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How To Pick a GPS Device

Watch more Driving & Car Safety videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Get tips on how to buy the best handheld GPS system so that you'll be able to navigate to virtually anywhere. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Consider GPS use Consider how often you'll use your unit and in what capacity. For occasional use, such as geocaching, you won't need too many waypoints, or tracks, for your GPS. An avid hunter or fisherman, or someone who wants to mark spots along a set route will need a GPS unit with more storage and functions. Tip Geocaching is a treasure hunting, hide-and-seek game that uses GPS. Step 2: Decide how advanced GPS should be Decide how advanced your unit needs to be. Most every GPS can track waypoints so you can see where you have been. Less expensive units will backtrack manually. More advanced, and more expensive, devices have a trackback feature, which allows you follow your original route in reverse. Tip Some GPS units can be connected to your computer for map downloads. Step 3: Select functions Select the functions you'll need. Available features may include additional hardware for expanded memory; varying degrees of water resistance; fixed versus expandable memory; and varying levels of resolution and reception, battery size and life, and the unit's weight. Step 4: Consider system with multi-parellel channels Consider a system that has multi-parallel channels. The additional satellite signals can increase accuracy to nearly a pinpoint level. Such a receiver may increase the overall size of the unit. Step 5: Test Test the demonstration units set up in stores. Compare prices and models to find out which system you're most comfortable with; a highly-specialized system will cost more than a multipurpose one. Did You Know? Geocaching began on May 3, 2000, in Beaver Creek, Oregon, immediately after the government loosened satellite restrictions.
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