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1. Garmin Forerunner 201 Wrist-Mounted
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2. Garmin Quest 115 MB Automotive
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3. Garmin Forerunner 301 GPS with
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4. Garmin City Select v5 CD-ROM Map
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5. Garmin Geko 201 GPS with Waterproof
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6. Garmin Motorcycle Mounting Kit
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7. Garmin Deluxe Carrying Case for
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8. Garmin iQue 360012 Volt Charger
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9. Garmin iQue 3600HotSync Cradle
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10. Garmin Automotive Windshield Suction
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11. Garmin 010-10373-00 MS European
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12. Garmin Street Pilot III GPS System
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13. Garmin iQue M5 Integrated Pocket
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14. Garmin GPS 10 Deluxe with Bluetooth
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15. Garmin Automotive Navigation Kit
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16. Garmin iQue 3600Auto Navigation
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17. Garmin Carry Case for eTrex Series
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18. Garmin Suction Cup Mount including
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19. Garmin cf Que 1620 North America
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1. Garmin Forerunner 201 Wrist-Mounted GPS Personal Training Device
list price: $167.99
our price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000CFYCH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 36
Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Combining powerful performance-tracking features with a GPS receiver, the Garmin Forerunner 201 offers runners and hikers a unique way to track their exercise regimens and goals. Unlike Timex's BodyLink sport monitoring system, its main competitor, the Forerunner 201 integrates the GPS receiver into a single body (BodyLink has separate housings for watch and GPS).

At first, the device felt a little bulky on my wrist, both in weight and in size (it measures 3.26 by 1.71 by 0.69 inches). But it really is light enough (less than 3 ounces) so that it felt comfortable and transparent. I did, however, position the band a bit higher up my arm to ensure full mobility of my wrist, as the length of the Forerunner tended to get in its way.

The large display--with equally large, easy-to-read characters--helps you avoid having to squint at the readout. Just a quick glance at your numbers and you'll maintain your training concentration. The six rubber buttons on the front of the chassis are easy to access (unless you're wearing bulky gloves). I easily got the promised 13 hours out of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery. At the end of the day, I'd just recharge it for around two hours and it would be ready for me the next morning.

While this is definitely a workable GPS receiver, the Forerunner is slim on overall GPS features--which is not to its detriment (think of it as a performance monitor with a dash of GPS). That said, the Forerunner was able to pick up a GPS signal just about wherever I went outside (though it had very slight hiccups in the center of downtown). But if you're looking for a full-fledged tracking device, the Forerunner isn't for you. (You'll want to start with a basic GPS unit like Garmin's eTrex.)

The Forerunner 201 has a variety of helpful tracking, monitoring, and navigational features. The History function enables you to view your workout statistics broken down by individual days, cumulative weeks, or your entire workout history (if you track different workouts during the same day, they'll be broken out as different laps). You can even view a map of your route. And much like other GPS units, you can save "waypoints" (called "locations" in Forerunner parlance) to mark the coordinates of a place you want to return to later.

Auto Menu: Timer pauses when you stop running. Auto lap logs your performance over a predetermined distance.
History: Review training history by day or week.

Map: Navigate back to the start or to a stored location.
Virtual Partner: Set time, pace, and distance goals, and train with a "virtual partner."

Most interesting is the "Virtual Partner" mode, which enables you to set goals for a workout which will then be completed by a digital character displayed on the Forerunner's screen. You can then see how far off the time, pace, or distance you are of your virtual training buddy's; your digital character even stops when you do (though the buddy keeps on going). I found that, unless you've got a good idea as to your pace or distance, you'll have a couple of trial-and-error training sessions to get in sync with your buddy. I cut short my first attempt after my buddy got so far ahead of me that he disappeared off the screen (which I'd like to believe was not due to my woeful pace).

I was disappointed at not having the LogBook software, which enables you to keep a journal of your exercise activities (it was not available at the time of this test). But overall, the Forerunner 201 is a very useful exercise-monitoring system that will be prized by anyone involved in serious physical training. --Agen G.N. Schmitz

Pros:

  • Loaded with performance-tracking features for the serious athlete
  • GPS functionality a bonus, especially in referring back to previous routes
  • Virtual Partner feature offers a fun, competitive way to keep you concentrated on training
Cons:
  • Lack of Logbook software at time of test
  • Virtual Partner feature takes some trial-and-error adjustments
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Features

  • Calculates precise speed, location, and altitude as you workout
  • Integrated mapping functions display your progress on your favorite routes
  • Stores lap times, distances, and calories burned
  • Adjustable wristband and A/C desktop charger with PC interface
  • Waterproof; includes serial PC interface

Reviews (103)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent aid for running.
After giving it a full charge, 3 hours, I took it out for a test drive. For the first 30 minutes I could not pick up a signal in Miami. I did a hard reset and it picked it up within 3 minutes. Went for a 3 mile run around a local 9-hole golf course, heavily ligned with trees, and to my amazement never lost contact with the signal. Was extremely accurate in measuring the distance and having a pace time allows you to really push yourself. Backlight can be kep on during the whole run - great feature for night running - or 2, 1, .5, .25 minutes. Much smaller than I expected. Love the display. Would recommend to anyone who runs, jogs, walks for exercise.

2-0 out of 5 stars Weak GPS, buggy software, too loose on the wrist
I am very disappointed in the Forerunner 201. It loses GPS signal far too frequently. I run in a golf course community with average to below average tree cover. In a 7 mile run the Forerunner lost GPS 20 times, including at an open-grass field retention pond. I checked one of my other GPS, a Garmin eMap, and it showed that there were 10 satellites available at the time. So I rate the Forerunner as a very poor GPS.

The most important feature to me was being able to see current pace. It was displaying 8:41 pace all the time, and I knew I was doing my standard 6:45. I imagine this error is due in part to losing GPS signal. I changed the pace smoothing setting to "least" to get a more instant value, but it's still not matching up entirely. 7:10 displayed when I'm doing 6:45's.

The autolap feature has been very buggy. You will often hear it beep at an autolap, and within a minute you'll hear it beep an autolap again. I left it at the default 1-mile setting, and the first day I used it it had autolapped 8 miles in a distance that it itself had measured to be only 3.3 miles!

There is also a minor rounding bug. If you set your training partner for 6:20/mile and later check this setting you'll see 6:19. This is probably due to 6:20 being stored as 6.33333 internally, which converts back to 6:19 without rounding.

