Summary: This little unit will surprise you with its capabilities! There's no way I will ever use a GPS that doesn't have mapping capabilities after using this one. It warms up and gets a fix quickly, and is VERY accurate - I held it up next to a $1,500 model and it showed the exact same numbers throughout a 20 mile trip. (needless to say the owner of the more expensive unit was not happy) I don't go anywhere without this unit.... it is awesome!
Summary: I have owned this GPS for a year now. It is with me every time I travel. I recommend the 12V car power adapter, especially if you plan on using it for night driving with the display lighted. This unit has helped me locate many rental car return lots in unfamiliar cities, and has prevented me from getting lost while hiking. The Trackback feature is particularly useful to find your way back to where you started.
Summary: I just returned from 3 weeks sailing in the San Juan and Gulf Islands in the Pacific Northwest. Navigation was ultimately derived from marine charts (NAD27) but also from daily tracking with my newly acquired Garmin 12 Map. I supplemented the charts with GPS coordinates (NAD83) for harbor entrances, moorings, and anchorages given in a regional marine guide book (Douglass and Douglass). Good: The GPS 12 Map is easy to use for marine navigation. It's waterproof.
Summary: I finally got a chance to put this unit to the test and it performed flawlessly. 4 days and 70 miles on the Laberinth Canyon section of the Green river in Utah. The GPS 12 Map worked all day in 115 deg heat and even survived a 20 minute swim in my pocket, all with only 1 battery change. Well Worth the price. Would also recomend a third party map program (Delorme's 3d TopoQuads).
Summary: This is the first GPS I have ever purchased, or used, and was alittle apprehensive about making the right choice. I can sum up my experience with few words.. It's a GREAT choice.. I bought it right before a fishing trip to Florida.. It was super easy to learn to use, was able to use it on the plane just by holding it up to the window. I used it on 3 offshore deepwater fishing trips, and worked flawlessly..
Summary: The GPS 12 MAP is great! While a little skeptical at first, after a couple of trips (including a recent flight in which it tracked speed and altitude through an 737 aircraft window) it has become a required traveling equipment. The accompanying manual doesn't fully explain the unit's capabilities (i.e. altitude)and the unit tends to be a bit of a battery hog, but overall, it's great!
Summary: This recent model from Garmin is probably their best all-around performer. It's identical to their most popular model, the III+, but its housed in a sturdier case and has an internal antenna--perfect for outdoor use! For some reason, it has yet to catch the publics fancy (probably the case---its the same case from their lower cost, bare bones receivers), but with the current $50 rebate (good thru March 2000)it should see more sales.