The Garmin Quest (and sibling Quest 2) are one of the more overlooked series of GPS devices from Garmin. What makes this line special is they have basically taken the form factor of their outdoor, recreational GPS devices and turned it into a combination handheld GPS receiver as well as auto navigator. If you don’t want the expense of multiple GPS receivers and need a handheld GPS receiver plus an auto navigation system, the Quest series is a great match.
Maps are displayed on a 2.6 inch (diagonal) display with 160×240 pixels. This is certainly a smaller screen than other automotive GPS devices, and even similarly priced GPS devies, however the small size becomes an asset when you want to use the Quest for outdoor use.
The Quest comes with automotive maps for North America, and is compatible with other Garmin map products for outdoor use such as Topo, Inland Lakes, and BlueChart maps for marine use.
While away from your car, Garmin made sure not to skimp on the battery; the Lithium Ion battery should last about 20 hours of typical use. The Quest is also waterproof to IPX7 standards. Want to crete a track log so you can later retrace your steps with MotionBased software or Google Earth? The Garmin Quest will store up to 10,000 trackpoints so you can later trace your track on a map.
With most “combination” devices there are some limitations. The Garmin Quest does not come with a touch screen display, 3-D auto maps, nor text-to-speech. However you won’t find another automotive GPS device that is as portable, nor will be capable of using as many map types as the Garmin Quest.