The unit attaches to the wristband with short fabric. There's too much play in this fabric, 3/8-inch, and the unit flops on your wrist when you run. It would be better if there was 1/8 to 1/16-inch of play in the fabric.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for runners
I run is a USA Fit marathon program. Several members have the Timex GPS system, and several of us have the Garmin Forerunner. Everyone who has the Garmin loves it, and those with the Timex wish they had the Garmin. Screens are very easy to read and navigate. The computer program is very easy to download. Do not understand why they have a serial connection and not a USB though. For anyone doing a running training program, this piece of equipment is a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect running companion
The Forerunner 201 is by far the best product I have bought this year, period. I bought it to help me get back in shape to run in long distance races. I used to be in the track and field team in high school, long time ago. In the last couple of years, I have been running in local/regional runs. I have been trying to keep the training routines that I used in high school: long, easy runs, threshold runs, intervals, etc. The Forerunner 201 has been essential in keeping me honest and at the right pace.

1. Long/easy runs. It is very easy and tempting to runs faster than the easy pace dictated in your training plan. Using the Virtual Partner feature, you can keep yourself at the right pace. The Virtual Partner will tell you how far ahead or behind you are from your virtual partner, the screen shows two icons: one for you and one for your partner. A large display tells you the distance between the two. Easy to read at a glance, the background indicates if you are ahead or behind. My goal is to stay within 20 feet of my virtual partner. That way I can assure the correct pace. This feature has been instrumental on keeping me from getting injured for running too fast.

2. Interval Training. Use the Intervals section to set the distances and pace for running. Once you set the number of intervals, distance, and resting time/distance, you do not have to worry about keeping time, just run. The Forerunner will keep track of everything for you. It will beep when you are done on each interval and will beep when you are 5 seconds or 20 feet from the next one. Unfortunately, there is no option to set the pace. I would love to use the virtual partner to do intervals, that way you can also keep to correct pace during intervals.

3. Threshold runs. Just use the Virtual Partner and set the pace to the correct one for your running threshold. Your Virtual Partner will keep you running at the right pace.

I take my Forerunner on all my business trips and do not worry anymore about measuring or calculating distances. The Forerunner may not measure distances to the inch, but it has proven accurate enough for my daily training.

The ideas above are just a sample of the many fun ways to use the Forerunner. I am sure the reader will find many other uses for the Forerunner.

5-0 out of 5 stars I found my true love!
Since knowledge is power and the Forerunner 201 is full of information, I am now running with power.
Look, this is the best thing to hit the market for a runner since shoes. I can finally start and stop running anytime and anywhere without the dreaded "how far have I gone, guess I'll hop in the car and check". I no longer drive around to get distance information, ever. Not to mention, I can't drive on half the places I wanted to run and wouldn't run those places because I couldn't drive it to determine how far I was running. I've heard others complain of GPS signal strength and I did have a problem once, but I was running about 1 foot away from a 15 ft wall and on the other side were 2 story townhomes about 30 feet away with huge trees overhead, so I think the GPS works fine. It took about 3 minutes to get a signal after I opened the box and charged it up. I can't imagine why you would not buy this other than you don't exercise. My wife commented that she couldn't believe all the features it had and the information it provided for the price, and she is not an easy sale. No comment on bike problems that people have had. Garmin has been great with software updates. The logbook could have more options but that is no reason to not have this. I LOVE IT! ... Read more


2. Garmin Quest 115 MB Automotive GPS Navigator with Flip-Up Antenna
list price: $642.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002JUH3O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 323
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Amazon.com Product Description

Portability meets capability in Garmin's pocket-sized Quest portable automotive global-positioning system. The easy-to-use device is loaded with the high-end navigation features from Garmin's most popular GPS navigators. Use it in multiple vehicles or simply slip it in your pocket for handy street-level directions when you're navigating on foot.

Smaller than a standard television remote, the Quest provides ample screen viewing area, but won't demand a lot of room on the dashboard or in the briefcase. The device sports a bright, 256-color, sunlight-readable display. You'll love the Quest's automatic routing with turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance to get you where you're going A high-speed processor means fast automatic off-route and detour recalculation, and the unit's internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 20 hours of use between charges.

A USB data connection ensures fast map downloads from Garmin's entire line of MapSource CDs, several of which are included. The unit ships with fully unlocked MapSource City Select CDs, providing full coverage of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, including more than 5 million points of interest like gas stations, ATMs, hotels, restaurants, and attractions. With 115 MB of internal memory, this small-but-powerful GPS navigator has plenty of built-in map storage. A unique antenna folds flush with the unit when not in use, and you can connect an optional external antenna as well.

For weekend warriors using the unit on a camping or fishing trip, the Quest is waterproof and fully compatible with the entire line of MapSource outdoor cartography, including U.S. Topo, 24K Topo, Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots, and BlueChart.

What's in the Box
Quest GPS with flip-up antenna, a PC/USB cable, an AC power adapter, an external speaker with 12-volt adapter cable, a vehicle suction-cup mount, a quick-reference guide, a user's manual, Americas autoroute basemap, MapSource City Select North America CD with full coverage and full unlock, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • WAAS-enabled, 12 parallel channel GPS with flip-up antenna
  • Features 115MB of internal memory, for MapSource data
  • Position formats include Lat/Lon, UTM, MGRS, user grid and other standards
  • Trip tracking computer provides a large speed display, odometer, stopped time, max speed, average and other important information
  • 10,000-point track log retraces your path; includes USB interface

3. Garmin Forerunner 301 GPS with Heart Rate Monitor
list price: $324.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00077U4RU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 1476
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Forerunner 301 is the next exciting addition to the Forerunner lineup. This product will take the training experience of the Forerunner 201 to the next level by integrating a continuous heart rate monitor. Why is heart rate so important? Simply put, heart rate can be used as a measurement of exercise intensity and an accurate way to gauge performance. The Forerunner 301 is the only 2-piece system that offers a heart rate monitor and GPS to provide instant speed, distance and pace data. There's no calibration required, and the 301 can be used for multiple sports, like cycling, cross country skiing and more. Itis a powerful training tool for those interested in losing weight, improving fitness, reaching peak athletic performance, or just improving health to reduce heart-related problems.Having the ability to analyze workout data is an important tool in reaching one's fitness goals. That's why the Forerunner 301 comes with the Garmin Training Center? software, which allows users to download workout data to their PC for a detailed analysis. Or, create workouts on the PC and transfer them to the 301.Like the Forerunner 201, the 301 also doubles as a basic navigator.Users can mark their starting point as a specific location, see their current position on the plotter display, and follow an electronic breadcrumb trail back to their starting point.Sh. Wt.4 lbs ... Read more

