Garmin eTrex Vista C Color GPS

Garmin eTrex Vista C Features:
  • An electronic compass provides accurate bearing information
  • Mini-USB port for fast, convenient download of map data
  • 256-color, sunlight-readable display, 20-hour battery life and 24 MB internal memory
  • Measures 2.2 x 1.5 x 0.9 inches (WxHxD)
  • Automatic route generation, off-route recalculation, turn-by-turn directions and more help navigate you safely to your destination
Amazon.com Garmin eTrex Vista C Description
Garmin's pocket-sized eTrex Vista C handheld GPS unit combines Garmin's popular eTrex Vista with a color screen, automatic routing, and longer battery life, making it one of the smallest, least expensive waterproof products to combine a color TFT display and advanced GPS auto-routing abilities. You won't miss a thing when you take this lightweight, easy-to-use handheld out hiking, biking, boating, or geocaching.


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Altimeter display provides elevation information. View larger.

The eTrex Vista C packs loads of GPS features into a compact, handheld device. View larger.
The unit offers a bright, transflective color TFT display with daylight viewability, automatic route generation, off-route recalculation, turn-by-turn directions with alert tones, and icon-driven menus for finding points of interest (when combined with Garmin's optional MapSource CDs). And you'll get up to 20 hours of use on two AA batteries. The unit offers 24 MB of internal memory, and its mini-USB port lets you download map data rapidly from Garmin's library of MapSource CDs (not included) using your PC.

You'll enjoy outstanding accuracy of less than three meters (10 feet) when the device is enabled to receive enhanced GPS signals from the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) in the United States and of 15 meters or less in normal GPS mode. As on all eTrex units, the primary controls are located on the unit's side, so you can operate them with one hand. With the innovative rocker switch on the unit's face, you can input data and scroll through menus or pan the map page.

Other key features include an auto-route basemap (featuring general map data, including highways, major roads, rivers, lakes, and borders), a waterproof design (to IEC 60529 IPX7 standards--submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes), 500 waypoints/routes/tracks (with graphic identification), 50 reversible routes, 20 saved tracks, 10,000 trackpoints, TracBack technology, alarms (waypoint proximity, anchor drag, and off-course, as well as a built-in alarm clock), a GPS patch antenna, selectable audio tones and color schemes, a stopwatch, a hunting/fishing calendar, sun/moon calculations, and a trip computer.

The Vista C also features an electronic compass for accurate bearing information while standing still; a barometric altimeter with local pressure and a 48-hour automatic pressure-trend recorder; and an elevation computer (which provides your current elevation, ascent/descent rate, minimum/maximum elevation, total ascent and descent, average and maximum ascent, and descent rate).

The Vista C includes a built-in, permanent basemap-- Americas Recreational--which cannot be altered. The Americas Recreational Routable Basemap v2 includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America, and covers the area from longitude 30 to 180 degrees west and latitude 60 degrees south to 75 degrees north. The basemap includes a high-level worldwide map featuring borders and major cities.

Standard map coverage includes oceans, rivers, lakes greater than 30 square miles, lakes greater than 5 square miles in the United States and southern Canada, lakes greater than 10 square miles in central and northern Canada, principal cities, some smaller cities and towns, major interstates, principal highways, political boundaries (state and international borders), major airports, and a database of Interstate exits. This last category includes many establishments within about 0.25 mile of exits, including restaurants; diesel and gas stations; hotels, motels, and inns; overnight RV parking; dumps; campgrounds; truck stops; medical facilities; shopping and outlet malls; ATMs; and many other attractions.

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Garmin Rino 110 GPS Review

Garmin Rino 110 Waterproof GPS / FRS / GMRS



Amazon.com Garmin Rino 110 Review
Imagine a cross between a walkie talkie and a Star Trek communicator, that's the best way to understand the Garmin's Rino 110. Not just a powerful GPS receiver, this two-way radio can even track your friends and transmit your location to others. These innovative features and low price makes it ideal whether hiking, hunting, playing paintball or just checking up on your kids.

  • 100 meters: Accuracy of the original GPS system, which was subject to accuracy degradation under the government-imposed Selective Availability (SA) program.
  • 15 meters: Typical GPS position accuracy without SA.
  • 3-5 meters: Typical differential GPS (DGPS) position accuracy.
  • Less than 3 meters: Typical WAAS position accuracy.
About the size of a small cordless phone, the bright-yellow and black Rino 110 has two fixed antennas coming out of the top. One antenna lets you talk at up to two miles using 14 FRS (Family Radio Service) channels. It also can communicate across 8 GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) channels, offering up to 5 miles of range, though this requires an FCC license.

The other antenna offers the advanced WAAS-enabled GPS tracking you'd expect from Garmin (see chart at right). Using the large 160 x 160 pixel backlit display you can save up to 20 different routes and 500 waypoints in the unit's 1 MB of memory. Plus, in addition to the built-in cities database, you can even upload maps from Garmin's Points of Interest CD with an optional adapter.

The fun really starts when you combine these two features. The Rino can transmit its location to others at up to two miles and track up to 50 contacts simultaneously. So, for instance, you can display a map on the screen with the names and locations of all of your friends, or select a friend and have the Rino guide you to their location.

The Rino's graphical interface makes it easy to control its myriad functions with a 5-way cursor, similar to those found on laptop keyboards, which lets you move quickly across the menu screens. This waterproof device runs on 3 AAA batteries.

Once you use the Rino 110, it's hard to imagine purchasing a two-way radio without GPS functionality, the two features go so well together. --Ken Feinstein

Pros:

  • Two-way radio with GPS functions
  • FRS and GMRS support
  • Waterproof
  • Large backlit display
Cons:
  • 1 MB memory not upgradeable
Garmin Rino 110 Description:
Send communications, talk to friends, and beam your exact location to another Rino user with this Garmin Rino GPS-Integrated FRS/GMRS radio. Features 22 communication channels (1-14 FRS, 15-22 GMRS); 38 sub-audible squelch codes per transmission channel for semiprivate radio communications (up to 2 miles using FRS and up to 5 miles with GMRS transmit distance); and an External Voice Activation (VOX).

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Magellan Meridian Platinum Handheld GPS Review

Magellan Meridian Platinum Features:
  • Waterproof; rugged, ergonomic design
  • Oversize gray-scale screen with backlight; includes serial PC interface
  • 12-channel GPS unit with 16 MB base map, barometer, and 3-axis digital compass
  • Built-in database of U.S. cities, interstates, major roads, and airports
  • Secure Digital memory-card slot for expanded storage
Magellan Meridian Platinum Product Description
Take care of all your instrument needs with the Magellan Meridian Platinum Handheld GPS Navigator. This rugged GPS unit coordinates data from up to 12 satellites to pinpoint your location anywhere on the globe, and it includes a barometer and a three-axis digital compass. The 16 MB database provides details on U.S. cities, interstates, major roads, and airports. The Meridian Platinum's Secure Digital Memory Card slot allows you to slide in a data card to get even more detail, or to use a memory card to store waypoints and routes.


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The Magellan Meridian Platinum GPS is a simple, versatile GPS receiver. View larger.
The Meridian Platinum has a variety of navigation screens that make it a breeze to use. The map screen will show you where you are, or, in Cursor Mode, you can scroll through the map of your current area to see where you're headed. The compass screen makes it easy to quickly check your bearing, whether you're on foot or in your car. If coordinates are your need, the Meridian delivers with easy-to-understand position screens that show all the relevant information for longitude and latitude. And with other handy displays like the road, data, speedometer, and satellite status screens, the Meridian Platinum makes it easy to gather all the information you might need to get home, find your waypoint, or navigate across the country.

The Meridian Platinum is PC-compatible and stores up to 500 waypoints and 20 reversible routes with up to 30 legs. It also comes with a quadrifilar helix antenna for optimal satellite signal reception and fast position fixes. WAAS and EGNOS capability adds to the versatility of this receiver, which can be operated in English, French, German, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, or Swedish.

