Understanding GPS Handhelds

Handheld GPS devices from Global Telesat Communications are among some of the vital pieces of equipment carried by dedicated hikers, hunters, bikers, kayakers, geocachers, or any other lover of outdoor pursuits looking to venture off-grid but stay reliably connected. We offer a range of powerful and accurate Garmin GPSMAP® handhelds, each with their own array of useful navigation features and varying from the reasonably priced ETREX® to the powerful but pricier Montana®.

Enhanced Navigation and Location Tracking

Arguably one of the most important aspects of venturing beyond the reach of traditional cellular networks is the need to remain contactable either with friends and family back home, or colleagues at a centralised headquarters. The Garmin GPSMAP 65 range, for example, offers multi-band technology from GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and IRNSS. With these technologies integrated the GPSMAP 65 offers improved accuracy and the 65s offers enhanced features with its built-in altimeter, barometer and compass.

Outdoor Adventures Made Easier

Some of our Garmin handhelds come with mapping software built-in as standard (or you can purchase the software separately to install onto a device that hasn’t got it). Such software displays points of interest directly on the device screen, showing things like summits, parks, coastlines, rivers, lakes and geographical points. The Garmin GPSMAP 67i is a perfect handheld GPS for hiking in the UK because of its built-in mapping features, adding a layer of fun and excitement to outdoor adventures.

Safety and Security Features

Any Garmin handheld GPS with a lower case ‘i’ in its model number means it is pre-loaded with inReach® technology. inReach technology runs off the globally reaching Iridium satellite network, meaning the device can communicate with anyone, anywhere. This includes SOS specialists, so, in the event of an emergency, the SOS button can be pressed and a search and rescue mission can begin. The Garmin Montana 700i, for example, is a GPS touchscreen navigator that allows SOS alerts to be sent to the Garmin emergency response team direct from the trail. Whether you are off or on-road, you will stay connected with global communication meaning you can also show people where you are with social media uploads.

Price Analysis: Finding the Right GPS Handheld for Your Budget

Depending on what you are looking for in a GPS handheld, you can spend anything up to almost £800 on a Garmin GPSMAP or Montana device. Owing to the 5” touchscreen display screen and global connectivity of the Montana 700i communicator, not to mention its raft of built-in features including point-to-point navigation, high quality satellite imaging, beacon flashlight, even dog tracking capabilities, you will be parting with the most money. This is compared to more casual, practical devices that still get you from point A to point B but at half the cost. The GPSMAP 67 range, for example, are premium, rugged devices with 3” displays and multi-band GNSS support, as well as premium mapping software, but retail at roughly half the price.

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