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The best outdoor GPS must have good reception and be adaptable to any kind of environment.

The perfect outdoor GPS has atleast 6-12 channels, to enable precision and an external antenna to enhance signal reception around skyscrapers and tree cover. Also critical is water resistance and the best outdoor GPS units feature an IPX7 waterproofing standard which can brook dousing up to a depth of one meter for half an hour.

GPS models built with transflective screen displays are readable in all light conditions and are ideal for all outdoor activities. A transflective display accommodates both backlit and reflective display technologies, by switching between these two modes depending on the environment, which results in great readability regardless of the lighting.

The best outdoor GPS also come with an external memory/storage card for extended map storage.

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Garmin Approach S3

Garmin Approach S3 GPS Receiver


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Garmin Approach S3
SkyCaddie SGX (2012 Version)
Motorola MOTOACTV
Garmin Fenix
Golf Buddy Voice GPS Rangefinder
Garmin Approach S3 GPS Receiver
SkyCaddie SGX Golf GPS (2012 Version)
Motorola MOTOACTV GPS Receiver
Garmin Fenix - GPS Receiver
GolfBuddy Voice GPS Rangefinder
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Release Date
Apr 2012
May 2012
Mar 2012
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Designation
Outdoor, Watch, Golf
Golf, Outdoor
Outdoor, Watch
Outdoor, Watch
Outdoor, Golf
Map capabilities
Internal
Internal
Internal
Internal
Internal
Form Factor
Watch
Handheld
Watch
Watch
Handheld
Input Method
Touch Screen
Touch Screen, Buttons
Touch Screen, Keypad
Buttons
Buttons
Screen Size
1.0 inch
3.0 inch
1.6 inch
1.7 inch
User interface
Touch Screen
Touch Screen, Buttons
Touch Screen, Keypad
Buttons
Buttons

  • The Garmin Approach S3 is the touch screen GPS golf timepiece that gives simple, instant and precise calculations of the course.


  • The Garmin S3 Approach is a wonderful piece of kit. Easy to use, immediate feedback, tonnes of different features, no fees or subscriptions required and slick looks.


  • The S3 is more convenient than the standard GPS, easy to use regardless of the weather, better than most in the rain and doubles up for casual wear. Easy functionality with state of the art accuracy that can benefit both the casual and serious golfer. Compared to other GPS and rangefinders it's fairly priced at £279 comes free of any annual subscriptions and is pre-loaded with 27,000 courses worldwide.


  • Expensive, but for the enthusiastic amateur it's a superb training tool and round recorder.


  • The SkyCaddie SGX is a very accurate and easy to use golf GPS unit. Very bright LED screen is easy to read even in bright sunlight. Extensive course library (with membership). HoleVue technology adjusts perspective as golfer approaches green. Battery life could use a tweak.


  • The unit is for the serious golfer who is ready to take their game to the next level and needs a device that has all the features an avid golfer would need in a GPS device.

    The SGX is not for the 2-3 round per year golfer who will not utilize all its amazing features and spend premium dinero and not use all the functions.


  • Motorola's incredibly capable MotoActv fitness device can tackle just about any fitness task--such as tracking workouts via GPS and connecting to headsets via Bluetooth--and it serves as a very tiny digital music player. Yet, if you're looking for a simple tool to measure daily activity and provide holistic advice on how to shed some pounds, this training tool isn't for you.


  • Motorola's MotoActv cleverly correlates and displays data from your workouts, such as the map of your route and your pace during each song on your playlist. Among hybrid music player-fitness tracking devices, though, it's on the pricier side.


  • A personal trainer on your wrist, the MotoACTV tracks and analyzes your workouts--and provides motivation, too.

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    The fenix is a good solution for those wanting a hands-free backcountry GPS or long battery life. I found it surprisingly easy to use, and have been pleased with the speed of firmware updates and the improvements that have been made in them. Hopefully Garmin will give us offline maps for the BaseCamp Mobile app and bring said app to Android. If they can do those things, they'll have a solid offering with the fenix. In short, I like it and look forward to what they will be able to do with the fenix/BaseCamp Mobile app combo.


  • The Garmin fenix is packed with useful functions for the serious hiker or mountaineer, although it does have a major drawback â?? its price. At £349 for the watch on its own, or an extra £30 for the Performer Bundle, itâ?? s more expensive than any of Garminâ?? s Oregon range, where the latterâ?? s touchscreen and topographic map-viewing abilities make them more appropriate for general orienteering and hiking. But if your outdoor activities require the long battery life, exercise features and convenience of the fenix, itâ??


  • While $399.99 may seem to be a lot to pay when compared to a couple $5 smartphone apps, when contrasted with the price of a rugged, handsome watch, it's not so bad. And when you compare it to a $4,500 fashion watch that does little more than tell the time and look expensive, the fenix is an amazing bargain.


  • For golfing enthusiasts, the GolfBuddy Voice is a nifty little GPS rangefinder that incorporates audio readouts. It has a very large number of course and hole information from all over the world built into it, with no additional costs, and it even managed to find the little public course that we tested it on.

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    The GolfBuddy Voice GPS dazzled us at the PGA Merchandise Show just a few months ago and continued to through our testing. It works as advertised and delivers accurate measurements with the touch of a button. It is also a great conversation piece when not playing with your regular group as not a single person that we encountered played without asking about it. This new gadget hits stores this month for a price around $180.

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    If you're looking for small and convenient, and you're happy with GPS yardages, GolfBuddy is a great choice. My home course, Treesdale Golf & Country Club, has carts that come equipped with GPS systems, and the yardages I got from those matched GolfBuddy Voice's almost identically. I didn't test it against Sky Caddie, a GPS rangefinder that's based on actual ground-walked measurements, but my use of Sky Caddie has convinced me it is extremely accurate.


Top 5 gps device for outdoor activities:

  1. Garmin Approach S3 GPS Receiver
  2. SkyCaddie SGX Golf GPS (2012 Version)
  3. Motorola MOTOACTV GPS Receiver
  4. Garmin Fenix - GPS Receiver
  5. GolfBuddy Voice GPS Rangefinder