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Garmin Geko 201 Waterproof Hiking GPS (Yellow)

by Garmin
45 customer reviews

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  • Compact 12-channel GPS receiver with high-contrast display (100 x 64 pixels)
  • WAAS-enabled for 3-meter accuracy
  • Stores 500 waypoints and 20 routes with 125 waypoints per route
  • Easy operation: five buttons for one-hand use
  • 12-hour operation on 2 AAA batteries; includes serial PC interface
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With its distinctive canopy-green case, the powerful Geko 201 allows more waypoint and route storage, as well as available PC and external power connectivity, and built-in WAAS capability. In addition, the Geko 201 boasts a user-configurable trip computer and 10,000 trackpoints, as well as PanTrack™ and TracBack« features. The Geko 201 also includes four fun, interactive games that transform the great outdoors into a virtual board game. Enjoy a good workout while chasing a virtual lizard in Geko Smak, match symbols in a grid version of Memory Race, navigate to reference points without crossing one’s trail in Nibbons, and collect symbols along a path in Virtua Maze.

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Amazon.com Product Description The Garmin Geko 201 is one of the smallest and lightest waterproof GPS units on the market. This inexpensive unit has a sleek design and a simple operating system and is WAAS-enabled with an accuracy of 10 feet or less. With its distinctive canopy-green case, the powerful Geko 201 allows for ample waypoint and route storage, making it a perfect entry-level handheld GPS unit for basic navigation.


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The Geko 201 packs easy-to-use GPS navigation into an affordable, handheld device. View larger.
The Garmin Geko 201 features a user-configurable trip computer with 500 user waypoints that allow up to 20 reversible routes, as well as an automatic track log with up to 10,000 trackpoints and 10 savable tracks that let you retrace your path in both directions. This unit also includes external ports that provide an external power connection and allow for PC connectivity--making it a breeze to upload software upgrades.

The Garmin Geko 201 has five keys located on the front of the unit for easy one-hand use that allows the user to quickly access all of the unit's functions. The Geko 201 has a 64 x 100 pixel, high-contrast display for easy viewing and is powered by only two AA batteries (not included) that can run for up to 12 hours. In addition, the Geko 201 boasts an upcoming-turn feature that alerts the user of the next turn within 15 seconds by bending the compass arrow in the direction of the next waypoint.

Not just a regular navigational aid, the Garmin Geko 201 also includes four fun, interactive games that transform the great outdoors into a virtual board game. Enjoy a good workout while chasing a virtual lizard in Geko Smak, match symbols in a grid version of Memory Race, navigate to reference points without crossing one's trail in Nibbons, and collect symbols along a path in Virtual Maze.

Designed with the user in mind, this Garmin GPS unit weighs a light 3.1 ounces with batteries, and measures a pocket-size 1.9 by 0.96 by 3.9 inches (W by D by H). The Geko 201 is waterproof to IPX7 standards, meaning it can be submerged down to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes, and is rugged enough to endure the most trying use. And the Geko 201 provides that most critical of benefits--peace of mind. With the Geko 201 you will always know where you are, where you have been, and where you are going. And since you will always know the way back home, you can concentrate on what you set out to do--explore the outdoors.


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Geko 201 GPS receiver and manual.


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Item Weight0.3 ounces
Item model number010-00318-40
Batteries:2 AAA batteries required. (included)
Display Size2.3 inches
Display Resolution64 x 100
  
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ASINB00007MMNS
Best Sellers Rank #121,174 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7.2 ounces
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Date First AvailableJanuary 8, 2003
  
