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Having completely drawn out all the negative factors of my other handheld GPS in the previous review, perhaps it`s time for me to take a more positive path and inform you that this handheld GPS system from Garmin, a newer model and better in every way, is a very trust worthy and dependable companion during hikes in mountain terrain and on any outdoor trip, and all though this higher quality naturally comes with a higher price, I would definately recommend this GPS as a really good product to make use of if planning on moving up into the mounttains and explore the magnificent nature, either in the U.K or the amazing Nordic mountain chains...
This handheld GPS is very touch and can take a lot of strain and extreme weather, I have used this device during extremely bad weather, both wind, rain and even snowfall... When having read the instructions and gotten a hang of using the device, it all appears logical and easy, however, it might take a while to learn all the information, buttons and manners on how to make this GPS function to its potential... You can use this device for any type of use, whether you enjoy going high up into the mountains or taking your bicycle onto the long road, this is a great helper in any case! That said, this is a device that will cost you rather a lot, as I paid 133.55 for the GPS and then adding to this the maps costing 99.99. This means that this isn`t a product you purchase unless you really have the need for it, and if you do, I would really recommend this model from Garmin. My Garmin works with a 2 GB card, allowing me to download lots of maps and software, which my elder model wouldn`t allow me... The accuracy and information of this device is splendid, I trust it completely to guide me from where I`m at to where I`m going...
Apart from the extremely high price, this product is flawless in my eyes, and I do recommend it to everyone wanting a handheld GPS to help them find their way in mountains as well as forests!
This is a tough, well designed and compact handheld gps device. Personally I use this for mountain biking, with the GB Topographic map, and find that it accomplishes what I need it to do very well and is extremely accurate. It has a microSD slot which is great, I have a 2gb card and you can easily fit the whole of the GB topo map onto it. Ok so the road routing may not be great but I did not even consider using it in the car when I ordered it. However it does a perfectly acceptable job of navigating for me, although It does lack features of a dedicated sat nav. It is waterproof so ideal for outdoor use, this is especially handy on the bike. It doesn't float but I don't intend on riding through anything that deep!! It is bluechart compatible so thats another use for it if you purchase the marine maps, which I have and the detail is great. The games are fun the first time but you soon get bored and you do look a bit weird running round a field chasing imaginary geckos! The included mapsource software is nothing special but it does the job and include a few nifty features. Such as being able to set you PC clock from the gps sattelites.
Now for the not so good. The handlebar mount for the bike is not really up to standard and does not hold the unit very securely, which is something you want if you've just spent £140 on a gps. The worst thing is this chunk of plastic costs £15! It does the job but I'd prefer something more secure. Another downside is the horrendously expensive maps the GB topo cost me about £100 (RRP £149!!!) and the bluechart was £120 which in my opinion is just too much. Unfortunately it takes forever to compy maps from the PC to the unit, it took me around 6 hours to get the full GB topo on! With so many features the device has a steep learning curve so reading instructions is a must. Once you've cracked it's great!
Good value unit with mapping. It locks on quickly and reliably and you'll never get lost again. Also has all the features you're likely to need if you buy it with a City Navigator NT map.
There are some problems: the bicycle mounts are poor quality so the unit rattles insufferably in them and may even switch itself off. People have used black insulating tape to pad out the mount, or buy a more robust aftermarket RAM mount which cradles the whole unit. Auto-routing (the follow road navigation option) works like a car satnav but sometimes picks blind alleys, forcing U-turns, and generally the routing is worse than a human could achieve with a map and a grain of common sense. Finally, it's not easy to read by daylight, especially with overhanging trees and dappled sunlight.
It's way cheaper than a bike specific GPS with mapping (like the Edge 605/705), a similar size, uses the same maps and is more versatile. Just the quality of the mounts and the disappointing auto-routing let it down.