This is a personal un-biased review of (3) of the newest most popular GPSs. I recently took a trip to Lake of the Woods and had the opportunity to mount (3) GPS units on the window for a 4 ½ hour trip north. The three units are: Lowrance H20, Lowrance X0G and Tom Tom one. Each of these units proved to have its own purpose for the average fishing/hunting purpose like myself.
Lowrance H20: Additional Accessories: Suction Cup Ram mount and Lakemaster MN Chip.
Pros: This unit is very compact and waterproof compared to the others. It shows great detail of the chips and is very easy to zoom in and out of. This unit seems to be molded around someone that is either on foot or traveling on a recreational vehicle. It is very easy to add waypoints and icons.
Cons: Not very beginner/user friendly. If you do not have a technology based brain it can be very difficult. In a vehicle there is really no road planning that compares to the other units. You basically just turn it on and watch were you are. Not that it is not possible just not as easy to do.
Cost: $240 with the Lakemaster Chip
Summary: I would not trade this unit for the world quite yet. It goes from the truck to the boat and right on to the ATV. It is tough to find a unit you can use for all of them.
Pros: This unit came complete with a mount and all the cords. The 3d map on this unit is excellent in detail and very pleasing to the eye. It had nice preference functions for mapping highways. It has a voice feature which is very nice. It also has a turn preview. It was nice to be able to stick a mapping chip into the unit. The lake detail was great to drive from the road onto the lake and not have to switch into any different modes.
Cons: Not as user friendly in the mapping area as others. When typing anything it did not try to autofind names. It does not have a Night driving button that I found. I had to turn down the brightness. One thing I noticed is it took a long time to recalculate if you missed a turn. If you missed turns it tried up to 4 times to get you to turn around before looking for another route. It says it is weatherproof but if you plug into a cigarette lighter it holds up one of the rubber flaps on the side? So if you were on a motorcycle I am not sure how weatherproof that would be.
Cost: $249 With out the Lakemaster Chip
Summary: Nice combination unit that could save a person some money but it had its road limitations. I am really not sure of its weatherproof claim. This could eliminate its boat use. I did not get a chance to upload and new software for this unit so I cant comment on it.
Tom Tom one: Additiona Accessories: None
Pros: This unit came complete with a mount and all the cords.Great Road mapping features out of all of them. This thing can find grandmas house in the middle of Prince Albert Canada. It autofinds names as you type them. Has a night driving feature. It has a nice voice feature. You can not find a better user friendly unit out there. If you miss a road it recalculates extremely fast. It can find almost any point of interest you can think of. Very easy to update on a computer.
Cons: Bad detail on the map or just plain Blah. No real lake data but yet it never advertised to have it. It doesnt not have any real preferences on what type of roads that I prefer to take or I havent found it yet. It cost extra for road construction details on maps. It does have a tendency to bring you down some odd roads if your out in the country. If you dont like them just go by them and it recalculates.
Summary: For the money you can not find a better road mapping unit. I was so impressed I purchased one for my in-laws and he is using it in Hawaii as I type.
Well I hope this is some use to you guys and gals. Let me know if you have any questions.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988