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21. Garmin Talking StreetPilot III
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21. Garmin Talking StreetPilot III GPS Deluxe Package
list price: $799.99
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Asin: B000066TPN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 4068
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

You don't need to buy a luxury car or spend thousands installing a multipart system to get advanced GPS navigation capabilities in your automobile. Garmin's StreetPilot III delivers all the high-end features you need--from detailed street maps and sophisticated auto routing to voice prompts and a color screen--in a compact, inexpensive, and portable package.



The Garmin StreetPilot III sports a brilliant LCD display
Setting up the unit was surprisingly simple. First we installed the software from the MapSource City Navigator CD onto our PC and connected the card reader, with the 32 MB data card, to the USB port. Then we went online to unlock one of 10 detailed coverage areas included on the disk; for instance, Area 1 covers California and Nevada, Area 7 covers New England and New York. After that we downloaded detailed maps of our city (San Francisco) and surrounding areas to the data card. We also downloaded waypoints--locations like our home, office, and other places we often visit--onto the card and inserted it into the StreetPilot III. If you don't have a USB port, you can also use the included serial cable to connect the entire unit to your PC.

The physical installation went just as smoothly. We affixed the plastic base to the top of our dashboard with the included adhesive mounting disks, snapped the StreetPilot III into place, connected it to the cigarette lighter for power, and extended the small fold-down antenna. The dashboard mount's quick release makes it easy to store the StreetPilot III when not in use or, if you purchase a second mount, lets you use it in multiple vehicles.

We turned the unit on and in less than a minute it locked onto the GPS satellites and displayed a map of our current location on the clear, bright, easy-to-read color display. As we drove along, it displayed our position and direction on the map, the name and address number of the street we were on, and even the name of the upcoming cross street. The two zoom buttons let us get a very detailed street-level view or a broad overview of our current position, and the menu button allowed us to customize the display.

By using the ‘find’ key, points of interest such as attractions, restaurants, banks, intersections and many more are easily located and routed to. Simply choose the destination from the list and press ‘route to it’. The Streetpilot III will calculate the best route and talk you through to the destination.
The crisp, colorful LCD makes checking out your destination easy--even before you leave! This screen displays your possible destination of the St. Louis Zoo as well as local restaurants and emergency medical locations. It’s easy to become familiar with services provided even when you’re 244.1 miles away. Try that with a paper map!
The trip computer screen calculates all the travel data for your trip with incredible accuracy, while verbal instructions inform you of the next turn. Valuable information like distance to destination and time to destination are constantly updated--perhaps even putting an end to the question ‘are we there yet?’
Routes can be displayed several ways such as this turn by turn instruction screen, which highlights your next turn to make. The distance to go and time to go information gives driver’s the forewarning and confidence to watch for the approaching turn. The smooth verbal instructions will let you know when the next turn is approaching.
The fun really started, though, when we used the StreetPilot's routing capabilities. Using the arrow buttons, we input the intersection of a store we'd never visited, and within a minute it calculated the most direct route. The voice navigator told us where to go and when to turn, and it was simple to monitor our progress both on the map and on the text display. We knew the exact address of our next stop and entered it into the unit. The StreetPilot then guided us onto the freeway and successfully to our second destination, telling us exactly where to stop along the street and even on which side of the street the store was located. To get home, we just accessed a waypoint with our home address that we'd preprogrammed on the PC.

Even if you don't know exactly where you're going, the City Navigator maps include points of interest, such as restaurants, shops, and parks. For instance, the StreetPilot can find the closest fast-food restaurant and present you with a list of nearby options.

Testing in San Francisco, we did lose satellite lock a few times in extremely hilly areas or in areas with very tall buildings. We think this was due mainly to the fact that the unit's antenna is inside the car; an external antenna option is available for less than $100 that should solve the problem.

Once you use the StreetPilot III for a while, it's hard to imagine driving solo again. Whether you're planning a road trip or just need help getting around town, it's an extremely helpful companion that's cheaper and easier to install than anything else currently available. --Ken Feinstein

Pros:

  • Compact, portable design
  • Easy-to-read color screen
  • Auto routing and voice prompts

Cons:

  • Optional external antenna will get better satellite reception in some cities than the built-in antenna

Note about review: This review was written using the original version of the Garmin StreetPilot III. The deluxe version includes a 128 MB data card and full unlock access to all maps on the City Navigator CD-ROM.

What's in the Box
StreetPilot III with portable antenna, PC interface cable, dashboard mount, portable Mount (bean bag mount), external speaker with 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter, owner's manual, quick reference guide, USB data card programmer, Americas Autoroute Basemap, MapSource City Navigator North America CD. ... Read more

Features

  • GPS receiver with turn-by-turn navigation
  • Includes MapSource City Navigator CD-ROM with street-level maps and points of interest; full unlock capability for US and Canada
  • Automated voice prompts tell you when to turn
  • 16-color display with backlight for dim lighting
  • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software for downloading maps and waypoint data

Reviews (63)

5-0 out of 5 stars Street Pilot III - Excellent in the States and Overseas
We took our SP III with us on our last trip to France and used the 128MB memory card to load in all of the data from Paris through Normandy and beyond. There was enough capacity for about half of France. I was very impressed with the routing capabilities and up to date maps available for France. The Unit easily led us to our destinations and provided step by step directions when the routing function was used. It also highlighted our route on the map making following your progress simple, even when driving. Especially nice were the up-close maps of upcoming round-abouts, something common in Europe (and which can be confusing for first timers). The map showed entry onto the round-about and which exit to take, in addition to telling you the information with the voice feature. I was skeptical that the unit would function as well overseas as in the US because I figured the small back roads would not be shown on the map, but was pleasantly surprised. We navigated along highways and through medieval towns with ease. I can highly recommend this unit for use both in the United States and in Europe. While you do have to pay for the maps which are somewhat costly, they are well worth the one time investment. This Unit works as well as or better than any built in or rental car system that I have used.

4-0 out of 5 stars I recommend this unit
I've owned my unit for about 5 months and love it. It's one of the few pieces of electronic equipment that has passed my wife's "waste of money" test.

I bought the deluxe package to get access to all of the US, and have the portable bean-bag mount. We frequently trade which car gets the unit based on the day's plans. I routinely use the unit to go to and from work, and hit the "detour" button when traffic gets bogged down. Thanks to this unit I have found some lightly traveled trails during rush hour.

The unit offers shortest-distance or quickest-time to calculate routes. There are options available for how much time the unit calculates each permutation. For those concerned about recalculation speed, such as in a city, try setting this parameter to least optimum and thus fasted calculation time.

The shortest distance route will sometimes take you down dirt roads and trails. I drive an Explorer so find this fun. I'd be less impressed if I drove a low-slung sportster. Thanks to this idiosyncrasy I found a quick detour when a rural bridge on my commute was closed for repairs. It's also helped me find spots for fishing when spring arrives.

The screen is easy to see, even in sunlight and while wearing polarized sunglasses. I always use the cigarette lighter for power as the unit is known for eating batteries. The 128m memory card is plenty for storing the maps I need for my local region. I intend to buy a second card so I can have "home" maps and "road trip" maps without having to spend the time reloading home maps after a trip.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the Money
I love it! It was extremely intuitive. Easy to use, lots of features, voice/speaker feature is great.

5-0 out of 5 stars 2400 miles in 5 days and the Garmin took me to and fro!
I bought this little gem for the specific purpose of an upcoming vacation. I just got back this evening, and here are my thoughts.

Price:

I really don't think you can go wrong here for the price. A GPS system for under $500, with a color map (full screen if you choose), current street maps that are fully unlocked, talking directions, visual directions and waypoint setting (marking) right from the main unit.

Look/Feel:

The unit is surpisingly heavy, and when you use the bean bag mount, it stays put. This unit did not slide around my dash on my trip, even when taking curves at 75 mph. Impressive yes, kind of goofy looking though.

The unit feels very well built, and as I mentioned earlier, has some girth, so it won't go sliding all over the place when you are diving into that tight turn.

The buttons are all rubberized and I think they will last a long time to come.

Accuracy:

I didn't have a single problem with the maps and the streets we traveled. What did get a little "off" was if I was on a frontage road, or an exit road that ran with a road I just turned off, sometimes, the unit thought I was on the previous street and told me I was "off route". Not a big deal, as it recovered quickly and kept me going. However, I was in California and several streets seemed to parallel others and I would imagine this could give the Garmin fits.

Odometer accuracy is another area to look into. The mileage on my car read about 15 miles less than that reported by the Garmin. Not a big deal for sure, but it makes me wonder if my digital one in the car is off, or is that within tolerances for a GPS unit?

Waypoints/Routes:

Pretty simple here. Awesome, just awesome. Once we arrived at our hotel, we were kind of hungry so I checked for a steakhouse nearby using the "Find" feature. Numerous showed up, and within 4 pushes of a button, the one we were going into was located, made into a waypoint, routed to and away we went. It delivered us to the restaurants parking lot flawlessly.

Route Calculation:

Read carefully on the differences between shortest distance or quicker time. Shorter distance will tend to take you off main roads/interstates. On our trip, it routed us off I-15 (California) to a couple of secondary highways that were out of the way, and in the end, connected back up to I-15!! How goofy is that?

All in all, I would make this purchase again in a heartbeat. I was initially only going to use it for the trip and then resell the unit. Now after the trip, not only am I convinced on keeping this, so is my whole family!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Deal for the Money
I purchased this in June of 2004. I was going on a cross country trip and I have ZERO sense of direction.

I wanted a GPS system for my car, that would talk to me as I drove (this is an option you can turn off if you don't like it) but that wasn't in the $1000 and up range.

For the amount this is selling for it is a great deal.

Yes, there are fancier systems out there, but if you don't need fancy bells and whistles (like the tidal patterns, or what the current hunting season is in your area) than this is the perfect choice.

Be patient during the initial set-up. If you are downloading a lot of maps (I was going across the country), it could take a couple of hours to set everything up. And if you don't have a HUGE memory card, and are going on a long trip, you'll need to take your computer with you to upload new maps. However, if you just need it for driving about town, there is more than enough memory.

Once you are up and running, the learning curve is quick. It's easy to ask for new addresses. It quickly recalculates if you accidentally go off route. And it still has some helpful tips, like it can tell you where the nearest gas station or restaurant is.

This is well worth the money and I can't imagine how I would have driven across country without it. ... Read more


22. Garmin Foretrex 201 Wrist-Mounted GPS with Waterproof Exterior and PC Cable
list price: $181.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001K2JD0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 652
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Foretrex 201 is a wearable Personal Navigator, perfect for outdoor and marine enthusiasts who desire hands-free GPS navigation in a lightweight, affordable package. At a mere 2.75 ounces, this waterproof wonder is lighter than most watches, and its wrist-top mount frees up hands for outdoor activities and sports an ergonomic wristband. The 201 model comes with a recharging unit so you never have to stock up on batteries for all your daily adventures, but consider the Foretrex 101 that runs on 2 AAA batteries if you're wandering away from the power outlet for a while.

With a user-friendly interface, the rugged Foretrex 201 simplifies navigation, making it ideal for the backcountry or water. Its six dedicated buttons (GoTo, Page, Enter/Mark, Up, Down and Power) make it easy to operate. It offers the most essential navigation data -- enhanced GPS accuracy, extensive storage for waypoints, and reversible routes and tracks -- on an easy-to-read display. Don't worry about packing extra batteries, because the Foretrex 201 runs on an internal lithium battery for 15 hours (typical use). Simply recharge and go.

The Foretrex 201 also comes equipped with special features sure to please mariners and hikers alike. It includes a unique application for sailing and paragliding racers that allows them to configure the start sequence of a race. The countdown is displayed in a large-number format that audibly alerts the user at each phase of the start sequence. With the help of Garmin's exclusive TracBack® technology, hikers can mark a campsite, go trekking all day, and follow the electronic "breadcrumb trail" back to camp in time for dinner.

The WAAS difference
  • 100 meters: Accuracy of the original GPS system, which was subject to accuracy degradation under the government-imposed Selective Availability (SA) program.
  • 15 meters: Typical GPS position accuracy without SA.
  • 3-5 meters: Typical differential GPS (DGPS) position accuracy.
  • Less than 3 meters: Typical WAAS position accuracy.
WAAS is a system of satellites and ground stations that provide GPS signal corrections, giving you even better position accuracy. How much better? Try an average of up to five times better. A WAAS-capable receiver can give you a position accuracy of better than three meters 95 percent of the time. And you don't have to purchase additional receiving equipment or pay service fees to utilize WAAS.

How it Works
WAAS consists of approximately 25 ground reference stations positioned across the United States that monitor GPS satellite data. Two master stations, located on either coast, collect data from the reference stations and create a GPS correction message. This correction accounts for GPS satellite orbit and clock drift plus signal delays caused by the atmosphere and ionosphere. The corrected differential message is then broadcast through one of two geostationary satellites, or satellites with a fixed position over the equator. The information is compatible with the basic GPS signal structure, which means any WAAS-enabled GPS receiver can read the signal.

Who benefits from WAAS?
Currently, WAAS satellite coverage is only available in North America. There are no ground reference stations in South America, so even though GPS users there can receive WAAS, the signal has not been corrected and thus would not improve the accuracy of their unit. For some users in the U.S., the position of the satellites over the equator makes it difficult to receive the signals when trees or mountains obstruct the view of the horizon. WAAS signal reception is ideal for open land and marine applications. WAAS provides extended coverage both inland and offshore compared to the land-based DGPS (differential GPS) system. Another benefit of WAAS is that it does not require additional receiving equipment, while DGPS does.

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Features

  • WAAS-enabled, 12 parallel channel GPS receiver
  • Built-in patch style GPS antenna
  • 15 hours battery life; rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • Waypoints/Icons, 500 with name and graphic symbol
  • 20 reversible routes with up to 125 waypoints each; includes serial PC interface

Reviews (8)

3-0 out of 5 stars Built-in Battery Makes No Sense
I love my Garmin GPS devices. I own enough of them. However, this device makes no sense. If you are going hiking with this device and have no way of changing batteries, you may end up like those dumbasses in the "Blair Witch Project", wandering in the forest with no way of getting out. Get something like the Foretrex 101 that allows you to change batteries.

5-0 out of 5 stars One Design Racing GPS
From a sailor's perspective ... this thing rocks.

My class does not permit electronic aids for racing, so I cannot mount a GPS on the boat or put a speedo through the hull. I needed a way to get knots feedback during training. I gave this a try. I am happy. The unit provides just what I wanted: quick feedback on trim / crew position when there are no other boats to race.

