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1.0 out of 5 stars Total Rip-off, November 23, 2009
By JM. L. - See all my reviews
1 - It's not a good product.
As I've used it in the Us, I've been constantly disappointed by
the device quality, as well as the UI. The screen brightness and
readability is very poor, and the touch screen is incredibly bad.
The UI is convoluted, and complicated to use, many things don't
make any sense.
2 - You can't have maps for it.
I purchased this unit as a handheld sailing GPS about a year
ago. It comes pre-loaded with g2 map for the US. As I tried to
get maps for central america, I couldn't find anything on the
garmin web site. It turns out that the g2 maps are bogus, and
garmin has had to pull them out of the market, and recall them.
I called garmin support who confirmed that. They also confirmed
that I cannot put any other maps on the GPS, as the older
BlueChart maps could be loaed on the device, but <
entirely compatible, and could display incorrectly>>. Not
something I want for sailing.
The unit is now basically a very expensive paperweight.
3 - Garmin won't stand behind their product.
As I started asking, whether I could either return, or exchange
the unit against one that has maps, the support person kept insisting
you should take it up with them>>. As I asked, <
you're the one selling this>>, he kept repeating <>.
They are clearly better trained at avoiding admission of liability than helping customers.
Let me recap this: The company sells a products that promises
worldwide maps. They later discover that their maps are useless,
and pull them out fo the market. They refuse to do anything about
the device you bought, that you cannot use because of their own
Another reason not to have GPS