Summary: I thought the Approach G5 was going to be a step up from my Golf Buddy World. The screen on the Approach is larger and the unit is waterproof. However, the unit itself is heavier than the Golf Buddy and somewhat bulky. It does not readily provide all of the information I would like to have, for example, on my Golf Buddy World golf gps, I am able to push a key, target, and it displays the distance to bunkers or water, the distance to clear and, of course, other pertinent...
Summary: Cannot adjust background lighting. It is almost impossible to read in sunlight. If there is a way to adjust it I would like to know. If this can be accomplished I would it a much better rating.
Summary: The GPS works as advertised, but I find it time consuming to use during an actual round of golf. What I want to know is the distance to the pin and various points on the course, but it takes time to fiddle and change screens to keep score, get distances, etc. so I felt kind of stressed trying to enter data, read the device and keep up with the pace of play. It detracted from my enjoyment of the game.
Summary: Trusted the "Garmin Name" however got bit on this one. The contrast on the unit is not to the standard of what one would expect from GARMIN and without a contrast control is impossible to see in the bright sunlight. Not sure where product engineering was on this one however they could not have tested this unit or ones like it in the Florida sun. Expensive lesson!
Summary: I got my Garmin Approach G5 last week and I took it out yesterday to try it out. I also brought along my SkyCaddie SG5 to see how the distances compared. First, when I turned on both units to automatically locate the course I was playing, the SkyCaddie found it in about 15 seconds. After several minutes (about 5), I had to get the course from a list of courses displayed on the Garmin...the Garmin did not find the course I was on.
Summary: THE SCREEN ON THIS DEVICE IS EXTREMELY HARD TO READ. THE BATTERIES NEED TO BE CHANGED EVERY FOUR ROUNDS. THE BATTERY COVER IS NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO REMOVE. I NEEDED A SCREWDRIVER. I DO LIKE THE TOUCH SCREEN AND BEING ABLE TO FIND A DISTANCE TO ANY PLACE ON THE COURSE. I WOULD NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN.
Summary: After purchasing this unit last Fall, I finally got to use it on a recent trip to Florida. To my dismay, the unit is very difficult to view in any lighting condition I encountered -bright sunlight to occasional shade to dense overcast. Sure it displays yardage & tracks scoring, but you can barely see it!! I gave it 2 stars simply because it is a Garmin, as they have always been built durable & it likely will last as long as I care to have it.
Might be "adequate" if one could see it in sunlight. But you can't!.
22 August 2011
Summary: I bought the Garmin G5 for better accuracy in determining points on & off the fairway and green. Unfortunately, the screen is too small, i.e, smaller than the Golf Caddy, and it has very poor viewing in any kind of sunlight. When you consider those faults (which I ignored in the reviews), and the short battery life (2 rounds?), you've got a device that simply isn't worth the time, effort, and money that it takes to use it. I also have a Golf Caddy, which is readable.