See your exact position on the Meridian Platinum's seven navigation screens and vertical profile graphs, which show elevations of the route traveled. The oversized grayscale display allows you to easily see location information, and it comes with a backlight and backlit keypad for use even in dim light. Waterproof rubber armoring and an ergonomic, compact design add to the Meridian Platinum's functionality.

The Meridian Platinum is compatible with Magellan's MapSend software, including MapSend Streets Europe and the recently released MapSend Topo for the United States. Vehicle, bike, and swivel mounts are sold separately.


What's in the Box
Meridian Platinum GPS receiver, PC cable, 2 AA batteries, wrist strap, user's manual, and CD-ROM (user's manual with 9 languages).

Magellan Meridian Platinum Product Description:
Magellan Meridian Platinum is the ultimate GPS receiver for the serious navigator, featuring a 3-axis electronic compass that provides rock steady readings regardless of how you hold the unit. A built-in barometer gives you advance notice on the weather, and an extensive, 16 MB, built-in mapping database shows your position to within 3 meters or better. Rugged, weather-proof design, large display, intuitive operation and nearly unlimited expandability make the Meridian Platinum an incomparable GPS receiver.

Customer Review
I have spent about 4 days doing research on GPS units. I had it down to 2 units: Garmin and Magellan. I am new to the GPS market. I primarily wanted a GPS unit for hiking. I always bring a compass and a map with me, but I like exploring places that are not always on the map. I will divide my results into sections which are located below.

1.) Research
I did research on all the Garmin and Magellan models. I went with the Magellan Platinum. The Garmin units have really small screens and the button / joystick configuration wasn't very appealing. I noticed that Garmin came out with a new unit that changed the button layout, and comparable to the Magellan Platinum (Garmin GPSMAP 76S GPS). The Magellan is bigger, but more rugged and more durable than the Garmin models. I am the type of person who wants all the features. To many times I have bought a version that only had some features only to upgrade to the higher one. So this time I figured I would go for the top of the line Platinum.

2.) Arrival of the Product
As soon as I pulled the Magellan Platinum out of the box, I was impressed. It felt good in my hand. I read the Quick Start Manual. It was pretty straight forward. I went outside and started experimenting plotting points. I really wanted to test it out. So I drove around in my car all around town. I looked at all the screens that the unit had to offer (with the car parked). I was impressed with the features I encountered. There was a map view showing your current position. There was a road view which looked like you were driving on a road. There was a speedometer view showing your current speed. There was a compass showing your current direction including the sun's and moon's position. It also showed you your estimated time of arrival to your destination according to your speed. There are many more screens that I haven't even touched upon yet, but I was starting to turn into a GPS junkie. I wanted to test this thing out in the mountains.

3.) Mountain Test
I went for a hike on a moderately small mountain. I set my waypoint at my truck. I then put the Magellan in my backpack and went exploring. The satellite reception was great even under heavy coverage. I reached the top of the mountain, and I was ready to return to my truck. I grabbed the Magellan. There was two ways the Magellan can direct me back to my truck: 1.) I could have used the backtrack feature 2.) I could have inputted my truck way point. I decided to go with the truck way point. To my amazement, it put me 5 ft away from my truck. I was psyched!

4.) Conclusion
After the first time using the Platinum in the mountains, I knew I made a great purchase. I was looking forward to using this GPS on bigger mountains. I would like to point out a few things to people considering this unit.

-This unit only eats batteries when you use the backlight. I never used the light once on my hike. The screen is big enough that you really don't need it unless you are using it in poor lighting conditions. I would recommend that you bring an extra set of batteries just in case.

-If you are expecting to see very detailed maps in this unit, don't count on it. It does show major highways, water, airports, and train tracks. It doesn't show side streets or anything like that. You probably have to buy more detailed map software from Magellan. I would ask them how old the map software is too.

-The Magellan Platinum comes with a quick start up manual and a supplemental unit. It also comes with the full user's manual, BUT IT IS ON A CD! That is my only complaint about the purchase. The CD manual is over 75 pages, so be prepared to use a laser printer or buy extra ink cartridges for your printer. You won't have a problem if you like reading directions off a computer screen.
-I haven't tried to download anything onto the unit, but I am going to buy the Topographic CD (If it is current)

In conclusion, I am glad I bought this unit. It has all the basic features I wanted, plus so much more. It is very durable, and it is very easy to handle and use. Appalachian Trail......here I come!
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Garmin Rino 130 GPS Review

Garmin Rino 130
Integrated Two-Way FRS / GMRS Radio



Garmin Rino 130 Product Description
The the most feature-rich device in the Rino family, Garmin's Rino 130 combination 2-way FRS/GMRS radio and GPS receiver comes fully loaded with an electronic compass, a barometric sensor, a weather receiver for 7 NOAA weather channels, and 24 MB of internal memory for downloading and storing MapSource detail--including data from products like U.S. Topo 24K, U.S. Topo, Recreational Lakes, BlueChart, and MetroGuide (MapSource products sold separately).

The Rino 130 is also outfitted with a marine-point database and a basemap of North and South America. The database includes nautical navaids for North and South America. The Americas Highway basemap includes the United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America, and covers an area from W180 to W30 Longitude and S60 to N75 Latitude. Also included is a high-level worldwide map with political boundaries and major cities. Among many other included elements are oceans, rivers, and lakes (greater than 30 square miles), principal cities and many smaller cities and towns, major interstates and principal highways, and political boundaries (state and international borders).

Integration has its advantages: the Rino 130 sends and receives GPS locations using FRS channels and shows them on the map. The GPS device is a 12-channel, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver. WAAS, which stands for Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), is the global-positioning-system of choice for mariners. The handheld's built-in electronic compass give a heading while you're standing still, and its barometric altimeter provides accurate elevation and pressure readings to help you identify and analyze weather conditions.

The Rino 130 also provides two-way radio communication with a transmission range of up to two miles using FRS channels and up to five miles with GMRS (be aware that use of GMRS requires an FCC license). The integration of two-way radio and GPS lets you transmit your position with a simple button press, so others can easily navigate to your position. The Rino 130 also has a polling feature so you can manually request GPS location information from other Rino units.

You get 14 FRS channels, 8 GMRS channels, and 8 GMRS repeater channels, as well as 38 sub-audible squelch codes per transmission channel for semi-private radio communications.

The unit's ergonomic design grants single-handed operation, with its Call, Page mode, and Press-To-Talk (PTT) buttons mounted on the side, Power/Backlighting button on top, Volume and Zoom buttons on front, and a Thumb Stick positioned in the center. The thumb stick allows channel selection and volume adjustment in FRS/GMRS mode, as well as quick map panning, enter, and selection functions in GPS mode.

Other features include a backlit display (160 x 160 pixels), external voice activation (VOX), waterproof construction to IPX-7 standards (immersible in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes), storage for up to 500 waypoints with graphic identification and 20 reversible routes, 10,000 trackpoints and up to 20 saved tracks to retrace your path or a companion's path via the location-reporting feature, trip computer with speed tracking, sunrise/sunset read out, trip time, and trip distance, and multiple grid formats including MGRS and Loran TD. The Rino 130 even sends and receives short text notes for quiet communication.

The Rino 130 has a battery life of 14 hours (typical use) on 3 AA alkaline batteries (not included).

What's in the Box
Rino 130 receiver, a PC-interface cable, a wrist strap, a belt clip, a user's manual, and a quick-reference guide.

Garmin Rino 130 Product Description:
The "Garmin Rino GPS" -Integrated FRS/GMRS Radio is the most feature-rich unit in the Rino family. This 12-channel WAAS-enabled handheld radio has a built-in electronic compass; weather receiver for seven NOAA weather channels; 24MB of internal memory; and provides 2-way radio communication with a transmission range of up to 2 miles using FRS channels and up to 5 miles with GMRS. Its robust internal memory can store a wide variety of Garmin MapSource CD products (sold separately) and arrives complete with a detailed base map of North and South America, displaying cities, highways, railways, rivers, and more. Features include 14 FRS channels, 8 GMRS channels, 8 GMRS repeater channels; and 38 sub-audible squelch codes per transmission channel for semiprivate radio communications. Transmit power: 1 watt on high power for GMRS channels; 5 watts for low power for FRS channels.

