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Garmin GPSMAP 64 Series

Tim 1480 Points
OLATHE, Kan.--Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the GPSMAP 64 series of rugged outdoor handhelds. The GPSMAP 64 series brings a dual GPS and GLONASS receiver, preloaded geocaches and smartphone connectivity for LiveTrack and Smart Notification to a product line already popular with hunters, hikers and geocachers of all ages.

“Building on the popularity of the GPSMAP series, the new GPSMAP 64 series improves functionality to make a top-notch device even better, said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “The GPSMAP 64 is ideal for anyone, no matter if it’s their first handheld, or if they’ve used Garmin for years. It combines trusted Garmin technology with the comfort of a device people know and love.”

The GPSMAP 64 series boasts a 2.6-inch sunlight-readable transflective color display and a high-sensitivity GPS and GLONASS receiver with a quad helix antenna for superior reception. With the addition of GLONASS satellites, the time it takes for the receiver to “lock on” to a position is (on average) approximately 20 percent faster than using GPS alone. This allows users to get their position quickly and precisely even in heavy cover and deep canyon.

The GPSMAP 64 series features three distinct water-resistant (IPX7) models to suit various activities and interests. The basic GPSMAP 64 includes a built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief, and supports BirdsEye Satellite imagery and TOPO U.S. 24K maps. The GPSMAP 64s adds a 3-axis electronic compass and barometric altimeter. Additionally, the 64s adds wireless connectivity for data transfer between other compatible Garmin handhelds and mobile apps, and for Smart Notification technology. With this, users can receive emails, texts and alerts right on the device (when paired with an iPhone 4S and later). This allows users’ smartphones to be safely protected from the elements. The 64s also comes with a one-year subscription of BirdsEye Satellite Imagery. In addition to these key features, the GPSMAP 64st includes preloaded US 100K topographic maps. With this, users will be able to search for points of interest by name or proximity to their location and view descriptive details for terrain contours, topo elevations, summits and geographical points.

The rugged GPSMAP 64 series is the perfect companion for the outdoor adventurer. Devices are compatible with BaseCamp™, a free software download that allows users to view and organize maps, waypoints, routes and tracks. Additionally, the 64s and 64st models are compatible with the BaseCamp mobile app for data transfer, and the Garmin Connect™ mobile app, for features such as LiveTrack. With LiveTrack, users can pair their device with the app, and invite friends and family to follow their activity in real time. This provides peace of mind, especially if users are alone. Through ANT+™, the 64s and 64st models are also compatible with external sensors such as tempe™, the external temperature sensor and the premium heart rate monitor. Additionally with ANT+, the 64s and 64st models can act as a remote for the new VIRB™ and VIRB Elite action cameras.

The GPSMAP 64 series makes paperless geocaching easier than ever. Each device comes preloaded with the locations of 250,000 geocaches from Geocaching.com. Devices store and display key information to find the cleverly hidden containers including the geocache coordinates, terrain rating, its difficulty, hints and descriptions, so users no longer have to manually enter coordinates or print out geocache info. By going paperless, users are helping the environment, and improving their efficiency. If users would like to continue geocaching beyond the preloaded geocaches, when they register their device they can sign up for the free premium membership trial through Geocaching.com, and download even more geocaches. In addition to the preloaded geocaches, the GPSMAP 64 devices can store millions more, so users will no longer have to pick and choose which geocaches they want to load on their device.

All of the devices in the GPSMAP 64 series have a unique dual-battery system, where both standard AA batteries and a rechargeable NiMH battery pack (sold separately) can be used. Plus, all of the GPSMAP 64 devices have internal memory (4GB for 64/64s and 8GB for 64st), and a microSD card slot to store additional data and maps.

The new GPSMAP 64 series will be available in January 2014. The GPSMAP 64 will retail for $299.99, the GPSMAP 64s will retail for $399.99, and the GPSMAP 64st will retail for $499.99. The GPSMAP 64 series is the latest solution from Garmin’s growing outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching, golfing, or dog training, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels.

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Comments

  • Boyd 1985 Points
    Product page is here:
    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-the-trail/handhelds/gpsmap-64s/prod140022.html

    Some nice upgrades. The iPhone connectivity is a step in the right direction. But it still has the same lousy 240x160 screen. Yes, I understand the advantages of lower resolution transreflective screens, but this just seems ridiculous in 2014.

    Linking a smartphone to a device with an awkward pushbutton user interface and low res screen seems a little bizarre to me. :twisted:
  • Zemartelo 207 Points
    The GPSMAP 64 series makes paperless geocaching easier than ever. Each device comes preloaded with the locations of 250,000 geocaches from Geocaching.com.

    Garmin has its own caching website but they use their competitor website? :shock:
  • Boyd 1985 Points
    I saw some discussion on another site that Garmin has basically given up on their geocaching site and has not updated it for a long time.
  • sussamb 813 Points
    Rich Owings at GPS Tracklog has now posted this review

    http://gpstracklog.com/2014/03/hands-garmin-gpsmap-64s.html#more-22225
  • Landyman 81 Points
    Boyd

    I understand the advantages of lower resolution transreflective screens, but this just seems ridiculous in 2014.

    Linking a smartphone to a device with an awkward pushbutton user interface and low res screen seems a little bizarre to me. :twisted:
    But you forget the advantages of real buttons over a touch screen. Accuracy and efficiency of making a waypoint on the move is lost with a touch screen. Also with a touch screen hanging around your neck, keeps getting touched which frequently makes changes to ones settings.

    I'm considering buying a 64, because it has buttons (my first Garmin had 20!) and can make waypoints. Something impossible to do on my Garmin 3598. The 64 should also connect to a laptop for a moving map display.
  • Boyd 1985 Points
    I understand the appeal of pushbuttons, and know that some people prefer them. I still have my 60csx in fact. But if you're going to have buttons, at least give us an alphanumeric keypad (like a Blackberry). Anyway, it's all a matter of personal preference.

    But it's not fair to use a Nuvi 3598 as an example of a touchscreen device, the Montana or Oregon would be better comparisons because they were designed for handheld use and have screen locks to prevent accidental presses.

    If you want moving map display on a laptop, there are small USB receivers that cost less than $40 that are better choices IMO.
  • Landyman 81 Points
    Boyd I also use a Montana 650t. OK it's possible to lock a screen, but by the time taken to unlock and then make a waypoint, you have moved off the actual point. Although I like quality touch screens, on a GPSr they have too many problems. My laptop is actually a 'Tablet PC', a secondhand Toughbook CF-19.

    When my 2610 was my vehicle GPSr, it did everything I needed. These days 2 or 3 GPSrs are required to do what one did in the past!

    I'm looking to buy a replacement for my 76CSx, which sits beside my 3598 for waypoints and tracklog uses.

    Does the 64s save a .gpx track file every day to the SD card? The ability to upload a waypoint from the laptop to a navigating GPSr for immediate use is becoming more difficult these days. I'd like to know if the 64s can do that?

    At least the 64s & 64st have a MCX connector for an external antenna. My main vehicle has a Luton Top and a heated windscreen, which reduces the accuracy of the GPS receiver.
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