Garmin will be introducing a new series of eTrex in August 2011. (Etrex 30 and eTrex 20 arrived in October with the eTrex 10 coming later).
This is clearly going to eliminate the current eTrex range including the Legend and Vista series.
Be aware the specifications mention tide info, this is only applicable to USA and not Australia. Garmin models that have marine maps built in do have tidal charts.
The other surprising spec is that they utilise the GLONASS satellite system as well as the GPS satellite system. In theory it should do two things, improve satellite reception and accuracy assuming it is using both US and Russian satellite constellations at the same time and determining position by averaging or combining both results.
What I am happy to see is mini USB connectivity even on the eTrex10 as it saves $60 in PC cables.
Click on the model numbers below to go to the Garmin web site for further info
eTrex 10 $149
eTrex 20 $249
eTrex 30 $349
Garmin eTrex 30 Description Garmin International is pleased to announce the new eTrex series. Garmin eTrex, a recognizable name in the outdoors, has been embraced by the market for over a decade, selling millions of units. The newly redesigned eTrex lineup will retain the core functionality such as rugged construction and long battery life that made eTrex famous, while adding capabilities normally found in premium handhelds. An already easy-to-use device has gotten easier thanks to an improved user interface complimented by an “updated” look with refinements such as buttons identified by text.
The eTrex 10 is a great choice for the budget savvy consumer desiring a basic GPS device. This device features a 2.2” monochrome display and a worldwide basemap making it easier than ever to see where you are and where you have been. The eTrex 20 and eTrex 30 add a 2.2” 65k color sunlight readable display, a shaded relief worldwide basemap, and internal memory plus a microSD™ card slot. Building on the feature set of the eTrex 20, the eTrex 30 adds a 3-axis electronic compass that shows your heading even when the unit is not held flat, as well as a barometric altimeter that provides precise elevation readings, and wireless unit-to-unit connectivity for sharing waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches. Customers are able to use the internal memory with the microSD™ card slot on the eTrex 20 and eTrex 30 to add TOPO, road and marine mapping options.
Legacy customers such as hunters/hikers will continue to be drawn to eTrex, but the new features will expand its appeal. A geocacher will notice paperless geocaching and the ability to wirelessly share caches. Geocachers can help the environment and be more efficient by going paperless with the eTrex series, quickly downloading cache information directly to the device. Each model stores and displays cache information such as location, terrain, difficulty, hints and description, so that you don’t have to tote printouts with you. Learn more about geocaching, such as how to get started or go paperless at www.garmin.com/geocaching and www.OpenCaching.com. The worldwide user will notice that eTrex tracks more than just GPS by branching out with multi constellation GNSS support such as GLONASS.
Small in size, but big on features. The new eTrex are the perfect companions for all of your outdoor adventures.
The otherr is labels for the buttons which the original etrex do not have, albeit rather small test, still better than nothing.
Image and text courtesy of GPS City Canada