Features

  • Up to 14 hours of battery life / rechargeable lithium-ion battery (charger included)
  • Water resistant, IEC 60529, IPX7 (Submersible to 1 meter @ 30 minutes)
  • Continuously monitors heart rate, speed, distance, pace, and calories
  • USB interface allows for fast data transfer to the computer
  • Built-in GPS receiver provides highly accurate data; no calibration required

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Good idea, bad implementation.
The concept of the Garmin 301 is a slam-dunk. This is the setup everyone should want. To have the accuracy of a GPS with a host of computing power, and a good hart rate monitor. This configuration could provide everything folks could want with just two components. Unfortunately that's all the good news that their is. The fact is that the Garmin 301 does not work. I think Garmin has tried too hard to cost reduce the product and as a result nothing works very well and some things do not work at all. The hart rate monitor sometimes works and other times not at all or read rates that are way off. I found out from a tech. at Garmin that Garmin does not even make the hart rate monitor. They get an inexpensive one made for them by an over seas company. The GPS is so poor that I did not know anyone even makes one that is so inaccurate. I have a 5 year old hand held Garmin GPS that works much better then the new one in the 301! The software that comes with the unit is so lame that you can not even print your workout graph. The fact is that if you purchase this package you will get something that will not provide useful data. After getting my unit and seeing how bad the data was I started looking around in the forms on the web and sure enough I found lots and lots of people finding the same thing. Do not take my word for it, check around on the web yourself.
Good idea but very poor implementation.
Oh well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good tool, not completely accurate
I dont like that you cant print your results from the workout from the software. The device isnt completely accurate on distance. Close, but not precise.

If you accept this then the Garmin 301 Forerunner is a great tool for excersize. The workout partner feature I use alot. You set your pace and the display shows you a partner keeping that exact pace. It then lets you know how far ahead or behind you are. It has high and low alarms for your pace as well as heart rates. You can easily customize your workout by workout time, pace or distance.

It will lose signal if you go under large trees or underpasses. I recently did a half marathon and lost signal when I went under the bridges. This caused a discrepancy in the overall distance.

The software lets you trend your data (distance, pace and heart rate) on overlapped or seperate displays.

I do like the Forerunner. Its just a training aide and does a good job at that.

If you are particular about your information being very accurate then you should get a different product.

Because of these slight inaccuracies it loses one star with me. Its still worth a solid 4 stars.

3-0 out of 5 stars ok but not very accurate
I bought the 201 and sold after it consistently reported a 8 mile run as a 6 mile run -- it couldn't extrapolate the distance when the signal is lost in a tree-lined neighborhood.
I have been using the 301 for the last 2 months. I like the integration with the heart monitor and the training software.
The heart monitor will spike randomly at 240bpm -- the software
doesn't seem to be able to throw those outliers out.
The GPS tends to overestimate distance -- I'm not sure how that is possible unless it is fooled by the arm swings.
Another reviewer said it could be .01 to .02 miles off per mile -- that adds up to 1/2 mile in a 26 mile marathon.
The pace readout is inaccurate even with the extra smoothing set. When shifting from walking to running, it will read a 7:44 pace even when our faster runner is running a 10 minute pace.
How is that possible to average faster than the real pace?
I got no answer from online technical support; I haven't tried the phone yet.
I'll keep the 301; it is better than a pedometer and still useful as training tool as it keeps training of mileage and calories, more or less. I'm not sure it's worth the 200 plus dollars.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem
I have had this Forerunner 301 for a week now and it works flawlessly. I take walks on a trail that's approximately 1 mile every day and have done so prior to the purchase of the Forerunner for almost 2 years. I know the exact distance of the trail because they have signs that indicate the distance traveled along the trail. The past week I've been walking and running on the trail and almost every time the distance traveled was the same. You get instances where it's off by 0.01or 0.02 miles but that's as bad as it gets. Some will complain about this but, let's be honest, this is a tool and tools are never perfect. If you find it annoying that it's of by 0.01 or 0.02 miles then compensate for it.

I have used the heart monitor twice and it works as expected. One thing I don't like about it is the fact that you have to strap it to your chest. Perhaps that's the best way to get accurate reading but I would have preferred an arm band, wrist, or even finger type of device.

The navigation feature is not complicated nor is it complex. It's pretty much a waypoint based mapping. Basically, you set points along your trail rout and it will mark those points on your map. You can use the way points to navigate the map. The navigation map allows you to zoom in up to 20ft on your rout.

Customization is one area I would like to see improvements. You can only have one screen that's customizable. Personally, I'd like to see as many stats as possible. I can't complain though because you can always change the sports type and get a different customized screen for each sport.

You might have noticed that all the images of the device don't show someone wearing it. This is because the sucker is a bit blocky. Don't fret though, it's not enormous and the features its packing can't be had with a smaller sized device.

The good:
* Features, features, features.
* Accuracy.
* Heart rate monitor.
* Usability.
* Calories burned information.
* Elevation information.
* Workout history.
* Battery Life.

The bad:
* Bit oversized.
* Needs more customizable screens.
* Signal acquisition takes a few minutes sometimes (I live in Seattle and its cloudy sometimes).
* Doesn't work indoors (for me at least and that's not what I bought it for).

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Unit - Poor Software
This unit is great at capturing all of the data I want to look at, but the training software leaves much to be desired. The data by themselves don't mean anything without the ability to do quality analysis. The included software was basic at best. Even the free MotionBased.com platform that is suggested seems a weak bridge. So far, the best software I have found to analyze actions sports is by a Finnish company called FRWD http://www.frwd.fi/static.php. If Garmin could put together something like this, this product would be amazing! ... Read more


4. Garmin City Select v5 CD-ROM Map - North America
list price: $139.99
our price: $107.99
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Asin: B0000E2RP9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 759
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Amazon.com Product Description

MapSource City Select v5 for North America includes full-coverage maps throughout the United States as well as select Canadian coverage. This updated product provides access to all regions at no extra charge. It's included with the purchase of a Garmin GPS V Deluxe or iQue 3600 (so don't buy this if you already bought those unless it's a gift!), and it's compatible with the GPSMap 196.

Version 5 features include trip and waypoint management functions (which work with nearly all Garmin GPS units, excluding the GPS 100 family and panel-mount aviation units), full coverage for metro and rural areas throughout the contiguous U.S., supplemental coverage of Alaska and Hawaii, and select coverage of Canada.

