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).
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.
Cons: Doesn't connect to DNR Garmin - doesn't offer the 62S as selection when registering on my.garmin.com - downloads tracks, but not waypoints - downloaded owners manual offers virtually no information concerning downloading data directions or problems.
Summary: Bought this expensive piece of kit as I enjoy hillwalking. I thought this would stop the need for paper maps as they can be a pain in the wind and rain. It probably will when I get use to it but I have to say that its not easy or intuitive to use, certainly not if you haven't used anything like this before, as in my case. I got the maps with the device and thought that when I told it where I wanted to go there would be an easy path/route shown up my selected mountain.
Consider the older (and better(and cheaper)) 60CSX
10 April 2012
Summary: The 62S is part of the 62 series of GPS receivers from Garmin. It was meant to replace the 60CSX series. The functions are largely the same as the 60CSX, for details of this click here: Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx Handheld Rather than repeat the information, I'll just say the differences between the two. PRICE ===== First, the price. The 60CSX being "obsolete" now, is half the price of the 62S in the shops. Online it's a little cheaper.