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4.0 out of 5 stars Great device, but one annoying issue..., 20 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Garmin GPSMAP 62 Handheld GPS Worldwide (Wireless Phone Accessory)
I've been using an old Legend for about ten years now - I think, in fact, I got one of the first ones. Everything was great apart from the sensitivity - don't quote me for that, but I've been told mine used an old chipset. It would lose sats not just from a pocket, but from under not very dense foliage too and even just hanging upside down.
So I've decided to replace it finally.

Well, wise decision. All good features and the functionality of the old ones, plus lots improved. Feels great, sensitivity superb, the interface intuitive and convenient, so pretty awesome.

A neutral point: the basemap is a complete joke and other reviewers are right, it's nothing like what's depicted on the box. The VERY good point is that you can get free open source maps from Talky Toaster, and they are very accurate as far as I could test. Two problems with them in combination with Garmin, though, is that you can't search for a city (a bug widely known as the "state/province bug" - google it), and routing doesn't work too well: if I choose on-road, it thinks I veer off track and tries to get me back to the beginning of the plotted route, so the navigation screen turns useless. Well, it's a neutral one for me as I won't be using the handheld for street navigation, so it's not a problem; besides, it's not an issue with Garmin, but more a matter of compatibility with a free and open map, so you get what you bargain for and there's no grounds for complaining.

Now, the somewhat negative point is that when I am walking or canoeing with it, the current speed shown fluctuates a lot - from 3 to 6 km/h. Jumps up and down once a second or so. I'm pretty sure that's not me, I'm moving quite smoothly (although I've noticed that if you put it in a cargo pocket on your pants, it registers interesting maximum speeds, it's that sensitive). I've been in touch with Garmin, and they said that it's because of the inaccuracies in position measurements, and apparently even the best I've seen - 3 m. - is enough for it to keep jumping. They said, the solution would be to lower the measurement frequency so that it basically shows an average speed over a longer period of time - say, a few seconds - however, there's no such option in the 62. So that's the only really annoying thing. The current speed reading is pretty useless; not the end of the world and probably not enough to say that the device overall isn't good, but still... Not quite perfection. I must admit, though, the customer service got back to me really quickly, and it didn't sound like a stock answer - there seems to be a real person dealing with it.

If you have any experience with the current speed issue - leave a comment here, please, I am curious, one way or another. I've tried Garmin forum, but didn't get anything apart from a suggestion to update the firmware, which I did to no result.

But very good overall, really happy with it, looking forward to putting it to good use in Scotland this summer.

Update: I've spent three weeks with it canoeing and walking in Scotland. A few things to say. A set of NiMH batteries lasts for about two days in summer - that's about 24 hours continuous working without backlight. The actual speed issue isn't a big problem, I got used to it, and after some time could have a god idea what the speed was despite the fluctuations. The waterproofing turned out to be not as good as what it was in older models: after about three or four days of wet abuse, the screen started misting up from the inside, which I've never seen before. The plastic front panel scratches a bit too easily, but would do. Talky Toaster's maps are impressively accurate, I've used them all the time often being able to compare to the OS paper maps, and found only one inaccuracy in twenty days.
So overall, a great workhorse of a GPS.
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