Summary: I got this unit expexting it to have trail maps installed on it, which it doesn't. There is no place for a micro sd card. I tried to download maps for Garmin from Trail Link and this model is not compatable. I'm sure if you just want a basic unit this would be an excellent choice.
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: 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.
Awesome reception, well worth the money, but one feature does not work
15 May 2009
Summary: I purchased the venture HC because it's new chip provides top notch reception deep in the woods which renders all the other units without the "H" worthless, unless you operate in wide open area.
Summary: This is a very nice little handheld GPS at a good price. However, if you are going to use it for Geocaching or anything else where you would need to stand still and still need to tell where to go, do yourself a favor and step up a notch. This unit does not have a magnetic compass.
Summary: Using the unit as delivered was fairly simple since I have use a variety of GPS systems in the past. The maps supplied with the GPS were barely useful. I did load some Garmin Topo maps in the system which added a new dimension to the unit.
Summary: This is a typical Garmin Etrex product. I had an Etrex legend that pooped out, so I bought the Venture thinking it was a step up, but I was wrong. It does have a nice color screen, which is a plus, but I was very disappointed to find that Garmin's Topo 24K maps cannot be loaded as they can on the...
Summary: This unit is a major improvement from my old emap model. There is one major glitch that you should be aware of if you are going to use this for geo tagging photos - when you save the track log, it will remove all the time stamp information from your data, making it useless for geo tagging.
Summary: We bought the Garmin GPS to use hiking and took it on a trip to climb Strawberry Mountain in Eastern Oregon for our anniversary. But when we turned it on, the screen was basically blank, in that area. Only a few roads showed up and no detail of the areas we were climbing.