Summary: Garmin 440s installs easily and was easy to set up. very simple to use with basic set up. advanced features are available and they are easy to program. The display is a little small but very clear and viewable in bright daylight. allthough it has the fishfinder feature I have yet to hook it up to my transducer. this feature also allows for duel screen viewing, however with GPS/Fishfinder mode I think I'll need my glasses to read the display.
Summary: The unit was just as advertised. I installed it with no problems. The only issue I'm still having is that I can't seem to set it up with my VHF radio to utilize the DSC function. That's the function that allows you to place or recieve a distress call and see your/their position on your GPS screen. This allows you to lend assistance in an emergency. Otherwise the unit works great and is very bright even in the day.
Summary: Don't get confused by the Amazon description of the Garmin 440 which is only a chartplotter. The description implies that it is also a Depth Finder but that is the 440 S which is the same unit with a power cord that has a jack for a transducer. The 440 is being phased out and replaced by the 462 which is over $600 but is not that much better.
Summary: For the price, this unit is awesome. I've read complaints that the screen is too small, but I don't think so. The screen is easy to read, even in bright daylight. The unit is packed full of features and it was very easy to learn and use. The drawbacks: The manual sucks. It's like they only wrote half of it and the other half still needs to be written. I wish they had a compass page. But I guess we can use the Mariner's Eye View and get something similar.
Summary: I use many of Garmin's products and have never been disappointed. The 440 chartplotter is no exception! The screen is somewhat small but very readable. It has quick startup and a user-friendly format. I recommend it for all Intercoastal Waterway boaters.
Summary: This GPS is exactly what I expected. It is perfect for a small boat application, simple to operate, clear screen with the features of larger more expensive units. Running my boat in the shallow backwaters is like playing a video game as far as navigation. Just keep the boat icon lined up over the right numbers and you have no worries. Fantastic product. Product arrived on time as stated in ad.
Summary: The Garman 440 from Amazon was the best marine GPS for the money (back last year when I got it). I checked around on prices and saved 200$ over West Marine's price by getting it here. I'd give the unit 5 stars, but the screen is on the small side (4"?) and you'll benifit from a 5 or 6" screen. It's waaaay too bright at night, but easy to adjust, and it's nice and bright for daylight viewing. My wife even enjoys piloting with the Garmin.
Summary: Garmin is so easy to use I really do not look at the other brands.Customer service is a phone call away with people that really know what their products and are willing to answer any questions. Durable , easy , with great quality.
Summary: From the time you turn this unit you wonder what Garmin was thinking. Its hard to use, has a smaller screen than previous units (GPSMAP172C, for example), and the user manual is virtually useless...it doesn't even explain how to use many of the basic features. Also of note is the reduction in buttons which result in having to use too many sub-menus (by the time you figure out how to use the MOB feature the MOB will be a gonner). Way too complicated...