|06-15-2009, 07:38 PM
Pros: Touch screen, sensitive GPS receiver, design is easy to hold onto, water resistant, only one button (power), SD slot is hidden, uses AA or rechargeable NiMH.
Cons: Base map is lousy, screen scratches easily, pricey accessories/maps, turn-by-turn (with purchased City Nav) does not show distance to next turn on the map screen.
Comments: I've had it for only a week now, so I'm still building an opinion.
It fits great in the hand and is easy to grip. Very rugged!
The battery life isn't quite the 16 hours they boast, but I did get 12 hours out of some Energizers.
Garmin is horrible when it comes to maps. Their base map is horrible (on purpose I'm sure) so you are forced into purchasing THEIR city navigation and topo maps to make the unit worthwhile.
It picks up satellites quickly and holds them really good.
The touch screen is great and has adequate brightness. I did acquire a small scratch already and I don't know how. It's been handled very gently. So I quickly put a high quality screen protector on order.
It comes with a carabiner clip which is bulky and awkward. I could see using it on a backpack though. It doesn't, however, come with a wrist strap. The holes are there for one so I took one off of my old camera.
The car mount and charger are pricey, even when shopping around.
I don't like that when I'm navigating, looking at the map, it doesn't tell me the distance to the next waypoint/street. It does give the name of the waypoint/street. There is a "dash board" that give your all the numbers (MPH, distance to dest, distance to next, eta, etc) and it's fully configurable, but it takes two finger pokes to get you there. Kind of a pain in the rear.
The compass is cool and I'm looking forward to playing with it more.
Lots of other features like sun/moon schedule, stop watch, alarm clock, calculator, calendar and the very cool "area calculator". It also does elevation plots, has a geocache feature and a thing called Wherigo, which my boys are really looking forward to playing with (it's like a game).
Expensive = Yes. Worth the extra money for a touch screen = Yes.
UPDATE: One other PRO for this unit is that Garmin has released 12 new versions of firmware since I bought this. It is brought on, mostly, by a Wiki web site where users post problems and desired changes. That's good customer service!
The more I use it, the more I like it.