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1. Garmin StreetPilot 2610 In-Car
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2. Garmin eTrex Legend 8 MB GPS with
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3. Garmin GPSMap 60CS 56 MB GPS with
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4. Garmin Quest 115 MB Automotive
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5. Garmin eTrex Vista C 24 MB Handheld
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6. Garmin eTrex Vista 24 MB GPS with
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8. Garmin GPSMap 60C 56 MB GPS with
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9. Garmin GPS V Deluxe 19 MB GPS
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10. Garmin eTrex Legend C 24 MB Handheld
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13. Garmin eTrex Summit GPS with Electronic
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14. Garmin GPSMap 76C 115 MB Handheld
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15. Garmin eTrex Venture 1 MB GPS
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16. Garmin GPS V with City Select
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1. Garmin StreetPilot 2610 In-Car GPS Receiver with 128 MB CompactFlash Card
list price: $1,299.99
our price: $769.99
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Asin: B0000AN4EG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 402
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Newly simplified for automotive applications, Garmin's portable StreetPilot 2610 features both a touchscreen and an alphanumeric remote control so you'll always have easy access to automatic route calculations, helpful turn-by-turn directions, and guiding voice prompts. The 2610 offers a color display, built-in maps, and everything you need to download additional map detail. It offers more precise location finding because of its WAAS technology, a feature the original StreetPilot and the StreetPilot III lacked.



All the travel information you need, right on your dash.
With its built-in photo sensor, the StreetPilot 2610's bright display automatically adjusts to outside light conditions. The unit is powered through either its external speaker (which comes with a handy 12/24-volt adapter cable) or its dedicated AC power adapter; both are supplied.

The unit's built-in routable basemap covers North and South America and contains a wealth of practical and nuanced data, including state and country boundaries, lakes, rivers, streams, airports, cities, towns, coastlines, state and interstate highways, local thoroughfares, secondary roads within metro areas, and interstate exit information for services such as gas, food, and lodging.

The 2610 accepts downloadable map detail from Garmin's PC-based MapSource City Navigator CD-ROM (included), which provides street-level detail, addresses, and listings of nearby restaurants, hotels, ATMs, and other attractions. (This feature requires a CompactFlash card, and a 128 MB CF card is included; you must first downloaded MapSource data in order to find points of interest and addresses.)



Hungry? Find out what's available around the bend.
The StreetPilot's integrated dash-mounting system fosters easy adjustment and quick release. The unit comes with a built-in patch antenna and an MCX-type connector for attachment to an optional external GPS antenna.

Garmin makes accessories to help you integrate your GPS unit with your life and your priorities. Keep it at the ready while protecting it from knocks and bumps with a carrying case that has space for your hookup cable and remote control. In the car, you'll appreciate the mounting options and clear reception afforded by the magnetic/suction-mount antenna that'll give you a better signal than if you just place your unit on the dash. Using your system in more than one vehicle? Garmin's dashmount is just the ticket, providing one temporary and one permanent adhesive mounting disc so you can move the unit between your cars.



What's in the Box
The StreetPilot 2610, the MapSource City Navigator 5 CD-ROM (full U.S. plus select Canadian coverage; unlock included), a 128 MB CompactFlash memory card, an integrated dash mount, a portable beanbag mount (friction mount), an external speaker with a 12/24-volt adapter cable, an AC power adapter, a PC/USB interface cable, an alphanumeric remote control, an owner's manual, a quick-reference guide, and a setup guide. ... Read more

Features

  • Bright, automotive-grade 8-bit color LCD: 3.3 x 1.7 inches; 305 x 160 pixels
  • Audible and visual navigation instructions and warnings
  • Indefinite data storage; no memory battery required; CompactFlash map storage: type I and II compatible
  • Integrated dash-mounting system provides easy adjustment and quick release
  • Comes with alphanumeric remote control and external speaker; includes USB interface with cable

Reviews (41)

3-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Product
I initially bought Megellan 700 and had to return it the next day as it didn't acquire signal for 2 hours.

Garmin 2610 is a much better product than Megellan 700:
Very accurate with addresses.
Timely and loud voice prompts.
Ease of use.
Supplied Power Adaptor lets you use it indoors and lets you plan trip and
add waypoints.
Relilable, as it doesn't use hard drive, no chance of faliure,
Generated mapa image can be saved on computer and transferred to new CF card anytime.
Easy to read in night driving.
Remote Control.
Waypoints remains stored on GPS's onboard memory and doesn't need to be recreated while putting a new CF card.


Problems I faced during my testing :

It was pointing me to the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Brooklyn instead of the one near to my home in Forest Hills Queens, NY and same Kinko's.

Once I had to take service road of Van Wyck Expressway because of traffic jam,
it didn't recalculate the route and kept telling, "take exit 19 on right" while I was on service road, in other words, it couldn't distinguish between Expressway and its service road.

Software Doesn't Work with MAC OSX.

I gave 3 stars because of above problems and software didn't work on Mac OSX.
I had to use old P2 64Meg laptop instead of my powerful dual processor mac.
It took 12 hrs to generate the detailed maps of 8 states.

Garmin should make Mac compatible software.

All in all very satisfied with the product and don't buy megellan.

5-0 out of 5 stars GPS System Excellent
The Streetpilot 2610 is excellent. It is so much easier to user then any other ones I have used in the past. Setup was a snap. The included Compact Flash Card is great. Touch screen is nice as well. Turn by turn directions by voice are great, keeps your eyes on the road.

I strongly recommend getting the garmin external antenna(about $60 extra from amazon) as it improves signal strength. Other then that, you are good to go.

5-0 out of 5 stars When you need directions in every area
The Garmin automotive navigation is a great item in which for those new comers who drive or ride from Florida or California. This little item makes it easy for regular travler to find their way around. So in times of going to the club in the next town or just driving around major one way streets this little gadge makes anyone a pro in getting to thier point of orgin. So travel a little safer whether you take the train in holland or the drive to El Paso, Tx. Here's to TRAVELING ON A SAFER LEVEL.

Thank You
Shara L. Bouie
Atlanta,Ga<USA

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent product; had for a year now. great product; great great, great. gets you to your destination;

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome navigation unit!!
I've been wanting a gps unit for a long time now. couldn't decide between and "in-dash" unit or a "portable" one. after deciding on a portable one, I'm HAPPY I decided on the garmin 2610! after reading the manual one time through, the setup was easy! had to read it again to really learn the features in detail...this thing is amazing!! you CAN'T get lost with one of these! especially with a voice telling you where and when to turn and how far to go before the next turn comes up. I tried driving off route and it QUICKLY recalculates an alternate route.

I think the 128 compatch flash is fine if you need it for just a few states, but if travelling cross country, then more would be needed.

loading the software to the pc and downloading the needed maps was quick and painless! I think thats the only big difference with the 2610/2620, as the 2620 has a harddrive that comes preloaded with the maps for the continental US.

the only thing i would change is to have the speaker on the unit itself instead of on the power cable. but it's really no big deal! it really is a great unit!! ... Read more


2. Garmin eTrex Legend 8 MB GPS with PC Cable
list price: $214.99
our price: $169.99
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Asin: B000058BCQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 79
Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

There are now enough handheld global positioning system (GPS) receivers on the market that you can be choosy when it comes to price, features, and design. Garmin--a leading manufacturer of car, boat, and personal GPS receivers--has a complete line of eTrex handheld receivers, with our Legend falling about midrange.

With WAAS support, the Legend offers extremely accurate readings (rated to within two to three meters). (For more on WAAS, see the Frequently Asked Questions section.) A good-sized screen--288 x 160 pixels--makes it easy to see location details, and the Legend redraws maps quickly when zooming in or out of a position.

Its 8 MB of memory means there is also plenty of room for waypoints, routes, and saved tracks. The Legend will hold up to 500 waypoints, complete with a name and graphical symbol, 20 routes with 50 waypoints each, and it contains slots for 10 saved tracks. You can also download maps from Garmin's MapSource CD-ROMs (thorough but expensive accessories for the GPS receiver) to see street-level or topographic detail (depending on the CD-ROM title).

But one of the most striking attributes of the Legend is its comfortable and efficient design. While it rests easily in the palm of either hand, it's most suited for the left hand, where its handy click-stick can be manipulated with the thumb. The click-stick works like the pencil-eraser nubbin on laptop PCs and is handy for moving through screen icons and menus. It also works as a button when pressed down.

The Legend is coated with a waterproof, rubberized plastic shell that grips nicely. Weighing in at only 5.3 ounces, it fits into a pocket or clips onto a belt loop, going almost unnoticed.

