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Does the job,
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This review is from: Garmin eTrex Vista HCx Handheld GPS (Sports)
I have had this for about a month now and as a result of good weather not had to use it in anger. From boot it seems to pick up a good range of satelites even when the view of the sky is partialy obscured and locked onto position well. When used to navigate in conjunction with a 1:25000 map it got the reading correct and so long as the altimeter was calibrated also recorded the altitude well. I am very suspect with the digital compass as it doesn't seem to give very good reading compared with my Silva compass. The base map is very poor as expected. It only shows main roads and some rivers and even then not very accurately. Should be better with upgraded maps but even then you won't get OS style detailed maps which is a disappointment.
Build wise it feels tough with good waterproof seals round the battery compartment. Buttons are clunky but positive to use. Its a good size, just bigger than my mobile making it easy to carry around. Screen size is a bit small as a result but is clear enough. Battery life seems good so far. It didn't like my rechargeable batteries though.
The software which came with it does the job but is a bit clunky. My only real issue with this is not being able to run OS maps. Overall very pleased with it so far other than the map issue.