new Garmin Rino’s announced - 610, 650, 655t

Garmin just announced three new devices to the Rino series. Rino 610, 650 and 655t. These handheld two-way radios obviously integrate a GPS receiver and offer up to 20 mile range. The latter Rino 650 and 655t also offer 5-watt FRS/GMRS radio and include a 2.6” touchscreen which can be used with gloves on. Other high end features of these two include barometric altimeter, 3-axis tilt compensated compass and NOAA weather radio.

The highlight of the Rino series is definitely communication capabilities. These devices lets you send your exact location to other Rino users and after an initial pairing you will be able to see your friends even if they’re in no position to operate the device or move a finger. Other features include the ability to send unit-to-unit text messages in your area. As far as the NOAA weather radio; it allows you to see National Weather Service warnings and watches displayed county-by-county on the map screen.

The 650 and 655t can be powered by either rechargeable batteries (14 hours) or an AA battery pack (18 hours).

Garmin Rino 610 is the entry level 1-watt FRS/GMRS radio handheld GPS radio than runs on four AA batteries, lasts up to 18 hours and comes pre-loaded with a worldwide basemap. With its spacious 1.7GB of internal memory Rino makes it easy to add maps with its wide array of detailed topographic, marine and road maps. Rino 610 lets you load TOPO U.S. 24K maps and hit the trail or BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (subscription required), which lets you download satellite images to your device and integrate them with your maps. In addition, Rino 610 is compatible with Custom Maps, free software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device.

Availability and Pricing
You’ll have to wait until third quarter of this year.

  • Rino 610 - $350
  • Rino 650 - $500
  • Rino 655t - $600

Holux GPSport 260 pro review

People at Holux just sent us the new GPSport 260pro. This is a multi function GPS device for many outdoor activities such as biking, running, hiking, etc. We could go on and on about its numerous features and setup screens but we need to be brief here. And if you’re really looking for certain feature you can always download the user manual and have a look.

But here are some of the highlights. The pro version that we have comes with a heart rate monitor that wraps around your chest, a speed sensor to read the speed from the wheel, cadence sensor, and connects all the pieces together 2.4G ANT+ wireless technology which is super low power.

The hardware itself is pretty sturdy. The buttons are easy to operate, screen is to read. GPSport 260 pro has a 1.5″ screen with nice light blueish back light. The rechargeable battery holds 1050mAh which should last you about 18 hours with the back light off. It has 4MB of internal memory which can hold up to 160K waypoints. It has a buzzer alarm that you can setup for certain things such as speed, distance, or heart rate.

That’s not all though. Device is IPX-7 waterproof, has a barometer for more accurate altimeter feature, an electronic e-compass, and supports multiple languages (took us a while to switch to English from Chinese).

There are numerous operating modes. In Sport mode it shows various screens displaying everything from time, distance, speed, cadence, heart rate, altitude, calories, etc. In plot mode you can view your track, show a graph speed vs distance, speed vs time, altitude vs distance, and altitude vs time. In follow course mode you can trace back a track you’ve saved or go to point you may have saved. In training mode you select various goals or ranges such as heart rate, cadence, time, etc. Other modes are the multiple finder, pedometer, e-compass, and history.

I know we haven’t covered every single feature but after a day of use we found the GPSport 260 to be very easy to use. It communicates with the wireless sensors without a problem, battery life is very decent, all the menus are easy to navigate. The only downside is the black and white screen with not so much resolution. We still would definitely recommend this device.

And finally: We’ll be giving away the Holux GPSport 260 pro to a lucky reader very soon. Keep following Navigadget.