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.
A great GPS, but Garmin is not maintaining their maps!
25 February 2009
Summary: I have used the eMap on several driving trips along the east coast and found it easy to use and the base map fairly accurate. BUT, I purchased the Roads & Recreation CD-ROM and found that maps in the North Carolina region are over 5 years old. I contacted Garmin and they confirmed that no updates have been published and they have no policy regarding providing updates to the maps!
Summary: About 3 months ago I bought myself a Garmin eMAP gps and I amstill amused by it. It really amazes me how I can be holding a toolabout the size of my hand that could take me around the world with close to pinpoint accuracy. To think, only 5 years ago, this would be impossible without severe chart plotting and hours of time (GPS time: about 15 seconds). The eMap in my opinion is better than the GPS III+ in a couple of ways.
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.