The Garmin eTrex is a good beginner GPS. It offers plenty of features to help you find your way around the city or woods, but it's streamlined enough to be easy for even the newest users. In addition to being easy to use, this handheld GPS is less expensive than other Garmin products.
The eTrex has a 2.2-inch screen with a 240 x 320 display resolution. The screen is not a touchscreen like you get with most other modern GPS units. You control how you view the maps and how you navigate with the buttons on the device. Inside the casing is a built-in three-axis electronic compass and a barometric altimeter, which are standard features among handheld, recreational GPS units.
You can add maps to the GPS via microSD card, which expands the device's internal memory. This model does not come preloaded with any maps, so you have to select which maps you need when setting up your GPS. It is compatible with BlueCart, so you can buy microSDs preloaded with maps and insert them in your GPS. You can also add your own custom maps.
Though it lacks touchscreen capabilities, the GPS does offer wireless sharing. You can share your maps with other Garmin GPS users so they can see your waypoints and favorite routes. It also connects wirelessly with VIRB action cameras, which are designed by Garmin specifically for capturing and surviving through all the action.
This GPS pairs with Geocaching.com, so it is a good tool for novice geocachers. It also includes sun and moon information, which can be useful for planning backpacking trips. The internal memory saves up to 2,000 waypoints and favorite locations in addition to the 200 routes it stores. These numbers are on par with Garmin’s higher-end GPS devices.
The eTrex comes with a one-year warranty, which is immediately activated when you purchase your device. If you need help with setup, you can download one of the manuals available on the company’s website or watch the videos in the tutorial center.
The eTrex is not as advanced as other Garmin handheld GPS units, which makes it a good choice for beginners. It does not have a touchscreen like many other recreational GPS devices, but it still offers wireless connectivity and can store as many routes as other Garmin devices.