Features that work for me -- waterproof, WAAS accurate to 17feet, knot meter only lags about 2-3 seconds on actual, adjustable countdown for starts, manual magnetic/true heading adjustment, manual tacking angle input (really cool - it beeps on VMG layline), adjustable display screens, easy to read.

If your hands are busy and the cockpit is wet - consider this model over handheld or mounted alternatives. Did I mention the BIG NUMBER 5 minute countdown feature with easy reset/adjustment to cmte-boat sequence? Good engineering on this one. My strongest recommendation.

4-0 out of 5 stars My Foretrex review after a few days with it
The Foretrex 201 is a general purpose version of the Forerunner personal training device. It lacks the personal training features (and PC software) of the Forerunner and replaces them with a general purpose GPS feature set derived from Garmins successful "Geko" models.

Note that Garmin describes the Foretrex as being similar to a Geko 201, but the Foretrex is missing a few features (no games) and the user interface is substantially different in a few areas.

There are two Foretrex models currently. This model, the 201, has an internal rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery which means the unit is .3 inches thinner than the model 101 which takes two AAA batteries. Currently the 201 can only be recharged using the (included) AC adapter and "cradle" bracket, so the advantage of the 201 is its smaller size, and the disadvantage is that you need to be near AC power and have the charger and cable along if you run low on power. This could be an issue for backcountry use. The other difference between the 101 and 201 is that the 201 is dark green (it's more green than is obvious in the pictures) and the 101 appears (I haven't seen one) to be silver. Each will appear equally dorky on your wrist if you wear it as a watch.

The 201 is very light, actually weighing .1 ounces *less* than the watch I usually wear. The strap is comfortable but wide. It adjusts to a surpisingly large range of wrist sizes (even fairly skinny ones). There's an extension strap provided if you want to wear it around your forearm.

The screen is very high contrast (more so than other Garmin GPSs I've seen) and easy to see.

The 201 has four gold contacts on the back at one end and it comes with a charging and data "cradle" (basically a clip that attaches to the back from end to end (works with the strap attached) and provides two small connectors for power and serial data.

It comes with a serial cable but no software. It will work with Garmin's Mapsource products (though without downloadable maps) and there's lots of shareware/freeware out there for managing waypoints, track logs, geocaching, etc. Note that the serial cable is only about three feet long, which can be somewhat inconvenient.

Battery life appears good. Garmin claim 15 hours, but I haven't run it down far enough to know what's realistic. After five hours of constant use in "normal" mode, the battery gague was still at 3 out of 4 dots. Charging takes a couple hours and displays "Battery Charging in Progress" bouncing around the display while it's going on.

Software updates can be downloaded from Garmin's web site (there's a minor update already available) and installed using the included cable.

Performance is about what I expected from a wrist-mounted GPS. The receiver performance appears to be identical to the other current Garmin models even at this small size. When walking around outdoors with my arm at my side, it does a good job of tracking the satellites that aren't obscured by my body and track logs downloaded from the unit are usually very good. There certainly are times when it can't see enough sats or just barely gets three of them or gets some ugly multipath reflection from somewhere and as a result you can get some track points that are really out in left-field. Overall it does better than I expected it to and you can just hold it up like you're looking at your watch to give it a better sky view if you want to take a more accurate fix.

The navigation data display page consists of a number of user-selectable fields in various (fixed) sizes from one to four per screen. These are arranged in a sort of virtual strip that you scroll up and down through. It appears to me that none of the time displays will show better than minute resolution. The "digital" style font used is pretty ugly.

There's a "timer" page which only supports count-down timing.

It has the Hunt/Fish and Sun/Moon data pages from the Geko and most of its other features except for the games as mentioned. Most of what you can do with a Geko you can do with this model, so check out the Geko 201 reviews as well.

It would be nice if it had a "watch" mode which would allow it to display the time and date with the GPS off and get a few days of battery life in this mode, but no such luck.

It's very well made and feels very solid as do most Garmin products. It should be very reliable as long as you don't prang the screen on something while wearing it as a watch. It's easy to operate the buttons with your other hand.

So, I could certainly recommend this model for someone who needs a basic (non-mapping) GPS and for whom the wrist/arm mounting option is desirable. It's probably the most functional way of carrying an active GPS on your person without resorting to a separate antenna or some similar complexity.

G.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for Mtn biking
201 works great for mtn biking--very sturdy using bike-mount (extra purchase). Elevation is very accurate w/ WAAS turned on (I compared to map survey pts & found 201 to be spot on). Would be nice if unit displayed total elevation gained / lost without having to download track to GPS software to get these figures (Garmin are you listening?). Overall I'm extremely pleased with product & highly recommend it to other bike/hiking folks.

4-0 out of 5 stars Small GPS with some good features
This is my third Garmin GPS, after a GPS III Pilot & E*Trex Vista. It is a good product if you want a robust, fast acting, low power consuming GPS you can wear on your arm! The displays are highly customizable in terms of wanting 1, 2, 3, or 4 key fields on the display at one time. Some may want more than 17 hours battery, but this is a LEAP forward for GPS & this light unit. And satelite reception is FAST & accuracy is as good or better than my 2 previous & reliable Garmin units which are much larger.
FUNCTIONS: I was waiting for 3 key functions: ability to show Speed & VMG in big, easy to see letters, & to be able to "project waypoints" & GOTO them. It also has a sailboat racing timer that is easy to syncronize at any whole minite. This unit does these things well.
SOFTWARE FRIENDLY: It uploads & downloads tracks, waypoints & routes with Garmin's MapSource software or freeware like the excellent "G7towin" program. Easy with my windows 2000 computer.
MAP: I'm not used to having a map with nothing on it except the waypoints you save or upload. I may find this helpful. Maybe in 2 years they'll be packing high res. maps into these also!
But it's easy to upload a route into the unit & simply watch the compass arrow point you in the right direction, while showing things like total distance remaining & eta. With G7towin, it's easy to download tracks to your PC & zap them into Delorme StreetAtlas to see exactly where you were.
Menus: The menus seem well designed to quickly get to any screen or customize anything you want. The only thing I had trouble entering was "owner info.". The alphabet scrolls at a nice fast speed, but entering words & spaces I did have some confusion and backtracking to get things right.
All & all, it does want I wanted and seems to work very well. ... Read more


23. Garmin Rino 130 GPS and Two-Way Radio
list price: $374.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001OHH06
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 1085
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Amazon.com Product Description

The the most feature-rich device in the Rino family, Garmin's Rino 130 combination 2-way FRS/GMRS radio and GPS receiver comes fully loaded with an electronic compass, a barometric sensor, a weather receiver for 7 NOAA weather channels, and 24 MB of internal memory for downloading and storing MapSource detail--including data from products like U.S. Topo 24K, U.S. Topo, Recreational Lakes, BlueChart, and MetroGuide (MapSource products sold separately).

The Rino 130 is also outfitted with a marine-point database and a basemap of North and South America. The database includes nautical navaids for North and South America. The Americas Highway basemap includes the United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America, and covers an area from W180 to W30 Longitude and S60 to N75 Latitude. Also included is a high-level worldwide map with political boundaries and major cities. Among many other included elements are oceans, rivers, and lakes (greater than 30 square miles), principal cities and many smaller cities and towns, major interstates and principal highways, and political boundaries (state and international borders).

Integration has its advantages: the Rino 130 sends and receives GPS locations using FRS channels and shows them on the map. The GPS device is a 12-channel, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver. WAAS, which stands for Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), is the global-positioning-system of choice for mariners. The handheld's built-in electronic compass give a heading while you're standing still, and its barometric altimeter provides accurate elevation and pressure readings to help you identify and analyze weather conditions.

The Rino 130 also provides two-way radio communication with a transmission range of up to two miles using FRS channels and up to five miles with GMRS (be aware that use of GMRS requires an FCC license). The integration of two-way radio and GPS lets you transmit your position with a simple button press, so others can easily navigate to your position. The Rino 130 also has a polling feature so you can manually request GPS location information from other Rino units.

You get 14 FRS channels, 8 GMRS channels, and 8 GMRS repeater channels, as well as 38 sub-audible squelch codes per transmission channel for semi-private radio communications.

The unit's ergonomic design grants single-handed operation, with its Call, Page mode, and Press-To-Talk (PTT) buttons mounted on the side, Power/Backlighting button on top, Volume and Zoom buttons on front, and a Thumb Stick positioned in the center. The thumb stick allows channel selection and volume adjustment in FRS/GMRS mode, as well as quick map panning, enter, and selection functions in GPS mode.

Other features include a backlit display (160 x 160 pixels), external voice activation (VOX), waterproof construction to IPX-7 standards (immersible in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes), storage for up to 500 waypoints with graphic identification and 20 reversible routes, 10,000 trackpoints and up to 20 saved tracks to retrace your path or a companion's path via the location-reporting feature, trip computer with speed tracking, sunrise/sunset read out, trip time, and trip distance, and multiple grid formats including MGRS and Loran TD. The Rino 130 even sends and receives short text notes for quiet communication.

The Rino 130 has a battery life of 14 hours (typical use) on 3 AA alkaline batteries (not included).

What's in the Box
Rino 130 receiver, a PC-interface cable, a wrist strap, a belt clip, a user's manual, and a quick-reference guide. ... Read more

Features

  • Combination portable 2-way radio and GPS receiver with built-in electronic compass, barometric altimeter, and weather receiver
  • Radio specs: 14 FRS channels for 2-mile range, 7 GMRS channels for 5-mile range, 38 subcodes per channel, hands-free VOX
  • GPS specs: 12-channel, WAAS-enabled receiver, up to 500 waypoints, trip computer with speed tracking
  • Beam your location to another Rino user within a 2-mile range using the FRS spectrum
  • Sends and receives short text notes for quiet communication

24. Garmin GPS 72 1 MB Handheld GPS with Water-Resistant Exterior

our price: $140.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006J6SA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 1106
Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The GPS 72 is an affordable solution for land or marine navigation designed to provide precise GPS positioning using correction data obtained from the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). The GPS 72 can provide position accuracy to less than three meters when receiving WAAS corrections. This rugged, waterproof, floatable GPS receiver offers a large, 4-level grayscale screen. The GPS 72 has 1 MB of memory for use with optional Garmin MapSource Point of Interest software.

Other features include:

  • 500 waypoints with name and graphic symbol; 50 reversible routes
  • Built-in quad helix receiving antenna
  • Permanent user data storage; no memory battery required
  • Water resistant, IEC-529, IPX7 (Submersible 1 meter @ 30 minutes) and floatable
  • Audible alarms for anchor drag, arrival, off-course, proximity waypoint, and clock
  • "Large numbers" option for easy viewing
  • Trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more
  • Automatic track log; 10 saved tracks let you retrace your path in both directions
  • Built-in celestial tables for best time to fish, plus sun and moon calculations

What is WAAS?
GPS receivers have an accuracy of about 15 meters, but you can get to as close as 3 meters with a WAAS-enabled receiver. WAAS stands for Wide Area Augmentation System, which is a network of satellites and ground stations (in North America) that were designed to improve the accuracy and ensure the integrity of information coming from GPS satellites. Originally implemented by the FAA for aviation use, WAAS is particularly useful for serious outdoors enthusiasts as well as for precise in-city navigation.

Power and Size
The GPS 72 uses 2 AA batteries to provide up to 16 hours of operation. It measures 2.7"W x 6.2"H x 1.2 inches and weighs 7.7 ounces without batteries.

What's In The Box
This package includes the GPS 38 receiver, wrist strap, owners manual, and quick reference guide. ... Read more

Features

  • 12-channel handheld land/marine GPS receiver
  • WAAS-enabled for 3-meter accuracy
  • 1 MB built-in memory for points of interest storage (not map compatible)
  • 500 user waypoints with name and graphic symbol; 50 reversible routes
  • Floatable, waterproof to 1 meter; built-in celestial time tables for best time to fish

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars COMPRA DE GPS GARMIN 72
Srs. AMAZON, me dirijo a uds. para saber cuales son los pasos a seguir para ordenar la compra de 25 GPS Garmin 72, asi como el tiempo que demoraria en llegar, el precio exacto del envio y los impuestos.
Asi mismo nos interesa saber los costos de los accesorios del mismo:
- cuatro (5) PC interface cable.
- cuatro (5) licencias de MapSource.
- venticinco (25) estuches para los GPS.
- sesenta (60) pilas recargables Panasonic Ni/Cd.
- quince (15) cargadores para 4 pilas recargables.

Atentamente

Ing. Héctor Velásquez G.
CONSORCIO VCHI
Av. Larco 383 Miraflores
Lima - PERU
(511) 444-0537

5-0 out of 5 stars an excellent GPS
I have tried a Etrex Vista, Sportmap, and a Gekko but I bought a Garmin 72. I like the 72 for use on my kayak where I can use the large screen to see my speed three feet away. This unit has been put through the ringer and it just keeps working. I don't miss the mapping at all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Garmin GPS72
Have used the GPS72 now for 4 months. It has been a pleasure to use. The Garmin operating system is is easy to follow and the prompts make it unnecessary to carry the manual to use all of the features. So far it is waterproof as advertised as it lives in my canoes and while not fully submerged is subject to splash and spray every time it is out. Approximately 66 hours of use to data and am totally happy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pinpoint precision
This is a great GPS, probably the best I've ever used. I started with GPS in 1997 with the Garmin GPS 38, and three years later purchased an eTrex. I was satisfied with that, but when I heard about the added features of the 72, I went ahead and bought it to replace the eTrex. It is far more powerful than the eTrex and easier to use. The 72 makes excellent use of its dedicated zoom and menu keys. These alone make this unit quicker and easier to operate than some entry-level units. The display is of higher resolution which makes things like track lines more precise--a real problem on the eTrex, on which the track appeared as a thick black line that didn't show many meanders or fine movements. Many of the software features that the GPS 38 had, but the eTrex didn't, are included here, such as the ability to measure distance between waypoints, pan on the map page, and time-stamp marked points. The receiver in the 72 is very hot and sometimes gets you a fix within seconds. The software is apparently upgradeable and the receiver is WAAS-enabled, so it's ready for the next generation of navigation. Like most GPS units it's completely waterproof and it's worked for me under very unfavorable conditions. The third GPS I've owned and probably the last one I'll ever need to buy. Another job well done by Garmin.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect for non-mappers
I'm one of those rare people who decided to get a GPS not for mapping, but for additional display info while driving (in my case, speed, elevation, and navigation) and since I planned to mount it upright on the dash, it needed an antenna that would allow good reception in that position. The GPS 72 fit my profile the way I wanted things to work in every way except one...the time format available for the Navigation page, which is almost the only page I use, doesn't include seconds.

