Garmin eTrex 30x vs eTrex Touch 35t

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A comparison chart between Garmin eTrex 30x and eTrex Touch 35t Handhelds GPS .

Note: This comparison by GPSCompared is a basic guide based on Garmin published specifications and features at their official website. And by no means that this comparison is definitive. There might be other similarities and differences which are not covered here.

Garmin Handhelds GPS
Garmin eTrex 30xGarmin eTrex Touch 35t
Garmin eTrex 30x
Garmin eTrex 30x
Garmin eTrex Touch 35t
Garmin eTrex Touch 35t
Introduction DateGarmineTex 30x was announced by Garmin on May 13, 2015Garmin eTrex Touch 35t was announced by Garmin on July 2, 2015
View the model availability and the current price at AmazonGarmin eTrex 30x at AmazonGarmin 010-01325-13 etrex Touch 35t with TOPO US 100K at Amazon
What's Difference
Physical & Performance
Display size, WxH1.4" x 1.7" (3.5 x 4.4 cm); 2.2" diag (5.6 cm)1.43" x 2.15" (3.6 x 5.5 cm); 2.6"
Display resolution, WxH240 x 320 pixels160 x 240 pixels
Display type2.2" transflective, 65K color TFT2.6" 65K color TFT
Weight5 oz (141.7 g) with batteries5.6 oz (159 g) with batteries
Battery life25 hoursUp to 16 hours
Maps & Memory
Preloaded mapsNoYes (topographic)
Built-in memory3.7GB8GB
Waypoints/ favorites/ locations20004000
AdditionalSmart Notifications: Yes

Live Tracking: Yes (with Garmin Connect™ Mobile)
What's Common
Physical & Performance
Physical dimensions2.1" x 4.0" x 1.3" (5.4 x 10.3 x 3.3 cm)2.3” x 4.0” x 1.3” (5.8 x 10.2 x 3.3 cm)
Battery2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended
Water ratingIPX7IPX7
High-sensitivity receiverYesYes
Barometric altimeterYesYes
Electronic compassYesYes
Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units)YesYes
Maps & Memory
Ability to add mapsYesYes
Accepts data cardsmicroSD™ card (not included)microSD™ card (not included)
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest)YesYes
Track log10,000 points, 200 saved tracks10,000 points, 200 saved tracks
Outdoor Features
Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads)Yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)Yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)
Geocaching-friendlyYes (Paperless)Yes (Paperless)
Custom maps compatibleYesYes
Sun and moon informationYesYes
Tide tablesYes (with optional Bluechart)Yes (with optional Bluechart)
Area calculationYesYes
Picture viewerYesYes
Garmin Connect™
Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)YesYes
Official Specs and Features
Learn more from the manufacturer site.Read more about Garmin eTrex 30x at garmin.comRead more about Garmin eTrex Touch 35t at
Amazon's Customer Reviews
inclusive of the most helpful favorable review and the most helpful critical reviewClick here to read the reviews on Garmin eTrex 30xClick here to read the reviews on Garmin eTrex Touch 35t
Where To Buy
View product availability and current price at AmazonGarmin eTrex 30x at AmazonGarmin 010-01325-13 etrex Touch 35t with TOPO US 100K at Amazon


Garmin eTrex and eTrex Touch have many similarities with the latter is the upgraded version of the former thanks to the additions of bigger display with touchscreen interface.

The eTrex 30x and eTrex Touch 35t are both top of the range devices from those two different series, but they share some similarities including GPS and GLONASS satellites positioning, barometric altimeter, wireless connectivity with other Garmin devices, and 3-axis electronic compass.

A simple download of GPX files to either device is enough to start your geocaches hunting activities; there is no need to enter coordinates manually or write down important information on paper. Every important information including description, difficulty, terrain, and hints are contained in GPX files.

Garmin eTrex 30x

This is the upgraded version of the eTrex 30 with better screen resolution and expanded built-in memory capacity. Although the screen size remains at 2.2-inch transflective TFT, display resolution on the eTrex 30x is better at 240 x 320 pixels. Overall dimensions, weight, battery type, battery life, and water rating remain the same.

3-axis electronic compass

eTrex 30x brings 3-axis electronic compass, allowing you to see where you are going even when you are standing still. Barometric altimeter is also included for easier altitude estimation and pressure changes tracking without using any additional device or sensors.

Support GPS and GLONASS

With both GPS and GLONASS working simultaneously, position locking speed is improved to almost 20 percent faster than using GPS alone.

For outdoor activities which involve difficult terrain and heavily covered area, the additional 24 satellites provided by GLONASS network can set a big difference in tracking accuracy.

Basemap And Map

A worldwide basemap with shaded relief comes preloaded. Its built-in memory has a capacity of 4GB and the microSD slot makes it possible for you to insert a BlueChart g2 preloaded memory card to the device.

The eTrex 30x accepts additional maps such as TOPO 24K maps and even City Navigator NT map for road navigation. Garmin provides an array of mounts, so you can use the device for many different purposes on bicycle, boat, ATV, or car.

BirdsEye Satellite Imagery

If you are subscribed to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, you can download satellite images and integrate them with the existing maps stored on your eTrex 30x. It even allows you to share location information including geocaches, waypoints, routes, and tracks to other compatible devices wirelessly.

Garmin eTrex Touch 35t

Navigational features in the eTrex 30x and eTrex 35t are more or less the same, but the latter brings preloaded TOPO 100K maps and 250,000 geocaches from

Built-in memory capacity on the eTrex 35t is also better at 8GB. The screen size is bigger at 2.6-inch, but it produces lower 160 x 240 pixels resolution. One thing that sets a major difference is that eTrex Touch series has touchscreen interface.

Garmin eTrex 35t also lets you use additional maps, insert a map-loaded memory card, and share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly to other Garmin compatible devices.

Furthermore, you can pair it with a compatible smartphone to activate forwarded notification feature. Notifications received on your smartphones such as text messages, phone calls, and emails will be forwarded to eTrex Touch 35t, so you can keep your phone in your pocket at all times without missing any important call.

Live Track

As additions, this device is compatible with Garmin Connect mobile with which you can let other people to track your activity and locations in real time.

Disclaimer:Information provided is believed correct and true to the best of our ability based on the manufacturer published information. However, GPSCompared is not responsible for typographical errors or incorrect data. Please visit the official manufacturer product page for more details on the specifications and features
Note: This writer neither own this product nor have the personal experience in handling it. However this article is produced based on manufacturer published facts and other relevant sources (if applicable).