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The best handheld GPS devices are easy to carry and typically weigh less than 0.30 lb, have screens sizes of around 1 - 2 inches and support highly readable transreflective displays.

Most good handhelds are water-resistant units with good internal mapping abilities comprising base maps of North America and also come with external data cards. The handheld GPS market is dominated by Garmin devices and are typically best suited for hiking, geocaching and other outdoor activities.

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Skycaddie SGX

SkyCaddie SGX Golf GPS (2012 Version)


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SkyCaddie SGX (2012 Version)
Golf Buddy Voice GPS Rangefinder
Garmin Approach G6
Garmin Rino 610
Garmin Astro 320
SkyCaddie SGX Golf GPS (2012 Version)
GolfBuddy Voice GPS Rangefinder
Garmin Approach G6 GPS Receiver
Garmin Rino 610 GPS Receiver
Garmin Astro 320 GPS Receiver
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Release Date
May 2012
May 2012
Feb 2012
Aug 2011
Nov 2011
Form Factor
Handheld
Handheld
Handheld
Handheld
Handheld
Map capabilities
Internal
Internal
Internal
Internal
Internal, Map cartridges / Data cards
Designation
Golf, Outdoor
Outdoor, Golf
Golf, Handheld
Hiking, Outdoor
Hiking, Outdoor
Input Method
Touch Screen, Buttons
Buttons
Touch Screen
Keypad
Keypad
Screen Size
3.0 inch
2.6 inch
2.6 inch
2.6 inch
User interface
Touch Screen, Buttons
Buttons
Touch Screen
Keypad
Keypad

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

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    While the SkyCaddie SGX incorporates some features which users will find appealing, the lack of polish in the interface, no touchscreen ability, the poor course coverage, and buggy desktop software make this device difficult to wholeheartedly recommend at a cost of approximately $500 for 3 years.

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    Overall, in my opinion the Skycaddie SGX GPS navigation is a superb tool for the more complex golfer. This product isn't something for that weekend hacker. It is perfect for the gamers that need to make enhancements around the course.

    If you are not seriously interested in your round of golf you might like to take a look at other Gps navigation models because that one is a little pricey around $300.


  • 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.


  • The Garmin Approach G6 is a great device that any golfer would love on their bag It's easy to use and will help your game tenfold. The only problem is the price - £300 is an awful lot of money.


  • The Garmin Approach G6 comes in at a reasonable price point, and with no additional fees it remains very competitively priced. Its size, color screen, full hole graphics, and ability to determine distances to any point on the course make it a compelling value, and will undoubtedly make this a popular device.

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    The Garmin Approach G6 is like the best club in your bag for those who are serious about their golf and looking to shoot a low score.
    Designed specifically for use on the golf course it has a sunlight-friendly screen, rugged construction, convenient size, a wide range of useful features and provides a great way to chronicle and analyse your game.
    One of the few downsides of the products is the price. At $349 the device is up against smartphone apps which can be downloaded for free.


  • The Garmin Forerunner 610 is an outstanding device. It's versatile, responsive, accurate and well-designed. It's not just the big things like how it's packed with features, and the way they are accessed and arranged in such a logical way. Small details matter, like being able to set the time manually while on a flight without having to connect to a computer or find a satellite signal, using a magnetic charger, or having the scrolling touchscreen menus. It's a great product with a hefty price.


  • Garmin's Forerunner 610 is pricy but if you're a serious athlete we can definitely see its value. It's able to track and store a huge range of workout metrics in combination with the bundled heart-rate monitor, and includes software to monitor your long-term progress via PC. The touchscreen may be a bit fiddly but our biggest concern is the short-ish battery life.


  • The Forerunner 610 is a huge improvement in terms of operability over the 410. The touch screen makes interacting with the menus, cycling through pages and accessing the data much much easier. But there are still the occasional problemsd with selecting options on screen, scrolling is one operation that, for me at leats, still proved fiddly and cumbersome but on a run, which is where it really counts, it works well. A single tap to select and change pages is easily performed and the data can be scanned quickly.


  • The Astro 320 handheld GPS has a removeable microSD card slot that allows you to add additional maps including detailed maps such as TOPO, Inland Lakes, BlueChart and City Navigator. You can also add Garmin BirdsEye Satellite imagery with subscription.


Top 5 handheld gps device:

  1. SkyCaddie SGX Golf GPS (2012 Version)
  2. GolfBuddy Voice GPS Rangefinder
  3. Garmin Approach G6 GPS Receiver
  4. Garmin Rino 610 GPS Receiver
  5. Garmin Astro 320 GPS Receiver