Product Comparison: Garmin eTrex 20 vs Garmin GPSMAP 62


General Specifications
About the Product
eTrex 20 retains the core functionality, rugged construction, affordability and long battery life that made eTrex the most dependable GPS device available.
GPSMAP 62 features a 2.6" sunlight-readable 65K color screen that supports BirdsEye Satellite imagery (subscription required) and Custom Maps. Rugged and water resistant, GPSMAP 62 features a quad helix antenna for unparalleled reception and sleek new design.
Brand
Garmin
Garmin
Model
eTrex 20
GPSMAP 62
Origin
USA
USA
Key Specs
Type Of Tracking
GPS / GLONASS
GPS
Sensors
Compass, Barometric altimeter
Barometric altimeter, Compass
Screen
2.2" TFT color display
2.6" TFT color display
SOS Button
No
No
Messaging
1-Way
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Garmin eTrex 20 GPS handheld
  • The color screen really helps keep things visually organized when you have a cluster of waypoints in the same area.
  • Saved me rear a few times in the wilderness. love the map tracking ability. I like how it tells you the distance travelled.
  • I'm quite satisfied with the eTrex 20: it delivers great accuracy, quickly locks onto satellites, and seems rugged and durable.
  • Has plenty of features for me and seems to be very accurate with great reception.
  • Thick forest cover (I'm in Northwest), canyons, cabins, even caves. Locks with no issues where the old eTrex fails and Nuvi is useless.
Garmin GPSMAP 62 Handheld GPS Navigator
  • As far as GPS goes, I can't imagine having a better unit.
  • This GPS unit has a very strong antenna, which allows you to maintain satellite reception even under heavy tree cover.
  • Gps functionality works well.
  • Nice and easy to create waypoints and routes in Basecamp and load them to GPS unit.
  • At around 3000m above sea level it started to completely freak out and show record my position at 0°N and 0°W.
Size & Weight
Height
4.0 in.
6.3 in.
Width
2.1 in.
2.4 in.
Depth
1.3 in.
1.4 in.
Weight
5 oz.
7.9 oz.
Map Features
Preloaded Maps
Basemap
Basemap
Map Coverage Area
Global Coverage
USA
Map Updates
SD Card
SD Card
3D-Map View
No
No
Other Functions
Automatic routing, Custom maps compatible, 2000 Waypoints/favorites/locations, Track log 10000 points/200 tracks, 200 Routes
Waypoints/favorites/locations - 2000, Routes - 200, Track log - 10000 points, 200 saved tracks, Custom maps compatible
What customers say about "Map Features"
Garmin eTrex 20 GPS handheld
  • The basemap exceeded what I was expecting. Major highways & state routes are visible along with bodies of water, and shaded relief of terrain.
  • The fact that you can load custom maps onto it is nice.
  • This GPS is good for hiking, hunting or any other use where you want to see trails on topo maps, or trace your route.
  • Having a pocket-sized GPS receiver that has street-level mapping and routing capabilities is excellent.
  • There are lots of free topo maps out there you can load. Good rugged design.
Garmin GPSMAP 62 Handheld GPS Navigator
  • You don't have to spend any money on maps, however I will probably spend about $60 on a good topographical map, just to take advantage of all the features this GPS has.
  • The 24k maps are great and I was happy to save the extra money.
  • For maps and outdoor navigation in extreme conditions, the GPSMap is probably the best Garmin unit for this purpose.
  • I downloaded a free map set with very little difficulty that seems to work well.
  • When moved to the GPS the aerial maps almost exceed the capacity of the unit, so the area of the map is very small if you want to get the most detailed images.
Features
Compatibility
PC
PC, iOS
Interfaces
USB, MicroSD card slot
USB, NMEA 0183 compatible
Battery Life
25 hours
20 hours
Internal Memory
1.7 GB
1.7 GB
Power Source
2 AA batteries
2 AA batteries
Protection
IPX-7 Waterproof
IPX-7 Waterproof
Accessories Included
USB cable
Wrist strap, USB cable
Extras
Support for paperless geocaching, Sun and moon information, Hunt/fish calendar, Geocaching-friendly, Custom maps compatible, Picture viewer, Area calculation, Garmin Connect™ compatible, WAAS-enabled
Area calculation, Automatic routing, Hunt/fish calendar, Sun and moon information, Picture viewer
What customers say about "Features"
Garmin eTrex 20 GPS handheld
  • It's has good battery life, and is also pretty sturdy, and nicely constructed.
  • Battery life is pretty decent on it too, I accidentally left it on all night after using it all weekend and it still had battery life left.
  • There are so many great features that I doubt I could ever need them all. Obstacles in the water for maritime use. Nearby lodging, or entertainment. Sunrise and sunset Times.
  • Great little gps. Bought it because geocaching with my geocaching iPhone app was eating up my data.
  • It is light, uses very little battery, will let you upload free basemaps from online sites, and is very accurate with WAAS turned on.
Garmin GPSMAP 62 Handheld GPS Navigator
  • The screen reads clear under the sun.
  • Very accurate, easy to use, intuitive menus and logical button placement.
  • Using lithium batteries gives me at least 14 hours of use. Ni-Cad about 10.
  • Battery life is not 2 days, unless you use 'battery save' mode, which turns off the screen when idle.
  • The number of key presses to do many things related to waypoints is at least 50% larger. Deleting a waypoint requires much more work.
Warranty / Certifications
Certifications
CE, FCC
CE
Manufacturer warranty
1 year
1 year
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
199.99 $


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