Interesting new GPS
Posted: 3 Sep 2013, 7:39pm
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You can't risk that on an extended tour
meic wrote:This part of the touring/leisure market wants to stick to a GPS that takes a couple of AA batteries and doesnt have a built in battery that can not be changed.
OnYourRight wrote:* Where to start? Ultra-low-res screen (176 × 220 pixels – an iPhone has about 20 × more pixels) with anaemic contrast. Joystick data entry. Unbelievably slow processor: it took over ten literal minutes to calculate a shortest-distance route out of Paris to a friend’s place less than 100 km away. Out-of-memory errors with 200 km routes (admittedly not necessary to calculate in one go). 1990s-era USB 1.1 connection. Shocking computer software, support website, etc. Good luck figuring out if you can view your purchased City Navigator maps on your computer using BaseCamp, MapConverter, MapSource, Trip and Waypoint Manager, or something else – assuming you’ve figured out how to buy City Navigator maps in the first place, a surprisingly complicated affair. City Navigator maps, by the way, are the ones you need to navigate outside of cities. Garmin has no real competition and it shows at every level.
The Edge 800 would fail spectacularly in any marketplace with the merest competition, but I’ve put up with it since it’s better than the eTrex 20 (for me) and there’s little else out there.
IrishBill76 wrote:It does seem remarkably stupid of Garmin not to have designed this gps to use ordinary batteries which are available anywhere unlike the specialist lithium jobby that's in there.
sjs wrote:I agree. I've spent some time learning my way around an Oregon 450, and find it useful. But there's no denying the screen, the computer connection and Basecamp (among other things) leave a lot to be desired. Simply nowhere near as slick as a smartphone.