it.

Garmin Colorado 400t Handheld GPS Unit with US Topographic Preloaded Maps

Jan 272007

I’ve been reading about the new Delorme PN-20 gps. It looks pretty interesting. It comes with Delorme’s USA Topo 6.0. The gps can show aerial photos too. Just seems real interesting to me.

The couple of reviews I’ve read on it say it isn’t perfect but at least they’re adding something a bit different. I hope this becomes the norm by the time I need a new gps.