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161. Garmin GPS III Plus Personal Navigator (12 Channel)
list price: $364.27
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Asin: B00000J40U
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 14618
Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Garmin's new GPS III Plus offers cartographic capabilities formerly found only in high-end automotive navigation and marine chart plotting units. The basemap in the GPS III Plus will get you where you're going with more than 10,000 new towns added to the permanent basemap. It also includes airport locations, secondary roads in metro areas and even detailed exit information for the federal interstate highway system, including information about available lodging, food, and service stations.

Its powerful 12 parallel channel receiver tracks and uses up to 12 satellites for fast, accurate positioning. Its versatile screen switches between horizontal to vertical orientation with the press of a button, and it has a detachable antenna. The GPS III Plus also features an adaptable navigation page with either compass or highway steering guidance, and user-selectable data fields. In addition, you get the Garmin-patented TrackBack feature, which lets you quickly navigate your track log back home without manually storing waypoints.

The Garmin GPS III Plus comes with a PC interface cable, Velcro mount, user's manual, and quick reference guide. It has a tough case that is waterproof to IPX7 standards. ... Read more

Features

  • High performance feature set
  • Graphical U.S. city-and-highway atlas
  • Tough waterproof case
  • Differential-ready PhaseTrac12 receiver

Reviews (54)

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best GPS's on the market
I have had the GPS III+ for well over a year now and it has been an excellent performer at a good value. The mapping capability is a definite plus and the screen is very easy to see. I wouldn't pay the extra money for a color GPS. I bought the Map Source software, which increases the capability quite a bit. Downloading detailed maps and uploading waypoint data and track files is a snap. Besides the rock-solid performance of the unit, the software that runs the unit itself is the best I have ever seen in any product. It is versatile, programmable, intuitive, and extremely easy to use. Menus are lightning fast to navigate and one-handed operation is a snap with its ergonomic design. I've used it on a boat, bicycle, motorcycle, hang glider, and even in an F-16, and it has always performed flawlessly. Customer service is also first-rate. If you don't buy a III+, at least make sure you buy a Garmin.

5-0 out of 5 stars No better value in the business!
I waited nearly a year for the introduction of the "plus" model and it has been well worth the wait. The folks at Garmin are extremely helpful (even if they consistantly promise delivery dates far sooner than the actual ship dates) and knowledgeable. The unit itself is built quite well. The screen is clear and the backlighting is more than sufficient. Make sure you update the unit's ROM with the most recent version from Garmins web site since they frequently improve the product's capabilities. Also, spend the extra $100 and get the US Roads and Recreations CD ROM. It lets you upload (via a PC) all streets and street names down to the level of dirt roads. For interstates, it has exit info which inlcudes not only whether there are hotels, food and gas there, but which hotels, which gas stations and the names of restaurants....incredible. Otherwise, I use it on my motorcycle, in my car, hiking, that was impressive as you knew exactly where you were and the unit will calculate when you will arrive. It's IMPOSSIBLE to get lost with this unit and for about $400 bucks, you can't beat it or have more fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Product is saving my marraige
Like any "real" man, I hate to ask for directions, a trait that has led to many an argument with my wife. Since buying the Garmin GPS III, there has not been a single argument. If you are tired of acting like you know where you are going, and really want to be heading in the right direction, buy this product now. Your wife will thank you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Imagine Driving Without It!
I travel frequently for work and have spent my share of time trying to find my way around town. I bought this unit about a year ago and I have to say - it's the best use of new technology I've seen in years. I no longer search for client's offices, resturants, and hotels - I am able to drive like a local resident, going exactly where I need to go. I have saved countless hours of driving time, as well as eliminating loads of agrivation of driving and can't imagine driving without it. It's size allows me to take it in my briefcase and use it in rental cars across the country. This really is a great piece of gear - a must for any traveler!

5-0 out of 5 stars Large enough for dash, small enough for pack
This unit is the perfect size for double duty as a dash board unit and hiking companion.

This is my third Garmin unit and first with a basemap. The base map makes it much more useful.

Cons:
Scrolling the base map can be time consuming. You will have to wait while map is loaded one screen full at a time. In a large city with lots of streets this can be frustrating. Editing routes is very tedious and usually requires resorting to manual to remember process. ... Read more


162. Garmin 010-10061-00 GA 26/27 Trunk Lip Antenna Mount
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Asin: B000196C1G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
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Features

  • Use with GA 26
  • Use with GA 27
  • Semi Permanent Mount

163. Garmin GPS III Personal Navigator (12 Channel)
list price: $463.62
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Asin: B00000DM9E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 32349
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Global Positioning Systems (GPS) were originally designed for military applications such as guiding missiles, tracking troop movements, and so on. But like so much other cold war technology, GPS has found a compelling home in the civilian realm. With the Garmin GPS III, you can navigate weekend expeditions in the wild, mark a secret fishing hole, or pilot your Ford Explorer on the open highway. The GPS III looks just like the Garmin GPS II Plus, and it does just about the same thing. But the GPS III sports a more refined and easy-to-use interface and includes a set of base maps that show cities and major roads, rivers, and railroads. Setting up the GPS III couldn't be easier: just load the batteries, find a clear area, and turn it on. After linking with at least three satellites, the GPS III will report your current position, and if you're moving--walking, riding, boating, or driving--it will show your current speed and bearing. And the GPS III is packed with special features, too: you can collect and mark up to 500 positions (called waypoints), set the trip computer to calculate distance traveled and average speed, and determine sunrise and sunset for your current position. Includes a Velcro strip for mounting on your car dashboard. --Harry C. Edwards ... Read more

Features

  • Powerful 12-parallel-channel receiver
  • Real-time moving map
  • Tough waterproof case
  • Easy setup and use
  • Extensive U.S. base map

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product. Easy and reliable
I got one as a present, but now use it all the time. Accurate positioning, and maps. Very easy U/I. Maps only go to the "numbered route" level, but still very useful (find the neighborhood, not the house).

5-0 out of 5 stars Una gran ayuda / Great stuff!
Me gusta salir al campo en la bici de montaƱa y a observar aves. El Garmin III ha sido una gran ayuda al salir a pasear en terreno que no conozco bien. Tambien me ayuda a marcar los sitios donde veo aves poco usuales para luego documentar mis observaciones. Si sales al campo a caminar, acampar o pedalear, el Garmin III sera un gran acompaƱante. I go out often with my mountain bike and binoculars to watch birds around Torreon, in Northern Mexico. The Garmin III has been a great help for the past year when travelling in terrain I know little of. Getting back to your car, to water, to safety, is easy with this navigational aid. It has served me well also to mark locations where I have seen unusual birds and later document these sightings

4-0 out of 5 stars Check out the updated Garmin III+
There is a newer III out which has an expanded database and allows for downloads from your computer. Check it out first, before buying this one, unless price is the main issue.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must in field survey and mining sites
As a manager of a diamond and gold mining company, we dig test pits for evaluation of opening sites in West Africa and Brazil. As these 'test pits' are evaluated it is sometimes months before we return to them. A lot can grow and change in three months where we work and without this product, we would be lost. It stands up to the very expensive $10,000.00 units and is much easier to use. A great product!

5-0 out of 5 stars Garmin's Great!
Another great product from Garmin. Easy to use and understand -- especially for beginners. I bought one of these for myself and one for a family member. Garmin has excellent customer service and a proven track record of high quality products.

