GPS systems aren't nearly as popular as they once were, and we've got GPS
-enabled smartphones to thank for that. But for the folks who venture
into the great outdoors, there's still a very real need for dedicated
outdoor navigation systems where cellphone signals simply don't exist. Garmin
's a big player in both markets, and this week they're introducing
a redesigned and upgraded eTrex handheld GPS. This entry level option
has been given enhanced ergonomics, an improved
interface, paperless geocaching and in certain models, a 65k color
screen with expanded mapping capabilities.
The new eTrex series supports geocaching GPX files for downloading
geocache locations and details straight to the unit using its high-speed
USB connection. The eTrex stores and displays key information,
including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which
means no more manually entering coordinates and those paper print outs!
To start paperless geocaching, simply upload the GPX file to your unit
and start hunting for caches. Caches can be downloaded from
OpenCaching.com, a completely free online community for creating,
sharing and finding geocaches around the world.
The new eTrex devices are expected to be available in the third quarter
of 2011. The eTrex 10 and 20 have a suggested retail price of $119.99
and $199.99, respectively. The eTrex 30 has a suggested retail price of
$299.99. Not cheap, but neither is calling in the Coast Guard to rescue you when you get turned around in the woods...