Best Handheld GPS

Here are the best handheld GPS classified by budget, mid range and high end.


Affordable entry level handheld GPS.  It has a color screen, a high-sensitivity WAAS-Enabled GPS receiver, detailed basemap, 24 MB memory for optional maps, 14-hour battery life, crisp, color 176 x 220 pixel display

Read reviews - 3.8/5.0 on Amazon


Pay approximately $30 more than the eTrex 20 and get a lot more value. 

Name/Feature Venture HC eTrex 20
Battery Life 14 hours 25 hours
Memory 24 MB 1.7GB
Accepts data cards No microSD™ card (not included)
Waypoints/favorites/locations 500 2000
Routes 50 200
Tracklog 10,000 points, 10 saved tracks 10,000 points, 200 saved tracks
Custom map compatible No Yes
Add custom POI's No Yes

eTrex 20 comes with worldwide basemap with shaded relief; supports TOPO, BlueChart g2® and City Navigator NT®; contains a high-sensitivity WAAS-Enabled GPS receive; color display; microSD™ card slot; 25-hour battery life; paperless geocaching

Read reviews - 3.3/5.0 on Amazon

Mid Range

The Oregon 450 is a rugged, advanced handheld that comes with built-in Worldwide basemap with shaded relief, barometric altimeter, 3-axis electronic compass, wireless data sharing, rugged sunlight-readable touchscreen, high-sensitivity GPS receiver, color display, and microSD card slot.


Read reviews - 3.8/5.0 on Amazon

High End

The GPSMAP 62s is rugged, top of the line GPS that comes with a barometric altimeter, 3-axis tilt compensated electronic compass, a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with photo navigation, wireless data sharing, Worldwide basemap, high-sensitivity GPS receiver, color display, and microSD card slot  It also has support for Custom Maps and BirdsEye™ Satellite imagery (subscription required). It employs a quad helix antenna for unparalleled reception, has a high-speed USB connection and connects wirelessly to compatible Garmin handhelds.

Read reviews - 4.1/5.0 on Amazon

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