If you are here reading this review, then I think it is safe to assume that you are probably contemplating buying yourself a new handheld GPS device and you are trying to decide which make or model to buy. Forgive me if I come across as being a little bit biased, but in my opinion, there is only one brand worth considering, and that is Garmin. Garmin has an impeccable track record and a squeaky clean reputation when it comes to GPS devices.
Of course, the big problem for most people, is actually trying to decide which model to buy. Going for the cheapest one you can lay your hands on is not really a wise move when it comes to buying a GPS device. After all, you never know what the future has in mind, and you could at some point find yourself in a position where you life depends on your GPS device providing a reliable service. Anyway, enough take talk about GPS devices in general, and let’s instead look at the Garmin GPSMAP 64st.
Garmin GPSMAP 64st Overview
I feel that the screen could be a little bit bigger and brighter. Admittedly, the 2.6 inch screen is not quite as big as the screen you get with some other makes and models, but it is clearly big enough to do the job for which it was intended. It’s a full-color screen and the display is easy to see and read, even in sunlight. It is also worth noting that the bigger and brighter a screen is, the more power it uses, which means shorter battery life.
Other Features of the Garmin GPAMAP 64st
Even far more expensive handheld GPS devices can be very fickle if you need to use them while you are in a canyon or if you are out and about in the more northerly latitudes. With the GPSMAP 64st, this is generally not something you need to worry about because in addition to being a GPS device, it can also function as a GLONASS receiver which makes it ideal for environments such as those I’ve just mentioned.
Other handy features include the ability for you to share things such as waypoints and geocaches with other Garmin users, even if they are using a different model. The device also comes with a generous 8 GB internal memory and slot for a Micro SD card, which effectively means you can basically store as may maps as you could possibly want.
- Trusted Brand – when you buy a Garmin product, you are virtually guaranteed that you will be receiving a good quality product that you can rely and depend on.
- GLONASS – the GPAMAP 64st can double up as a GONASS receiver with provides users with a great backup plan if they experience GPS connectivity issues in canyons or in northerly latitudes.
- Batter Options – unlike some handheld devices, the 64st can take regular AA batteries, or a rechargeable battery pack. The rechargeable battery also doesn’t need to be removed from the device for charging purposes.
- Price – while this unit can be quite costly if bought from the wrong vendor, it can also be found for a very good price. All in all, I would say this device is very reasonably priced.
- Screen Size and Brightness – I have already covered this in the above review, but I am also including it here because it is clear that some people have been disappointed with the screen. Personally, I think it all boils down to personal opinion, and I myself believe there is nothing wrong with the screen whatsoever.