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A great handheld GPS for GeochachingPosted
I bought this to go gold detecting in Arizona using TOPO24 maps but with its built in features it makes a great little hand held for geocaching using GPS
I would recommend this to a friend
Only solid thing about this is it's GPS connectionPosted
I bought this to give me extra insurance when I'm off the grid away from reliable cell tower connections for navigation which it has. However, I'm not at all impressed with its usability. For just under half the price of a smartphone you don't get what you'd expect for the money. Smartphones' mapping features exceeds the Garmin GPSMAP by leaps and bounds. Google does a much better job with the visual usability of their map programs than Garmin does. Heck there are also several GPS snartphone apps that blow Garmin's stuff out of the water. In order to get satellite images of the maps onto the device you have to sign up for a subscription (which is free for the first year) then download it to your computer, then to your device. Then the resolution is meh. Also the user interface is clunky. Scrolling around the map is very clunky. Plus there are a lot of features I just can't find myself needing. I wish I could customize the menu option so I wouldn't have to needlessly scroll through the stuff I'll never need when accessing my maps. They have a feature where it connects to your phone but it's just to receive text messages. How about a way that let's my smartphone use the device's reliable GPS connection to power the navigation on the smartphone? I'll say that the build of this device is solid for hiking, riding bikes, etc. off the beaten path. I also really appreciate how it just runs on a couple batteries for quite a while. But everything else falls short. I explored the option of getting a GPS extender for my smartphone like Dual Electronics XGPS150A Multipurpose Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver with extra battery back up. But it came down to do I want the hassle of power management of my phone and GPS receiver when I'm off the grid for multiple days or do I deal with the hassle with the mediocre Garmin? I obviously chose the latter but I'm still not sure if that was the best option.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Thank you for your review and sorry to hear about your issue with the GPSMAP 64s. You can customize the main menu on this device. Below is a link on how to customize the main menu on the GPSMAP 64s.