The internal trip computer of the Legend provided a range of data about our hikes and drives, including current speed, average speed, trip distance, and time traveled (both moving and stopped). For those interested in checking out their foot pace and distance traveled, it's a handy GPS to have in hand.

Our only major beef with the Legend is that the receiver sometimes seemed to grow weak. Even when it wasn't in WAAS mode (which can be tough to maintain a signal in), it dropped the signal from time to time. We even lost the signal once while walking along the streets of San Francisco--it seems that the medium-size buildings were enough to interfere with the reception.

But this only happened on a few occasions. Most of the time the well-designed Legend was able to keep us in touch with up to 12 GPS satellites for a strong-enough read to maintain a tight handle on our location. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • Comfortable, compact design
  • Click-stick for interface navigation
  • Bright backlight
  • Handy distance-traveled feature
Cons:
  • Sporadic reception within urban areas
  • Can take several minutes for a cold fix
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Features

  • Global positioning system (GPS) receiver with built-in Americas basemap
  • 8 MB of internal memory for map and data storage; PC cable included
  • Accuracy to less than 3 meters with WAAS correction data
  • Rocker switch on front panel for quick and accurate map panning
  • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software; includes serial PC interface

Reviews (91)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent GPS
This is my second GPS and the 4th I have operated. I have had plenty of experience with GPSs and my occupation requires their use extensively. Having traveled to many foreign countries, I can attest to this unit's ability to give you tons of info on where you are. I prefer simple electronics with minimal buttons, and this unit offers a tremendous amount of data with six buttons. If you are looking for the easiest to use, I suggest the Garmin E-trex. It is the most basic unit you'll find and still provides plenty of info.

Pros:
1) The map data installed in the unit is very detailed (for N. America).
2) The ability to pre-plan routes via waypoints or corrodinates is fairly easy (esp. with the user guide)
3) You can program what data you would like to see based on what you want to know
4) For fisherman and hunters, this unit has special info for you (I didn't find this useful for me, but...)
5) Again, relatively simple to use compared to other GPSs
6) The ability to download map info from CD-ROM (invaluable)

Cons:
1) If you are going to use this in a car only, maybe you'd be better off with something that offers an exterior antenna
2) Significantly more complex than the E-trex (but still easier to use than most)
3) Be prepared to study in-depth the method of downloading from the CD-ROM

Overall, this GPS has gone beyond my expectations. If you do any significant traveling (esp. in N. America), then you will find this GPS vital.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Start
I bought my Legend and the topo MapSource software last fall at a great price. I've used it for deer and turkey hunting, hiking, biking, and fun in the car. This unit takes a bit of getting used to but its operation is reasonably intuitive. (I'm an engineer.) I have down and uploaded weigh points, tracks and routes using the MapSource software. Before I bought my unit, I read some complaints about lack of topo detail. I find it adequate for my purposes. Be advised that the base map (which comes hard-coded in the system) does not correctly list the recently renumbered Pennsylvania highway exit numbers. Hopefully, Garmin will correct this promptly. Also, the topos are a bit dated but then so are the paper topos I usually carry. My suggestion is, if you like electronic toys, go for it. If these GPS manufacturers were smart, they would put software on the Internet that allowed open sharing of routes, waypoints, etc. Every trail in America would wind up electronically documented and these little critters would sell like popcorn.

1-0 out of 5 stars Overpriced
I don't understand why this item is priced $80.00 more than anywhere else I've found it. You might as well not even carry it. It's a disservice to your customers. Target usually has good prices, and I do a lot of shopping there.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bought one for the second time.
My wife and I got into Geocaching last year. We had a blast and had great results using our eTrex Legend. We ended up getting other distractions that kept us from GeoCaching so we decided to sell our Legend.

Well a year later we decided to get backing to caching because of some friends so we went looking again for GPSr units and after looking nothing seems to have topped the Legend in the value section.

I have read complaints about people losing sats but honestly from my previous experience, this only happened to us when the tree cover was almost completely blocked out the sky. I often used the unit indoors (near a window of course) and never had a problem using it in the car.

There are a few items that I buy a second time around, the only one that comes to mind off hand was a FujiFilm FinePix 1300. I tend to like value and items that retain a resale value, and from experience, the Legend fits both of those categories.

If you are looking for a sub $200 unit to Geocache with, this is the unit for you. With EasyGPS you can easily store and download Geocache waypoints to your Legend.

Also I don't think anyone mentioned it, but the Legend has a ton of different waypoint icons you can use, it even has GeoCache and GeoCache Found icons.

If I don't get the same results of the 2nd unit that I just ordered I will post it, but until then I am happy I stuck with the Legend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great GPS at an Excellent Price
Overall the Garmin eTrex Legend is a very good GPS receiver. Reception although not perfect is much better then what some of the reviews led me to believe. I lost tracking once on a 60 mile interstate trip for about 15 secs. Considering that is was cloudy, there is a reasonable amount of trees around the interstate and the GPS was on the passenger front seat I was pretty happy with the result. I managed to get a satellite lock indoors as well but only when in proximity to a window and even then it was sporadic. Average accuracy for me was about 20-30ft. When WAAS satellites are in sight I got as good as 7ft and you could actually see the car changing lanes on the tracking log.
The 8MB memory is for the most sufficient for a detailed street map of a single metropolitan area. Although no where nearly as detailed the built-in base map is also useful.
Battery life is good although not as good as advertised. WAAS does drain the batteries a little more so that may be the reason for my results.
Interface and features are as good as can be expected from a device that size and in this price range. The click stick can be a bit uncomfortable for right handed people but nothing you can't get used to.
Although I have not owned the device long it seems to be well built. I have not managed to put any scratches on the screen yet and I have taken few precautions.
Overall this is a great GPS with reasonably good reception and accuracy. Features are excellent for the price range. The eTrex Legend is moderately useful on the road ( no auto routing on the GPS ) and very useful for hiking, marine and aviation applications. ... Read more


3. Garmin GPSMap 60CS 56 MB GPS with Color Display, Digital Compass, and Altimeter
list price: $535.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000189W8M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 375
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Garmin GPSMAP 60CS is full of features that are only found on the newest generation GPS handheld units. It's not enough to only have color displays anymore. Garmin knows this and they upped the ante on this lightweight, rugged, waterproof unit, offering a 256-color, highly reflective display that provides easy viewing in almost any lighting condition, including sunlit conditions. This transreflective TFT, 2.6" diagonal screen provides excellent viewing while maximizing your battery life (up to twenty hours with typical use) but not up to the massive thirty hours that the Garmin GPSMAP 60C offers. However, the GPSMAP 60C falls behind in the feature race as the GPSMAP 60CS comes equipped with a very handy compass, altimeter, glide ratio and vertical speed to destination calculators.

The GPSMAP 60CS offers an electronic compass and barometric altimeter for highland adventures. These sensors, when combined with GPS technology, provide enhanced bearing and elevation readings. Barometric sensor with automatic pressure trend recording. With the elevation computer, you can find current elevation, ascent/descent rate, minimum and maximum elevation, total ascent and descent, average and maximum ascent and descent rate. The trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more.

The WAAS GPS receiver has an accuracy of ten feet in North America. With the fifty reversible routes, 10,000 track points and 1000 waypoints, you're sure to have enough tools to find your way. With the faster processor, the GPS unit provides quick auto routing, turn-by-run directions and audio alerts when using optional MapSource software. There are 56 MB of internal memory for storing additional map detail. Downloading information is quick using the USB or serial port interfaces. Using the dedicated serial port, navigation instructions can be shared with repeaters, plotters and autopilots. The four position rocker pad and dedicated high-use buttons make navigating through the unit's features easy, even when your fingers are cold or wet.

Finally, the GPSMAP 60CS is packed with some extra fun features. An integrated outdoor calendar provides ideal hunting and fishing times, plus moon rise/set/location information. There is a dedicated geocaching mode for those of you into the hot, GPS community treasure hunt game. Finally, there are indoor/outdoor GPS games to help you and your friends enjoy the outdoors.

Garmin makes some accessories to help you integrate your GPS with your life and your priorities. Keep your GPS at the ready while protecting it from knocks and bumps is with a carrying case. If you'll be on the road, Garmin's U.S. topographical MapSource CD-ROM provides the most detailed maps available. Or, for a combination of detailed U.S. maps and a car kit for mounting and powering your GPS, there's an automotive accessory pack for North America.

