Jan 042011

I really haven’t paid much attention to GPSrs recently since we haven’t really been getting out to geocache much. That will change in a couple of years but it just makes sense tow wait until we have a reliable vehicle to get out caching often since by that time there will likely be newer models if we want to upgrade our old Garmin 60csxs.

I just came across the Garmin 62S now. Though I haven’t even seen one in person if I were to pull the trigger and get a new GPS now this would likely by my choice. It appears to have taken the good from the old 60csx and added to it instead of creating something completely different. It keeps the same form factor which is the best I’ve seen in a gps for what we use it for. I really don’t want to depend on a touch screen in the woods or that wheel thing Garmin tried. It also seems like it has the same screen as the 60csx which I found very readable with a magnifier. For those who don’t know I am legally blind and have poor vision. The biggest plus this seems to have over the older models it includes the full cache details. I can’t even begin to count how many times the write up or a recent log would have been very handy out in the woods when we’re searching for a cache that has gone missing. I don’t mind the DNF but we get obsessed and spend hours searching.

I am anxious to read other peoples’ thoughts on this unit. If Garmin did it right it could be the perfect gps. Hopefully it retains the older model’s dependability and accuracy along with excellent battery life. The old model was also pretty much unbreakable. I’ve dropped mine more times than you can imagine and it still works fine. The only thing it did is popped the microSD card loose once in a while.

According the the description it also includes 1.7 gigs of memory built into the unit which would be great. A great plus would be if they overcame the map block limitation all of their older generations had.

Jan 072008

I just saw that Garmin is releasing a new gps.  From what I read they may have actually improved over the 60csx.  I think I will be getting on as soon as I can.  I’m looking forward to playing with it.

The best thing about it is the fact that it seems to support paperless caching better by having the cache writeup and previous logs right on the gps.  That means we wouldn’t have to use the ipaq for caching which would be a good thing since Molly has a habit of letting the battery die completely in it.

Garmin Colorado 400t Handheld GPS Unit with US Topographic Preloaded Maps

Feb 082007

I know it’s not exactly new anymore but I thought I’d post my thoughts on it. I picked one up last August after my old Magellan Meridian Color was wearing out. After falling on some rocks near the Appalachian trail on NJ in a down pour the screen fogged up. I figured it was time for a new one. Molly needed a GPS because her etrex legend was falling apart and I decided it would be easier if we had the same ones. When I first picked up the 60csx it felt to me like it was built well and wouldn’t break easily.

We are both very happy with the pair 60csx units we have. They get a lock pretty quick. They even get a satellite lock in the house most of the time. As a matter of fact I have 31 foot accuracy right now as I’m sitting here in the house typing this. I’ve been impressed how it’s kept a good accuracy even where my old Magellan lost sats. The Sirf Star III chip seems to have great reception It’s almost always led us right to the cache of course that depends on the hider’s coordinates.

What made me want this GPS was the screen. For me it was very readable and bright. I can use the light text on a dark background theme which is what I normally use. I can just see it better. All of the screens are easy for me to see in this setting. You can even have the map screen use this contrast. I don’t know why more gadgets don’t offer this option.

On my old Magellan I noticed quite a bit of lag while waiting for the map screen to draw or switching screens. That doesn’t seem to happen at all on the 60csx. The only lag I notice is on the altimeter screen and that is just for a second or two.

The expandable memory was very important to me and is what stopped me from really considering the 60cs for myself. That may not be where the park entrance is. With the 1GB card we are able to fit everything from City Navigator 8 and the topo software east of the Mississippi on one card.

We have both City Navigator 8 and topo maps installed on our GPS. The auto routing has been excellent. It has been perfect for us as long as we had reasonable expectations. What I mean is that it’s only going to get you as close as possible by road. The auto routing has cut down on the planning of where we’d like to cache. When I did all the routing at home nothing would go according to plans so it was just a big waste of paper.

My only problems with it are if you drop it the microSD card can become loose but if that’s all that happens when it gets dropped I’ll be happy. The other thing was the unit would reboot on the altimeter screen once in a while. That hasn’t seemed to happen since the released newer firmware.