If Garmin would allow the customizable display to include the date-time format line available on the Satellite page on the Navigation page, this unit would be perfect. As it stands, I can toggle to the Satellite page if I need to know pretty easily, so otherwise, I'm good to go. I did find a Garmin unit that can do this, but I would have spent twice the money.

The unit is simple to understand out of the box even for a GPS novice like myself. The manual is laid out well and, with a bit of practice, complete functionality should be easy. The black body blends into the dash and the screen size is perfect for me. I can see myself marking Waypoints this Christmas for the best neighborhood light displays so I can find them again next year.

I like it. I like it a lot. ... Read more


25. Garmin GPSMAP 76S Handheld GPS
list price: $482.99
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Asin: B00006662D
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 1867
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • GPS receiver with integrated barometric altimeter and electronic compass for precise location, elevation, and bearing information
  • Basemap of North and South America, including major highways, thoroughfares, rivers, lakes, and borders
  • 500 waypoints with name and symbol; 50 reversible routs
  • Rugged design and large screen for improved readability
  • 24 MB memory for downloading data from optional Garmin MapSource CD-ROMs

Reviews (20)

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor usabiltiy - GPS 76S
I've used this unit for well over a year now. I do a lot of mountaineering, sea kayaking, and sailing, and the GPS 76S seemed ideal for my needs. I invested $399 in the unit, about a hundred dollars on a the US Topo MapSource CD, and over a hundred dollars on a single set of marine charts. So I've sunk a ton of dollars into the unit. I would have to say I am definitely not satisfied with the unit, mostly because the display is unreadable under most lighting conditions.

Some specific comments:

- MapSource software, for interfacing with Garming topo and marine data, is extremely primitive

- Very difficult to tailor the display to show relevant marine data

- Magnetic compass is not usable, first because it is almost impossible to hold it "level" to its standard, second because its directions are always wildly off

- Screen is very hard to see due to low contrast, partly because Garmin insists on adding a grey background to the images in the display

- Screen is very reflective, in many lighting situations all you can see is your nose and sunglasses!

- Screen surface is very soft and very sratchable

Overall impression: In demanding outdoor use, with real lighting conditions and the need to get a real answer fast (mountaineering, or looking for a navigation buoy at sunset in high winds) this unit is worthless. I'm really sorry I bought it. I've owned four other Garmin GPS units, as well as a Lowrance, and this is the least usable in my experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Garmin GPSMAP76S is better than the Vista
I've had my Garmin GPSMAP 76S for about a week, and I've owned an eTrex Vista for over a year. These units have several features in common: barometric altimeter, digital compass, and 24 MB of memory for storing detailed map data (which must be downloaded from optional MapSource CD ROMS). Both units have backlighted displays and come with serial PC interface cables.

The software is well organized on both units, although somewhat different. Navigating through the 76S pages and menus is similar to other Garmin receivers like the GPS III. Both the Vista and the 76S can look up sun/moon rise/set time data for any date and location, as well as indications of fair, good or best times for hunting and fishing. Admittedly, the Vista has a few software features not found on the 76S. However, Garmin periodically issues software updates for their GPS recievers, which you can download for free from the Garmin web site. I'm hoping that a couple of my favorite features of the Vista may yet appear in a future software release for the 76S.

The Vista is certainly smaller and a bit lighter than the 76S. However, in all other respects I would have to say that the 76S is a better unit. The larger display is easier to see and use. Also, the illuminated buttons on the front of the unit are easier to operate than the side-mounted buttons and 'click-stick' of the Vista. The map display is more customizable. Unlike the Vista, the 76S has an audible alarm, which I use to alert me to approaching turns along my route of travel (a useful feature on long, boring Interstate trips).

What really impressed me about the 76S is its speed of operation. Satellite acquisition seems faster (it has a different kind of antenna than the Vista). Looking up data (waypoints, routes, points of interest, etc.) seems quicker, and generally navigating through the software (pages, menus, etc.) works almost as quickly as you can press the buttons. In particular, screen redraws are much quicker. You may still have to wait a few seconds for a highly detailed map to redraw, but it seems to be 2 or 3 times quicker then the Vista. Generally, I have found that mid- to low-detail maps redraw in 2 seconds or less, making the 76S a pleasure to use!

If you operate a boat, you may be pleased to know that the 76S comes preloaded with Navaid information (optional MapSource data can be obtained for fishing hot spots and 'BlueChart' detailed Navaid info - see the Garmin web site for more details). Audible alarms can also be set for anchor drag, approach and arrival, off-course, proximity waypoint, shallow water and deep water. There are also tide tables for the U.S., western Canada and the Caribbean, and the unit floats in water (like the Vista, it will withstand submersion to a depth of one meter). There's also an interface for connecting a separate differential receiver, although you may not need the extra accuracy since the Dept. of Defense has turned off 'selective availability' for the GPS satellites (which allows civilian GPS receivers to be more accurate).

I use my Vista while bicycling, and I think that it has suffered some damage from vibration. I'll probably continue to use it on my bike, since smaller and lighter requires less effort. My new 76S, however, will accompany my other travels, and will ride proudly on top of my dashboard (with optional auto mount, and for long trips with optional power adapter plugged in). The Vista is excellent, but as far as I'm concerned, the GPSMAP 76S is better!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, versatile unit with some drawbacks.
I highly recommend the 76s for anyone who is spending time in the remote, trackless outdoors. I've become lost a few times in southern Utah, perhaps the most difficult backcountry region in the world. I bought the 76s to record routes in case I need to backtrack to extricate myself from the canyon country, and I've been very impressed with how easy this system is to use. I only have two complaints: I have not been able to get near the 16 hours of battery life that Garmin advertises, even with the backlight off; and I can't get an accurate reading inside my truck, which at times has been more than a headache. Inside my truck the compass tends to freewheel and my route readings become useless. I have attempted to get information from Garmin, but they respond with more questions, and haven't been of much help so far. There are rooftop antenas available for other models, but I don't know of one for the 76s, and Garmin has yet to respond to that query. Overall, I'm happy with what is obviously a well-designed and usable receiver, and just wish that I could get some answers to my technical questions. Another note to drivers: the compass works only when the unit is held almost dead level. Try to find a place in your vehicle to mount the unit so that it is simultaneously level and visable from the driver's seat. I haven't found a good spot yet.

The unit is very solidly built, durable, and has survived two falls already. Garmin says it's waterproof, but Utah isn't a good test for this feature.

I would appreciate any accurate feedback on whether or not a rooftop antena will imrove the compass function...is the compass magnetic, or does it use sattelite data to get oriented? Garmin hasn't answered this question.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works fine in Israel
I live in Israel. I ordered the unit from Amazon with some fear that it may not work properly here. However the unit is great and it works excellent. You can set up the unit to view your position in Israeli coordinates -new or old. Just look on the internet for the Israel Datum, and enter the data in the Datum screens. The car power-cable is a must, and so is the dispenser. It does not work in house, but I get a good reception in the car (without an antenna). Although this is my first GPS I can tell it is a very good one with many options. When you on the move (for example you drive from one town to another)it draws a line in the map screen, showing your trails. Then when you drive back, it draws parallel lines keeping a clearance between the lanes and showing points of intersections. The unit does not come with any map for Israel. I do not recommend to buy the MapSource as it is not accurate. I give it 4 stars just because I never rate anything as 100%...

5-0 out of 5 stars Going VERY off-road? This unit is a dream!
I work as an archaeologist outside the united states, where WAAS technology and most of the hi-res map CD's don't apply. Even so, right out of the box, this GPS unit filled nearly all of my needs.

The antenna/receiver was clearly more than adequate. Accuracy was within 3 to 7 meters (enough to plot the locations of relatively small archaeological features, or generally map the outlines of larger features such as major structures), even under dense tree cover and without WAAS. [Use of this unit in the United States should be even more accurate than this, due to WAAS coverage]. I was occasionally surprised when it would temporarily loose satellite reception when my shirt-tails covered the unit (which I stored on my belt with an optional neoprene case w/belt clip). But the audible alarm would alert me to this, and reception was always restored within seconds after I tucked in my shirt.

Searching for archaeological sites in areas without trails, I relied upon the GPS unit to bring me back to my vehicle at the end of the day. The mapping screen was simply amazing in this respect: large, hi-res, easy to read in bright or dark conditions, the ability to "overzoom" to sub-meter scales (great if you are only five steps off your trail but can't find it in all the thorns), and with the built-in electronic compass you are always pointing in the right direction.

Some have complained about the positioning of the buttons, and I was skeptical myself. But after an entire season of use, I've found that it is actually more ergonomic than previous units I've owned. By placing the buttons on top, you grab the entire GPS unit in you palm, rather than precariously grabbing just the bottom.

The instruction manuals are almost worthless, which is fine since the keys and menus of the unit itself are so intuitive that most users will be able to setup and use the 76-S within minutes of unpacking it, with or without the manuals. ... Read more


26. Garmin Geko 201 GPS with Waterproof Exterior (Green)
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00007MMNS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 863
Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Compact 12-channel GPS receiver with high-contrast display (100 x 64 pixels)
  • WAAS-enabled for 3-meter accuracy
  • Stores 500 waypoints and 20 routes with 125 waypoints per route
  • Easy operation: five buttons for one-hand use
  • 12-hour operation on 2 AAA batteries; includes serial PC interface

Reviews (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars Just a Toy? No way!
Intrigued by Garmin's Geko 201 Personal Navigator®? It's smaller than an eTrex and dwarfed by many standard GPS units. But is the Geko a real GPS or just a toy?

First, the Geko 201 is a serious GPS receiver. It features WAAS differential correction; memory for 500 waypoints, twenty routes, a whopping 10,000 track points and ten saved tracks; and it connects to external power or to your PC for data transfer with an optional cable. It floats. The array of five buttons is easy to use. The screen is tiny, but it's not that hard to read. Menu choices allow configuration of the data screens to your liking. The back is rubberized, so you can lay it on your dashboard (where it works quite well) and not have it slide around. Using only two AAA batteries, the unit is light as well as small enough to fit in a shirt pocket (but the limited power supply may be an issue for some as explained below). The Geko also has four built-in arcade games, a novelty to emphasize that GPS can be fun.

The Geko doesn't show base maps but is adept at recording points and lines (keeping track of where you've been, locations you want to remember and where you'd like to go). If you want a GPS unit to use primarily for hiking or recording locations, the absence of base maps isn't that significant. Fact is that the base maps in many GPS units don't provide enough detail to be of much use at a close-in scale unless you can download more features from a CD. If you need map detail, a Geko easily connects to a PDA or laptop computer to display your location in navigation programs or even projected on aerial photos.

The Geko utilizes a built-in "patch" antenna (a square plate inside the unit, located under the lizard logo). I found the antenna remarkably sensitive when the unit is held correctly. It works best in a horizontal orientation, the top edge of the unit pointed to the horizon. That way the antenna can look up to the sky. Hang it around your neck on a lanyard, though, and the reception will drop. (Note: Unlike receivers with a patch antenna, GPS units like the Garmin 72 and 76 series using a quadrifilar helix antenna should be operated with the top edge pointed skyward.)

As an experiment, I took both a big Garmin GPSMAP 76S and the Geko 201 on a hike through a forest area. I wanted to see if the Geko could perform as well and hold a track in a wooded situation. After the hike I downloaded the data with a freeware mapping program (USAPhotoMaps) to overlay the GPS tracks on a TerraServer aerial photo. That's the best way to visualize where you've been. To my surprise the tracks and waypoints recorded by the two units were nearly identical. The Geko had no problem holding a signal in the test, even while I walked through a crowded pine plantation.

On the downside, Geko's rather feeble power supply - two AAA batteries - disappoints me. Garmin claims that two AAA alkaline batteries can last up to twelve hours (on battery saver mode). For economy, however, I use NiMH rechargeable batteries. I know that NiMH power cells don't last as long as alkaline, but the duration was far shorter than I expected - only 40 minutes set on standard mode in 32° F March weather. At 60° F (~16° C) the Geko ran just two hours on fresh NiMH batteries. It operated five and a half hours in battery saver mode with NiMH batteries on the warm dashboard of my car. It's also peculiar that the Geko manual extols lithium batteries for cold weather use and long life when nobody manufactures AAA lithium batteries. Only AA-cell batteries from Energizer are available in a lithium formulation. They can operate to -40°F and last four times longer than alkaline batteries, but sadly do not fit a Geko.

Although you may rely on a more complex GPS for serious tasks, having a miniature Geko tucked in your pocket or bag could be handy. If you toss the Geko to your kids in the back seat to play arcade games en route to your destination, however, the batteries could be dead by the time you arrive. You might prefer a recreational GPS unit using AA batteries for extended outdoor activities, but a Geko is a good buy for educational, casual or backup use.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent (and tiny) GPS
This little GPS, while not having any removeable memory nor a large bank of memory, does VERY well with what it does have. It easily stored a 6 hour hike in it's memory, with less than half the memory used. For street mapping, it has a connection for a computer -- And coupled with Delorme Street Atlas USA, is a high-end solution for in car navigation. (Requires the cables and a serial/USB converter, which are reasonably priced and excellently assembled at the pfranc project.) The eTrex cable/converter is the same for this Geko.

The battery life isn't really a negative -- ten to twelve hours of operation is just fine, and you can replace low batteries without losing information, so nothing is hurting there. Overall, the price for this unit makes this unit an excellent purchase. Only complaint is that the color is a bit ugly -- And the stretch holster offered by Garmin doesn't do anything for its appearance either.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I bought the Geko 201 as a replacement for my very old Magellen Blazer 12. The difference is night and day.

Although both had parallel processing, the Geko picks up signals much faster. From a cold, fresh-out-of-the-box start, it took the Geko less than a minute to figure out where it was. The Blazer 12 took about 10 minutes even when given hints.

The screens are simple and extremely useful. Even with my very bad eyesight, the display was very readable. The buttons make sense, no manual necessary.

A few people have mentioned a "flaw" with the power button. I have carried this Geko around for almost two months, keeping it in my pocket almost every day. The unit has NEVER come on by accident. The power button is recessed and takes a good push to get it going.

As a hiker and backpacker, my power usage might be less demanding than others. I find that the battery lasts about 8-9 hours on battery save mode. This mode even works well in forests. The only time the Geko is kept powered on is if I'm mapping a trail. Otherwise, it is used for waypoints and position checks only.