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Best Pocket PC GPS

by Dan Ayala

Stop Getting Lost

One of the greatest uses for a pocket pc is for gps navigation. Now all those people who continually get lost can find their way anywhere with the various types of gps navigation software available. No longer will they have the excuse of not wanting to ask for directions. The directions are easily accessible from their palm pilot.

The best pocket pc gps software has a gps receiver with it. This allows you to receive constant updates. Many of the best software products for your ipaq have some other great features, too. Some of these features include detailed maps for roads and streets in the U.S., Canada and Europe. These maps can be downloaded to and from your computer and often allow you to enter personalized information.

Other gps navigation software offers topographical maps, aviation maps and marine maps. For whatever kind of travel you do, there is a gps system for your pocket pc that will work splendidly. You no longer have to worry about being lost hiking in the mountains, flying a small personal aircraft or piloting your own boat.

The best gps software packages have extremely detailed voice guidance to keep your eyes on the road instead of on your pda. This safety feature should impress even the most careful driver.
Having gps navigation software on your pocket pc makes the world a much smaller, safer place to be and a heck of a lot easier to navigate. So, find the best pc pocket gps for you and never get lost again.

About the Author
Dan Ayala is webmaster and publisher of PDA-Review-Online.com, offering reviews on PDAs, Palm Pilots, Pocket PC's, software and accessories. PDA Review Online provides free information and recommendations for your online resources that you can download anytime or anywhere.

GPS Pet Tracking

by Anne King

If you have a dog or cat that is an escape artist with cross-country travel on its mind, you might want to consider a GPS pet--tracking device. The same technology that enables rangers to follow tagged animals will allow an owner track straying or lost pets. You can choose either a collar design or a backpack type that works with a harness.

Before you rush out to buy a GPS pet--tracking device you need to consider a few things. Firstly, in addition to the system having a GPS receiver, a transmitter is required so the animal's location can be reported. This usually means a service provider is needed.

Some pet--tracker systems are used with GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) that uses your GSM mobile phone and a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card for tracking. Note the SIM card provider needs to have a service in the area where you'll be using the device.

There are various ways of accessing the information that your GPS receives. These include via home phone, Internet, and software installed on your computer. Phone access is not recommended and installed software limits your access to information. Internet access to your GPS data is the recommended way to go. You just log on, enter your password and your pet is located.

Pet finding software allows you to define your pet's boundaries and upload them to your computer. If your pet goes beyond its boundaries then an alarm will sound and you can quickly locate where the animal has gone. If you are traveling with your pet beyond its boundaries you can disable the alarm, or if you are visiting another area you can upload new boundaries. Most systems allow you have more than one area entered.

All GPS units vary in sophistication as does the pet--tracking GPS. You can choose a unit that gives location and nothing else, or you can purchase a device that will give you location and the information of how to get there, including reference points along the way. As in any product, what you spend will define the abilities of your system. If your animal is a water lover make sure that the unit is waterproof.

There is a difference between dog tracker collars and GPS pet--tracking devices. The former are usually limited in range to about half a mile and are ineffective if your animal has been stolen and removed from the area. Beacon devices can only be seen within the range of the light.

A GPS Pet-tracking device that is not being worn is useless. If you invest the money, make sure that your pet wears his/hers all the time. Yes, animal snatchers will sometimes remove collars, but a surprising number don't think about doing so. Combined with micro chipping and registration, pet--tracking GPS devices will go a long way to ensure that your lost pet will be located.

About the Author
Anne King is a sports and recreation writer in Boise, Idaho. For more GPS tracking information, visit Maps GPS Info.com which provides practical information on GPS and maps that everyone can use. The website includes product reviews and a maps/GPS glossary.

GPS Tracking Vehicles

Using GPS Tracking to Protect Your Vehicles
by Kingston Y. amadan

It is no secret that police cars are equipped with GPS tracking theft recovery devices. These items are meant to allow a stolen police car to be found rather easily by simply using GPS tracking technology to locate the car. Then further police are dispatched to the location to apprehend the criminal and recover the car. The good news is that it is possible to use the same technology to protect your car.

GPS tracking is not a very new technology. It has been around since the 1980s, when it first began being developed for the military. It was originally meant to help keep track of troops and movements; as well as create a sophisticated mapping system to help commanders find their way over rough and unknown terrain. Today that same technology is so advanced that it is possible to track in real time and create histories of where the device has been. And GPS technology is available to anyone, and at a fairly reasonable price.

When you use GPS tracking in your car, you receive more than just driving directions in an unfamiliar city. You can also know where your car is. While it is nice to have this information to keep tabs on partying teenagers, it can also help you in the event that your car is stolen. When you have a tracking system, and your car is stolen, you are more likely to get it back relatively unharmed. This is because you can find it immediately, rather than having it discovered in pieces weeks later as part of an illegal car parts ring.

Your GPS tracking system can help you get your car back and have the satisfaction of knowing that the person who stole it is off the streets and headed to jail. You can let the police see where your car is (and where it is headed) and this is an immense help to them. One of the best ways to protect your property is to know where it is. And you can always know where your car is when you have it equipped with GPS tracking.

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Humminbird 947 Review

See The Bottom Of The Lake in 3D And Improve Your Chances Of A Great Day's Fishing

One of the best ways to have a successful fishing trip is to use great technology to help you. That is what the Humminbird 947 has to offer. There are many reasons to have this great fishing gear and you will simply be in awe of how well it enables you to fish. It has some very cool features that will give you the best of the best in high quality imaginable. Here are some things to consider.

What makes this Humminbird ideal is its 3D imaging. Yes, it gives you a solid 3D image to give you a good idea of where you are and what’s going on below you. You’ll get dual frequency 83/455kHz sonar with high definition 3D imaging of the bottom. Why do you need this? It is important to get the best view that you can get and 3D sonar can give you a very clear picture as to what is happening. This makes your job easier. You get to see where the fish are hiding, search them out and not waste your time where there are no fish to be caught. It is a relatively easy finder to use which is nice because you don’t get caught up trying to figure the thing out. Instead, you get to use it right away, and get to benefit from it.

Let’s break this down some. By purchasing the Humminbird 947, the fisherman in all of us is enhanced. You can use the fishfinder to locate schools of fish, that lone big one, and even a sunken ship if you are lucky. Why purchase it? It is simple to see the advantages of all of these features, but when it comes right down to it, you get the highest level of ability to finding the elusive fish you are after. You save yourself time by skipping the waiting step in locating the fish. Instead, the Humminbird 947 gives you a clear picture, in three dimensions so that you can go after the fish where it is.

Visit Fish Finder Review for more information and great deals about the Humminbird 947c and other Humminbird GPS and Sonar fish finders and marine navigation systems. http://www.fish-finder-review.com

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Eagle Fishstrike 1000C Review

Enhance Your Fishing Experiences With A State Of The Art Eagle GPS Fish Finder

The Eagle Fishstrike 1000C has all of the features you need in a fishfinder. It allows you to find your fish every time in almost any location. Just take a look at its many features. It really is a great tool. The first feature you will notice about the 1000C is its ultra bright six inch display screen. With its 256 color sunlight readable display you are sure to see the fish lurking below in clarity and in color! This helps you to distinguish what is down there, where it is hiding and how you will catch it. It also features high speed screen updates which provide you with up to the second views of what is happening.

Imagine being able to watch your fish move, see where it’s heading and snag it!

You can use the FishStrike 1000C for many of your favorite things including recording. By offering two waterproof slots, you’ll be able to record your trips details to view later. This is a great tool to have to remember where you have been for next time. In fact, the Global Positioning System (GPS) is one of its best features. Allowing you to find out where you are and where you should be heading - its a great tool. It can help you from getting yourself lost as well as finding ports, lakes and coastal ranges as well.

