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Garmin eTrex 20 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator
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A geocacher will notice paperless geocaching and the ability to wirelessly share caches. We tell you that the new eTrex are the perfect panions for all of your outdoor adventures. Garmin eTrex a recognizable name in the outdoors has been embraced by the market for over a decade selling millions of units. The eTrex 20 is the perfect way to get started and other things. Participants (members) navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Edition: Color Display & Expandable Memory Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 4 x 2.1 inches ; 4.8 ounces. Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies). Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
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Kristen: In USB Mass Storage mode (Setup > System > USB Mode > Mass Storage) only the current track, not waypoints or archived tracks are transferred. After renaming, the Map Information page continued to display only 3 maps, but rather than displaying the name of a map segment (an area of a larger map set) it was now (after the rename) displaying the name of the map set. I would now give a 4-star rating, rather than 5, because of this whole POI proximity alert issue and the lack of delete-waypoints-by-symbol.) .o Note that some of the newer Garmin GPS’s (e.g., 450) say they support proximity alerts, but the functionality is limited to when a waypoint is on the route being navigated.In Garmin mode (Setup > System > USB Mode > Garmin), the current track and all archived tracks are transferred but the waypoint checkbox is greyed out in the MapSource dialog box (meaning that MapSource probably does not recognize the waypoint file on the 30). Everybody know that don’t anticipate too much from the built-in map. An option to LOCK THE BUTTONS. I can tell you that the top side display symbols are customisable so you can choose the most used to appear as you change it on. When the user creates a proximity alert from a POI, a waypoint is created with the same name with a 1 appended at the end of the name.
Anne: O Can load maps, waypoints, and routes from MapSource (see Bugs below). Tip : Use Setup > Page Sequence to add pages that you want to quickly access using the Back button; those pages will then disappear from the Main Menu. Garmin has no other reported incidents of this problem.So, the 30 does not power down (as the Oregon does) and leaves the GPS’s display showing the USB-connected icon. The infamous rubber band used in the Vista HCx that unglued so easily with time seems to be substituted with a more solid rubber sides, now attached with screws. The Map Information page will not scroll beyond those three maps so you are unable to disable any maps beyond those three. Satellite acquisition and retention is quite a bit better: if you turn on both simultaneously the 20 will acquire enough signal to navigate in a fraction of the time; if you compare the ‘Satellite’ pages there are usually at least half again as many ‘bars’ on the 20. The former mushiness of the perimeter buttons has been replaced by buttons which ‘click’ and the notorious rubber gasket (prone to eventual loosening) is gone. On the other hand, proximity alerts can be manually created on the 30 using waypoints or POI’s as sources.No other devices are encountering this error. It is much easier now.
Tamika: A minor point: while MapSource can maintain a waypoint’s proximity in miles to 3 decimal digits (0.000), the 30 supports only editing to 2 decimal digits (0.00). Wireless transmission of data via ANT+ that also works with heart rate and cadence monitors. Neither unit has the option to avoid the buttons to be pressed while having the unit on a backpack or in a holster.Tips: o Just like the old eTrex Legend HCx, press and hold Rocker to Mark Waypoint. The maps more closely resemble the Nuvis. I tried different cables (including the included cable), different ports, and three Win7 64-bit computers but the error message always appears. Good battery lifestyle, obvious and readable display, reasonably user-friendly choices and pretty affordable to buy , just like that. This test was for a distance, not speed, alert (speed alerts are of no interest to me, so I’ll leave that testing to someone who wants that functionality). I would really like an option like in the mobile phones to do that (Press such and such buttons to unlock).
