Summary: I wanted to replace my stolen Garmin 495 with a more affordable unit. The 196 is the only unit still available that would fit my 495/496 accessories. I fly helicopters in Alaska and the Lower 48.
Summary: The technology has been around for years but works fine. To upgrade with Garmin, it was difficult. I finally got it done. Since I fly a plane with a glass panel, I use this as backup in case of electrical failure with the on-board equipment.
Extremely reliable and completely trouble free. I have about ...
michael placentra, Amazon
29 November 2010
Summary: Extremely reliable and completely trouble free. I have about 400 hours on my Garmin 196 over 11 years. Extremely cold temperatures down to -30F at altitude where I'm not sure I'd want to rely on a touch screen. It does everything I need it to do and never a hiccup in 10 years.
Summary: This unit was what I expected: simple to use, plenty of information, etc. The only things that were less than 5 stars were the connecter for updating the data base, ie I will need to purchase something to enable a connection to my computer, and the price was a bit high considering that it is as old...
Summary: Strictly speaking this review is based on another similar Garmin product, the GPSmap 296, but because much of it regards Garmin as a company and so is relevant. It is difficult to know where to start in criticizing Garmin. First, the human interface is totally unfathomable.