Spec me - GPS for walker/rambler

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My mother wants to buy a decent GPS for my father as a Christmas present.

They both like to go for walks and although they aren't serious walkers, they're finding that they need a dedicated GPS as their phone often doesn't recognise the usual routes.

Can anyone recommend anything? Budget up to £220.

Ta :)
 
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Assuming they don't rely on electronic GPS when walking, think Garmin is always the go to.
 
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Phone is the best option, woth a dedicated app tp have locally downloaded maps.

GPs ubits are less accurate, have worse screens and poor UI.



I think the only sensible alternative is something like a garmin Inreach, but botnonly sre these expensive ypu have to pay a monthly subscription. You are mostly just paying for the satellite phone that happens tp be able to show maps and do navigation.
 
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Phone is the best option, woth a dedicated app tp have locally downloaded maps.
GPs ubits are less accurate, have worse screens and poor UI.
Both are about the same in terms of sccuracy these days. Phones can occasionally use signal to speed up triangulation, but that requires having a signal in the first place... Good luck if you're on Three!
GPSes tend to have longer battery life, and are built far more rugged than most smartphones, which is why they are still issued to military forces instead of iPhones.

Either way, they still only supplement basic map & compass skills.

Ordnance Survey is a pretty good place to start looking at GPSes - https://shop.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/activity-gear/walking/gps-devices-watches/?sort=priceasc
 
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