Summary: I have owned quite a few handheld GPSr's over the past 15 years. In total, about 20 units, 15 of which were Garmin's. I use them primarily for hiking and geocaching, and generally prefer durable, stand-alone GPSr's over a smartphone app. That said, I am quite impressed by the 62s. My previous unit was an Oregon 300 and I just recently traded it in for this one since I was not happy with the touchscreen.
Summary: I'm a Sailor and I got this unit for a hiking trip in Peru. The primary purpose was to record a track of every place we went to. I didn't need any of the other features that this unit has to offer. At around 3000m above sea level it started to completely freak out and show+record my position at 0°N and 0°W. It did it whenever I was moving and the position would jump to the correct location when I stood still for a few seconds.
gps functionality solid but detail needs improvement
27 May 2014
Summary: the screen reads clear under the sun, gps functionality works well, I use 32G extension card on it and I can load so many maps. improvements: - the screen is not scratch resistent. seriously, every one is using glass now, garmin still uses clear plastic. I have to put screen protector on - battery life is not 2 days, unless you use 'battery save' mode, which turns off the screen when idle.
Summary: This is my first GPS device and I'm extremely pleased with my purchase. The learning curve was not a big deal, nor was installing and getting acclimated to Garmin Base Camp; the program that's used in conjunction with the GPS unit to view your tracks. Maps are also free...you just have to download them. There's absolutely no reason to purchase the more expensive models, as the 62s has an internal micro SD slot.
Summary: Bought the 62S to replace my 60csx that died (a circut controling some of the buttons evidently failed) after seven years of heavy use. I hope the 62s proves as durable. The menu structure of the 62s appears better organized than the 60csx. The paperless geocaching is a huge plus for me.
Summary: First and foremost, it has decent antenna. I was able to get a signal and mark within 18 feet inside the house. A outside test got me closer to 12 feet in comparison to 29 feet on the same marked waypoint of the same location with a Garmin Hcx, of 2007 vintage. Both set at WAAS. I really like the lanyard and carabiner having lost my Hcx in field. The switches and menu items are much easier to deal with.
Beautiful piece of equipment, but complicated to use
William H. Edwards, Amazon
21 January 2014
Summary: Previously I was using a Garmin 100. I was looking for a GPS which was more sensitive to receiving the satellite signals, but I was happy with readily accessible inform provided by my 100 which was simple to operate. The 62s has a maze of options, much more than I need. It was easy enough to create and save a track. In too many cases I've found the instruction manual to be poorly written (in at least one case, the instructions may be wrong for the 62s).
I am impressed with the sensors for determining your location
john benjamin desouza, Amazon
6 December 2013
Summary: I am impressed with the sensors for determining your location. I live in the UAE , the down side however is there are no topo maps of the middle east, so I had to subscribe to birdseye view, birdseye view has limitations on size of file file/ area / resolution to download. Also if I had to use only the 62s to go on a hike from my place of stay,it would go crazy so I had to further install road maps of the MENA region.