Getting lost with Garmin’s new rugged handheld navigator, the Oregon 650, could prove to be tricky. That’s because it uses both GPS and GLONASS (the Russian equivalent) technology to pinpoint your exact location. Accuracy aside, relying on data from 48 satellites instead of the standard 24 has other advantages. For example: the receiver locks on to its position 20 per cent faster (on average) than when relying on GPS alone. It’s also better at maintaining an accurate fix under heavy cover.
The 3-axis electronic compass with accelerometer tilt compensation shows you where you’re heading, even when you’re standing still, or not holding it level. The barometric altimeter pinpoints altitude, and can be used to plot barometric pressure over time – allowing you to keep an eye on the weather.
The rechargeable NiMH battery is good for up to 16 hours on a single charge, and if that’s not good enough, you can just slip in two AA batteries instead. Other features include an 8 MP camera, Bluetooth and the ability to synch with iPhones (versions 4, 4s and 5). Price: about R5 800. Contact Garmin on 011 251 9999 or visit www.garmin.co.za