Great Hardware, Awful Documentation, Poor Software
Dog's Boy on the Sunny Southern OR Coast "A Careful Reader", Amazon
2 February 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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...