Keep in mind, however, it is against FAA rules to turn on any device that receives radio signals (including a GPS receiver) on an aircraft without the permission of the pilot! ... Read more


164. Garmin Talking StreetPilot III Vehicle GPS Receiver (12 Channel, Map Compatible)
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B000058AKR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 5215
Average Customer Review: 4.07 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.

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.

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. For our next stop we knew the exact address 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, like restaurants, shops, and parks. This allows you to tell the StreetPilot to find the closest fast-food restaurant and then be presented 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 a salesman always heading to new locations, 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 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
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Features

  • GPS receiver with turn-by-turn navigation for major North American cities
  • Includes MapSource City Navigator CD-ROM with street-level maps and points of interest; unlock capability for one region in US or 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 (41)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Portable Navigation, Period!
Before I bought the StreetPilot III I did a lot of searching around on the internet for a GPS system for my car and all signs pointed to Garmin. I bought my StreetPilot on e-bay for a considerable amount under the retail price. I also purchased the unlock code to all the DCAs because I am going to be heading down to the South in March. I was able to purchase the Streetpilot and the unlock code for less than the lowest advertised price for the StreetPilot by its self.
Does the Streetpilot III work? It is simply amazing. I thought that the screen would be a bit small but it seems the perfect size for the dash. The mapping is extremely exact; even my street, which is a dirt road, was on the basemap. The voice commands are very helpfull, especially in heavy traffic when I do not want to take my eyes off the road. The voice commands are at times are a bit misleading, though. For example, at a rotary, which the GPS refers to as a roundabout (trying to be British?), the voice sometimes says, "take second right," when the correct direction is either first or third right. However, the map is always correct and I just follow the route that I have programed by looking at the map. Except for instances at "roundabouts" the voice has been very accurate for me.
Other than the voice commands at times being misleading there is not much wrong with the Streetpilot. The buttons on the unit are easy to use and their functions are easy to learn and follow.
The tracking is amazing. Location is usually within 20 feet of my location. When driving, distances seem to be given just a bit sooner than they are. For example, when aproaching an exit the GPS voice will say, "Exit in 400 feet," when the exit is 500-600 feet away. However, this is much better than being a bit off in the other direction. The GPS also gives speed and is always about half a mile per hour under what my spedometer reads, which seems extremely accurate.
Programing with the Mapsource took a little while to learn, but that is the case with most new software. Once the data is loaded to the data card one can access it from the GPS unit. Finding locations is simple. Entering an address takes a couple of minutes or one can search for a city or town by pressing the menu button and choosing from a variety of ways of finding a location. Everything on the Streetpilot is layed out very well. Garmin did an excellent job designing the streetpilot and it is amazing that they can offer the StreetPilot for half of what Magelen charges for their 750, which I never really considered buying.
I recently used my StreetPilot on a New Year's trip to Quebec. On the entire trip I never once had to consult a map or ask for directions; the Streetpilot took me from Boston to my hotel in Quebec City with ease.
I would strongly recommend the Streetpilot III to anyone considering a portable GPS for their car. I'm sure that within a few years this unit may be half the price. However, the Streetpilot seems to be a unbeatable value to me. The Streetpilot can do everything that an in dash nav. system can do but at half the price. I definatley have no misgivings on purchasing my Streetpilot and look forward to the next time I head out on the road, knowing that I probably won't get lost again.

4-0 out of 5 stars A for an effort
I've bought my garmin about a year ago. It is my first car navigation device. After using it for a year, my results are mixed. First, the good parts: I love its portability, taking it around US is great, and it dazzles airport security. The street coverage in the Bay Area is pretty good. Now for the bad parts: I was hoping that StreetPilot would work like a friend in the passenger seat that knows where you are going. A few drawbacks that Garmin had to make to sell it so cheap make this more like you are driving with an Idiot Savant who knows the city really well, but has no common sense. The biggest complaint is the user interface experience. Entering a destination address is painful, and unforgiving, probably on the order of setting up your VCR for recording. The display is small, and has few colors. The turn directions can be confusing in hairy situations, such as when you are coming off Bay Bridge, and road splits in about 4 highways and two exits. My biggest complaint is that it takes several minutes to calculate a route to a new destination. This means that if you miss a highway turn, it will be several minutes before StreetPilot will give you a new route. By this time, you are 3 miles away from your original destination. If all you have to go by is Garmin, it might take you 7-10 mins before leaving the driveway: 2-4 mins to acquire sattelites, 2-3 to enter an address, 2-3 for it to compute the route. When getting the address, make sure that you get an exact spelling: Bella Rita is not Dollerita. In conclusion, you can count on Garmin to get you there, but it might be slow, and you still have to use your brain and navigation skills. Can't wait until those nifty DVD navigation systems I've seen in Tokyo make their way to US.

4-0 out of 5 stars StreetPilot III Review
Pro's: Overall good unit. Great color, well built, very detailed.

Con's: I live in a new development and my home street is not on the map. Software updates to the unit must be done with a serial port (included in box). The problem is that my new laptop does not have a connector for the included cable. Had to spend an additional $13 on a USB to 9 pin serial cable and Garmin said its only a 80% success rate that it will transfer the neccessary data. The Mapsource CD's which contain detailed information on cities can only be used one time. In order to use the CD's initially, you have to go to the Garmin website and get an "unlock" code. Therefore, if you purchase a newer computer, you have already used your unlock code and would have to purchase an addition code and these can range from $80-$100.
Since installing the Mapsource data, my comp has crashed 3 times. I do not think it likes Win XP.

5-0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but a VERY worthwile investment!
Please allow me to preface this review with the fact that I have absolutely no sense of direction. For those with excellent sense of direction, this may seem like an extravagant purchase until they come down in cost.
I had to travel to California recently (I only lived there my whole life before 1999), but since I had never driven in California before, I was quite nervous about doing so. The rental car had a GPS very similar to the Street Pilot, and using that gave me a great sense of confidence in driving around.
Shortly after my return I realized how badly we needed a GPS in our car. The Street Pilot was the best option for us because it has all the features of a factory-installed auto GPS, but the added convenience of being portable- now when I head out of town I can take the Street Pilot rather than having to rent a car with a GPS. Not to mention the Street Pilot is about 1/2 to 1/3 of the cost of a factory-installed system.
Some of the other reviewers have complained about how long it takes the Street Pilot to recalculate a route once the vehicle has gone off-route. I have intentionally gone off-route several times just to see how it performs, and I have been very pleased. It does take a few seconds, but from my experience it did not take so long that I got any further off-course than I already was.
A feature that I found to be very helpful in the Street Pilot which was not in the rental car's GPS is a search by company name. If you're looking for a department store, but you can't remember its address, just search by the name, and the Street Pilot will navigate you to the closest one. If you're looking for that great Chinese restaurant a couple of miles away, but you can't remember the name, you can search for Chinese restaurants in your area and find the correct one based on its address. Want to order ahead, or put your name on the seating list? Once the Street Pilot finds the restaurant you're looking for, it displays their phone number on the monitor as well.
About the only two complaints I have about the Street Pilot are very trivial. On the rental car I used, the GPS would automatically lower the volume on the stereo when the GPS needed to announce an instruction. Being an external unit, the Street Pilot does not have this luxury. Since I tend to listen to music, well, at ear-splitting volume while driving, it does take a little getting used to lowering the volume when using the Street Pilot around town, but again, this is a very minor complaint given all of the positive features the Street Pilot has.
My other complaint is that occasionally it does give directions which are not the most direct route. I used this on a trial basis in areas I was familiar with just to see how it performs, and I did find myself thinking on occasion "why is it telling me to go this way, when that way is much more direct?" Especially since I live within a half an hour of Garmin's world headquarters, it would seem to me that they would at least know the most direct routes around here! But even at this, the Street Pilot DOES get you to the correct destination every time, even if it sometimes takes an indirect route.
I noticed that the package includes both a beanbag mount and a permanent dashboard mount for the Street Pilot. Since Street Pilots have a way of being swiped, my suggestion would be to always use the beanbag mount, since a permanent mount could cause thieves to break into the car to find the GPS that is no longer in the car. I drive a new Jetta, and I did not want to get sticky stuff all over my dashboard, so I chose to try out the beanbag. It does not slip, even when making sharp turns. I suppose if I were in a collision this would not be the case, but in normal driving, the beanbag is great.
Of course, as others have advised, do not leave your Street Pilot in the car unattended for any reason. But given the fact that you're going to be spending around $1G for this puppy you probably already knew that.
And one other safety feature that I think is great, but others might be annoyed by it: once you are driving, you cannot change the destination; it goes into a secure mode. To change the address, you need to stop the car. This may be a nuisance to some, but given how badly people drive while talking on cell phones, it's probably best that Garmin tries to curb people from pressing all sorts of buttons on their GPS while zipping down the road at 75 MPH.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed...but documentation could be better
I recently bought the SPIII Deluxe package, and I'm really impressed with its capabilities. The route calculation feature when using the "shortest route" option has shown me new ways to travel between points that I've driven for years. The fastest route option is excellent also. The included software (City Navigator) amazes with its complete listing of restaurants, services, points of interest, etc.. I'm sure there are many places missing, but there ane plenty available.

