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4 hours ago, Silversummer said:

What is the most user-friendly GPS for geocaching?

 

It depends of your personal preferences.  Size, display, buttons or not, battery life, and much more.

My advise is, go to a store and take some in your hands and have a good look.  Even better, go to a Geocaching event near you and I'm sure, cacher there will be happy to show your there devices.  Maybe you can take a tour and test some.

 

Today, you might even take into considerations to get GC software for your mobile phone, which also will work quite well.

 

Greetings, Mausebiber

 

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There is a learning curve with all GPS units.  Probably the easiest is the Magellan eXplorist GC series, but there is Magellan's rep for awful customer service and it isn't the greatest unit.  Next to that for ease of use would probably be one of Garmin's touch screen units, such as the Oregon, Montana and eTrex touch series. 

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A great starter GPS that I use is the Garmin Etrex 10. It is a cheap, affordable GPS that is a big step up from using a phone

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24 minutes ago, Flynn230103 said:

A great starter GPS that I use is the Garmin Etrex 10

 

Sorry, but this is a GPS I would NOT recommend.  You cannot load maps, no color for the display, minimum free storage, no routing, and much more missing, any phone would be a much better choice. If you looking for something inexpensive, try to get a good used Oregon 600 for about $100.- - $150.-

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20 hours ago, Mausebiber said:

Sorry, but this is a GPS I would NOT recommend.  You cannot load maps, no color for the display, minimum free storage, no routing, and much more missing, any phone would be a much better choice. If you looking for something inexpensive, try to get a good used Oregon 600 for about $100.- - $150.-

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When I first started looking into GPSr units, I did some research and learned how the eTrex 10 is so much more limited than most other units.  I would not recommend an eTrex 10 to anyone. An eTrex 20, which is what I've been using, would be better and may be in a suitable price range.  The 20 was replaced with the 20x, so it might be possible to find a 20 at a reasonable price.

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😕 well then...

 

I guess I like the Etrex 10 because of the minimalism. While I was out with a fellow cacher he had a top of the line Garmin, and we spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to use it. He had had it for a while but still things were happening that we had no idea how to fix. What I like about the Etrex is that with about 15 minutes to spare you can learn all about how to use it. If you are fussed about maps and directions you just bring along your phone as well. I have gotten great accuracy with the GPS and is a much better tool than a phone. You do have your own opinions, such as touchscreen or joystick prefferation but this is what I like. 

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1 hour ago, Flynn230103 said:

😕 well then...

 

I guess I like the Etrex 10 because of the minimalism. While I was out with a fellow cacher he had a top of the line Garmin, and we spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to use it. He had had it for a while but still things were happening that we had no idea how to fix. What I like about the Etrex is that with about 15 minutes to spare you can learn all about how to use it. If you are fussed about maps and directions you just bring along your phone as well. I have gotten great accuracy with the GPS and is a much better tool than a phone. You do have your own opinions, such as touchscreen or joystick prefferation but this is what I like. 

Just an FYI - the eTrex 20 is also pretty minimal.  The 30 has a bit more functionality, but not enough for me to think it was worth the extra cost over the 20.  I think the 20 has the same options as the 10, but just has more memory to hold maps and more caches (up to 5000 caches, not 500) and it has a color screen.  If you already have a 10 and it works for you, then that's great.  If you ever feel that you need more memory and/or maps, then rest assured that you could get a 20 and not have to re-learn how to use the GPSr because it works the same way.

 

And if you do get a 20 and want maps, then know that you don't need to buy them from Garmin.  You can get free maps online that are just as good, or even better, than the maps sold by Garmin.

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13 hours ago, Flynn230103 said:

😕 well then...

 

I guess I like the Etrex 10 because of the minimalism. While I was out with a fellow cacher he had a top of the line Garmin, and we spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to use it. He had had it for a while but still things were happening that we had no idea how to fix. What I like about the Etrex is that with about 15 minutes to spare you can learn all about how to use it. If you are fussed about maps and directions you just bring along your phone as well. I have gotten great accuracy with the GPS and is a much better tool than a phone. You do have your own opinions, such as touchscreen or joystick prefferation but this is what I like. 

Apart from a short time using a Garmin Nuvi I started out using an Etrex 10. It is a great little unit with excellent accuracy although, as others have noted, it does have limitations. i.e. lack of (detailed) maps and cache storage capacity.

As for lack of maps it was, to me, a minor hindrance as I would  use my in car Nuvi to get me close as possible then use the Etrex.

As for capacity, I had to confine my searching to a particular area and  used GSAK to help target caches. I found that about 300 caches to be its workable limit.

The above two examples necessitated my upgrade to an etrex 20 when I started caching in foreign countries where I could, for example, load all caches in Mexico to the Etrex and, it is very handy having a map in a foreign city (although I sometimes don't bother like recently in Turkey, Israel, Jordan and Qatar where I was still able to find caches). The etrex 20, and 30, have SD card facility for mass storage of maps and caches.

I've now been using the Etrex 20 (20x now because I lost a couple along the way) for almost six years and I don't see any great benefit for me in upgrading to anything else.

If someone gifted  you a 10 great, but if funds are tight look around cheap, little used, 20 or 20x. They're out there.

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