Mixed review - features good, interface so-so, battery poor
Philip Stevenson, Amazon
16 October 2009
Summary: I used a Garmin eTrex Legend for many years and upgraded wanting maps in my handheld GPS. The eTrex is now a lower end monochrome unit so I was hoping for a big upgrade. What I ended up with - a unit that initializes very quickly and can display a downloaded USGS quad or aerial photo of the...
Summary: I've had this unit now for 10 months. It seems to be well built as far as being durable when I am geocaching. Loading the machine with new caches is fairly easy as long as you don't use the Cache Register software that comes with the unit. It's glitchy and hard to use.
Summary: I've used the PN40 and a Garmin 60csx for about a year and a half. Like the other reviewers, I find the best aspect of the DeLorme to be the mapping software, not the GPS itself. The software is intermediate between Garmin's MapSource and a full-featured GIS program like ESRI's ArcMap.
Summary: It took me quite some time to figure out how to use this product. Lots of instruction reading. When I used it in the woods, the batteries ran out of power in a few hours. I also unsuccessfully attempted to navigate local roadways with the PN-40. I found out my Tom Tom is much better suited for that.
Summary: As a technical and computer savvy individual I expected to be able to overcome the poor user manual and complicated non-intuitive interface for loading data and maps. Was I wrong! Something as simple as paying for and downloading a USGS quad segment proved impossible.