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

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

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

What's in the Box
GPSMAP 60CS, PC/USB cable, lanyard, belt clip, manual and a one year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Sunlight-readable, transreflective TFT display
  • Electronic compass and barometric altimeter
  • Geolocation games, including geocaching mode
  • Integrated outdoor calendar
  • Waterproof for up to 30 minutes under 1 meter of water; includes serial and USB interfaces

Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost there
GPSMAP 60cs is a nice unit but if you can wait for their next generation handheld, you should. I recently did a 2000 mile motorcycle trip along with several back country hiking excursions and for the normal kinds of things you want a gps to do, (where am I, how do I get there, what direction am I going) the 60CS was great! With CitySelect maps I could see all the roads, even the dirt roads in obscure places like the south western Oregon National forests. I routinely used autonav and it's amazingly fast route calculations made getting to where I wanted to be a real pleasure....almost....

You can display lots of fancy data on almost any of the screens.
The sat pickup is far better then the earlier gpses and fast.
A real compass and altimeter made off trail hiking a breeze
Estimated arrival times and popup turn notifications kept me on my path.

However....
Don't come upon a road block. There is no way to tell autorouting that you must detour. You have to coax autonav to get you around the road blockage by trying to find other road waypoints to build partial routes, When you are in the middle of no where, this is not pleasant. Garmins answer: Buy a bigger more expensive unit.

Don't rely on the 'save tracks' feature. Garmin drops all of the date/time stamps from the active track when it saves it for you (forget about photo gps tagging). They claim it takes to much space (dah? the unit has 56MB!, a track entry is under a couple hundred characters even with date/time!)

Don't use the belt hanger knob on the back. My first use caused the knob to snap off a part of the back housing leaving a 1/2 diameter hole! Since the knob is used by their auto and bicycle mounts, be ware, you may see your garmin bouncing on the street or down by your feet!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun for trips
This is my first GPS device. My main use is tracking my progress on longer bike rides. The 60CS has a nice "track" feature, which records your journey. When used along with the odometer, you can get some nifty data on how fast you were going, time spent stopped, etc. The track data can then be downloaded onto your computer and viewed with the map software provided with the device. The altitude profile view of your track is very cool.

I found the device's software interface easy to understand once I played with it and browsed through the manual.

If you wish to use this device in a car for directions, be prepared to purchase additional maps from Garmin. The provided maps note highways and their exits but not much detail on individual streets.

So why four and not five stars? While the "track" records altitude and distance, I was a little disappointed that the odometer data was not saved along with the track. The provided software also only works on a Windows PC. Also, on one ride where I was using the "track" feature, the GPS device lost connection to satellites when I entered a tunnel. I expected the device to just start tracking me again when I exited the tunnel; however, I had to hit "ok" on the message box telling me that it losts its way before it resumed the track and odometer features.

Because I like transferring my routes back from my GPS device to my computer for long term storage, I found myself buying the AC Adapter (B00005UK9S) so that I don't run through AA batteries too often.

3-0 out of 5 stars Autoroute navigation needs some work
I should begin by saying this is the first GPS I have bought, so in my criticisms, I am not comparing it to other GPS units (which may be worse).

First of all, it seems to be quite a good portable unit. It locates the satellites quite quickly, gives position + estimated error in 1 no-nonsense screen. Also seems quite robust - it went for quite a tumble down a 10m cliff face, ending up in a deep pool of water - and all worked ok afterwards :-) (phew!).
The hardware seems great - however the software has some usability bugs that should be fixed.

Taking it along on a long 4wd trip in Australia in May 2004, here is a list of my gripes/criticisms:

1) The auto route navigation is pretty poor. A few times it came up with some crazy routes to get from A to B ... via Z!!

2) Also with the auto route navigation: When zooming in, the purple route marking doesnt correlate with the road its trying to mark. The more you zoom in, the worse it gets. Zoomed into a city streetmap, its completely unusable as the route marking is not even visible on the screen - or if it is, its impossible to work out what streets it is marking. Until this bug is fixed, I certainly would not buy this for auto navigation.

2) The way that route recalculation grabs focus from *whatever* you happen to be doing at the time is a major pain. You may be in the middle of a tedious "Find" operation only to have all of your effort dashed as it snatches you back to your route map and loses whatever you had typed. Grrr!

There are a number of other usability issues - and being a software developer, they stand out to me. The software needs a bit of work before I would give it 4 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love This GPS!!
We have had the 60CS for over one month. We love it!!! It's highly durable and configurable.

5-0 out of 5 stars My o' my!
This is one sweet unit. I owned the Vista previously and was getting a bit tired of the slowness at which it refreshes the map screen when moving the pointer to scroll. The new 60cs is much more powerful. The screen is also very easy to read. Sound feedback is much appreciated as well as the ability to customize the page order. The unit also locks to satellites very quickly. I haven't had time to hike under heavy foliage yet to see how it compares to the Vista but I'm sure it can't be any worse since the Vista requires that the unit face up all the time. I only wish that they have a neoprene case for the 60cs like the one they have for the Vista. That has kept my Vista looking brand new after many years of use which is great now that I'm ebaying the unit.

June 26, 2004
I've since had the chance to try this unit in dense foliage and it performs great! The Vista wasn't nearly as sensitive with it's patch antenna as the 60CS with the quad helix. I use to lose signals under certain frequented trails that's full of trees with the Vista but now the 60CS, I don't lose a crumb. Previously with the Vista, I had to check on it every few minutes to make sure that the patch antenna was facing up if I wanted to record a crumb trail. Now, It's great just letting the 60CS dangle on the included clip on my backpack with not a worry.

I also find the display much easier to read on the trail. The color really helps. The beeps also notifies you of different issues which is great. All in all, I'd say I've made the right choice to upgrade to a 60CS. ... Read more


4. 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

5. Garmin eTrex Vista C 24 MB Handheld GPS with 256-Color TFT Display
list price: $428.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002MQ74E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 766
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Garmin's pocket-sized eTrex Vista C handheld GPS unit combines Garmin's popular eTrex Vista with color, automatic routing, and longer battery life, making it one of the smallest, least expensive waterproof products to combine a color TFT display and advanced GPS auto-routing abilities. You won't miss a thing when you take this lightweight, easy-to-use handheld out hiking, biking, boating, or geocaching.

The unit offers a bright, transflective color TFT display with daylight viewability, automatic route generation, off-route recalculation, turn-by-turn directions with alert tones, and icon-driven menus for finding points of interest (when combined with Garmin's optional MapSource CDs). You'll get up to 20 hours of use on two AA batteries. The unit offers 24 MB of internal memory and its mini-USB port lets you download map data rapidly from Garmin's library of MapSource CDs (not included) using your PC.



A crisp color display makes map reading much easier than on previous black-and-white versions.
You'll enjoy outstanding accuracy of less than 3 meters (10 feet) when the device is enabled to receive enhanced GPS signals from the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) in the United States, and of 15 meters or less in normal GPS mode. Like on all eTrex units, the primary controls are located on the unit's side, so you can operate them with one hand. With the innovative rocker switch on the unit's face, you can input data and scroll through menus or pan the map page.

Other key features include an auto-route basemap (featuring general map data, including highways, major roads, rivers, lakes, and borders), a waterproof design (to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards--submersible in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes), 500 waypoints/routes/tracks (with graphic identification), 50 reversible routes, 20 saved tracks, 10,000 trackpoints, TracBack technology, alarms (waypoint proximity, anchor drag, and off-course, as well as a built-in alarm clock), a GPS patch antenna, selectable audio tones and color schemes, a stopwatch, a hunting/fishing calendar, sun/moon calculations, and a trip computer.

The Vista C also features an electronic compass for accurate bearing information while standing still; a barometric altimeter with local pressure and a 48-hour automatic pressure-trend recorder; and an elevation computer (which provides your current elevation, ascent/descent rate, minimum/maximum elevation, total ascent and descent, average and maximum ascent, and descent rate).



The barometric-pressure-based altimeter displays up-to-the-minute information.
The Vista C includes a built-in, permanent basemap, Americas Recreational, which cannot be altered. The Americas Recreational Routable Basemap v2 includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America, and covers the area from longitude 30 to 180 degrees west and latitude 60 degrees south to 75 degrees north. The basemap includes a high-level worldwide map featuring borders and major cities.

Standard map coverage includes oceans, rivers, lakes greater than 30 square miles, lakes greater than 5 square miles in the United States and southern Canada, lakes greater than 10 square miles in central and northern Canada, principal cities, some smaller cities and towns, major interstates, principal highways, political boundaries (state and international borders), major airports, and a database of Interstate exits. This last includes many establishments within about 1/4 mile of exits, including restaurants; diesel and gas stations; hotels, motels, and inns; overnight RV parking; dumps; campgrounds; truck stops; medical facilities; shopping and outlet malls; ATMs; and many other attractions.