The 128 Mb memory card is large enough to hold several Mapsource files at the same time, so you might have City Navigator, USA Roads and Recreation and Topo all loaded on the card and choose the appropriate one for your needs under different circumstances.

The instruction booklet could be better. For example, there are optional settings for car/motorcycle, truck, bus or emergency equipment that will give routing best for these vehicles. There should be some description of what the differences are so a large RV or car towing a trailer could choose the best one. There is also an interesting "detour" feature that will give alternate routes if a detour is needed for various distance ahead - not described in the book.

The unit can do so much that Garmin would do well to have a users' forum. ... Read more


165. Garmin eMap Deluxe with MetroGuide USA Mapping CD-ROM (12 Channel, Map Compatible)
list price: $374.99
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Asin: B000050FGQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 18881
Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 12-parallel-channel receiver tracks current and average speed, location, and distance
  • Automatic track log lets you retrace your path in both directions
  • Includes MetroGuide U.S.A. CD-ROM; displays restaurants, banks, gas stations, tourist attractions, and more
  • Features large backlit display and includes 8 MB data cartridge and PC cable

Reviews (16)

4-0 out of 5 stars It does a fairly good job
Garmin eMap is a very easy to use GPS receiver with the necessary features to provide accurate and efficient driving aid. That includes address finding (when loaded with Garmin Metroguide Maps) and Points of Interest finding, Show Next Exit feature and a complete trip computer. The Garmin Metroguide Maps are very detailed and the 120x160 pixels eMap's LCD display (with backlight) gives the user a good view and tracking capablity in the surrounding streets and roads. The combination of these features with its small size and the lower price comparing to other mapping units, makes the eMap an option very hard to match. Pros: Good detailed maps, easy to use, address finding capability, small size and lighweight, despite its 120x160 pixels display

Cons: It's not as sturdy as regular Garmin and Magellan units and no lighted keys

4-0 out of 5 stars Have Emap...Will Travel
My wife bought me the eMap package last Christmas (2001), and I've played with this gadget for hundreds of hours ever since. We both enjoy having it on trips. The Find feature is great, altho' not always accurate or up-to-date. The MetroGuide software is upgradeable via the web, and it seems to work well. I was disappointed that you could not get turn-by-turn instructions when creating routes, but you can get almost the same type of behavior by using the TrackBack feature when you do a return trip using Tracks. While traveling, the unit displays your travel direction and speed. The eMap speed indicator showed that my car's speedometer was 3 mph faster than I was actually travelling. Now I gauge my speed by looking at the eMap. This unit is also great for geo-caching. We have geo-cached in several states and even while in Scandinavia. However, the maps outside the US are very coarse, and not dependable...our hotel appeared in the Gulf of Finland on the eMap. I recommend purchasing the mapping software for the specific country you are visiting. As another reviewer mentioned, these units are great when traveling by air. Speed and altitude are displayed, as well as land details as you pass over them. (Not all airlines will let you use a GPS while in flight). I also enjoy the Sun/Moon feature that tracks the position of the Sun and Moon, at adjustable times, dates AND locations. I recommend at least a 64 meg memory chip, which gives you plenty of memory for loading detailed maps. Cigarette lighter cable is also a necessity on trips. Mine was defective, and Garmin sent me a free replacement. The USB card reader is great for loading maps, but does not load routes or waypoints. I also have a holder that mounts the eMap near my shifter. Wish I could place it higher, which I know you can do in some cars with a few adhesive Velcro strips. Plan to use my eMap even more this coming year!

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Receive
Lowrance has a better GPS engine, and do to the fact that Garmin seems to sell maps that are out of sight in cost I use the I-finder, these maps are on a web site for the down loading. I have ran Lowrance and Garmin Side by Side and find the Lowrance will out do the Garmin by about 25 percent. The buy in cost is an issue when you do not have extra money to spend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best bang for the buck.
I've been using an eMap since July 2000. This is one of four GPS receivers I own. The eMap was designed to be an alternative to paper map and has some really useful features without the fluff. No barometers, fishing & hunting times, calenders, tide charts, etc.
The display is relatively large and easy to see in a car.
The overall size and shape of the unit is very handy
It will store 50 routes.
Memory cards are available from 8mb to 128mb. I use a 64mb and it holds a bunch.
The external antenna port allows for use when the unit can't "see" the sky. GPS receivers need a pretty open view in all directions to get a good fix. There are times when an antenna makes a big difference with any GPS receiver used in a car.
This unit has waypoint averaging which allows for more accurate waypoint positioning, if you need it.
With Metroguide software installed, it has an option on the map screen called "SHOW NEXT STREET". This feature shows the next street on the map as you approach it. This little goodie is worth the price of admission.
The Trip computer function is great on a trip.
Sunrise & set, Moonrise & set as well as Moon phase are available for any location & date.
The base map data that is in the unit shows principal roads, rivers, lakes, cities and towns. This level of map info is probably enough for some users.
The latest Metroguide USA mapping software may not be perfect,but has been reviewed as the most up to date mapping software available for this type of receiver. All maps go out of date eventually and there are streets in my town that are not on the GPS. But this is supposed to be the most current right now. The new Metroguide has "auto-routing" and is easy to learn and use. We have have created routes on our computer and then "loaded" them into eMap. Loading the routes take seconds. We have done whole vacations this way, and it is pretty cool not to miss turns anymore.
With Metroguide you can look up addresses, intersections and a wide range of "Point of Interest". Eleven categories are in the Point of Interest menu. This is a very comprehensive search function.
There are other mapping software packages available,including Topographical, Roads & Recreation, but Metroguide has more features than the others.
Garmin has software updates available on their website for eMap & Mapsource Software. The current(12/02) version of eMap is 2.75 and 4.10 for Mapsource.
There are cigarette lighter cords and a couple of different mounting options available as well as a bunch of other accessories.
On the downside
The unit is water resistant, not waterproof. (Don't drop it overboard)
The case is not as "armored" as some other Garmin units.
The basemap is not upgradeable.
This GPS doesn't have WAAS. (I have WAAS in two other units and it isn't as wonderful as advertised. Standard GPS accuracy is plenty for general use.)