But, that’s not all that you can get out of the FishStrike 1000C. You’ll find some of the best sonar on board this system as well. It has a depth capability of 1000 feet which is perfect for most any situation. It has high detection features for finding your fish as well. That is, using such features as Fish ID and FishTrack you’ll be able to see your fish, watch it move, label it, and plan how you will lure it in. You have so many options with this high quality sonar that there is virtually nothing you can not do.

So, what is there not to love about the FishStrike 1000C? You won’t find much because this is a great tool for any fisherman, beginner or advanced!

Visit Fish Finder Review for more information and great deals about the Eagle FishStrike 1000C and other Eagle GPS and Sonar fish finders and marine navigation systems. http://www.fish-finder-review.com
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Garmin iQue 3600 Review

iQue 3600

The iQue 3600® is the first PDA to include integrated GPS technology. With the power of Palm OS® 5.2.1 and the dependability of Garmin® GPS technology, this "Super PDA" redefines multi-tasking. Our integrated software not only allows you to look up appointments or contacts, but also locates and routes you to them with voice-guidance commands!
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Amazon Review

With the power of Palm OS 5 and the dependability of Garmin GPS technology, this super PDA redefines multitasking. Its integrated software not only allows you to look up appointments and contacts, it also locates and routes you to them with voice-guidance commands. Feature highlights include: GPS receiver, MP3 player, voice recorder, infrared communication, and vibrating alarm.


GPS
The differentiating feature of the iQue 3600 is its integrated GPS capabilities. Garmin's innovative Que technology delivers location awareness, electronic mapping, automatic route calculation, turn-by-turn voice guidance, and map data interface to the iQue 3600. Que technology enables users to see where they are, find a street address, know where the next turn is via visual and voice guidance, get back on track when they’ve strayed off course, and navigate efficiently to their desired destination.

Detailed Mapping
Users can choose a configurable basemap of North America, South America, Europe, or regions in the Pacific Rim, with generalized information on highways, major city streets, highway exit services, railways, rivers, lakes, and state, provincial, and national borders. The iQue also has the added benefit of detailed street information on the included MapSource® CD-ROM, giving users the capability of looking up restaurant addresses, hotels, local attractions, transportation hubs, emergency services, and much more. Once a desired point of interest is chosen, you have the capability to view more info or even show it on the map screen. The mapping capability of the iQue 3600 makes it a versatile companion for the international frequent flyer who travels, for instance, between New York and London or San Francisco and Hong Kong. via Amazon

iQue 3600 Amazon Features: [link]
  • Voice recorder for making memos, quick notes, and messages on the fly
  • What's in the box: iQue 3600, protective display cover, metal stylus, USB HotSync cradle, A/C power/charging adapter, quick start guide, CD-ROM with manual, and choice of MapSource configuration
  • ARM processor powered by Palm OS 5
  • Integrated Que technology, with GARMIN GPS and mapping software
  • Speaker for voice-guidance commands, MP3 player, and message playback


CNET iQue 3600 Reviews
The iQue was a bit poky getting its first satellite fix, taking about four minutes. Reconnecting was substantially faster at a minute or less when our location was open to the sky. The unit clung tenaciously to its signal as we schlepped around the San Francisco Bay Area, disconnecting only when we tarried too long under an overpass or between skyscrapers.

The iQue is also adept at calculating and giving directions. A smooth female voice announces how many miles you are from an upcoming turn, then repeats the turn command when you get within a few hundred feet. Though the screen tells you street names, the voice understandably doesn't: imagine a computer trying to pronounce Gough, Duboce, and Guerrero. If you stray off course, the iQue quickly finds a new route with which to guide you.

Unfortunately, the iQue has a glaring weakness: battery life. The gluttonous display and GPS receiver quickly sap power. For our test, we ran a movie in Kinoma Player with the screen brightness at 50 percent. After 2 hours, 11 minutes, the low-battery warning appeared, and the backlight automatically dimmed to about 10 percent. The device completely ran out of steam at the 3-hour mark. Performance will be a bit better with the GPS receiver as long as you minimize backlight use: one charge got us approximately 3 hours, 45 minutes of intermittent GPS activity. The iQue also has a battery-saving mode, in which the unit syncs with satellites as little as possible. via CNET
CNET Customer quote
"I've been using the iQue or about a year now as I've traveled the US in a motorhome. While traveling, the accurate estimated time of arrival for a route is supremely useful, as is the peace of mind knowing that when the unit is silent that you're on the right path. And the beauty of a device like this (PDA/GPS) is that you can move it from vehicle to vehicle, and carry it around with you for the occasional location fix, unlike other car-only navigation units. The 3600 goes where I go. I can't imagine life without it (or an equivalent unit)." read more

Humminbird 981 Review

Change The Way You Look For Fish With The GPS-Enabled Humminbird 981

The Humminbird 981 is a great tool to have for your next fishing trip. You will be able to take full advantage of the adventure with this fish finder. If you’re out to find the fish, to score the biggest one in the lake, then you need to be equipped. That is just what you will get. Here are some additional details about this awesome tool.

First, your goal is to have the best view of the bottom, and then you will appreciate the picture like details that you’ll get with Side Imaging Sonar. Why do you need this feature? By being able to see the bottom of the lake, you know what’s hiding down there. You know where your prey is and you can lure it in then. This is a GPS ready fishfinder with full screen trackplotter which will help you find where you are and where you are going. Your fish finder is protected from saltwater and freshwater and if you do drop it in, it will float. So, no matter how tricky your adventure gets, you won’t need to worry about ruining the equipment.

What does all of this get you? It gets you a fishfinding genius. It can help you to locate the fish that you want no matter where you are. By allowing you to "see" the bottom, you’ll see just where your big fish is hiding. All this delivers for you the best results on your fishing trip. You’ll walk away with a huge fish because your Humminbird will help you find it. You will marvel at the great features and the outstanding quality that the 981 has to offer.

Why do you fish? To catch the big one? To impress friends? You can do both of these things when you use high quality imaging fishfinders like this one. This Humminbird will enable you to have a successful fishing trip every time.

Visit Fish Finder Review for more information and great deals about the Humminbird 981c SI and other Humminbird GPS and Sonar fish finders and marine navigation systems. http://www.fish-finder-review.com

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Lowrance GlobalMap 4800M Review

Lowrance GlobalMap 4800M Vehicle GPS and
Chartplotter with 5" Display



Amazon Quotes:

"As with the best GPS navigators, the device is highly accurate, with precision 12 parallel channel GPS and WAAS mapping that gets you to within a few meters of your destination, whether you're on a Great Lakes fishing expedition or a cross-country road trip. Each trip is completely customizable, with the ability to chart paths, waypoints, trails, and more. You can also easily recalculate your trip should you get distracted and lose your way. And thanks to the MMC/SD card slot--which is protected by a waterproof door--the device can save and retrace up to 100 of your favorite plot trails, with up to 10,000 points in each path.

Users can also perform more advanced GPS functions on the GlobalMap 4800M, including determining the distance between two separate locations, creating and editing brand-new routes, and navigating trails and paths backwards. To give users a good mapping foundation, Lowrance included a built-in continental U.S. and Hawaii background map that's enhanced to take advantage of the high-resolution display. The detailed map offers such marine features as more than 60,000 nav aids and 10,000 wrecks/obstructions in coastal and Great Lakes areas, along with landlocked extras like interstate exit services in addition to standard major streets and highways. The GlobalMap is also compatible with Lowrance's optional MapCreate 6 custom mapping software (required to enjoy a full set of searchable land features, including landmarks, streets, addresses, and points of interest) and a host of plug-and-play choices, like FreedomMaps, Fishing Hot Spots Elite, LakeMaster Pro Maps, NauticPath USA, and Navionics electronic charts. Each item loads through the MMC/SD memory card slot, which supports up to 256 MB of mapping memory on each card."