The lack of displayed maps is irrelevent as I have yet to see a GPS with enough detail to be worth it. I have linked the Geko to DeLorme's Topo 5 with excellent results. Routes, tracks, waypoints can all be moved freely back and forth. This is great for mapping new trails or discovering hard-to-find trailheads. The memory is more than enough, I've never gotten past 12% full after a weekend jaunt.

Of course, the size is amazing. The color is also nice as I can actually find it! This is an excellent buy and a great choice for those who want GPS served up straight, stripped of all the annoying "features" of other units. I just purchased a second 201 for my hiking friend, she loves hers as much as I do!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good product in need of small improvement
Very good, lightweight GPS system, ideal for hiking/mountain etc.
However 3 cheap improvements would be advisable:
1. The accidental ON/OFF is a real issue. My own trick is to install one of the batteries the wrong way in order to give zero voltage and protect against accidental switching on. The designer could easily have set up a system like on mobile phones. Already got twice out of power because of accidental switch on!
2. Real autonomy with alkaline is 6 hours - far too short for my use. Current AAA NiMH rechargeables are 800mAh while one can find AA rechargeables at 2000mAh. AA Alkalines can be found in nearly any village in any country, not AAA. I would fancy an accessory allowing external power supply with bigger batteries (ideally 4 AA size) or connection to a solar panel for long expeditions.
3. Would be nice if it had a loop for a carrying strap (like on any camera).
If nothing is available soon I will make an external battery power supply myself.
Jean

5-0 out of 5 stars Great intro to GPS but be careful ordering accessories
This is my first GPS unit to own. I bought it for one specific task (to measure distances on my jogging routes) and for the general purpose of learning and using a GPS. It's simple to use, easy to carry running, and I'm completely satisfied with the unit. I also want to connect it to my laptop (that's why I got a 201 instead of a 101). So I also got the PC acessory cable that the amazon website suggests, but it is made for a different model series and does not connect to the geko 201. ... Read more


27. Garmin eTrex Summit GPS with Electronic Compass and Altimeter
list price: $229.99
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Asin: B00004UF7T
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 2193
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Palm-size, lightweight, and waterproof, Garmin's eTrex Summit is a 12-channel handheld global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver. The Summit's easy-to-use menu lets you create and view waypoints, save and view track logs, calibrate the compass and altimeter, and access setup features, among others. Its trip and elevation computers calculate a range of data including direction of movement; total and average ascent and descent; current, average and maximum speeds; trip odometer--and much more. The five user buttons located on the unit's sides allow for simple single-handed operation. The eTrex Summit offers a total of20 routes to be stored, an improvement over the single route that the eTrex base model stores, as well as almost 1500 more track log points more than the entry level eTrex. Additionally the Summit offers the super useful compass and altimeter built in making it perfect to aid in traditional map and compass reading. If you plan on keeping track of every tree in the forrest then the eTrex Legend with 8MB of memory and 1,000 waypoints might be right for you.

Even in dense cloud cover or bad weather, the Summit maintains its lock on available satellites. Garmin's TracBack feature reverses your track log, helping you navigate your way back. Its graphical user interface quickly and easily identifies your marked waypoints--up to 500.

During normal operation, the Summit runs for up to 16 hours on two AA batteries and up to 22 hours when in battery-save mode. It has a built-in antenna and an external power/data connector.

The eTrex Summit comes with a one-year warranty, and Garmin's Web site offers numerous online informational resources and FAQs. ... Read more

Features

  • Palm-size global positioning system (GPS) pinpoints location anytime, anywhere--regardless of cloud cover or weather
  • Automatic track log with two-way navigation; stores 10 custom tracks
  • Navigates up to 50 waypoints in sequence with animated graphical interface
  • Waterproof case; adjustable, backlit LCD; battery-save feature
  • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software for downloading trip and waypoint data (not map compatible)

Reviews (13)

2-0 out of 5 stars Little to offer over the GPS 12
I really love my Garim GPS 12. It is easy to use and move between screens and features. The Summit is not as easy to use. It is not as convenient to identify way points, does not work with mapping software and its display is to simple. It was not a step up but sideways. I use it in conjunction with my GPS 12 mostly just to keep the track log.

5-0 out of 5 stars Accurate, fast and small
I have several GPS for different uses. The most professional one is a Raytheon Chartplotter 630 on my motoryacht. The E-Trex Summit I bought to use for trekking and to mark the GPS location on dive trips with dive operators. They are VERY reluctant to reveal the GPS dive location. I found no difference in accuracy to other GPS. What is completely amazing is the sync time until all satellites are mapped and its ability to work by partly covered satellite horizons. The E-trex Summit syncs in about 15-30 seconds for normal use. The larger units all need 5-15 minutes!!! I have already ordered another one as backup for my boat. Two AA batteries or NiMh cells will run for more than 24 hours. The GPS III+ needs 4-5 times the batteries! The digital compass and barometric pressure/level display are very practical features and very accurate. This is not just a toy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
I use it when I go sking, so I see how fast I can go, I use it for biking, so I can tell how far I have gone. I can be in the middle of my two story house and still get a signal (It takes about 10 minutes though) Outside it will pick up a signal in under 30secconds. Its Great!

Pro-Easy to use
-Lots of info
-Can be used for rec/work
-Very accurate

Con-Sucks up batteries fast

3-0 out of 5 stars Great GPS, less accurate than I would like
This GPS is a great help for any kind of GPS work you would need to do that didn't require you to be any closer than about 20 feet. Within 20 feet is is inprecise.

I've found that the altimeter needs regular calibration to be accurate as well.

Too bad it doesn't come standard with an A/C adapter. You'd think with all the money you're paying the least you would get is an A/C adapter!

4-0 out of 5 stars Altitude profile doesn't download
I've checked this GPS out in the toughest test and I guess you get what you pay for, this model can display the profile for up to 25 miles on the screen , but when you download the data the profile is very hard to re create on the PC, I've tried using several kinds of download software and then Harvard Graphics or excel , with the same result, a horizontal scale problem.

Every check I have made on its accuracy shows no problem , just this end of the line processing, perhaps I'm the only user trying to print off the profile ... Read more


28. Garmin GPS 18 Deluxe GPS Sensor with nRoute and City Select Navigation Software (USB Interface)
list price: $162.49
our price: $129.99
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Asin: B0002HS1A2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 1365
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Amazon.com Product Description

Traveling with your laptop on business or vacation? Garmin's GPS 18 global-positioning sensor is a simple, convenient, and inexpensive way to turn your PC laptop into a personal navigator. The GPS sensor is bundled with nRoute and City Select navigation software that automatically guides you with turn-by-turn directions and voice prompts to get you safely to your destination.

Similar to Garmin's MapSource software, nRoute features an easy-to-use interface, making its operation intuitive so you can focus on driving. It offers auto-routing and voice-prompting capabilities for virtually any address.

The GPS 18 package also includes City Select North America map data with detailed maps of the United States and select cities in Canada. This data is fully unlocked, and map detail includes highways, interstates, business roads, and residential roads, with turn restrictions, speed categories, and other navigation features. Its more than 5 million points of interest include restaurants, lodging, attractions, shopping, emergency services, post offices, among others.

The GPS 18 includes a 12-parallel-channel, WAAS-enabled sensor/receiver just 2.4 inches in diameter with an integrated magnetic base. The receiver connects to your PC via a USB interface, high-speed 2.0 with USB 1.1 compatibility, and it's powered via your computer so you'll never have to change batteries.

What's in the Box
GPS 18 sensor with USB connection, integrated magnetic base, automotive windshield mount, nRoute with City Select North America map data (full unlock), owner's manual, and a quick-start guide. ... Read more

Features

  • A simple, convenient, and inexpensive way to turn your PC laptop into a personal navigator
  • GPS sensor bundled with nRoute and City Select navigation software that automatically guides you with turn-by-turn directions and voice prompts
  • 12-parallel-channel, WAAS-enabled sensor/receiver just 2.4 inches in diameter with an integrated magnetic base
  • Connects to your PC via USB 2.0 interface (USB 1.1 compatible)
  • Waterproof to withstand immersion in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes

29. Garmin Rino 120 Waterproof GPS / FRS / GMRS / 8MB
list price: $269.99
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Asin: B000065DQ2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 1922
Average Customer Review: 3.74 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Combination two-way radio and GPS receiver
  • Radio specs: 14 FRS channels for 2-mile range, 7 GMRS channels for 5 mile range, 38 subcodes per channel, hands-free VOX,
  • GPS specs: 12-channel, WAAS-enabled receiver, up to 500 waypoints, trip computer with speed tracking
  • Beam location to another Rino user within a two-mile range using the FRS spectrum
  • Basemap of North and South America that includes major cities, highways; 8 MB of memory for downloadable maps

Reviews (27)

3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent GPS, Below Average Radio
I bought this device to cut down by one the number of electronic gizmos that I carry around while traveling with my family, not for its position transmission feature. After using the Rino I tink that the combination of radio and GPS in one device is an excellent idea in theory, but the execution of the idea in the Rino is flawed because of the poor performance of the radio.

The GPS in the Rino 120 is very similar if not identical to the Garmin etrex Legend and even the included basemap is useful for rough navigation. I found the GPS user interface to be quite intuitive. Further, the satellite reception was considerably better than I expected; surprisingly, I could get a 2d lock from inside my house. More memory would be nice for downloading MapSource maps, but really I don't have any substantive criticism of the GPS - this is what Garmin does, and does well, in the rest of its product line.

However, I was so disappointed in the performance of the Rino as a radio that I returned the unit. I'm an amateur radio operator and I well understand the limitations of FRS / GMRS in simplex (no repeater) operation. (If you didn't already know, those "2" and "5" mile maximum range claims that all radio manufacturers seem to make are obtainable only under the most favorable conditions and in the real world you will do well to get, at best, half of those distances.) Even within these limitations, the radio in the Rino is poor by comparison to good standalone FRS radios (We use Icom 4008A's).

When I was testing the Rino, I set it side by side in my house with my Icom and used both to scan the FRS channels for traffic. The Icom repeatedly picked up clearly audible conversations (by people using unknown types of FRS radios) that the Rino never heard. When I turned off the squelch on the Rino ("monitor mode") and set it to the channel the Icom stopped on, I could hear only the faintest echoes of transmissions that were clearly audible on the Icom. On a recent trip, I was using the Rino and was standing right next to my wife who was wearing an Icom. Another in our party called us from perhaps 1/2 mile away using his Icom. I could hear him clearly on my wife's radio while the Rino barely broke squelch and was unintelligible.

If your use for this device is heavy on the GPS side and light on the radio side, then I would consider it. If you are looking for a radio that incidentally contains a GPS, I would pass on the Rino for now, go for the Batman look and buy standalone GPS and FRS / GMRS devices. No, you won't have the position reporting feature this way, and that is one of the strongest points of the Rino. However, given that this feature is tied to the Rino's FRS performance, don't expect too much.

All in all, kudos to Garmin for this truly excellent idea, and I will certainly buy another release of the Rino in the future if Garmin will give us radio performance equivalent to their excellent GPS. Frankly, I would be willing to pay more for the unit if it had that kind of performance.

5-0 out of 5 stars A combination long awaited
I was delighted to see the RINO models, as we found that carrying both a GPS and a separate radio while hunting was a real juggling act. This combination was an answer to prayers. I expect a significant number of my family and hunting friends will end up with these units.

Some of the reviews mentioned problems with radio compatibility with the Motorola FRS units. We have six of the Motorola units and have had no problems between them and the Garmin. I have also, so far, not had problems with battery life, and have used the unit in all combinations of operation. One hopes these problems were isolated events.

I find the RINO's operation to be very intuitive, little or no reference to the manual was necessary (though I have now read the entire thing). The unit is certainly the easiest of all the various GPS units I've used. This one even picks up signal while in our house, something no other unit I've seen has done.

A factor I had never considered with other units is how well the machine fits/holds in the hand.

So far, in our short association, I'm both very impressed and pleased with the machine. I would recommend it highly.

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June 03.
The RINO and I have now been together for a number of months. It continues to be an excellent tool.

In addressing the reports of battery life and radio reception, I feel it necessary to report that I STILL have not had problems with battery life. I get two full days of 8-10 hour use from a set of batteries, with power left over.

Between my wife and kids, we have five different Motorola units and have zero problems communicating with them. Both my parents and my in laws have generic "no name" radio sets and the Rino also "talks" to them with zero problems. My unit has software version 2.10, and that may be a factor.

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome GPS, Average Radio
I bought the Rhino 120 for Hiking with my Daughter & we also ride quads & motorcycles on remote trails. The GPS was simply awesome. Accurate & easy to use the basic features, their are alot of features & I am still working on learning them. The basics are easy to learn so you don't get lost & it is easy to find your way back with the tracking & waypoints. We used the radio, however it did not seem to work that well with other brand FRS radio's. The range was very limited, but this may not be Rhino's fault, but rather the different brands of radio's, I did not get the opportunity to give a good range test on GMRS. Anyway, my riding buddy was so impressed he is going to get one as well. I am pleased.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unit continually locks up
My unit is in Iraq in combat. We made the mistake of purchasing 30 of these units, 1 for each soldier and they are a disaster.

They lock up continually for no reason, whether using only the GPS or only the radio or both.

Our serial numbers indicate they are fairly new models and we have a series of them starting with 39914168, but I have talked with other owners of this unit here in country and they attest to the same problem.

Imagine you are on a combat patrol and you are using the Garmin as a commo device between the men of your team. You keep calling for the lead vehicle but he doesn't respond because his radio has locked up once again. He doesn't know this of course because the screen is still on (sometimes).