Kenya: And, it appears that waypoints only support distance alerts, not speed alerts, in the 30, MapSource, and BaseCamp. This activity will outcome in decrease of all your personal configurations and any information you neglected to back up.Pros: o The on-screen keyboard is much better designed than the old eTrex (and this issue was important enough to me to pay for a 450 last year) .o Stays in upper case (hallelujah) rather than, with the old eTrex, the first alpha triggering the on-screen keyboard to change to lower case and special characters, which then necessitated navigating to the shift character to restore the keyboard to upper case and numbers.o DONE is easier to access as are cursor left and cursor right.o Can use the Zoom keys (top left side of GPS) to switch between the three keyboards: alpha and numbers, special characters; numbers. Cons: o The new interface seems cumbersome when compared to the old eTrex. This is definitely a big Pro and is listed in the Pros above. And the most important geek factor, the reception of GLONASS signals. One approach for merging a single waypoint .gpx file and multiple track .gpx files is to drag and drop each .gpx file onto a separate MapSource session then copy/paste into a single MapSource session. To display the current time including seconds on the 30 .o Alternative A: Compass > Menu > Change Dashboard > Large Data Field. In order to retain the waypoints which I want permanently on the GPS, I will be forced to either a) delete the temporary waypoints individually in the field if I forget to do it at home, (b) remember to delete them in BaseCamp before departing for the outdoors, (c) remember to delete the \Garmin\GPS\Waypoints_dd-mmm-yy.gpx file before departing for the outdoors, or (d) remember to delete all waypoints and then reload all of the permanent waypoints before departing for the outdoors.
Latonya: The old eTrex required an SD card. Such a useful tool it was. O Can load maps to internal memory without using an SD card (56MB of maps tested leaves 1.68GB of internal memory). O If you download maps to the GPS, the Map Information page will display one of your maps plus the two basemaps which come with the GPS. O Just like the old eTrex Legend HCx, pressing and holding the Menu button will open the Find page.Again a slight niggle but something to be conscious of and this is very important for you. O While in USB Mass Storage mode, performing an Eject on Win7 64-bit generates a dialog box: An error occurred while ejecting. On the old eTrex Legend HCx, POI’s containing speed or distance proximity alerts could be loaded using the POI Loader and the Legend HCx would issue the appropriate alerts. They changed the mounting connector design so you can no longer use your old car/bike/whatever mount.
Latoya: All three computers are running the latest version of BaseCamp (3.2.2), which means the computers have the latest Garmin drivers (188.8.131.52). The micro SD card is placed like a SIM card in a phone, under the batteries. Would definitely suggest for geocaching. So, it appears that to mass load distance proximity alerts onto the 30 will require loading them as waypoints with the proximity distance set, rather than loading them as POI’s. ***** Update: one VERY useful feature the old eTrex units didn’t have is now you can ‘Search Near’ a ‘A Recent Find’. O Another new mounting system to purchase mounts for.Now, this is something I have always wanted that was NOT added. And, as we all know, 0.01 mile is approximately 53 feet so this is probably a non-issue for most applications.o To compound the problem of not supporting proximity alerts for POI’s and forcing the use of waypoints instead, Garmin has removed the capability to delete waypoints by symbol, leaving only the choices to (a) delete all waypoints or (b) delete waypoints individually. O A distance proximity alert can be created on the 30 using any waypoint or POI as a source (more info below).
Latonya: Physically, the unit is lighter, more compact (A few millimeters more bulky in depth), easier to handle in your hand, the rocker is in the right side now, good for right handed, but my muscular memory keeps moving my thumb to the previous rocker position in the Vista HCx. The fix was to rename Garmin\gmapsupp.img (the downloaded maps) to any other name, e.g., Wyoming.img. I toyed with buying a Nuvi but don’t care for the design as it lacks configurability and water resistance, uses a touchscreen, doesn’t work as well on my motorcycle, etc.(I did not realize this until after my initial review submission. This can be useful when setting a camera’s time for later automated synchronization of photos to tracks or waypoints. This problem did not go away after updating the 30 firmware and rebooting the computer. The eTrex 30 is for all purposes, the new Vista HCx, both have barometric altimeters and both have compasses, however, the 30 has a tri-axis compass that allow to look at the unit perpendicularly to the ground and it will still mark to the north. The POI Loader works with the 30, but testing indicates that the alert is not issued. On some screens, such as the Map Information page there is a lot of wasted empty space.