All in all, eMap has more going for it than anything else I've seen FOR THE MONEY. For me, it fulfills its intended role as an electronic map better than two more expensive units (Garmin Vista and GPSmap 168) I own. Highly recommended!!

1-0 out of 5 stars good unit ruined by OLD data
The Metromap is using 15 year old data. It misses a LOT of streets.
It is not dependable.

The old data problem does not bother Garmin who sells it. They claim that it is a result of where they get the data. I also own Mappoint 2002 which is VERY current.

The unit is fairly good if it were not for navigating 15 year old roads!

Try another GPS unit [non-Garmin] if you want street level navigation. ... Read more


166. Garmin Fishfinder 100 (Blue)
list price: $194.99
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Asin: B00005B8MK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 41882
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Designed for offshore fishing enthusiasts
  • Dual frequency 50/200 kHz sounder with temperature sensor
  • 3.3-by-2.1-inch screen with 4-level gray
  • Maximum depth of 1,200 feet
  • Power output of 300 watts (RMS) and 2400 watts (peak to peak); waterproof and easy to install

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars best low end unit
The Garmin fishfinders model 100blue and 160blue are basically the same unit. The only difference is screen size. These are the best low end fishfinders available today for the salt water fisherman or diver. The gray scale and adjustable contrast show up as well as any LCD unit under sunlight. The screen/pixel resolution could be better but it's a price difference. If you want ultimate resolution go with the model 240. The real plus of this unit is its durability, ease of operation and the power of the dual frequency 300 watt transducer. Like most Garmin marine products their fishfinders are built to last, water intrusion and breakage won't be a problem under normal usage. Operation is also very intuitive, if you read what the zoom, gain and frequency mean then you will know how to use the unit. A readable manual is also provided. The unit performs well, the transducer signal is able to penetrate somewhat in to the bottom. This will give you an idea of bottom composition and structure, all important to offshore fishermen.

In all, if you are looking to get a saltwater sounder and price is a concern than one of these two units is for you. If you can go a hundred or so dollars more you should consider the model 240. ... Read more


167. Body Glove GPSG12-BBP GPSSuit for Garmin GPS12 (Black)
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00004YW0R
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Body Glove
Sales Rank: 31475
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Maximum style and protection for your Garmin GPS 12
  • Made of shock-absorbent, water-resistant neoprene
  • Includes neck strap
  • Quick and easy access to all functions
  • Durable twist-off belt clip

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fits like a Glove!
This weather-resistant soft case is like a scuba suit for your GPS. Although it is not waterproof if submerged, it will keep the elements off the unit while the flexible "window" allows for complete access to all the functions, and it seems to reduce glare off the screen in sunlight! Visibility at night remains excellent. The nylon lined, neoprene case fits just "like a glove", but it also stretches to allow the data/power cord to be plugged in. The batteries can be removed and replaced without removing my Garmin 12xl from the Body Glove. Accessories include a nice, removable strap and an attached, rugged belt clip on the back. With the Body Glove on my GPS, it will still fit into the mounting brackets in my car and on my four-wheeler. From mid-summer to the dead of winter and through New England's snow, sleet, freezing rain, fog and thunderstroms, the Body Glove has been inexpensive, but very good scratch & dent protection. It is cheap insurance for anyone who values and enjoys their GPS. If the bright yellow badge becomes too much of an "eye-test" simply color it in with a Sharpie or linen marker in the color of your choice! ... Read more


168. Garmin Fishfinder 160 (Blue)
list price: $274.99
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Asin: B00005B8ML
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 37519
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Features

  • Designed for offshore fishing enthusiasts
  • Dual frequency 50/200 kHz sounder with temperature sensor
  • 3.3-by-3.3-inch screen with 4-level blue/green display; split-screen zoom
  • Maximum depth of 1,500 feet
  • Sonar power output of 500 W (RMS) and 4000 W (peak to peak); protective front cover; waterproof and easy to install

169. Garmin GPS 48
list price: $242.84
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Asin: B00005B8LZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 35871
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Garmin GPS 48 takes GPS technology even further with new features, auser-friendly operating system, and a data-protecting backup lithium batterywith a 24-hour battery life, all protected by a rugged water-resistant case. TheGPS 48 sets a new standard in marine handheld GPS navigation.

The GPS 48 features a 12-parallel-channel global positioning system (GPS)receiver for fast satellite acquisition and tight satellite lock, along with amarine database that graphically displays city locations and nautical navaids onthe moving map. Always know where you are and where you are going withuser-selectable waypoint symbols, proximity waypoint alarms, and Garmin'sinnovative TracBack and Ezinit features.

The Garmin 48 includes a wrist strap, carrying case, owner's manual, andquick-reference card. This quality Garmin product comes with a limited one-yearwarranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Global positioning system (GPS) receiver continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites
  • 500 waypoints, 1,024 track log points
  • Preloaded navaids including buoys, racons, fog horns, radio beacons, day beacons
  • Up to 24 hours of use
  • 1-year warranty

170. Garmin StreetPilot ColorMap Vehicle GPS Receiver (12 Channel, Map Compatible)
list price: $890.99
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Asin: B00000J40X
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 18266
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Portable comprehensive mapping system
  • High-resolution, 16-color display
  • High-performance 12-parallel-channel GPS receiver
  • Displays interstate exit information with food, lodging, and service stations
  • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software for downloading maps and waypoint data

Reviews (41)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Portable Navigation, Period!
Before I bought the StreetPilot III I did a lot of searching around on the internet for a GPS system for my car and all signs pointed to Garmin. I bought my StreetPilot on e-bay for a considerable amount under the retail price. I also purchased the unlock code to all the DCAs because I am going to be heading down to the South in March. I was able to purchase the Streetpilot and the unlock code for less than the lowest advertised price for the StreetPilot by its self.
Does the Streetpilot III work? It is simply amazing. I thought that the screen would be a bit small but it seems the perfect size for the dash. The mapping is extremely exact; even my street, which is a dirt road, was on the basemap. The voice commands are very helpfull, especially in heavy traffic when I do not want to take my eyes off the road. The voice commands are at times are a bit misleading, though. For example, at a rotary, which the GPS refers to as a roundabout (trying to be British?), the voice sometimes says, "take second right," when the correct direction is either first or third right. However, the map is always correct and I just follow the route that I have programed by looking at the map. Except for instances at "roundabouts" the voice has been very accurate for me.
Other than the voice commands at times being misleading there is not much wrong with the Streetpilot. The buttons on the unit are easy to use and their functions are easy to learn and follow.
The tracking is amazing. Location is usually within 20 feet of my location. When driving, distances seem to be given just a bit sooner than they are. For example, when aproaching an exit the GPS voice will say, "Exit in 400 feet," when the exit is 500-600 feet away. However, this is much better than being a bit off in the other direction. The GPS also gives speed and is always about half a mile per hour under what my spedometer reads, which seems extremely accurate.
Programing with the Mapsource took a little while to learn, but that is the case with most new software. Once the data is loaded to the data card one can access it from the GPS unit. Finding locations is simple. Entering an address takes a couple of minutes or one can search for a city or town by pressing the menu button and choosing from a variety of ways of finding a location. Everything on the Streetpilot is layed out very well. Garmin did an excellent job designing the streetpilot and it is amazing that they can offer the StreetPilot for half of what Magelen charges for their 750, which I never really considered buying.
I recently used my StreetPilot on a New Year's trip to Quebec. On the entire trip I never once had to consult a map or ask for directions; the Streetpilot took me from Boston to my hotel in Quebec City with ease.
I would strongly recommend the Streetpilot III to anyone considering a portable GPS for their car. I'm sure that within a few years this unit may be half the price. However, the Streetpilot seems to be a unbeatable value to me. The Streetpilot can do everything that an in dash nav. system can do but at half the price. I definatley have no misgivings on purchasing my Streetpilot and look forward to the next time I head out on the road, knowing that I probably won't get lost again.

