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dont waste your money
on 31 December 2008
This is the best handheld gps there is, true. But what no one tells you is the maps you can buy online and on sd card from ordanence survey, quo and memory map you can only use on your pc and cant download or use card in your gps. UNLESS its bought from garmin. The GB topo (at £107 if you shop around not the £150 garmin want for it) is a massive improvement on the so called topo map pre installed which has contour lines at 100m! Even that is nothing like even a 1:50000 OS map. The OS maps which garmin are starting to release are only covering national parks so far and at £160 each its a very expensive alternative to an £8 OS map.
I know smartphones and pda's arent waterproof and spare battery is expensive but you have no problems with authoring limitations to use maps bought economically from OS, Quo or Memorymap
UPDATE November 2011: Had it a few years now, it never gets used. Its very battery hungry and only lasts long enough on duracell. Walking with it is a nightmare, like reading a map cut into playing card size pieces, all the colours and details are different to the OS standard everyone is used to and the information is VERY limited, most paths are not shown,