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Some of the best GPS devices under $500 implement a wide range of features, not to mention sound waterproofing standards, and you could pick the best of Garmin or Magellan at the sub $500 range and avail their finest and latest technology for handhelds and wrist mounts.

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Garmin Edge 810

Garmin Edge 810 Car GPS Receiver


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Garmin Edge 810
Garmin Approach S3
Garmin nuvi 3590LMT
Garmin Fenix
Garmin Forerunner 610
Garmin Edge 810 Car GPS Receiver
Garmin Approach S3 GPS Receiver
Garmin nuvi 3590LMT GPS Receiver
Garmin Fenix - GPS Receiver
Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS Receiver
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Apr 2012
Feb 2012
Aug 2012
May 2011
Map capabilities
Internal
Internal
Map cartridges / Data cards
Internal
Designation
Motorcycle / Bikes
Outdoor, Watch, Golf
Automobile
Outdoor, Watch
Outdoor, Watch
Form Factor
Mountable
Watch
Fixed
Watch
Watch
Input Method
Touch Screen
Touch Screen
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Buttons
Touch Screen
Screen Size
4.3 inch
1.0 inch
5.0 inch
1.7 inch
1.0 inch
User interface
Touch Screen
Touch Screen
Touch Screen, Voice Command
Buttons
Touch Screen

  • Garmin's Edge 810 is a great GPS device for recording and analysing data from bike rides. It can map your routes, as well as tell you your speed, elevation changes, and even how hot it was that day. It's lots of fun to use, especially when you hook it up to a smartphone, but the interface on the device itself could stand to be a little more intuitive.


  • With the 810, Garmin is introducing smartphone connectivity and utility, with features including live tracking, real-time weather, and wireless data transfers. The Edge 810 is also loaded with other capabilities, such as wireless heart rate monitor support, customizable display, and turn-by-turn directions from installed maps. If you're looking for the ultimate in bike computers, the 810 is it.


  • Garmin's Edge 810 is a great GPS device for recording and analysing data from bike rides. It can map your routes, as well as tell you your speed, elevation changes, and even how hot it was that day. It's lots of fun to use, especially when you hook it up to a smartphone, but the interface on the device itself could stand to be a little more intuitive.


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

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    Rugged and waterproof, the Approach S3 golf watch is another benchmark for GPS within the golf market. Packed with 27,000 plus worldwide courses without subscriptions or fees, S3 displays yardages to the front, back and middle of greens. The S3 also introduces a high-resolution, glove-friendly touchscreen display, Green View with manual pin positioning, distances to doglegs and layups, customizable yardage points and printable digital scorecards for Stroke play and Stableford.

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    When the S1 gps watch came out I admit to being blown away by the ease of use, although it was limited in the information.

    The Garmin Approach S3 takes things to an entirely different level. You can get most of the information you would have on a regular full-size gps right there on your wrist. No fumbling around your pocket or golf bag. The yardages you need are just a glance away.


  • It's getting tougher to make the case for high-end GPS devices, but the fully loaded Garmin 3590LMT easily succeeds. It's a worthy purchase if you have the cash.


  • The Garmin nuvi 3590 LMT is a high-quality, feature-rich sat-nav. As we've commented before with regard to the Garmin smartphone app and the nuLink 2320, the Live services do get a bit pricey. If you purchased all of them, you would be paying £62.24 a year, which is significantly more than TomTom currently charges for its LIVE services. However, the device does come with lifetime map updates and lifetime RDS-TMC traffic, so you can get traffic information without the enhanced 3D Traffic service.


  • A resourceful approach to smart sat-nav but too fiddly to be a winner.

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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.


  • The Forerunner 610 is a touchscreen GPS watch from the Garmin company. Featuring a waterproof design for confident all-season use, this model incorporates a customizable interface for a multitude of practical applications.


  • The Garmin Forerunner 610 is the best sport watch we have reviewed to date. This versatile, responsive, accurate and well-designed watch is aimed at the high end of the market and has a price tag to match. We would love to see a faster charge time and a waterproof casing but, put simply, this is the best GPS sport watch on the market today.


  • The Garmin Forerunner 610 is a watch that's filled with useful features and statistics-tracking gizmos. If you're the kind of person that wants to find out every last detail about their exercise routine - why it is you slow down on that hill, or where you could push yourself a little harder to make up lost time, or to mark where that annoying dog lives - it's got everything you need. The bundled software and Internet features are more than capable enough, and we couldn't think of anything extra we'd want to add in.


Top 5 gps device under $500:

  1. Garmin Edge 810 Car GPS Receiver
  2. Garmin Approach S3 GPS Receiver
  3. Garmin nuvi 3590LMT GPS Receiver
  4. Garmin Fenix - GPS Receiver
  5. Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS Receiver