Its so true, we all love gadgets and for the average man, the more gadgets that we have the happier we are. The simple truth for a lot of people is the more gadgets that we have, the happier we are. With the increase in technology how about getting yourself a GPS watch?
GPS watches have come a long way over the last few years from the time when, yes my watch had a GPS in it, however really it did nothing more that tell me where I was located on kind of a map that actually i could not really see. It was also not very accurate and i remember one of my first GPS watches that led me across and major river when actually the real path was down the side of the river. Luckily these days have changed and now we have super accurate watch GPS models from brand name companies such as Garmin, TomTom and Suunto.
GPS watches that can be used for navigation tend to come in two different styles. Firstly there are those that tell you where you are compared to something in the distance such as a Garmin Golf Watch which will tell you how far your ball is to the pin, and then there are watches that will tell you where to go or allow you to follow a pre-planned route, such as a Suunto Ambit GPS Watch which will allow you to make a route on your computer, upload it to you watch and then follow it along a set route.
The one draw back of all the GPS watches is that not of them with allow you do have spoken turn by turn directions so that you can enter a route and then follow it on your watch. If you want this type of navigation then you’re going to have to use some kind of Garmin or TomTom Handheld GPS unit which will have a larger screen, better chip and therefore processor speed and will have to be kept in your pocket rather than on your wrist.
These type of GPS watches actually work really well and can easily allow you to upload a route onto your watch and then follow it whilst at the same time ensuring that you do not get lost and know where you are. With the added increase in technology its actually very possible for your wrist watch to be accurate within a couple of meters and therefore can be used when you pop for a run or even more extravagant adventures.
The only downside of GPS watches and in fact all GPS models is that the battery life is not perfect. Leaving the GPS switched off and you will easily get a good weeks worth of battery life out of a GPS watch, however when you switch this on, the battery life really can reduce and if your doing some heavy duty routing, this can be as low as 24 hours before it will need to be charged again.
Charging has also come along way over the years meaning that whilst most of these models will come with a specific charger that will only fit your model due to the waterproofed case that means you can use your GPS model to swim if needs be, the charger will quickly charge your unit. You can easily power your GPS watch from a car battery or even from a solar panel if this is something that you’re planning to carry whilst you’re out and about.