78 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Reviewed by a cyclist for cyclists considering this device for their bicycle riding.,
This review is from: Garmin eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator (Wireless Phone Accessory)This device (the eTrex 10) is a gem. Thus the five star rating. I've been studying it and using it on bicycle rides for the past two months. I've read several of the Amazon reviews for this product, and few do a good job of informing the consumer. I think this is because the product caters to so many different endusers: boaters, kayakers, walkers, hikers, off-road cyclists, and on-road cyclists. My review is written from the perspective of an on-road cyclist. And I'm not going to write a review as much as merely answer a series of questions.
1. Can you charge this device using a USB cable? >>No. The device uses two AA batteries for power. They can be cheap alkaline, or the more expensive rechargeable NiMH or lithium. Alkaline work ok if the weather is warm or hot. If you go the rechargeable route, don't buy cheap ones that have less than 2000 capacity. I didn't know rechargeables came in different capacities. Duh! The rechargeable batteries you need to recharge in... Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Just what I needed to breadcrumb hikes,
This review is from: Garmin eTrex 30 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator (Wireless Phone Accessory)I needed to keep track of newly blazed hiking trails as well as chart distance on existing trails. I tried to use an Android smartphone which had low reception sensitivity and impaired accuracy. I also tried to use an automotive nuvi GPS unit with tracking function which worked OK but the embedded rechargeable battery only supported limited field use (2 hours max). The eTrex 30 was exactly what I needed; easy to repower via 2x AA cells, good GPS sensitivity, transflective screen works GREAT in bright sunlight, and reasonable accuracy. I also wanted the embedded altimeter and compass, although I find that the compass is easily overwhelmed by nearby metal.
There are many online sources for map data in addition to the embedded maps; I was able to fit a routable street map as well as topo maps covering most of continental North America on a single 4G micro SD card.
Automotive mode routing works great, the only minus is limited screen real estate.
The... Read more
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Garmin eTrex 20 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator (Wireless Phone Accessory)
Well, I expected more from this. It does give you coordinates and stuff, but other than that it doesn't give you much else: i.e. maps. Used in Colorado, but I could also just whip out my map and narrow down my location. Would get again because of price, but it's very basic.