Summary: Not as accurate as I'd like because I couldn't even seem to be able to type in the exact coordinates of something I was trying to find [my first geocache]. Still very useful, I have yet to try it again. It updates every second very well...not so much under lots of trees though, but that's expected. Compact, lightweight, has a back-light feature I didn't know about for easier reading. Good product but somewhat limiting.
Summary: As with most GPSs the compass only works while moving, unfortunately I didn't realize how annoying this is till I tried to use it :/ The signal isn't great but it works, on occasion it reports accuracy of 30' but then obviously isn't. Bottom Line: A good cheap GPS but if you're going to be relying on it for hikes etc. you'll probably want the "H" or better.
Summary: It's a great unit for someone who would like play around with GPS. More advanced users will be dissapointed with it's lack of features. The eTrex has the ability to make your own maps right on the screen and that's about all it's good for. Each landmark you place on the map can only have 6 characters and must be unique. If you were to purchase the optional data cable you could make these landmarks on the pc and transfer them over.
For the money I invested in this little GPSR, I truly…
4 August 2004
Excerpt: For the money I invested in this little GPSR, I truly love it. It is a great little navigation tool when combined with a topo map and UTM grid. Down side: It doesn't track satellites real quick, it loses its signal when carried in a vertical position and it's only accurate to about 75 feet depending on weather conditions.
Summary: I bought the Garmin eTrex prior to a hunting trip to help ensure I didn't get lost. I was sold on the price and ease of use. The unit was very user friendly and had all of the features I needed to get to my tree stand in the dark (or at least within 60 feet of it). However, I soon discovered that the unit has very poor reception unless you are in an open area (i.e., a field or lake).
Summary: I purchased the Garmin Etrex simply for the purpose of deer hunting. The advertisement stated that the unit was great in heavy tree cover. Well I disagree. While in light tree cover, I continued to get a display that indicated 'weak signal'. If you wear glasses and rely on your bio's to read by, then be sure you have your glasses with you (you'll definitely need them). I couldn't make out anything without them. The background is dark, and hard to read in sunlight.
Summary: Very handy size: about as small as my Nokia cell phone, and a little shorter. Great for shirt pocket use. I'll toss it in my daypack when deer hunting. Display is correspondingly small too: 1 1/4 by 2 1/4 inches. But if all you want to know is your current location, your current heading, and the route back to your tent, it'll do the job. Antenna is weak: even a light tree canopy or shirt pocket material gives it fits. No provision for external antenna.
Summary: I use the e-trex for hiking. The unit is small, rugged, easy to carry and easy to operate one-handed. The controls are well done and waterproof - power & backlight switch is recessed so it doesn't switch on or off by itself in a backpack, other controls have a good "feel". It's great for getting a coordinate to locate yourself on the topo, and for remembering a location you want to return to.