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What a poor replacement for the Foretrex 201,
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I have one of the original Garmin Foretrex 201, wrist- mounted GPSs. It is absolutely brilliant and has accompanied me faultlessly on countless walks and cycle rides in all kinds of weather over many years. Sadly, one of the rubber facings on the buttons wore away and the machine showed signs of old age - like me.
Reluctantly I bought the latest version recently in case my 201 packed up. What a mistake!! Let me list it's faults:
1. It now uses AA batteries, which need regular replacement, unlike the utterly reliable rechargable battery, which lasts more than 2 days per charge
2. It has a very fiddly UBS socket rather than the excellent cradle (albeit serial) connection. I'm fairly sure that the rubber facing of this socket will not outlast the GPS which would mean a useless GPS. In time.
3. Uploading and downloading routes - I use Memory Maps - is tedious, slow and unpredictable. It often seems to not recognise that it is connected to the computer! It also hates downloading a Track, which often only partly appears on the GPS. Altogether this is frustrating and totally unlike the user-friendly 201 which always behaves impeccably.
4. In use the 401, despite all it's extra bells & whistles (which are generally no big benefit at all) is a pain. Whatever the setting it doesn't seem to enjoy showing a downloaded route 'always ahead' as you walk. Sometimes it does - sometimes it doesn't.
In all, I'm sorry to say this device is a disaster. Can we have a nice, simple, user-friendly 201 back please? I also use another make of GPS that allows incorporation of mapping, which while useful, is nowhere near as handy as the simple 201.