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December 2007

Smart Chart: Find Your Perfect GPS Unit

Whether you're a backpacker, dayhiker, geocacher, runner, or cyclist we have a GPS unit for you.

I am a…Geocacher

Features wanted: light weight, go-to navigation, intuitive interface

The Nextel Motorola i880 is a music player and 2MP still camera with a cool surprise: Load it with Geocache Navigator (; $7/month), and via the cell network the phone accesses a database that locates caches, including those nearest you. It then wirelessly reports the treasures you’ve found on Rechargeable battery. $229 (with plan); 4 oz.

I am a…Runner or Cyclist

Features wanted: fitness and training tools, online logs


Capture all the detailed map data of a handheld GPS on the Garmin Forerunner 305, a lightweight wrist unit and heart rate monitor. The 1.3-inch screen is a bit bulky on the arm but reading your average pace and distance is easy on the run. Rechargeable battery. $323; 2.7 oz.


The Garmin Edge 305 not only maps your ride, it’s also your onboard personal trainer, reporting pedal cadence, speed, and heart rate. Included accessories: handlebar mount, a wireless sensor to measure pedal rotation, and free software to closely analyze your performance (calories burned, speed, heart rate) compared to the terrain (altitude, elevation gain and loss). Rechargeable battery. $379; 3 oz.

Do both for less

With the Sanyo SCP-7050, no wires or degree in GPS needed. Download AllSportGPS (; $6/month) onto this rugged, GPS-enabled Sprint phone. Record your workouts, along with route, speed, elevation, and calories burned, then wirelessly send them to online maps in your personalized training log. Rechargeable battery. $99 (with phone plan); 4.1 oz.


Bushnell: (800) 423-3537;

DeLorme: (800) 561-5105;

Garmin: (800) 800-1020;

Magellan: (866) 339-0488;

Motorola: (866) 289-6686;

Sanyo: (818) 998-7322;

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