You'll enjoy detailed maps containing highways, interstates, and business and residential streets, with turn restrictions, speed categories, and other navigation features.

Especially convenient is the ability to create automatic, point-to-point routes in MapSource, the GPS V Deluxe, iQue, and GPSMap 196. Over five million points of interest include food and drink, lodging, attractions, entertainment, shopping, emergency services, post offices, camp grounds, movie theaters, and other spots.

Expanded Canadian coverage in v5 includes: Alberta (Edmonton, Banff, Calgary); British Columbia (Kelowna, Vancouver, Victoria, and Whistler); Ontario (London, Toronto-Golden Horseshoe, Ottawa-Gatineau, Stratford, and Winsdor); and Quebec (Montreal, Ottawa-Gatineau, and Quebec city).

Note: North America City Select v5 CD map data must be unlocked prior to use, which can be done via Garmin's unlock pages or by phone. When using a locked MapSource product, the real-time track plotting function will work only with a valid unlock code for the GPS unit being used. ... Read more

Features

  • Use with GPSMAP 196
  • Automatically Route
  • Download to GPS Unit
  • Use with IQUE3600
  • 5 New Canadian Cities

5. Garmin Geko 201 GPS with Waterproof Exterior (Green)
list price: $149.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
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


6. 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

7. Garmin Deluxe Carrying Case for StreetPilot and GPSMap 176 GPS Systems
list price: $31.99
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Asin: B00005UK9P
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 1746
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Attractive carrying case for Garmin GPS systems
  • Protects GPS receiver from scratches, scrapes, and bumps
  • Holds GPS, mounting bracket, batteries, and data cards
  • Includes storage area for extra data cartridges
  • Designed for Garmin StreetPilot and GPSMap 176 systems

Reviews (3)

2-0 out of 5 stars Good news & bad news
I wish I had read the reviews here before following the manufacturer's claim, which was reprinted in the product description on Amazon. The good news is that it's well made. The bad news is that, contrary to the claim that it holds all your GPS cables, brackets, and the unit itself, it's only good for carrying or storing the GPS unit itself. Also, the price is excessive considering that it doesn't do as claimed. Do yourself a favor - and spare yourself some disappointment while saving some money - take your GPS to an electonics store (CompUSA, Best Buy, etc.) and buy a good padded camera bag which will hold everything for about 2/3 the price.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Carrying Case with No Room To Carry Things
In the writeup for the Garmin carrying case it says that it has room for the StreetPilot series GPS as well as the necessary cables. I was shocked at how small this case was when received. I can fit the GPS unit in it but not all the cables and the ones I could get in I had to cram into it. If you are looking for a carrying case that will carry all the components of the streetpilot GPS this is not it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice, but could be bigger
I bought the carrying case to use with the Garmin Street Pilot Deluxe package. With the case you can snugly fit the Garmin Street Pilot unit alone. However, when trying to also put it the cigarette adapter/speaker, both don't fit without having the zipper on top partially opened. Also, don't even consider trying to store the bean bag mount in the case.

I do like the fact that the bottom of the case has a protective cushion so the unit can be stored face down.

I think it would be nice if they had another sized bag -- one which can store the unit, adapter cable, plus the bean bag mount all together. This would be the ideal size for those who want to carry the unit and all the accessories at once. ... Read more


8. Garmin iQue 360012 Volt Charger Cable
list price: $29.99
our price: $20.89
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Asin: B000087LI7
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 7818
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Take your Garmin iQue 3600 on the road with this handy 12-volt charging cable. Simply plug one end into your car's cigarette lighter and the other end into your iQue, and never run out of power again. The whole reason you have this iQue is to help you find your way, so make sure you have the power when you need it. ... Read more

Features

  • 12-volt charging cable
  • Compatible with the Garmin iQue 3600
  • Perfect for charging while you're on the road
  • Plugs into your car's cigarette lighter
  • Never run out of juice again

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Pretty unnecessary
Why would you need this??

- the Garmin iQue 3600 Auto Navigation Kit will charge as well as this item and has the added advantage of allowing you to use the Garmin 3600 as it was meant to be used...as a hands free GPS navigation system.

1-0 out of 5 stars iQ3600 12 volt charger
This is the second 12 volt charger I've had. Both have blown fuses in my vehicle, then the units also blew something since they didn't work anymore. Garmin did send the second unit at no charge since its under warranty. I'm now calling for a third unit!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor quality adaptor
I bought this adaptor and found it makes a lot of noise when in use. So I asked for a replacement. The replacement does not make noise any more. But there is 10% chance it will blow your car's fuse. ... Read more


9. Garmin iQue 3600HotSync Cradle With Serial Connection
list price: $49.99
our price: $32.29
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Asin: B000087LI9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 14822
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Features

  • 3 foot cable.
  • Uses serial port on PC
  • Sync your PDA to your PC
  • Allows quick file swapping

10. Garmin Automotive Windshield Suction Cup Mount for Garmin eMap
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00005B8MA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 20230
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Automotive Winshield Suction cup mount for eMap
  • Tilts and Swivels in all directions and locks into place

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars very utilitarian
It works OK, but depending on where you put it, can obscure your vision. Also, it is prone to falling off as the temperature of whatever you've stuck it to rises and falls. One thing that works really well is the lock that secures the eMap to the device. ... Read more


11. Garmin 010-10373-00 MS European City Navigator V5
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B00012O7NS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 44311
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Features

  • Detailed Maps of Major Metropolitan Areas in Europe
  • Point to Point Routes
  • Displays Points of Interest
  • Access to All Regions
  • Used with STP III

12. Garmin Street Pilot III GPS System In-Store Associate Training Video
list price: $19.99
our price: $14.80
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Asin: B00009WC6R
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 8074
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Garmin Street Pilot III training video
I was under the mistaken impression that this video would train a new person in how to use the Street Pilot III. I purchased the Street Pilot III from Amazon.com and this video popped up as a recommended additional purchase. The video is only a few minutes long and is only intended on introducing store sales people on what it is, not how it works. I would not even recommend it for the intended audience since the first time someone asks you a question about the product you will be stumped unless you read the directions to gain familiarity with the unit. ... Read more