I'm more than disappointed, I'm kind of angry because we had the opportunity to buy Motorolas and the reliable Etrex Garmins which would have saved us nearly $100 per soldier and given us something reliable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Power in a Small Package
When I ordered this product, I read many reviews and tried to get a good background of the Rino 120 to see if the product was worth purchasing. I have had 2 other GPS units, and still have an older GPS III from Garmin and really like the capabilities of that unit. The changes that have happened since purchasing the GPS III are truly amazing. The 120 is packed with so much stuff that I find out new things about it frequently. The greatest benefits (in my opinion) are having a gps and radio incorperated into one unit (less to carry). The Position Reporting is also a HUGE new deal. One can see all sorts of potential uses for Position Reporting - from military operations , to seach and rescue, to rounding up the kids on a camping trip. Other features include the moving map, an alarm clock, calender, and other little trinkets
After the initial position fix, satellite aquisition is much quicker than the old GPS III. Between SA being switched off and the new WAAS system, I have achieved accuracy (based on what the unit says, of course) of 7 feet.
Light and compact, battery usage is not as bad as I had figured, still on first set and my existing headset (motorola frs radios) works fine with this unit.
The only downsides to this unit are you have to watch Garmin's software update page for changes, I have owned the unit a month or two and have already done two updates, mind you the updates are free and the 120 comes with the data cable, while I think the 110 does not. The other thing I noticed is that the factory loaded basemap is somewhat crude - roads have been "straightened out" to make the map simplier - not really a surprise though from what I have seen with gps's and maping software.
Overall I think that the 120 is a fantastic new tool, with great new features. While pricey for a frs radio, it is fairly cheap for a maping GPS and (in my opinion again) a great price for a unit with both a radio and gps. ... Read more


30. Garmin eTrex Venture 1 MB GPS with PC Cable
list price: $199.99
our price: $129.99
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Asin: B000058BCO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 951
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Garmin's eTrex Venture GPS receiver offers a host of track- and path-related programs and is surprisingly easy to use. Its size and design make it comfortable to use one-handed, and its automatic tracking feature and ability to download maps from optional CD-ROMs make it an excellent navigation tool.

Roughly the size and shape of a cell phone, the Venture has six buttons that are easily accessible by thumb and forefinger. The Power, Page, Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Find buttons are along the side, with the big-daddy navigation button (a directional click-button akin to a thumb-operated joystick) on the front above the screen. The side buttons are stiff enough that it's nearly impossible to accidentally push one. However, we found the navigation button to be a bit too stiff, which caused us several errors in entering waypoints.

Text was very easy to read--highlights are discernible and menu bars and clickable objects are well-defined. The unit also has an excellent backlight, which illuminates the whole screen with a white light, giving excellent contrast and viewing capability at night.

The Venture's interface is split into five different pages, each providing different functions. The main menu page gives you access to your saved routes and tracks, as well as setup for using WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation Service) reception, unit measurement, time, and display. These are all quickly rotated through with the click of the Page button on the right-hand side of the unit.

The map page displays the basemap included with the Venture, and for outdoor excursions it provides all the basics you'll need. It automatically tracks your movements and you can save individual tracks for later viewing. The map is zoomable from 500 miles to 20 feet depending on your preferences. You can place waypoints and places of interest on the map and name and change the icons of each to create your own personalized maps. If you decide you want to go somewhere, press the Find button and you'll get quick access to waypoints, your favorites list, and nearby cities.

The Venture features 1 MB of memory for downloading points-of-interest data--including lodging, business services, banks, and more--from optional CD-ROMs via the included PC cable. Unfortunately, for more detailed mapping you'll need to look to the Garmin eTrex Legend or Vista, both of which have larger memory capacities and the ability to download detailed maps.

Reception was, of course, best outside on a clear day, but the Venture retained most of its functionality under limited cover like small buildings or thick trees.

All in all, the Garmin eTrex Venture is a nifty little GPS tool and is ready to roll for your outdoor adventure. However, if you're looking to use more detailed map data with your GPS, the Garmin eTrex Vista or Legend would be a better choice. --Matt Deffer

Pros:

  • Intuitive interface
  • Clear, easy-to-read display
  • Create waypoints at key locations for easy navigation
  • Included PC cable for downloading firmware upgrades and maps
Cons:
  • 1 MB memory only accepts points-of-interest data
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Features

  • Global positioning system (GPS) receiver with database of world cities
  • 1 MB of internal memory for map and data storage; PC cable included
  • Rocker switch on front panel for quick and accurate map panning
  • High-resolution liquid-crystal display
  • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software for downloading trip and waypoint data

Reviews (24)

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed!
I have been using a Garmin 195 GPS for flying for the past 4 years and have been really impressed. But when I acquired the Etrex Venture about a month ago (picked up used at Amazon at a great savings!)it is amazing the progress in electronics. When comparing the two units inside the house the Garmin 195 would never even get usable signal to navigate while the Venture would be ready to navigate in less than 30 seconds. The accuracy is incredible including the elevation readout which so far had been very consistent and I have been getting about 20 hours of battery life when in the "Battery Saver" mode which I am in 90 percent of the time. This is one of the easiest GPS to use, very "user friendly" and for people whose eyes are getting older the screen can be set up to show large numbers which is much appreciated even the backlight is bright! The unit works in every car I own with no problems, I wedge the unit in front of the speedometer on the Camry and Dodge pickup. It works on the front seat of a 90'Plymouth Acclaim. Make certain that you go to the Garmin website for the lastest software updates currently (2.29) the version I started out with was 2.20 vast improvements have been made to the unit. The new MapResource "points of interest" CD is a great addition to the versatility of the Venture adding cities, landmark and marine details that are not including in the original database. I thought that 1meg of memory would not be enough (do you ever have enough?)but found that it is sufficient for most needs. Living in the East bay of SF I have loaded the unit with all cities (most of northern and central california), businesses(which includes the address and phone number), landmarks and marine to cover from Richmond, ca to San Jose. I recommend Wolfe PC cable and 12 volt adapters with can be purchased on the net in lieu of the Garmin adapter cables. I highly recommend the Venture, however I would like the Etrex Vista but don't want to spend 3 times the price just for the moving map and 24meg of memory.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great tool for traveling, but not with much upgradability
I bought this as I planned to visit Switzerland for the summer and drive across the continental United States by myself. Overall, I think this is a great unit: it's one of the first affordable, reliable personal GPS in a nice package with good features. It has a nice interface that can help you navigate by aid of an artificial compass, quickly add waypoints for navigation, in addition to the usual features such as pan, zoom, etc. This unit is waterproof and floats in water, which is a plus if you're planning to take this to serious hiking trips.

Built into it is a (for me) fairly comprehensive map of major highways and roads in major cities in the U.S., and outlines of other parts of the world.

And this brings up the first negative about this unit: the map software CDs that allow you to upload the internal built-in map are prohibitively expensive.

The second negative is the lack of any computer accompaniment software. This translates to you having to purchase a shareware software if you want to plan your trips ahead of time on a computer.

The last negative is the lack of an external antenna option. While signal reception has been very good for a unit of its size, it would be great to be able to connect a larger antenna to improve connections.

If you're looking for a GPS unit and you're not a navigation buff, this is a great unit to buy. But the lack of upgrade options might be a turn-off for serious travelers and/or hiking/backpacking enthusiasts.

This review refers to the LEGEND model, not the VENTURE model.

4-0 out of 5 stars too advance for begenner
much too advance for a begenner!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome GPS
This product works freat. I use it very often for geocaching and always find my mark. With the addition of Mapsource software this is the piece of equipment to have!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Midrange GPS
I bought this model as an upgrade to Garmin Venture I had gotten in November 2002. I like it for the fact it has more detail than the Venture but the pnly thing that I am disatsfied about is that it needs CDs to upgrade the maps to street level detail. Nonetheless, I think its the best I ever had. Way-togo, Garmin! I use this mainly for geocaching. For more info on geocaching go to: www.geocaching.com. ... Read more


31. Garmin GPSMap 76C 115 MB Handheld GPS with Built-In Quad-Helix Antenna
list price: $535.99
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Asin: B0001MHL0E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 5388
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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All other marine handheld GPS units pale when compared to the GPSMAP 76C. Under the hood, The 76C is a WAAS-enabled, 12 parallel channel GPS receiver with a built-in quad-helix antenna and remote antenna capability. State-of-the-art receivers and powerful microprocessors give you a quick and steady fix. On the outside, The GPSMAP 76C has the familiar GPS 76-family keypad and styling. The bouyant case is water resistant to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (can be submerged in one meter of water for 30 minutes). 115 MB of memory, an Americas Autoroute basemap with major interstates and highways, and a Marine Point database with navigational aids for North and South America are built in so users can be ready to go right out of the box. The unit is also compatible with Garmin's full line of mapping software for land and sea. Fast USB connectivity makes loading charts and maps quick and easy, while navigation instructions can be shared with repeaters, plotters, and autopilots using NMEA protocols through the dedicated serial port.

The 76C is easy on the eyes, too. The latest color-display technology featuring a 256-color, transreflective LCD gives the unit the brightest, sunlight-readable display available. The unit offers up to 30 hours of power on two AA alkaline batteries and there's no need to worry about data loss when the juice runs out. The 76C features permanent user-data storage; there's no memory battery required.

Other features include the ability to program 1000 user waypoints with name and graphic symbol, as well as track 50 reversible routes. The unit supports a wide range of position formats: Lat/Lon, UTM, Loran TDs, Maidenhead, MGRS, user grid, and more. Audible alarms alert users for anchor drag, arrival, off-course, proximity waypoint, and clock. A large-numbers option makes for easy viewing and a trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more. A 10,000 point automatic track log with 20 saved tracks lets you retrace your path in both directions. Finally, built-in celestial tables suggest the best time to fish and offer sun and moon calculations.

What's in the Box
GPSMAP 76C unit, Americas AutoRoute basemap, Marine Points database, MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager, carry lanyard, USB PC interface cable, owner's manual, quick start guide ... Read more

Features

  • WAAS-enabled, 12 parallel channel GPS receiver; built-in quad-helix antenna with remote antenna capability
  • 115-MB internal memory for loading MapSource detail, including marine cartography; USB connectivity for quick chart and map downloads
  • Includes a built-in Americas Autoroute basemap with auto-routing capabilities, including highways, exits, and tide data; internal memory is also pre-loaded with a Marine Point database
  • Position formats include Lat/Lon, UTM, Loran TDs, Maidenhead, MGRS, user grid, and more
  • Trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Costly Marine Software
I have just received my new GPS 76C. It is a great unit. There is however a major downside. If you intend to use this for marine navigation and are looking at buying a BlueChart CD to download Charts, you only get one unlock code with your CD. This means that you can only use one of the region charts. Ie. if you are in the Eastern part of the Med, you can use your one free download to get the chart for this area. If you move to the West of the Med, you now need to buy another unlock code. These are far from cheap and will start costing you a fortune. Buy a Magellan GPS as the Marine CD is cheaper and you get all the charts for the region you purchased included and not have to buy each areas chart. I am now stuck with a GPS that I don't really want.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works well in Sunlight
I bought this unit for GPS data collection. I choose it because of the 115mb internal memory and the 10,000 track points storage, WAAS capability, external antenna jack, USB port, ability to load maps, and color screen.

The screen is very readable in full sunlight, better than any I have seen. The rocker switch makes text entry for track and waypoint descriptions easy.

Managing Waypoints is a bit cryptic. This is because there is no function to bring up the waypoint list except the "Find" key.

At first I did not realize I could search by name, there are many submenus whith additioanl functions. I think it would work better if there was simply a WayPoints menu (there is one for Tracks, and one for Routes, why leave waypoints out?) rather than having to "Find" your waypoints.

The MapSource program allows for a DXF export, all I could get was 5 points and a single line. I had collected 7 tracks and 30 waypoints.

O.K., why is Garmin putting games on the GPS units? I would rather have the ability to easily manage waypoints or more tracks than 5 stupid games.

Without WAAS I was getting +/- 21 feet (7 meters) on top of a levee, and +/- 49 feet under canopy, at least thats what the screen said. I was able to collect track and waypoints under different levels of canopy, but I did notice I lost track points while circling a large riparian area with 40-50 foot trees.

Track points can be set to collect once per second, or by distance. The smallest distance is .1 mile, it would be better if it could go down to meters. Track display is very good.

Summary:

I like the unit, but Waypoint Management could be easier.

What would make it better?

1) Waypoint Management Menu screen
2) Allow more than 20 tracks

3) Pulldown box descriptions for Waypoints, Tracks, with user item entrys, like "tree", "River", so I don't have to enter every letter every time.

4) Remove corny games, why would you be playing these games at sea? This is a MARINE unit...

3-0 out of 5 stars Difficult to manage Waypoints
I bought this unit for GPS data collection. I choose it because of the 115mb internal memory and the 10,000 track points storage, WAAS capability, external antenna jack, USB port, and color screen.

The screen is very readable in full sunlight, better than any I have seen. The rocker switch makes text entry for track and waypoint descriptions easy.

However, once you have waypoints marked it is extremely difficult to delete them. This is because there is no function to bring up the waypoint list except the "Find" key. If you have waypoints far-away from you, you cannot delete them because you can only "find" waypoints near your current position.

Well, mine came with 2 waypoints outside of the United States, one was Garmin Europe, the other Garmin Taiwan. These points do not show up if I use the find function as they are too far away.

I see no way to delete these waypoints. Also, since there is no Waypoint management screen, you have to delete the waypoints you can find one at a time.

The MapSource program does not allow you to delete the waypoints, so how do you get rid of Garmin's headquarters?

This seems like a very ridiculous limitation for a NEW GPS unit in this price range.

The MapSource program allows for a DXF export, all I could get was 5 points and a single line. I had collected 7 tracks and 30 waypoints.

O.K., why is Garmin putting games on the GPS units? I would rather have the ability to manage waypoints than 5 stupid games.

Without WAAS I was getting +/- 18 feet (at least thats what the screen said). I was able to collect track and waypoints under canopy, but I did notice I lost track points while circling a large riparian area.

Track points can be set to collect once per second.

Summary:

I like the unit, but not being able to easily manage waypoints is a major limitation.

What would make it better?

1) Ability to Delete all waypoints
2) Waypoint Management Menu screen
3) Allow more than 20 tracks
4) Remove corny games, why would you be playing these games at sea? This is a MARINE unit...

Suggestion:

If you are looking for a GPS unit for Data Collection, this ain't it. Unit has the potential to be a great tool, but un-professional limitations restrict its use to a fancy toy. ... Read more


32. Garmin GPS 12 Personal Navigator (12 Channel)
list price: $231.80
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Asin: B00000J40W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 8998
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Garmin GPS Personal Navigator provides anaffordable choice for outdoor adventurers who want a basic, dependable, andhard-working 12-parallel-channel GPS handheld. It offers fast satelliteacquisition in the toughest conditions--even in heavy tree cover.

