Summary: I gave this one star because choosing zero was not an option. This unit is extremely slow to begin with, but when you are in the mountains, or any type of tree cover (and possibly clouds)... forget it. You would be better off with Ray Charles leading the way. I thought about purchasing data cables to upgrade the software, but the cable is almost as expensive as the unit.
Summary: This is my opinion of the Etrex GPS. I recently went backpacking in the Big South Fork national recreation area. I set a way point at my car and headed out. I received the weak signal prompt 90% of my hike. I'm glad the trails there are marked well and I didn't have to rely on this unit to get me back to my car.
Excerpt: Sometimes, one certainly benefits from spending a bit more money on a product, going for the more expensive model of a product... This Garmin e Trex was purchased for only 70 pounds, and all though the cost is reason enough to be pleased, the quality of this Garmin product fails miserably in impressing me and doing its job as it should!
Unless a very experienced navigator already, the limitations outweigh the price-saving benefits
20 August 2010
Excerpt: This is the most basic, entry-level Garmin handheld GPS device, which Amazon currently sells for £66. However, if you are thinking of buying one, the unit has some extremely serious limitations which may well wish that you had saved the money and bought a more up-to-date model: do not be misled into thinking that the eTrex range is essentially the same, except that the pricier models just have extra bells and whistles such as a colour screen rather than black and white.
Summary: This is my first GPS product and I hate it. It has lots of features that I don't need. The three features that I do need; reliability, good battery life and clear mapping, it singularly fails to deliver. (Granted the last is partly down to the OS). Getting the maps onto it requires more passwords and registrations than you can shake a stick at. First time around, after I had spent hours struggling with this, it transpired that the machine was faulty and had to go back.
Summary: I can't agree with the other reviews - I think this GPS is very disappointing.The problem is it's ability to receive signals, the slightest obstruction and it loses signal. I've not found this with other GPS's which I've borrowed. It's great on the top of a hill, but elsewhere it's frankly useless.
Conclusion: Hasta ahora total falta de confiabilidad, no tengo motivos para recomendàrselo a nadie . . .hasta que me demuestren lo contrario. Fue usado en El Chaltèn, donde por suerte se conocen bien todos los senderos y ubicaciòn, porque si se hubiera dependido del gps no sè que hubiera pasado. En una palabra, hasta ahora me clavè . . .
Pros: si no es confiable no encuentro cual es el pro francamente
Cons: No es confiable, problemas al navegar el gps: