GPS navigation for beginners: choice of navigator, maps, programs

Wristwatches for tourism and outdoor activities: an overview with examples

Guest post from my hiker friend. Now is the hiking season, and very soon autumn is a great time for Crimea, so information about navigators may come in handy.

Good afternoon! I am Andrey Lunyachek. I have been engaged in tourism for a long time, but the topic of GPS navigation fascinated me only a few months ago. Until that moment, everything connected with the magic word "GPS" seemed to me to be something scary and incomprehensible. However, I quickly became convinced that there was nothing particularly complicated in this matter, and even wrote a number of articles on navigators and navigation. And in this article, I want to talk as simply and easily as possible about navigators and their use in tourism.

In various places in this article, I will provide links to various materials (both mine and others), which very well complement what you read below. These links will be very useful, since it is impossible to fully cover all the necessary points within one article.

From the very beginning, I want to clarify that I will be talking exclusively about offline navigation. Situations when we, using a smartphone, go to the Internet and dig there in all sorts of Google and Yandex maps, I will not consider here. First, the Internet is not available everywhere. Not only among the wilderness, but also among the big city, it is possible that you will not have access to the Internet. Secondly, if we discuss online navigation, then it will turn out to be a conversation not about navigators, but about various Internet resources.

And I want to tell you exactly about GPS-navigators - about special devices that can greatly make our life easier and help out in difficult times. The conversation will focus primarily on their use in the wild. Firstly, I myself prefer hiking rather than trips to cities. Secondly, in nature there is often no one to help you, but in the city you can ask the question “how to get there” to any passer-by. Nevertheless, I will mention GPS navigation in the city in those places of the article where it is appropriate.

So what do we need for full navigation? We will need:

  • a navigator (or something that performs its function)
  • maps that can be loaded into it
  • points that mark us of interest objects

These points are interconnected, but you need to start somewhere. In order to better understand the characteristics of navigators (which will be discussed later), first we will consider the information that we load into it, that is, we will talk about points and maps. There are also such types of navigation data as routes (these are bundles of waypoints) and tracks (the distance traveled, recorded by the navigator). In my opinion, they are less important for orientation than points, so I will not dwell on routes and tracks in detail.

Waypoints and POIs

Despite the fact that these types of points do not fundamentally differ from each other, points of interest (Points Of Interest, or POI) are usually called points that make up a vector map (read about maps below), and Waypoints - points that you yourself can add to the navigator.

What both waypoints and points of interest have in common is that so-called point navigation can be enabled. In this case, an arrow will be displayed on the navigator screen, indicating the direction in which this point is located, and the distance to this point. You just have to go in the right direction. Even if the path or the terrain leads you to the side, looking at the arrow, you will still go where you need to.

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When choosing a navigator of this brand, you need to consider:

  • Design features. The mechanical stability of the navigator plays an important role. Most Garmin models are equipped with a shock-resistant case, which is much stronger than conventional navigators.
  • Additional tools. Auxiliary options ensure a more convenient search and navigation in the area.
  • Navigator characteristics. Processor power, battery capacity, graphics chip capabilities - the higher the parameters, the more productive the device.
  • Dimensions. The size of the case and display plays an important role during transport. For example, a 4 "display is less convenient than a 6" display.
  • Design. Garmin navigators differ in the type and color of the body, the location of the controls and the presence or absence of a protruding antenna.
  • Cost. The price indicator of the navigator may vary depending on the type of search device.
  • Purpose of the application. Garmin makes navigators for many areas of life.

Helpful tips for choosing

When choosing a navigator, you must first ask more experienced friends and acquaintances who already have such a subject. Listen to their feedback on a particular model.

Additional information can be obtained from the Internet, forums in particular. Often, grateful or disappointed owners of this or that navigator talk about all its shortcomings, or vice versa, insist on choosing this particular model.

Don't think that expensive is best. Garmin also produces budget navigators for tourism, hunting and fishing with excellent characteristics.

The main functionality of the device

Most Garmin models are equipped with both basic and auxiliary tools for finding coordinates. The main ones are:

  • building and indicating a route;
  • detailed information on the map with the address of objects;
  • searching for the current position on the map using GLONASS satellites and GPS;
  • voice guidance and event notification;
  • informing about traffic jams, traffic lights, sharp turns;
  • informing about available internet connection points.

Additional features include:

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* Review of the best according to the editorial staff of Zuzako. om. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective, does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Most modern smartphones are equipped with a GPS navigator. This simple device helps hikers and car owners find the shortest route to their destination. When buying such a device, do not forget to check the rating of the best smartphones in 2020 with a good GPS receiver for navigation, which the Zuzako editorial team compiled based on customer reviews and expert opinions. It includes the highest quality phones with the most accurate navigator.

