I'm in the market for a new GPS device. I have a Garmin eTrex Vista HCx. When travelling I like to have a GPS device on all the time storing and recording location, so I can make maps later. The Garmin is fine, but is several years old. What's the state of the art now? My budget is a few hundred euro.
Things I care about/would like:
- Good battery life. The Garmin gets about ~3 or 4 days (if I turn it off at night). I'd like that.
- Good GPS reciever. I want something that'll quickly get a GPS lock and won't lose it if I keep the GPS in my bag.
- Size. Smaller is better, but anything the size of a standard phone is fine.
- Chargable by something sensible like USB.
- Ability to store months of data. (tracklogs are small, so anything'll store that)
- Ability to get the tracklogs in a sensible open data file format (GPX/NMEA/etc.) Something gpsbabel can convert.
Things I don't care about:
- Directions / voice commands. I want a logger, not a satnav to give me directions in the car
- Can it store offline maps. I have a phone, which I load OpenStreetMap on to, so I don't care about if it has global coverage.
- Online web sharing analyse service. I will be looking at the data myself.
- Manually enter lat/lons with a simple "Direction & distance" to where the thing is. Very basic 'help you not get lost'
- Ability to store OpenStreetMap maps. Not a deal breaker, but would be a plus.
- Storing more than just lat/lon/time, some gps loggers store elevation, accuracy of GPS lock etc.