Buying a GPS for the first time can be both exciting and nerve-racking! With so many GPS units to choose from, where does one begin? Many brands, like Garmin and Bushnell, have entry-level units, which is a good starting point. For Garmin, good entry-level units are the Garmin eTrex H or Garmin GPS 72H while Bushnell offers BackTrack-3 or BackTrack-5. Stripped of bells and whistles, these basic devices will perform all necessary GPS tasks, including marking waypoints, tracking progress and creating straight-line navigation.
With all units, there are pros and cons but ultimately it's about meeting the needs of the user. As a reference, here's a quick rundown of main features and difference between the Garmin eTrex H, the Garmin GPS 72H, the Bushnell Backtrack-3 and the Bushnell BackTrack-5.
| ||GPS 72H||eTrex H||BackTrack-3||BackTrack-5|
|Display Type||4 Level Gray LCD||4 Level Gray LCD||Grayscale LCD||Grayscale LCD|
|Weight||5.3 oz||7.7 oz||approx. 4 oz||approx. 4 oz|
|Battery Type||2 AA||2 AA||2 AAA||2 AAA|
|Battery Life||17 Hours||18 Hours||20 Hours||20 Hours|
|Waterproof||Yes IPX7||Yes IPX7||Water-Resistant||Water-Resistant|
|Track Points||2048 Points||10,000 Points||0||0|
|Track Log||10 Tracks||10 Tracks||0||0|