What's in the Box
The eTrex Vista C, a basemap (Americas Recreational), the MapSource trip and waypoint manager CD, a PC-USB interface cable, a wrist strap, a quick-reference guide, a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • 256-color, sunlight-readable display makes it easy to distinguish map details and see where you're going
  • Automatic route generation, off-route recalculation, turn-by-turn directions with alert tones, and icon-driven menus for finding points of interest (when combined with Garmin's optional MapSource CDs) navigate you safely to your destination
  • An electronic compass provides accurate bearing information while standing still; an elevation computer provides current elevation, ascent/descent rate, etc
  • Mini-USB port for fast, convenient download of map data from Garmin's entire library of optional MapSource CDs (using a PC)
  • 20-hour battery life; 24 MB internal memory

6. Garmin eTrex Vista 24 MB GPS with Compass, Altimeter, and PC Cable
list price: $319.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000058BCR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 179
Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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Garmin's eTrex Vista GPS receiver is smaller than its popular eMaps, but far more powerful. The Vista offers more memory, more features, and more convenience than any other GPS hardware in this price range.

Don't be fooled by the product's small screen. Although smaller than the display used in products like the eMap, it has a higher resolution, letting it show more information more crisply. Small text can be difficult to read from a distance, but there are "big number" options available to make important data like your speed easy to read.

It's this configurability that makes the eTrex Vista so special.
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Map page (shown with optional MapSource topo detail).
You can easily set it up to suit your needs, regardless of the situation. Menu choices are highlighted and confirmed with a small joystick near the top of the unit, providing an elegant interface for navigating a formidable amount of options. Our only complaint is that the joystick used to access all the product's features is offset to the left, making it nearly impossible to control using only your right hand. When the joystick is held in your left hand, however, every control is within easy reach of your left thumb, freeing your right hand to hold a flashlight, walking stick, lantern, or anything else.

This GPS unit's diminutive size and weight, not to mention its rugged design, make it an ideal hiking companion. It's waterproof in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes and is generously coated with shock-absorbing rubber. The barometric altimeter keeps a historical record of your ascents and descents, graphing elevation changes so you can easily track your progress.
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Elevation page
The ability to store waypoints, points of interest, routes, and other information means you can blaze your own trail and always find your way back to camp.

Best of all, 24 MB of internal memory makes it possible to store an enormous amount of data from Garmin's optional MapSource CDs, turning the eTrex Vista into an interactive road atlas. The memory isn't expandable, but 24 MB is enough to store street-level data for entire states in some cases.

A serial cable is included for transferring the maps from your PC to the GPS unit, but it's terribly slow. A USB connector, sold separately, transfers data in a fraction of the time.

The eTrex Vista was very accurate in testing, especially in a car on the open road. Accuracy diminished somewhat when the device was used in heavy tree cover or a dense urban area, but not enough that you're ever going to get lost or miss an exit. Used side-by-side with an eMap, the eTrex Vista kept up in update speed while displaying even more information on the moving map than the eMap did, cementing its position as perhaps the best all-around handheld GPS unit money can buy. --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Small and light without sacrificing features
  • 24 MB of integrated memory stores reams of detailed maps
  • High-resolution screen displays sharp text legible even at extremely small sizes

Cons:

  • Can't be used one-handed when held in the right hand
  • Smaller display is hard to read from a distance, as when the device is placed on a dashboard
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Features

  • Global positioning system (GPS) receiver with barometric altimeter, electronic compass, and Americas base map
  • Store more maps and different types of data (marine, roads, and more) with 24 MB of storage; PC cable included
  • Accuracy to less than 3 meters with WAAS correction data
  • High-resolution liquid-crystal display for easy reading
  • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software; includes serial PC interface

Reviews (75)

5-0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Thought
I'd like to start this review by saying that I'm a Registered Maine Hunting Guide with years of expirience navigating in the back country and plenty of expirience using different brands of GPSs. That said, I nearly didn't buy this GPS after reading some of the reviews for it, I'm glad I did.
I recently returned from a 2 week hunting excursion in Northern Maine in unfamiliar territory. The Vista greatly aided me in knowing exactly where I was at all times. I purchased the Map Source Topo program for it and loaded my maps. I had room for all of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire in it. While all the newer logging roads weren't on the map, a lot of them were.
The electronic compass is a neat feature and saves you from getting out your regular compass when orienting yourself, but I do like a regular compass better.
As I was all ready familiar with Garmin GPSs, this GPS was very easy for me to use. To many convienient features to list. This GPS did everything I wanted it to and then some. Battery life was exceptable and the only time I had any problem with reception was during a heavy snow storm while in fairly heavy tree cover.
A friend of mine has the Garmin Legend GPS and while it is less money he was only able to load about half of the state on it. So for more money and features the Vista is the way to go.
The small "shirt pocket" size, the topo map and all the other great features make this a "Must Have" for any back country traveler.
If you're looking for a GPS to use in your vehicle, pick a different model, the small size of this unit that makes it great for hand held use makes it to small to use effectively in your vehicle.
All in all this GPS is great in my opinion, it is absolutely perfect for me and my uses. Great quality, easy to use, convienient features, small size, fast updates. Have I left any thing out? If you're a hunter, hiker or back country traveler this is the GPS for you.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not very useful.
I ordered this GPS unit for a trip out west to several National Parks. I also ordered the very expensive National Parks West maps from Garmin. I downloaded the maps for several of the parks I was to visit, so that I would get detailed trail maps once I got there. Once at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, I went to use my eTrex Vista with the "detailed" map and all I got was a rough location of the city I was near. Clearly the detailed map did not download properly, or when I entered map info for one park it overwrote the information I downloaded for other parks. The only park listed was the last park I downloaded and I never ended up going to that park, so my purchase was a complete waste of money. If you are completely incapable of reading a map, perhaps this unit can be of use to you driving down the road, of course it barely receives a signal from within a car, you have to get out and hold the unit if there are any trees or buildings around. The screen is also too small and not in color, and the batteries don't last long enough. I have stock in Garmin, so I suppose I should not bad mouth them too much, but if I could return this unit to Amazon, I would.

5-0 out of 5 stars GARMIN HAS GOOD RECEPTION
I own 3 GPS receivers and I will say Garmin did an excellent job. The receiver is much more sensitive to satellite signals than my other GPSs. Just don't expect too much from this small unit with tiny screen and very slow CPU for screen refresh. It will drive you nuts to use it for street navigation. It is suitable for back trailing in the mountains. For street navigate, I strongly suggest that you hook this unit up with a laptop but make sure that GPS is set to NMEA and the software GPS setting is also correct. Conclusion, don't street navigate with this unit alone and don't buy a no brand GPS under $90 because you will not be happy with the reception.

Eddy

1-0 out of 5 stars A poor offering by Garmin
This expensive (for gps units) includes the PC Cable but DOES NOT include the ability to comunicate with your PC. After waiting 17 minutes for customer service I was told that I had to purchase a $29 software to be able to download my waypoints to my computer. I don't need extra maps - I only want to download my waypoints.

In the waypoint view - over half of the display is the flag symbol and the co-ordinates are so small as to be practically useless in the field.

This is my fifth Garmin product and in the past have been happy with the performance. I give this a 1 as it is little better than a $99 unit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great GPS Unit And A Great Price!
Another reviewer here said it best: don't let the misleading negative reviews of this product prevent you from taking a good look at the Garmin eTrex Vista. (Honestly, what are some of these people wanting to do with a GPS device? Fix a waypoint on a specific part of a cow patty in a farmer's field somewhere?)

This is the first GPS handheld I've purchased after carefully reviewing other models from other brands at a local store with true "hands on" comparisons. I thought the Garmin products were by far the most intuitive and user-friendly of the GPS handhelds I played with. Great features and an excellent value for the money. (...)

Looking at the less expensive eTrex Legend and the Vista and wondering which to buy? Well, the Legend is great but it lacks the Vista's electromagnetic
compass or air-pressure altitude indicator if that is important to you. It also has much less memory capacity (8MB) for storing detailed Mapsource maps.

I have loaded my Vista with topo maps from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and it took up all 24MB of memory (of course, it really is a lot of detail we're talking about here). I would think that the memory capacity of the Legend could be a significant limitation if you are looking at getting into extra topo or metro guide maps. If you have no use for extra maps or an electromagnetic
compass and altimeter, then the Legend might be the way to go.

Personally, I think the Vista represents a better overall value for the dollar.