The GPS 12's rugged, waterproof case features military tough construction, andits rocker keypad design provides true one-hand operation. The 12-channelreceiver locks into satellites fast and stays locked on, even in extremeconditions. It features 20 reversible routes with up to 30 points each, plus MOBand TracBack modes. You can store up to 500 waypoints, 1,024 track log points,and 9 proximity waypoints. The large, crisp display gives you a clear picture ofwhere you are. You'll get a host of advanced navigation features like enhancedmoving-map graphics, average and maximum speed data, and trip timers. The unitgets up to 24 hours of battery life with 4 AA batteries. ... Read more

Features

  • 20 reversible routes with up to 30 points each, plus MOB and TracBack modes
  • Large, easy-to-read display
  • Keypad designed for 1-hand operation
  • Built military tough

Reviews (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars The best value for the money
My GPS 12 cost only slightly more than the ETrex units, and was a giant leap ahead in quality. After comparing reviews of the Garmin and Magellan units, I concluded that the GPS 12 would be the most reliable, and it really does seem to be. Once it aquires the available satellites, it really stays locked on--I've used it in the car on the passenger seat, on the armrest, in my lap, and it doesn't lose its position. I've even held it to a tiny airplane window and tracked my flight accurately. The biggest issue with lower-end GPS units seems to be their ability to hold a lock, and this one performs extremely well.

There are two major limitations to this unit. First, it doesn't have an external antenna jack, so you can't add an external antenna (except a rebroadcasting antenna, and they're pricy). Second, the flat panel antenna means that you basically need to hold the unit level to work properly. You can't stick it in your shirt pocket, as you could a unit with a helical antenna. The ETrex units have the same limitations, so if you really care about these features you'll have to look at the next model up. It hasn't really been a problem for me.

The display doesn't have a map--no unit in this pricerange has a map feature--but I find I don't miss it. It does display your track, which I've used pretty successfully as a sketchy "map". The GPS 12 has more track and waypoint memory than the ETrex.

One minor complaint I've had is that the unit can take a little while to establish its initial satellite lock. Since I live in the suburbs, I'm usually surrounded by houses--and the hilly terrain of Pittsburgh. So it may not be the unit's fault that it can't see the sky very well.

All in all, I'd say the GPS 12 is about the best value you can get for the money. If you want any noticeably advantage over this unit, you can expect to take a big step up in price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Garmin GPS 12
The unit has excellent satellite reception and even acquires satellites inside some buildings. Battery life is supposed to be 24 hours, but I've had them go much down quicker. Bring along spares. The GPS12 is very accurate and easy to understand. I use mine with the data cable (an extra that should be included) and my laptop for color, moving maps. Incredible. I wish Garmin would include the cigarette lighter adapter too as these are sometimes hard to find. it's a great value too if you don't need built in maps!

4-0 out of 5 stars The closest thing to the best
I owe 2 of these and just recently bought a etrex . The GPS 12 is still far better . I get a signal just about anywhere , easy to use . I've had these for years and would buy them again . There're worth every penny .

5-0 out of 5 stars GPS 12 - A Sleeper
At first glance this device is very deceptive. No fancy color display; just a few little buttons. A closer look still deceives: No map capabilities, no external antenna hook-up; and without the batteries inside, it's almost as light as a feather.

But this unit is no lightweight when it comes to navigational support. I have kept this device in my vehicle for the past three years and have lost count of the times it has kept me from getting turned around. I can count the number of times it has kept me on the trail and back to home without a false move. I keep a detailed journal of such trips on my web site.

Even after all this time, it's still very satisfying to know that I can load in some map coordinates, and just set out to my destination, without worrying about getting there. My greatest trek to date is a 1500-mile journey to the wilderness of Maine, where we consistently hit all our marks without a hiccup. One of those days would have been impossible or ended tragically without the GPS.

Recently I decided to purchase a new GPS and considered selling the GPS 12. But after a few days with the new unit, I decided the GPS 12 still had plenty to offer me for my type of use (Off-road driving). I think it will be with me for many years to come!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Durable, Works Great In Hard Conditions
I've used the Garmin 12 for the last 4 years in the desert of Northwest Kenya. It has endured the sand, heat, sun and abuse I expose it to. I've never even bought a case for it! It's even tracked well in the pocket of my shorts while hiking. If you are needing a handheld GPS that is TOUGH and BASIC, this is the one for you. ... Read more


33. Garmin Rino 110 Waterproof GPS / FRS / GMRS
list price: $199.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000065DQ1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 2477
Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Imagine a cross between a walkie talkie and a Star Trek communicator, that's the best way to understand the Garmin's Rino 110. Not just a powerful GPS receiver, this two-way radio can even track your friends and transmit your location to others. These innovative features and low price makes it ideal whether hiking, hunting, playing paintball or just checking up on your kids.

  • 100 meters: Accuracy of the original GPS system, which was subject to accuracy degradation under the government-imposed Selective Availability (SA) program.
  • 15 meters: Typical GPS position accuracy without SA.
  • 3-5 meters: Typical differential GPS (DGPS) position accuracy.
  • Less than 3 meters: Typical WAAS position accuracy.
About the size of a small cordless phone, the bright-yellow and black Rino 110 has two fixed antennas coming out of the top. One antenna lets you talk at up to two miles using 14 FRS (Family Radio Service) channels. It also can communicate across 8 GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) channels, offering up to 5 miles of range, though this requires an FCC license.

The other antenna offers the advanced WAAS-enabled GPS tracking you'd expect from Garmin (see chart at right). Using the large 160 x 160 pixel backlit display you can save up to 20 different routes and 500 waypoints in the unit's 1 MB of memory. Plus, in addition to the built-in cities database, you can even upload maps from Garmin's Points of Interest CD with an optional adapter.

The fun really starts when you combine these two features. The Rino can transmit its location to others at up to two miles and track up to 50 contacts simultaneously. So, for instance, you can display a map on the screen with the names and locations of all of your friends, or select a friend and have the Rino guide you to their location.

The Rino's graphical interface makes it easy to control its myriad functions with a 5-way cursor, similar to those found on laptop keyboards, which lets you move quickly across the menu screens. This waterproof device runs on 3 AAA batteries.

Once you use the Rino 110, it's hard to imagine purchasing a two-way radio without GPS functionality, the two features go so well together. --Ken Feinstein

Pros:

  • Two-way radio with GPS functions
  • FRS and GMRS support
  • Waterproof
  • Large backlit display
Cons:
  • 1 MB memory not upgradeable
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Features

  • Combination two-way radio and GPS receiver
  • Radio specs: 14 FRS channels for 2-mile range, 7 GMRS channels for 5 mile range, 38 subcodes per channel, hands-free VOX,
  • GPS specs: 12-channel, WAAS-enabled receiver, up to 500 waypoints, trip computer with speed tracking
  • Beam location to another Rino user within a two-mile range using the FRS spectrum
  • Waterproof construction, includes lanyard and belt clip

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Rhino in Iraq
OUTSTANDING to say the least. I carried a Rhino 110 for a year during operation Iraqi Freedom. It suffered more abuse in this year than any normal person would subject it to in 2 lifetimes. The radio performed well when other handheld radios failed from abuse and dirt. The GPS is user friendly and proved to be as accurate or more accurate than Army issue. I personally know at least 20 other soldiers who are using either Rhino 110s or 120s here who are equally satisfied with this piece of equipment. The only hiccup I have found so far is the unit will shut down from a sharp blow, but it will always power up again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice radio/gps for geocaching
Nice radio/gps for the price. I bought two of these radios and the position reporting feature is really neat. I also like the polling fearure which allows you to locate another radio without them sending their location. This of course must be enabled in the settings. Navigating through the menu is relatively easy. Reading the manual does help though. Range is as expected...I usually get at least 1 mile outdoors. Garmin also updates the software which you can download from their website which fix minor issues. You must buy the serial cable to do this. The unit is also waterproof, not just "water resistant". Battery life is about 15 hrs using the gps and radio at the same time. You can turn off the gps or radio if you want to use only one. I'm very happy with my purchase. These are good quality gps/radios.

3-0 out of 5 stars Middle of the road...
The Garmin Rino 110 occupies an awkward middle ground between being an
interesting toy and a serious tool for the outdoors. On the one hand
the idea of melding together GPS and radio communications via FRS/GMRS
is dynamite. Unfortunately the devil is in the details when it comes
down to actually using them. As others have noted the 110 can be
quite finicky about battery life, and even a slight jostle can cause
the units to shut down. There's also the issue of range. I have
found that best way to use the 110 is for car-to-car communication, or
within the controlled distances inside of a campground. I would be
very careful before trusting the 110 in a real "hardcore" outdoor
situation.

Within those limits the 110 is a nifty little device. I am quite keen
to see that the folks at Garmin come up with next. I for one would be
willing to pay more for a unit that is more "ruggedized" or requires a
license but gives you more radio output power in return (and removes
the FCC restriction about sending GPS data at GMRS power levels).
Also a more clever approach with regard to batteries/power management
would be a huge plus.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too Dang Confusing
I had hoped that I could take these out of the box and start GPSing. Apparently you have to read the manual. Not a good start. So I get out the manual and start reading. I learn how to get a name and an icon for myself and whoever I would like to keep track of. OK. But I still can't keep track of anyone or determine my position in any meaningful way. I tried to use these out on a lake where I was looking at a boat with one and I had one on my boat, but I still couldn't figure out where they were using the gps.
The radio is ok. It works. But radios you can get for about 50 bucks at Wal Mart.
Really, what I wanted these things for is to keep track of my daughter when we traveled to Disney World or NYC etc. So far they are worthless for that purpose. At least they are not any better than a pair of MUCH less expensive radios.
I am not a tech geek or anything but I like to think that I am reasonably intelligent. But after hours of reading the manual and trying to figure it out it was still just too damn confusing.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fun Toy, Awkward Tool
These radios cram a lot of great features in a package that almost fits in a pocket. And the price isn't bad for the combination of a decent radio and an adequate GPS, especially when you can do neat things like broadcast your position to other Rinos so that it appears on their GPS map display. But all these great features only really work if you are paying close of attention. There are simply too many features to use conveniently as part of any real outdoor activity. A superb, well thought out user interface might solve the problem, but that's not what you get with this product -- not by a long shot. Garmin has done a decent workmanlike job with its menus and buttons, but it simply isn't nearly enough to save these from being much more than toys.

Two further points worth noting. The longer range GMRS radio does not broadcast location information, and in order to use GMRS you must apply for a license with the FCC, involves a fee and several very confusing forms. ... Read more


34. Garmin GPS 76
list price: $251.99
our price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005B8M0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 3040
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The key to success in life is knowing where you are, where you've been, and where you're going. Garmin's full-featured GPS 76 puts all of that information in the palm of your hand, mapping your movements off-road or on--and even afloat. Plus, its extensive features, PC connectivity, and add-on map options make it powerful enough for practically any need.

About the size of a small paperback book and weighing less than 8 ounces, the GPS 76 fits comfortable in the palm of your hand, but is a bit big to carry in a shirt pocket. Using the unit requires almost no setup. Just put in two AA batteries, turn it on, go outside, and wait. In about a minute or so it will determine your location. It's accurate to about three meters, thanks to the unit's support for WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System), which augments GPS signals for even greater accuracy.

Knowing your longitude, latitude, and altitude doesn't mean much without a little context. That's where the GPS 76's backlit LCD display comes in, displaying your location on detailed maps. The unit comes with a built-in basemap that includes major roads, railroads, rivers, and lakes for the U.S. and Canada, as well as a high-level worldwide map. The unit also has 1 MB memory for storing downloaded points of interest data from optional CD-ROMS, like the Roads & Recreation series.

The eight buttons, directional rocker thumbpad, and menu-based interface made it simple to access all of the unit's features and customize the display. For instance, it's a simple matter to use the buttons to set and name waypoints and build planned routes. Extra features include information on tides, sunrise and sunset, and a trip computer for seeing how far you've traveled and your average speed.

To test the GPS 76 we hit the road headed for Muir Beach north of San Francisco. It tracked our progress along Highway 1, and once we reached our destination we found it very simple to use. It showed both the elevation of the hills as well as the paths we could take. The zoom-in and zoom-out function made it simple to plan out and automatically measure the distance of our intended route.

After walking for a while and enjoying the scenery, we used the TracBack mode to guide us back to our car. The unit automatically stores waypoints as you walk along, letting you display the way home clearly on the map. We even used the TracBack capability to guide us on the roads back to the freeway.

The GPS 76 comes in handy almost anywhere, whether you're hiking, driving, boating, or wandering around a city as a tourist. Its easy-to-use interface makes it immediately useful to novices, and as you learn to exploit its programmability and features it can become an extremely powerful navigation tool. --Ken Feinstein

Pros:

  • Large backlit LCD
  • WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) support
  • Automatic TracBack shows you the way back to your start location
  • PC connectivity with ability to download points of interest and waypoints
Cons:
  • Only 1 MB built-in memory, which can't be expanded
  • Too large to fit comfortably in a shirt pocket
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Features

  • WAAS enabled Global positioning system (GPS) receiver continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites
  • 1 MB memory for downloading data from optional Garmin MapSource CD-ROMs
  • Trip computer with current/average speed, timer, and trip distance
  • Up to 16 hours of use from 2 AA alkaline batteries

Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars Can't calibrate it!
It looks good and it is said that it does wonders, but I can't calibrate it. I have tried many times but it fails on me. And their tech support is hard to reach.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for PDA or PC connection
The GPS 76 is the perfect portable GPS unit for connecting to a PocketPC based PDA or a laptop. I have tested it on an iPAQ 3835 with Pocket Streets 2002 and it works like a champ. I have also tested it with a friend's PDA using Anywhere Map (a moving map/EFIS type program for flying) and it worked great. If you are in an area that can get WAAS reception, the accuracy is even better. If you are looking for a great GPS that can be used stand-alone or attached to a PDA, this is it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Handheld for the Price! Buy One!
Got this GPS for primarily geocaching...It works wonderfully! Best Unit I have owned yet... and I have owned quite a few. Garmin has done it again! If you plan to use it for driving get the MAP76.. but for navigation while hiking this one is everything you will ever need. Great Unit! Great Features and Great Price here at amazon...

4-0 out of 5 stars marine bracket
You can't get the marine bracket any place right now and the unit is useless on a small boat with out one unless you have 3 hands.

don't buy any hand held GPS that doesn't have a bracket, I learned the hard way!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Great Garmin Product
I just got the GPS 76 from a local store, and I must Say that I love it. I have a Garmin GPS 230(Larger, Flush Mounted Boat Unit) and actually acheived better position data because of the WAAS(Wide Area Augmentation System) which will give you correct information as colse as 9feet 95% of the time. Battery Life is Adequate and the Screen is large and easy to read. ... Read more


35. Garmin GPSMAP 76
list price: $400.00
our price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005B4BJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 7174
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The key to success in life is knowing where you are, where you've been, and where you're going. Garmin's full-featured GPSMAP 76 puts all of that information in the palm of your hand, mapping your movements off-road or on--and even afloat. Plus, its extensive features, PC connectivity, and extensive add-on map options make it powerful enough for practically any need.

