Better than a telescope or binoculars for the beginner to astronomy.
The idea with binoculars is to learn your way around the night sky. I didn't have the patients to look at charts and then find it in the sky. With the gps Celestron SkyScout, I point it at a star and it tells me the name, audio description, and text description including the constellation it's in. Most of the star names are in Arabic so the audio pronunciation is nice. This gadget made all the difference in the world to me. Before, I'd be bored after an hour. Now I lay out in a cheap $10 life boat for hours, identifying and watching the planets and stars move. I finally get what others find so cool.