Ignore the naysayers and compare the GPS units for yourself. I'm very happy with the Vista and would have made the same purchase if I had to do it all over again. ... Read more


7. Garmin GPSMap 76CS 115 MB Handheld Marine GPS with 256-Color TFT Display
list price: $589.99
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Asin: B0001MHL0O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 3840
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Garmin's GPSMAP 76CS is a state-of-the-art handheld marine GPS unit with a vivid, sunlight-readable color display, sizeable internal memory, and fast USB connectivity. Central to the device is its high-resolution, highly reflective, 256-color TFT display and LED backlight, implemented so you can navigate in either broad daylight or complete darkness, as your schedule dictates. The unit retains the overall sleek and easy-to-use design of earlier generations of the GPSMap 76 family, including its rugged, buoyant, waterproof housing.

The compact unit also boasts a 13 MB Americas marine basemap that includes tide data. In addition, an impressive 115 MB of internal memory lets you load optional MapSource BlueChart or "Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots" marine cartography. (The award-winning BlueChart features depth contours, inter-tidal zones, wrecks, and navaids, while Recreational Lakes includes fishing areas, boat ramps, marinas, and hazards for more than 1,000 popular U.S. and Canadian lakes.)

You can rely on the 76CS when you're navigating the highways and byways in your rudderless vehicle, too, thanks to a built-in, auto-routing basemap of major interstates and highways. When loaded with optional MapSource City Select detailed street cartography, the GPS provides automatic route calculation to millions of addresses or points of interest, complete with turn-by-turn directions and tone alerts. The unit is also compatible with MapSource U.S. Topo and 24K Topo for off-road excursions.

Loading charts or maps is faster than it was with earlier-generation devices, too, thanks to the 76CS's USB interface. Navigation instructions can be shared with repeaters, plotters, and autopilots using NMEA protocols through a dedicated serial port.

The 76CS also includes an electronic compass--which displays accurate headings even while standing still--and a barometric altimeter with an elevation computer that provides current elevation, ascent/descent rate, minimum/maximum elevation, total ascent/descent, and average/maximum ascent/descent rate.

Other features include a built-in quad helix antenna with remote antenna capability; 1,000 user waypoints with name and graphic symbols; 50 reversible routes; a 10,000-point automatic track log; 20 saved tracks (so you can retrace your path in both directions); audible alarms for anchor drag, arrival, off-course, proximity waypoint and clock; and a trip computer that provides, among other things, an odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, and max speed.

Battery life using 2 AA alkaline batteries is rated at 20 hours typical use. The 76CS is waterproof to IEC 60529 IPX-7 standards (submersible to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes).

What's in the Box
GPSMAP 76CS, a basemap (Americas Autoroute), a Marine Point database, a MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager CD-ROM, a PC/USB cable, a lanyard, a user's manual, and a quick-start guide. ... Read more

Features

  • High-resolution, highly reflective, 256-color TFT display with LED backlight is readable in bright sunlight or darkness
  • 13 MB Americas marine basemap with tide data
  • 115 MB of internal memory lets you load MapSource BlueChart or "Recreational Lakes" marine cartography (both optional)
  • Electronic compass (displays accurate headings even while standing still) and a barometric altimeter with an elevation computer
  • USB and serial-port interfaces

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars For a general-purpose mapping GPSR, Garmin got it right!
The GPSMAP76CS continues the evolution of Garmin's GPSMAP line of GPS receivers. It is well-suited for walking, car navigation and casual marine use. I already own a GPSMAP76S. The major advances of the 76CS are:

(1) Color TFT screen - makes it so easy to see your maps and data; it's bright and sharp, easy to read in any light. The variable-level backlight is great in low-light situations. The night-time color scheme is pretty cool, too. You can have the receiver automatically switch between day/night color schemes at sunrise/sunset, or manually select the mode. There are several alternate color schemes for day or night-time use.

(2) Point-to-point automatic routing - works very well. There are two audio-visual prompts for each turn, one about a minute before, and again (with a different tone sequence) about 10 seconds before the turn. You can choose from several different tone sequences, but I'm happy with the defaults. The prompts display a zoomed-in view of the intersection (great for tricky interchange exits and ramps). If you miss a turn, it re-calculates your route to get you to the next point, or your destination. Generally it uses the most major roads available for routing. For areas that I know well, I may take a local road that I know will get me where I'm going sooner. When driving in unfamiliar territory, I rely on the route it calculates for the most part. Apparently, you can select variations on the routing algorithm on the "follow roads options" page: Car/Motorcycle (the one I use), Truck, Bus, Emergency, Taxi, Delivery, Pedestrian and Bicycle. I haven't tried any of the other routing options yet. Overall, I would give the routing capability 4 stars.

(3) Customizable page sequence - in my other Garmin GPS receivers, you can cycle through the main pages forwards or backwards, but you can't change the sequence. The 76CS lets you add, remove, or move individual pages within the sequence. I put the pages I use most often next to each other; I like this feature.

(4) Recent Finds page - a new feature and real time-saver when I want to go to a place that I've looked up before. I use this page so often, I added it to my main page sequence. However, I discovered you can bring up the Recent Finds page by pressing the Find button twice.

(5) More memory - 115 MB stores detailed map data from optional Mapsource CD ROM sets. I was able to load all of North Carolina and about half of South Carolina and Virginia from the North America City Select database. This is nearly 5 times the memory of the 76S!

(6) USB connection - my old 76S (with serial connection) takes the better part of an hour to load a full 24MB map set from the Mapsource CD ROMS. The USB connection on the 76CS makes loading the full 115MB much quicker. Also, loading waypoints, routes and tracks between the receiver and PC is way faster now.

Garmin periodically updates their GPS receivers' software, and you can easily download the updates from the Garmin website. They have already posted an update to the GSPMAP76CS (version 3.40 was released June 8, 2004).

Quibbles: as mentioned in another review, you can't customize the data fields display to show small data fields three-across, as you can with the 76S. Admittedly, the small data fields on the 76S are hard to read while driving; I would consider this a minor setback for the 76CS. One can still display up to 4 data fields in large or medium size as an option on several of the pages, much like the 76S.

One feature of the 76S that I like is the ability to show the name of the upcoming cross-street (when lock-on-roads is enabled). This is a useful feature when you're just cruising around an unfamiliar part of a city. At first, I thought this was missing from the new 76CS, but I discovered that when the map has guidance text turned on all the time (instead of only when the unit is actively navigating) then when not navigating, the text area displays the upcoming street name. Another great feature of the 76S which carried over to the 76CS: graphic editing of a route. When the "use map" option is selecting while editing a route, move the pointing arrow to touch a route segment. The segment then appears as a dotted line, and if you press the Enter key, acts like a tight rubber band attached to the panning arrow. One can then move the panning arrow to any other map feature (for example an intersection) and press Enter to add an intermediate route point. I've found Garmin's manuals provide a good introduction to basic operation, but may not cover all the features. However, I've found the 76CS operation to be fairly intuitive.

Now for the major gripe: to enter text or numbers, Garmin has reverted to the character matrix format (found, for example, on the Etrex Vista), where you move the cursor about a grid of letters and numbers, press Enter to select that character, then move the cursor to the next character, etc. Finally, you move the cursor to the "OK" spot on the grid and press Enter. On the 76S there's no character grid, you just cursor left to clear a field, cursor up to advance the current letter or down to move back through the character set, then cursor right to select the next character, etc. I found this method fairly intuitive and much easier to use on the fly. Hopefully, Garmin will fix this in a future software update.

As with the GPSMAP76S, the sensors are a useful feature, particularly while walking. The compass can be used for getting a bearing while standing still, and the barometric altimeter provides useful information for those of us who just have to know, "how high (or low) are we?". If you don't need these features, the GPSMAP76C should work just as well at a lower price. Garmin's GPSMAP60C / 60CS have the same color screen and similar software, but only 56 MB of memory in a smaller unit. Nearly all Garmin GPS receivers have rugged, waterproof cases, but I prefer the 76-series size and flat shape. They even float!

If you're looking for a general-purpose, easy-to-read, easy-to-use mapping GPS receiver, you need look no further than the GPSMAP76CS (or GPSMAP76C without compass and altimeter). Garmin got it right with this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great unit gets better
I got the gpsmap 76cs just in time for a trip to Alaska. So far the unit is great. It acquires satellites faster than my old gpsmap 76, which is a much appreciated improvement. The new screen is great. Clearly readable without backlight in many different lighting conditions. The color is does not make the screen look washed out or illegible as with other units I have seen.

The new operating system is quite good though I have a few quibbles. The unit will not display as many data fields in certain views as the old operating system but it is also less cluttered. I have also always wondered why Garmin does not include GPS elevation as a data field choice. The lack of an SD card slot is mildly annoying but 115 mb with a USB port is a big improvement.

