Garmin eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator
The eTrex 10 makes a great choice in handheld navigation for the budget savvy outdoor enthusiast. This eTrex model is equipped with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, a 2.2-inch monochrome display, and a worldwide basemap making it easier than ever to see where you are and where you have been.
- Rugged handheld navigator with preloaded worldwide basemap and 2.2-inch monochrome display
- WAAS-enabled GPS receiver with HotFix and GLONASS support for fast positioning and a reliable signal
- Waterproof to IPX7 standards for protection against splashes, rain, etc.
- Support for paperless geocaching and Garmin spine-mounting accessories
- Power with two AA batteries for up to 20 hours of use
I mainly use it for hiking and geotagging my photos, it supports GPX format tracks which I can use in Lightroom or Photoshop to geotag the photos I take during the trips. Also they're vast variety/number of maps for you to download free or purchase through Garmin. For me as a newbie to the handheld GPS device it sure satisfies my need, 5 stars.
Pros: accuracy, size
Cons: no pocket clip, slow connection on startup, no real maps, dated interface
The screen is low resolution black and white. The interface is pretty basic (menu and back buttons on sides, joystick for directional movement and press to enter). Yet it's somehow a bit more complicated to use than it should be. It records "tracks" separately from "trips", but if you want to see distance moved on the current track, it isn't live - you have to exit and return to the screen to refresh.
We found that the distance it reported matched the official trail length consistently. Unfortunately it would take up to 2 minutes to get enough satellites, which seems ridiculous. It also has no pocket clip or screen lock, so if you throw it in your pocket, who knows what you'll come back to. ("Why did I mark this waypoint. Wait, did I mark this waypoint? Or did it happen in my pocket?"). I hope there's some trick we haven't found yet, but the support overall for this unit is pretty basic. The preloaded map has major cities, but no geographical or topographical markings. The tracks show where you've been, but tracking backwards just shows you the map to follow -- without telling you things like "turn to the left in 30 ft" that modern GPS units do.
All in all it's a totally useful handheld for emergency purposes, and perhaps someone with different needs than us. But for tracking hikes with more information - or not getting lost - it's adequate at best.
built tough and water resistant for hiking purpose, so no case needed. I dropped it 10' many times to rug and dirt, in a bathtub of water, without issue
Easy, fast single click marking of waypoints separate from tracks
Tracking is automatic and uses little memory
joystick & button navigation is easy to operate with gloves on
B&W screen great in sunlight
Power consumption is >=30% _less_ than color eTrex [ 10 draws 60mA; the 30 or 20 is 90 mA, no maps installed, lights off, GPS+GLONASS+WAAS ON and active satellites tracked]
If GPS alone is used, eTrex 10 draws only 45mA
easy to learn without a manual
improved accuracy via WAAS and GLONASS support, as close as 6' with waypoint averaging
Fast re-acquisition of satellites once initial acquisition is obtained
Upgraded to latest firmware via Garmin Express easily
Lots of support from Garmin website or 3rd party websites or blogs
Easy exporting data to Google Maps and Earth via BaseCamp
>50 continuous hours on 2x Lithium AA [ test batteries were not yet exhausted]
33 continuous hours with 2000mAH NiMH, 41 continuous hours if GPS only, GLONASS and WAAS OFF
No beeper or buzzer for alarms
B&W screen less sharp vs color but works in all lighting conditions
not enough documentation in the shipped manual
No clip or lanyard included
Note, most ads for the eTrex 10 state is has 'no memory'. What they mean is no memory to store maps, it has 7.5 MB/10MB free [ the rest is use by the system] to store tracks, waypoints, caches etc., onboard. You can store several 1000s of these as the data size is very small and by then, it gets unwieldy to search and manipulate.
Nothing more to buy beyond a belt clip Garmin Carabiner clip.