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.
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).
Summary: The instructions explaining how to operate everything it can do are very poor. The people that program these things always think that a person knows how to operate it when actually all you know is how to turn it on. I have spent hours trying to figure out how to go thru the steps to get it to do the things I need. Then the longitude and latititude are in many different types of formats. Does it do conversions??
Summary: I have previously been a satisfied four+ year Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx user for all my Arizona, NM, and CO on & off-trail day hiking. I was looking forward to owning the newer Garmin technology replacement for the 60CSx, which is the GPSMAP 62s. I purchased my new 62s on 10/3/12 from an Amazon.com new seller whose pricing for a "new" 62s was the very lowest price offered on Amazon.com at that time. This new GPS receiver arrived ahead of schedule on 10/9.
Summary: As a long-time Garmin GPS user for field work, which includes waypoint averaging, lots of manipulation of waypoint data on the unit, and off-road navigation, etc., I think the series peaked with the model 60CSx. Yes, the model 62S has a faster processor and is therefore more responsive. But I have the following negative comments: The display is hard to read. The menu setup has changed so much as to be virtually unrecognizable.
GPS works great, but screen scratches way too easy
23 May 2011
Summary: The GPS functionality is great, as expected. My complaint with this unit (and probably all Garmin GPS units) is the screen scratches way too easily. On my first trip with this unit, I placed it in my camelback's nylon pouch. I guess the nylon was too rough, as it made small surface scratches in the screen. I plan on adding a screen protector to prevent this in the future. For a $400 unit though, I would expect a better quality screen that doesn't scratch so easily.
Mixed feelings but I won't be keeping it - underperforms compared to older models
2 July 2014
Summary: I have owned several Garmin hand held GPS models, starting with the etrex Venture CX model, a color microSD capable unit. That was a very capable GPS with great accuracy and it was very reliable. I had a chance to buy the then top of the line etrex, the Vista Hcx which added a compass, altimeter and a higher sensitivity receiver so I grabbed it.