By Robin Raskin | Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 9:02 pm
Price: $549.95 (PN-60W); $399.95 (PN-60)
The Delorme PN-60W is the first handheld GPS with Type & Send outbound text satellite messaging, enabling users to stay connected with friends, family, and emergency services, from locations around the world. They can pinpoint their position on DeLorme’s included maps of North America. If their adventures take them beyond cell phone range, they can still send their text messages to recipients’ cell phones and email addresses, and to social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Fire Eagle, SpotAdventures.com, and Geocaching.com. In addition, family and friends can track a user’s progress via Google’s free online maps.
DeLorme’s Earthmate PN-60 isn’t enabled for satellite communication, it does (like the PN-60w) offer a wealth of next-generation GPS features. They include GPX file support for superior flexibility in managing and saving waypoint, geocache, and track files; an elevation profile tool that pinpoints user location; new power management and display options that extend battery life; and 3.5GB of onboard memory, ample enough to store maps and aerial imagery for countless outdoor adventures.
Both PN-60 models offer an icon-based interface for easily moving around the devices’ map, function and activity screens. All PN-Series receivers are ruggedized, waterproof (IPX-7), WAAS-enabled, and equipped with a high-sensitivity 32-channel GPS chipset, and dual-core processor. They come with new DeLorme Topo North America 9.0 GPS maps and PC software.