DO NOT BUY UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE NOT GETTING TOO!!
30 December 2011
Summary: This was my first GPS and I read all the reviews and everything looked find. I got the GPS on time (thank you Amazon) and everything looked good. Navigation of the device was easy to pick up. It was user friendly. The first kicker that I found was that the base map was terrible.
Summary: I borrowed a Magellan from a friend and I had a hard time figuring out how to use it. I soon returned it. I've heard others talk about how easy a Garmin GPS is to use. In fact, a friend has a Garmin Nuvi and it is quite intuitive so I figured a Garmin was the way to go.
Garmin policies not customer friendly (read: greedy)
Elias Baumgarten, Amazon
12 May 2011
Summary: I have bought FIVE (5) Garmin GPS units, one Nuvi for the car and 4 handheld. The hardware is fine, but as many here have indicated, the product is only fully realized with good software maps, which are purchased separately (from Garmin).
Summary: Bought this GPS a year ago just for geocaching. As others have mentioned, the included basemap is pathetic and more detailed maps from Garmin run as much as the unit. But there are other suppliers like gpsfiledepot where you can also get them, so definitely check them out, you really want topos!
Summary: This is the only GPS I have had and I used it primarily for geocaching. Others have given in depth reviews of accuracy, ease of use, and other aspects of this device, so I won't waste time on them. When it worked it was an adequate entry level GPS for geocaching.
Summary: Bought this GPSr for geocaching. It has worked largely excellently. I wanted one that was water resistant and rugged. I have found 700+ caches with this thing and it keeps going strong. Garmins interface nicely with the geocaching website, easily downloading cords.
Summary: This unit is a very basic entry level model. It has great battery life and is easy to carry around. Accuracy is within reasonable limits. The "loaded" maps are not detailed enough and there is insufficient RAM/memory space to load more detailed maps (which are available for purchase from Garmin).
Summary: The maps that this comes with are useless. The maps you have to buy for it are very expensive (can easily cost more then the unit itself). When you buy the maps, you don't really own them. They can only be used in that one GPS.
Summary: This unit should work perfectly fine for the casual GPS user. However, it has rather severe limitations and quirks that more serious users would find annoying. First, the supplied base map is a joke. It has highways and major roads, but not much more detail.