+phsxc Posted February 21, 2006 Share Posted February 21, 2006 (edited) Help! I've been agonizing over what GPS to get. I had a Garmin GPS Legend. I wasn't real happy with it because it lost reception a lot in the woods and the screen was too small. So - I've been looking for something with a larger screen. Don't know if I'm willing to pay for better performance under leaf cover. I want this for: 1. Making maps (or at least for saving to GPX files (is it?) so others can follow my trail guides) 2. Geocaching 3. Backpacking 4. Cycling It seems all the units I'm considering all have: - Barometer - Altimeter - Compass - Expandable Memory Here are the unit's I'm considering. Garmin GPSMAP 60CSX - $499 everywhere - maybe $450'ish on EBAY - Autorouting/Turn-by-Turn directons - SIRF Accuracy - Software = the low $100 range. - Display = Color, 1.5"x2.2" 240x160 pixels - Locked software = YUCK! Suppose I want to sell this down the road or I want to get a new computer? - 2 AA Batteries - 7.5 oz BOTTOM LINE = EXPENSIVE (about $600+ total), but SUPPOSEDLY ACCURATE - WORTH IT??? UGH??? The LOCKED SOFTWARE really turns me off. If I unlock it on one computer and then want to use it on another, I think I'm screwed. Or if I don't like this unit and want to sell it on ebay, then my software is unsellable? YUCK. I don't keep any of my tech toys more than a couple years before something new comes out. Magellan Explorist XL $351 (on Amazon.com) - Autorouting/Turn-by-Turn directons - Display = COLOR, ?"x?" (3.5" diag) 220x176 pixels - pics of display look awesome but is it superior to all the others? - Software = Mapsend Topo (hope this gives turn-by-turn) about $70 - 4 AA Batteries - UGH - NOT SO GOOD FOR BACKPACKING - 12.25 oz = HEAVY - AGAIN - NOT SO GOOD FOR BACKPACKING BOTTOM LINE = NOT TOO BAD - $420 Some other contenders... Brunton Atlas MNS GPS $359 on Amazon.com - NO TURN BY TURN - Software = Topo Create $199 - true 1:24K USGS topo maps! Very cool? - Display = Not color, 1.7"x2.2" 240x180 pixels - 2 AA Batteries - 7 oz. BOTTOM LINE = EXPENSIVE and NOT COLOR, NO TURN BY TURN (about $560) but might be very good with those topo maps. Lowrance Ifinder Expedition C PLUS $350 (Amazon) $300-399 on Froogle - NO TURN BY TURN - Software = INCLUDED IN PLUS PACKAGE - Display = COLOR, ?"x?" (2.83" diag) 320x240 pixels - highest resolution by far, but not largest screen. - 2 AA Batteries - 8.7 oz - Built in microphone for recording voice with waypoints (I like that!) BOTTOM LINE = COLOR + VERY REASONABLY PRICED, but no TURN BY TURN. So... I'm thinking it's between the Magellan Explorist XL and the Lowrance Ifinder Expedition C. Do you think either of these would be better under tree cover than my old (like 4-5 years old) Garmin Legend? (I think both use more satellites) I just wish the Lowrance had turn by turn. There is something called a Lowrance iWay 100M which has turn by turn, but it appears to be discontinued. Not sure if I can use it for Geocaching. It's not color either. Any opinions on those? Or reasons why I should choose something else? If so - what else? Thanks so much! Brad Edited February 21, 2006 by phsxc Quote Link to comment
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