Summary: Its nice once you spend the extra bucks for the maps. And if youre a mac user, DO NOT HOOK UP!!! Go to a friends house that has a pc. Frustrating. Youll have to input all your waypoints on the device itself, unless your buddy doesnt mind you using his/her pc. I wish id saved another week and got one of the better ones that has the card slot. It definently works in the woods though.
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. I learned later that you could download topo maps from their site (for an additional $99) but I didn't see anything about that in the advertising.
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). On the other hand, the slightly higher priced HCx model uses a RAM card slot for almost unlimited detailed map storage.
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. If you want to go off road, hiking or away from major cities, you will need to load additional maps. This is where the 24MB internal memory limit will likely be hit.
Summary: Got this unit to start geocaching with my kids. PROS are: It seems to be very accurate, screen is easily readable, color is good, seems well made and durable. The unit is also able to obtain a satellite when indoors near a window which was very surprising. CONS are: no built in compass which makes it very difficult to get to the geocache when you get very close. If you stand still it will confuse you and point to a different direction.
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. That means that as soon as you stop moving enough for the GPS to tell which direction you are going in the compass goes haywire and will be pointing in all the wrong directions.
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 legend. Garmin doesn't hide this fact, by neither do they make it readily apparent.
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. With the addition of those Topo Maps, I would give it a better grade. Additional storage space would have been a plus. It's just ok!
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. I learned this the hard way after using the unit to track for 4 days and then saving the log. It does work very well if you do not clear the track log and rely on the saved log.