4-0 out of 5 stars A for an effort
I've bought my garmin about a year ago. It is my first car navigation device. After using it for a year, my results are mixed. First, the good parts: I love its portability, taking it around US is great, and it dazzles airport security. The street coverage in the Bay Area is pretty good. Now for the bad parts: I was hoping that StreetPilot would work like a friend in the passenger seat that knows where you are going. A few drawbacks that Garmin had to make to sell it so cheap make this more like you are driving with an Idiot Savant who knows the city really well, but has no common sense. The biggest complaint is the user interface experience. Entering a destination address is painful, and unforgiving, probably on the order of setting up your VCR for recording. The display is small, and has few colors. The turn directions can be confusing in hairy situations, such as when you are coming off Bay Bridge, and road splits in about 4 highways and two exits. My biggest complaint is that it takes several minutes to calculate a route to a new destination. This means that if you miss a highway turn, it will be several minutes before StreetPilot will give you a new route. By this time, you are 3 miles away from your original destination. If all you have to go by is Garmin, it might take you 7-10 mins before leaving the driveway: 2-4 mins to acquire sattelites, 2-3 to enter an address, 2-3 for it to compute the route. When getting the address, make sure that you get an exact spelling: Bella Rita is not Dollerita. In conclusion, you can count on Garmin to get you there, but it might be slow, and you still have to use your brain and navigation skills. Can't wait until those nifty DVD navigation systems I've seen in Tokyo make their way to US.

4-0 out of 5 stars StreetPilot III Review
Pro's: Overall good unit. Great color, well built, very detailed.

Con's: I live in a new development and my home street is not on the map. Software updates to the unit must be done with a serial port (included in box). The problem is that my new laptop does not have a connector for the included cable. Had to spend an additional $13 on a USB to 9 pin serial cable and Garmin said its only a 80% success rate that it will transfer the neccessary data. The Mapsource CD's which contain detailed information on cities can only be used one time. In order to use the CD's initially, you have to go to the Garmin website and get an "unlock" code. Therefore, if you purchase a newer computer, you have already used your unlock code and would have to purchase an addition code and these can range from $80-$100.
Since installing the Mapsource data, my comp has crashed 3 times. I do not think it likes Win XP.

5-0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but a VERY worthwile investment!
Please allow me to preface this review with the fact that I have absolutely no sense of direction. For those with excellent sense of direction, this may seem like an extravagant purchase until they come down in cost.
I had to travel to California recently (I only lived there my whole life before 1999), but since I had never driven in California before, I was quite nervous about doing so. The rental car had a GPS very similar to the Street Pilot, and using that gave me a great sense of confidence in driving around.
Shortly after my return I realized how badly we needed a GPS in our car. The Street Pilot was the best option for us because it has all the features of a factory-installed auto GPS, but the added convenience of being portable- now when I head out of town I can take the Street Pilot rather than having to rent a car with a GPS. Not to mention the Street Pilot is about 1/2 to 1/3 of the cost of a factory-installed system.
Some of the other reviewers have complained about how long it takes the Street Pilot to recalculate a route once the vehicle has gone off-route. I have intentionally gone off-route several times just to see how it performs, and I have been very pleased. It does take a few seconds, but from my experience it did not take so long that I got any further off-course than I already was.
A feature that I found to be very helpful in the Street Pilot which was not in the rental car's GPS is a search by company name. If you're looking for a department store, but you can't remember its address, just search by the name, and the Street Pilot will navigate you to the closest one. If you're looking for that great Chinese restaurant a couple of miles away, but you can't remember the name, you can search for Chinese restaurants in your area and find the correct one based on its address. Want to order ahead, or put your name on the seating list? Once the Street Pilot finds the restaurant you're looking for, it displays their phone number on the monitor as well.
About the only two complaints I have about the Street Pilot are very trivial. On the rental car I used, the GPS would automatically lower the volume on the stereo when the GPS needed to announce an instruction. Being an external unit, the Street Pilot does not have this luxury. Since I tend to listen to music, well, at ear-splitting volume while driving, it does take a little getting used to lowering the volume when using the Street Pilot around town, but again, this is a very minor complaint given all of the positive features the Street Pilot has.
My other complaint is that occasionally it does give directions which are not the most direct route. I used this on a trial basis in areas I was familiar with just to see how it performs, and I did find myself thinking on occasion "why is it telling me to go this way, when that way is much more direct?" Especially since I live within a half an hour of Garmin's world headquarters, it would seem to me that they would at least know the most direct routes around here! But even at this, the Street Pilot DOES get you to the correct destination every time, even if it sometimes takes an indirect route.
I noticed that the package includes both a beanbag mount and a permanent dashboard mount for the Street Pilot. Since Street Pilots have a way of being swiped, my suggestion would be to always use the beanbag mount, since a permanent mount could cause thieves to break into the car to find the GPS that is no longer in the car. I drive a new Jetta, and I did not want to get sticky stuff all over my dashboard, so I chose to try out the beanbag. It does not slip, even when making sharp turns. I suppose if I were in a collision this would not be the case, but in normal driving, the beanbag is great.
Of course, as others have advised, do not leave your Street Pilot in the car unattended for any reason. But given the fact that you're going to be spending around $1G for this puppy you probably already knew that.
And one other safety feature that I think is great, but others might be annoyed by it: once you are driving, you cannot change the destination; it goes into a secure mode. To change the address, you need to stop the car. This may be a nuisance to some, but given how badly people drive while talking on cell phones, it's probably best that Garmin tries to curb people from pressing all sorts of buttons on their GPS while zipping down the road at 75 MPH.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed...but documentation could be better
I recently bought the SPIII Deluxe package, and I'm really impressed with its capabilities. The route calculation feature when using the "shortest route" option has shown me new ways to travel between points that I've driven for years. The fastest route option is excellent also. The included software (City Navigator) amazes with its complete listing of restaurants, services, points of interest, etc.. I'm sure there are many places missing, but there ane plenty available.

The 128 Mb memory card is large enough to hold several Mapsource files at the same time, so you might have City Navigator, USA Roads and Recreation and Topo all loaded on the card and choose the appropriate one for your needs under different circumstances.

The instruction booklet could be better. For example, there are optional settings for car/motorcycle, truck, bus or emergency equipment that will give routing best for these vehicles. There should be some description of what the differences are so a large RV or car towing a trailer could choose the best one. There is also an interesting "detour" feature that will give alternate routes if a detour is needed for various distance ahead - not described in the book.

The unit can do so much that Garmin would do well to have a users' forum. ... Read more


171. Garmin GPS 12CX Personal Navigator (12 Channel, Color Display)
list price: $386.99
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Asin: B00000J40V
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 33521
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 20 reversible routes with up to 30 points each, plus MOB and TracBack modes
  • Large, easy-to-read 4-color display
  • Keypad designed for 1-hand operation
  • Includes ultrasonically welded waterproof case

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't do it...
I'm a wildlife biologist in Montana, and use GPS units daily. I originally purchased 5 of these units for my research, and had 3 units malfunction -- with three different problems. One would shut off if tapped, one would shut off if you hit the page button, and the light stopped working on a third. Because of Amazon's great service, and my need for quick and compatible replacements, I ordered three identical units to replace the broken ones. I just had a fourth unit die -- the same problem where it shuts off if tapped. Features are nice, interface is intuitive, but quality is sorely lacking.