Lowrance GlobalMap 4800M Features:
  • Sealed, waterproof housing suitable for saltwater use; measures 6.9 by 5.4 by 3.4 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty
  • Full-size, 12-parallel-channel GPS+WAAS receiver for use in marine or vehicle applications
  • High-contrast, sunlight-readable 5-inch grayscale LCD display with sharp 480 x 480 resolution
  • Built-in continental U.S. and Hawaii background map with 60,000 nav aids and 10,000 wrecks/obstructions
  • Dual MMC/SD memory card slots with waterproof door; 100 savable plot trails with 10,000 points per trail
Lowrance GlobalMap 4800M Technical data
  • Display: High-brightness 5-inch grayscale LCD
  • Resolution: 480 x 480
  • Colors: 16-level grayscale
  • Channels: 12 parallel
  • WAAS enabled: Yes
  • Built-in mapping database: Continental U.S. and Hawaii
  • Nav aids (on built-in maps): More than 60,000
  • Wrecks/obstructions (on built-in maps): 10,000
  • Custom mapping: Yes, compatible with MapCreate 6 software on CD-ROM and preloaded FreedomMaps, Fishing Hot Spots Elite, LakeMaster Pro Maps, NauticPath USA, and Navionics cards
  • Waypoint storage: Up to 1,000
  • Event markers: Up to 1,000
  • Routes: Up to 100
  • Savable plot trails: Up to 100, with 10,000 points in each
  • Map zoom ranges: 38, from 0.02 to 4,000 miles
  • Graphic icons: 42
  • MMC/SD card slot: One
  • Mapping memory: Up to 256 MB per MMC or SD card
  • Card included: No
  • Position updates: Every second
  • Backup memory: Yes
  • Built-in MP3 player: No
  • Audible alarms: Arrival, off-course, and anchor
  • Languages: 10
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Power: 12-volt car or boat
  • Item width: 6.9 inches
  • Item height: 5.4 inches
  • Item depth: 6.9 inches
  • Item weight: Information not available
  • Warranty: 1 year parts and labor
  • In the box: GlobalMap 4800M display, GPS module (with external antenna and receiver), 25-foot Y-adapter extension cable, power wiring, gimbal bracket (for dash installation), protective face cover, user's manual
via Amazon

Magellan RoadMate 300 Review

Magellan RoadMate 300 Vehicle GPS with Voice Prompting

Amazon Features: [link]

The RoadMate 300 is billed as the first vehicle navigation device made for everyone, but that doesn't mean Magellan has scrimped on features. Designed from top to bottom for simplicity and ease of use, its user interface is the same as that found in the Hertz NeverLost system and the RoadMate 700.

Quickly locate amenities and points of interest along your route.
It uses powerful, 14-channel GPS positioning that's accurate to within three meters thanks to Magellan's TrueFix technology. Turn-by-turn voice prompts guide you on your way and automatically recalculate your route when you get off track, while intelligent routing lets you plan a trip based on shortest travel time, most or least use of freeways, or avoidance of tolls.

Meanwhile, the locate feature displays your current location and allows you to save it to the address book. Finally, you can select destinations by entering an address or intersection, selecting an address from the address book, touching a point on the map, or by choosing from more than 1.7 million points of interest like airports, gas stations, and restaurants. All of these features make the RoadMate 300 a snap to use right out of the box.


Performance of Magellan RoadMate 300

"Magellan has always produced accurate GPS products, and the RoadMate 300 is no exception. The first time we fired it up, we had to wait for close to five minutes for the unit to obtain a 3D fix (four satellites), which was longer than we expected but not unreasonable. Subsequent start-up times were typically 5 to 10 seconds. We maintained a strong lock throughout our drive from Long Island to Manhattan, losing reception only when we hit the Midtown tunnel (which is normal) and for a brief moment down near the Wall Street area. Our position on the map was spot-on, and the driving directions were flawless. The RoadMate handled an unplanned detour off the Expressway without skipping a beat, guiding us safely through unfamiliar territory and back onto the main road."
via [CNET]

Customer Reviews from Amazon and CNET

Took me to Vegas:
[link]
"I bought the Roadmate 300 to help navigate my drive from San Francsico to Las Vegas for the CES 2005 show. At first it took a long time to get a signal but after it got hold of our location, it worked great. The first time you use it it will take a while for a signal...about 15 minutes sometimes. Also if you turn it off and take it to another place far away and then turn it on, it will take a while to find you. If you leave it on everywhere you go then it finds you fast because it knows where it left off.

To solve this long signal delay problem I have experimented and found that if you go to Options and then specify your general current location to the device, the satellite will pick up the signal quite quickly. Basically if you turned the device off and moved to another place far away before turning it on again, it has a harder time finding you so you can help it by telling it where you are: I do this by hitting the Options button and going into the menu to set the general current location like a street intersection, etc. I believe it is labelled "SET GPS LOCATION" or something like that (have to double check). Then I type in the street intersection or an address I am close to and
it seems to pick up the satellite signal rather quickly afterwords. I guess it is because you have given it a general location for it to find you again after the long move or change of location while it was off.

It took me to Vegas with no problems and the points of interests listed Chinese restaurants in the area when my parents wanted to have some Chinese for dinner instead of Vegas buffet. :) Really cool.

There is room for improvement in this technology but for navigating and getting you there it is great!

The suction cup stays on the windshield and is very strong but the device is a bit tough to remove when you want to hide it when parking. The mounting plate is hard plastic with a tight fit grooved design so it requires two hands and a relatively forceful slide to get it off the gooseneck. This can be improved to be an easier release in the future (Hey Magellan, hire my company to design your next product casing, I'm an industrial designer ha-ha! www.metaformusa.com.

I took some wrong turns and it always recalculated and got me back on track. Sometimes it does take a round about way to get somewhere but in general you will never get totally lost again with this in your car.

Sometimes the touch screen will require you to press it twice as it doesn't register. Sometimes the device does not ask you to resume the trip if you stopped and turned the car off when getting gas or stopping for a rest (but I just use "Previous Destinations" button to select it again..a few times I had to re-enter my final destination. But that is a minor software glitch to me since the important thing is if it gets me to where I want to go safely and accurately.

I got a 256MB SD card to load the entire West Coast into the device but sometimes it is hard to quickly get the address I want as it begins to list a whole bunch of cities. I would take their advice next time and just load the cities I will be travelling to. I just got lazy and selected entire states...took a while to load all that data into the device from my PC but it is not something I have to do all the time so that's OK.

I would recommend this product to anyone who wants to do away with reading maps and stressing out on a trip to unfamiliar territory. So far I have been relatively satisfied with what it can do. As the technology evolves I am sure all the issues I mentioned will be resolved but for now it does its job quite well and I am able to find and drive to places without much headache or fear of getting lost."

CNET Customer:
[link]

Pros:
It is awesome! searches for any restaurant by name, and gives their phone number too! step by step voice directions and re-routes you if you don't follow the computer's voice directions. Was suprised that 32mb internal memory was more than enough to handle all of the intricate details of 4-5 surrounding states. If I need more, just buy a little memory card.

Cons:
Just make sure the antenna is pointing to the air, or you are not going to get signal. Also takes about 5-10 minutes to find your location. Don't get frustrated though


View the product manual [Download: PDF, 6MB] - source: Amazon

Fish Finder Reviews

My friend, Niall Kennedy at fish-finder-review.com sent me some Fish Finder reviews
  1. Eagle 500C GPS Reviews:
    "GPS tracking on any fishing trip is essential. You won’t get lost and you’ll find your way back from even the remotest locations. So, get out there and find that hidden cove and score for yourself some of the best fish of a lifetime! The IntelliMap 500C is perfect for the job!"

  2. Bottom Line Tournament 6800 Fishfinder Review:
    "The display is clear, sharp, and provides the images you need to see in clarity. It is one of the best on the market, in fact. You can see all there is to see so that you can then adjust what you need to."

