Keep GPS12 or buy new?
Posted 21 November 2007 - 08:06 PM
1- Garmin Etrex Vista HCX (I found it online for approx. $150)
2- Magellan Triton 500 (I'd buy it at Costco when they come in for $150); this seems like the better value but I'm a Mac user; also, from what I've found online, the battery life is 14 hours
3- Keep my 2001 vintage Garmin GPS 12
Geocaching with my boys today - we only had time for one cache- my GPS 12 put me within 10 feet of the cache; this was the 5th cache we've found overall. In every case, it had a clear view to the sky and has gotten us to within 10 feet. Is this typical performance? What about under tree cover? What are the reasons to replace the GPS 12? Or should I just stick with it?
Posted 21 November 2007 - 09:04 PM
There are 2 main disadvantages to the 12 that the Vista HCX has. One is the ability to use maps in the unit. The other is that the newer units will hold a signal much better under tree cover. All else is just nice extras.
Still, the 12 is rugged and useful even though it is antiquated.
Posted 22 November 2007 - 07:46 AM
Keep the older model so one of the boys has a GPSr to carry, but get the new one for yourself. Later on, you can purchase the City Navigator maps to take advantage of the auto-routing feature and Points of Interest information. The USB connection of the newer GPS units is good.
You will really like upgrading, but if you do, I would stick with a Garmin model. Magellan has been having lots of problems lately, and their Customer Service, should you need it, is terrible.
Posted 22 November 2007 - 08:50 AM
Posted 22 November 2007 - 09:18 AM
I like the Garmin Etrex Vista HCX because 1- it's Mac compatible 2- Garmin has superior customer service 3- thousands, maybe millions, of people own and use them and love them. Do a simple search through Google products and you'll see it here for c. $150 + S/H. It looks like this one doesn't use AA batteries though, so maybe I'd get the etrex Legend HCX for c. $143 + S/H.
What do you guys think?
Posted 22 November 2007 - 10:07 AM
A good back-up for sure but I wouldn't want to have feed it!
Posted 23 November 2007 - 07:08 AM
This post has been edited by W7WT: 23 November 2007 - 07:13 AM
Posted 26 November 2007 - 08:00 PM
I still haven't made up my mind, but I've since learned the links I provided others on the internet have said are to a scam website. Don't buy from www.yourdigitalelectronics.com.
Posted 26 November 2007 - 09:28 PM
True that it uses National Geographic Topo which is a much better topo program, but with NG Topo you can
only buy one state at a time (unless you are in the northeast where a few states are packaged together). That can get expensive at a bit over $100 a state.
I don't know what road navigation software it uses, but it is hard to beat Garmin's City Navigator.