Review: Garmin eTrex 10 GPSr

Manufacturer: Garmin | Year: 2011 | List Price: $119.99 | Buy from Amazon

After finding over 50 geocaches, we started thinking about buying a GPSr to save money on the data that we use when we geocache using the Geocaching Intro iPhone app. One day, one of our family friends came over to our house and surprised us with a Garmin eTrex 10.

The Garmin eTrex 10 the base model of the eTrex series. It has a transflective monochrome display and 25 hours of battery life. It is durable, rugged, and waterproof to IPX7 standards. It supports paperless geocaching and holds up to 1000 waypoints. The eTrex 10’s high sensitivity receiver makes use of a WAAS enabled GPS receiver with Hotfix and GLONASS support. It features a sun and moon calendar, hunting and fishing information, area calculation, and other stuff you’d expect from an outdoor GPSr.

I think the Garmin eTrex 10 is an easy-to-use and affordable GPSr. The readings are dead on, making it ideal of Geocaching. The interface is simple and intuitive without sacrificing functionality. The monochrome display is as good as black and white screens get. The only complaint I have is the map. It lacks important information such as certain land masses. For example, the entire country of Singapore doesn’t exist on the basemap. The map is also missing roads, small bodies of water, and certain cities. The only landmarks you’ll find on these maps are your waypoints, borders, country names, and a selection of cities. Other than that, the eTrex 10 is an awesome GPS for outdoor use.

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Review: iPad 2

Manufacturer: Apple | Year: 2011 | MSRP: ~$399.00 | Buy from Amazon

I must say that the iPad 2, even at first glance looks sleeker, and simpler that its rivals, and, it doesn’t just look that way, it is. The user interface is also very easy to use and learn even if you haven’t had an iPhone before. The iPad proves to be extremely functional even without downloading any apps, although I must say that Pages would be a nice touch for anyone. The only improvemant Safari could use is tabs, but I hear that’s coming with the next operating system. Mail is best in horizontal mode, but for image viewing vertical proves to be quite effective. It’s also very similar to Mail in OS X Lion which is convenient. Photos could use some editing features, however that is also supposed to come in the next iOS. The iPod and Videos app are similar to a Mac, and I don’t see anything wrong with them. YouTube is great for viewing videos, although I’ve had about three instances where it didn’t seem to display all search results. Contacts and iCal are great, no flaws spotted. Notes does what it says it does very well. Maps is excellent for navigation purposes or whatever else you might want to do with it. iTunes and the App Store are great, easy to use and have a lot of features derived from the iPhone.

Now I’ll talk about typing. For children, it couldn’t be better. For adults I’d recommend using your pointer and middle finger, and if you want, your thumb for spacing or switching to 123 mode.

The iPad is excellent for portability being thin, and lightweight. Plenty of backpacks, purses, and small luggage bags have pockets tailored specifically to fit the iPad. While traveling anywhere with the iPad even if it’s just running errands, the Smart Cover is also a great thing to have, especially for typing. It also makes the slideshows and other photo viewing features a lot better.

If your going to opt for a 3G iPad, the plans are very reasonable. The most inexpensive plans are about 15-20 dollars per month for about 250-500 megabytes of download which is good enough if you’re not into super heavy app downloading.

Well that’s my opinion for you. What do you think? Is there anything you would change about the iPad? Leave us a comment.

MSRP: ~$399.00 | Buy from Amazon