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. R. Allen on May 25, 2003
Let's start with the downsides:-
1. Battery life is about 6 hours, so make sure you bring a few spares on long hauls.
2. Doesn't float. Not a nig negative for me, but may be for you.
3. That's it. Yes, it has no maps, but it doesn't need them - this ain't aimed at those users. You may as well say it has no marine or flight addons.....same thing - it's aimed at hikers/runners/cyclists/hobbyists.
Upsides? Lots!
1. Size - It is TINY. It's smaller and lighter than my mobile phone.
2. Waterproof. Tested it, true, it is. Water got into the batter compartment, and it didn't affect operation. Weird.
3. Trackpoints - 10000. Yes, Ten thousand.
4. Although its a budget model, it doesn't scrimp on other basic features - 20 route or 125 legs, 10 saved tracks, 500 waypoints, its plenty for anyone.
5. WAAS. Not used in the UK yet, but next year.
6. PC Connectivity - allows me to use my Ozi Explorer to upload/download pretty much everything.
7. Ease of use.... I was up and running in literally no time.
8. Speed - acquired satellites pretty damned quickly.
9. Feel - Feels damned good in the hand - buttons/screen well placed, feel good. Some have mentioned an on button problem, I don't see it myself.
10. Trip Computer - nice for runners/cyclists. Lots of configuration available to the user too.
11. Colour - you ain't gonna lose this gadget in a hurry....
12. Price - At £120 including VAT (UK) it's pretty amazing value.
Summary - for a hiker etc, it does the job extremely well, especially if you use it with a PC. As far as I'm concerned, there are no decent competitors on the market - all others fall short in some way.
10/10. Easily.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By "digitalgrove" on March 19, 2003
Intrigued by Garmin's Geko 201 Personal Navigator®? It's smaller than an eTrex and dwarfed by many standard GPS units. But is the Geko a real GPS or just a toy?
First, the Geko 201 is a serious GPS receiver. It features WAAS differential correction; memory for 500 waypoints, twenty routes, a whopping 10,000 track points and ten saved tracks; and it connects to external power or to your PC for data transfer with an optional cable. It floats. The array of five buttons is easy to use. The screen is tiny, but it's not that hard to read. Menu choices allow configuration of the data screens to your liking. The back is rubberized, so you can lay it on your dashboard (where it works quite well) and not have it slide around. Using only two AAA batteries, the unit is light as well as small enough to fit in a shirt pocket (but the limited power supply may be an issue for some as explained below). The Geko also has four built-in arcade games, a novelty to emphasize that GPS can be fun.
The Geko doesn't show base maps but is adept at recording points and lines (keeping track of where you've been, locations you want to remember and where you'd like to go). If you want a GPS unit to use primarily for hiking or recording locations, the absence of base maps isn't that significant. Fact is that the base maps in many GPS units don't provide enough detail to be of much use at a close-in scale unless you can download more features from a CD. If you need map detail, a Geko easily connects to a PDA or laptop computer to display your location in navigation programs or even projected on aerial photos.
The Geko utilizes a built-in "patch" antenna (a square plate inside the unit, located under the lizard logo). I found the antenna remarkably sensitive when the unit is held correctly.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Sottelbaum on April 13, 2003
This little GPS, while not having any removeable memory nor a large bank of memory, does VERY well with what it does have. It easily stored a 6 hour hike in it's memory, with less than half the memory used. For street mapping, it has a connection for a computer -- And coupled with Delorme Street Atlas USA, is a high-end solution for in car navigation. (Requires the cables and a serial/USB converter, which are reasonably priced and excellently assembled at the pfranc project.) The eTrex cable/converter is the same for this Geko.
The battery life isn't really a negative -- ten to twelve hours of operation is just fine, and you can replace low batteries without losing information, so nothing is hurting there. Overall, the price for this unit makes this unit an excellent purchase. Only complaint is that the color is a bit ugly -- And the stretch holster offered by Garmin doesn't do anything for its appearance either.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2003
This is an excellent, economical piece of gear for trekkers, climbers and mountain bikers. Competent wilderness travelers will already have a paper topographic map and compass, and this little GPS is a great navigational supplement. I have found that the Geko 201 works well even under tree cover on the side of a large mountain. I've used the Geko 201 to pinpoint my position (in conjunction with a USGS topo map) while hiking cross-country, and I've used the route feature with pre-programmed waypoints to navigate cross-country solely by GPS. My experience indicates that you will run the batteries down quickly if you navigate solely with the Geko 201, but the unit supplements traditional navigation very well. I think the Geko 201 has everything that a wilderness traveler needs, assuming previous experience in traditional map/compass navigation. Besides, more expensive GPS units with the capability to upload software packages are for specialist professions or those who need a toy to fiddle with, not for serious wilderness travelers. Go with the lightweight Geko 201 and save room in your pack for stuff you really need, like food!!! By the way, after reading other reviews of the Geko 201 I was concerned the unit might turn itself on and off in my pocket or pack (on-off button is not protected), but it hasn't happened.
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