Popular manufacturers of smartphones with GPS signal reception

You can count on the good quality and accuracy of the GPS-receiver only if you buy smartphones of well-known brands. The choice of one of them depends only on your personal preference.

  • Samsung (South Korea);
  • Xiaomi (China);
  • Apple (US);
  • HUAWEI (China);
  • HONOR (China);
  • Vivo (China).

Review of the top phones with GPS-navigator: from inexpensive to premium

Which one would you prefer?

Samsung Galaxy A GB

A review of the best smartphones with GPS starts with the Galaxy A51. This popular model has a classic design and is available in 3 colors. It supports contactless payment technology and the alternating operation of two SIM cards. The device is equipped with a 6.5-inch color AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels.

In addition, it has 5 powerful cameras (4 rear and 1 front), allowing you to take high-quality photos and record videos. A non-removable 4000 mAh battery is responsible for the autonomy of the gadget. Its resource will last for a long time, so the traveler does not often have to look for a place to charge the battery.

Xiaomi Redmi Note T/GB

If earlier watches were used primarily to navigate the time of day or serve as an expensive status decoration, then current digital technologies have gone far ahead. Modern wristwatches can not only correctly show the exact time or emphasize the status of the owner, but they can do a lot of other things. Their multifunctional capabilities have become almost limitless.

Modern wristwatches have a wide range of additional functions, and watches for tourism and outdoor activities are by no means an exception.

Let's see in detail what they are. What are they for, and what are their features and differences? How much do they cost?

Read about all this and much more in detail in our review. So, let's begin.

What groups of watches are there: mechanical and electronic

Wristwatches are divided into two main groups: mechanical and quartz/electronic. Let's take a closer look at them. How can you tell them apart?

The electronic clock has digital identification on liquid crystals. That is, they show the time on the display instead of the dial we are used to. And this is their main feature.

Electronic is a kind of quartz watch, because they have the same principle of operation. What is the difference between them? In the way of transferring information. Quartz watches have a dial with hands that show the time, while electronic watches have a digital display.

Appearance of a wrist electronic watch

Mechanical watches differ from quartz and electronic watches in that they have a completely different principle of operation. In mechanical watches, the movement is powered by a winding spring, that is, they are wound automatically or manually.

Tourist watch with gps and compass is produced in the form of a small keychain, which has the functions of locating in any area. This allows you to navigate away from the city and set route points. The determination accuracy may have an error of 10 meters.

Tourist gps navigators allow the user to plot a route from a location point to any other. Also, if a person gets lost, the gps return function will pave the way to the starting point. This device is indispensable for tourists and mushroom pickers who cannot always find their way in the forest.

GPS is not an innovative technology right now, so most smartphones already have this feature built in. However, tourist gps navigators have additional sensors such as barometers, altimeters and built-in Bluetooth. These advantages are primarily suitable for tourists who need an accurate definition of the area.

Gps watches for tourists, even at low cost, are designed for outdoor use, which is the main advantage. The devices often do not require frequent recharging of the battery and provide the user with a more accurate transmission of terrain coordinates, even in remote locations. Smartphones and tablets do not have this accuracy.

Gps tourist tracker does not need deep knowledge of the interface. The device has a convenient arrangement of functions. Especially the trackers are suitable for beginners in tourism or for the elderly to navigate the forest.

The convenience of trackers lies not only in long charging, but also in the parallel use of the phone. It can be used in parallel with the navigator, without fear of getting lost due to the discharge of one of the devices.

Tourist gps navigators have the ability to enter maps of the area, which allows you to lay several points at the same time. They can be set from 3 to 5 if the device is inexpensive. In the highest quality up to 25 points are available to the user. This makes it possible to make shorter routes to the destination, as well as return back. The devices also have road maps.

As tourism enthusiasts confirm, the installed GPS in the phone has a lot of errors or lack of functionality in hard-to-reach places. It is better to spend a little money on a pocket assistant, which has coordinate accuracy and does not require constant monitoring in charging. Also, some devices operate on AA batteries, which confirms their convenience.

How to choose the right model

You can find many models with different prices and functionality in city shops or on websites. Before buying, you need to decide for what purpose the device is required. There are models with depth sensing and moisture resistance, which are ideal solutions for fishermen. You can also purchase a model with an accurate determination of the distance to the point and the elapsed time, which will be useful for mushroom pickers.

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