Anne: O As mentioned by other reviewers, satellite acquisition is fast: first power on to location: 45 seconds.Is not a secret that one small fly in the treatment however. Presumably atypically I use eTrex units nearly exclusively for road navigation and often calculate long routes.The User Interface looks better, with antialiased fonts and pretty icons, it is now more like a Windows XP UI, while in the Vista HCx with its limited color palette, was like a Windows 3.1 UI. (Note that trying to drag and drop into a single MapSource session results in only the data from the last drag-and-drop being present in MapSource; it assumes replace rather than add and does not issue an error message.) Garmin indicates that BaseCamp is the future and this problem with MapSource will probably not be fixed. Michael spent and hour and a half as we researched four issues including the bugs mentioned below. I also discovered if you ‘Review Point’ the phone number is provided - nice, although the arguably microscopic font errs on the side of ‘white space’. I absolutely love this handheld gps. My 30 arrived a few hours ago. Awesome handheld gps, awesome service at a fair price.
Keisha: The old interface was quicker to navigate with more data being displayed on menu screens, but maybe it will get better with more hands-on time. We discovered that the odometer which maintains the sum of all the journey ranges can only be totally recast to zero by doing a finish totally recast of the whole system. This is the news this little system fulfils most of the things I would want from a GPS portable. The user manual just describes pressing the Power button once then using the Rocker to fine tune the brightness level.) o Just like the old eTrex Legend HCx, Menu > Menu will return to the Main Menu. I have no reason to believe it won’t be as reliable (IME close to bulletproof) as previous units. Garmin is working on a fix. Previously I’ve used a Legend cX extensively and it’s showing its age. It requirements hardly refers to it, but even this simple map ‘of the world’ has its uses.
Tanisha: Usually the storage space cannot be compounded but is adequate for signing a day or so’s outside actions. A really great idea is overall this system is a satisfaction to use and, slight niggles aside, I really have little uncertainty in giving it five celebrities for quality and performance. The on-screen keyboard seems to be easier to use, and looks like a miniature version of those included in smartphones. Also you may find unwarranted way-points being joined while it is in your wallet or your rucksack every time the joystick clicks against something hard-ish as you know. To sum: if you’re an eTrex fan this incarnation is IMO an impressive advance RE processing and map drawing speed. O Just like the old eTrex Legend HCx, pressing the Power button cycles the brightness: medium > high > off. Loading maps is now way more faster than with the Vista HCx, having both one for Europe and another locally, takes a few seconds, while before it took minutes As always, a GPS unit like this, now with a GLONASS receiver, will beat any smartphone on trails and while traveling abroad. And the rustish/red/orange color is cool.
Jay: In Linux I use gpsbabel to convert back and forth from many formats, in particular I enjoy exploring my trips again with Google Earth and it requires KML files, gpsbabel helps to do that precisely.After much looking for a reasonable cost portable gps, I determined to try the Forerunner eTrex 10. This has been the best buy and is very efficient and battery lifestyle is fantastic when in comparison to my Operating system phone as many people said. Bugs: o Cannot transfer tracks and waypoints directly from the 30 to MapSource as was supported for the old eTrex. Plus I have to admit: Garmin’s phone customer service is usually well above average (thanks, Rocky.) and that costs something. O When you first get the 30, back up all of the files on the GPS to a hard drive. O The display is nice and crisp.O Sometimes it is desirable to display the current time to the second rather than just hours:minutes. O Testing indicates that proximity alerts for POI’s loaded using the POI loader do not work. O Garmin tech support was excellent. Here in the tropics close to the Equator I got a fix pretty quick, but not with as many GLONASS satellites as I wished, that is because that GNSS constellation is best used way up in the north hemisphere.
