Summary: First off, I would recommend any hiking GPS system as a backup to a simply map and compass. That said, I want to clarify something about this particular model. This is a basic beginner's device to learn about Navigation, Waypoints, Trails, GeoCache and all the additional methods that go along with these. It also has a good "Best Fishing & Hunting Times for Current Location" menu as well as "Viewing Sunrise, Sunset Times" and "Lunar Information".
This thing looks like a good deal at first, but it…
26 March 2013
Summary: This thing looks like a good deal at first, but it seems nearly impossible to load maps with any useful information on to it. They claim that it comes with a "base map" of the U.S., don't plan on using it though. It only shows major highways, and doesn't even get those right. I was just very surprised to find anyone would make a gps with a color screen that couldn't hold maps.
Pros: Seems sturdy, Inexpensive, Gives latitude and longitude fairly accurately
Cons: If you want topo maps for hiking you're outta luck., There may be a way around the lack of useful maps, but be prepared to spend days and days downloading third party software, downloading maps, learning to rasterize your own maps, figuring out how to load them.
Summary: hard to configure if you are technologically challenged buggy software lack of detail in base map topo software imports a bitmap image into gps unit - pixelated! This was only useful on the first part of my road trip to the Grand Canyons. I didn't use any paper maps going there. But as you zoom in and out, you see more or less roads depending on the area. And then the unit froze! Customer service was fast but the unit is on its way to repair.
Although we have 3 Garmins for the cars, this our…
20 May 2008
Excerpt: Although we have 3 Garmins for the cars, this our first handheld. We purchased 2 for Christmas 2007 and had to wait several months before getting them. They arrived as we were leaving the country for a month in Feb. Our 21 day return option went out the door. From the get go we have had trouble. -Customer service is nil. -The downloaded instruction manual is basically a manual of what the buttons are for, not how to program or use it. -The tech support is useless.