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  1. quote:Originally posted by avaloncourt:I have had one for my GPSMAP 76 and my GPS 5 and they work very well and have not had any problems at all with them. Well, actually, it took me a couple hours to figure out how to put the GPS V into the mount but after that it's been great. avaloncourt, I apologize for being off topic here but I would like to know, based on your experience, which GPSr you would select if you could only pick either the 76 or the V. I like the extra memory of the 76S but also think the autorouting feature of the V would be very useful. I am curious why you bought the 76 if you already had the V (or vice versa). Thanks for your input. I am still on the fence about these 2 units.
  2. Has anybody tried using the Bluecharts with a GPS-V? I see on Garmin's website that they have an asterisk indicating that some of the Bluechart functionality is lost. I would like to know what exactly this means and to what extent. Is there any possibility that the GPSMap 76S could be upgraded to provide autorouting (streets not water)with software changes? Or is it strictly hardware related?
  3. Pneumatic, I am considering the 76S and the GPS-V. I would like to use the unit for boating as well as hiking and auto navigation. I am leaning toward the 76S because of the larger memory and some of the functions geared toward boating. However, the autorouting feature of the GPS-V appeals to me also. Is it possible to upload the Bluechart navaids to the GPS-V? quote:Originally posted by Pneumatic:It helps to determine what features you will value most if you think carefully about what you're going to ask of the unit. If you're going to be using it for a lot of vehicle navigation, the auto-routing features of the V are really cool, but the V is limited to 19MB of memory (no expandibility) and a serial interface (slow map uploads). That means that you'll only have enough memory for detailed maps covering one major metropolitan area like the SF Bay Area. (or several smaller areas, but they don't have to be contiguous). Uploading a full 19MB of maps will take more than 1/2 hour, and can't easily be done on the fly. Detailed maps for North America are included, but require a PC running Windows to use (or Virtual PC on a Mac). The eTrex Legend has only 8MB of memory, but since these maps have no routing information, you can still fit the R&R maps for on major metropolitan area into memory. The legend is also lightweight (7oz w/o batts) and has a small form factor (about the same as the Nokia 5100 line of cell phones), and reasonably good battery life. I get 10-12 hours of batt. life from 2 1850mAh NiMH rechargeables. On the downside, the patch antenna in the etrex line has more problems in moderate to heavy tree cover, and that can be a source of real frustration while deep in the forest. It can be had for $190 (-$50 rebate), but no maps are included in this price. Figure $250 by the time you get the map software and a few accessories. The eTrex Vista has the same form factor as the legend, but 24MB of map memory, plus an electronic compass so you don't have to be moving to see your heading, and also a barometric altimeter. However, leaving these extra gizmos turned on can eat batteries. The Meridian Gold has a pretty good basemap of the american continent, and also has an SD card slot to allow you to upload a LOT of maps to a 128MB card, and you can upload them using a USB car programmer for much faster uploads. You can also have multiple cards with different mapsets. However, the meridian line is considerably larger than the etrex line, and the screen is not nearly as nice (IMNSHO). The resolution is much corser, and the grayscale much less smooth. The SportTrak Map is like a Meridian Gold without the SD slot, and it much smaller form factor. Both the SportTrak and the Meridian line seem to have better WAAS performance, which might make a different if you want accuracy under 10m. The new Meridian Color (I didn't know this was coming out until I read it here), will be like either a Meridian Gold or Meridian Platinum, but with a color screen. I don't know if the color screen will really be worth it for the $150 extra it seems to cost. Also, most daylight readable color screens I am aware of (like those on PDAs), require significant backlighting, which could eat into the battery life, but Magellan is claiming 14 hours using alkalaines, so figure between 8 and 10 using NiMH). Some color screens on PDAs can look like crap, so I'd want to see it in action before I bought one, and I'd still be tempted to get the V for the same price. (Again, the V comes with maps, whereas you'd be stuck for $80 more for maps for almost any other unit). If somebody dropped $450 in my lap and told me to buy the "best" GPS, I'd probably go with the V. -- Pneumatic
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