13. Garmin iQue M5 Integrated Pocket PC and GPS
list price: $749.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00079V9XG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 1415
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The all new iQue M5 combines the popular Microsoft? Windows Mobile? 2003 SE operating system with the dependability of Garmin GPS. Go from the boardroom to the hotel room without stopping for directions. Calendar and contact information is seamlessly integrated with the GPS navigation functions, so the iQue M5 will remind you of appointments, show the location on the map and route you there with detailed, turn-by-turn directions and voice prompts. The mobile office applications will give you the ability to read e-mail and view documents when away from the office, then sync to Outlook when you get back*.The iQue M5 includes 64MB of RAM, 64MB of ROM (15MB of ROM is for safe storage) along with a Secure Digital memory expansion slot. Map detail and points of interest data can be stored to RAM or an optional SD card from the included MapSource? City Select? North America CD-ROM. This software application provides millions of residential streets and business addresses for all 50 states; nearly every town in the United States. City Select also includes extremely detailed road maps for Canada and Puerto Rico. Sh. Wt. 5 lbs. ... Read more

Features

  • Check e-mail and view documents--then sync seamlessly with your laptop
  • Includes MapSource City Select North America data CD-ROM with full coverage/full unlock
  • Pocket PC running Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition with integrated GPS and Que navigation applications
  • Powered by a 416 MHz Intel PXA 272 microprocessor; includes 64 MB RAM, 64 MB ROM, and data back-up protection
  • Embedded Bluetooth transceiver lets you network with computer systems and Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, PDAs, printers, etc.

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing package!Try it for yourself
I have just used the product for 14 days.I can not describe how happy I am with the performance of this tiny little gadget.First of all, for all those people complaining about bluetooth or wi-fi connectivity, I think this pocket PC is more focused on being a GPS/Navigation system and all the additional stuff should be considered a bonus.Hands down, pricewise this is one of the top navigational systems out there.My brother bought the Microsoft Streets and Trips USB add-on which he attaches to his laptop, and I bought this Garmin unit.Trust me, this GPS is 10 times better, its all in one package, comes with EVERYTHING you would need to get set and get going.

Highlights:
-Points of interests: finds atms, movie theatres, restaurants (really really handy when you're out with family and need to drive to another restaurant)
-Integrated: comes with everything you need to be mobile; dashboard kit, windshield mount, desktop charger, etc
-great software: the MapSource is excellent.
-great design, good price compared to its GPS competition.
-voice prompts work great when you are driving and its a loud clear speaker voice telling you exactly where to turn.If you miss a turn, it automatically recalculates and tell you where to turn next.basically, its really really hard to get lost if you have this thing.This product will save you money and time if you are driving in inner-cities and have a hard time with directions (so true for me driving around NYC metro area especially long island)

If we were to compare it within the GPS/Navigation category, this product takes the hat, no doubt about it.Compared to the $700 magellan unit, this is slicker, easier to set up AND did i forget to mention its a full fledged pocket PC with MS Windows Mobile Edition OS.

Cons:
only comes with 64 mb of storage.Which isn't bad, and it will load up maps of almost an entire state.I live in Queens, and I'm able to load up NYC and half of long island for about 20 megs.So i guess its not really a con.

If you need an excellent GPS system, this is it.Just think of the pocket PC functions as a free additional bonus.

i have never written a review in my life but after using this product, I was so satisfied that I told all my friends to get it instead of getting a $2k navigational system installed and now i'm writing a review to tell others what they MUST try for themselves.

4-0 out of 5 stars First impression - mixed results
Setup was easy, I got the 1 gig SD card and loaded half the US, and still have 400 meg available for mp3, jpeg, other files.This is my first GPS, first PDA, and I've had it a week, so this is a preliminary review:

Pros:
pocket size
accessories all included
can see screen easily in daylight
PDA processor is fast
Voice recorder is cool
jacks for external antenna and speaker

Cons:
Long time to acquire satellites
Lost satellites several times
Manual is just ok
HAVE to buy the SD card ($100)

The speaker on the unit is not loud enough for navigation if there is any background noise, but the speaker on the power adapter is plenty good, plus there's an output jack for external speaker if needed.

I have a Toyota Tacoma truck, and lose signal a lot - may need the external antenna.If I put the unit all the way forward on the dash it acquires satellites in a minute, but on the windshield mount it can take 10 minutes.It also seems to take longer if the car is moving, so I just wait a minute before taking off.

The manual was aggravating - it comes with a quick setup guide that was easy and accurate, and an application guide for the navigator software, but the general instruction manual is on CD only - no paper copy!I had to print the 88-page pdf.

The unit froze once - had to reset, so I was glad to read the other reviews about the updates available from Garmin.

Screen resolution is half what other PDA's are, and I was concerned about that, but I really can't tell any difference - pictures look great, videos too, and the maps look like Magellan or any other.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great product!Almost a home run, but not quite...
I have had about a week to use the M5. My first impression is WOW.This IS my first GPS and also my first PDA, so take my review for what it's worth.I would love to give this product 5 stars, but I will get right to the point of why I can't do it.

CONS :
No 802.11b/g - Not a huge deal if you don't mind plugging a bluetooth USB adapter in your PC, but honestly it is a little annoying that I can't connect right up to my 802.11g network out of the box.There are SD/MMC 802.11b cards available that are a option, but I have not ordered one yet.

GPS non-responsive - (see *Edit* at bottom of this review) As one other reviewer also noted, I also had a GPS problem where it acted like it was looking for the satellites, but couldn't see any of them.This was outside, and not indoors.I pushed the reset button, and GPS fired up just fine.As with the other reviewer, I also haven't had this problem reoccur after about a week of using it.The initial problem was about an hour after I took it out of the box. Since then I have used it a good 20+ times without any problems.I will report back if this problem comes back!

The leather flip case(?) - It is a little lame, and offers no protection except for maybe screen...and even that's a stretch.

PROS -
Wow, I opened the box, and it was very complete. A nice windshield suction mount, cig adapter with speaker and the other 'standard' PDA items (cradle, USB cable, travel A/C adapter, etc).

It's a nice size, not to bulky.The battery seems to perform as expected.I don't have any exact #'s, but from what I could tell it was at least 4 hours with some GPS usage.

One thing I would like to comment on is the 'cost'.A lot of reviews elsewhere talked about how expensive this device is.Yes, it's not cheap, but try buying a comparable PDA and a GPS add-on. You'll be close to, if not higher than what you would pay for this fully integrated PDA/GPS.

I have taken one trip (74 miles each way).It did a pretty good job getting me to the destination.I did notice that it was a little slow to recalculate the route if you miss a turn (5-10 seconds on average). Not a huge deal, but could be a problem in inner-city driving. It also did a random "Make U-Turn" in the intersection I was turning at. I believe the intersection came up later than the GPS/mapping software was expecting. The estimated time of arrival is nice, and right on target!