  3. Humminbird 931 GPS/Sonar Review:
    "You get a clear image of what is below you and therefore can arrange your attacks on those fish better. This is great because it allows you to see more of the bed at one time. The more enhanced the image is, the more details you will have of what's below"

  4. Eagle Sea Champ 2000C Review:
    "The Sea Champ 2000's display is probably the first feature you will notice. It is a large seven inches which gives you the quality size display that you need to see those details this Eagle fish finder provides."

  5. Humminbird 987 Review:
    "The Humminbird 987 will give you the tools to get the most out of your fish finding adventure. You have some of the best, super sensitive sonar at your fingertips. You can pinpoint even the smallest things."

  6. Humminbird 97 fishfinder Review:
    "The Humminbird 97 line offers you an outstanding professional level fishfinder. With a full GPS navigation, Chartplotting and Sonar Out of the Box, you have every aspect that you need to locate your fish and lure him in. This technology can allow you the best advantage when it comes to finding your fish."
  7. Humminbird 981 Review:
    "The Humminbird 981 is a great tool to have for your next fishing trip. You will be able to take full advantage of the adventure with this fish finder. If you're out to find the fish, to score the biggest one in the lake, then you need to be equipped. That is just what you will get. Here are some additional details about this awesome tool."

Thanks for the Fishfinder article, Niall :)

Magellan Meridian Color Traveler GPS Review

Magellan Meridian Color Traveler GPS
Value Pack with 64 MB
Secure Digital Memory Card


From Magellangps.com :
The Meridian® Color GPS Traveler Value Pack has everything you need. You get the rugged Magellan® Meridian Color to guide you on the trail, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing or wherever your outdoor adventure takes you. Plus the advanced Magellan MapSend® DirectRouteTM software to give you turn-by-turn street guidance while driving, riding or walking around town or across the country. This complete package also includes a 64 MB Secure Digital (SD) memory card for downloading and storing detailed street-level mapping data, vehicle mounting bracket, PC data cable with cigarette lighter adapter and two AA batteries.
ZD-Net Customer Review:
Pros:
Great GPS and mapping, directions right on. Alerts well before each turn. Uses standard SD cards for data storage.

Cons:
Data transfer is using a serial cable. This is S..L...O..W. It's 2004. They could at least give you USB speed. Downloading a 20Mb map of the Bay area took about 1 hour. And lots of newer computers don't even have a serial port. And if you have a Mac, you don't need their software...No voice prompts. It does beep to tell you when you're approaching a turn, but you need to look down to see what direction. If I had to do it again, I'd get the standalone color Magellan, then find software that can dump data straight to an SD card reader, so I could move data faster.
From amazon:

Overall, we were pleased with this car navigation kit. The Meridian's color screen definitely helps with quickly viewing details while driving (or while hiking or mountain biking), though it did take awhile to get used to looking at the screen when alerted to a turn. If you do worry about the hazard of having to divert attention from the road, you should think about moving up to the Magellan Roadmate, which offers voice instructions. --Agen G.N. Schmitz

Pros:

  • The kit has everything you need to get maps easily loaded into the GPS receiver
  • Color LCD is very readable--routes and icons pop off the screen
  • Mounting bracket has a strong, firm arm that bends both vertically and horizontally
  • Mapping software is easy to use and transfer
  • Cons:

  • SD memory card slot not easily accessible
  • Mounting bracket suction pads aren't 100% secure and are not quickly adjustable

  • What's in the Box
    Meridian Color GPS receiver, MapSend DirectRoute software, 64 MB Secure Digital (SD) memory card, PC data cable with cigarette lighter adapter, 2 AA batteries, vehicle mounting bracket, and user's manual.

    Amazon customer review: [link]
    This is the coolest gadget I've used in a long time!

    Setup was simple - just follow the onscreen instructions and soon the unit will be searching for satellites and locking onto your location. From my bedroom window (house is on a hill) the Meridian Color was able to find 5 satellites within a couple of minutes and then keep the signal as I moved to the other side of the house to my office. Very impressive.

    As far as the MapSend software goes, it loaded fine and quickly found the COM port that had the GPS unit attached. The only tricky spot was having to upgrade the firmware on the GPS unit itself since the pre-loaded version was 3.4x and the upgrade was 5.1x. The instructions provided on the upgrade CD-ROM didn't match the software setup at all.

    Fortunately the software has limited options so it wasn't difficult to figure out (Go to UPLOAD and select Program Code Only making sure that the unit is on and has a fresh set of batteries installed. Then find the right .hex file for your GPS unit that's on the CD-ROM provided.) Don't freak, just read the instruction sheets before trying to do the upgrade.

    Anyway, the unit appears to be working great. The color screen is terrific and has a High/Low setting (hold the PWR button down a few seconds) to save on battery life.

    The unit also insists that only one mapping image can uploaded into the unit at a time. Not good if you want to visit more than 1 region over a period of time. The trick is to "pretend" you're uploading a region but have the GPS receiver turned off or disconnected. Proceed with the map preparation until the software says it can't find your unit then cancel out. Go find the .img files in the Program Files/Magellan/MapSend DirectRoute NA/Export/Images directory and then copy them to your SD card using Windows Explorer just as you would any other file. Sounds complicated but it's really just a basic file transfer.

    After the files have transferred, stick the SD card back in and power up. The maps can be found by pressing MENU/CARD UTILITIES/CHANGE MAP.

    Unfortunately, it's the battery life that's the reason this GPSR gets only 4 stars and not 5. This unit is a battery hog! If you use the color screen on high don't expect more than 6 hours per set of batteries.

    Because of this I've ordered a separate 12v cigarette lighter power cable for the car and will keep the power/data cable for home use. The cable only comes with a 12v cigarette plug so I've also purchased a 110v to 12v adapter so that I can use household current. I also bought a swivel mount to use at home as a cradle -- no need to use the attachment screw on the connector and the unit is upright and viewable. Extra stuff to clutter my desk but it should save me from a lot of aggravation.

    Overall the Magellan Meridian Color appears to be a great GPS receiver and the point-to-point routing features for use in the car (MapSend DirectRoute software comes with the Traveler's Pack bundle) is terrific. The expandable standard SD card capability is a feature only Magellan seems to have (Garmin, are you listening?) and that, along with the color screen, should be reason enough to get this snazzy little unit.

    Happy triangulating!

    Garmin GPSMap 60CS GPS Reviews

    Garmin GPSMap 60CS 56 MB GPS with Color Display, Digital Compass, and Altimeter




    Garmin GPSMap 60CS Product Description:
    Enjoy the all-new features this waterproof Garmin handheld GPS has to offer. The electronic compass displays accurate directional readings while standing in place, and the Barometric sensor has an automatic pressure tend recording.

    Its 256-color TFT display (2-1/2 dia.) is sunlight-readable, making it much easier to see, and the faster processor with auto routing makes it much more fun to use. Features 56MB of internal memory for storing map details; permanent user data storage; outdoor calendar that lets you store each day's best hunting and fishing times; and a Geo-caching navigation mode.
    Amazon customer review:
    "The new Garmin 60CS is great. The barometer and compass are easy to calibrate and are fairly well-intergrated with the GPS feature. For instance, there is a configuration option to have the compass switch from GPS to sensor when your speed falls, and it lets you define that speed.

    The 60CS comes with a belt clip, which attaches to the unit with a quick-release. You must mount a small bolt (provided) with a lug onto the back of the Garmin, but it's fairly unobtrusive, and is used in Garmin's other mounts (such as the bicycle handlebar mount).

    Up here in the hilly, forested Northwest, the Garmin couldn't keep a signal while on the belt clip at a hiking pace. It was VERY good at getting a signal when elsewhere- for instance it got a lock, inside my home, 15 feet from the windows, with a porch outside.

    Garmin claims the 60CS is waterproof, and it appears to be so. The buttons are constructed of a heavy rubber, the fit and finish of the unit is excellent, the three jacks (USB, Garmin 4-pin, and external antenna) are covered with a grommet. Also, the battery cover has a locking mechanism and seals the batteries with an O-ring.