I would recommend this unit to anyone who is looking for a high quality color GPS. It is also worth noting the Garmin is really good about providing free updates to operating software. ... Read more


8. Garmin GPSMap 60C 56 MB GPS with 256-Color TFT Display
list price: $479.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000189VQ0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 1506
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The Garmin GPSMAP 60C is full of features that are only found on the newest generation GPS handheld units. It's not enough to only have color displays anymore. Garmin knows this and they upped the ante on this lightweight, rugged, waterproof unit, offering a 256-color, highly reflective display that provides easy viewing in almost any lighting condition, including sunlit conditions. This transreflective TFT, 2.6" diagonal screen provides excellent viewing while maximizing your battery life (up to thirty hours with typical use).

The WAAS GPS receiver has an accuracy of ten feet in North America. With the fifty reversible routes, 10,000 track points and 1000 waypoints, you're sure to have enough tools to find your way. With the faster processor, the GPS unit provides quick auto routing, turn-by-run directions and audio alerts when using optional MapSource software. There are 56 MB of internal memory for storing additional map detail. Downloading information is quick using the USB or serial port interfaces. Using the dedicated serial port, navigation instructions can be shared with repeaters, plotters and autopilots. The four position rocker pad and dedicated high-use buttons make navigating through the unit's features easy, even when those fingers are cold or wet.

Finally, the GPSMAP 60C is packed with some extra fun features. An integrated outdoor calendar provides ideal hunting and fishing times, plus moon rise/set/location information. There is a dedicated geocaching mode for those of you into the hot, GPS community treasure hunt game. Finally, there are indoor/outdoor GPS games to help you and your friends enjoy the outdoors.

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

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

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

What's in the Box
GPSMAP 60C, PC/USB cable, lanyard, belt clip, manual and a one year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Sunlight-readable, transreflective TFT display
  • Integrated outdoor calendar
  • Geolocation games, including geocaching mode
  • Waterproof in one meter of water for up to thirty minutes (IPX-7 standards)
  • 30-hour battery life (uses 2 AA batteries); includes serial and USB interfaces

9. Garmin GPS V Deluxe 19 MB GPS with PC Cable
list price: $349.99
our price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000066TPO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 610
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Never get lost again when you use the versatile and powerful GPS V Deluxe from Garmin. This compact global positioning system (GPS) receiver can be mounted in your vehicle and used as a handheld navigator. The GPS V Deluxe coordinates signals from 12 satellites to pinpoint your position anywhere on the globe, and has WAAS capability. The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is a system of satellites and ground stations that provides GPS signal corrections, giving you up to five times better position accuracy than just the GPS signal. A WAAS-capable receiver can give you a position accuracy of better than three meters 95 percent of the time.



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

The included MapSource City Select CD-ROM--designed specifically for the GPS V--has been enhanced to provide street-level views of millions of new streets for nearly every town in the United States. City Select includes highways, interstates, business and residential streets with attributes such as turn restrictions and speed categories, and other navigation features. The software automatically creates point-to-point routes in MapSource and on the GPS V. It also displays restaurants, hotels, attractions, entertainment, shopping, and location of emergency services along your route. City Select also contains detailed maps of major metropolitan areas in seven defined regions in the U.S. and Canada.



Or, carry it in the palm of your hand!
This Deluxe version of the Garmin GPS V offers full unlock capability of all maps for the United States and Canada. (The regular Garmin GPS V comes with unlock capability for just one region.) Simply install the City Select CD-ROM on your PC, then enter a custom code that is included with the product box.

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

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

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



Get upcoming services information as you travel along your route.
As you approach a turn, the map page automatically changes to show a focused view of the upcoming turn.
As you're navigating a route, you can view a list of upcoming turns along with the remaining distance and time.
A built-in calendar shows you the best times to hunt and fish based on location and time of year.
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Features

  • 12-channel GPS unit with 19 MB of built-in memory
  • Includes MapSource City Select CD-ROM with street-level maps and points of interest; full unlock capability for US and Canada
  • WAAS capability provides position accuracy better than three meters
  • Autorouting gives access to the shortest and fastest routes
  • Turn-by-turn directions; includes serial cable for PC connection

Reviews (41)

5-0 out of 5 stars A very satisfied user
I purchased the Garmin GPS V in anticipation of two 3-day trips into areas I had never traveled. The detailed maps that were supplied on the CD were excellent and accurate. Before I left on the trips, I checked out the detail on the streets of Seattle, WA, because the many steep hills provide unusual angled streets with many turns. The map followed them all and accurately named them. I was impressed. I was even more impressed when I traveled into the back country of the Olympic peninsula and, arriving at an intersection of two country roads, found that the GPS V maps named both of them correctly. I'll never travel without it again.

The 19mb of memory is a bit too small to hold the number of maps that I regularly need and there is no additional memory card available to augment the capacity. Erasing and downloading a new set of maps to the GPS from the computer is very easy and intuitive, but somewhat time consuming. Adding even one detailed map to the GPS V required more than 30 minutes of download time, this in addition to any computer time selecting the maps to use. Fortunately, the base map built into the GPS V good enough for the major interstate highways, exits, and services, so if you do not regularly travel to a number of large cities, the 19mb of memory may be ample for the detailed maps desired.

The dash mount supplied with the GPS V is excellent with locking angle adjustments and a quick-release. It lacks only one very important feature: it must be mounted on a flat surface. Try to find one of those on today's curved dashboards, and in a place where the antenna can acquire the satellites and you can see the display. Fortunately, I was able to make an adapter plate that fit the dashboard and allowed the dash mount to be installed. I am very pleased with the clarity of the display.

The instruction book that comes with the GPS V is very complete and leads step-by-step through the more complicated processes. At the same time, the usual functions desired from a GPS are easy to set up and fairly intuitive by using the menu functions. The quick start guide is all most people will need to use the unit effectively.

Battery life from 4 AA cells is sufficient if the backlight feature is not used too much. Typically I found the batteries needed to be replaced after 18 to 20 hours. The GPS V also comes with a cigarette lighter cable for powering the unit in the car. A cable for hard wiring the GPS into the car's electrical system is available but not supplied.

I especially like the option of "on-road," which moves the cursor to the nearest road, or "off-road," which will point your way to your destination or back home if you are hiking cross country. Several pages of display will give you more information than ever thought possible: accurate local time, speed, distance traveled, average speed, latitude and longitude, elevation, time and distance to destination, and the best time for fishing (no kidding) just to name a few.

The auto-routing feature is a real help when traveling in unfamiliar areas, but I have found that sometimes it has made less than optimum routing suggestions when I tested it to destinations I knew. Not a really big problem as it always directed me to the destination eventually. One really great feature of auto-routing is that if you miss a turn or get off the suggested track, the GPS V immediately recalculates the route and displays turn-by-turn directions to the destination from where you presently heading.

In conclusion, I can say I am completely pleased with the Garmin GPS V and that it has many of the features of more expensive units. I highly recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good hardware, mediocre maps
This is the second Garmin GPS I own, the other being an eTrex Vista, and the first with road navigation capabilities. In my previous experience with Garmin, I was happy both with the product and the product support, and I was not disappointed this time. The user interface of the GPS is even more intuitive than the eTrex, and buttons and screen pass the test with flying colors. The software is robust, and it never crashed. Syncing with the PC is a piece of cake, and information such as waypoints can be transferred among different Garmin GPS.
The product is perfect for everyday use, but I have only three complaints. The first two are minor: the location of satellites when the GPS is "cold" can take 60-90 seconds, and the calculation of the best route eassily takes more than 60 seconds when the degree of accuracy is set to medium; much more when the level of accuracy is set to high. The two number could mean that the driver has to wait 2-3 minutes before getting any useful direction from the GPS.

The last gripe is much important: the maps are often inaccurate. Some roads have been permanently cut off at a major intersection; new houses have been built. As a result, the GPS might prescribe an incorrect route, or not be able to find a certain address. These accidents happen about 20% of the time in my area (NY city and surrounding counties). As a way of comparison, the GPS installed on Hertz rental machines, which uses Navtech maps, has never given me an incorrect route during my trips. I hope Garmin will provide better maps soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Garmin Makes Another Keeper
For many years I have run around with a GPS 12 strapped to my dash. It has never failed me and I have come to rely on it. I had seen many people use the Garmin V and knew that someday I would have to take a closer look.

Finally I purchased the Garmin V and was not disappointed. In addition to all of the capabilities of the GPS 12 that I have become so fond, the G-V added several new capabilities to the formula.

