I have a Garmin GPS-II which I use for geocaching, hiking, etc. Since I don't need road maps, it covers my needs splendidly. I have seen these sell at very low prices on e-bay. Also, it works very well with the "Topo USA" software. With the addition of the serial interface cable, I have found it to mate up effortlessly with every computer I have run the software on. For hiking, camping, geocaching, etc., this combination has turned out to be a real winner for me. My guess is that you could put together all of this for less than $200 if you're willing to go with a used GPS. Possibly closer to $100 if you can avoid mail-ordering the software and interface cable. BTW - the accuracy and sensitivity of my GPS-II has shown to be excellent for my needs.
quote:Originally posted by k9flyball: Hello,
I need your help. I'm looking for a GPS unit and can't narrow it down. I talk to stores who have their preference or don't know about them. I am looking at the Magellan Meridian Platinum, Garmin GPSMap76 and the Garmin E-trex Vista.
The uses that I am looking for is boating on local lakes, hiking, and Geocaching. I'm lost on which one to get. The Map76 has less RAM than the E-trex but I like the keys on the top. People I talk to say keys on the top are bad since they can be push accidentally or you won't see the menu since your hand is over it. I ask if they have used it and they say no.
I know all 3 should be fine for hiking and it is the boating I'm looking at. I want something that will show local lakes, rivers etc. I don't want to buy one and find out it isn't what I wanted or the added software won't give me what I need.
How do I know what to buy? What would I need in the future? What is your opinion on these choices. I would like to buy one in the next few days so I appreciate your feedback. The more I look the more confused I get.