Jul 26, 2008 (03:07 AM EDT)
Top Handheld GPS Devices

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Now that you're used to relying on a GPS receiver to guide you across highways and through traffic, how will you get around when you arrive at your destination?

If you're walking around a metropolitan area, Google's walking directions can help you. But If your destination is the great outdoors, chances are there's a handheld GPS unit for whatever activity you've got planned.

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GPS receivers are becoming more specialized than ever, and nowhere is this truer than in the sport and handheld category, where there are units designed for runners, cyclists, golfers, hunters, fishing and boating enthusiasts, and more. We'll investigate eight highly specialized devices before looking at five others that will meet a wider range of outdoor needs.

GolfLogix automatically gives you the distance to the green.
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A word about maps: Detailed maps can be added to most of the GPS receivers covered in this article. Unlike auto units though, most handhelds don't come with pre-loaded maps; in most cases you'll have to pay extra for them.

Weight: 5.3 ounces (with batteries)
Screen: Monochrome
Battery life: 12 to 17 hours, depending upon battery type
Link: GolfLogix

With a device that automatically gives you the distance to the green on each hole, it's no wonder that GPS is becoming very popular on the links. Maps of more than 18,000 golf course are available and the GolfLogix, built on Garmin's eTrex platform, also identifies up to six hazards per hole. Other GPS units for golfers are SkyCaddie, and Sonocaddie.

The Garmin Edge 705 shines as a training partner for cyclists.
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Garmin Edge 705
Weight: 3.7 ounces with internal battery
Screen: Color
Battery life: 15 hours
Price: $499.99
Link: Garmin Edge 705

While the Garmin Edge 705 has some navigation features, this device really shines as a training partner. Mounted to your handlebar or stem, the Edge can provide heart rate, cadence, and power data, along with a virtual partner to race against. Ride data can be uploaded for analysis and shared with others. Cyclists who are more interested in navigation features, may find the Magellan Triton 2000 or Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx to be a better choice.