About the size of a small paperback book and weighing less than 8 ounces, the GPSMAP 76 fits comfortable in the palm of your hand, but is a bit big to carry in a shirt pocket. Using the unit requires almost no setup. Just put in two AA batteries, turn it on, go outside, and wait. In about a minute or so it will determine your location. It's accurate to about three meters, thanks to the unit's support of WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System), which augments GPS signals for even greater accuracy.

Knowing your longitude, latitude, and altitude doesn't mean much without a little context. That's where GPSMAP 76's backlit LCD display comes in, displaying your location on detailed maps. The unit comes with a built-in basemap that includes major roads, railroads, rivers, and lakes for the U.S. and Canada, as well as a high-level worldwide map. The unit also has 8 MB memory for storing maps from optional CD-ROMS; available maps include topographical maps, BlueChart marine cartography maps, as well as city maps with detailed information on city streets and points of interest.

The eight buttons, directional rocker thumbpad, and menu-based interface made it simple to access all of the unit's features and customize the display. For instance, it's a simple matter to use the buttons to set and name waypoints and build planned routes. Extra features include information on tides, sunrise and sunset, and a trip computer for seeing how far you've traveled and your average speed.

To test the GPSMAP 76, we used the included serial cable, connected it to our PC, and loaded it up with topographical maps using the optional United States topographical map disc. We then hit the road and headed for Muir Beach north of San Francisco. It tracked our progress along Highway 1, and once we reached our destination, we found it very simple to use. It showed both the elevation of the hills as well as the paths we could take. The zoom-in and zoom-out function made it simple to plan out and automatically measure the distance of our intended route.

After walking for a while and enjoying the scenery, we used the TracBack mode to guide us back to our car. The unit automatically stores waypoints as you walk along, letting you display the way home clearly on the map. We even used the TracBack capability to guide us on the roads back to the freeway.

The GPSMAP 76 comes in handy almost anywhere, whether you're hiking, driving, boating, or wandering around a city as a tourist. Its easy-to-use interface makes it immediately useful to novices, and as you learn to exploit its programmability and features, it can become an extremely powerful navigation tool. --Ken Feinstein

Pros:

  • Large backlit LCD
  • WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) support
  • Automatic TracBack shows you the way back to your start location
  • PC connectivity with wide variety of uploadable maps available
Cons:
  • 8 MB built-in memory can't be expanded
  • Too large to fit comfortably in a shirt pocket
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Features

  • WAAS enabled Global positioning system (GPS) receiver continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites
  • Preloaded maps of rivers, lakes, worldwide cities, navaids, and tide data
  • Trip computer with current/average speed, timer, and trip distance
  • Programmable alarms and tables; 500 waypoints
  • 8 MB memory for downloading data from optional Garmin MapSource CD-ROMs

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Hits the sweet spot for GPS price/performance...
So I finally got around to upgrading my trusty 3 year old Garmin 12XL to a new GPSMAP 76. I played with one of the Magellan 330s at the local store for comparison but found that once again I simply prefer the Garmin user interfaces. I also picked up the MetroGuide CD. I figured if I was going to upgrade to a mapping GPS, I'd really want richly detailed maps. Surprisingly, I've experienced no buyer's remorse whatsoever. The GPSMAP 76 is nothing short of miraculous! Garmin is to be commended for the improvements they've made to their product line over the years.

The internal quad-helix antenna is excellent. Position accuracy is superb, screen resolution is vastly improved, and the extras such as tidal and celestial info are a really nice touch. The optimal fishing/hunting time predictor seems like overkill but I'll bet there are users who swear by it. The routing and tracking functions are well thought out and much improved since the 12XL was released. WAAS is sort of a mixed bag. I find that that whenever I lock onto WAAS signals, the estimated accuracy gets a few feet worse. It's never reads more than 20-25 feet off total but it's still the opposite of what I'd expect. Regardless of what the estimated error reading is, the accuracy always seems much better than it lets on. I've been using it a lot for geocaching lately and it invariably puts me within 5-6 feet of the caches.

The MetroGuide CD is quite nicely designed for a Windows product (I'm a Mac fan!) It contains substantial improvements over Delormes Street Atlas 4 Mac which was the last CD based mapping product I owned. It's fast and accurate (I understand that they just updated all their maps) and the integration with the GPSMAP is excellent. You can easily transfer all waypoints, routes, tracks, or maps back and forth between the GPS and your PC (or VirtualPC for Mac fans). You can also connect your GPS to the serial port and dynamically track your whereabouts on your laptop screen but I find this arrangement a bit cumbersome. There are just too many wires and batteries to deal with. For me having an easily readable, high-resolution, zoomable map on the GPS is the only way to go.

The only complaint I expected to make was with regard to the limited 8 MB map storage space. It turns out that 8 MB will hold pretty much the entire San Diego, CA and San Francisco, CA Bay Area. If I were driving across the country and wanted to investigate every nook and cranny I might be concerned. Otherwise it's perfectly fine for now.

Great product, great price. Happy navigating!

5-0 out of 5 stars Hits the sweet spot for GPS Price/Performance.
So I finally got around to upgrading my trusty 3 year old Garmin 12XL to a new GPSMAP 76. I played with one of the Magellan 330s at the local store for comparison but found that once again I simply prefer the Garmin user interfaces. I also picked up the MetroGuide CD. I figured if I was going to upgrade to a mapping GPS, I'd really want richly detailed maps. Surprisingly, I've experienced no buyer's remorse whatsoever. The GPSMAP 76 is nothing short of miraculous! Garmin is to be commended for the improvements they've made to their product line over the years.

The internal quad-helix antenna is excellent. Position accuracy is superb, screen resolution is vastly improved, and the extras such as tidal and celestial info are a really nice touch. The optimal fishing/hunting time predictor seems like overkill but I'll bet there are users who swear by it. The routing and tracking functions are well thought out and much improved since the 12XL was released. WAAS is sort of a mixed bag. I find that that whenever I lock onto WAAS signals, the estimated accuracy gets a few feet worse. It's never reads more than 20-25 feet off total but it's still the opposite of what I'd expect. Regardless of what the estimated error reading is, the accuracy always seems much better than it lets on. I've been using it a lot for geocaching lately and it invariably puts me within 5-6 feet of the caches.

The MetroGuide CD is quite nicely designed for a Windows product (I'm a Mac fan!) It contains substantial improvements over Delormes Street Atlas 4 Mac which was the last CD based mapping product I owned. It's fast and accurate (I understand that they just updated all their maps) and the integration with the GPSMAP is excellent. You can easily transfer all waypoints, routes, tracks, or maps back and forth between the GPS and your PC (or VirtualPC for Mac fans). You can also connect your GPS to the serial port and dynamically track your whereabouts on your laptop screen but I find this arrangement a bit cumbersome. There are just too many wires and batteries to deal with. For me having an easily readable, high-resolution, zoomable map on the GPS is the only way to go.

The only complaint I expected to make was with regard to the limited 8 MB map storage space. It turns out that 8 MB will hold pretty much the entire San Diego, CA and San Francisco, CA Bay Area. If I were driving across the country and wanted to investigate every nook and cranny I might be concerned. Otherwise it's perfectly fine for now.

Great product, great price. Happy navigating!

4-0 out of 5 stars list price isnt 400$
this makes no sence garmin says the list price for the gps map 76 is only 321$. I dont get about this is that the vista was released at the same time if not later than the gpsmap76 and The both have the same exact list price so why is the gps76 so much more expensive. Also eopinions says your sellin it for 199$

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Sea Kayaking Companion
Before my GPS purchase, I considered a number of Magellan units in addition to some in the Garmin E Trex series. I finally decided on the Garmin Map76.

In addition to being relatively easy to use, I preferred the slightly larger screen of the Map76 over the other units. Since I was purchasing the unit to use while sea kayaking, I found the screen on the Map76 was much easier to read in the sunlight than the smaller screens on the E-Trex models. In addition, you can upload map data into this unit. (Although the unit includes a basemap, Garmin also manufactures a number of optional mapping products which cover roads, waterways and topographical features in more detail). For kayaking, I use the optional BlueCharts which is essentially like having Nautical maps at your fingertips. (These are sold by regions and tend to be a bit expensive however).

The tide station/prediction feature on the Map76 was also an important deciding factor. With this unit, you have the ability to get tidal predictions for virtually anywhere in the US at your fingertips.

The Map76 often receives criticism on the low amount of memory for uploading map data. The tradeoff however is that it also drains the battery power at a slower rate than those that boast more memory. (I also considered the GPS Map76S which has an added electronic compass and more memory, however after a trial use from a friend's, I found the Map76S unit to drain battery power far too quickly for my intended use. The Map76S was also about $100 more in cost). Although the Map76S was a slightly upgraded Map76, I didn't feel the extra features of the 76S were worth the added cost, especially with the faster rate of the battery drain.

I've logged over 500 miles of sea kayaking with this unit and am very satisfied with its performance. I find the memory capability in the Map76 is adequate for uploading maps for day trips and the balance with the battery drain is also sufficient.

Although it is waterproof, I highly suggest a transparent waterproof bag for using while kayaking to avoid salt water condensation corroding the battery leads.

Garmin also offers toll free phone and email technical support for their units and software.

This unit makes a great paddling partner.

4-0 out of 5 stars GREAT PRODUCT
I JUST BOUGHT THE GPSMAP 76.THIS IS THE FIRST GPS ITEM I HAVE EVER OWENED.I BOUGHT IT FOR THE BOAT THAT I JUST BOUGHT SO I WILL ALWAYS KNOW WERE I AM IF I NEED HELP.THE DAY I BOUGHT IT MY DAUGHTER TURNED IT ON IN MY CAR.I WAS AMAZED THAT IT TRACKED MY CAR SPEED,LOCATION,AND DIRECTION,AMAZING.IT ALSO KEPT A RECORD OF OUT TRIP HOME,AVG SPEED,DISTANCE ETC,,,,,,,,,,,,,GREAT PRODUCT FOR AROUND [price]. ... Read more


36. Garmin Geko 301 GPS with Waterproof Exterior Electronic Compass, and Altimeter (Dark Gray)
list price: $246.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000AKA8L
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 5341
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Features

  • Compact 12-channel GPS receiver with high-contrast display (100 x 64 pixels)
  • WAAS-enabled for 3-meter accuracy; built-in electronic compass and barometric altimeter
  • Stores 500 waypoints and 20 routes with 125 waypoints per route
  • Easy operation: five buttons for one-hand use
  • 12-hour operation on 2 AAA batteries; includes serial PC interface

37. Garmin GPS V with City Select CD-ROM (12 Channel, WAAS, Map Compatible)
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00005OBF2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 6197
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Never get lost again with the versatile and powerful GPS V from Garmin. This compact Global Positioning System receiver can be both mounted in your vehicle and used as a handheld navigator. The GPS V coordinates signals from 12 satellites to pinpoint your position anywhere on the globe, and has WAAS capability.

The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is a system of satellites and ground stations that provides GPS signal corrections, giving you up to 5 times better position accuracy than just the GPS signal. A WAAS-capable receiver can give you a position accuracy of better than three meters, 95 percent of the time.

With 19 MB of built-in memory, the GPS V can store dozens of maps and routes in memory. Download data from your PC with the included serial cable. The GPS V stores 50 routes with 254 waypoints each, and 3,000 tracklog points.

The GPS V comes with autorouting for the shortest and fastest way to your destination, plus turn-by-turn directions throughout North America and major cities. The GPS V will show you how to get there and give you an estimated time of arrival, then alert you to upcoming turns with an audible beep.

The included MapSource City Select CD-ROM--designed specifically for the GPS V--gives you detailed street-level maps indicating points of interest. City Select includes highways, interstates, business and residential streets with attributes such as turn restrictions and speed categories, and other navigation features. The software automatically creates point-to-point routes in MapSource and on the GPS V. It also displays restaurants, hotels, attractions, entertainment, shopping, and location of emergency services along your route.

City Select contains detailed maps of major metropolitan areas in seven defined regions in the U.S. and Canada. You'll get access to one region of your choice, which must be unlocked after visiting the Garmin Web site or calling Garmin customer service.

View data on the 2.2-by-1.5-inch four-level grayscale LCD, with resolution of 256 x 160 pixels. A multilevel backlight allows you to see the screen clearly in a variety of lighting conditions.

The GPS V comes with detachable antenna, PC interface cable, dashboard mount, 12-volt adapter cable, wrist strap, and owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 12-channel GPS unit with 19 MB of built-in memory
  • Includes MapSource City Select CD-ROM with street-level maps and points of interest; unlock capability for one region in US or Canada
  • WAAS capability provides position accuracy better than three meters
  • Autorouting gives access to the shortest and fastest routes
  • Turn-by-turn directions; audible beep alerts you to upcoming turn; mount on the dashboard or use as a handheld device

Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars GPS V Deluxe is superior to the GPS V
For anyone who wrote a not so great review of thia product, Garmin has just released the deluxe version of the GPS V. You get an unlock code for the entire country now (previously you only got to unlock certain areas and had to pay get additonal unlock codes).

I have found the 19mb memory to be more than sufficient for holding maps. I live near Washington DC and can fit the whole area into the unit. For long trips, you don't need to download detailed maps of your entire route. The base map built into the GPS V deluxe is plenty good for navigating major interstates, exits, and services. You only need a detailed map(s) of your destination areas. I recently took a 600 mile trip down to Georgia and all I needed were a few maps of my destination. All major roads and highways are included in the built in base map (a lot of people seem to not know this). I was able to navigate all of my gas, food, and logding stops without detailed maps. The base map worked fine.

There is a slight learning curve when using the GPS V Deluxe. But once you figure out all of the "bells and whistles" it's easy to use. I am new using a GPS and after purchasing this unit I am very satisfied. If you are the type of person who can't find their way outof a paper bag - this unit is for you.

The included pc cable and software are pretty much idiot proof. I'm no pc whiz and didn't need to be. Downloading maps is as simple as clicking the area you want to download and clicking the "download" icon. The GPS does the rest.

The unit works great in the car and while hiking. It also has a backlit screen for night use which is nice. Battery life is about 20 hrs (pretty good). Also comes with cigareete lighter car adapter.