    The basemap in the Garmin is less than impressive. I'd already purchased MapSource, and was able to install pretty much every map of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon onto the Garmin's 56 MB of space. The included USB cable is easy to use.

    The auto-navigation of this unit works well. It prompts you with a beep about an upcoming turn, and then counts down from 500 feet to the intersection. Sorry, no voice navigation.

    I'm a bit concerned about the screen getting scratched. I cut and placed a PDA screen cover on it, but that mucks with the resolution and colors a bit. I'll probably leave it on to protect the screen from scrapes and such.

    Like everyone else has said, too bad this doesn't have expandable memory. Makes travelling a little more difficult, unless you bring a laptop along. But that's kind of missing the point- why not use a laptop-based GPS then?

    Overall- five stars. Garmin did (most of) their homework on this one."
    via [amazon]

    Reviews from Garmin.com:
    " The GPSMAP® 60CS and GPSMAP 60C are new all-purpose units—packed with exciting new features and delivering the kind of color that consumers want in their handheld GPS’s. These lightweight, rugged, waterproof units raise the bar to offer a 256-color, highly reflective display that provides easy viewing in almost any lighting condition. This transreflective TFT provides excellent viewing while maximizing your battery life (20 hours, typical use).

    Both the GPSMAP 60CS and GPSMAP 60C are packed with extra features, including rapid automatic route calculation, an integrated outdoor calendar, a dedicated geocaching mode, and indoor/outdoor GPS games that turn the outdoors into a giant gameboard.

    The GPSMAP 60CS also offers an electronic compass and barometric altimeter for highland adventures. These sensors, when combined with GPS technology, provide enhanced bearing and elevation readings."

    via [garmin.com]

    CNET Customer Review:
    "I own several Garmin units and this one is my workhorse. The one handed operation is great for navigating in a vehicle, although I would suggest you go with the vehicle mount if you plan to use it alot. Personally, I like to put it in the cup holder and pick it up like a cell phone when I need to check the screen.

    It doesn't talk and I like this because the talking units tend to get on my nerves. This one beeps in different ways depending on how close you are to a turn. Also the unit will display a detailed view of the turn so you can quickly make decisions in the many complicated intersections we have around the US.

    Another plus is the automated reroute feature. If you miss the turn it will give you another route to get back on track. This save a bunch of time and provides some safety because you don't have to do anything for this to happen. Just miss the turn and it will provide you with an alternative in a few seconds.

    I use it worldwide and maps for the European countries come in one package that is EXPENSIVE. Also, I can only unlock it for two units, so I chose this one and my GPS 10 Bluetooth receiver(See my review).

    This unit can easily be a primary GPS for most users. I have an in vehicle Garmin also, but since i am in sales, this come in handy. I usually leave it in my luggage and load it up with the needed maps just prior to each trip. Downloads are quick since it holds only 56 MB. This is enough to cover a week of travel for me. Typically I go to one area each week. For example, I can fit Las Vegas, LA, Orange County, and San Diego. This is about the worst case you would run into for any 1 week of driving. Otherwise, you can probably fit multiple areas in at one time."
    via [CNET]

    Garmin GPSMap 76CS Handheld GPS

    Garmin GPSMap 76CS 115 MB Handheld Marine GPS with 256-Color TFT Display




    Garmin GPSMap 76CS Product Description:

    Garmin Expects to ship the GPSMAP 76CS Begining 2nd Quarter 2004 By placing your order today, you can firmly establish your place in line for this exciting new product. Our orders are always filled in the order that they are placed, and your credit card will not be charged until your order has shipped.

    Order today and be the first to get this exciting new item! Click Here For Package Contents: All other marine handheld GPS units will pale when compared to the GPSMAP 76CS, literally. The latest color-display technology gives the unit the brightest, sunlight-readable display available. And with a brand-new state-of-the-art receiver and powerful microprocessor, this unit will give you a quick and steady fix. In addition, the GPSMAP 76CS boasts a built-in electronic compass and barometric altimeter.

    The GPSMAP 76CS features the familiar GPS 76-family keypads and styling, with 115 MB of memory, an Americas Autoroute basemap, and a Marine Point database. Fast USB connectivity makes loading charts and maps quick and easy, while navigation instructions can be shared with repeaters, plotters, and autopilots using NMEA protocols through the dedicated serial port.

    Finally, the waterproof unit is fully compatible with MapSource products like BlueChart, U.S. Topo 24K, and City Select (which provides detailed streets for turn-by-turn guidance).
    via [amazon]

    Garmin.com:
    "The latest color-display technology gives both units the brightest, sunlight-readable displays available. And with brand-new state-of-the-art receivers and powerful microprocessors, these units will give you a quick and steady fix.

    Both the GPSMAP 76C and GPSMAP 76CS have the familiar GPS 76-family keypads and styling, with 115 MB of memory, an Americas Autoroute basemap, and a Marine Point database. Fast USB connectivity makes loading charts and maps quick and easy, while navigation instructions can be shared with repeaters, plotters, and autopilots using NMEA protocols through the dedicated serial port.

    They’re waterproof and fully compatible with MapSource products like BlueChart®, U.S. Topo 24K, and City Select® (which provides detailed streets for turn-by-turn guidance)."

    via [garmin.com]

    Humminbird 97 fishfinder Review

    Get Out Onto The Lake And Catch Big Fish

    If your goal is to get out onto the lake and catch a few big fish, then you’ll want to use the Humminbird 97 fishfinder to help you. It will guide you to the perfect location. It will give you great images of the lake bottom (not to mention the fish in the area). It will then help you to lure in your fish by allowing you to see its movements. Easy to use and water resistant, this is the perfect way to get your fish every time. Consider the Humminbird 97 as your choice!

    The Humminbird 97 line offers you an outstanding professional level fishfinder. With a full GPS navigation, Chartplotting and Sonar Out of the Box, you have every aspect that you need to locate your fish and lure him in. This technology can allow you the best advantage when it comes to finding your fish. GPS keeps you on the right location while sonar gives you an outstanding view of the waves below. Looking for a school of fish without the Humminbird Matrix 97 is impossible. But, with this technology you’ll have no problem finding out what’s below the surface every time.

    In fact, this model has professional grade sonar that is Dual Beam PLUS which means that it is a much higher powered sonar that will deliver for you an outstanding detailed image of the fish below, the lake bottom, as well as anything else that may be lurking below.

    Even more so, it also features a 5.6 inch viewable screen that is easy to use even in the brightest of sun light. How often have you been blinded out of using your equipment because the sun is simply too bright? Not on these screens! You’ll know what’s going on every step of the way with detailed images no matter what the sun is doing.

    The Humminbird 97 features programmable viewer presets. You program it to get to the screens you want it to show. You don’t have to try to figure it out on the lake. You can do this ahead of time and save yourself the time and aggravation of trying to get the best screen to show up. In fact, you can even keep your hands free to do what you need to be doing with your fishing rod because this model is also in dash or mountable.

    Consider the Humminbird 97 as your choice and you will be the envy of your fishing mates.


    Visit Fish Finder Review for information and reviews of Humminbird GPS and Sonar fish finders and marine navigation systems. http://www.fish-finder-review.com
    Copyright Fish-Finder-Review.com. All rights reserved.

    Garmin c320 StreetPilot GPS Review

    Garmin c320 StreetPilot GPS Vehicle Navigator


    Garmin c320 StreetPilot Description:
    In-car navigation means you'll never get lost! This receiver features a color touchscreen interface, with automatic route calculation, to guide your route. Choose between three-dimensional navigation or overhead views. A turn-by-turn voice-prompt provides audio directions so you keep your eye on the road. Easy portability and suction means you can transfer the device between vehicles. WAAS-enabled 12 parallel channel GPS, built-in patch antenna and built-in lithium ion battery for trip planning Weighs 9.4 ounces.
    Amazon Customer Review:
    I've been using it for about 1 week now. Great little unit, easy to use, superior to the Quest and 2610 that I've also owned because of its faster calculation times and ease of use. Does indeed update arrival time depending on speed (at least mine does). Seems to be accurate within a couple minutes on my daily 35 minute commute. Starts the estimate based on it's internal average speeds for highways, etc, then adjusts depending on how fast you are actually driving. I would not spend the extra money on the 330. Spend a few bucks on a 512md sd card, I've tried but can't possibly think of how to use more than that on a single trip. And I would assume the sd card is a little faster than the HDD. You get more batter life, like 2x. Also, I like being able to upload favorites from the pc using the software, so the sd version is actually preferable to me. And it looks like the price is still too high here so until it comes down check out pricegrabber or nextag.