4-0 out of 5 stars What you see, is what you get
I received the Garmin 12CX for Christmas, replacing my older Magellan 2000XL. The Garmin is definitely a more versatile unit, having the ability to upload/download topo map waypoints and routes. However, the color display is difficult to read unless facing the light source. I am also not completely satisfied with the contrast adjustments for the colors. When you get a good contrast with one, the others seem to be "washed out". I would like to see more icon symbols that are related to hiking rather than boating. The icons can save time in establishing an easier method to find a saved waypoint. Overall however, I would say that this unit is very user friendly and has a much better use (with power saver) of battery power. I will be using rechargable (1650 mah) AA batteries in mine to save $ over the alkaline variety. ... Read more


172. Garmin GPS 126 Marine Chartplotter
list price: $432.71
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Asin: B000059TPX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 48149
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Garmin's GPS 126 marine chartplotter offers mariners 12-channel GPStechnology plus a large high-contrast LCD screen for easy and accuratenavigation. The GPS 126 features a customized moving map display with user-selectablewaypoint symbols and comments. Dedicated zoom keys help you find whatyou're looking for on the screen.

Other GPS features include user-selectable highway or compass navigation pagesfor graphic steering guidance. The unit stores up to 500 waypoints and 20reversible routes with up to 30 points each, plus MOB and TracBack modes. Viewyour navigation information on the high-contrast 4.25-inch-diagonal LCD screen.The built-in antenna makes the GPS 126 ideal for the mariner who navigates froman open console.

The GPS 126 comes with mounting hardware and a power/data cable. The unitmeasures 5.3 by 2.4 by 4.9 inches and is rated waterproof for submersion at 3.3feet for 30 minutes.

It comes with a one-year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • 12-channel GPS receiver with built-in antenna for navigating from an open console
  • Large, backlit LCD display
  • Moving-map plotting, dedicated zoom keys
  • User selectable waypoint symbols, proximity waypoint feature warns you of approaching hazards
  • Waterproof, easy to install

173. Garmin 168i Sounder Chartplotter with Internal Antenna
list price: $643.57
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Asin: B00005B8MJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 50609
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Amazon.com Product Description

The GPSMAP 168i Sounder is a combination GPS receiver and chart plotter with a boatload of features. The unit boasts a differential-ready, 12-parallel-channel GPS receiver, tide prediction tables, and an internal antenna. The chart plotter includes a 150-watt depthfinder so catching fish is a breeze.

Distinguishing fish returns is made easier by the prominent four-level gray FSTN LCD display, measuring 5 by 6 inches with 240 x 240 pixel capacity, and Garmin's exclusive See-Thru technology. The display is populated with useful features: auto bottom tracking, auto ranging, 2x and 4x zoom levels, split screen feature, and three-level fish ID.

The GPSMAP 168i Sounder features a built-in worldwide basemap and 2.5 MB memory that can accept uploaded map data from Garmin's MapSource line of CD-ROMs, including Fishing Hot Spots.

The GPSMAP 168i Sounder package includes a power/data cable, surface/flush mount bracket with knobs, transom mount transducer, user's manual, and quick reference guide. It is backed with a one-year warranty on parts and labor. ... Read more

Features

  • Designed for offshore fishing enthusiasts
  • Powerful 12 parallel channel GPS receiver
  • Built-in worldwide basemap
  • Large 5-inch-by-6-inch backlit display
  • 150-watt depth finder for catching fish; unit able to download up to 2.5 MB of extra map data

174. Garmin GPS 12MAP (12 Channel, Map Compatible)
list price: $364.27
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Asin: B00003XAKQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 25827
Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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For the Garmin 12Map global positioning system model design, Garmin combined software features from its popular GPS III Plus model with the durable design of its GPS 12 model. The result is a GPS receiver that can stand up to the elements as well as download sophisticated mapping software.

Similar to the Garmin GPS III Plus, the base map on the Garmin GPS 12Map includes cartography information for North and South America including a database of cities, interstates, lakes, rivers, railroads, coastlines, and exit information for the U.S. interstate highway system. The GPS 12Map can even take mapping one step further with an added CD-ROM capability. Simply insert one of Garmin's MapSource CD-ROMs into your PC and copy mapping information into your Garmin GPS 12Map.

The 12-parallel-channel Garmin GPS 12Map boasts a rugged, waterproof case, dedicated zoom keys for quick map scaling, and a high-resolution LCD display complete with backlighting. The unit gets up to 36 hours of battery life with four AA batteries and includes the ability to store up to 500 user waypoints. ... Read more

Features

  • Combines the software features of the GPS III Plus with the rugged design of the GPS 12
  • 20 reversible routes with up to 30 points each, plus MOB and TracBack modes
  • Dedicated zoom keys for quick map scaling
  • Ultrasonically welded, waterproof case

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Bang for your Buck!!
This little unit will surprise you with its capabilities! There's no way I will ever use a GPS that doesn't have mapping capabilities after using this one. It warms up and gets a fix quickly, and is VERY accurate - I held it up next to a $1,500 model and it showed the exact same numbers throughout a 20 mile trip. (needless to say the owner of the more expensive unit was not happy)

I don't go anywhere without this unit.... it is awesome!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent value and features
I have owned this GPS for a year now. It is with me every time I travel. I recommend the 12V car power adapter, especially if you plan on using it for night driving with the display lighted. This unit has helped me locate many rental car return lots in unfamiliar cities, and has prevented me from getting lost while hiking. The Trackback feature is particularly useful to find your way back to where you started. Battery life has been about what I expected, around 12-14 hours continuous use without any backlight. The unit even works moderately well in airplanes (some don't allow GPS in flight, some do) so long as you have a window seat, put it right up to the window, and have at least four satellites in the sky on your side of the plane. The included North American map data is adequate for most travel, but if you need street level detail, get one of the map CD's and the computer cable. For the size, weight, and battery life, I don't think there is a better unit out there. I am very pleased and I recommend this unit to family and friends interested in GPS.

4-0 out of 5 stars Coastal marine navigation with the Garmin 12 Map
I just returned from 3 weeks sailing in the San Juan and Gulf Islands in the Pacific Northwest. Navigation was ultimately derived from marine charts (NAD27) but also from daily tracking with my newly acquired Garmin 12 Map. I supplemented the charts with GPS coordinates (NAD83) for harbor entrances, moorings, and anchorages given in a regional marine guide book (Douglass and Douglass).

Good: The GPS 12 Map is easy to use for marine navigation. It's waterproof. It has a non-slip rubber bottom. The size of the GPS and its display is just about right for use in small craft like a 30-ft sailboat. Button size and separation is good even for cold, wet hands. The overlay of the land maps proved quite helpful for generally locating the boat position with respect to nearby land masses like islands and continental coasts. I found the overlays more useful than the traditional "highway" views. Creating, entering, and modifying waypoints is easy. The wide choice of waypoints symbols proved quite useful. Battery life is adequate. Sailing only during the day, I changed batteries every 5 or 6 days with periodic connections to a 12VDC outlet on the boat's electrical panel. I could have used the external DC power exclusively if I had brought a 10 ft extension with me.

