If you are reading this and the other reviews of the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx then you are doing your homework and wondering if this GPS is as good as all the hype makes it out to be. The short answer is YES! I have an old Garmin 12 Map which has served me well, but was getting a bit long in the tooth. I wanted something a bit smaller, lighter, with color screen and was water tight. The Vista HCx meets all of these needs and so many more. It is small in size, but with a fairly big and bright screen (easily readable in the sun) for its size.
Every review I read touted the extra sensitive antenna and how it picked up and locked onto satellites inside of homes or buildings. Well I can honestly tell you that it does all this and does it quick. How this happens it Garmin magic. I was always told you had to have line of sight to pick up satellites, but not in the case of the Vista HCx, it can get them just about anywhere short of being in a bunker.
The menu is intuitive and easy to navigate, so much more that my old Garmin 12 map. The long story short, this little GPS is the one for everyone else to beat. If you are seriously considering a GPS purchase for hiking or navigating the back country, do not look elsewhere, this is the one to get! The base maps in the Vista HCx are of course upgradeable through additional accessories purchases from Garmin (at substantial cost), but worth the money. How Garmin managed to pack so much into so little a package is a mystery to me. Do yourself a favor, stop reading the review and just buy one, you will not be disappointed.
BTW, I purchased mine through Amazon.com and took advantage of the free shipping. It arrived four days ahead of when it was scheduled to arrive which was a nice surprise. Amazon has a very good price and I have always been happy with my purchases through them. And no I am not getting paid to say these nice things about Amazon, I am just a very satisfied customer.
This gps receiver is simple to use and satellite reception was always great, even during snowstorms, being indoors, or metro areas. In six months, I never experienced anything that disappointed me w/ it's performance with my Dell Axim X51. After six months, I took it on vacation to use in a rental car and it was stolen from my luggage at the airport. I've replaced it with the exact same model. I highly recommend this i-Blue 737.
Also known as i-Blue 737 is the 2nd generation of the popular i-Blue PS-3200 receiver
Powered by the new MTK chipset
Great Performance - i-Blue 737 Bluetooth GPS receiver is equipped with the new 51 channels
Auto On/Off - When you use i-Blue 737 for the first time
Anytime when a paired PDA or laptop computer with Bluetooth connectivity is onboard
I just installed the 788ci on my pontoon boat and am very happy with the unit. This is my first fishfinder and I was afraid that it may be overly complicated. The screen is easy to read in bright light and I love the Fish ID feature. I am not that familiar with Lake Lanier and the GPS feature we let me explore. The unit powered up and worked without problems after installation. The 700 series is packed to the gills with professional technology, it has everything you need to find the fish. The unmatched 640V X 640H pixel clarity of the 5-inch diagonal screen provides unbelievable color and contrast. You'll see crystal-clear images of everything under the water, making it easier to root out the big hogs. Programmable preset buttons make switching between your favorite views a snap.
First off, let me state that my previous GPSr was a basic Etrex. It was pretty weak, but helped me find lots of geocaches. Now, keep in mind two weeks ago I had NO intention of getting a DeLorme. I was pretty set on getting the Garmin Oregon, and had just an inkling of the PN-XX's. So, I headed on over to the DeLorme forums and posted some questions.
The level of attention I received from the members as well as employees of DeLorme really impressed me. Couple that with a DeLorme employee's blog post which pretty much seemed to be a direct answer to my questioning about Mac support, and I was sold. I'm willing to wait a month for limited Mac support, and know that they are working towards more support down the road.