Summary: Our OS maps with good compass work will, frankly, do the job as good as GPS IMHO, and will be a few grammes lighter. That said I am completely happy with my new GPS - my first ever - and can imagine tons of fun to come...!
Pros: I'd agree with everything said by previous contributors - this is the dogs suspended bits! My 4 year old daughter has been having great fun using the 'goto' waymarking function for finding our way back to the car after a day out - thats how easy this unit is to use. Love the GPS elevation funct...
Cons: Taking of batts - Garmin need to work harder, in my view, developing power conserving microchips - really could do with more than the 10hours or so this system manages. £s - got mine for 201 squidonies off the internet - so look around - I've seen retail 250 wackers upward!
Summary: Used it in the Gulf (Spring 02) and it was absolutely indispensable. It never let me down and pulled me out of the poo on a few occasions. Works well with my laptop and freeware programs like 'EasyGPS'; however, I did have to find a serial-to-USB port converter which was a pain and added extra cost.
Pros: Easy navigation, clear display, intuitive menus, excellent little mouse-nubbin thing for navigating, reliable and weatherproof, digital compass, PC interface.
Cons: Cost! Aiiee! Battery consumption. Hunting/fishing prediction: I mean, 'Uh? Why?'. When I got one, it only had a serial port interface.
Like being onboard Starship Enterprise *when it works*
18 July 2002
Summary: This incredible gadget has so many features it makes you feel like you're a member of the Enterprise crew. It also has enough menus and screens to leave even hardcore electronic gadget junkie satisfied. Yet, it has one shortcoming - it doesn't work half the time under real life conditions.