So, now that I've got a little bit of cash, I'm thinking about purchasing a Garmin GPS soon for scouting ginseng and also for backpacking and hiking. I'm looking at the Garmin eTrex 20 and 30. I can't decide which I should get. The 30 has a 3-axis compass and wireless communication. Also, the eTrex 30 is pressure-based while the eTrex 20 is satellite-based. I'm really not sure which I would want. I am tight on money, but I think it may be a good investment. I have thought about using my iPhone 4S, but I think the battery life (although I do have a Goal Zero Nomad 7) and durability are just not good enough for my use. However, I think I may still bring my phone with me on these trips. Keep in mind, I will also be bringing my Yaesu VX6R HT which has capability for a barometer attachment. The accessory costs $48. So, by doing this and purchasing the eTrex 20, I'd be saving $20.
By the way, with dividend, I can get the eTrex 20 for $146.
UPDATE: I went ahead and got the Garmin eTrex 20. Very excited, and it's gonna be help with a LOT of things.
I don't know any details on the models you are considering but I bought a Garmin GPSMap 60csx 3-4 years ago and I have been happy with it. I take it with me on hunts all the time and it has held up well. It is very accurate too. One year I scouted in June and marked the location of several nice 3 and 4 prongs.. and then when season opened most of those tops had been browsed and I still managed to find them with no tops.
I expect the newer models are more advanced and probably even more accurate now days.
Thanks for the reply! Yeah, with the discounts I currently have and the cash I've got, I definitely think I'm gonna jump on one. It is most likely going to be the eTrex 20 since it's affordable and I can get that chip for my radio for $48. I've also heard the barometer and other things on the higher end models like including the eTrex 30 drain the battery faster.
Oh, nice. Thanks for that! I actually was able to download a maps file from GPSFileDepot. But, if I feel like I'm going to be going to different states a bit frequently, then I think that would be a great $30 investment.