The "FIND" or Auto-Routing has been a terrific bonus. I recently located a piece of property that was listed for sale. It was tucked away in a very obscure part of the area, and would have been nearly impossible to locate with "turn by the blue house; go straight until you reach the tree" kind of "human" directions that it would have required. Instead, we drove confidently to the location, knowing where we were every step of the way.

We also love looking up Points of Interest (Restaurants, Shopping, etc.) - it has enhanced our travels by encouraging us to take the road less traveled knowing that at least we can find our way in and back out!

Adding the external antenna greatly increased the reception quality of the unit. We routinely get accuracy reported to within 15 feet!

The unit is compatible with other Garmin accessories I already own, is feature-rich yet intuitive for users like me. I have already been able to convert and use several of the hundreds of tracks I recorded with my GPS 12.

Combine this unit with City Select and Topo and you have a combination that will take you to some of the most interesting (and sometimes well hidden) places on the planet. You will know what time you can expect to arrive, find a place to get a meal, and even get some fishing tips if that's your fancy. Tonight we wanted to check a restaurant for specials and waiting times. I looked it up on the GPS on the way to the location and called ahead for the answer to all my questions!

For the price of this unit and the map software, you can hardly go wrong. If you want to reach a new level of freedom, take a good look at the Garmin V!

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes a road trip pure fun
I have had the GPS V for 6 weeks and have done over 3,000 miles with it covering eleven states. Most of those have been done in a car although 200 were on a motorcycle.

If you have never used a GPS then get one, it can revolutionize a road trip. The ability to find 'points of interest' as you are travelling down a road and then drive to the nearest can make a painful and argument inspiring process trivial. This product is one of the best $300 I've ever spent.

However, the downsides:

1) The map load of 19MB can take 45 minutes
2) You can really only fully load enough for 200-250 miles. We travel 600 miles a day which means the morning pre-load has to cleverly pick which pieces will be driving and when we need the extra detail. (Typically we load more maps for the eventual target and the expected lunch stop)
3) The map on the CD is getting a little old. If you are travelling through road works or new roads the system often claims you are off-route and tries to recalculate.

4) The recalculation time is very slow if your eventual target is hundreds of miles away. Sometimes we would have to stop the car for the unit to catch up. (The trick is to come up with a nearer intermediate target and aim for that before aiming for the eventual destination)

All in all, if you want to use this on a motorcycle this unit is the best, for pure in car use one of the more modern systems with more memory, faster cpu and usb link would be better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressive Design and Function
This unit is the perfect blend of form and function. If you're looking for a powerful, useful and affordable GPS unit for use on- and off-road, you've found it in the Garmin GPS V!

Give yourself an hour to figure out how to navigate the menus, and then prepare to be amazed. Whether you're measuring your favorite hiking trail, or finding the best way to a Bed and Breakfast 100 miles away, you'll find that this unit is helpful and accurate.

I was worried before I got it that the screen would be too small, or that I would miss having a color screen or voice prompts. But I don't find the unit lacking at all, even without those perks. In fact, units with those features are typically larger, and size is one of the strengths of this unit. It's perfect to stick in your coat pocket and take with you, or to mount unobtrusively on your dash. Any bigger, and I would feel that I had sacrificed one of the key merits of this unit: its portability.

The firmware has been written impeccably. Straight out of the box, the unit is configured very much to my liking. Maps, text and directions are all clear, and all the fields that are shown (i.e., ETA to destination, distance to next turn, time to next turn, etc.) have been expertly set up by someone who has clearly thought about what actual users would desire to see. But if you have specific preferences, there are a TON of settings that you can customize to your own personal choices.

What's more, the device is extremely accurate. It gives good navigation advice, as it generally recommends very efficient routes. The turn-by-turn directions are clear in both text and graphic formats. And the recalculation function is a powerful feature that will give you the confidence that if you get off route, the GPS V will quickly put you back in the right direction.

The 19 Meg memory could potentially be limiting, but I have loaded all of Connecticut and Rhode Island, as well as most of Long Island, Massachusetts and Vermont, and it knows every road that I've come across. With a little planning (that's half the fun of traveling anyway!), you can easily have more than enough data in your unit to keep you well informed at your origin and destination. One point not commonly mentioned about this device is the quality of the built in map. Even before I downloaded a MapSource map, I was very impressed with the detail of interstates, state highways, exits and major roads which are pre-programmed into the unit for the entire US.

Well done, Garmin. You've got a new fan! ... Read more


10. Garmin eTrex Legend C 24 MB Handheld GPS with 256-Color TFT Display
list price: $374.99
our price: $349.99
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Asin: B0002MQ744
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 950
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Amazon.com Product Description

Garmin's pocket-sized eTrex Legend C handheld GPS unit infuses Garmin's popular eTrex Legend with color, automatic routing, and longer battery life, making it one of the smallest, least expensive waterproof products to combine a color TFT display with advanced GPS auto-routing abilities. You won't miss a thing when you take this lightweight, easy-to-use handheld out hiking, biking, boating, or geocaching.



Find out how close you are to attractions as you travel.
The unit offers a bright, transflective color TFT display with daylight viewability, automatic route generation, off-route recalculation, turn-by-turn directions with alert tones, and icon-driven menus for finding points of interest (when combined with Garmin's optional MapSource CDs). You'll get up to 36 hours of use on two AA batteries. The unit offers 24 MB of internal memory and its mini-USB port lets you download map data rapidly from Garmin's library of MapSource CDs (not included) with your PC.

You'll enjoy outstanding accuracy of less than 3 meters (10 feet) when the device is enabled to receive enhanced GPS signals from the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) in the United States. Like on all eTrex units, the primary controls are located on the side of the unit, so you can operate it with one hand. An innovative rocker switch on its face makes inputting data easy, and with it you can scroll through menus or pan the map page.



An easy-to-read color map makes quick reading a snap.
Other key features of the eTrex Legend C include an auto-route basemap (featuring general map data like highways, major roads, rivers, lakes, and borders), a waterproof design (to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards--submersible in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes), 500 waypoints/routes/tracks (with graphic identification), 50 reversible routes, 20 saved tracks, 10,000 trackpoints, TracBack technology), alarms (proximity waypoint, anchor drag, and off-course, as well as a built-in alarm clock), a GPS patch antenna, selectable audio tones and color schemes, a stopwatch, a hunting/fishing calendar, sun/moon calculations, and a trip computer.

The Legend C includes a built-in, permanent basemap, Americas Recreational, which cannot be altered. The Americas Recreational Routable Basemap v2 includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America, and covers an area from longitude 30 to 180 degrees west and latitude from 60 degrees south to 75 degrees north. It includes a high-level, worldwide map featuring borders and major cities.

Standard map coverage includes oceans, rivers, lakes greater than 30 square miles, lakes greater than 5 square miles in the U.S. and southern Canada, lakes greater than 10 square miles in central and northern Canada, principal cities, some smaller cities and towns, major interstates, principal highways, political boundaries (state and international borders), major airports, and a database of Interstate exits for the Federal Interstate highway system. This last includes many establishments within about 1/4 mile of exits, including restaurants; diesel and gas stations; hotels, motels, and inns; overnight RV parking; dumps; campgrounds; truck stops; medical facilities; shopping and outlet malls; ATMs; and many more such attractions.

What's in the Box
The eTrex Legend C, a basemap (Americas Recreational), the MapSource trip and waypoint manager CD, a PC-USB interface cable, a wrist strap, a quick-reference guide, a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • 256-color, sunlight-readable display makes it easy to distinguish map details and see where you're going
  • Automatic route generation, off-route recalculation, turn-by-turn directions with alert tones, and icon-driven menus for finding points of interest (when combined with Garmin's optional MapSource CDs) navigate you safely to your destination
  • Mini-USB port for fast, convenient download of map data from Garmin's entire library of optional MapSource CDs (using a PC)
  • 36-hour battery life; 24 MB internal memory
  • Waterproof to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (submersible in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes)

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (63)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price:

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

Look/Feel:

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

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

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

Accuracy:

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

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

Waypoints/Routes:

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

Route Calculation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

our price: $140.99
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Asin: B00006J6SA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 1106
Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

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

Other features include:

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

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

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (7)

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

Atentamente

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (13)

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

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

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

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

Con-Sucks up batteries fast

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

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

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

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

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


14. Garmin GPSMap 76C 115 MB Handheld GPS with Built-In Quad-Helix Antenna
list price: $535.99
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Asin: B0001MHL0E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 5388
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

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

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

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (3)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summary:

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

What would make it better?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Track points can be set to collect once per second.

Summary:

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

What would make it better?