Bad: Believe the warning on startup. The land mass overlays are approximate. Even with care as to the correct datum, several anchorages in small coves were shown to be on land even at maximum zoom. The data included for positions of marine buoys and lights were not always correct. Some buoys were shown in incorrect locations or absent altogether. The US Waterways MapSource may fix this for US waters but will exclude the contiguous Canadian waters (Gulf Islands).

Conclusion: A good product for coastal navigation but the pre-loaded land mass and navigation data are not always accurate. I suspect loading ad hoc navigational databases would greatly improve the unit's usefulness.

5-0 out of 5 stars GPS 12 MAP
I finally got a chance to put this unit to the test and it performed flawlessly. 4 days and 70 miles on the Laberinth Canyon section of the Green river in Utah. The GPS 12 Map worked all day in 115 deg heat and even survived a 20 minute swim in my pocket, all with only 1 battery change. Well Worth the price. Would also recomend a third party map program (Delorme's 3d TopoQuads).

5-0 out of 5 stars Garmin 12 map GPS Review
This is the first GPS I have ever purchased, or used, and was alittle apprehensive about making the right choice. I can sum up my experience with few words.. It's a GREAT choice.. I bought it right before a fishing trip to Florida.. It was super easy to learn to use, was able to use it on the plane just by holding it up to the window. I used it on 3 offshore deepwater fishing trips, and worked flawlessly.. I don't think I could have made a better choice in purchasing a GPS. ... Read more


175. Garmin GPSMAP 162i Chartplotter with Internal Antenna
list price: $461.29
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Asin: B00005B8MH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 40289
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The durable, full-featured GPS 162i receiver and chart plotter swimmingly keeps your travels on course. The unit boasts a differential-ready, 12-parallel-channel GPS receiver, tide prediction tables, and an internal antenna. Distinguishing fish returns is made easier by the prominent four-level gray FSTN LCD display, measuring 5 by 6 inches with 240 x 240 pixel capacity. The invaluable backlit display keeps you informed whatever the time of day.

The GPS 162i features the latest navigational technology with compatibility for the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). WAAS is an FAA-funded project to improve the overall accuracy and integrity of the GPS signal. It is a satellite-based system that broadcasts correction data as determined by ground reference stations. This system enhances accuracy of GPS positioning to about three meters, 95 percent of the time.

The unit's construction is both protective and functional with a waterproof case and easy-access, side-positioned buttons. Internally, the unit features a built-in worldwide base map and is expandable to accept up to 2.5 MB in map data from Garmin's MapSource line of CD-ROMs, including Fishing Hot Spots.

The GPSMAP 162i Sounder package includes a power/data cable, surface/flush mount bracket with knobs, transom mount transducer, user's manual, and quick reference guide.

The GPSMAP 162i Sounder comes with a one-year warranty on parts and labor. ... Read more

Features

  • Designed for offshore fishing enthusiasts
  • Powerful 12 parallel channel GPS receiver
  • Includes an internal GPS antenna
  • Large, 4.2-inch diagonal display with backlighting
  • Waterproof, high-impact plastic alloy case; unit able to download up to 2.5 MB of extra map data

176. Garmin Roads & Recreation CD Rom - USA
list price: $116.95
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Asin: B00004VX3I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 5613
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Garmin's United States Roads & Recreation CD-ROM includes trip and waypoint management functions that allow you to transfer waypoints, routes, and tracks between your PC and nearly all Garmin GPS units. Roads & Recreation contains highways, interstates, and local, county, and residential roads for all 50 states. It displays U.S. interstate-exit information such as service stations, gas stations, restaurants, hotels, campsites, hospitals, banks, and more. It also shows shoreline detail for lakes, reservoirs, and rivers, with icons indicating boat ramps, dams, marinas, public facilities, mile markers, and first aid stations. In addition, it points out U.S. nautical navigational aids such as day beacons, radio beacons, RACONs, fog signals, lights, and buoys. With a map-download-compatible Garmin GPS, you can simply transfer maps from this CD-ROM to your GPS unit via a PC.

Note on compatibility: The trip and waypoint management functions of this product work with nearly all Garmin GPS units, excluding the GPS 100 family and panel-mount aviation units. The map-download feature of this product is recommended for use with the GPS III Plus, NavTalk, GPS 12MAP, and GPSMAP 162 and 168. A blank Garmin data cartridge is needed to upload map data to these compatible units. ... Read more

Features

  • For download-compatible Garmin GPS
  • Complete atlas of highways and interstates
  • Contains national, local, county, and residential roads for all 50 states
  • Displays interstate-exit and service information
  • Transfers waypoints, routes, and tracks between your PC and nearly all Garmin GPS units

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars LOOK OUT
I have a Legend and wanted additional map details for my unit - so I purchased this software. Well, I got all the map details but no functionality. The documentation is bad and so is the online help. Worst of all you can not even look up a street address - even with a paper map I can look up the general area of a street. What's up with that? I would not recommend this product at all buy the Metroguide.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but....
This really is a step up on the standard map that comes loaded in the eTrex Vista, and when driving around with the GPSr attached, I never have to ask for directions. However, in a large growing area like where I live, there are always new subdivisions popping up, and this can't keep up with them. The software is over 3 years old, and while it makes inter-city travel a breeze, and familiarizes you with new places, you'll always still need a map close by for reference, especially if you drive any amount for a living.

1-0 out of 5 stars Make sure this product is appropriate for your GPS
I purchased this product to plot and provide turn-by-turn directions for trips and to load maps to my Legend. This product does not provide turn-by-turn directions. When I called the Garmin software help line, the suggestion was made to purchase the Metroguide USA product since it had all functions of R&R and more. Seems the R&R was the first software product offered and is for low memory units (1mb). This is an obsolete product and since I opened the package--it cannot be returned. If you have a newer GPS unit with more than a mb of memory, don't bother with this software. It is not designed for your unit. Don't look for this info in the manual--it's not there. Call the help line and you may find your money was wasted.

3-0 out of 5 stars Garmin Roads & Rec CD Rom USA -- Garmin 295 color GPS
This CDROM has many streets, but is a little out of date. I live in Las Vegas, and we build streets here faster than most maps can keep up. But I know there is an electronic map source company right here in town, that keeps all the map makers up to date overnight. (TV news showed them and how they work.)

Therefore, I'd expect Garmin to get with the program and update more often. They have an update source for aviation data just about monthly, (I know.. I keep the current Jeppesen data base in my Garmin 295 color GPS for my airplane.) They could just as easily update this software with something you download to provide just the changes since the CDROM was issued.

Most important: To upload any of the maps from this CD ROM, you need a RAM cartridge for your GPS unit! Nothing told me this, not even the software documentation nor the GPS manual. There is only very limited memory built in the GPS units.

This CD ROM has the ability to transfer major sections of the country (it would take about 8 sections, as I recall just to get California), and you can select how much you want to transfer. I'd get at least a 64MB RAM cartridge. The new 128MB RAM would be better, but at $250 (discount) to $350 (Garmin retail), its expensive!