    Pros
    -large touchscreen
    -easy to use
    -portable, 8 hour battery, pocket sized (in loose pants or jacket
    -fast calculation times & map drawing.
    -nice mounting

    cons
    -no route saving or transfering, hence no waypoints can be stored in route but this is remedied simply by saving favorites and touching your favorite in route, just a little more attention requred.
    -weak software.
    via amazon

    CNET Review:
    Don't let the acronyms and satellite talk scare you; today's in-car GPS devices aren't complicated, and many models are just a matter of plug and play. One such system, the Garmin StreetPilot c330, we love for its ease of use and accuracy. And while we appreciate the fact that all the maps come preloaded on the c330's hard drive, what if you don't need all that functionality or don't want to spend that much money? Well, say hello to its little friend, the c320. The Garmin StreetPilot c320 ($750) offers all the essentials, such as text and voice-guided directions, bird's-eye-view navigation view, and a points-of-interest database, but it requires you to transfer maps from a PC via USB connection. Alternatively, there is an SD slot, and it comes with a 128MB SD card. It takes a little more work, but in the end, it'll get you to your destination
    via CNET

    Pharos PEZ120 EZ GPS Review

    Pharos PEZ120 EZ Road GPS Pocket Navigator with 32 MB



    The Pharos EZ Road pocket GPS navigator goes everywhere you do, helping you navigate streets and highways anywhere in the U.S. with confidence. The device is so thin and light that it slips easily into your pocket, purse, or briefcase. Once seated in your car, simply place the EZ Road on its windshield or dashboard mount, and it will pinpoint your location, find points of interest, and guide you to your destination using GPS satellites and digital street maps.

    The EZ Road's super-wide screen gives you a big picture view of where you're going, guiding you along the easy-to-view street maps and pointing the way with directional arrows. Audible voice-prompts steer you door-to-door with clear turn-by-turn driving instructions. Need to make multiple stops? No problem. The EZ Road's gas-saving, time-shaving Route Wizard creates the optimum route for you, incorporating up to 10 stops along the way. Based on the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system, EZ Road also includes contacts and calendar features. It even has an MP3 player to keep you humming down the road.

    Pharos PEZ120 EZ Features include:

    • Driving directions and route guidance by voice, graphics, and text
    • Detailed street-level maps for the U.S.
    • Built-in points-of-interest database
    • Store up to 100 of your favorite destinations and routes
    • Point-to-point routing with up to 10 stops along the route
    • Open up to 10 maps at a time for routing
    • Tap street on the map to show the street name
    • Zoom in and zoom out with stylus or onscreen icons
    • GPS status indicators, with onscreen strength indicator
    • Real-time simulation of route (with GPS disabled)
    • 3 different map-screen view options to suit your preferences
    • Nighttime display for easier viewing
    • Select destinations from favorites, addresses, intersections, and points of interest
    • 3 routing methods: fastest, shortest, or avoid freeways
    • Auto zoom-in/zoom-out before and after each turn
    • Trip-Trace records the route traveled
    • Compass mode with heading, latitude/longitude, altitude, time and direction to destination, and more
    • Use your GPS receiver position as the point of origin
    • 1-touch re-route button; auto re-route option
    • Map moves with you as you travel; selectable North Up or Heading Up for map display
    What's in the Box
    EZ Road GPS, Ostia navigation software, CD-ROM with U.S. maps, Active Sync CD, PC data cable, DC car charger, USB charging cable, windshield/AC vent holder, 128 MB Secure Digital memory card, quick-start guide, user's manual.

    Pharos PEZ120 EZ Description:
    The Pharos EZ-Road 500 in-car/pocket GPS solution goes everywhere you do, helping you navigate streets and highways anywhere in the US with confidence.It's so thin and light, you can easily slip it into your pocket or purse and then simple place it on your dashboard once in the car. Using GPS satellites and digital street maps, EZ-Road lets you see where you are, locate points, or set a route to your destination.

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    Handheld GPS Reviews

    Garmin, Magellan Handheld GPS Reviews

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    2. Garmin Nuvi 350 Pocket or Vehicle GPS Navigator with Integrated MP3 Player and Photo Viewer
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    4. Garmin Foretrex 101 Bundle with Bike Mount
    5. Garmin Geko 301 Handheld GPS Navigator (Dark Grey)
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    8. Magellan eXplorist 210 Handheld GPS Unit
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    Handheld GPS Reviews will be updated soon :)

    Garmin GPS

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    TomTom Go 32 MB Vehicle GPS Review

    TomTom Go 32 MB Vehicle GPS with Secure Digital Memory Card




    TomTom Go 32 MB GPS Product Description: [link]
    TomTom's GO portable GPS navigation system integrates TomTom's award-winning personal-navigation software into a portable, cable-less design that fits in any briefcase, handbag, or backpack. The GO system works right out of the box, with nothing to load or install. You can readily move it from one car to another, and it fits easily into the supplied car mounting kit, perfect for your windshield or dashboard.

    TomTom Go 32 MB GPS Features: [link]
    • Includes cigarette lighter adapter and USB cable for PC connection
    • Register for updates to be notified of pricing & availability
    • Clear voice guided route instructions
    • Crystal clear 3-D view even in direct sun
    • Long-life rechargeable battery
    TomTom Go 32 MB GPS Technical data
    • Model: Go
    • Type: Portable GPS
    • Voice guidance: Yes
    • Touch-screen operation: Yes
    • Assisted satellite navigation: Yes (provides uninterrupted coverage--even in tunnels)
    • Languages: Multiple
    • Power source: Rechargeable battery (supplied)
    • Battery life: Up to 5 hours between charges
    • Maps: United States (millions of waypoints)
    • Item width: 4.6 inches
    • Item height: 3.6 inches
    • Item depth: 2.7 inches
    • Item weight: .68 pounds
    • Warranty: Information not available
    • In the box: GPS device, vehicle power adapter, car mount, a rechargeable battery, AC/DC power adapter, a user's manual, and warranty information
    Amazon Customer Review: [link]
    i bought it for 759 when it first arrived the states, and it's selling at 66X at harmony compXXXXXXX now. it sounds expensive, but actually it has its own value.

    first of all, it looks great. unlike ANY other PDA nav systems, this one matches your car. i usually put it on the left side of the steering wheel, on the windshield. the display is really bright and clear. the speaker is amazingly loud too. the built quality of the accessories and tomtomgo itself is very solid and flexable, which does not make it feel "cheap". the battery can last for 4 hours that i consider very reasonable for such a good display.

    it comes with a 256mb SD card for storing maps, which is more than enough for most people.

    the OS, to my suprise, is very easy to use; even my friend, who is a computer idiot, know how to use it within 1 minute. the GUI is very simple and functional. in addition, the system is very stable, and i have never encountered any problem till now. the CPU is pretty fast too.

    however, it sometimes does not show the shortest distance, and also doesn't speak out the name of a street or raod, which is the major con of this product. it does not support OSX either. ( but i think u can still download those maps from the CDs into the SD card by a card reader, but never tried). it should also comes with a display cover to avoide finger prints too.

    it does provide an "eagle eye" map viewing function, but i still prefer the tradition 2D one more. at least, it works better for me.

    to conclude, i recommand this nav system to anyone. you get more than what u paid; this is a very high quality product. even the box has some kind of design too (although it is copied from iPod's box..)
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