Aisha: The various menu screens are changed: previously you had 12 options to select on the `Find’ page - now there are 6. They are more legible and you can arrange them in the order you prefer. And I guess I can’t blame them for capitalizing on what they can capitalize on, while they can.O Smaller than the eTrex Legend HCx. Is a really great idea. O Includes place to affix a lanyard (but a lanyard is not included).Among the improvements are of course the new hi-color screen (Allows BirdsEye maps, like having a Google Earth in your pocket on the trail.). I’ve been running the two side by side for quite a while and the 20 calculates in roughly 1/3 the time (still noticeably slower than the Nuvis I’ve used). Additionally the map drawing time is much reduced. This is the primary Forerunner style at under ?100. Power supply is fantastic, it choices up satellite easily, provides elevation information and is lightweight. This is something I really wanted to have in my Vista HCx, as my traveling wristwatch isn’t that loud, and I had to use a Casio traveling clock just for that.
Meredith: It nearly makes up for removing the ‘Exits’ category but not quite. Read more › I have just received my eTrex 30 unit, and so far it is perfect and a great improvement over the still amazing eTrex Vista HCx. Still and all after using mine for many scores of thousands of miles I remain well pleased with the improvements. One of the new things that I like a lot is that everything now is a file, on the Vista HCx to download the files it was necessary to use the Garmin serial protocol, now with the 30, only with connecting the unit to a USB port in the computer it is possible to get all the captured data in standard-compliant GPX files.For this to work, you would use USB Mass Storage mode. I was a little hesitant to get this handheld gps because of some of the reviews, but I decided to go for it anyways. Also, there is an Alarm Clock on the unit, I just tested it a 4:30am and it woke me at about 2 meters from my bed. Yesterday, my wife and I were excited to received this handheld gps from Amazon. My testing indicates that, regardless, all of the downloaded maps are on the GPS and the maps display correctly; the testing by the Garmin tech support person indicates that the maps were not being displayed properly on his 30 - so we have two conflicting stories.
Latoya: In the case of the 30, proximity alerts also work when not navigating (like the old eTrex Legend HCx) but the proximity alert must be for a waypoint and not a POI. The new interface seems to have been designed for a touch screen, which the 30 is not. Not the end around the globe but a bit annoying. Many times I have put my units in a bag to later retrieve them in a weird configuration screen and with a track erased or so. Other than that I would recommend this handheld gps.. I’m still disappointed Garmin makes you cough up $80ish for a functional (read: turn by turn directions) road map but they’re making progress on that front - you can now buy `lifetime’ maps instead of having to purchase `updates’. This is a major difference from the old eTrex Legend HCx, where simply being the appropriate distance from a POI was sufficient to trigger the proximity alert - even when not navigating. Placing GPX files in the correct folders in the unit also displays the information within those in the unit, like waypoints or tracks.
Kenya: As you read this review, note that Rocker refers to what Garmin has now renamed the Thumb Stick. The Legend cX routinely takes several minutes to calculate in addition to slow map `drawing’ times and I’m pleased to note Garmin improved calculating speed significantly. One less device to carry. This also means that there is a 2GB (1.7GB usable) flash storage device in the unit. Given that I had downloaded 42 map segments from two different map sets, the 30 should be displaying more than one of my maps - regardless of whether it is showing map segments (as the old eTrex Legend HCx does and the 30 did prior to the rename) or map sets (as the 450 does and the 30 did after the rename). The Map Information page is accessed either by (a) Map > Menu > Setup Map > Map Information or (b) Setup > Map > Map Information. From our research the display is readable but as it is B&W not very eye-catching. I like mine a lot.
Lakisha: :) It crashes occasionally (I reckon I’m asking more of it than it was designed for); less often after I updated the software but there’s no apparent rhyme or reason.Hopefully, all of the parties involved are communicating clearly but I am unsure because Garmin’s suggested interim fix did not resolve the problem. This means that if I assign special symbols to the waypoints which I want to retain permanently on the GPS while letting temporary waypoints have the default (blue flag) symbol, I cannot delete just the temporary waypoints en masse — as the old eTrex would have supported. And they took the `Exits’ category out of the `Find’ menu: why, Garmin. This makes me nervous about whether all files have been properly closed or whether there is potent.