GPS performance : The GPS picks up the satellites fine in my car.My house (2 story) it's fine on the second floor, but the first floor it does not pick up the satellites unless I move over to a window.

Storage - I don't own a memory card yet, but even with the built-in memory I was able to get most of middle-TN and North Atlanta.I hear a 2GB memory card will hold all of the US, and 1GB will hold over half the US.I would say that is about right.

That's about all I can think of at this time. I will report back in a few weeks with an update.At this point I am very pleased.

Edit 4/28/05 - I did have one additional lockup of the unit that required a 'reset', so I went to the Garmin website and found out that there was a new firmware revision. I loaded the firmware and so far the unit seems to be performing perfectly.So, for those who are having GPS lockup problems, download the firmware revision.Garmin states that the firmware fixes several lockup issues.

5-0 out of 5 stars A killer product
The Garmin ique m5 pocketpc/gps is a gadget lover's dream come
true. The price of a decent pocket pc from dell or hp would
easily run to $500. For $100 more than the price of a standard
pocket pc you get a WAAS enabled gps with bluetooth support.

The bundled software includes garmin map software for entire
united states and Microsoft outlook 2002.
Setup was easy. I was able to install the Map source software
without any problems. Garmin provides a usb based sync cable and
cradle. Since i own a Garmin GPSMap 60CS the user interface was
comfortable.


The automount is a second cradle which mounts on the windshield
via a suction cup. The suction cup mechanism was very sturdy and
stayed on for months without coming off. I did not find any problems with the mount unlike one previous reviewer.

Driving directions are provided via an external speaker
attached to the car charger. Sound was loud and clear.
The m5 has a built in speaker which has decent drive.
The battery looks to be of a replacable type. The device
comes with one slot for SD card. Onboard memory is around 60MB.
For $100 you could adda 1GB SD card and have the entire US maps loaded.

The map visibility depends a lot on the make of your car andthe angle of the windshield mount.
The map was clearly visible during daytime and nighttime.
I drive an Acura.The screen realestate is bigger than the Quest product. Outlook adresses, notes etc can be synched easily.


Entering addresses was a breeze using the stylus. The maps and
routing worked fine 98% of the time. Once in a while i had lost
satellite reception and had to reset the device. I think most of
these problems will be patched when Garmin comes out with a software update.

Couple of caveats...

The User interface is functional but lack friendliness.
Lots of concepts...like POI, Address, Locations which confuse the
user. This sofware needs to be reviewed by some usability
experts. Garmin folks ...are you listening...take a look at
IPod, google maps etc... complicated software but simpler interface.

The map sofware takes up 3GB on my HD. Think this is due to
incompatible map formats with other garmin products (60CS).
May not be a problem if you do not own other garmin products.

Pricing: This device needs to be priced under $500

2-0 out of 5 stars Buy if you want to be on the bleeding edge
I like garmin products.Seems support for this one is a bit dicey.

Pro's - It's a garmin.Most of their products are great, and their mapping software is good.

Con's - Bluetooth.Doesn't appear it works with much.Garmin tech support admits it doesn't work with any keyboard or headset.They don't admit to what it DOES work with.Seems they are relying on users to discover that.Documentation can be a bit sketchy too.Again, relying on users to find and report the bugs.If want to pay a lot for bleeding edge technology, this is it. ... Read more


14. Garmin GPS 10 Deluxe with Bluetooth Technology
list price: $267.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0007KXFH8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 2366
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Includes Garmin GPS 10 Wireless Receiver Integrated Magnetic Mount Navigation Software for Pocket PC and PC Laptop City Select North America CD-ROM with full Unlock 12-volt Charger Cable Setup Guides Owner s Manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Included nRoute and Que navigation software turns mobile PC devices into fully functioning navigators
  • Measures 1.77 by 3.46 by 0.75 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty
  • Bluetooth-enabled, 12-parallel-channel GPS receiver for in-vehicle navigating
  • Connects wirelessly to Bluetooth-compatible Pocket PCs and PC laptops
  • Comes with MapSource City Select North America CD-ROM with maps of U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good alternative to All-in-one GPS units
I've been using a Garmin StreetPilot III for 3 years now, for those unfamilar with it, its a all-in-one GPS unit with auto-routing feature and voice prompt.Its a good trusty device, highly rugged and I credit much of my career success in Silicon Valley to it.

What prompted me to start sourcing for another GPS device is due to the airport hassle we experience these days.I work for the Sales department of a security company and that means frequent travel these days.The StreetPilot III is an excellent device but its a little bulky to fit into my notebook bag.

Hence enter the Garmin GPS 10.I got mine for $209 from Digitally Unique, they're slow on shipping but the price was good.Get the Deluxe package and not the receiver only one, the Garmin software and maps are worth the money.

In comparison with the older StreetPilot, advantages are:
1.Small, light and easily fit into your pocket or laptop bag, easier when passing through airport security.

2.Integrated magnetic mount allows for mounting outside the rental car, a good solution in case you rented a car with heatsheild on the windscreen that can block GPS signal.

3.Waterproof, so you can still mount the device outside the car in adverse weather condition.

4.Software provided for both PocketPC and Windows OS (Mac / Linux users are out of luck here).Most business travellers like myself typically carry a PDA and for sure has a notebook.In case your PDA fails, you'll still have GPS capability using your notebook.

5.Enhanced software features includes:
- More customization options
- Cool transparent setting for indicators and prompts
- Elevation indicator, nice feature when travelling
- Easier filter for Waypoints and POI (Points of Interest)

6.Uses standard SD or Compact flash memory cards supported by your PDA instead of the proprietary flash memory cards from Garmin.Get the Viking 512mb SD card available from Amazon here with rebate, goes nicely if your PDA has a SD slot.

7.The GPS 10 turns on automatically if it detects power from the 12v cigarette lighter adaptor.


Disadvantages compared to StreetPilot III:
1.This could be related to my choice of PDA, I'm using a Dell Axim X5 PocketPC 2003. This PDA does not have an integrated Bluetooth so I use a Anycom Bluetooth CF card.Whenever I turn off the PDA and back on again, I need to re-connect the Bluetooth serial connection.Then I have to stop the Garmin nRoute software from searching the serial port, then reconnect again.A bit of a hassle compared to the StreetPilot III where you simply turn it on.

2.Routing algorithm not as good as StreetPilot III.The Pocket PC based routing logic seems to be slightly inferior to the one based on SP III (Palm OS based).

