Garmin GPSmap 62s device review

:-> 2.6″ sunlight-readable color screen
:-> Built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief
:-> High sensitivity quad helix GPS antenna for unparalleled reception
:-> 1.7 GB of internal memory
:-> 3-axis compass with barometric altimeter
:-> Supports BirdsEye satellite imagery, Garmin Custom Maps and photo navigation

A few months back, we had driven up to Ladakh in the Toyota Fortuner and needless to say, prior to the trip, were looking around for GPS devices that could save us in case of trouble. Garmin India pitched in immediately and were more than happy to provide us with their products, namely, the GPSmap 62s and the Nuvi50LM.

While the latter is a proper navigation system for a car, the former is something that seemed very interesting. The GPSmap 62s is a rugged, full-featured handheld GPS device that comes with Wireless Connectivity and by being rugged, we mean its waterproof and can take a lot of beating and abuse. This device is mainly used outdoors where you need to create your  trails to be followed back or need to follow an already created trail.

Most importantly, the two AA sized batteries seem to last a long, including while working at high altitudes and in extremely low temperatures. The device comes with various modes like compass mode, a trip computer, elevation plot and the conventional map mode. For the adventurer in you, this is a recommended device as we really like the built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief and once you have been somewhere, you can share your waypoints / tracks / routes with anyone wirelessly.

Further, unlike of the other GPS devices in the market, this one has a quad helix antenna and high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix® satellite prediction. With this, it can locate your position quickly and precisely and maintain its GPS location even in heavy forests or and narrow valleys.

The Garmin GPSmap 20s also comes with an internal memory of 1.7 GB which allows you download and install more maps. You can also download satellite images (at a cost) and integrate them with the already loaded worldwide maps!  And although we are back in Delhi, we still make use of this device thanks to the trip computer mode which shows you a lot details including
1. Elevation
2. Odometer
3. Speed
4. Max Speed
5. Moving time
6. Moving average
7. Stopped time
8. Overall average!

The Garmin GPSmap 62s retails for around Rs 26,000 to Rs 28,000 in India for more details on this device, continue to Garmin India’s website