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Garmin 72H GPS Worldwide
Model Number: 010-00840-01Change
Price:£89.25+Free shipping
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2010
Firstly, most prospective purchasers should also consider other similar models such as the many versions of eTrex or the GPS60, because this is rather a "specialist" device. That one of its main features is that "it floats" is a clue that it's particularly intended for boating. This also explains the retention of a RS232 "COM" serial port, compatible with the NMEA interface used by marine devices.

The original GPS72 design is at least 7 years old and the user interface has hardly changed from my first GPS purchased more than 15 years ago. However, the high sensitivity receiver and addition of a USB connector are very worthwhile improvements in this new "H" model. Other positive features are the relatively large screen and the number of front-panel buttons (well-labelled and most backlit at night) giving a generally easy user-interface. It's "transreflective" monochrome screen remains clear in the brightest sunlight, with an adjustable white backlight at night.

For data entry, with most modern Garmins (like the GPS60) you "pick" characters from a two-dimensional tabular array using the joystick/pad. However, this model employs a continuous "ring" of alphanumeric characters and symbols, which I personally prefer. It does take longer to enter characters from the latter part of the alphabet, but number-only fields actually can be quicker and it's possible to enter characters purely by "counting" button-presses without my need to put on spectacles !

On the negative side, the memory size (for recording tracks) is very small for a modern device and the "support" from Garmin currently rather limited. The CD in the box carries only user manuals, there is no software like Mapsource, as (normally) included with the GPS60. You have to go to the Garmin website to download USB drivers and find/buy some software to manage the GPS data. Some areas of the website even deny the existence of the GPS72H, but generic USB drivers are available there and work well.

A fault that I've found is that the Trip Computer Odometer under-reads on slower walks. It's possible to find the true trip distance by "saving" the track and reading its properties, but this must be done immediately after a walk because this model doesn't have as much flexibility as the GPS60 in selecting sections of track. A (rather delayed) response from Garmin Support to "Update the firmware (to 2.30) and factory reset" may have improved the accuracy, but the odometer still appears less accurate than my previous handheld GPSs.

For me, this was the best choice of GPS because of the "plus" points above and particularly because I can connect it (via the serial interface) to my Pocket PCs running Memory-Map. This gives almost all the Desktop/Laptop features of M-M in a completely portable package, e.g. on holidays. But serial ports (and even PPCs themselves) are almost obsolete now; BlueTooth might be used with a Smartphone but a BT adapter and the proprietary Garmin cable will generally cost at least £50.

In rating the GPS72H I considered withholding two stars because of the limited memory, inaccurate trip odometer and unusually poor support from Garmin, but decided to dock just one star to compensate for the (IMHO) rather harsh rating of the other current review.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2012
I have used the 72 as a backup to my fixed set on my Sadler 25 which I have sailed twice solo around the UK including west and east of Ireland, it has never let me down the softeware is easy to work through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2012
We bought this to take on a sailing holiday and it was ideal for providing an easy lat and long. Does not replace proper map reading and navigation skills but for just over £100 gave tremendous peace of mind. When I graduate to a permanant boat with a built in chart plotter then the 72H will make an ideal back up and will go in my emergency grab-bag. Easy to use, although entering way-points is fiddly. It does not come with a charger (which I think you can buy separately) and heavy on battery use, so make sure you have plenty of spares. Of note a friend had an entirley more user friendly experience with a chart plotter app on his iPad. Not sure an iPad floats though...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2015
I have always been a great fan of Garmin. Their customer service is second to none. The quality of their kit legendary. When I got this to replace my 25 year old Garmin GPS12 I was very glad to see that Garmin has not given into making things cheaper. Very robust, very easy to operate. Very reliable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2014
My 20 year old Garmin died recently and this is a superb replacement at a reasonable cost. Better shape but probably not as "bomb-proof" as the old model. Easy to operate.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2010
You can if you look carefully get this item substantially cheaper from a chandlery shed. Yes it is basic because people are going back to basics and working off of charts and maps, and using compasses. Why? Because through use people have discovered that te GPS signal is prone to getting distorted by large electrical fields and all those bells and whistles consumes batteries very fast. As most people will tell you this model is for sailors. So what could it do with? A world wide navigation buoyage list and the timings of high tide at places like Dover and Cherbourg for ten years or any other chart datum tide port, it already has sunrise and sunset. The next would be an upload of a tabulated list of waypoints from imray or admiralty electronic charts with the ability to download this list into a garmin 152 fixed gps or any other garmin plotter. At the moment nothing does these simple requirements but this beast could. Where Garmin fall down is inter operability and they do not make it easy for you to enter vast numbers of waypoints which iswhat you need on a coastal hop when you are dodging mud banks on the east coast or rocks off the channel islands.
So why only three stars? Because it could be so much better.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2015
Have just got this item No map included as seems to be usual with Garmin these days - the "base map" is just long and latitude co-ordinates. The PC will recognise the unit after updating USB drivers but you cannot access the memory or list the units contents. The Garmin site says there are no maps available for purchase for this device and no updates. And I can't seem to get a Talkytoaster site to talk to my device and download a map on to the device.
Problems include no map
Unusable USB port
No maps available for product on Garmin website
Device fails to show up on my computer or indeed on MAC so am unable to add a map from say "Takytoaster" (I could have if the unit had contained a "Garmin" folder!
I suspect if i spent another £30 of a Garmin serial cable (not included) and a serial to usb I might get access to the device but if you sell a device with a usb port it should be functional
As it stands it's an expensive compass - Oh and the mount is not a suction or adhesive - you are expected to drill holes into the boat!!! The only plus point (hence 1 star not 0) is that it is solid and well made which makes all the negatives such a crying shame)
Waste of time and money and it has been returned (thank goodness for Amazons return policy)
AVOID
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on 29 July 2012
Early days yet, I have been reading the instructions a few times and button pressing to see what it does, looks good, I will only know how good it is when I make a return trip up the Ribble in the dark without going out the deep water channel and missing all the sandbars. Ha Ha my mattes.
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on 10 October 2013
FANTASTIC GPS WITH THE MARINE PACK AT THIS PRICE CANNOT BE BEATEN NO ONE ELSE CAME CLOSE TO THIS PRICE EVEN WITHOUT THE MARINE PACK. I BOUGHT THIS AS A BACK UP FOR MY GPS CHART PLOTTER BUT THIS IS NO MY PREFERENCE OVER THE PLOTTER
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on 30 July 2013
I bought this for a relative who lives abroad and enjoys fishing. As far as I know, he likes it and has been using it regularly. He has not complained of anything.
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