3.Depending on your PDA, the screen could be very difficult to read in the car.The Dell Axim X5 does not do well despite its transreflective LCD.The SP 3 on the other hand is clearly visible under all sorts of condition.Recommend you buy a PDA with a very bright screen.

4.PDA dependent.The SP 3 is a integrated device and is very rugged, sitting in direct sunlight for 2 years before I finally managed to buy a townhouse with a garage last year.The PDA however, is flimsy in comparison.I would not thing the Dell Axim will hold up being in sunlight all the time for 2 years.

5.Mounting a hassle.For a semi permanent mount in a car, you'll have to buy a mount either from Seidio or Arkon.However, those mounts are mainly for the PDA and you'll have to mount the GPS 10 seperately.


Recommendation:
1.If you do not travel by air frequently but is looking for a GPS device for use in your car, go with one of those all-in-one devices such as the older Garmin 2610/2620 or the newer Garmin c320/c330.They're much easier to use and mount, and are easier to see in your car.

2.For frequent travellers by air, get this Garmin GPS 10 and a good PDA.This combo is a lot more portable and works even if you end up renting a car with heatshield on the windscreen.Also, in case the PDA fails, you'll have your notebook to fall back on.

3.If you decide on the Garmin GPS 10, get a PDA that has the fastest possible processor. The latest Intel XScale running at 624Mhz is a good choice.My Axim X5 running 416Mhz though usable, I sometimes felt a faster processor would be nice when I'm planning a trip and markign waypoints on the PDA. ... Read more


15. Garmin Automotive Navigation Kit with City Select North America
list price: $216.99
our price: $179.99
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Asin: B000196C3E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 1697
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Amazon.com Product Description

Garmin's handy Automotive navigation kit with City Select North America gives you everything you need to hit the road for a lengthy excursion: an auto mount for your Garmin GPSMAP 60C or 60 CS, a friction mount, a dash mount, and a DC 12-volt power cable that plugs into your vehicle's cigarette lighter. It also includes a fully unlocked version of Garmin's MapSource City Select v5 for North America, which includes full-coverage maps throughout the United States as well as select Canadian coverage.

City Select Version 5 includes trip and waypoint management functions (which work with nearly all Garmin GPS units, excluding the GPS 100 family and panel-mount aviation units), full coverage for metro and rural areas throughout the contiguous U.S., supplemental coverage of Alaska and Hawaii, and select coverage of Canada. You'll enjoy detailed maps containing highways, interstates, and business and residential streets, with turn restrictions, speed categories, and other navigation features.

Especially convenient is the ability to create automatic, point-to-point routes. Over 5 million points of interest include food and drink, lodging, attractions, entertainment, shopping, emergency services, post offices, camp grounds, movie theaters, and other spots.

Expanded Canadian coverage in v5 includes: Alberta (Edmonton, Banff, Calgary); British Columbia (Kelowna, Vancouver, Victoria, and Whistler); Ontario (London, Toronto-Golden Horseshoe, Ottawa-Gatineau, Stratford, and Winsdor); and Quebec (Montreal, Ottawa-Gatineau, and Quebec city).

What's in the Box
City Select North America (full unlock), an auto mount, a friction mount, a dash mount, and a DC 12-volt power cable.

Note: North America City Select v5 CD map data must be unlocked prior to use, which can be done via Garmin's unlock pages or by phone. When using a locked MapSource product, the real-time track plotting function will work only with a valid unlock code for the GPS unit being used. ... Read more

Features

  • Designed for use with the Garmin GPSMAP 60C or 60 CS
  • MapSource City Select North America (full unlock) includes full-coverage maps throughout the United States and select Canadian coverage
  • Includes an auto mount, a friction mount, a dash mount, and a DC 12-volt power cable
  • City Select creates automatic, point-to-point trip routing
  • Over 5 million points of interest include food and drink, lodging, attractions, entertainment, shopping, emergency services, more

16. Garmin iQue 3600Auto Navigation Kit
list price: $79.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000087LI2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 560
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Portable friction mount
  • Automotive mount
  • 12-volt charger
  • Speaker system
  • Compatible with iQue 3600

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars "Must Have" for the iQue 3600
The navigation capabilities of the iQue 3600 are fantastic. One really must have this Auto Navigation Kit in order to take full advantage of the unit.

"Friction Mount" in this case means that the unit is attached to a bean-bag base with high-friction rubber underneath so it doesn't slide around your dashboard.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute Must
It stays put, it charges, and in New York city it's absolutely indispensable for getting good reception on the run.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works Great
Aside from a major collision, it will stay where you put it. Only problem is viewing the screen up on top of the dash. Too much glare, except at night. Am thinking of an external antenna, but that's another 60 to 90 bucks. Otherwise, wonderful.

5-0 out of 5 stars You really do need this if you have the IQue 3600
The friction mount makes it easy to use my IQue in the car. It keeps the screen in easy view, and the speaker on the plug makes it easy to hear the turn by turn directions. I am very glad I invested in the auto navigation kit.

It does work best on a flat dash board. The dash in our suburban slopes away toward the windshield, so you have to turn the GPS sideways to keep the antenna from hitting the windshield. My sedan has a flatter dash and it works perfectly.

You will be able to locate the unit pretty much any place on the dash where you can stand a coke can.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good product, but not slip-proof
You might get the impression from reading the other reviews here that this device never loses its grip even under off-roard conditions. Sorry to say but this isn't true. At least on my sloping dash, I have had to place it on top of one of those "sticky pads" to get it to stay in place at all. And it still isn't really that secure. As others have said here, it would be hard to live without now. The unit is very flexible in positioning the iQue for best visibility, and the charging cable/speaker is great, though a bit bulky around the power plug. Still, until something better comes along this is probably your best choice. ... Read more


17. Garmin Carry Case for eTrex Series & Summit
list price: $17.99
our price: $12.99
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Asin: B00004VX39
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 96
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Save your eTrex Summit and other eTrex models from some of the scuffs and scrapes of everyday use with Garmin's eTrex Carry Case. This carry case covers your unit while in storage or while on duty in the field. Its nylon material ensures durability and lasting protection. ... Read more

Features

  • Covers and protects your eTrex or Summit
  • Nylon material ensures durability
  • Great for storage or on-the-go protection
  • Easy to slip on and off
  • Genuine Garmin-quality product

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Durable and comfortable
If you purchase an eTrex, make sure to get this carry case with it. It protects your GPS from scratches and it adds a belt strap. When hiking, or walking the belt strap is very useful.

