Summary: I recently took my E-Map on a 3400 mile motorcyle trip. The GPS worked well with some notable exceptions. First, the battery capacity of the dry cells are greatly over estimated. The first day out, which was cool, I coaxed 6 hours out of new batteries. The second day, which was in the high 90's, I could only get 2 hours use out of new batteries! Once it cooled in the evening, the batteries did come back on line. I quit using it after I ran out of batteries.
Summary: I wrote a review on the emap a while back in April and am now reviewing from a long-term perspective. The emap is still SO much fun to use. I use it every time I go off-roading, cruising, bikeing, or hiking. I have not yet had one glitch in the unit and it still runs as good as day one! It hasn't gone through much toruture because it has been mounted in my SUV, but it has held up very nicely!
Summary: 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.
Summary: Purchased about 3 weeks ago and have used it alot. I liked the keys on the bottom of the unit, you can use them and see the screen at the same time. The detail is nice but it requires you to purchase an 8mg card and download an area's detail and then it will give a fairly detailed street level info for a given city or region. Forget trying to load more than one city or region at a time with the 8 mg card. City like Houston takes up the entire card's memory.
Summary: The Emap is simply the best personal mapping GPS available.The screen is very legible and the base map is fairly complete withmost Federal and State highways. It also shows services available at interstate exits such as gas, food, and lodging. Emap supports downloadable maps, but you must get the propriatary Garmin software which is pretty expensive. To get the most out of the Emap, you really need to get either the Roads and Recreation or the MetroGuide software.
Summary: As someone without a built-in sense of direction - well, ok, I've got one, but it's only right about 50% of the time - I can honestly say that the E-Map is a really useful tool. There are things that could be better, but what you get in small device is pretty amazing. I've been using the E-Map on my motorcycle during the commute to and from work and it's given me a lot more confidence to go explore alternate routes (like when traffic is heavy).