Ease of use, and a great value- put a Geko in your pocket!
9 January 2012
Summary: GREAT PRICE FOR RELIABLE GPS & EASY TO USE! I purchased this as a backup for another more elaborate gps that has a proprietary battery that must be recharged in the field. This unit takes standard alkaline batteries and they can be changed in the field- allowing for almost endless use if you carry spares. The Geko is so easy to use- I could set the waypoint or destination and hand it to almost anyone and be relatively sure that they would get there.
Summary: My Geko 201 was subject to the so-called Y2K+10 bug. For any time period after January 5th, 2010 the GPS device incorrectly calculated the date. This resulted in an incorrect (dysfunctional) almanac which caused an excessive amount of time to be taken to acquire satellites. This problem was apparently fixed with the March 25th, 2010 release of firmware update 2.90. Otherwise a nice compact, easy-to-use GPS, but with limited battery life.
Summary: Geko 201 is great value. It is a budget, non-mapping gps (i.e. no frills). As such, it does not have a high quality sensor. What it does have is the ability leave a breadcrumb trail so if you get lost, you can reverse it to find your way back. It does not have the ability to upload or display maps. However, I get around this by adding waypoints and then editing the waypoints for GPS coordinates I already know (from trail guides, etc.) and presto- trail map.
Summary: This piece is smaller than I was expecting. Despite that, it seems to be a great little piece from hiking, running, or anything like that. It doesn't have anything special with it (like maps or directions). Once it's activated, it will keep track of where you are and shows you how to get back to your starting point.
Summary: This is a remarkable unit - the way that it reads through the trees in the woods - pretty impressive, but it is complicated (to me) to make it do all the things it's capable of. I got it for the enhanced reception and use just the "breadcrumb" trail, but it can do a whole lot more. So for those of you out there that need a unit that reads through forest cover on your weekend walks at the local state park, this is the one. You'll never get lost again.
Summary: I replaced a bigger, older, heavier Garmin GPS with this one for hiking - works great, and it's easy to carry and use. I would add only one caveat - the serial port is covered by a thin rubber protector - and the second time I was pulling the separately-purchased adapter cable off, I tore the rubber in half. It was a non-Garmin cable, so maybe it was tighter than a real one would have been - and it was my fault - but just be careful in using the serial port.
Summary: I purchased the garmin geko 201 to use with my Nikon for geopositioning photos. It works nicely for this, but i feel that some of the features aren't intuitive. It is very simple and no frills. So, for basic information it's excellent. I look forward to trying some geocaching with it in the future!