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bowhunter1

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I feel I definitely need a GPS. I have narrowed the search to the following units and would like the opinions of experienced users.
1. Will the Garmin Emap use downloadable Topographic maps. What happens to the road map that are built in?
2. Is the Garmin Emap Backlighting sufficient and varible for brightness?
3. What sources would you recommend purchasing a Garmin GPS from???
4. How does the Garmin EMAP compare with the Garmin 12 and Garmin III+ in terms of screen readability and accuracy???

thanks to all great site, jessee
 
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I can`t help you with the emap but try to test one before you buy it.
I bought the summit and it works fine with the exception Garmin stuck some 2" clown on the screen holding a flag and made the navigation numbers so small it makes them very difficult to see and some numbers are difficult to distinguish from one another like the 3`s, 8`s and 0`s.
I have a map program so I load the map, pick out the area I`ll be traveling in, increase the size of the specific section, print it, laminate it and take it with me in my shirt pocket.
Works great, now if I could only see the numbers!
 

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bowhunter,

The only topo maps you can load into any Garmin GPS is their Garmin Map Source Topo Map software. User map memory is eight or 16 megabytes of downloaded CD-ROM information at a time, depending on the size of the cartridge you use in the unit, programmable from MapSource MetroGuide, WorldMap, USA Topo, and Roads and Recreation CD-ROMs.

Many of us have asked Garmin to open their software to the public but they want to keep it proprietary.

There is only 1 setting on the display backlighting and it's good in my opinion. There is no backlighting for the keyboard which is a pain in the dark.

The Emap holds more map info than my III+, 1.4 meg compared to 8 to 128 megs. The III+ has a 36 hour battery life and the Emap has 14 hours.

The Garmin 12 is an entry level GPS, the Emap is an entry level GPS with onboard mapping. The III+ is a higher end GPS but it a bit dated.

I have the best dealers, other review links  and prices on my review webpage at http://www.jesseshuntingpage.com/garmin.html#emap
 

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Just ordered a Garmin ETrex Legend. Will be my first personel GPS.  I work with the $10,000 Trimble stuff for work.  Anxious to check this out esp. with the WAAS feature.  Hopefully I don't regret this.

ToddP
 

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Todd - Let us know how you like it. I'm still using my 5 year old Garmin 12XL and really like it. No map functions but I do upload/download to topo maps using the Terrain Navigator software. These are great when hunting in new area but I carry a compass just in case.
 

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After reading extensive reviews I am now considering purchasing the Garmin etrex vista instead of the emap. Does anyone have usefull experience with this one. Also does anyone know about the new Garmin 76. Thanks
 

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Ok,  some more info on my Garmin eTrex Legend.  Very simple to use.  Has two buttons to control the menus or you can use a little click switch to move around the menus.  I've never used a personal GPS before and I was up and running in very little time.  Used it to locate a geocache over the weekend and had no troulbe find it.  Plugged the coordinates in for the waypoint and it point the direction for me to go.  The compass pointer doesn'r require you to be moving for it to change.  

In my mind a very nice small unit.
 

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Hey ToddP
Anymore feedback on the eTrex Legend. I am thinking of upgrading from an eTrex Summit. I will be travelling to Europe in August and like the idea of downloadable info from the Mapsource CDs
Thanks
 

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karstic

Flying to Europe!  If you get karstic, you're going to really hate flying (but they do have those paper bags I guess)

***** ********** *****

Don't forget to take the WASS feature into consideration,  accuracy to 9 feet! ! !

I'm back to re-reviewing GPS's for an updated unit.....  If Richard Webb hadn't mentiioned WASS, I'd probably have a new one already.  

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(Edited by Tinhorn at 6:12 pm on July 3, 2001)
 

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Ok,  just got back from vaction myself.  The eTrex Legend is fun and easy to play with.  I mean reallll easy.  I loaded up some detailed maps of the area I was in and it helped out when traveling the local roads.  It will also do searches and tell you what kind of services are available at the interstate exits your coming up to.  Nice when the wife says she needs to go soon.  We went on a whale watching trip and I logged the route we tooks as the boat headed out to ocean.  It had the buoys on the display map and was a good reference to where we were at on the ocean relative to the coast.  I'll be downloading the route into the mapsource software here later on to see where we where on that.

Overall,  it's my first personal GPS and I like it.  I use the $10,000 models for my work.  It is very easy to use, basically two buttons and a "like" joystick.  
 

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Thank for the update ToddP on the legend. I have some general question that would help me understand the basic pricniples of your GPS.
1. If you locate a point on a desktop map and want to vist that point can you download the "to visit map area" into your Legend GPS and have it displayed for reference.
2. I understand your GPS has a built in Database will it help you find address of major and minor streets from the built in database???
3. if the addresses are not shown on the built in database can you locate them on the desktop and download them into you GPS?
Thanks a wise consumer ask questions then purchases.
 

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1.  Yes,  you can down/up load waypoints, routes and tracks back and forth between the gps and the mapsource maps.  The display on maps on both also.

2. From what I know,  the eTrex Legend does NOT do addresses or geocoding.

3.  Refer to answer for #2

I'll double check on the addressing issue but I'm pretty sure on this one.
 

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I really like the Garmin GPS 76. It has the accuracy that is specified and many great features. I  have been using a Garmin 12CX with Terrain Navigator. The 76 does not interface with TN yet. I was informed by Maptech that in about a month a download will be avilable to interface the 76 with TN. Check out the Garmin GPS 76 and GPS MAP 76 before you buy that "new one".
 

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Correction.  The eTrex Legend will do the addressing with the proper MapSource data.  The features are there but you need to load the MapSource CD that has addressable features.
 

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