I have not noticed any signal degradation when using the carry case. The Yellow eTrex still locks on and maintains its lock on the satellites with ease.

3-0 out of 5 stars Quality product, but not all that useful.
This is a good, quality accessory from Garmin. I think it's best feature is the belt-clip. It does a good job of keeping dirt and scratches off your already durable eTrex, too; and makes it not so YELLOW. (which can be good or bad) My complaints are that the button holes become misaligned occasionally and make it a little harder to push the buttons. I think if the case fit a little tighter, it would help address that problem. Also, the plastic cover over the screen can cause extra glare. The eTrex is rugged enough that this is an unnecessary accessory, unless you need a belt-clip or want your GPS to stay bright and clean.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Garmin Case!!
For the price that you pay on this case, it's great. A little glare isn't going to get you lost in the mountains. The material feels good and durable. If you have a eTrex this is a great case to have.

4-0 out of 5 stars good covergae, screen cover has too much glare
this is a perfectly designed case for the etrex legend. Joystick is easily accessible, it fits snug, and the belt clip is nice and secure. My only complaint is the plastic window to protect the LCD. It's pretty thick and seems like it scratches pretty easily and makes the LCD more difficult to read with the heavy glare. Otherwise, it's a good thing to have to protect your GPS from invetible drops and abrasion.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'll Make The Case For This Case!
I'm an avid inline skater and I use a Garmin eTrex Venture to determine distance, speed, etc. The belt clip on this case allows me to clip the unit onto my left elbow pad strap. The clip holds very securely and the case itself does an excellent job of protecting the Venture during those unfortunate, but thankfully rare, falls. ... Read more


18. Garmin Suction Cup Mount including speaker w/12V cable (iQue 3600 not included)
list price: $72.99
our price: $47.49
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Asin: B0001DBEHY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 816
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Use with Ique 3600
  • Attached to the window
  • Includes 12V Cable
  • Swivels and Tilts
  • Charges while operating

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
First I had bought the Auto Navigation Kit to keep my Garmin iQue 3600 on the dashboard. Any quick acceleration though and my Garmin would be on the floor, waste of money.
Then this Garmin Suction Cup Mount came out; works perfect. We just cruised 3 weeks through Italy, France and Spain in my Alfa Romeo (V6 and sport tires & suspension = good test). Did some 4,000 km of all kind of road and driving conditions, including cobblestones, curvy coastal roads and bumpy secondary and mountain roads. Not once did the suction cup mount come loose from the windshield. Also, having the car sit parked in the hot sun for hours did not do any harm to the windshield-mounted device.
The cup mount installs and is removed in seconds. Clear voice sound from the speaker with easy volume control.
Other than that, it keeps your iQue 3600 charged, which you need as the battery does not last too long.
A definite must have if you want to use your iQue 3600 for car navigation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Computer guy
I purchased an IQue 3600 and I realized that I need a car adapter. So, I bought the Garmin suction cup car adapter. It works great. With a built in amplified speaker I can hear it loud and clear, and the convinience is that you can hang it any place on the glass in the cars. ... Read more


19. Garmin cf Que 1620 North America (010-00290-00)
list price: $267.84
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000AR6T2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 3579
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Features

  • Location awareness, address and points-of-interest look-up features, electronic mapping, automatic route generation, and off-route recalculation
  • Basemap with highways, major streets, rivers, lakes, coastal waters, and significant borders
  • 64 MB of memory that can store detailed map data from Garmin’s exclusive line of MapSource cartography
  • PC software provides trip planning plus waypoint and route storage
  • Measures 1.7" W x 2.0" H x 0.5" D

20. Garmin Bicycle Mount Bracket for eTrex and Summit
list price: $17.99
our price: $13.99
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Asin: B00004VX15
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 725
Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Now securing your GPS onto the handlebar of your bike is a snap with Garmin's Bicycle Mount Bracket for Etrex/Summit. This bicycle mount fits bars up to 1 inch in diameter and is a safe, secure way to take your GPS with you. It's also great for motorcycles and ATVs. The Garmin Bicycle Mount Bracket comes with hardware and instructions. ... Read more

Features

  • Secure handlebar mount
  • Fits up to 1-inch diameter bar
  • Also great for motorcycles and ATVs
  • Convenient and easy to use
  • Includes hardware and instructions

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
I just received my GPS mount, it was very easy to install on the bike. Getting the new battery cover on the GPS was a bit tricky but worked. The GPS unit snaps right on to the handlebar mount and can be taken off very easily. I ride mostly on paved trails and the unit worked fine the entire time. Would recommend for anyone who has an ETrex GPS and goes biking a lot.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well, with a simple fix it's a great product
I've had this for 8 months or so and I like it. But the bike mount has a major flaw. The battery cover has a very loose fit with the main unit. It got so bad that it managed to turn off the GPS on a ride over a fairly smooth road.
Here's the fix. Two pieces of electrical tape. I wrapped one piece around the bottom of the battery case and one around the top (this required scissors to trim the tape). I don't know how this affects the waterproofing, but the battery case grips the GPS like a limpit and everything works 100% better now.

4-0 out of 5 stars Vibration problems
I had the same problems except that on the mountain bike it was fine, it was just anything above 5000rpm on a 600cc single and it would turn off instantly, at first I thought it may be interference but no it wasn't.
A small bit of firm foam where the battery connectors connect to the little posts and a thin bit above each battery and it's fine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Durable and easy to use.
The bracket installed easily on 7/8" motorcycle handlebars. There was no noticeable vibration at speed. It held the unit securely, even through a 40 mph lowside crash.

I did not have an oppportunity to test the water resistance of the replacement battery cover. I don't see this as a problem for my intended usage of the product.

Overall, an excellent product, well worth the money. It'll be going on my new handlebars...

4-0 out of 5 stars Motorcyle riders: very useful accessory, but...
I planned buying it for mounting my e-Trex Venture on my motorcycle. None of the reviews here could help me in getting rid of my worry: will it fit in my handlebar? I assumed it will, so I purchased it. The result? PERFECT FIT. Using the thick rubber strap I could securely attach the handlebar mount and the GPS clicked-in in a snap. Naturally there's a lot less vibration on a street/road motorbike handlebar than that on a mountain bike, so that would not be a problem for me. I was wrong, since I noticed several times GPS suddenly turned off while riding. So be careful 'cause battery lid can actually provoke false electric contacts from time to time, turning the GPS off. I got through this by placing a thin piece of foam over the batteries which made the lid to close tighter and solved the problem. ... Read more


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