First Name: Mike
My RZR: 2009 50" RZR
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Re: In need of GPS unit advice
I'm "old school" been using GPS units since they first came out. Bought a Nuvi 500 almost a year ago, almost have most of it figured out. Requires learning a whole new language, for example no more waypoints - now favorites etc. You said you wanted simple to use. Your going to have a learning curve for the Nuvi. The getting started guide is good for turning it on and off - not much else. The owners manual you have to download is not very much better. A friend has a Montana many more features than the Nuvi - for me probably a two - three year learning curve. Seem that all the newer GPS units have way more features, just no longer intuitive or easy to learn. I finally figured out how to save a track (but not called a track) about a month ago. So far haven't figured out how to use the 4gb micro card I bought for it - No mention of its function in the manual - but someday...maybe. None of this stuff is in the manual. So far the only really positive thing I can say is that Garmin has really great technical support.
Oh and don't use your free map upgrade that comes with the unit. They automatically delete the topo maps that come with the unit and you will have to buy a set of maps for the area that you ride if you want topos. No warning on the delete of the topos.
Sorry for a little venting, but just wanted you to know what my experience was. If the screen on my Etrex wasn't so small I probably would have gone back to it.
Not to be totally discouraging, as I learn how to use features and do them a few times they work really well and its really a nice gps, just a pain to learn.