Garmin announces GPSMAP 62 series of navigational devices


Garmin has just trumpeted the unveiling of their GPSMAP 62 series of rugged outdoor handheld devices, where it offers a sleek updated look, new mapping options and a slew of technical innovations that will cater to a group of hunters, hikers and geocachers of all ages. Being one of Garmin’s most popular product lines to date, the new GPSMAP 62 series is touted to improve the form and functionality in its latest iteration, virtually making it even better despite being a best-in-class device already. Just what can you expect from the GPSMAP 62? Why not read on in the extended post to find out?

The GPSMAP 62 comes with a 2.6” sunlight-readable color display as well as up to 20 hours of battery life, not to mention a high-sensitivity GPS receiver as well as a quad helix antenna that is capable of achieving unparalleled reception. Not only that, the GPSMAP 62 series will come with a trio of distinct waterproof models in order to suit a wide range oactivities and interests. The basic GPSMAP 62 will come with a built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief, while the GPSMAP 62s throws in a 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass and wireless connectivity for sharing routes, tracks, waypoints and geocaches between other compatible Garmin handhelds. Apart from that, the GPSMAP 62s also ships with an integrated barometric altimeter which is capable of tracking changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude, while plotting barometric pressure over time in order to keep an eye on weather conditions that can run foul when you least expect it. Last but not least, the GPSMAP 62st will come preloaded with 100K topographic maps for the entire United States (or preloaded 50K topographic mapping of Canada for the Canadian version), where coverage includes major trails, urban and rural roads, interstates, highways, coastlines, rivers and lakes as well as national, state and local parks, forests and wilderness areas. Searching is a whole lot easier as well since you can look for points of interest by name or proximity to your location and view descriptive details for terrain contours, topo elevations, summits and geographical points.

All three models will play nice with Garmin’s subscription-based BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, which is available for free thanks to the online community at Garmin Connect. Geocachers will find this new series to be environmental friendly since they can go paperless, quickly downloading cache information directly to the device. Any takers for one of these, since summer is coming up for those folks residing in the northern hemisphere, where it is time to head outdoors?

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Bob K. Says: June 18, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I got burned badly by the Colorado experience: it dropped many 60 features, no beta testing-ergo full of bugs, clumsy interface, lousy battery life, dumb gasket design that costs US$99 for repair, etc. This new thing may be just a dakota with push buttons; I don’t plan to be an early adopter’ on this one-learned my lesson; will follow the blogs for 6 months before plunking down any cash. Fool me once……….

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