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Summary: GARMIN Vista HCX Overall, this is a highly functional & useful GPS that suffers mightily from the near-total failure of the manufacturer to even attempt to adequately document the product's rich feature-set. It allows you to travel with a handheld library of small scale topo maps and info about a hit-&-miss assortment of business (advertisers, presumably), yet requires you to use Garmin's own overpriced, poorly implemented, and proprietary map software to do so.
Summary: I bought this about a year ago, and it's was half the price of the newer models, yet it has almost all the features of those models. Great buy and still a bargain if you're on a tight budget or are going to give it a rougher treatment than the big-screen models like the Oregons or dakotas. When looking at the current models, I plan to keep this device until it dies or a revolutionary new generation arrives.
Summary: I bought this GPS for my fiance as a Christmas present. We love to take our dogs out on hiking adventures & go Geocaching together. Before buying the Garmin, we used an old B&W screen GPS with basic compass; it had none of the bells & whistles the Garmin offers. I decided to buy the Garmin because of the many great features: the electronic compass, altimeter, color screen, expandable memory & the ability to download coordinates quickly right onto the GPS.
Summary: I'm really not sure what I can add to the other comments and reviews. The etrex Vista Hcx works well, connects nicely to my Mac, and I've uploaded a map from gpsfiledepot that gave me streets in my area. This map is not, however, routable, so I'm still stuck with the basic highway map included with the unit. I'm considering buying the City Navigator NT maps to solve this, and I won't know until then how satisfied I am with driving instructions.
Summary: This unit definitely does what it is suppose to do. The color screen is vibrant, and adjustable brightness for any conditions. Love the ability to upgrade the memory with MicroSDHC card. Side buttons take a bit of pressure to push, so I would not recommend it for a small child. I have used other eTrex models, and they are the same with the buttons. The rear USB port for the car charger and for up/down loading data is very nice.
Summary: --If you are new as I am to this type device, it is going to take patient practice and focused reading to get comfortable with it. After all, this device is essentially a computer calling for point by point feature mastery. --As with any keyboard, so with the 5 buttons and rocker switch: I had to get past the frequent error of hitting zoom instead of the "menu-find" key. No problem now. --I am happy with the precision of the device.
One rugged, dependable GPS. Worked very well, though it takes time to become comfortable using this GPS to its full potential.
Praveen Kharb, Amazon
30 October 2009
Summary: I was looking for a GPS for my trek across Ladakh (Himalayas, India). This one fit the bill well and the purpose too. Here in India, forget about downloadable maps, we do not even get printed topographic maps of that area (but for the Olizane editions). So I pre-fed the GPS with coordinates that I took from Google Earth and Wikimapia. The GPS has an altimeter which was a good thing to use in the mountains.
Summary: This was my first stand-alone GPS unit. I purchased about a year ago primarily to log routes for geotagging photos, as well as aspirations to start doing some geocaching (which I have yet to get around to, but I will!) After researching several units I settled on this one, which includes the microSD memory slot (absolutely necessary if you will be downloading additional maps to the device). The color screen wasn't in my requirements but is a nice upgrade.
Overall this unit is a huge improvement over the Vista…
15 July 2009
Excerpt: Overall this unit is a huge improvement over the Vista B/W screen unit, which I used to own. Pros: Color screen, more sensitive satellite antenna, geocaching features. Cons: The biggest problem I've had is that the elevation randomly resets itself anywhere between 1000 to 3000 feet higher and sometimes lower than the actual elevation. I've had to calibrate the elevation many times. I've sent the unit back to Garmin for repair, but the problem persists.