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If you’re looking for a handheld GPS that’s reliable, versatile and packed full of features, then you might want to consider one of these three…
Geonav 4C XS
Featuring a generously sized screen – 3.5ins corner to corner, which is the same proportions as the Apple iPhone screen – the Geonav 4C XS is big enough to be used in anger and offers a range of useful functions including tide and currents data, chart rotation and autozoom. As if to defeat the point, it comes with a 12-pin connector which allows the display of Navionics charts on any SVGA standard monitor. It can also be used on dry land with the specially designed Navionics Gold Land&Sea charts.
A high-sensitivity GPS receiver finds satellite signals quickly and can track your location in even the most challenging of conditions, while the turn-by-turn routing feature will keep you on course easily. It also comes with a removable microSD card capable of storing up to 128 megabytes of maps or any other data, which can be upgraded to a higher capacity if you find yourself running out of space. The card slot is conveniently located inside the waterproof battery compartment, and don’t worry if you drop it in your drink – the 76Cx is so water tight it floats.
Magellan Triton 2000
Whether on land or at sea, the Magellan Triton 2000 is designed for the great outdoors. The usual GPS, electronic compass and barometer all feature, but SD-cards pre-loaded with marine charts are also included, adding a range of nautical maps displaying tide and depth information for different parts of the world. The 2.7in colour touchscreen comes with a fiddly stylus, but it’s easier to use a ﬁnger or the sturdy buttons. Although it comes wrapped in rubber casing, the Triton is not strictly waterproof and anything longer than 30 minutes or deeper than a metre will do very bad things to it.