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I am looking to purchase my first gps within the next week or so and am looking for advice on which one to buy. I would like to keep the cost under $300. I've just used the caching app and c:geo up to this point and this would be my first gps unit. Any advice? 

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I moved this thread from the Geocaching Topics forum.

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34 minutes ago, Touchstone said:

The following resource might be useful in your decision making process:

https://www.geocaching.com/about/buying.aspx

 

I'd like to disagree with this option,  that still considers the Geomate jr a tool for geocaching, for a new handheld user .  :)

 - And the last copyright for gpsinfo.net was 2013, with the "newest" GPSr a 650.    One of a couple pages that need updating...

 

I feel a simple search in these GPS forums, (where this thread is now) is probably best.  They're all opinions anyway.  

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2 hours ago, cerberus1 said:

 

I'd like to disagree with this option,  that still considers the Geomate jr a tool for geocaching, for a new handheld user .  :)

 - And the last copyright for gpsinfo.net was 2013, with the "newest" GPSr a 650.    One of a couple pages that need updating...

 

I feel a simple search in these GPS forums, (where this thread is now) is probably best.  They're all opinions anyway.  

Done.  Thanks for the suggestion.

 

 

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Back on topic....

 

For under $300 USD, in my opinion, the best you are going to do for geocaching is the Oregon 7x0, which can now be found on amazon and other places for less than your budget. 

 

I have two of them, and they were always my favorite geocaching GPSr until the GPSMAP 66 was released, which I like better for some of the advanced features it includes. But for size and ease of use, it will be hard to beat an Oregon 7x0.

 

My favorite feature of the Oregon 7x0 is the ability to load geocache information 'live', in the field, on a whim, without prior planning and preparation, which all previous models do require.

 

More Oregon 7x0 information is available here.

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2 hours ago, cerberus1 said:

 

I'd like to disagree with this option,  that still considers the Geomate jr a tool for geocaching, for a new handheld user .  :)

 - And the last copyright for gpsinfo.net was 2013, with the "newest" GPSr a 650.    One of a couple pages that need updating...

 

I feel a simple search in these GPS forums, (where this thread is now) is probably best.  They're all opinions anyway.  

 

That's funny, the Geomate Jr. has been out of production for years.... The company doesn't even exists any more.

 

GPSrChive is still currently updated on a regular basis.

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Before you go out and hastily buy a GPS, I suggest reading this recent thread about phones vs GPS. I'm not trying to discourage you, but I do want you to have some realistic expectations about what a GPS will do compared to the phone apps you already use so that you don't go out and spend $300 on a device that might not solve your problems.

That said, I'm a fan of the Garmin Oregon series as well. You can't go wrong.

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On 2/22/2020 at 1:41 PM, Mineral2 said:

Before you go out and hastily buy a GPS, I suggest reading this recent thread about phones vs GPS. I'm not trying to discourage you, but I do want you to have some realistic expectations about what a GPS will do compared to the phone apps you already use so that you don't go out and spend $300 on a device that might not solve your problems.

That said, I'm a fan of the Garmin Oregon series as well. You can't go wrong.

 

Just my two cents bit one thing to consider is if you are going to be able to use your phone in the area you plan to cache.  I've been out of this fora few years but am getting back in to it  The last two weekends the wife and I have gone out and driving up in the mountains we had no cell service for a majority of the  caching.  We still have our old Garmin 60cs that we use as our back up to the iPhones.  I made the mistake yesterday of not uploading a pocket query of Lake Don Pedro when we ran out there.  Sure enough we had no reception (no Verizon towers) on the north or east side of the lake.  We had to back track several miles to get reception back which burned both time and daylight.  

 

 

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