Summary: The SkyCaddie SG2.5 would not work upon arrival. I called SkyCaddie's toll-free number. They found that it was not receiving satellites and sent me the papers needed for return and sent me a new one. Even though I did not purchase from them, they are still responsible for standing behind their merchandise.
Summary: I really like the SG2.5. I have used the SkyCaddie SG4 since 2008, and have played rounds with the SG5 and the newest SkyCaddie SGX (not sure this the correct acronym). Of all of these SkyCaddies, I really like the SG2.5 the best of all! It is compact, reliable, and cost effective. Although the SG2.5 is small, I have not experienced any problems with it, unlike the other SkyCaddies that I mentioned.
Summary: Okay.... I have about 10 rounds played with this Skycaddie SG2.5 GPS unit and it has helped my game. At least my short game. I have learned my short irons and wedges yardages by using this device. The intelligreen feature is great. You still have to manually enter the pin location by using the "golf ball" like button. No biggie. I've hit more greens knowing the yardage from front, middle, and back. My buddies think it's more time in the range, but no.
Conclusion: Santa brought us a new Skycaddie 2.5 to supplement our old faithful Skycaddie 2.0. The size, while a little taller, is much more manageable since the casing is thinner and it will fit in places that were awkward with the former model. Using it for the first time today, I was surprised to find satellite acquisition times improved in the 2.5 The skycaddie has been a huge help in figuring distances and improving our games.
Conclusion: I really like the size of this SG2.5 unit. A lot of times, i can just put it in my pocket and play the round since it's pretty thin and small compared to some of the other units. my only concern with this unit is its battery life. the battery bar is near the bottom at the end of the round. it's ok right now but i'm concerned as these battery life gets worse and worse. I've talked to few people who had even worse battery life experience with SG3 or SG4.
Conclusion: I've had the 2.5 for nearly a year now. Now I'm spoiled and will never play without it. Technically, this is a great unit. It is very accurate giving front, middle & back of the green from any direction. It is particularly helpful in giving carry and layup distances and where the end of the fairway is on dog holes. It is simple to use and allows me to make a quick club selection. It truly does speed up play...and comes in very handy on those pesky par 3's.
Summary: This thing rocks. I had a Skycaddie 2 for years which was great but stopped working and was too old for replacement parts. This one is even better! Nicer features. The only draw back is the screen is a little smaller. But my over 55 eyes can still see it with a little squinting and there is a large print mode as well for distance info. Fairway and greenside hazards are marked very well.