I did have to purchase the "beanbag holder" for my dash since the included dash mount wouldn't sit right on my SUV dash. So far, it hasn't moved even on sharp turns.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great GPS, Check Your Software!
The Garmin GPS V is a great unit, the operating system is very easy to use and master. High quality feel and construction make it seem worth the money; also, the included accessories (cigarette lighter adapter, and both temporary & permanent dash mount options--the latter being an awesome tilt/swivel unit) are first rate and leave nothing to be desired. However, if you live outside a major metropolitan area there are some distinct limitations to the street mapping software.

Be sure you understand that BOTH the GPS unit you are buying AND the Garmin CD-Rom software have to be "auto routing" capable in order to use this feature. Also, each different CD-Rom can only be asked to search for and "FIND" certain things, whether you are using it on the PC or on the GPS V. Here's the breakdown as I understand it now:

CitySelect: Comes with unit, is "auto routing" capable, great for metro areas--but almost no detail away from major roads/interstates. FINDS Points of Interest, Adressess, Intersections, Waypoints, Cities and Exits (all being near major city/road/highway).

Roads & Recreation: NOT "auto routing" capable. Tons of small town/county road detail, and lots of things show up on the map like boat ramps, camp sites, parks, schools etc., but the only feature it can search for and FIND are cities. This doesn't make any sense to me, and seems like a major letdown.

MetroGuide USA: Appears to be the best parts of both worlds, can FIND most all things mentioned above, and has good detail down to county road level. Also "auto routes" from point to point. I have ordered it, but haven't really used it yet.

Lastly, each CD Rom can be installed to your PC, and selected areas from each CD mentioned above can be downloaded to the GPS V; once there you can select/deselect which one(s) you want to utilize. THEY DON'T "OVERLAY" each other and add increasing detail, they are based on a hierarchy and exclude each other: 1) CitySelect, 2)MetroGuide, 3)Roads&Recreation in that order.

Overall it is an awesome piece of equipment, and for me worth the price. The mapping software needs some more improvement to really take full advantage of the GPS V capability.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
After months of research I purchased the Garmin GPS V. I first used it our family vacation. The unit performed well, I used it to find many out of down locations such as places to dine, shop, and to amusement parks near our hotel. For trouble free travel the Garmin GPS V is a must. This unit is great for finding streets with missing street signs. Just type in a location enter "go to", and in no time it will guide you there. Very easy to use, I purchased a USB adapter for the standard serial PC interface cable.

1-0 out of 5 stars Primitive Software and horrible Customer Service.
I purchased the unit with high hopes. My unit straight from the box was defective. The beeper didn't work. Also, the software was very expensive to 'unlock' different areas and user-hostile. I sent it back for repairs and it was returned to me untouched.

I decided to take the device on a 'shake-down' trip before I sent it back a second time for repairs. I took a straight forward trip from one city to another about 70 miles away. After selecting 'fastest' route, the device started to give me directions for navigation. Since the beeper wasn't working, I had to keep checking the screen occasionally. For some reason, the algorithm decided I needed to get off the freeway and drive me up some narrow mountain roads (through some rock-slide areas). Needless to say, the device can't be trusted to find you a quick or logical route.

I called their customer dis-service line. They confirmed over the phone that the beeper didn't work and then checked out the illogical routing system. They found that it, indeed, couldn't be counted on to do as it is advertised. Their proposed resolution to the matter was to send it back for a second repair and they would let me buy the 'upgraded' software at a discounted price of $100. I was foolish enough to do it.

The unit was sent back and they 'confirmed' that the beeper doesn't work. They returned it to me without fixing it.

It is clear that this device doesn't function as advertised (the software must be told exactly how you want to travel) as it will even take you off freeways onto wierd side-trips. Garmin doesn't seem to care about any warranty work. Twice they have returned the unit without repairs. They don't stand by their products and their products work poorly.

Instead of buying this junk, I'd recommend Microsoft Streets and Trips and a Pocket PC PDA with a GPS antenna. It would be about the same amount of money and it would work.

Garmin should be ashamed of their lack of quality control and lack of customer support. I would advise anyone who is considering their products to think again before dealing with a company that couldn't care less about their people once they have picked their pockets.

4-0 out of 5 stars GPS V still needs improvement
My first encounter with GPS is from Hertz car rental about 3 years ago. It helps me to navigate through the dark winding country road of New Jersey in the winter evenings. With turn-by turn voice prompt, it is an amazing tool. The only draw back is the $1500US price tag, which is a lot more than I want to pay.

I always wanted a GPS with auto routing feature for my personal trip. The Never Lost cost too much. The Garmin Street Pilot III Deluxe with color screen and voice prompt is the closest alternative to Never Lost. Again it is too costly at $800US and it is too bulky to carry it around.
In Spring/Summer 2002, Garmin markets a GPS V Deluxe version, with all North America regions on CDROM unlocked and price is not much more than a eTrex. The GPS V unit is very similar to Street Pilot III (SPIII). The major difference is that GPS V has a smaller monochrome screen and beeps instead of voice prompt on SPIII.

I have had my GPS V for over 3 months now. I have used in Toronto, southern Ontario region, San Diego California, Cap Code, Boston, Newport Rhode Island, New Heaven Connecticut, Kittery Maine, Washington/Dulles area without major fault.
Over all, I am quite satisfy with the unit when taking price into consideration, but it is not as accurate or fast as Magellan Never Lost.

My GPS V locked up twice in NY State. I could not turn it off. I had to remove the power supply to turn on the unit again.
On I-90, around Albany, NY. The GPS V sensed the vehicle went off-course and recalculate the routing again on two occasions.
In Boston area, the text message instructed me to turn left, but the graphic arrow points to the opposite direction.

Recalculation speed is the major drawback for GPS V. When the vehicle goes off-course (missing a turn), GPS V has the option to automatically recalculate a new route. This can takes anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes depends on the distance to the destination. The Magellan Never Lost usually takes no more than a 5 seconds to put you back on route.
There is major difference between the two when comes to recalculation. Never Lost recalculates to the last point where you went off-course, so you can continue your original routing. Usually Never Lost would prompt you to make a U-turn to go back on the route.
On the other hand GPS V recalculates a new routing base on your current direction. Only on one occasion GPS V suggest making a U-turn to get back to the original routing. All other times, GPS V recalculates a new detour which could be a lot longer than the original route. In GPS V, there is a Setup screen to setup your routing preference such as to avoid U-turn, avoid Toll road and 5 levels of calculation detail. I suppose if you pick the 'Best route' option, it would take longer to find the optimal route. I took the default setting which do not avoid U-turn, do not avoid Toll road, medium setting for calculating route.

Recalculation and redraw after a turn is very slow especially in Boston downtown where visibility to satellite signals could be very limited due high rise buildings and narrow streets. I often miss next turn because redraw was too slow. In situation like this, I suggest switching to text mode and following text instructions instead.

Both Never Lost and GPS V has excellent Hotel/Restaurant database. Never Lost's database is more up to date and accurate. Both found my favorite 'Legal Seafood' and 'McCormick & Schmick' restaurants and some shopping centres. GPS V has a large Asian restaurant database for Toronto area, restaurant such 'Big Mouth Kee' and 'Taste of Japan' can be found in GPS V database.

GPS V's memory is fixed at 19M which is big enough for the entire Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Fall, Mississauga, Pickering and North Bay area. But 19M is not big enough for Los Angeles region. To download 19M from PC to the GPS V through serial port at 11500 baud takes almost an hour.

My biggest complaint is slow process speed. Redrwaw/update the screen is too slow, recalculate is too slow. ... Read more


38. Garmin GPSMap 60 Handheld Waterproof GPS for Land or Sea (24 MB)
list price: $321.99
our price: $299.99
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Asin: B0002V4U30
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 17326
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Product Description

Backwoods, boundary waters, blue highways - the GPSMAP 60 is your trusted guide to the great outdoors. The GPSMAP 60 along with the GPS 60 are packed with several of the features found in the 60 series color units, but sport an affordable, high-resolution, monochrome display for outdoor enthusiasts on a budget.The rugged, waterproof GPSMAP 60 is the perfect, low-cost, navigator for wherever your spirit of adventure takes you. A large, sunlight-readable, four-level grayscale display with bright LED backlight makes it easy to find your way - day or night. 28 hours of battery life provide for more hours of outdoor enjoyment. Both serial and USB connections make for fast and versatile download transfer while a built-in basemap with automatic routing capabilities to guide you, turn-by-turn, with tone prompts to your destination. 24 MB of internal memory provides for lots of storage of optional MapSource marine, topo and city street mapping downloads. Like the other products in the 60 series, this trusty handheld is compact and lightweight, with a user-friendly interface. It's reliable, and extra-precise as WAAS can make it. Special geocaching and geolocation gaming modes provide entertainment, as well as trailblazing navigation capability. The unit also includes an alarm clock, sunrise/sunset and moon phase tables, optimal hunting and fishing times - plus much more ... Read more

Features

  • Display: 1.4”W x 2.1”H, high contrast, 4-level gray LCD (160 x 240 pixels), Weight: 5.4 ounces with batteries (not included)
  • Runs on 2 AA alkaline batteries; includes USB interface
  • WAAS-enabled, 12 parallel channel GPS receiver
  • Built-in quad helix receiving antenna with remote antenna capability
  • Case: Rugged, fully gasketed, waterproof, IEC 60529 IPX7 (Submersible 1 meter @ 30 minutes)

39. Garmin Geko 101 GPS with Waterproof Exterior (Yellow)
list price: $113.99
our price: $69.99
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Asin: B00007MIKM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 66
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The lightest, most affordable Garmin GPS receiver, the Geko 101 offers basic GPS navigation functionality that's accurate and easy to use. With its sun-yellow case, the economical Geko 101 is perfect for navigational novices. Features such as one-touch waypoint marking make it a snap to use. Easily maneuver from one waypoint to the next using its 250-waypoint storage capacity with symbols, retrace your path with TracBack, and pan along your track with PanTrack.

Other features include:

  • Waterproof: submersible for 30 minutes in one meter of water (IEC 529 IPX7 standards)
  • High-contrast display: 64 x 100 pixels

What is TracBack?
Garmin's exclusive TracBack feature allows you to return along a traveled path or route without marking any waypoints. The GPS unit will store a tracklog or "electronic breadcrumb trail" as you travel. When you are ready to return to where you started, the GPS unit will look at the hundreds or thousands of tracklog points and take the 30 most significant and turn them into a route to lead you back to your starting point.

What is PanTrack?
product imageUsing the PanTrack feature, you can move the pointer and pan a track in either direction, then select a location along the track to start a TracBack or GoTo, or to mark a waypoint.

Power and Size
This unit is powered by 2 AAA batteries (not included); it has an approximate battery life of 12 hours. It measures 1.9 x 3.9 x .96 inches and weighs 3.1 ounces with batteries, 2.3oz without batteries.

What's In The Box
This package includes the Garmin Geko 101 GPS receiver and an owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Compact 12-channel GPS receiver with high-contrast display (100 x 64 pixels)
  • Stores 250 waypoints
  • Waterproof: submersible for 30 minutes in one meter of water (IEC 529 IPX7 standards)
  • Easy operation: five buttons for one-hand use
  • 12-hour operation on 2 AAA batteries

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Ok for GeoCaching, good portability but poor battery life
I have this exact unit and have been using for GeoCaching for about 6 months. The guts of the unit are pretty much the same as the more expensive ones - you'll know where you are just fine. Much of the user interface is the same as the more expensive models.

The main pro for this unit (other than price) is size - it's smaller than the next products up the line and easier to just stick in your pocket.

The main con is battery life. The amount of time you get out of 2 AAAs is not so hot. You'll eat up a pair of batteries every time you go out. I counter this by only turning the unit on to get my bearings. With a device that uses AA batteries I would be able to leave it on and use the tracklog/backtrack features. I think about it...

Some other factors to consider;

Display - once you go up above the basic etrex yellow unit the garmin units have higher-res displays, which are nice.

Connectivity - you can do ok without it, but this model is the only one that does not allow waypoint download (not sure about the 201.) Experienced geocachers favor the higher-end models with more memory. They load large numbers of cache waypoints into memory and are ready to go no matter where they are in their home area. If you're a more casual hiker/cacher, then the cheaper models do just as good a job - even this one.

Mapping - the gekkos and the etrex yellow will show you where your waypoints are in relation to each other, but don't show any other features. The more expensive models can do natural features and even uploaded topo maps.

You can GeoCache with almost any GPS. The Etrex yellow is the standard, but this has served me well. Happy Caching!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for a runner!
You can buy a GPS w/ more features, but for the money, this little jewel does everything a runner needs and can be clipped onto your waist. It is very lightweight and is hardly noticeable. The stretch carrying case can be bought at Garmin for about $10.00.

I used mine for the first time this past weekend!

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing but pleased
I recieved my Geko 101 about two weeks ago, and so far I am very pleased. You can't expect extrordiany things from [an inexpensive] unit, but if you don't want to spend alot, you're not missing much. For the light camper, it's perfect. You can pay ... more to get the Geko 201 with WAAS, which makes it accurate to 10 feet. Or you can skip the WAAS and get this, which is acurate to 50 feet. However, in my experiances, usually this unit is accurate between 25 and 12 feet. An extra 15 ft. so what!

Geko 101:

Pros-
1. Small! It's about the size of a cell phone

2. Lightweight. Because it's so small, it should be obvious that it's very light.

3. Accurate. Even though it doesn't have WASS capabilities it is just as accurate at times.

4. Waterproof. You never know when you might need it.

5. Features. It has just about everything you need or want (minus a detailed map) including when you'll arrive at your destination, speed, elevation, and all different units of measure.

6. Ease of use. The five button configuration makes it easy to use. Let's face it, if you find it difficult,[you shouldn't].

Cons-

1. It's not the greatest GPS ever made, but what do you expect for [the money]?

2. Batteries. This unit takes 2 AAA's. Although life is not a problem (12hrs.) unless you own something else that takes AAA batteries, sometimes they can be a pain.

3. PC compatibility. There's no way to link the Geko 101 to your PC. Oh well, even if you could, it would be $...more for the software. ... Read more


40. Garmin Motorcycle Mounting Kit for StreetPilot 2610 and 2620 GPS Receivers
list price: $49.99
our price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000ESZV4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 4061
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Features

  • Motorcycle mounting kit for GPS navigation
  • Lets users move GPS receiver from car to motorcycle
  • Compatible with Garmin StreetPilot 2610 and 2620
  • Includes mounting bracket, power/audio cable, and mounting screws and nuts

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