I bought my husband a Garmin eTrex Venture HC 2.1in. Handheld GPS Receiver for his Birthday last Summer, thinking it would be easy for him to use and make his hiking out in the woods a little easier to come back from. I thought that he would be able to pick this unit up and go, I was wrong about that!!!!! You have to program where you want to go before it will show you, or at least that is what it portrait it self to be. I later have learned that going to the place is as easy as scrolling through and getting map and making a mark in that spot and then telling it to go from this place to that place is easier. I would recommend that any new beginner that wants a GPS, get this, only if you have internet connections to get maps, or download maps to this unit from any personal computer. It is very light weight and portable, easy to see the screen with the light up back screen that is easily accessed. Downfall would be not much room for memory, but another plus side, it is waterproof and has waypoint averaging. Great satellite reception, but have not yet used in wooded area to see how accurate it it there.