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

Suggestion:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pros:

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

Features

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

Reviews (24)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (33)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Features

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

18. Garmin eMap Deluxe GPS with Memory Card(12 Channel, Map Compatible)
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00003OPEV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 12458
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Save yourself the humiliation of having to stop and ask directions on your next lengthy road trip: invest in Garmin's eMap Deluxe. The eMap GPS receiver will give you fairly accurate mapping information, directions, and even help you manage and track your journeys.

For those unfamiliar with the term, GPS (global positioning system) involves 24 satellites that circle the planet. At any given time, the eMap makes contact with at least three of them to determine everything from speed to location. So, as long as you're motoring around the great outdoors, you'll be in the know.

It features a detailed 120 x 160 pixel display, backlighting for nighttime navigating, and easily navigable controls. With the eMap's simple cursor control, you should be up and running with almost no effort. Considering this unit only weighs 6.7 ounces, it could easily be the best roadside companion on long drives--or local trips if you're that directionally challenged.

If you're going to do some serious pioneering, you're also in for a good deal of choices. You can catalog 500 waypoints, 2,000 log points, and 10 saved tracks. But there is a downside to all this power in the palm of your hand: Garmin supplies you with only basic mappings of major roadways and intersections. If you're looking for city-street maps or more detailed coverage, get the checkbooks ready. Garmin sells optional MapSource CD-ROMs that will provide enormous amounts of map data, showing streets, alleys, and even restaurants. A series of different Map CD-ROMs are available and cost, on average, about $170. When all is said and done, with hidden costs, you can expect to spend upwards of $350 to get everything you'd need out of the eMap Deluxe. --Dave Thomas

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • Large, crisp display
  • Room for extra memory cartridges
  • Map data fed by satellite good for North America and parts of Europe

Cons:

  • Detailed maps are expensive
  • Batteries last only about 10 to 12 hours
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Features

  • Deluxe package includes GPS unit plus PC cable and 8 MB memory card
  • Automatic track log lets you retrace your path in both directions
  • Includes maps covering major American roadways
  • Large, backlit display for nighttime navigation

Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars A great GPS unit!
had my e-Map for over a month now and really love it. good acuracy, fast positioning, and easy to use software. make sure to download the latest sw from the garmin web site. it's free and has useful new features not in the software shipped with the unit. one downside is the short battery life - only ~8 hours when in he normal mode but power saving mode extends battery life considerably. comes with a power cord that you can plug into a cigarett lighter socket so the short battery life is no problem when using it in the car or boat.

bought the u.s. roads and recreation software and am extremely pleased with it. incredible detail and falling-off-a-log easy to upload maps from the cd into the e-map. don't waste your money on the worldmap cd, which has no where hear enough detail to be useful for anything.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Map Tool
This is one GREAT little mapping tool! I bought about 3 weeks ago and am loving it. It is very east to operate and has many features. It is a GPS that you can slip into your shirt pocket, and the controls are simple to use. Although there are most features necessary for navigation, there are a few shortcomings. For one, it is not rated water submersible. In fact, it is not sealed and is just rated "rain resistant." This could cause problems when using this unit anywhere around water or if hiking during a bad thunderstorm. It does not do an automatic address to address routing. Although, with a MetroGuide map loaded with the information you need, you can "Find" a specific address and the eMap will point it out to you. It records the altitude but that page is embedded several layers deep. In the map display, you cannot see the map section boundaries at zoom levels less than 30 miles. Several maps (on CD) are available from Garmin for downloading. I bought the MetroGuide USA, World Map, US (including Alaska & Hawaii) Topo Map, MetroGuide Italy and Roads & Rec. Italy. I will take this to Italy with me in Sept. and to China in Nov. I love it. It has a lot of neat features. Also bought the cigarette lighter adapter, dash mounting bracket and external antenna. I have not hooked up the external antenna yet but have not had any problems getting reception in the pickup with the built-in antenna. Cannot get reception indoors. The MapSource maps are pricey but are complete. Would probably not need two maps for Italy.

I think this is a great GPS and would recommend it to anyone who wants an easy-to-use "Shirt-pocket" size GPS map.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite toy...
I have owned this unit for about 18 months and have absolutely no regrets. Yes, it did take a few weeks to learn how to use the unit, but it was well worth the time.

I found the easiest way to learn was to use it while navigating on long trips. By the time we got to our destination, I was an eMap expert. Want to find a decent restaurant along the way? Use the find/exits feature. Better yet, position the cursor on a major city and use find/points of interest/food. When traveling to Springfield, Illinois last weekend this is how we found a really cool coffee shop along the way in Crawfordsville, Indiana. After lunch I pressed find/points of interest/historical. We toured an old "rotating jail" museum from the 1800's located just a few blocks away.

Sure, the information might have been in AAA books, but we spent zero minutes lost using the Garmin, and the Garmin has far more restaurants than AAA (and the phone numbers and addresses to boot!)

... I bought the 128 MB card, the USB programmer and the leather case. Using the USB programmer it takes about 14 minutes to flash the 128 MB card. A serial connection requires about 8 hours to flash a 32 MB card. If you download maps frequently like I do, the USB is worth it.

A final note: the eMap is one of the few GPS units with the buttons under the screen rather than above the screen. Big deal? Well ergonomically this makes sense since you will not be covering the screen with your hands when using the GPS. I never understood why this layout is not more popular.

Just buy it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not good for navigating streets, but fun for recreation
If you want to know exactly where you are, this is a great toy. If you want to figure out where you are going, this is useless.

I expected the GPS to be able to offer advanced features similar to what we have come to expect with GPS's built in to cars, or map websites on the internet (turn by turn directions). Or at least directions. Or at least finding addresses.

This was a disappointment, even with Garmin's map cds.

The fun part? I purchased some topographical map software from a different vendor. Uploaded the waypoints from my garmin...and I could follow my mountain expeditions all over the topo maps. That was kinda fun. Also, then the other way, in the mountains the GPS kept me pointed in the right directions. Also, carrying it running keeps track of how far you run much more accurately then those pedometers, and keeps track of speed.

Ever wonder what you are flying over on those long flights over middle America? Turning this on in an airplane is kinda fun.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not useful in Euorpe. Customer service stinks.
This is a nice unit, and it is interesting to read the glowing reviews of customers who have owned the Garmin eMap for two or three weeks. I have owned the unit for over a year. It works well in the US. It will not guide you street by street to a location, but it will guide you "as the crow flys." You get a straight line between you and the destination. It works.

It does not work well in Europe. I purchased the UK and French CDs. I installed them on the memory card and used them in England, Wales, and all over France. The first problem is that the Garmin eMap just doesn't pick up or hold on to the GPS satellites in Europe very well. It may be that they are too far south or that the antenna is designed for use in US latitudes. I have no explanation but if you intend to use this in Europe, look for another unit.

The second problem is that even after loading the UK and French MetroGuides, when you press the Find button you get a list of US cities. I disabled the US city maps and I still got the list of US cities. You cannot "Find" and navigate to a foreign city. The only way to navigate is to know where the city is, then scroll to it on the tiny eMap screen and click on it. If you don't know where the city or tiny Welsh village is, then you are completely out of luck. Very frustrating either way. Again, if you are travelling out of the US you should steer clear of the eMap.

My other problem is with Garmin's service. I could not get my eMap to communicate with my laptop. It communicated with three different workstations, but not my Dell laptop. Garmin tech support insisted that there was obviously something wrong with my laptop. I even read them the error messages from the MapSource program, which cited program line numbers with errors in them. They insisted that the problem was my laptop, not their software. I own my own software company, so I know a software problem from a hardward problem. My modem and PalmPilot work on the laptop but the Garmin does not. Garmin's support staff refused to help or even acknowledge that there was a problem. They refused to bring the problem up with a senior support person or a programmer. I got the same answer no matter how many times I called and no matter who I spoke with. A year went by and I got along by using a workstation. Recently Garmin made an update available for their MapSource program that fixed a communications bug with some laptops. I downloaded it and magically my laptop started communicating with the eMap.

If you never need customer support, and you won't travel out of the US, then the eMap is a product you should seriously consider. ... Read more


19. Garmin GPS 60 1 MB Handheld GPS with Waterproof Exterior
list price: $192.99
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Asin: B0002V4QVG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
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Features

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

20. Garmin eTrex Vista 24 MB GPS with Electronic Compass and Altimeter Bundle

our price: $361.99
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Asin: B0002J1MOM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 13605
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Features

  • Accurate within 5°
  • Barometric altimeter with current elevation, ascent/descent rate and more
  • Accepts 8 MB of downloadable map detail from MapSource¿ CDs
  • Detailed basemap of Americas highways
  • 2.1" x 1.1" high-contrast LCD screen

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