Summary: I give the seller five stars, because this unit arrived packaged well and on time. But as for the unit itself, it's an expensive compass. Okay, it will locate your position, and that can be valuable, but only if you can call or radio out to give a SAR team your exact location. As far as the product image, you need to know this little gizmo won't hold much in terms of maps. It's very, very basic. I'd recommend a PLB, but I ordered this thing so I'll take my medicine.
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. It only showed large bodies of water (i.e. large lakes, oceans, and some rivers). It also mainly showed only major roadways (i.e.
Summary: I did not want to bother with having to load and reload maps as needed in small chunks so I returned this unit after evaluating it properly. Great reception and usability but the small memory (24 MB internal) was the main drawback. The base map as with the other eTrex versions is not very helpful since is only contains major roads (highways), rivers and some cities but now neighborhood roads or topo.
Summary: The gps seems to function as intended, fairly complicated to use with the included instructions. My real issue is the lack of good highway and city maps, I do realize that its intended purpose it for trails and off-road, but its value would be greatly enhanced if it included decent maps. By half a product I mean its lack of included maps makes it almost useless to me.
Summary: A friend and I went to pick up a boat some distance 500+ NM away and intended to use this device for simple navigation. We found our smartphones to be of better assistance. This device needs better maps, a battery indicator, an average spped and distance calculator (the one it has constantly fluctuates (per second)) and a louder speeker for the anchor alarm. The only time we used this device is when we were unable to get cell service you get what you pay for...
Unit did not work properly and Garmin headquarters no help.
James M. Mazzulla "pastor jim", Amazon
19 April 2011
Summary: I love giving positive reviews. So I'll start on the positive. On the positive: We did go out and try it on a few caches. It was nice and accurate within 10-20 feet for the caches. I thought that was good. I liked the screen and features. Now for why I give this two stars. I think I need to share my situation. Our unit would not upload waypoints from geocaching site from either of our laptops. You could enter waypoints manually and that worked fine.
Summary: So, a $130 handheld GPS marketed as a good choice for hikers and boaters turns out to be useless for both purposes without spending more than the thing costs in "updates". Unless you intend to double the purchase price to get a usable (meaning one that will display accurate map data at greater than a 3-mile resolution) map set, this thing is useless.
Summary: This isn't an item that's ready to use out of the box. First, you have to download software -- which may or may not be a problem for you -- unless you have a Mac! In which case, forget it, this apparently isn't Mac Compatible. Why maps aren't pre-loaded is a mystery, but they're not.
Summary: I bought this unit for an upcoming trip to replace my ancient [but still working] Garmin Geko 101. The Geko did everything I wanted a GPS to do at the time, and although it was lacking in any frills whatsoever, it served me well for years. I upgraded the Venture HC because I wanted to be able to use topographical maps, which is something the Venture HC is advertised to be able to do (reference the picture). They can't. Well they can, but they can't. Let me explain...
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. If you buy a new GPS, you have to buy the same maps again (not cheep) for each unit. I had two Garmin GPS units and was expecting to use my basic road maps ($125) on both. I had to pay ($99) to get a code to put them on the second unit.