Captain Dan
Las Vegas

3-0 out of 5 stars Adequate but old - missing even some major roads
Roads and Recreation works well with a mapping Garmin GPS, but has not been updated in a long time. The current and original version 3.00 is missing some major highways built since 1999 and some since 1998. If you don't mind occasionally driving across empty countryside (on your mapping GPS), then this product is pretty good. For roads before 1999, major and minor, it works well as a download into a mapping Garmin GPS. For PC-only use it does not compare with other products such as those from Delorme (Street Atlas)or Microsoft. Garmin should be honest about its MapSource products and tell the user when they were last updated. This is especially true for its basic marine software, Waterways and Lights. Software sells fancy GPS units. In the case of Garmin, adequate best describes the software. It's right up there with a 3-year old telephone directory. Most everyone is listed, except... ... Read more


177. Garmin Roads & Recreation CD Rom - Austria
list price: $116.95
our price: $92.69
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005A1PS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 49776
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Garmin Roads & Recreation CD-ROM for Austria contains trip and waypoint management functions that allow for effective trip planning. This software allows you to view color maps on a desktop PC, with zoom and pan functions for easy map browsing. You can create waypoints, routes, and tracks, and transfer them between your PC and nearly all Garmin GPS devices (see below for compatibility).

This CD-ROM contains motorways, national and regional thoroughfares, roundabouts, railroads, and local roads in many areas. It also displays points of interest, such as restaurants, gas stations, lodging, shopping, entertainment, and emergency services. You also get shoreline detail of lakes, rivers, streams, and canals.

Other points of interest include details on everything from border crossings to gas stations. And with a map-download-compatible Garmin GPS, MapSource will allow you to load map detail for addresses and business listings.

The current map coverage for Austria includes about 93,800 km of roadways (75.3% of all roads), 558 municipalities, 553 major cities in street-level detail, and the area inhabited by up to 61.3% of the Austrian population.

Downloads from European MapSource Roads & Recreation CD-ROMs are limited to a maximum of 32 MB. The trip and waypoint management functions of this CD-ROM work with nearly all Garmin GPS units, excluding the GPS100 family and panel-mount aviation units. The map transfer feature is only compatible with the following units: GPS III+, 12MAP, NavTalk, GPSMAP 162, GPSMAP 168 Sounder, StreetPilot, StreetPilot ColorMap, StreetPilot III, GPSMAP 295, eMap, eTrex Vista, and eTrex Legend. A blank Garmin data cartridge is needed to upload map data to some of these units.

For those units that accept the map-transfer feature, you can also select individual maps in areas of interest and download the selected maps to a compatible Garmin GPS device. Simply connect your Garmin GPS device to your PC using a PC interface cable. Select the map areas on screen and, with the click of the mouse, the information downloads to your GPS. Some units require a GARMIN data card to download. ... Read more

Features

  • Transfer waypoints, routes, and tracks between your PC and compatible Garmin GPS device
  • Map coverage for Austria includes about 93,800 km of roadways and 553 major cities in street-level detail
  • Find details such as lodging, parking, shopping, border crossings, gas stations, and hospitals as well as shoreline detail of lakes, rivers, streams, and canals
  • Displays shoreline detail of lakes, rivers, streams, and canals
  • See Editorial Review for compatibility information

178. Garmin 010-10372-00 Mapsource Europe Roads and Recreation
list price: $116.99
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Asin: B0000AZW9I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 29654
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Features

  • Covers all of Western Europe
  • Detailed Maps of Metro Areas
  • Detailed Maps of Motorways
  • Points of Interest
  • Shoreline Detail

179. Garmin Dashboard Bean Bag Mount for StreetPilot
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00004VX3D
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 23279
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Your StreetPilot will sit securely on your dash or console with Garmin's Dashboard Bean Bag Mount for StreetPilot. It is virtually installation-free, which means you can use it right away. It is designed with a no-skid bottom and a Velcro strip on the top to ensure fit and reliability. ... Read more

Features

  • Dashboard mounting for easy viewing
  • Simple installation
  • Secure hold
  • No-skid bottom
  • Velcro strip on top

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars It's good depending on the dash you have
I bought this for my GPS III+. It works great in my Jeep Wrangler because the dash has a small holder in the middle. On road (less bumpy) trips I wedge it between the dash and the windshield. That works really well because the windshield is up close.
Our other vehicle is a Grand Cherokee. The dash is so big that the bean bag mount can't lean up to anything close enough to read clearly.
I know the bag was designed for the StreetPilot, but it works good for the III+ too. It's cheaper and more versatile than the plastic mount. It also has a good sticky rubber base that hasn't slid yet.

3-0 out of 5 stars fyi, no battery case
FYI. Another review said this bean bag mount had a case for batteries. The one I just got here does not have this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Could use an improvement
The beanbag mount really works well for the GPS III+. It has an auxiliary carrier for extra batteries. The only fault is that the battery carrier is open on one end and the batteries keep slipping out. I don't know why they didn't provide a snap or some other closure to prevent this.

5-0 out of 5 stars It really works!
I had my doubts about a bean bag holding my Streetpilot in place. It really works. It makes it very conveniant to move the streetpilot from vehicle to vehicle.

The only down side is that you have to remove the mount assemply from the streetpilot to use it with the bean bag. This is not a problem, but could be inconveniant if you plan on using both the bean bag and the plastic mount.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stays put, even around sharp curves.
I love our Street Pilot, but hated the sticky mounting device that came with it. This sand bag mount was the perfect solution. It stays put wherever you set it, and doesn't slide when making sharp turns. It also allows you to quickly reposition the Street Pilot for other drivers (or to stash it under a seat). Best of all it doesn't leave any sticky residue on my dashboard the way the other mount did. ... Read more


180. Garmin Roads & Recreation CD Rom - France
list price: $116.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005A1QW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 39573
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Garmin Roads & Recreation CD-ROM for France contains trip and waypoint management functions that allow for effective trip planning. This software allows you to view color maps on a desktop PC, with zoom and pan functions for easy map browsing. You can create waypoints, routes, and tracks, and transfer them between your PC and nearly all Garmin GPS devices (see below for compatibility).

This CD-ROM contains motorways, national and regional thoroughfares, roundabouts, railroads, and local roads in many areas. It also displays points of interest, such as restaurants, gas stations, lodging, shopping, entertainment, and emergency services. You also get shoreline detail of lakes, rivers, streams, and canals.

Other points of interest include details on everything from border crossings to gas stations. And with a map-download-compatible Garmin GPS, MapSource will allow you to load map detail for addresses and business listings.

The current map coverage for France includes about 842,000 km of roadways (64.8% of all roads), 1,755 municipalities in street-level detail, and the area inhabited by up to 45.4% of the French population.

Downloads from European MapSource Roads & Recreation CD-ROMs are limited to a maximum of 32 MB. The trip and waypoint management functions of this CD-ROM work with nearly all Garmin GPS units, excluding the GPS100 family and panel-mount aviation units. The map transfer feature is only compatible with the following units: GPS III+, 12MAP, NavTalk, GPSMAP 162, GPSMAP 168 Sounder, StreetPilot, StreetPilot ColorMap, StreetPilot III, GPSMAP 295, eMap, eTrex Vista, and eTrex Legend. A blank Garmin data cartridge is needed to upload map data to some of these units.

For those units that accept the map transfer feature, you can also select individual maps in areas of interest and download the selected maps to a compatible Garmin GPS device. Simply connect your Garmin GPS device to your PC using a PC interface cable. Select the map areas on screen and, with the click of the mouse, the information downloads to your GPS. Some units require a GARMIN data card to download. ... Read more

Features

  • Transfer waypoints, routes, and tracks between your PC and compatible Garmin GPS device
  • Map coverage for France includes about 842,000 km of roadways and 1755 municipalities in street-level detail
  • Find details such as lodging, parking, shopping, border crossings, gas stations, and hospitals as well as shoreline detail of lakes, rivers, streams, and canals
  • Displays shoreline detail of lakes, rivers, streams, and canals
  • See Editorial Review for compatibility information

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